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CJRO News October 6 to October 11, 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 CJROradio.com.

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

Catherine Kitts has won the Cumberland Ward by-election with about 51 per cent of the vote. Voter turnout was even lower than is usual in by-elections with under one quarter of voters voting, even with mail-in ballots an option.

Other candidates ranked in order are Yvette Ashiri with about 1900 votes, compared to Kitts’ 4700, Lyse-Pascale Inamuco with almost 800, Henry Valois with under 500, Patrick Uguccioni with under 400, Denis Labrèche with 239, Mark Scharfe with about 100, A. Bruce Faulkner with 33, Craig MacAulay with 18, and Jensen Boire with 16.

CJRO News will be attempting to get an interview with Kitts in the future, but as she didn’t want to participate before the election, we’ll see how that goes.

In other City news, a plan is being floated by a major developer to take over the land between Boundary Road and Ramsayville Road and make it into one of Ottawa’s largest developments. Almost all of that land is currently forest or farmland and includes Edwards and parts of Carlsbad Springs.

Local environmental organizations have expressed concern about this extreme urban expansion. The proposal is said to be a joint project between the Algonquins of Ontario and Taggart Investments. However, the AOO lands are relatively small portions on the northwest side of the Boundary Road and Mitch Owens intersection, representing a very small percentage of the development area.

I will be conducting interviews on Local First in the future, and will be following this story.

The Montfort Hospital will be setting up a COVID Care Clinic at Ray Friel Complex in Orleans. Please note, this is NOT a COVID testing centre. It is for care and testing for personms with respiratory syhmptoms. The clinic will be located at one of the skating rinks inside the Ray Friel Recreation Complex, which will be set up as a clinic, with separate entrances and exits. The rest of the complex will stay open, but access and ventilation will be separated from the clinic. The Ray Friel Complex is at 1585 Tenth Line Road. The centre

The new care clinic should open by mid-October at the latest, rink’s has to melt before the clinic is set up. The clinic's operating hours and the possibility of making an appointment at a specific time, if possible, will be confirmed later.

The clinic’s function will be to provide COVID-19 testing and respiratory assessments for people with symptoms of respiratory illness – cough, fever and cold-like symptoms – that can’t be managed at home. Adults and children as young as six months of age will be able to receive care and be tested for COVID-19.

For testing only, 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.

Note that the provincial government has said that now only persons with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID should 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 Ontario.ca/covidtest.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Do you have an experience you’d like to share? Do you have information about the proposed Taggart land development? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing newsCJRO@gmail.com.

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