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November 25, 2020

Local Ontario SPCA seeking donations for upcoming “Paw it Forward” online auction
Supporting local businesses and the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre has never been easier than with the Paws to Support Local Campaign.

Garrison Petawawa Festival of Lights for military families
Military families are invited to discover the seasonal splendour of the Garrison Petawawa Festival of Lights from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.


November 23, 2020

CNL & Deep River and District Hospital Support Public Health
Chalk River, ON – November 19, 2020 – Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) and the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) are pleased to announce that a new COVID-19 testing centre has opened on the hospital grounds to provide a safe, secure, and isolated location for local residents to access COVID-19 testing this winter. The hospital hosted its first testing day on Tuesday, November 17, where testing was administered in a trailer that was donated by CNL.


November 19, 2020

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Smaller services mark Remembrance Day in Petawawa, Pembroke
Remembrance Day ceremonies in Petawawa and Pembroke were scaled back significantly this year due to the ongoing pandemic. While both events still featured many traditional aspects of the annual service, the number of people allowed on site was reduced to 100 to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions.

3 RCR - Pioneers Lead The Way… Everywhere!
From the 10th of August to the 6th of October 2020, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment along with Army Reservists from the Hasting’s and Prince Edward Regiment (Hasty P’s) conducted the first, all infantry staff in-house Basic Assault Pioneer (BAP) course. This was a large milestone in the Master Implementation Directive for Light Infantry Forces and has acted as a proof of concept for future BAP courses. This course was also the first primary combat function course conducted by 3 RCR in a COVID-19 environment.

National Addictions Awareness Week
November 22-28 aims at reducing stigma
'Change Begins With Me' is this year’s National Addiction Awareness Week (NAAW) tagline, aimed at inspiring change in the way people speak about addiction.

Home Stretch for Bears
It’s getting noticeably colder outside and black bears in this area are in a last ditch effort to ensure they have gained enough weight to survive the impending winter. They may begin their hibernation any time now, but they will continue their search for food as long as food is still available, foraging for up to 20 hrs per day at this point.

A message from the Fire Prevention Branch: Fire Extinguishers
In most cases, the best thing to do in a home fire is to get everyone out of the home immediately and call the fire department from outside.

World Children’s Day
Thirty years ago, world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood.

Petawawa Legion hosts annual Candlelight Ceremony
Red candles flickered at the foot of the Petawawa Cenotaph, their flames like illuminated poppies swaying in the wind.

Gourd times at Petawawa Ramble, winners of residential displays announced
Driving through town during the Petawawa Ramble, it was clear the fall season was fully underway, highlighted by whimsical pumpkin-headed folks on display.

Business winners of the Petawawa Pumpkin Folks display contest
The second annual Petawawa Ramble and Pumpkin Folk Festival brought some seasonal joy in an otherwise dreary year.

Petawawa Pantry thanks community for successful “Treat and Eat” food drive
The Petawawa Pantry (Food Bank) would like to give a big “Thank-you” to the Petawawa community once again for their amazing generosity for the 5th Annual “Treat and Eat” food drive on Halloween evening.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
It has been 31 years since the tragic mass shooting at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal (December 6, 1989) that saw the promising lives of 14 young women cut violently short. This senseless act of targeted gender-based violence shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.


November 13, 2020

The Steel Spirt Artist Spotlight
The Steel Spirit Artist Spotlights gives recognition to individuals in the services. When most people hear 'art' they tend to only think of painting or drawing. We've had a much larger base of mediums involved with The Steel Spirit i.e. sculpture, photography, pottery, stained glass, leatherwork, woodburning, woodturning, metalwork, airbrushing etc. We even had a poetry submission in 2018 by a WWII vet. Fred submitted the poem he wrote over his 6 years fighting in Europe. He is 99 years old and still writes poetry today.

The Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre kicks
off iAdopt for the Holidays adoption campaign
Pembroke, ON (November 12, 2020) – Give an animal in need the gift of a loving forever home this holiday season with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society’s iAdopt for the Holidays campaign, which officially launches today.


November 9, 2020

World Children’s Day
Thirty years ago, world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood.


