Hello, bonjour, and welcome to CJRO News on CJRO Radio. I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from Embrun.
I’ll start with some community activities coming up. First off, the Russell Heritage Festival is going ahead this year, with three outdoor events. On Saturday, September 11th, between 10 and 11 a.m. two historical plaques will be unveiled on the Russell fitness trail, in Russell Village, one near the library and one a bit east of Eadie Road. Then between 11 and noon there is a walking tour of the former train station site near the library just off Concession Street. And finally, there is a walking tour of the village core from noon to 2 p.m., complete with historical figures.
Two days later is the Terry Fox Run, which is again doing the One Day, Your Way format. Organizers will be on the fitness trail at the parking lot beside Mother Teresa between 9 a.m. and noon on Sunday, September 13th . There is no gathering but people can still walk, run, bike, rollerblade or wheel down the trail. The Fire Department will be out and Township By-law staff will be biking the trail.
As usual, disposing of garbage is always news around here. If you have electronics or metal that can be recycled, this is your opportunity to get rid of them, not have them “go to waste.” The Carlsbad Springs Optimist Club is organizing a Recycling and Bottle drive. The recycling drive will take place rain or shine, on Saturday, September 18th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carlsbad Springs Community Centre at 6020 Piperville Road. To volunteer call Lucie Régimbald at 613-821-3431. The annual drive was begun about eight years ago as an appropriate way to raise funds for the Dump This Dump 2 campaign. Since then the Optimist Club has continued it. Besides bottles and cans the drive will also accept vehicle batteries, radiators and alternators; aluminum (including aluminum cans); brass, copper and steel; stereos, speakers, televisions, cell phones, and computers. It will not accept paper, plastic or wood.
And in Russell Township, a hazardous waste disposal event is happening at 857 Route 400, on October 15th and October 16th. The last time Russell had this event there ended up being long delays, so this fall it is being spaced over two days. Also on the16th is curbside exchange day, which is a great way to dispose of items and pick a few up! The Township also recently announced there are still a few $200 grants available for washable diapers left for this year.
Also, residents of Eastern Ontario are invited to the Eco East virtual Annual General Meeting on Monday, September 27th at 7 p.m. Eco East is seeking board members and volunteers. A media release says this role is for you if you: • Can spare 5 hours per month, • Want to be more engaged in environmental issues, and • Share the vision, mission and values.
Eco East is actively recruiting people with communications and bookkeeping/accounting skills, and new members for the issue-specific working groups. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Province extended the expiry dates of license plate stickers, health cards, and driver’s licenses when the pandemic began, but now they must all be brought up to date by February 22nd, 2022.
Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson is asking residents to acknowledge neighbours, friends and community leaders who have made a significant impact in your lives or the lives of those around you, by nominating them for the Order of Ottawa or the Brian Kilrea Award for Excellence in Coaching. To submit nominations see Ottawa.ca/OrderofOttawa. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, September 10th.
Covid numbers in Ontario are still high, with over 800 new cases reported on Friday, Sept. 3rd . About three-quarters of the cases are in unvaccinated persons.
Ottawa has also launched the mobile vaccine team, to benefit persons in the community who wish to get their vaccine but haven’t been able to. Eligible residents can get their first, second and third dose from the mobile vaccine team. The mobile vaccine team can be requested by community organizations, community leaders, faith leaders, or employers in Ottawa who have a group of people that may benefit from vaccination coming to them. To request submit the online form or call 613-691-5505.
Regarding third doses, a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to residents most at risk of serious illness. These include: transplant recipients, patients with hematological cancers on active treatment , and recipients of an anti-CD20 agent. Ottawa residents who meet these criteria can speak to their specialist or hospital program to ask for a letter to receive the third dose. Residents of long-term care homes and highest risk retirement homes will also be offered a third dose of vaccination at least five months after the second dose. Ottawa Public Health is working with long-term care homes.
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