News Archives

December 17, 2021

Renfrew County Chambers Ramp Up Free Rapid Tests to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
Across the province, the Ontario Chamber Network recognizes the importance of distributing rapid tests to continue to help keep businesses and communities safe through COVID-19 uptick.

Exercise UBIQUITOUS GUNNER 21
The 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) conducted Exercise UBIQUITOUS GUNNER 21 (Ex UG 21) which took place between 8 August and 12 August 2021. The event saw members of 2 RCHA conduct a five-day, 150-kilometre canoe trip along the Rideau Canal between Kingston and Kemptville, Ontario.


December 16, 2021

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Holiday Message from the 4 CDSG Commander and Formation Sergeant Major
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Formation Sergeant Major and I wanted to take this opportunity to extend our best wishes to the Defence Team, their families and to our great neighbours in the Upper Ottawa Valley and Pontiac, Quebec.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Command Team Holiday Message
As we prepare to say farewell to 2021, Chief Warrant Officer Leamon and I would like to extend warm holiday greetings to all members of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group and Garrison Petawawa, and their families. We also wish our many neighbours throughout Renfrew County and Pontiac, Quebec, a happy holiday season and we thank you for your enduring support.

Military Police to carry Conducted Energy Weapons
Beginning in November, on Bases, Dockyards and Wings across the country, Military Police (MP) personnel will begin carrying Conducted Energy Weapons (CEW).

Apologies issued to Defence Team members for sexual misconduct and discrimination
As part of the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) efforts to reconcile with those affected by sexual misconduct and discrimination, a formal apology was released on Dec. 13.

Chaplain’s Christmas Hampers ready for distribution to local families
The Chaplain’s Christmas Hampers make the holidays brighter for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members struggling at this time of year.

A Christmas fire safety message from the Garrison Petawawa Fire Chief
As the holiday season is fast approaching, the Garrison Petawawa Fire Department would like to urge one and all to be mindful in this festive season.

Children’s book honours life of Bombardier Patrick Labrie
The life of late Bombardier (Bdr) Patrick Labrie is recounted in a beautiful children’s book: “Patrick the Paratrooper”.

$5,000 for PMFRC from Doyle Salewski
The Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) received a $5,000 cheque from Doyle Salewski Inc.

CANSOFCOM collects 300 lbs of food donations for Petawawa Pantry Food Bank
Christmas came early for the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank when Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM) dropped off more than 300 lbs. of food.

“Honour Our Veterans” banner program to commemorate military units, veterans
Petawawa will highlight the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members through its “Honour Our Veterans” banner program.

NRCan lab in Hamilton helps honour a piece of Pearl Harbor history
A Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) laboratory was chosen to partake in a project honouring the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Habour.

What can we do to maintain a clean and safe environment during the winter months?
Residents of the Residential Housing Units, winter is here and it is here to stay. It may be early this year, however it should not deter us from doing the things we all must do to be safe and maintain a clean environment.

Garrison Petawawa Homefire Festival of Lights
The second annual Garrison Petawawa Homefire Festival of Lights was a clear success, dazzling people over the 1.5 km stretch of Sapper Way.

Federal Storage Tank Regulations
There are many storage tanks and storage tank systems on Federal lands across Canada which contain a multitude of products, including petroleum and allied petroleum products. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has developed strict Regulations and Legislation for all establishments to follow in order to retain the privilege to install and use these tanks on Federal Lands.

Pembroke welcomes second Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails store
The owners of Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails opened a second location in Pembroke, bringing unique pet toys, food, and treats to the city.

Crowds flock to Madameek’s Free Shawarma Day
A line-up of hungry diners formed long before Madameek Petawawa opened their doors on Dec. 8. It snaked around the building despite the frigid temperature and falling snow.

News from the Petawawa Catholic Women’s League
The Petawawa Catholic Womens League recently had a Christmas Market at Our Lady of Sorrows church hall.

2021 Petawawa Santa Claus Parade made spirits bright lighting up the night
Dreams of a white Christmas came true with an early visit from Saint Nick during the 2021 Petawawa Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 4.

Hyundai Pembroke receives President’s Award of Merit
Hyundai Pembroke has earned a 2020 President’s Award of Merit (PAM).

Vigil for National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
On Dec. 6, people gathered at the Women’s Monument in Petawawa to pay homage to the women who died in the l’École Polytechnique de Montreal mass shooting, and to honour those women who lost their lives to gender-based violence in Renfrew County.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Well hello everyone, here I am once again with just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club

Christmas concert featuring Military Wives Choir held at St. George’s Chapel
Christmas spirit was in full swing during the St. George’s Chapel Community Chapel’s worship concert on Dec. 12.

