News in Brief

November 18, 2019: 23RD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS ANGEL PROGRAM
 
(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is once again participating in the Christmas Angel Program. Christmas Angels will be available in both the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachments located at 1913 Petawawa Blvd., Petawawa, and 77 International Drive, Pembroke. Each "Angel" represents a less fortunate child in our community. 
 
In addition to the OPP Detachments, Christmas Angels will also be available at the following locations:
• Petawawa Public Library
• Town of Petawawa Municipal Office
• Pembroke City Hall
• Pembroke Library
• Laurentian Valley Township Office
 
Citizens are asked to attend the OPP Detachments or any of the above locations and pick an "Angel", purchase a gift and return unwrapped gifts in a gift bag along with the corresponding "Angel" to the offices where they were taken from by December 2, 2019. Returning the gift and "Angel" before the deadline will ensure that the gifts can distributed on time.
 
Last year 240 Christmas Angels were distributed by the OPP to caring community members who were willing to make Christmas brighter for local children in need.   
 
For questions or further information regarding the Christmas Angel Program please contact Sara Lapointe at the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 613-735-0188. 


November 7, 2019: WINTER DRIVING TIPS - STAY ALERT, SLOW DOWN, STAY IN CONTROL
 
(PEMBROKE, ON) - Winter weather conditions are forecasted and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind motorists that adverse weather conditions put extra demands on you as a driver and on your vehicle's performance. 
 
STAY ALERT. SLOW DOWN. STAY IN CONTROL. These are three key elements to safe winter driving. Motorists are advised of the following safety tips to help everyone arrive at their destination safely. 
• Drive according to current road and weather conditions. Reduce your speed when adverse weather conditions arise.
• Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, longer stopping distances may be required.
• Be able to see and be seen. Clean frost and snow off all windows, mirrors, and lights.
• Consider installing four winter tires on your vehicle, install good wiper blades and keep an ample supply of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle
• Give yourself extra time to reach your destination. Consider postponing or cancelling your trip if the weather does not improve.
 
The following is a list of some recommended items to carry in your vehicle:
• A charged cell phone in case of an emergency
• An ice scraper, snow brush, a small shovel, sand, salt or other traction aid
• Booster cables, road flares, fuel line anti-freeze, and tow rope
• Extra clothing and footwear, a blanket, high energy non-perishable food, matches and a candle    
• Flashlight, small tool kit, first aid kit
 
To check on road conditions before your trip you can call 5-1-1. The Ministry of Transportation's Traveller Information Services provides road information for provincial highways in Ontario by telephone at 5-1-1 or online with accessible information on the MTO Ontario 511 website at www.ontario.ca/511
 
STAY ALERT. SLOW DOWN. STAY IN CONTROL.


October 22, 2019: OPP WARN OF CANADA REVENUE AGENCY SCAM SURFACING IN AREA AGAIN

(PETAWAWA, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn the public of an ongoing telephone scam by imposters claiming to be Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) employees. The fraudsters advise the target that they owe thousands of dollars in back taxes to the CRA and the intended victim is often threatened with arrest and jail if they do not pay immediately.

With the CRA scam the fraudster attempts to create a sense of urgency which may cause the victim to not verify the story. The scammer will often insist that the victim not tell anyone and to transfer the money that has been requested through a money transfer company or even through the victim's own banking institution. Also, many scammers want to trick you into providing your banking and personal information. In fact, the criminals will fraudulently use your personal information to steal your money.

If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).  You can file a report with the CAFC by calling 1-888-495-8501 (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm EST) or by using their online reporting tool at www.antifraudcentre.ca