News in Brief

November 21, 2017: Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre reducing adoption fees for all cats and kittens to $25 from Black Friday to Giving Tuesday

Pembroke, ON (November 21, 2017) – The Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre is reducing adoption fees on all cats and kittens to $25 starting on Black Friday and continuing to Giving Tuesday to help find homes for the many cats and kittens in its care.

From Nov. 24-28, all cats and kittens will be available for adoption at the reduced fee of $25. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, come with a gift of six weeks of pet insurance and are up to date with their vaccines. Plus, anyone who adopts a cat or kitten from an Ontario SPCA Animal Centre in November will receive a box of Arm & Hammer SLIDE clumping cat litter, while supplies last.

“All of our cats are so deserving of new homes. We hope this promotion encourages families to adopt,” says Amanda Eckersley, Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre Manager. “If you can’t adopt right now, please tell your friends and family about the cats in our Animal Centre that are waiting for their forever families.”

To see adoptable animals, visit

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Step 2 – Post a picture of your adopted pet on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #iAdopt, or upload directly to our gallery at for chances to win weekly pet prize packs.

To learn more about iAdopt for the Holidays, or to enter the contest, visit

November 8, 2017: News Release

Garrison Petawawa Tests Emergency Services during Annual Exercise

GARRISON PETAWAWA, ON – Garrison Petawawa emergency services and personnel were put to the test today.  An annual “no notice” exercise was called at 9:14 this morning sending the Garrison into lockdown procedures in response to an threat scenario. 

Military Police and the Garrison Firehall were first on the scene and quickly established local security around affected buildings.  Some of the 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) buildings were put under lockdown in order to create a realistic scenario.  Once the 2 CER lockdown was declared, traffic in and out of the Garrison was stopped to let security personnel practice their emergency procedures. Meanwhile, from the initial 911 call, to the simulated casualty notifications, 4th Canadian Division Support Base Operations Services staff were behind the scenes coordinating activities as the scenario evolved. 

Garrison Petawawa Commander, Colonel, Louis Lapointe, says overall he was very pleased with how staff responded to the “no notice” emergency exercise.  He added “the safety and well-being of the Defence Team and their families is a top priority.  This is why we practice.”G

arrison Petawawa Formation Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer, Tom Verner says, “we constantly monitor threat levels and adapt our force protection measures to meet the demands of the evolving security environment.  Garrison Petawawa conducts emergency response exercises in order to ensure the ongoing safety of our personnel.”

October 11, 2017: Public Service Announcement

Exercise WALKING DRAGOON to take place the Whitewater Region

Petawawa, Ontario – 10 October 2017
The residents of Renfrew, Cobden and Beachburg, Ontario, are advised that there will be an increase in military vehicles and personnel from The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD), in and around these areas from 12 to 16 October as part of Exercise WALKING DRAGOON (Ex WD), an annual armored reconnaissance exercise.

During Ex WD, residents may see an increase in military vehicles moving along roadways, as well as up to 130 RCD personnel conducting training in the area with riffles, however there will be no live firing.

In July, 2017, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Petawawa assumed the mantel of Canada’s High Readiness brigade, where it will spend the next year as the Government of Canada’s go-to military formation for any international or domestic missions. RCD, an integral unit with 2 CMBG, uses exercises like Ex WD to maintain High Readiness skills in preparation for future operations.

To limit disruption to Renfrew, Cobden and Beachburg residents, leadership from RCD have been in close communication and coordination with municipal leaders and emergency services in the area.

For more information on RCD please visit their Canadian Army website at

September 25, 2017: SERVICE ONTARIO NOW OPEN

If you are missing the Service Ontario office in Petawawa, the Service Ontario outlet is now open at the new CANEX building located at 14 Ypres Avenue, North Town site.

The hours of operation are:

Tuesday 0930 to 1700 ;

Thursday 0930 to 1700; and

Friday 0930 to 1700.

Questions regarding Service Ontario may be answered by visiting:

September 14, 2017: POLICE TAKING AIM AT Pocket Dials and Unintentional 9-1-1 Calls

Mandatory Response Impacts Public Safety

(ORILLIA, ON) -Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has received more than 142,130 9-1-1 calls from January 1 to June 30, 2017 and 299,100 in 2016. In 2016 the OPP was able to confirm over 2000 pocket dials however over 30,000 remained as unknown wireless calls.

