News Archives

June 27, 2019

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2 RCHA mourning loss of Bombardier Patrick Labrie
OTTAWA - On June 22, a dignified transfer of remains ceremony for Bombardier (Bdr) Patrick Labrie took place at MacDonald-Cartier International Airport in Ottawa.

Freedom of the Town of Petawawa
On June 15, The Royal Canadian Dragoons were granted the Freedom of the Town of Petawawa, an honour bestowed by a municipality on a military unit that has earned the community’s trust, allowing them to march through the streets with “drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed.

In celebration of the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (RCEME) Corps 75th Anniversary, five teams from across the nation participated in Exercise MASTER MAINTAINER.

Veterans Ombudsman Releases 2019 Report Card
OTTAWA - Veterans Ombudsman Craig Dalton released his office’s 2019 Report Card June 10, which reports on the Government’s progress to improve services and support for Veterans and their families.

Species at Risk Profile: Blanding’s Turtle
The Blanding’s Turtle is a medium-sized turtle that is easily identified by both its bright yellow throat and chin, and its dome-shaped shell that resembles a soldier’s helmet.

Heating and cooling for numerous buildings at Garrison Petawawa is provided by a Central Heating Plant that produces steam (in winter) and chilled water (in summer). This is distributed to the buildings through an extensive underground piping network.

Wildfire Prevention
1. Wildfire starting and spreading is higher. High fire danger conditions include high winds, low humidity, drought, and elevated  temperatures. Local authorities may issue a “red flag warning” to alert you to these conditions.

Security Awareness Tips: Tips for Travellers
Before you Leave: • Review country specific information on the DFAIT website (

Benefiting from your Summer Employment: FSWEP program at Garrison Petawawa
Wouldn’t it be nice to work a full-time job, as a student, in a field you are interested in and pursuing a degree or diploma for? Many post-secondary students struggle to find work that will give them experience in the field they are studying.

A Message from Nathan Lane, Senior Manager PSP
Happy Birthday Canada!

A message from Kelly Williams, Town of Petawawa Director of Community Services
Join us this year on July 1st for Canada’s anniversary celebrations.

More than just pizza at Boston Pizza
Even before officially opening, Boston Pizza already made an impact in the community by donating $4,100 to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC).

MilSpouse Collective Annual Conference
The inaugural MilSpouse Collective Annual Conference was more than just a business and networking opportunity for Candian military spouses.

Kids of Steel returns for its 10th year July 7
In honour of its 10th anniversary, the Petawawa Kids of Steel Triathlon has added a new age group for its racers.

Pembroke expands Canada Day celebrations with $3,000 from HGS
Pembroke’s Canada Day celebration will be an extravaganza, bringing new events to the city’s waterfront.

Petawawa Legion News
I hope everyone will be able to get out and celebrate Canada’s Birthday. Petawawa celebrations will take place at the Civic Centre and our Colour Party will be joining them for the opening ceremonies.

The Dinner/Dance last evening was enjoyed by everyone who attended.  Most of us can still have fun on the dance floor and we had some young ones in their 50s who taught some line dancing moves.  To all of the 50+ age group, come out to the club and check out what we have to offer.  You will be pleasantly surprised to see how active we are as older persons.

June 20, 2019

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Monument unveiled for 75th Anniversary of RCEME Corps
On June 6, 1944, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy commenced and 150,000 allied troops landed on the beaches in northern France. It was one of Canada’s most significant military engagements of the 20th century.

Training accident claims life of 2 RCHA soldier
OTTAWA - Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) based at Garrison Petawawa, has died as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19.

Initiatives launched to retain and increase RCAF personnel experience levels
The Chief of the Defence Staff recently launched “Operation EXPERIENCE”, which directs the Canadian Armed Forces to implement immediate actions to stabilize and rapidly increase levels of pilot experience. These actions are nested within a broader RCAF campaign plan, “Operation TALENT”, which focuses on the quality of life and quality of service of all our personnel and their families. It addresses, in particular, the intake, training, absorption and employment of our members.

Recce Exercise near McKay, Alice and Fraser Twp
PETAWAWA - Please be advised that approximately 50 soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment will be conducting a Basic Reconnaissance Patrolman Course in McKay, Alice and Fraser Township from June 16-28, 2019

Are You A Mosquito Magnet?
Have you ever felt targeted by mosquitos when everyone else around you is hardly being bothered? There are a few explanations for why mosquitos are targeting you and not your friends.

