CJRO News November 23 to November 29, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to CJRO News on Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, 107.7 and 107.9 in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, parts of Ottawa and Russell, and online, at CJROradio.com.

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from near Carlsbad Springs.


Catherine Kitts attended the recent Carlsbad Springs Community Association meeting. There she was asked to support the association’s request for a postal code change for homes located in Carlsbad Springs which have Vars and Navan postal codes.

Earlier this year the CSCA put the request Canada Post. The response from Canada Post said the change needs to be done at the City level. Canada Post follows the addresses provided by the municipality. About 70 homes are affected. The association says homes that are part of the Carlsbad Springs community should have the K0A 1K0 postal code, not that of a community 10 kilometres away.

The division happened in 1999. The village area of Carlsbad Springs was separated, with one side in the City of Cumberland while the other side was in the City of Gloucester. When the City of Ottawa swallowed up those cities Ottawa did not change the addresses of the homes on the east side.

The area includes the commercial / industrial area in the Boundary Road / 417 area, including Amazon. The CSCA is advocating for the residential homes but suggest it would make sense to include that industrial area, which is only 2 kilometres from the village core.

Affected addresses are on Boundary Road, Carlsbad Lane, Sabourin Road and a section of Russell Road.


Listeners in the City of Ottawa on city water can expect a rates increase in the spring. The City says the average home will pay an extra $37 on their water bill, a four-and-a-half per cent increase. Pickup fees for garbage and recycling are also going up. Single-family homes with curbside collection will rise by $10. Multi-residential households will rise by $15.

And although the numbers aren’t out yet, the section of the city budget dealing with water and waste has been approved at committee.

The full city budget heads to council for a final vote on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.


The Knights of Columbus are offering a great way to give to their Coats for Kids campaign. On Tuesday, December 1st, a donation will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $135,000 dollars. That means a gift can provide a new coat to twice as many kids — $20 provides two coats, $100 provides ten!

Go to ontariokofc.ca to donate.


In the City of Ottawa the winter parking ban is in effect. It remains in place until the City gives notice.

This means parking is prohibited on city streets so crews can plow. Vehicles parked on the street may be ticketed and towed. On-street monthly parking permit holders are exempt if parked in residential parking permit zones.

However, residents will have access to covered City-owned parking garages overnight hours, and select OC Transpo park and rides at no charge. Also, to support residents working and learning from home due to COVID-19, some City facilities are also offered at no charge. Visit ottawa.ca to find out which are available.


If you were planning to travel to the Maritimes, your plans may need to change. Isolating in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia will no longer count in Prince Edward Island or Newfoundland and Labrador. That bubble has burst.


There’s a new scam targeting persons applying to work from home as a data entry clerk for the grocery chain Sobeys. Applicants have been offered the job, and receive an employment contract along with a cheque for about $3500 dollars to purchase office equipment. They are then told to pay a firm called Tech Insight Services for the equipment, and told to send a $3,000 payment immediately by e-transfer.

However, the job website, the hiring managers and the cheque are all fake. If a bank allows the very-realistic-looking cheque to be deposited and the client then sends the e-transfer, the bank can later recover the funds from their clients’ other accounts, resulting in a double loss, as well as the great disappointment of no job.


Be reminded that children up to age 10 only have until November 29th to submit a photo or drawing of their families showing Christmas Spirit. Submit to cluboptimistecarlsbadsprings@rogers. Include the child’s name, age and civic address to receive a gift from Santa.


Finally, here’s a reminder of our excellent news. CJRO will be busy this winter and spring setting up our new transmitter site in Embrun. Russell Township residents will be able to pick us up on 107.7 FM. I’ll be expanding the reporting area to include more Russell Township news as well as Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Ramsayville and Navan, so stay tuned!

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have an experience you’d like to share? Do you have a story about how COVID has affected you? If yes, I’d like to hear it. Contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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