Ontario's unintentional calls have decreased over the last few years, but more work needs to be done. OPP is launching the #KnowWhenToCall campaign this fall to further educate the public on unintentional calls including pocket dials to 9-1-1. They continue to urge the public not to call 9-1-1unless it's an emergency, and not to let children play with mobile phones or tablets.

Beginning Thursday, September 14, the OPP will use its social media platforms to launch a public education campaign to remind the public to be careful about unintentional or 'pocket dial' calls to Provincial Communications Centres and what to do if they accidentally call 9-1-1. Included in the campaign are posters, poster cards and short videos also available for use by schools and community partners to help get the message out. The campaign will run over a three week period with the first release aimed at youth returning to school, followed by two more releases in the following weeks. The campaign products will be available to the media and public on the OPP internet under the 9-1-1 page.

Pocket dials happen when a mobile device carried in a pocket, purse, backpack or other piece of clothing accidentally activates the keypad, causing the emergency call. Many calls still occur when young children are given cell phones and smart phones to play with as toys. Even old, inactive devices with the SIM card removed can be used to dial 9-1-1.

For every unintentional call or pocket dial received, an emergency communicator must determine whether a real emergency exists and if police, fire or paramedics should be dispatched. With every unintentional call received, precious seconds may be taken away from someone who really needs help.

If you place an unintentional 9-1-1 call, stay on the line to let the emergency operator know it was a pocket dial/unintentional call. Every 9-1-1 call is taken seriously. When a 9-1-1 caller doesn't respond, that could be a sign of trouble - a possibility an emergency responder can't ignore.

You can prevent pocket dials or unintentional 9-1-1 calls by:

• Using the keypad lock feature. Keypad locks, some of which can be programmed to activate automatically, prevent a mobile device from responding to keystrokes until the user unlocks the keypad using a short combination of key presses or password.

• Turning off the 9-1-1 auto-dial feature. Check the user manual or the manufacturer's website, or call the service provider to determine whether your device has this feature and how to turn it off.

• Refraining from programming a wireless device to automatically or "speed dial" 9-1-1.

September 12, 2017: Public Service Announcement - Garrison Petawawa Invictus Flag Ceremony

PETAWAWA, ONT. – The public is invited to attend the Garrison Petawawa Invictus Flag Ceremony on Monday September 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Dundonald Hall, Garrison Petawawa.

The Invictus Flag will be carried into Garrison Petawawa as part of a 37 day journey visiting 22 bases, 15 legions and 50 communities.  Join us as we cheer on the unconquerable spirit of our wounded warriors.

September 6, 2017: Public Service Announcement: Ironman 2017 Race Start

The public are advised that a M777 155mm Howitzer gun will fire a single blank round to mark the start of the 2017 Ironman Race between 4 and 5 a.m. on both the 7th and 8th of September at Dundonald Hall.

In addition to the M777, the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Pipes and Drums will play to mark the commencement and may pose a brief disturbance to the communities immediately surrounding Garrison Petawawa.

September 1, 2017: Remember - School buses are returning

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds motorists that school buses are returning to area roads very soon, and in fact in some areas have returned. Motorists should be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and give themselves extra commuting time. Students will no doubt be excited and may forget many of the safety rules required for safe travels.

In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act motorists encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. The minimum fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $400 and 6 demerit points. This applies whether you are meeting or following a school bus, and includes multi-lane roads. The only exception is when driving on a road with a median - traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.   

Drivers should also be prepared to yield to student pedestrians and cyclists. Parents of students who will be walking or cycling to school are encouraged to speak with their children about the rules of the road that apply to them. 

August 31, 2017: 2017 Santa Claus Parade of Lights

The City of Pembroke is happy to unveil the theme for 2017’s edition of the annual Santa Claus Parade of Lights. This winter, we will be continuing our celebrations of Canada’s 150th year with 150 Years of Christmas. On Saturday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m., the parade will transform Downtown Pembroke back in time.

The possibilities for float designs and costumes are endless, whether going old-fashioned like 1867, the retro style of the 1950s, the fun fashions of the 1990s, or any combination of ideas in between. Take a trip through time along Pembroke Street with the floats adorned in an array of dazzling lights.

Canada’s traditional colours, red and white, are coincidentally also the colours worn by Santa Claus himself. We encourage all of Pembroke to come together as a community on November 25th to enjoy the parade in all its glowing splendour.

For more information or to register, contact Elijah McKeown of the Parks and Recreation Department at or 613-735-6821 ext. 1502.