Summer is here
This is a friendly reminder that there are maintenance responsibilities that come with living in the Residential Housing Units: 1. Your grass must be cut on a regular basis.

2nd annual Amazing Community Challenge raises amazing funds
Ten teams raced across Petawawa and Pembroke completing challenges along the way while raising approximately $3,400 for the Canadian Cancer Society’s Renfrew County Community Office Wheel of Hope program during the 2nd Annual Amazing Community Challenge.

2019 Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run travels through Petawawa
Once again, the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Ontario made its way through Petawawa, raising funds and awareness of the organization.

News from the Petawawa Legion
Tickets for our $15 T-Bone steak or $12 chicken breast dinner on July 1 as part of our Canada Day celebrations are on sale at the bar. Meal runs from 4:30-6 p.m. or until sold out. Tickets will be available at the door but possibly in limited quantities so guarantee your meal and buy tickets now. Music by Landry and Madill in the upstairs hall from 3-8 p.m. Redneck horseshoes start at 1 p.m. so you can attend the town celebrations at noon at the Civic Centre then head on over to the branch and sign up. Join us for a fun filled day. Open to all. Our hall is fully accessible.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan
Once again here I am with just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. On Sunday, June 9, the Civitan Bingo 52 special was won by three lucky people. There were also four draws held and the lucky winners were Jen Nickebor, A. J. Dwyer, Sharon Brehm, and Judy Mohns. All the prizes were donated to the club to help raise the money for the wheelchair swing that will placed at the Civitan Park in Petawawa. Yes, we are looking for people who would like to help us. There is no cost to join our club, we just ask you help out at the Bingo or other events that we hold. If you can attend a meeting, it is held once a month on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. If you would like more information about Civitan, just see one of our Petawawa Civitan Club members.

June 13, 2019

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3 RCR welcomes new Commanding Officer
The 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR) welcomed its new Commanding Officer (CO), Lieutenant-Colonel (LCol) Ben Irvine on May 31.

Garrison Petawawa CCMS marks a year of service
Countless Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members have had issues successfully resolved at Garrison Petawawa’s Conflict and Complaint Management Services (CCMS) Office.

Canadian launch for Voices of Liberation
OTTAWA - As part of Second World War anniversaries, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has created its first online sound archive, Voices of Liberation.

Garbage Attracts Black Bears!
Black bears are actively searching for food during this time of year, and although they normally feed on berries in June, garbage makes for an easy and convenient meal whenever available. Military and civilian personnel, residents, and users of Garrison Petawawa are reminded to take the necessary steps to avoid attracting bears both at home and at work.

The Energy Performance Contract at Garrison Petawawa is part of the national effort to reach the GHG emissions reduction targets announced in Canada’s Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. The goal to reduce GHG emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 is ambitious, reflecting the priority the government is putting on fighting climate change.

Security Awareness Tips: Social Engineering - It comes in many forms
GPS: A fan had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.

100+ Women Pembroke Petawawa District campaign raises $5,000 for three local groups
Local mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters and wives are seeing what they can do to better the community through the 100+ Women Campaign.

Top finish at CAF National Running Championship
The 2019 CAF National Running Championship was held in conjunction with the Ottawa Race Weekend May 25 and 26.

Petawawa Golf Club Ladies Division - June 6
Thursday, June 6 was a beautiful evening for golf.  There were 32 women out for ladies night, sponsored by Hubert’s Nursery. The 50/50 draw winner was Norma Cartwright.  The closest-to-the-pin was won by Ronda Cripps and the longest putt was made by Heather Strachan.  Other prize winners were Kelli Sadler, Karen Allard, Sue O’Meara, Gerri Brunette, Mary Seaman, Mindy Lorbetski, Liza Anderson and Kathy Green.

‘June is Recreation Month’ launch at Garrison Petawawa
June is Recreation Month kicked off at Garrison Petawawa on June 2.

Double gold for Petawawa gymnast at Provincial Championships
The Petawawa Gymnastics Club would like to send out a big congratulations to Madison Hogg for placing first on Floor and Vault at the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Provincial Championships this past weekend in Waterloo.

Horticultural Society helps students make floral centrepieces for Mother’s Day
At the Herman Street Public School, a very special Mother’s Day treat was being created by Grade 3 students. On May 7, with the help of Petawawa Horticultural Society members and volunteers, the children created flowery centrepieces for their mothers.

