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CJRO News October 16 to October 22, 2023

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

Russell Township Council invites residents to an Open House on Physician Shortages to initiate a community-led effort to address the significant physician shortages in our region with Dr. Danielle Debanné on October 30th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Township Hall at 717 Notre Dame Street in Embrun. Light refreshments will be provided during the informal gathering.

Russell Township has introduced a new platform for its business directory at The directory is designed to be user-friendly, to be easy to find businesses by category, location, or name, and includes a map.

The Taggart Group and the AOO have sent a Notice of Commencement to a limited number of residents relating to the Class Environmental Assessments (EA) for the Tewin Infrastructure and Transportation Plans. An upcoming public information session with the City of Ottawa and the Tewin group will be held virtually only on Thursday, October 26th at 7 p.m. To register for the Zoom webinar go to, go to the get-involved tab, under Notice of Commencement click on Find Out More, then scroll down to the Virtual Meeting Registration Link. Or look at the text of this week’s News on You can also see CJRO’s summary of the results of last year’s virtual open house.

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Also on the topic of unexpected development Orleans MPP Stephen Blais has written to the Auditor General to request that he investigate the addition of land to Ottawa's urban boundary by the Provincial Government for similar insider connections as those exposed in the Toronto Greenbelt scandal. He asked the Auditor General to investigate the the rationale and criteria used by the Minister to select additional lands, what internal process was used, how the Minister assessed the impacts on the environment, economy, and governance of the City of Ottawa and the province, how the Minister consulted with the City, other municipalities, Indigenous communities, stakeholders, and the public, the impact of political association and lobbying efforts on the Minister's decision, and if the buyers of 1177 Watters Road or the other lands added to the boundary received inside knowledge prior to the Minister’s decision to change Ottawa's urban boundary? Look at for additional information from Blais, including the specific timeline. He states that a new development corporation bought the Watters land for almost $140,000 per acre in August of 2021, and both it and its apparent holding company donated over $37,000 to the Conservative Party of Ontario before the government added that land and other rural lands to the urban boundary.

In a strange twist while the controversy rages residents of Ottawa are being offered a Planning Primer Program to help them become more aware of and involved in the land-use planning process. A Zoom link can be requested at The sessions are October 18th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and October 24th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Embrun Coop is seeking members for its Board of Directors. To request rules, regulations and documents to submit your candidacy contact Allie Gasser at or 613-443-2833. Applications must be received on or before November 13th at the Office of the Secretary, P.O. Box 189, 926 Notre Dame, Embrun, K0A 1W0.

The Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace is back. Get tickets at The first jackpot is estimated at $7,000.

A continuous lane closure will impact Navan Road from Spring Valley Drive to future Fern Casey Street to correct deficiencies in last year’s sewer work. A contractor will carry out the new work on behalf of Ashcroft Homes. The closure is predicted to last about three months and using alternate routes is suggested by the City.

South Nation Conservation has reserved about 50,000 tree seedlings for the 2024 spring planting season. If you are interested in having SNC plant trees on your property contact SNC now to schedule a free site visit this fall. Property owners must have at least one acre in available planting space and order a minimum of 1,000 trees. Residents with less space or wanting fewer trees can order trees at reduced rates in bundles of 100 tree seedlings per species and plant them on their own. The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is organizing a fun Hallowe’en activity for children and families, BAM Percussion on Saturday, October 28th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The performance is suited for kids aged three to 12 and children under 12 will be given a bag of Hallowe’en goodies. Contact Lucie Régimbald at 613-821-3431 for more information.

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