News

October 21, 2021

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4th Canadian Division Support Group Command Team Welcome
At the close of this year’s extended posting season, Chief Warrant Officer Durnford and I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new members and their families to the area. Whether this is your first posting to Petawawa or you are returning from another organization, we hope that you will find Garrison Petawawa to be an enjoyable place to train, operate and live.

Annual Legion Poppy Campaign set to launch on October 29
The Royal Canadian Legion 2021 Poppy Campaign will launch on Oct. 29, commemorating 100 years of the tradition.

Petawawa soldier tasked with guarding Queen’s jewels at Tower of London
OTTAWA - It has been an experience of a lifetime for Petawawa soldier Master Bombardier Daran Caines who was chosen as one of the 13 members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery United Kingdom Public Duties Contingent (RCA UK PDC) to stand guard at the Tower of London from October 4 – 11, 2021 in London, England.

Ceremony held at Garrison Petawawa to commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day
Members of 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Petawawa gathered at Home Fires Park for a Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony on October 7.

International Conflict Resolution Day 2021
The  ability to work in a healthy, safe and respectful workplace is the right of every Defence Team (DT) member. Each year, International Conflict Resolution Day (ICRD) is observed on the third Thursday in October, offering DT members a natural opportunity to take stock of the conflict resolution resources available in case they, a colleague, or a subordinate are in need.

Firefighters promote fire safety at RONA during Fire Prevention Month
October is Fire Prevention Month. The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), in partnership with First Alert and Lowe’s Canada, have been hosting free home safety events throughout the province.

Petawawa Pantry Food Bank seeking volunteers for annual Trick or Eat Campaign
No one should be haunted by hunger. So to keep life gourd and bellies full, the Petawawa Pantry Food Bank is collecting donations during their annual “Treat or Eat” Campaign to fill its shelves.

Rotary’s Project Playhouse winners chosen, raffle raises over $15,000
The five winners of the Project Playhouse raffle were announced on Oct. 17.

Pumpkin Folks take over town during Petawawa Ramble
Petawawa Ramble featuring the Pumpkin Folks Festival was held on Oct. 14 to 17. Residents and visitors alike were invited to take in the autumnal splendor of the region as they explored the community and its hidden gems.

Family raising awareness of childhood cancer through daughter’s cancer journey
Courtney Nicolas’ worst nightmare became a reality when her daughter Leia was diagnosed with biphenotypic acute leukemia (BAL).

New location for Pure Canadian Candle Co.
Pure Canadian Candle Co. opened at a new location, moving from the Mews to 183 Pembroke Street West, at the corner of Main Street and Alexander Street in downtown Pembroke.

SPCA’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit offers three day clinic in Pembroke
The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) and Humane Society’s Mobile Animal Wellness Services Unit rolled into Pembroke for a three-day spay/neuter clinic.

Nominations now being accepted for Warden’s Community Service Awards
PEMBROKE - The annual County of Renfrew Warden’s Community Service Awards are a meaningful way to recognize and thank an individual, a not-for-profit business, and for-profit business.

Changes to vaccination requirements for use of Town of Petawawa indoor rec facilities
The Town of Petawawa will require all coaches, officials, trainers and volunteers over 18 associated with organized indoor sports to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have the appropriate exemption documents.

Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails celebrates 16 years with Pet Carnival
Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails celebrated its 16th anniversary with a pet carnival and fashion show.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Well hello! I hope everyone had time to enjoy the great weather we had for a while.Here I am once again with just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club.

Petawawa CWL October 2021 General Meeting
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League members continue to be active in planning and organizing their League events this fall.

Road Closures on Festubert Blvd until 26 Nov 2021
Sections of Festubert Boulevard will be closed until 26 November 2021 in order to upgrade utilities and reconstruct the road. The construction will be done in phases beginning towards the Petawawa Golf Club and making its way towards the main intersection at Petawawa Blvd.

Dairy Queen and The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario invite Petawawa residents to support sick and injured children on Miracle Treat Day
Children treated at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to benefit from net proceeds of all Blizzard Treats on Thursday, October 28th


October 14, 2021

The Ontario SPCA recognizes cats in wartime with new
commemorative Animals in War Pin

Stouffville, ON (Oct. 12, 2021) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has released a new commemorative Animals in War collectible pin featuring a cat as this year’s symbol to honour the wartime contributions of animals. The new pin goes on sale today leading up to Remembrance Day.

Tickets on sale until October 17th for Project Playhouse
Project Playhouse is raffling five dream homes as part of the Rotary Club of Petawawa’s newest fundraiser.

