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CJRO News October 18 to October 24, 2021

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

For persons with children in elementary school here’s some news. Pfizer has asked Health Canada for approval of its Covid-19 vaccine for children from five to 11 years old. It is expected that Health Canada will announce approval shortly, meaning Canada can buy the new child-sized doses, which Dr. Theresa Tam has said also has an improved formulation. Vaccinations of kids may start within a few months. Meanwhile, Dr. Vera Etches of Ottawa advises that children should avoid extracurricular activities, be outdoors as much as possible, and not attend sleepovers. Currently children have the highest rates of Covid, probably due to a lack of vaccine for their age group, and the types of activities, such as school, they attend.

At a recent City of Ottawa Council meeting regarding the new official plan Chief Wendy Jocko, who is Chief of Pikwakanagan, which is about 200 kilometres west of Carlsbad Springs, has said the Algonquins of Ontario should not have to defend their Tewin deal with the Taggart family of developers. She said it is paternalistic, colonial and insulting to have to defend themselves. However, many residents of the small rural communities which will be impacted by a development that will strip farmland, forest and pasture, and add tens of thousands of residents, disagree, particularly since last week CBC revealed that Taggarts own much more land at the proposed site than the AOO does. There has been no consultation between the City, the AOO, or the Taggart family members with residents of Carlsbad Springs or Edwards.

In The Nation Municipality a Local Planning Appeal Tribunal has decided that a four-ward setup proposed in a municipal bylaw does not guarantee fair representation. The Nation must go to a minimum six-ward system. That is expected to be in place before the 2022 municipal elections.

In Ottawa the last household hazardous waste depot for the year is this Sunday, October 24th , from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 Westbrook Road in Carp. To see what is accepted follow the links at

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is organizing a Drive-By Hallowe’en as well as a new activity, a "Halloween Challenge." Kids can join them on Hallowe’en, October 31st, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Carlsbad Springs Community Centre. The Hallowe’en Challenge will give participating children the chance to win additional candies. For more information, call Marion Lajoie at 613-203-6226, and listen to my interview with Lucie Regimbald on Local First.

South Nation Conservation is hosting an online fundraising auction to support its spring tree planting initiatives. “South Nation Wood Creations” will feature wooden products such as furniture, displays, art, signs, and charcuterie boards, hand-crafted by talented artisans from across the region. Silent bidding runs until October 29th. To see the auction website, go to

Prescott-Russell Community Services has launched a new Seniors Wellness Program, to improve the living conditions of seniors and their caregivers through in-person visits and simple solutions adapted to their needs.

A social work technician answers calls and visits people in their homes. Sophie Ménard, program coordinator, said all kinds of needs are addressed, whether a listening ear, food, clothing or medication, or a social life. The Seniors Wellness Program is free to people 55 and older or with special needs. People can ask for help for themselves or refer other persons in need. The number to call is 613-632-0939 or 1-800-267-0853.

The Russell Township Library is again running its Adopt-A-Book program until November 20th. To donate a book to the library visit either the Russell or Embrun branch to choose from the new releases available for adoption, pay the price shown, and be entered to win a $25 gift card.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have photos you’d like to share? Email us at Tune in to Local First for interviews regarding local news, and follow us on Facebook. I’m Candice Vetter for CJRO News. CJRO – Last on the dial, first for local news. Keep well.

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