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CJRO News September 18 to September 25, 2023

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

The Hawkesbury Detachment of the OPP is warning the public that a new active scam is in the area, with people pretending to be from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The victim typically receives a phone call from someone saying they are from the foundation saying the victim has won a large amount of money and a flat screen television. The person calling gives a fake name, address and phone number. When the victim calls the number someone answers "Heart and Stroke Foundation". Police have determined the Heart and Stroke Foundation does not work this way, but sends prizes directly to the winners. The OPP said victims in this area have lost large amounts of money and urge people not to give personal or financial information over the phone. Anyone who suspects a scam should contact their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or

A by-law proposed by Russell Township was not given third reading at the Council meeting on Monday, September 11th. The proposed bylaw would have restricted public gatherings in parks and municipally owned areas to 25 persons or less unless a permit is granted, and would not allow posting of signs or handing out of pamphlets on public property. Opponents said it contravened the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which grants freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of communication, peaceful assembly and association. At the meeting Mayor Pierre Leroux said that problems with the by-law were identified so it was not brought forward.

At the same meeting Eadie Road resident Rhonda Bradley suggested to Council that they allot funds for a lobbyist registry. She pointed out that money could be directed in the next budget to enable a community led public engagement strategy. She said the township website states it has that strategy but it does not exist.

The Glengarry News, based in Alexandria and covering local news in a wide area, is closing. It published the final edition on September 13th. Its website said, "It is with profound sadness to notify you that on September 14th, 2023, The Glengarry News will close permanently." It served Glengarry County since 1892. North Glengarry Township and South Glengarry Township held an emergency meeting on September 15th to search out options for preserving local news.

South Nation Conservation has announced it is allowing hunting and trapping on certain SNC properties, with permission from SNC. “Responsible hunting and trapping are beneficial to ecosystems and help to maintain balanced wildlife populations,” said Ryan Robson, an SNC Conservation Lands Technician. “Hunters must have provincial permits from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and should always carry their outdoor card, license summary, valid hunting tags, and proof of firearm accreditation.” The fee to hunt on SNC properties is $100 for watershed residents. Hunters cannot hunt where there are active recreational trails, and should consult SNC’s online mapping portal for properties approved for hunting. All posted signs and regulations should be observed and, as of 2023, all approved hunters must display an SNC tag within their vehicle dashboard when hunting or trapping on SNC Conservation Lands.

On September 30th Ambassador Ministries in Covenant invites the public to a living re-enactment of the Nativity on Concession Street in Russell. There will be reenactors playing the roles and animals playing the animals. For more information listen to my interview with Vinita Baker on Local First.

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