International Conflict Resolution Day 2021: ICCM is here to help members navigate difficult situations today, and everyday
The ability to work in a healthy, safe and respectful workplace is the right of every Defence Team (DT) member. Each year, International Conflict Resolution Day (ICRD) is observed on the third Thursday in October, offering DT members a natural opportunity to take stock of the conflict resolution resources available in case they, a colleague, or a subordinate are in need.


October 7, 2021

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Walk For The Wounded 2.0 raises more than $70,000
Military members, veterans and First Responders pushed themselves to the limit by walking from Garrison Petawawa to Ottawa, raising over $70,000 for Wounded Warriors Canada.

Get the Flu Shot, not the Flu!
The influenza virus, commonly referred to as “the flu”, is an easily transmitted respiratory illness. Symptoms of influenza include fever, headaches, chills, muscle aches, sneezing and coughing. People with the flu may experience symptoms for up to 10 days. Influenza can result in hospitalization and can be fatal.

City of Pembroke marks National Day for Truth
and Reconciliation with Blanket Exercise

The inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (NDTR) was observed in Pembroke with a Blanket Exercise.

Real Estate Board donates $10,000 from golf tournament to Cancer Care Campaign
The Renfrew County Real Estate Board’s (RCREB) 17th annual charity golf tournament raised $28,260.25, with $10,000 going to the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation (PRHF).

Market at Heritage Village an autumnal success
On Sept. 25, the Petawawa Heritage Village hosted their Fall Artisan/Farmers Market. Crafters from all over the Ottawa Valley and beyond came to sell their homemade wares.

Town of Petawawa welcomes Home Front Dental
Home Front Dental in Petawawa is welcoming patients looking for a healthy smile.

The Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation’s Auto Lotto is back
PEMBROKE - While the pandemic has prevented the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation (PRHF) from hosting many of its traditional fundraisers, the online Auto Lotto Lottery for Healthcare has been a successful alternative.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Well once again here I am with just a bit of news from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a friend and a Civitan member, Bruce Skelhorn. Bruce was a man with vision who would lead the beginning of the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club. Bruce wanted to do something good for others by serving his community.

CN Rail Sale - Closure Date
As promised, we continue to inform you on decisions that impact trail tourism, outdoor recreation, and rider and trail safety by proceeding with efforts to have the Algonquin Trail made available to all trail users.

Petawawa Horticultural Society presents annual Trillium Awards
The Petawawa Horticultral Society recently awarded Trillium Awards.


October 5, 2021

Spooky Movie Night at Skylight Drive-In October 16th
The City of Pembroke and the Township of Laurentian Valley are happy to be teaming up again for Spooky Movie Night at the Skylight Drive-In. This free movie night will take place October 16th and gates will open at 5 p.m. The first movie will start at approximately 6:30 p.m. followed by the second at approximately 8:30 p.m. The two spooky movies that will be shown are Hotel Transylvania followed-by Goosebumps.


September 23, 2021

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2 CMBG Iron Warrior 2021
Despite the format change, the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) Iron Warrior 2021 was no less gruelling this year.

National Defence Fire Service Garrison Petawawa: Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!™
National Defence Fire Department - With Fire Prevention Week just around the corner, the Garrison Petawawa Fire Department is urging everyone to educate themselves about the different sounds the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make. This year’s theme of Fire Prevention Week, which runs from October 3-9, is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety!™” Knowing what to do when an alarm sounds will keep you and your family safe. When an alarm makes noises – a beeping sound or a chirping sound – you must take action. What if someone in my home is deaf or hard of hearing?

Bear Attractants Must Be Eliminated!
GARRISON PETAWAWA - Black bears prefer to forage in forested areas away from people but they may be attracted to populated areas if they have accessible food sources that are simply too good to pass up. The best way to avoid having black bears within our neighbourhoods is to ELIMINATE ATTRACTANTS. If bears cannot access food from our neighbourhoods, they won’t be spending time in them!

Club honours Gerald Cliche’s contributions with celebratory shoot, cabin dedication
The legacy of Gerald Cliche will be remembered for decades to come at the Pembroke Outdoor Sports Club (POSC).

The happiness of flying alongside your son
Lieutenant-Colonel François Couture, Liaison Officer (Montreal, Quebec) in the Directorate of Employer Support Programs, had a wonderful experience a few weeks ago in Petawawa. He was fortunate enough to participate in a flight aboard a CH-147 Chinook helicopter piloted by his son, Captain François-Xavier Couture.

