• Candice Vetter

CJRO News October 12 to October 18, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, southeast Ottawa, North Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting just a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club has come up with a new format for Hallowe’en for the children of Carlsbad Springs, Edwards and Ramsayville. On Hallowe’en day, which is Saturday, October 31st, there will be a Drive Thru Hallowe’en. It will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Center. Parents can drive children around the parking area, where there will be spooky music and décor. Children 12 and under will receive a free candy bag.

A petition to preserve the Prescott Russell Trail has about 5,000 signatures. In September the United Counties of Prescott and Russell voted to close the trail which runs along an unused VIA right-of-way. The trail is about 70 kilometres long and stretches from St-Eugene to Hammond, crossing five municipalities . It is used for hiking, running, snowshoeing , cross-country skiing, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Cyclists also use it but have complained that the stone dust surface in some parts is difficult to ride in.

The UCPR Council is made up of the mayors of eight municipalities. The mayors of Alfred-Plantagenet, Russell, East Hawkesbury, The Nation and Casselman had voted against extending the trail’s lease. The mayors of Clarence-Rockland, Champlain, and Hawkesbury voted to keep it.

A UCPR public works report said it would cost $400,000 to $600,000 a year to maintain the trail. VIA Rail pays $40,000 per year towards maintenance. Some petition signers have questioned why it is so expensive compared to other trails maintained in Ontario.

There is a 90-day period before the lease termination becomes official. To see the petition online search for Prescott Russell Trail petition 2020. In 2016 a similar petition helped keep the trail open. The petition link is:

An young man from Orleans, Erik Gudbranson, is joining the Ottawa Senators. The Senators acquired the 28-year-old defenceman on October 1st. He's played for Florida, Vancouver, Pittsburgh and Anaheim, and in recent interviews with news outlets says he is delighted to be coming home to play, and so are his parents.

The City has announced the closure of fitness centres including cardio and weight rooms, the suspension of fitness classes and aquafitness, and the closure of interactive exhibits at City museums and art galleries. Team sports using City facilities will be limited to training and drills, with no scrimmages or competitive play permitted. There will be no food vending services at City facilities. These restrictions will be in effect for 28 days.

The new restrictions don’t affect public skating and skating lessons, public swimming and swimming lessons, or before-and-after school programs. Additional restrictions have been added to wedding receptions and events with limits of 10 persons inside or 25 outside.

A reminder that the Casselman COVID-19 Assessment and Testing Centre is moving to the drive-thru testing facility in the Calypso Waterpark parking lot.

The current Casselman site on Principale Street has stopped offering tests. With a heavy backlog, the provincial government has decreed that only persons with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID should now get tested. For people without any symptoms who need a test for administrative reasons, such as to attend school, travel, or to work in a sensitive setting, select pharmacies are starting to test. For a list of the newest changes go to

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 from you! Contact me by emailing

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