News in Brief


(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds motorists that school buses are returning to area roads very soon, and in fact in some areas have returned. Motorists should be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and give themselves extra commuting time. Students will no doubt be excited and may forget many of the safety rules required for safe travels.

In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act motorists encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. The minimum fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $400 and 6 demerit points. This applies whether you are meeting or following a school bus, and includes multi-lane roads. The only exception is when driving on a road with a median - traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.   

Drivers should also be prepared to yield to student pedestrians and cyclists. Parents of students who will be walking or cycling to school are encouraged to speak with their children about the rules of the road that apply to them. 

August 16, 2018: Mobile spay/neuter clinic for underserved pet owners headed to Pembroke this fall

*Correction: Please be avised that there was an error in the media release distributed earlier today about an upcoming mobile spay/neuter clinic in Pembroke, The price for a wellness exam is $40 per dog or cat, not $30, as was previously stated.

Pembroke, ON (August 16, 2018) – The Ontario SPCA and the Welland & District SPCA are teaming up to offer a mobile spay/neuter clinic to underserved pet owners to help reduce pet overpopulation in the Pembroke area.

On Monday, Oct. 1, the Welland & District Mobile Outreach Clinic will host a spay/neuter clinic for disadvantaged pet owners. The mobile clinic will be based at the Pembroke Legion, located at 202 Pembroke St. E. Surgical services will be offered for dogs and cats and will include a basic veterinary examination, spay or neuter procedure, rabies vaccine, microchip and post-surgery “cone,” if needed. The cost will be $150 per dog of any size and $90 per cat.

The Welland & District SPCA Mobile Outreach Clinic will also be performing wellness exam services for $40 per dog or cat. The services include a basic veterinary examination, microchip, rabies vaccine, Core vaccine (DA2PPV for dogs, FVRCP for cats), one dose of deworming and heartworm testing for dogs of appropriate age. Surgical exams can be upgraded to include the wellness exam for an additional $20 on top of the surgical fee.

Pet owners must register in advance at one of two third-party booking sessions organized by local food banks:

Tuesday, Aug. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Petawawa Pantry, 3468B Petawawa Blvd.
Monday, Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Pembroke St. Joseph’s Food Bank, 295 1st Ave N.
For registration requirements, contact Ivan Serre at the Petawawa Pantry at 705-313-0458 or St. Joseph’s Food Bank at 613-732-3807.

“Our goal with this initiative is to reach pets that might not have otherwise been spayed or neutered by making the service more accessible,” says Tonya Martin, Director, Community Programming, Ontario SPCA. “Spaying or neutering your pet is an important step in helping to prevent animal overpopulation. We look forward to working with the Welland & District SPCA to bring this mobile clinic to the community.”

“The Welland SPCA is proud to be partnering with the Ontario SPCA to deliver much-needed and innovative mobile services to areas in need,” says John Greer, Executive Director, Welland and District SPCA.

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(PEMBROKE, ON) - With the arrival of summer many people will be travelling and planning summer vacations in the coming months. It is important to take a few moments to think about crime prevention for your home and property before you go. The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents to consider the following crime prevention tips while away from their residence:

• Do not announce your trip/vacation plans on social media. Advertising your absence could be an invitation to would-be thieves.
• Arrange for someone to maintain your home so it appears occupied - this includes cutting the grass, picking up mail, flyers and newspapers and placing garbage and recycling containers at the curb for normal pickup.
• Ask trusted neighbours to keep an eye on your residence while you are away and leave your vacation address and phone numbers with them so you can be reached in an emergency.
• Use timers for lights, television or radios.
• Make sure all the locks on the windows and doors function properly and use them.
• Leave the shades and blinds on doors and windows in a position that you normally would have them.
• Ask a neighbour to park in your driveway so it will appear as if someone is home
• Make sure smoke and burglary alarms are functioning properly and armed.
• Consider taking valuables to a safety deposit box.
Your summer vacation should be an enjoyable, relaxing experience. Following these safety tips will reduce the chance of being victimized and allow travellers to return home to a safe and secure residence.