News in Brief


March 28, 2017: Crimestoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a suspected arson.

At approximately 11pm on the evening of Tuesday March 22, 2017 police responded to a suspicious vehicle fire involving a white 1999 Dodge Ram pickup.  At the time of the fire the truck was parked unattended in a parking lot in the 100 block of Pembroke Street West in downtown Pembroke. The fire was extinguished but the vehicle sustained significant damage. Police believe the fire was deliberately set.       

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


March 23, 2017: OPP WARN OF iTUNES SCAM SURFACING IN AREA AGAIN

(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to warn residents of an iTunes scam that has recently surfaced in the area again. Increasingly police have received complaints where fraudsters request payment for various fraudulent reasons through the purchase of iTunes gift cards. In one scenario scammers impersonate the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and claim that the target owes "back taxes". The target is advised payment must be made immediately to avoid arrest and serious legal consequences. The targets are instructed to purchase and activate iTunes gift cards and provide the codes back to the fraudsters as a form of payment. In a second scenario scammers have impersonated a grandchild in need of financial help due to injury or legal trouble and payment by iTunes cards is needed to bail the grandchild out of jail, pay fines or medical fees.

In an effort to reduce victimization consumers need to be aware of these scams and retailers should keep the scam in mind when faced with consumers interested in purchasing large quantities of iTunes cards. If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded contact your local police service or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at www.antifraudcentre.ca


March 21, 2017: Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week

Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers and the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the publics' assistance in solving a break, enter and theft.

Sometime on March 5, 2017 an unknown suspect or suspects broke into a home and garage on River Drive in the Town of Petawawa. One Husqvarna chain saw and two Sthil chainsaws were stolen from the garage and the house was ransacked by the suspect or suspects.     

Crime Stoppers Pembroke/Renfrew County believes that someone may have information that could assist police in solving this crime. If you have information on any criminal offence that results in charges being laid, you qualify for an award of up to $2,000.00. Call Pembroke/Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at (613) 735-8477 or you can reach us at 1-800-222-8477. You could help solve a crime. All tips remain anonymous and you will not have to attend court. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.  Please visit us at our new website www.valleytips.ca.


March 10, 2017: DRIVER DISTRACTION Leads ROAD DEATHS for Fourth Consecutive Year - OPP Conducts Distracted Driving Campaign Over March Break (March 13-19, 2017)

(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reporting that 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year that inattentive drivers were behind the highest number of lives lost on OPP-patrolled roads over the other main causal factors in road fatalities, known as the "Big Four".

In total, 65 people died in OPP-investigated collisions last year in which an inattentive driver was either a contributing factor or the primary cause of the death. In comparison to the other Big Four categories, 2016 ended with 55 speed-related, 53 seatbelt-related and 45 alcohol-related deaths.

As officers get set to conduct their annual province-wide Distracted Driving Campaign, the OPP is looking to Ontarians to help with the educational component of the campaign - a role that remains critical to helping keep Ontario roads safe.

QUOTES

"Road deaths linked to distracted drivers will not let up unless every road user says 'enough is enough' and shows a complete intolerance for what continues to be the most life-threatening driver behaviour on our roads. Starting with this campaign, we want to see every Ontarian, especially passengers of all ages, take a firm stand against those who endanger their lives by using their cell phones or engaging in other forms of distractions behind the wheel." - OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes

"When young people are needlessly injured or killed as a result of distracted driving, my heart aches. Losing a loved one, losing a child, is one of the worst things imaginable - the text can wait. The OPP's Distracted Driving Campaign is an important reminder to put the phone away and focus on driving. Keeping our roads, communities, and families safe starts and ends with each of us." - Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.

"Distracted driving continues to be a very serious challenge on our roads. It is particularly frustrating to see this behaviour - which is completely avoidable - cause the kind of carnage that it does. Even one death is one too many. It's time for all of us to put down our phones and speak up if we see our friends and family driving dangerously - together we can make this behaviour as socially unacceptable as impaired driving."
- Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

QUICK FACTS

With the exception of 2012, inattentive drivers have taken more lives on OPP-patrolled roads than speeding and alcohol-impaired drivers since Ontario distracted driving laws took effect in 2009.

A driver convicted of distracted driving faces:
a fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee
a fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
three demerit points applied to your driver's record

HELPFUL LINKS

Distracted Driving - Frequently Asked Questions

 


February 24, 2017: ICE SAFETY - IF IN DOUBT, DON'T GO OUT!

(SMITHS FALLS, ON.) - Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to encourage everyone to assess and be aware of conditions before venturing out on ice covered bodies of water.

The rash of snowmobile incidents in Ontario has the OPP encouraging the snowmobile community to monitor unnecessary risk and practice good judgement. No ice can be considered 100% safe to ride on with a snowmobile even though you may have tested the thickness. If you do venture out on the ice, please follow these tips to help keep you safe.

