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CJRO News Sept. 9 to Sept. 13, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, southeast Ottawa, parts of Russell, and online, at CJROradio.com.

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell.

First off, I’m pleased to announce that recent episodes of Local First are now available as podcasts on our website. Interviews include one with Cindy Saucier, Terry Fox Run organizer in Russell, about this year’s virtual event. Yes, you can still participate and this is a special year—the 40th anniversary of Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Sign up at terryfox.org for Embrun-Russell Site 82. Hear the interview at CJROradio.com/news.


The Cumberland Ward byelection is only five weeks away. So far CJRO has interviewed candidates Yvette Ashiri, Lyse-Pascale Inamuco, Craig MacAulay, Mark Scharfe and Patrick Uguccioni. The remaining candidates are being scheduled for interviews, with the exception of Catherine Kitts.


CJRO requested an interview with her and received this response, “I thank you greatly for the opportunity to interview on your show; however, at the moment I am concentrating my efforts on door knocking and connecting with residents as much as possible.”


The interviews are being played on Local First over the next few weeks, and as podcasts at CJROradio.com/news.


If you want to vote by mail-in ballot you must apply before this Sunday, September 13th. Get mail-in ballots by applying to the Elections Office at Ottawa.ca, by email, or by mail.

Also on the topic of ward representation, the second round of public consultations on the Ward Boundary Review only runs until September 25th. You can review and rank the options available. Note that the options have changed! A sixth option was added and some of the others were tweaked. So far none of the options has appealed to the candidates we’ve interviewed. The question of why this is going forward in an uncertain time also has not been answered.

In Russell the Keith Boyd Museum reopened to the public last month. It is open Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Russell and District Historical Society has set out its COVID protocols. They include hand sanitizing, masking, and a limit of eight persons at a time in each building. Walk-in visitors will be allowed, but priority will go to those who made advance bookings. Book by calling 613-445-3233, or emailing info@russellmuseum.ca.

As of the Labour Day weekend, Dundas Manor in Winchester was able to announce it had no new cases of COVID. The residence has not yet reinstated indoor and outdoor visits but is expected to soon, and will keep residents and families updated.

The village of Navan is again encouraging residents to participate in yard displays. The theme this time is fall and harvest, including Thanksgiving and Hallowe’en. To have your display photographed and give permission to have it posted on social media, email your address to

FredHhyde@gmail.com by October 1st.

In related news the Cumberland Township Agricultural Society has appealed to the public to join the society or renew their memberships. The society, like other agricultural societies which run fall exhibitions, has lost its main source of income. There are still expenses, however, such as utilities, and upkeep of buildings and fairgrounds. The society is exploring possible funding help, but some sources require a certain level of membership for an organization to qualify. Since the office has been closed and the Navan Fair cancelled the society is short of the needed numbers. To buy a membership call 613-835-2766 or email navanfair@bellnet.ca.

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

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