Improvements coming to Petawawa Point
The Petawawa Point will be seeing a number of improvements after the town was awarded a TD Green Space Grant.

Civic Centre Days are coming up next week, and the bracelets are only $5 each.  There are lots of fun events planned for the entire family with Lobsterfest, Midway, Trivia Night, Dance, Antique Car Show, BBQ, Bike Park Show, Stand Up PaddleBoard, Beards, Brews, and Tatoos.  Check out the Petawawa Post or the Town Website for all of the information and have fun with your family and friends.

Petawawa Legion News
This Saturday night, June 15 starting at 8 p.m., we invite you to come on out for the music and show of Michael Curtis and the Slags. Taking place in the upstairs hall, we are fully accessible and everyone age of majority is invited. There will be a late light lunch and spot dances.

June 6, 2019

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June 6 marks 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy
VETERANS AFFAIRS CANADA - By the spring of 1944, Germany had occupied much of Western Europe for almost four years. With the German and the Soviet Union forces locked in bloody combat on the Eastern Front, the Allies sought to relieve some of the pressure on the Soviets by opening another front in Western Europe and beginning their push to liberate the continent from Nazi rule.

Mobile art show on display at Dundonald Hall until June 9
Dundonald Hall is temporarily home to the Pop Up Art Renfrew County project, allowing local residents free access to some beautiful art pieces.

Defence Construction Canada wins Virgin Pulse Global Challenge
Defence Construction Canada (DCC) won a trophy (above right inset) for their international success with the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge. The Virgin Pulse Global Challenge is a wellness challenge where teams of seven compete against other teams around the world, virtually travelling the globe by foot in order to improve health and well-being.

Citizen Science: Project FrogWatch
Frogs are amazing creatures with the ability to breathe through their skin, imagine that! This adaptation gives amphibians the amazing ability to breathe both underwater and on land, but it also comes at a price.

Security Awareness: Working from home? The dos and the don’ts
When you are using a departmental device at home, you are solely responsible for the information you are processing, and should be taking a proactive approach and exercising due caution:

National Indigenous Peoples Day event to be held at Rotary Park June 21
The 7th Annual National Indigenous Peoples Day will celebrate First Nations’ culture in Pembroke.

Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation unveils tribute wall
The Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH) Foundation unveiled a tribute wall in the PRH, honouring loved ones who have passed away.

Father’s Day Vendor Show June 16 will support ATV Ride for Dad
Slated for June 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petawawa Civic Centre, Krista’s Father’s Day Vendor Show will showcase specialized men’s interest booths in addition to craft show vendors.

Military Wives Choir Musical Director leaving Petawawa
The Canadian Military Wives Choirs (CMWC) Petawawa has grown exponentially in just a few years, and its Musical Director Sosun Suh is the main force behind that growth.

Be Visible
The Canadian Armed Forces spends a lot of money on camouflage and stealth technologies to ensure their personnel and equipment are harder to see in operational theatres. This is a very important safety strategy; because in hostile environments, the easier you are to see, the lower your chances of survival.

Cadet Corner
PETAWAWA – 35 Cadets along with staff from 2642 3 RCR RCACC visited New York City during their March Break Trip this past March. The week-long excursion was an opportunity of a lifetime!

Make healthy, active, better living fun and easy!
Every Saturday morning the Dow family, strap on their helmets and go for a bike ride. For 5-year-old Kaylee and 6 year-old Nathan the fun is all in the race against Dad to the next corner, but for Mom Kerry-Ann it’s part of their commitment to being physically active as a family.

News from the Petawawa Legion
D-Day: June 6, 1944. The day the Allies turned the war around and started the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. The ranks are very thin for those who are still with us and remember the horror that occurred. Seventy-five years seem like a blink of the eye for them. May we never forget.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Once again here I am with just bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. Life can change in just a minute or in just a second. If you need a special bed, wheelchair, or other help, where do you go? I ask that you just stop and think of all the things our clubs do. The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club is one of the clubs that supports all of these things. We hold bake sales or raffles but our biggest fundraiser is our Bingo that is held every Sunday night at the Petawawa Civic Centre. So when you play bingo at our bingo you are helping us help those who need help. We want to thank all those who do come out to our bingo every Sunday night. Thank you for your continuing support thoughout the years.

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