News Archives

December 21, 2017

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Ukraine is the World’s Hybrid War Laboratory
Since the outbreak of hostilities in the Donbas in 2014, NATO’s military training missions to Ukraine have received considerable media attention. Click here for more.

Exercise MATTAWA SAPPER
Exercise MATTAWA SAPPER saw members of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) take on the elements and come out on top. Click here for more.

Petawawa MP receives CAF Imagery Contest award
When Leading Seaman (LS)Matthew Schlauch picked up a camera for the first time nearly two decades ago, he never expected that photography would become a passion of his. Click here for more.

4 CDTC graduation parade, awards for newest Infantry Junior Leaders
A new group of future military leaders rose to the top on Nov. 29. The 4th Canadian Division Training Centre completed their Infantry Junior Leadership Course (IJLC) with 17 successful candidates, down from the original 34 candidates. Click here for more.

As the snow piles up…
As we all prepare for the coming Holiday Season, many of us have been thankful for the lack of snow (those of us in our adult years that is). Click here for more.

$10,000 contribution from the RBC Foundation
A $10,000 donation was made by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Foundation to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) on Nov. 30. Click here for more.

PMFRC receives $5,000 donation from Doyle Salewski
Doyle Salewski Inc. made a $5,000 contribution to the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) on Nov. 30. Click here for more.

Monica Bobbitt speaks of strength and resiliency
Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Bobbitt, Commanding Officer of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (2 RCHA) died when the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV III) he was riding in overturned at Garrison Wainwright in Alberta during Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014. Click here for more.

Sacramental Preparation Classes 2017
If you have a child in Grade 2 or above who has been baptized Catholic and would like to continue his or her Catholic formation, we are offering classes to help prepare your child to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion this year. The classes are open to children with military parents or children of DND employees. Click here for more.

Donations to Base Thrift Shop benefit local community
The Base Thrift Shop provides a great service to the community. Not only can you find great bargains, profits are reinvested back into charitable organizations and initiatives like the Renfrew County United Way and the Royal Canadian Legion. Click here for more.

Mourning Renfrew County victims of violence against women
On the morning that Basil Borutski was sentenced to 70 years in prison without a chance of parole, his three victims were remembered at a ceremony honouring the lives of Renfrew County women killed in acts of violence. Click here for more.

Donors make seniors apartment expansion possible
Construction on the expansion of the Riverview Seniors Apartment is almost complete. Click here for more.

Petawawa Novice Patriots win Regional Silver Stick
The Petawawa Patriots finished the Regional Silver Stick in Pemboke with a 5-0-0 record. Click here for more.

SISIP presents hockey tickets to draw winners
Master Corporal Kenneth Leatherbarrow and his wife Alison were in for a fabulous night after winning hockey tickets. Click here for more.

News from the Petawawa Catholic Women’s League
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League recently held their annual CWL Christmas Tea and Bazaar at Our Lady of Sorrows Church hall.  Thank you to all who worked/donated/supported our Christmas event. Again, we thankfully had great success and lots of Christmas cheer. Click here for more.

Festival of Trees raises $41,469 for CPAN
Beautifully decorated trees and Christmas music by the woodwind quartet Zephyr turned the hallway at the Petawawa Civic Centre into a winter wonderland for the 6th Annual Festival of Trees Snowflake Gala. Click here for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Oh my, Christmas is only a few days away. Have you done all your shopping? Or do you still have to get that last gift! Well I have to say I have solved that problem, with all the grandchildren and great grandchildren, I go to the bank and send them all money, so they can get what they want or need. Click here for more.

News from the Petawawa Legion
President Bob Howell and all the Executive would like to wish the membership and all the community a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Have a good time with family and friends over the holiday and if you travel, be safe. Click here for more.


December 14, 2017

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Grn Petawawa soldier’s role in rescue earns Medal of Bravery
Master Corporal (MCpl) Alexander Keightley wouldn’t consider himself a hero. Click here for more.

2 CER conducts Exercise MATTAWA SAPPER
Members of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER) were able to train using live explosives, under strict supervision by safety staff. Click here for more.

Holiday Message from the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Commander and Sergeant Major
2017 was a very busy year for 2 CMBG, highlighted by the first half of the year spent completing the Road to High Readiness, and the second half of the year force generating soldiers for missions in Ukraine, Latvia, and across the Middle East. Click here for more.

A Christmas and New Year Message from the 4 CDSG Commander and Formation Sergeant Major
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Formation Sergeant Major and I would like to take this time to extend our best wishes to the Defence Team, their families and to our great neighbours in the Upper Ottawa Valley. Click here for more.