Check the weather - Do not go out on warm or stormy days

Do not travel on ice if you have consumed alcohol or drugs

Do not travel on ice alone or in the dark - always have a buddy with you

Always let someone know your destination and time of return

Children should be accompanied by an adult when out on the ice

Carry a small survival kit on your person - including ice picks, rope, a lighter, waterproof matches, magnesium fire starter, pocket knife, compass, and whistle Ice is constantly changing in response to weather and water conditions and is effected by many different factors including thickness, currents, age of the ice, pressure cracks and snow cover.

OPP East Region Manager of Traffic and Marine, Inspector Paul Bedard says "The OPP is committed to saving lives on Ontario's highways, trails, and waterways through the reduction of preventable injury and death. This ice warning applies during any prolonged period of thaw or rain, and late in the season after ice begins to deteriorate from milder temperatures." Ice and Snow Means Take It Slow!


February 17, 2017: Pink T-Shirt Day: An opportunity to Support Diversity and Inclusion

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, the Petawawa and Deep River Inclusion Project would like to remind and encourage everyone to wear something pink to support community inclusion, diversity, and to take a proactive stand against bullying. Originally, Pink T-Shirt Day started in Nova Scotia in 2007. During this time, a new male student was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Two other students observed this event happening and they wanted to take a stand against the bullying behaviour. These two students, David Shepherd and Travis Price, went out and bought 50 pink tank tops which they distributed to fellow schoolmates the next day. This was a way for peers to show their support to the student being bullied as well as a way to protest against this type of treatment to a new student for simply wearing a pink shirt. Since then, the impact of the event has taken hold across Canada and the world. The event is now recognized and called Pink T-Shirt Day.

In honour of Pink T-Shirt Day, the Petawawa and Deep River Inclusion Project is distributing 1000 pink bracelets with the words Kindness=Happiness / Bonté=Bonheur in French to the local schools and is encouraging everyone of all ages and in all communities to wear something pink. We would like everyone to remember that people come in many shapes and sizes, may have different backgrounds, beliefs, histories, and experiences and all of us deserve to be respected and included in our workplaces and communities.

The Community Inclusion project has been initiated in Deep River and Petawawa. It involves municipal leaders, police, educators, service providers, youth and parents who are working together on a number of activities to foster inclusion for all. If you are interested in finding out more or want to become involved you can go to the Community Inclusion Facebook page at: facebook.com/CommunityInclusionProject or contact the Community Inclusion Co-ordinator, Vicky Leach at vleach076@gmail.com.


September 7, 2016: Non-Essential Water Use Ban continues

Petawawa, ON – The water treatment plant at the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire during the evening of August 16th, 2016. The fire resulted in damage to one of three motor control centres (MCC) operating within the plant. A MCC unit is an assembly of common power services that regulate and relay information amongst various motor starters and equipment interfaces. Ontario Clean Water Agency staff and contractors worked tirelessly to enact emergency management procedures and temporarily re-route electrical circuits and bring backup operational equipment online. With the Town capable of producing and distributing water, accessing the extent of the damage and analyzing long term solutions transpired.

A system investigation confirmed the necessity of replacing the electrical system and certain operational modules within the plant. The equipment requiring replacement are complex, engineered units that are manufactured by a limited number of suppliers. Equipment specifications and design approvals have occurred under an accelerated procurement process, however it will be late October before delivery of the equipment is anticipated. Upon receipt of the specialized equipment, systematic installation and careful integration into plant operations will occur to ensure continued water distribution.

To safeguard adequate water supply and prevent undue burden on the water plant processing system, the Town of Petawawa continues to enforce a non-essential water use ban. Excessive draw from the water treatment system could adversely affect the repairs implemented and cause further damage to the system network. We ask that residents refrain from watering their lawns, but normal daily household use is permitted.

“We appreciate the efforts of residents to comply with this water-use ban and acknowledge that the water restriction has been a deterrent to the maintenance, repair and sodding of neighbourhoods and homes within the Town of Petawawa,” acknowledged Mayor Sweet. “The water use ban will remain in force to ensure that the Town can fulfill the core services of producing and supplying quality, safe water for consumption and fire suppression needs.”

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper asset management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.


August 25, 2016: Media Release - Town of Petawawa

Petawawa, ON – The water treatment plant at the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire during the evening of August 16th, 2016. The system has been temporarily repaired and the Town has continued to supply water throughout this process under a non-essential water use ban. Further repairs and equipment replacement will continue to occur at the water plant to ensure that necessary infrastructure is upgraded.

The non-essential watering ban will continue to remain in effect. We ask that residents refrain from lawn watering, but normal daily household use is entirely acceptable.

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.


August 17, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Town issues immediate ban on all nonessential water use

Petawawa, ON – The Town of Petawawa is issuing an immediate ban on all nonessential water use. The water plant for the Town of Petawawa experienced an electrical fire, last evening, which was quickly contained but has resulted in the interruption of the plant’s capacity to generate water. The Town water quality is not in question and water is currently available from our reserves and from our Pembroke supply.

In order to ensure adequate water supply during the time the plant system is under repair all non-essential water use will be monitored, this includes a ban on all lawn watering, pool replenishment and excessive personal use.

The Town wishes to thank residents for their patience and understanding during this time. Water conservation and proper management will ensure that residents continue to receive essential services until the necessary repairs can be fully completed.