News Archives

May 28, 2020

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Grn Petawawa conducts flyby to salute front line workers
GARRISON PETAWAWA - In recognition of the incredible resilience displayed by Canadians during the current COVID-19 pandemic, Garrison Petawawa conducted a local military flyby to express heartfelt appreciation for medical staff, first responders, and essential workers.

Fabrication of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in 2 CMBG
The threat of COVID-19 changed how society operates, and in order to combat against the spread of the virus, we need to find ways to slow the rate of infection throughout our communities.

National Defence COVID-19 Emergency Campaign
As you all know, COVID-19 continues to impact communities across Canada. In response, the National Defence COVID-19 Emergency Campaign has been established to allow Defence Team members to support those most affected by the virus in communities of their choosing. United Way and over a dozen health partners have combined efforts under the NDWCC 2020 campaign offering the following distinct donation options;

Update on active COVID-19 cases among Canadian Armed Forces members serving in long term care facilities
OTTAWA - Every day, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members risk their own health and safety to protect Canadians. In response to requests for assistance from Quebec and Ontario, the CAF is honoured to be able to provide support to some of our most vulnerable populations. The CAF has approximately 1,400 personnel committed to 25 Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) in Quebec, and 275 members committed to 5 LTCFs in Ontario. Their dedication and expertise continue to make an impact in Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, through Operation LASER.

One Canadian military member killed and one injured in CF Snowbirds accident
OTTAWA - Every day, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members risk their own health and safety to protect Canadians. In response to requests for assistance from Quebec and Ontario, the CAF is honoured to be able to provide support to some of our most vulnerable populations. The CAF has approximately 1,400 personnel committed to 25 Long Term Care Facilities (LTCFs) in Quebec, and 275 members committed to 5 LTCFs in Ontario. Their dedication and expertise continue to make an impact in Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, through Operation LASER.

Mental health services ongoing at Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre
Even during the current realities of Covid-19 physical distancing, mental health issues aren’t on pause, and neither are the services that the Petawawa Military Family Resouce Centre (PMFRC) provides.

Registration now open for CFMWS Support Our Troops Scholarship Program
The Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) 2020 Support Our Troops Scholarship program is available to families of currently serving members as well as veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Valley Veteran Art Auction to raise funds for Robbie Dean Centre
Veterans, most from the Ottawa Valley, are auctioning off their art to support the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Asian Heritage Month 2020 - Asian Canadians: United in Diversity
May is Asian Heritage Month in Canada, a time to reflect on and celebrate the contributions that Canadians of Asian origin continue to make, to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

Bear-Proof garbage containers for Garrison Petawawa
Garrison PETAWAWA – Bears have already been spotted at Garrison Petawawa as spring slowly emerges!

Garrison Petawawa Community Gardens Open for Sign Up
Residents of Garrison Petawawa Residential Housing Units (RHUs) are invited to reserve a plot or two in one of the community gardens offered by Garrison Petawawa Environmental Services. Plots and surrounding space must be maintained and weeded by the individual signing up for the plot.

Petawawa Public Library now offering a contactless material pickup service
The Petawawa Public Library will be offering curbside pickup of its books.

$300 for Petawawa Pantry Food Bank
The Petawawa Esso spread some generosity in these unprecedented times, donating $300 to the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank

Community Foundation recognizes food security as a local priority during pandemic
PEMBROKE - Due to Covid-19, the Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation (“Community Foundation”) realized their direction has abruptly changed its immediate mandate. The annual granting application process was postponed until 2021.

May 25, 2020

'Military Wives' Movie is now available
Inspired by the incredible true story of the initial concept of the choirs, ‘Military Wives’ is a celebration of women across the military community coming together through singing.

May 22, 2020

Renfrew County’s Emergency Departments Remain Open And Safe
For Urgent Care Needs
Since mid-March, Renfrew County’s residents have done a tremendous job of staying home” in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Algonquin College projects awarded $720,000 from
College and Community Innovation Program
OTTAWA (May 21) – Two applied research initiatives at Algonquin College have each received $360,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation Program.

May 20, 2020

One person injured, three neighbouring homes damaged during house fire in Petawawa
One person suffered smoke inhalation after a structural fire that damaged three neighbouring homes on Riverstone Trail in Petawawa.