August 31, 2017: OPP investigating death of parachutist

PETAWAWA - Petawawa resident and Canadian Armed Forces member Betiana “Beti” Namambwe Mubili died Sunday when her parachute malfunctioned during a recreational solo jump near Petawawa.

On August 27, 2017 at approximately 6 p.m., officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment responded to a call regarding a parachutist who was seriously injured.

Mubili, 29, had an issue with her parachute and landed in a field off Black Bay Road near the Pembroke Airport. She was transported to the hospital by paramedics and died a short time later.

Garrison Petawawa Public Affairs Officer Daphny Gebhart-Turcotte confirmed Mubili was a medic, recently promoted to Officer Cadet, who was to begin studies as a nursing student.

The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) was notified of this incident and the OPP are continuing with the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

August 22, 2017: Public Service Announcement

In order to provide the best access to our patients, the Petawawa Centennial Family Health Centre requests that Petawawa residents NOT park on our property for non-health centre activities such as the first day of school or Christmas concerts.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

August 4, 2017: The Canadian Safe Boating Council and Ontario Provincial Police Team Up to Reduce Impaired Boating Deaths This August Long Weekend

July 31, 2017 -- Orillia, ON, --Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 percent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol- related deaths, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch year 5 of an initiative called "Operation Dry Water". Its goal is to discourage the dangerous practice of boating while impaired by alcohol.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased.

Through this initiative, the CSBC and the OPP would like to raise attention to the issue of boating under the influence. While the responsibility of law enforcement on the water falls on police, the responsibility to ensure our waterways are a safe place to work and play is shared by all boaters. Alcohol and drug impairment continue to be a factor in boating deaths and injuries and, similar to the efforts on our roadways, we all have a role to play.

Operation Dry Water focuses on the potential risks of impaired boating and opportunities to discourage it. Being charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel carries the same consequences as Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and in Ontario that includes a suspension of your vehicle driving privileges. Upon conviction, a judge may prohibit operating a boat for a period of time and the repercussions of a criminal impairment conviction can go far beyond the initial incident. 

In Ontario, no alcohol can be consumed by anyone on board while a boat is underway. Only boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities onboard may permit consumption but only when docked or at anchor. NEVER boat under the influence.

Operation Dry Water's target is to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water while fostering education and discussions that promote and create a visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal...a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water for everyone. 

For more information, visit the CSBC website at under CSBC Safety Campaigns.

August 2, 2017: West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes in Renfrew County

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus (WNv) have been found in Laurentian Valley Township around the intersection of Highway 41 and Whitewater Road. This is the first time that mosquitoes have tested positive for WNv in Renfrew County and District since the health unit began monitoring mosquitoes for WNv in 2005. Mosquito traps are set up on a weekly basis across the region during the summer months. There have not been any reported human cases of WNv so far in 2017.

“The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has been actively monitoring mosquitoes for West Nile virus” says Dr. Kieran Moore, Acting Medical Officer of Health. “This recent finding of local mosquitoes carrying WNv serves as a reminder that even though the risk is low, individuals should take precautions to prevent bites and reduce breeding sites”.

About West Nile Virus
WNv is an infection found in birds, and carried by mosquitoes which feed on infected birds. WNv is spread to humans and animals through bites by infected mosquitoes. 4 out of 5 people infected will not show any symptoms. Others may see early symptoms of fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and occasionally, vomiting and nausea. Of those showing symptoms, approximately 1 in 150 may develop more serious symptoms such as stiff neck, confusion, tremors, numbness or sudden sensitivity to light. If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of WNv, please contact your healthcare provider.

The risk of being infected by the West Nile virus is low, but now is a good time to reduce your risk by the following actions:

Cover up when outside by:
• Wearing light-coloured clothing such as long-sleeved shirts, jackets, long pants, hats and socks, especially between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
• Applying federally-registered insect repellent (containing DEET) on exposed skin to limit exposure to mosquitoes. Follow label instructions for proper application.

Clean up by:
• Removing any standing water around your home, cottage or campsite. Mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs, and even small amounts will do such as that found in bird baths, old tires and unused containers.
• Keeping bushes and shrubs clear of overgrowth and debris. Adult mosquitoes also like to rest in dense shrubbery.
• Turning over compost piles on a regular basis.
• Making sure homes and businesses are “bug tight” by ensuring windows and door screens fit tightly.

For more information about West Nile virus including tips on how you can “Fight the Bite”, please visit the health unit website at