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August 20, 2020

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Korean War veterans honoured with special gift from embassy
June 25, 2020 marked the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War, one of the most significant chapters in Canada’s proud military history.

Morale Mail is back at North Side PMFRC
A package or letter from family or friends never fails to remind a deployed member that they are loved, boosting their spirits even when they are halfway around the world.

Operation CleanSweep - Summer Time
During the summer months, there are maintenance responsibilities that come with living in the Residential Housing Units.

One family, two pandemics
Captain Mike Gauthier always knew he’d join the military. It’s in his blood, after all.

Walk for the Wounded raises $35,000 for Wounded Warriors Canada
Veteran Dylan Pace spent 36 gruelling hours walking from Garrison Petawawa to Ottawa to raise money for Wounded Warriors Canada.

August 6, 2020

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Canadian Armed Forces members on Operation GLOBE 20-02
deliver COVID-19 humanitarian aid, medical supplies
In response to the United Nations’ request for transport of COVID-19 related humanitarian and medical supplies, on behalf of the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provided a CC-177 Globemaster and associated crew to provide airlift support out of Panama Pacifico Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala between July 21 and August 3.

DND awards $2 million to two companies 
developing COVID-19 solutions and products 
OTTAWA - The Department of National Defence announced July 30 two contribution agreements with Canadian companies as part of the Government of Canada’s coordinated response to COVID-19.  The contribution agreements, totaling $2 million, focus on diagnostics and testing and are being awarded to

Work Matters Seeks Employer Consultation
Smiths Falls - Work Matters will be hosting a series of virtual roundtable discussions to delve into the hiring and staff retention issues facing businesses in the healthcare, manufacturing and transportation industries in Lanark and Renfrew Counties.

Supporting Family and Friends: Talking About Substance Use
The Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction ( recently published a news bulletin speaking to an unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. Canadians have increased the amount of alcohol they are consuming while confined to their homes. Various reasons cited for the increase include uncertainty, boredom, loneliness, lack of structure, and stress. This has increased concerns for addiction within our communities. It’s important to have open conversations that are supportive and connect people with resources when needed.

The Rolling Barrage starts its fourth
inclusive cross-Canada motorcycle ride
On August 4, 2020, The Rolling Barrage (TRB) started its fourth inclusive cross-Canada motorcycle ride, presented by Military Minds Inc. (MMI).

Commissionaires announces Commodore Mark Watson as new Chief of Staff
OTTAWA – Commodore Mark Watson, CD MA MBA CMA-CPA ICD.C RCN (Ret’d) took over as Commissionaires Chief of Staff July 3.

Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation awards
final grants of $39,000 through the Emergency Community Support Fund
PEMBROKE - Thirty-nine thousand in additional grants was awarded by the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation (PPDCF) to six of local charities: the Renfrew District Food Bank, Carefor Health & Community Services, OSPCA Renfrew County, Wesley Community Church, Elevate Youth Wellness Centre, Columbus House (Pembroke) Inc. and Les Coureurs de Bois of Petawawa to address such needs as a walk-in refrigerator and freezer to service Renfrew and Ottawa Valley food banks, an outdoor rooftop garden to enhance quality of life, sound equipment, a Community Pet Pantry, as well as programs for youth and for mental health. These grants are part of the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF), funded by the Government of Canada.

Ontario SPCA highlights importance of up-to-date microchip information
When an adorable grey and white long-haired cat showed up to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SCPA) Renfrew County Animal Centre’s doorsteps, Heather Jobe was worried.

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