Petawawa Predators hold Poppy Swim Meet at Dundonald Hall
Recently on November 13, the Petawawa Predators Swim Club kicked off their 2021-22 competitive swimming season, hosting the Arnprior Bluefish at the Dundonald Hall Aquatic Centre for the 2021 Poppy Meet.

BMO brings mobile banking services to CAF members, Defence Team
A mobile Bank of Montreal (BMO) office was at CANEX on Nov. 25 and 26 to help Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families, and members of the Defence Team open free banking accounts.

Local Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorraine Mackenzie retires after 25 years
Lorraine MacKenzie, Executive Director of the Upper Ottawa Valley Chamber of Commerce, has retired after 25 years of service.

Virtual format extends reach of Phoenix Centre’s FAN Club
The Phoenix Centre for Children and Families has launched the Virtual Friends and Neighbours (FAN) Club.

Fines for harrassment, abuse of town staff
The Town of Petawawa will not tolerate any harrassment or abuse towards staff members.

Light up the Valley is back
For the second time, Light up the Valley will bring brightness and cheer to residents during the holiday season.

Public invited to help “Stuff a Cruiser”
On Dec. 4, 2021, the Auxiliary Unit of the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) hosted their 13th annual “Stuff a Cruiser” fundraiser.

Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre seeking fosters
Do you have room in your heart and in your home to help animals in need of foster care?

Petawawa plans to go greener with electric fleet
Zero-emission vehicles will be integrated into Petawawa’s Half-Ton Pickup Fleet when the old vehicles must be replaced.

Town of Petawawa Council Briefs
A 10-unit, three-storey apartment building may soon be constructed at the corner of Dundonald Drive and Petawawa Boulevard.

Holiday Shutdown of DND Buildings
The holiday season is soon upon us and the Garrison Fire Department has some points for units to help prepare to leave buildings closed up for an extended period:


December 8, 2021

One Good Reason to support the Robbie Dean Centre - An evening of singing & sharing & surviving together with Séan McCann & Andrea Aragon
Co-written by Great Big Sea founder, renowned mental health advocate, and recent Order of Canada recipient Séan McCann and his wife Andrea Aragon, ONE GOOD REASON is a powerful musical memoir that leaves no stone unturned. Detailing in powerful and lyrical prose a Newfoundland childhood indoctrinated in strict religious faith, the creation of the wildly successful Great Big Sea, and the battle with alcoholism that nearly cost them everything, McCann and Aragon offer readers a story of reaching international fame and finding rock bottom. Most of all, this book is an honest, raw, and inspiring tribute to embracing the belief that we are all worth saving.

Snow Angels Community Initiative Returns to Pembroke this Winter
The City of Pembroke is proud to continue the Snow Angels initiative in the community this winter.


December 2, 2021

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2 CMBG lights up the night: mark your calendars for the Festival of Lights
Oh, the weather outside might be frightful, but the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Homefire Festival of Lights is so delightful.

4 CDSG Command Team presented Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Flag
Algonquins of Pikwaknanagan First Nation Chief Wendy Jocko and Councillor Barb Sarazin (left) presented the 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel John Vass and 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major Jack Durnford with the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Flag at Garrison Petawawa on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

The Defence Team marks 30th anniversary of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence
The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and goes until December 10, the World Human Rights Day. 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the campaign.

RCAF concludes largest tactical aviation exercise of 2021
The month-long Exercise STRIKING BAT 21 recently concluded at United States Marine Corps (USMC) Air Ground Combat Centre Twentynine Palms, California. The Royal Canadian Air Force’s largest tactical aviation training event of the year featured three CH-147F Chinook and six CH-146 Griffon helicopters, and over 300 RCAF personnel.

Fire Safety Tips from 4 CDSB Garrison Fire Department for the Christmas Season
To ensure a Merry Christmas and a fire safe holiday season, the staff of the Garrison Fire Department are suggesting the following fire safety guidelines:

Health Promotion Manager retiring
After a long career with Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs (PSP), Health Promotion Manager Dana Lawson is retiring.

Statement from the Minister of National Defence, the Chief of the
Defence Staff, and the Deputy Minister of National Defence

OTTAWA - The Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Anita Anand, the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Wayne Eyre, and the Deputy Minister, Jody Thomas, issued the following statement:

Christmas Angels Luncheon on December 25 offering delivery/pickup only
The Christmas Angels are donning their halos and aprons to provide a free Christmas Luncheon for residents of Petawawa.

3,000 lbs of food donated during Petawawa Pantry’s annual “Trick or Eat” campaign
Over 40 Petawawa families participated in the Petawawa Pantry’s “Trick or Eat” event by hosting a drop-box on their porch or by going door-to-door to collect food donations from their neighbours, friends and co-workers.

PMFRC receives $6,658 from Tim Hortons annual Smile Cookie campaign
On Nov. 15, a cheque for $6,658, proceeds from the 2021 Petawawa Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign, was presented to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC).


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