Donation to Chaplain Hamper Fund
The Veteran Society Motorcycle Club held a fundraiser on Saturday, November 25, and donated the $1,049 in proceeds to the Chaplain Christmas Hamper Fund. Click here for more.

Tips for a “Green” Christmas
While Christmas is sometimes white, it generally isn’t green. Click here for more.

Security Awareness Tips: Flyers Beware of Lost Baggage this Season
Fending off mid-winter blues, travellers should take extra precautions with their checked baggage – December, January and February are typically the worst months for lost bags. Click here for more.

Christmas Angels Luncheon back in Petawawa
After a brief hiatus, the annual Christmas Angels Luncheon in Petawawa has returned. Click here for more.

Thrift Shop donates to Legion, United Way
When shopping at the Base Thrift Shop, you help out the community as a whole. Click here for more.

Donation of pet beds for Ontario SPCA
On behalf of the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club, Civitan Marie Arnold (left) donated about 50 hand made pet beds to the Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre in Pembroke. Click here for more.

Petawawa recognizes top athletes, gold winners
The Town of Petawawa celebrated the achievements of two distinguished local residents on Dec. 4. Click here for more.

Local winners of Legion Remembrance Day Contest
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 Petawawa handed out prizes for the annual poster and literary contest on Nov. 19. Click here for more.

Slash Pile Burning to occur at Garrison Petawawa Dec. 11-22
Garrison Petawawa – The public should be advised that Slash Pile Burning operations will be occurring in select areas at the Garrison Petawawa Range and Training area from 11-22 Dec. 2017. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
We are still looking for donations of new toys to help the members of our community who could use a little boost this Christmas season. Click here for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
May the festive season sparkle and shine, may all of your wishes and dreams come true, and may you feel this happiness all year round. Click here for more.


December 7, 2017

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Defence Minister visits Grn Petawawa, opens TAPV facility
Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan highlighted infrastructure investments at Garrison Petawawa on Friday, Dec. 1 with a ribbon-cutting for a new Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) facility, and a visit to the future site of a new Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) complex. Click here for more.

CAF’s Largest Pharmacy turns 110
Central Medical Equipment Depot (CMED) in Petawawa is the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) largest pharmacy warehouse. Click here for more.

Choosing the correct Christmas tree
When choosing a tree this holiday season one must look into the advantages and disadvantages to both the ‘real’ versus ‘fake’ Christmas tree. There are pros and cons for each that can be considered to assist your family in making the best decision. Click here for more.

Planned Power Outage
Real Property Operations Detachment Petawawa will be conducting a planned electrical power shut-down on 11 Dec 17 in order to perform upgrades to Garrison high voltage distribution infrastructure.  The shut-down will be 0700 hrs until approximately 1700 hrs. Click here for more.

Security Awareness: Foreign Travel
The federal government tabled legislation last year to enact new exit controls on Canadians leaving the country. Click here for more.

Cadet Corner
PETAWAWA – Training for Cadets from 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps was never a dull moment as their on-going energetic and dynamic fall and winter activity schedule progressed into November. Click here for more.

Halloween bounty for local food banks
Instead of collecting treats on Halloween, Rockwood Public School student Erin Lyons-Dent, 12, decided to go door to door asking for non-perishable food items for the St Vincent Food Drive being held at her school. Click here for more.

Holiday Stress
The holiday season can be a magical time for people, but it can also be a stressful time. The following information is from the Canadian Psychology Association and can help us better prepare for the holidays. Click here for more.

Club extends invite to try a triathlon
The Petawawa Triathlon Club recently invited the community to try out the sport by hosting a mini indoor triathlon. Click here for more.

GearHeads reopens under new ownership
Margo and Mark Johnson are the proud new owners of GearHeads Petawawa. Click here for more.

Santa Claus in Petawawa for Lions Club Parade
Hundreds of residents lined the streets as the 32nd Annual Pembroke Petawawa Lions Club Santa Claus Parade made its way from the Petawawa Plaza, along Mohns Avenue to the Petawawa Civic Centre on Nov. 19. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
We are looking for new toys for the less fortunate this Christmas. If you can donate a toy or two it would be very much appreciated by the families on our list. The kids range from newborns to late teens. If you prefer, a monetary donation would go toward gift certificates or food items. Items can be dropped off at the branch every day. Thank you for any help you can give. Click here for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Members of the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club are keeping busy with bingo and selling Christmas cakes. Christmas is just around the corner and the food banks will be looking for help. The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club has always supported the food banks, and this year we have a food bank in Petawawa and they need our help, as well as yours. When you support our bingo you are helping us support those who need our help. The money that the club raises stays in our area. Click here for more.


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