November 5, 2020

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Local Legions to hold small November 11 ceremonies
PETAWAWA - Every year, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Canadians gather in parks, community centres, workplaces, schools and homes to honour Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans, observe two minues of silence to mark the sacrifices of the many who have fallen in the service of their country, and acknowledge the courage of those who still serve.

Veterans’ Week Message from the Garrison Petawawa
Commander and Garrison Chief Warrant Officer
Each year during Veterans Week the soldiers and civilians from Garrison Petawawa spread out in communities across the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac, Quebec in support of services that reflect and commemorate the tremendous sacrifices of those who came before us.

Veterans’ Week Message from the 2 Canadian
Mechanized Brigade Group Commander and Brigade Sergeant Major
Even when we are apart, we remember together. As the fall training wraps-up and we inch closer to the holidays, we find ourselves in the time of the year where we will see many of our family members, our friends, our neighbours and Canadians wearing a red poppy – the symbol of Remembrance.

Get the Flu Shot, not the Flu!
The influenza virus, commonly referred to as “the flu”, is an easily transmitted respiratory illness. Symptoms of influenza include fever, headaches, chills, muscle aches, sneezing and coughing. People with the flu may experience symptoms for up to 10 days. Influenza can result in hospitalization and can be fatal.

CAF identifies soldier who died on training exercise in Wainwright
Edmonton, Alta. – Corporal (Cpl) James Choi, a member of the Royal Westminster Regiment, based in New Westminster, B.C., died on October 31, 2020 as the result of a gunshot wound sustained while training at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright.

Keep fire safety in mind as temperatures drop!
Garrison Petawawa Fire Department is urging everyone to keep fire safety in mind as the temperatures turn colder.

Unit Environment Officer Course
On November 19 and 20, 4 CDSG Env Svcs will conduct its annual two day Unit Environment Officer (UEnvO) course to the personnel that are slated to take on that role at their respective Units.

90th Birthday/70th Wedding Anniversary Celebrations
On Saturday, September 19, 2020, family and friends of Greg and Dolly Currie of Petawawa gathered early in the day to celebrate the 90th Birthday of Greg Currie, Sergeant (Retired) Canadian Armed Forces at the Petawawa Civic Centre.

National Silver Cross Mother: Mrs. Debbie Sullivan
The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first authorized on December 1, 1919 as a memento of personal loss and sacrifice on the part of widows and mothers of Canadian sailors, aviators and soldiers who died for their country during the war.

Second World War Veteran shares story of service, loss of limb
On Remembrance Day this year, many Canadians will be reflecting on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Among those will be war amputee veteran Bob Gondek, of Toronto, who also carries a physical reminder of that pivotal time in history.

Foster a safe and inclusive workplace using the Positive Space Program
Most people think a positive space is a physical environment where you can talk, but what this program teaches is acceptance of others.

Pembroke will hold drive-thru Santa Claus Parade of Lights Nov. 28
PEMBROKE - The City of Pembroke is excited to announce that in lieu of the traditional Santa Claus Parade, they will be hosting a drive-thru Santa Claus Parade at Riverside Park.

Garrison CAF Sports Day in Canada event brings
participants together both virtually and outdoors
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Sports Day in Canada at Garrison Petawawa went virtual, encouraging military members to get outside or just get moving on their own time.

Veteran-led Operation Motorsport: Excite, Engage and Empower
Operation Motorsport helps veterans and serving military members find a sense of purpose and teamwork on the racetrack.

Many trail, outdoor options in Renfrew County and the Ottawa Valley
Pembroke, ON: Hiking in rural areas like the Ottawa Valley is the ideal way to safely and responsibly enjoy time together with family and friends who are part of your COVID-19 bubble.

Petawawa Catholic Women’s League News
The Petawawa CWL held a meeting recently in the parish hall. We all enjoyed a video on how to really pray the Rosary and a video on the Joyful mysteries of the Holy Rosary.

Local Entrepreneur to be Featured on Dragons Den
Pembroke ON: Local entrepreneur, Akosua Asare of Deep River, will be featured on an upcoming episode of Dragon’s Den on CBC and CBC Gem Thursday, November 12 at 9:00 pm.


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