Petawawa’s Valley SmokeHouse opens second location in Pembroke
Valley SmokeHouse, a beloved Petawawa restaurant, has expanded its operations by opening a second location in Pembroke.

Pembroke Diversity Advisory Committee Community Town Hall to Be Held Oct. 6
PEMBROKE - The City of Pembroke’s Diversity Advisory Committee will be hosting a community town hall on October 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk Amphitheatre at Pembroke’s Waterfront Park to present the findings from the diversity, equity, and inclusion survey and roundtable that were held earlier in 2021. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Petawawa welcomes Dog House Brewing Co. to the Boulevard
A father and son team have opened a storefront in Petawawa for the Dog House Brewing Company.

Virtual Un-Gala@Home returns for final year in support of the PRHF
PEMBROKE - As Ontarians gradually expand their social bubbles, the Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation will host a virtual gala on October 16 that serves as an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with friends and loved ones while supporting a great cause.

Rogers Communications ‘Presenting Sponsor’
of Renfrew County 2022 Ontario Winter Games

PEMBROKE - Renfrew County Warden Debbie Robinson announced Aug. 25 that Rogers Communications has entered into an agreement with Renfrew County 2022 Ontario Winter Games to be the ‘Presenting Sponsor.’

Active-riding and trail safety in our community
The Renfrew County system of trails offer some of the best riding in Ontario with trail experiences for all levels of riders. The trail system managed and maintained by the Renfrew County ATV Club includes almost 1000km of trails across 5 trail systems, and is connected by roughly 400km of trail routes and roads. We know you are going to enjoy the scenic views, the expanse of abandoned rail trails, the heritage logging routes, the rivers and lakes and above all the forested trails that meander through the valley taking you to places inaccessible without off-road vehicles.

Rotary Club of Petawawa golf
tournament raises $6K for Pembroke Regional Hospital Foundation

The 23rd Rotary Club of Petawawa Charity Golf tournament raised $6,000 for the Pembroke Regional Hospital (PRH) Foundation’s (PRHF) Cancer Care Campaign. The generous golfers met up at the Petawawa Golf Club and All Ranks Service Club on Sept. 12 and brought the PRHF one step closer to its goal of ensuring all cancer patients are comfortable in an easily accessible and state-of-the-art ward.

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


September 14, 2021

Military Family Appreciation Day: RCAF Command Team thanks military families
Sanctioned by Parliament with unanimous consent in 2019, Military Family Appreciation Day will be celebrated this year on Friday, September 17, a day for all Canadians to thank military families for their endless sacrifices and support. It is also a day for RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces members themselves to thank their own families for everything they do behind the scenes to support our military at work.


September 9, 2021

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IRON WARRIOR 2021: changes to format and location
GARRISON PETAWAWA - The 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group’s (2 CMBG) IRON WARRIOR 2021 will be held on Sept. 11 and 12, with an altered format that includes a “sprint” length on Saturday, and a longer marathon length on Sunday.

A message from the Fire Prevention Branch CLOTHES DRYERS
Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.

World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD). It is a chance for everyone to join together to promote understanding about suicide and highlight effective prevention activities.

PMC mass vaccine clinic closed, over 43,000 doses administered
The Pembroke Memorial Centre (PMC) COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic has closed its doors, having reached its goal by providing over 43,000 doses to people in the Ottawa Valley.

Dear CCMS: Dissatisfactory Decision
I am really troubled by a decision made by my boss. What can I do?

Olympian Madeleine Kelly presented Key to City of Pembroke
Olympian Madeleine Kelly received the Key to the City of Pembroke for her athletic achievements.

Petawawa Ramble this October
Gourd-looking characters will soon appear in front of Petawawa homes and businesses during the Petawawa Ramble featuring Pumpkin Folks.

Peter Mansbridge headlines Algonquin College Virtual Speaker Series
PEMBROKE - For more than three decades, Peter Mansbridge was the face of the CBC as its Chief Correspondent and anchor of The National, the network’s nightly news program. His career at CBC News spanned 50 years, putting Mansbridge on the frontline of some of the biggest news events in Canadian history.

News from the Petawawa Catholic Women’s League
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League recently held their first executive meeting in a long time, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The next CWL General Meeting is Monday, September 13, 2021 in the Parish Hall where there is proper seating with distancing.

End of the Leash Pet Boutique hosts grand opening block party
End of the Leash is the newest pet boutique in Petawawa. Their motto is to “Put the Pet back into Petawawa one Paw at a Time.”


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