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March 31, 2020

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Welcome home to all those who have been away for the winter. We are so glad to see you back with us once again and hope you had a great time. Sorry to say you will have to self-isolate for the next 14 days from family and friends. But we are glad you are all home.

March 30, 2020

Panel answers questions about how Garrison Petawawa is handling
COVID-19 situation during Facebook Live Town Hall

Representatives from Garrison Petawawa responded to questions about COVID-19, dispelling myths and detailing how the Garrison is dealing issues surrounding the ongoing pandemic.

Petawawa Library purchases more e-books for the public during pandemic
The Petawawa Public Library doors may be closed, but they are still offering services to keep people occupied and entertained while self-isolating.

March 27, 2020


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) has launched today to strengthen access to primary care for all Renfrew County residents.

What is the Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre? The Renfrew County Virtual Triage and Assessment Centre (RC VTAC) is a new pandemic healthcare service to reduce the demand on Emergency Departments and provide Renfrew County residents, who do not have a family physician or cannot access their family physician, with the appropriate level of care when they have any health concern (including concerns related to COVID-19).

Pembroke Regional Hospital Is Closely Managing Supplies and
Looking for Donations

PEMBROKE – The Pembroke Regional Hospital is working with health care facilities and hospitals in the region in order to ensure there will be enough supplies to deal with COVID-19 when they are needed most.

March 25, 2020


Hey All, it’s your Base Surgeon. I want to pass on some information directly so that you know what’s happening in the fight against COVID, and what you can do to help. Please take the time to read the whole thing: it affects all of us. Before I start I want to thank you—the response in Pet has been aggressive, calibrated, and open, with excellent buy-in from our Commanders, Command Teams, and individual members.

Petawawa Chiefs Oldtimers Hockey Club hosts 38th Annual Tournament
The Petawawa Civic Centre was recently the site of a great weekend of hockey as the Petawawa Chiefs Oldtimers Hockey Club hosted their 38th Annual Oldtimers Hockey Tournament. A total of 16 teams in 4 divisions (3 divisions for players 35 and over and 1 open division for players 19 and over) played 4 games each from Friday March 6th to Sunday March 8th to earn bragging rights as the top team. Participants also enjoyed a dance at the Civic Centre Saturday night. Wayne Kelley from Lake of Bays won the Players Only Prize Draw held during the dance and went home with a new bar fridge.

March 20, 2020

Petawawa passes bylaw to allow Mayor, CAO to make decisions dealing with COVID–19
As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Canada, the Town of Petawawa has created a bylaw giving the Mayor and CAO/Clerk power to take action and make necessary and critical decisions without the need to call a formal council or committee meeting.

March 19, 2020

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There are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Garrison Petawawa
March 12, 2020 – PETAWAWA – Garrison Petawawa is aware of a member of the defence team in 4th Canadian Division Support Group that came into contact with an individual exhibiting flu like symptoms.

Information sessions offer tips to ease stress about military postings
There are few things as daunting for families as receiving a posting message as it throws carefully established routines out the window and forces them to rebuild a new support network from scratch.

International Day of Forests and World Water Day
International Day of Forests is held annually on the 21st of March. It highlights the importance of forests to people everywhere. Locally and globally people depend on forests for their livelihoods, medicine, fuel and food. Canada has nearly 9 per cent of the world’s forest with over 347 million hectares. [Natural Resources Canada, Feb. 15, 2017]

Health Unit: risk for Renfrew County and District remains low for COVID-19
PEMBROKE - Renfrew County and District Health Unit continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation daily and there are currently no cases in Renfrew County and District.

Petawawa Skating Club teams earn silver medals at Kanata Synchronized Skating

Several teams from the Petawawa Skating Club participated in the Kanata Synchronized Skating Competition.

Frigid dip for pets in need raises almost $6,000
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ontario SPCA) Renfrew County Animal Centre hosted its second annual Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday, March 1 at the Petawawa Point.

Local swimmers medal at provincial-level championship meet
As part of their continuing, incredible season of competitive swimming, the Petawawa Predators recently sent two youth athletes to the 2020 Winter Ontario Festivals provincial-level championship meet in Windsor, Ontario.

Town of Petawawa: COVID-19 and Continuation of Service
Petawawa – In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, members of the Town of Petawawa Emergency Control Group have assembled and will continually monitor the situation to respond effectively to this evolving situation. Updates will be provided on our municipal website ( as they become available.

It’s safe to donate blood during COVID-19, and critical for patients
OTTAWA - Canadian Blood Services is concerned by a recent spike in appointment cancellations in several cities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
The Town of Petawawa has a new vehicle to provide community transportation.  Thanks to a $483,000 Ontario Community Transportation grant, Petawawa was able to partner with Carefor Health and Community Services and purchase an accessible RAM Promaster 3500.  The vehicle will pick you up at your door and is able to accommodate a wheelchair and seven passengers and it can be used by seniors, persons with disabilities, those on low income and vulnerable youth.  

Whitewater Kings planning to come to Petawawa
The Whitewater Kings are looking to move to the Petawawa Civic Centre for the 2020/2021 season.

