• Candice Vetter

News - July 29 to July 5, 2020

Hello, bonjour, and welcome, to Carlsbad-Vars Radio, CJRO, at 107.7 and 107.9 FM in Carlsbad Springs, Vars, Edwards, Navan, southern Orleans, NDC, some of Russell, and online, at

I’m Candice Vetter, reporting from my home office in North Russell, just a few kilometres from Carlsbad Springs.

On Monday, June 29, a carbon monoxide incident was reported at the Amazon distribution center at 5225 Boundary Road. Everyone was safely evacuated. Ottawa Fire Services Haz-Mat Technicians are investigating to identify the source of the CO.

With hot weather being dominant so far this summer, there are a few splash pads open. In the City of Ottawa three splash pads are open so far. They are at Brewer Park near Carleton University, Claudette Cain Park in Riverside South and Little Rock Park near Findlay Creek.

Also in Embrun the splash pad at Yahoo Parc is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Yahoo Park is at 2 Marcel Street, west of the arena.

Many pools and beaches are also open or will open in early July.

Users are asked to please respect physical distancing of two metres.

In Navan, The Original Navan Market is dedicating a section of the market grounds specifically for youth in Ottawa and surrounding areas, who are running their own businesses.

Young entrepreneurs who would like to join the new section can contact . Special pricing is based on the age of the kids. Six- to twelve-year-olds are $10 and teens are $15.

Vars is going to celebrate Hallowe’en in the summer. On Friday, July 10, 2020 the Vars Community Association asks residents to set a few Halloween decorations (or any decoration) at your doorstep for an evening of trick-or-treating. Neighbours are asked to follow health measures, that is, physical distancing, wash your hands, wear a mask, and so on. The fun starts at 6 p.m.

Russell Township is introducing the Pop-Up Patio Program. This program is intended to support local restaurants by providing flexibility to restaurant owners while ensuring safety standards and measures. Businesses can complete the application form at

Round 2 of consultation of the Ottawa Ward Boundary Review 2020 is coming soon. According to the City of Ottawa consultation opportunities will include public and stakeholder meetings –online or in person, depending on the pandemic situation at the time. There will also be chances for consultations with Councillors, a survey and online discussion through

Libraries are now open for pickup services in Ottawa and Russell Township. Ottawa has a new Returns and Holds Pickup service at six branch locations: the Main branch downtown, Nepean Centrepointe, Cumberland, Beaverbrook, Greenboro, and Ruth E. Dickson, only. Look online or call for new hours of operation.

Pickups are by appointment only.

Returns will be accepted when open, no appointment necessary. Book drops are closed.

In Russell and Embrun curbside pickup is available. Order materials in advance, and call the Library from the parking lot to have them put on a table outside. Russell is 613-445-5331and Embrun is 613-443-3636. When you are in the parking lot staff will deliver your materials on the table outside. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday except Tuesday and Thursday when they are open until 8 p.m.

The City of Ottawa’s Human Needs Task Force and Just Food are partnering to provide seeds and soil to 3000 households in Ottawa. To get a package fill in the registration form at

If you have issues with registration email or call 613-580-2424 ext. 26753.

A team member will schedule a location and time for pick-up and get a list of gardening resources. You must have access to a personal yard, which can be small.

Each package comes with six or seven types of seed, about three blue boxes worth of soil, and instructions and links .

Museums and parks are opening. The list for Ottawa is too long to read here, so for the latest scoop, go to my friend Laura Paquet’s page

to see what’s open and not. Also, note that Upper Canada Village will be reopening for guided tours only starting this week.

Remember that the Piperville Road bridge replacement has been postponed until 2021. Bidders were unable to procure precast girders, which can’t be fabricated in time for this season.

Starting Monday, Monday, July 6th, the City of Ottawa will start issuing tickets again on vehicles parked in excess of posted time limits. So be warned.

Visit for information about parking permits.

Ontario's driver testing services provider, DriveTest, is offering limited services across the province, in a staggered approach based on date of birth, and expecting to restore full services by September.

Do you have news that matters to our area? Have you found a life hack to help deal with COVID-19? Do you have an issue you think isn’t being noticed? If yes, I’d like to hear from you! Contact me by emailing

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