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CJRO News October 25 to October 31, 2021

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

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

For listeners hearing this broadcast on Tuesday, October 26th, there is still time to register for the City of Ottawa’s online budget consultation Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Councillors Catherine Kitts, Laura Dudas, Matthew Luloff and Tim Tierney will be attending. Specific questions should be submitted before the event. Register at

The Blackburn Hamlet Community Association and local City of Ottawa Councillors are hosting a free Halloween Drive-In event this Saturday, October 30th. See one of three feature films at the Mer Bleue Snowdump at 2170 Mer-Bleue Rd. The features are: Halloweentown, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and the original Ghostbusters. Films are in their original English-version, but French subtitles are available for The Nightmare Before Christmas and Ghostbusters. Admission is per vehicle, pick one film and get free tickets at

Piperville Road bridge is reopening on Thursday, October 28th, with a ceremony at 3 p.m. Councillors, staff from the project and the contractor will remove the detour between Farmers Way and Hall Road after the bridge opens.

In response to CJRO’s repeated requests for interviews Sarah Kastner of Syntax Strategic sent us an email which states there will be consultations on the proposed Tewin project. Kastner said, “Public consultation is very important to both the Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart and is a key component of the development plan for Tewin. We currently have meetings scheduled in November with local community organizations with the goal of discussing the consultation program and gathering feedback. Moving forward, we are planning a number of public consultation activities in the near future, which will build into the robust consultation program we are developing for Tewin. We are looking forward to working with local residents and businesses and will continue to keep the broader community apprised as we move forward with the City process.” As soon as CJRO finds out dates and places for consultations we will announce them.

The new McDonald’s restaurant in Embrun is opening this week. To celebrate the opening, the franchisee Louis Giguère is offering support to the Good Neighbours Food Bank. For every Big Mac sold between October 26th and November 2nd, a dollar will be donated. Also, like many other restaurants in the region, both new and old, McDonald’s is actively recruiting new staff.

The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is organizing a Drive-By Hallowe’en as well as a new activity, a "Halloween Challenge." Kids can join the fun on Sunday, 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.

This is the last week left to submit bids to the South Nation Wood Creations online auction in support of South Nation Conservation’s spring tree planting initiatives. The auction features 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 You can also hear my interview with Shannon Murray of SNC on Local First and as a podcast.

Russell Township is recruiting part-time and on-call firefighters for the Russell and Embrun fire halls. Applications, information and qualifications required are on the website. The application period ends November 5th.

The Russell Township Library is 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. You can also hear my interview about this and other library topics with the library’s interim CEO on Local First.

Last weekend the 2nd Russell Scouting Troop took part in a dedication at the J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area in Russell Village commemorating the 100th anniversary of Scouting in Russell. Local First will be interviewing long-time volunteer Bill Goodwin in the near future about the long history of Russell Scouts.

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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