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CJRO News November 27 to December 3, 2023

Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.

Russell Township Council carried a motion to increase Council members' salaries by $10,000 per year, at the November 27 Council meeting.


Hydro Ottawa has completed an Interim Environmental Study Report for the Piperville Municipal Transformer Station Project. The draft report is made available until December 10. It can be viewed online on or in paper format. Members of the public are invited to attend information sessions. A virtual session is 12 noon to 1 p.m. this Thursday, November 30 and an in-person session is the same date from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Anderson Links Golf Club at 4175 Anderson Road. Questions or comments can be sent to

About 25 North Russell residents attended the November 27 Russell Township Council meeting to try to convince Council not to place factories and parking lots directly behind their homes on Eadie Road. Mayor Pierre Leroux and Councilor Jamie Laurin emphasized that the Township needed the additional commercial and industrial tax monies and insisted the development would go ahead regardless of residents' objections.

The OPP are taking part in the Festive R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign from until January 1. The media release said motorists across the province and throughout the Russell County area can expect to encounter RIDE programs at any time of the day or night. This applies to alcohol and drug impairment. Officers can ask a driver to submit to an Approved Screening Device test, a Standardized Field Sobriety Test and a Drug Recognition Expert evaluation. It is mandatory for drivers to comply, or they can be charged with refusing to provide a breath sample.

Premier Doug Ford's government is considering changing the rules on how beer, wine, cider and liquor are sold in Ontario. Retailers from supermarkets, convenience store chains, beer and wine producers, craft brewers and small wineries may all be affected. CJRO requested an interview with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario but has not yet heard back. Local craft breweries and wineries in our coverage area are hoping for a deal that will bring them benefits. Regarding who can sell alcohol, most of the villages, towns and convenience stores in the area already have at least one outlet. There is no statement in the province’s media release about if the Ontario government LCBO’s annual estimated profit of $2.5 billion will be made up by tax increases if the province gives up the stores.


We at CJRO would like to report on the many newsworthy events in our area, but the Meta ban on Canadian news is making them difficult to find. So please send news ideas to by Monday mornings. Don’t forget—Meta may not allow Canadian News, but we’re all about it. Get the local news that matters to you anytime on, tune in to 107.7 or 107.9 FM, or listen on the Tune-In and Radio Player Canada apps. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO, last on the dial, first for local news.

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