May 19, 2020

Skylight Drive-In to host Drive-In Church Service
Following the Ford government's new COVID-19 allowances, the Skylight Drive-in will play host to a Wesley Community Church ‘drive-in service’ on May 24 at 10:30 a.m.

May 14, 2020

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Garrison Petawawa personnel deploy on Operation LASER
On the morning of May 8, 2020, 41 personnel from 1 Canadian Field Hospital (1 Cdn Fd Hosp) including Nursing Officers, Medical Technicians, and X-Ray Technician as well as four Dental Officers from 1 Dental Unit Detachment Petawawa departed 1 Cdn Fd Hosp to serve on Operation LASER, the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) response to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Update on Canadian Armed Forces’ response to COVID-19 pandemic
OTTAWA - Canadians can trust that, in times of need, their Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will be there for them. This is especially true right now, as people from coast to coast to coast come together to face the unprecedented challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the CAF is no exception. As active members of our communities, we are proud to be there for our federal, provincial, territorial, municipal and Indigenous partners when needed.

An update from the 4 CDSG Commander and Formation Sergeant Major
After over a month of enduring protective measures against the spread of COVID-19, the Formation Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Tom Verner and I would like a moment of your time to say thank you for the work you are doing and for the sacrifices that you and your families are bearing. It has not been easy for many people but we have always been in this together.

A Message from your Base Surgeon
Hey All, it’s your Base Surgeon. This is a quick piece in praise of overreaction. You might have noticed that we’re doing OK here—we’ve avoided painful outbreaks in local nursing homes, our case count has been low, our hospitals haven’t been overrun, and we’ve even pushed out medical troops to support hard-pressed longterm care homes. There’s talk of reopening the economy, reopening travel, resuming training. You might be left wondering, “if we’re doing so well, wasn’t all of this a bit much? Wasn’t this an overreaction?

2 CMBG - On the Front Line of COVID-19
On March 8, soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) cut their weekend short to prepare for an unprecedented fight against an unconventional enemy — COVID-19. The situation was serious: more than 200 Canadians, most of whom were elderly, were stranded aboard the Grand Princess Cruise ship amid a COVID-19 outbreak. They needed to be repatriated back to Canada.

Repatriation for six fallen members
OTTAWA - A repatriation ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 6, at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton, for the six Canadian Armed Forces members killed in a helicopter crash April 29.

52nd Annual Memorial Service held for Fallen Paratroopers
On 3 May 2020, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters & Signal Squadon (2 Sigs) held a small and video recorded ceremony to remember the seven gallant soldiers from 2 Sigs and the Royal Canadian Regiment who tragically perished on the evening of 8 May 1968 in the service of their country.

Spring large item collection
LAURENTIAN VALLEY – Spring collection of large household goods will be happening soon for residents in the Town of Petawawa, City of Pembroke and Township of Laurentian Valley. Acceptable items must not be placed curbside earlier than Sunday, May 24.

Tips at Esso Petawawa to be donated to food Bank
With the Covid-19 pandemic affecting travel, local gas stations are seeing substantially less business at their pumps.

Community linked by caremongering group
Generous residents of Petawawa looking to spread positivity and help their neighbours have set up a “caremongering” group to counteract fears over Covid-19.

Municipal events cancelled due to COVID-19
PETAWAWA - With the extension of the Ontario provincial emergency orders to May 19, and with clear messaging that large scale social gatherings are not likely to be permitted in the immediate future, the Town of Petawawa is announcing the cancellation of municipal facilitated events to the end of July.

PMFRC offering virtual “campfire” meetings, financial and deployment support
The Petawawa Military Family Resouce Centre (PMFRC) is holding weekly “campfire” meetings on Facebook live to familiarize people with their programs, services and staff members from the comfort and safety of their couch.

Square Dancers Choose to Help
The Swinging Swallows Square Dance Club realizes that our recent gift of several hundred dollars to the St Joseph’s Food Bank may not heal the sick nor provide hugs for those in quarantine, and it won’t make up for being apart from family and friends, but we hope our gift will put a smile on some faces.


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