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CJRO News October 9 to October 15, 2023

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

An encampment on County Road 8, east of Casselman, calls itself Save the Children, and is not affiliated with the Save the Children charity. The group appears from videos played on Reddit to be a small number of self-described Christians and people who are opposed to many things including LGBTQ rights and sex education. Some were still reported to be there a few days ago. According to the protestors will attend marches in Ottawa. Online searches suggest some want to charge Prime Minister Trudeau with treason, and oust the Liberals and NDP somehow. CJRO contacted Sergeant Aaron Miller of the OPP who said the OPP are aware of the group and regularly assess the potential for demonstrations to identify impacts on public safety.

A driver who collided with horses on October 2nd about 1:00 a.m. on Highway 417 died last week of injuries sustained in the accident. OPP report there were two collisions on the highway between the Anderson and Hunt Club ramps. Owners of the Ottawa Community Farm, which gives riding lessons, posted that two of their horses were killed. Both they and the OPP said a tractor trailer truck plowed through their fence and left the scene without telling anyone. The horses got out and were hit by two cars. The road was closed in both directions for most of October 2nd for investigation. Anyone with information or dash cam footage from the time and place are asked to contact police at 1 888 310 1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477.

In Florida, a federal court judge has ordered that Rodney Nichols, the man accused of murdering Jewell Parchman Langford, be extradited from the U.S. to Canada where he will face trial in L’orignal. The 81-year-old has been under house arrest since August 18th. Langford went missing in 1975 and her identity was not discovered until a couple of years ago via DNA. For more on this story listen to my two interviews on Local First with Bill Dickson of the OPP who worked on the case.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing to exempt numerous harmful activities from licensing requirements. If the change goes ahead disposal of asbestos waste, biomedical waste, hazardous waste, liquid industrial waste and treated waste would not require oversight. The change would also include water-taking for construction sites, dewatering activities and foundation drains. The Canadian Environmental Law Association says there would be no review by Ministry staff to assess environmental impacts, public participation and appeal rights would no longer apply, and the activities would no longer be subject to public scrutiny. CELA strongly urges the ministry not to proceed with these changes. CELA is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, October 17th at 1:00 p.m. and has created an action alert page online. The ministry is also hosting webinars on this topic. There are four notices on the Environmental Registry of Ontario with sessions on October 12th, 18th, 19th and 26th. The public has until October 30th to comment. CJRO asked the ministry for a comment but had not heard back in time for this newscast.

Adopt a book at the Russell Library starts this Saturday, October 14th and runs until November 18th. To participate visit the Russell or Embrun branches, choose one of the books offered, pay for it and put your name on a book plate inside.

The Quaker Oats commercial featuring Navan is now available to watch on YouTube. Google “Quaker You’ve got this.”

The Homestead Pub in Embrun is now open in its new location at the former Etienne Brule brewpub on Notre Dame.

The Carlsbad Springs communique wishes to correct an earlier statement. The Hallowe’en event at the Community Centre in Carlsbad Springs will be Saturday, October 28th, not Sunday.

The Township of Russell budget proceedings schedule has been revised. On November 14th the draft will be presented to Council at the regular meeting, on November 23rd and 24th Council and staff will be in the budget working sessions, and on December 11th Council reviews and adopts the budget during the regular meeting.

Three new historical plaques were recently unveiled in Russell Township, bringing the total to 16. The St-Jacques bridge, the Embrun train station and the Russell weir are the newest sites. To see and visit all the sites check at

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