News from the Petawawa Legion
At the Petawawa Legion we understand the seriousness of the Covid-19 Virus. We are monitoring the situation daily and will continue to update our practices as required.

Petawawa takes steps to protect residents from COVID-19
With Ontario declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, the Town of Petawawa is taking steps to mitigate the impacts of the virus on its residents.

March 17, 2020

Library closed, programs offered virtually
Despite being closed as a precautionary measure, the Petawawa Public Library has found alternative methods to bring literacy and fun directly into people's homes. Storytime will now be offered through live-streaming on their Facebook page, allowing children from any community to take part in the fun. The library will have twice-daily story and craft times at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. posted on their Facebook page.

Hyska’s YIG offering free delivery, dedicated shopping times for seniors
Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer (YIG) in Petawawa has stepped up to ensure seniors in the community do not go without.

March 12, 2020

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Are you ready? Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2020 starts this month
GARRISON PETAWAWA - The biggest annual Army training exercise is approaching and it is the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group’s (2 CMBG) turn to show its skills and prepare its soldiers to deploy on operations abroad and represent Canada proudly.

LifeSpeak - Your Virtual Library for Total Well-Being
OTTAWA - LifeSpeak is part of the Department of National Defence’s (DND) Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and is available to Defence Team employees and their families, free of charge.

Pembroke Petawawa Lions Club completes $15K pledge
PEMBROKE - Four days before his 100th birthday, Verner Stresman accompanied his fellow Pembroke-Petawawa Lions Club members to make their third annual $5,000 gift to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation, concluding their $15,000 pledge to the Cutting Edge Campaign.

Veterans Affairs Canada launches consultation to improve outreach to
Veterans and families

All Veterans and their families should be aware of the range of benefits and services that are available to them. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that everyone who served in the Canadian Armed Forces knows how to access supports for which they are eligible, now or at any point in their lives.

On the Road to High Readiness Part II
The Tomahawk originates with the Algonquin people as a light, versatile weapon and tool that can be taken on long journeys inland by foot, portage, or canoe. It was later refined into a strong, light, metal weapon and tool used at war and in times of peace.

Busy Place that Subnivean Space!
Many folks in the Renfrew County area are talking about snow these days. “Will it ever Stop?” “Not more snow!” “Can’t wait for Spring!” And on we grumble.

Respect in the CAF: Collaborating for Future Leaders’ Readiness
In February 2020, the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Strengthening the Forces Health Promotion Program and the Sexual Misconduct Response Centre collaborated to provide the Respect in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) workshop simultaneously to over 200 students in Kingston, Ontario. This training was provided to foster the readiness of 4th year RMC students as future CAF leaders.

‘Coldest Night of the Year’ walk raises $30,000
The Grind Pembroke is a bridge between despair and hope, connecting people struggling with poverty and homelessness to community resources that will lift them out of their unfortunate circumstances.

St. Patrick’s Day fundraising Dance for the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank March 14
For the first time, the Petawawa Pantry has taken the lead on Petawawa’s St. Patrick’s Day Dance, a fundraiser for the local food bank slated for Saturday, March 14 at the Petawawa Civic Centre from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

News from the Petawawa Legion
Looking to start your Sunday off with some great food? Then how about drop in to the Legion from 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the 15th. You can get eggs made to order, bacon or sausage, home fries, toast, juice, tea/coffee or pancakes. Cheese omelette also available. Price reduced for kids. Open to all.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Hello everyone and welcome back to all those who have been away for the winter. We are so glad to see you back with us once again and hope you had a great time.

March 5, 2020

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Opening ceremonies launch week-long Exercise OLYMPIAN BEAR
On March 2, Canadian Armed Forces personnel from units across 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group gathered at the Dundonald Hall field house to launch Exercise Olympian Bear 2020, a week-long sporting event for units to take part in fierce but friendly competition to promote esprit-de-corps, leadership and physical fitness.

#EachforEqual: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020 on March 8
Since joining the Canadian Armed Forces in 1997, I have had the privilege to serve at home and abroad, deployed to Iraq and Bosnia, and live and train with both the British Army and the U.S. Marine Corps. As a married service couple, we have gone through 11 postings together, with our children experiencing 7 of those moves. The details are unimportant, my point is I am a proud mother, wife, and member of the CAF.

Harassment: Respondent Rights and Responsibilities
Dear CCMS: I am the named respondent in a harassment complaint. I am distraught about this and feel that this is unfair. What are my rights and responsibilities?

On the Road to High Readiness
As of July 1, 2019, 4th Canadian Division (4 Cdn Div) became the Division responsible for preparing soldiers to deploy on international and domestic operations in 2020/2021. Soldiers at the Division are undergoing a yearlong training program known as the Road to High Readiness (RTHR) to ensure they are ready to deploy.

Fire Warden Needed
The Garrison Petawawa Fire Department is looking for a keen individual to be Fire Warden.

Petawawa Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame names ‘Class of 2020’
The Petawawa Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame (PSEHOF) has five new inductees.

Fall/Winter Inter-Unit Sports Season Champions
The wrap-up of the 2019-2020 Fall/Winter Inter-Unit Sports season.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
This week we are hosting the Seniors Active Living Fair on Thursday, March 5 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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