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February 23, 2017

Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival March 8
GARRISON PETAWAWA – The second annual Garrison Petawawa Cultural and Diversity Festival will take place this year on International Women’s Day and will feature cultural entertainment, activities and displays representing women, aboriginal people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. Click here for more
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Family Day winter wonderland at DDH
GARRISON PETAWAWA – Hundreds of people came out to the Winter Family Festival at Garrison Petawawa on Family Day, February 20, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to participate in activities including human bowling, snowshoeing, ski races, sliding, puppet shows, and bouncy pony rides, as well as enjoy a bite to eat and hot chocolate courtesy of CANEX and Dreams Catering. Click here for more.

Enhancements support Army needs and maintain Canadian jobs
LONDON, ON - The Department of National Defence is investing $404 million to upgrade the chassis (hull) of 141 Light Armoured Vehicles (LAV). Click here for more.

Guild visit to 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
St. George’s chapel Guild ladies like adventure. Click here for more.

Garrison Petawawa Projects Receive Environmental Review
Garrison Petawawa is an ever changing, growing Department of National Defence (DND) establishment, with construction and new developments noticeable to most people living and working here. Click here for more.

William Neilson Edward Hall
This year as we celebrate our 150th year of Confederation and mark the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge we will be profiling many exceptional Canadians who have helped shape the diverse nation we are today. Click here for more.

Yakabuski encourages young women to apply to "Celebration of 100 Years of Women's Right to Vote in Ontario"
QUEEN’S PARK – MPP John Yakabuski is encouraging young women from Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke to apply to A Remarkable Assembly – Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Right to Vote in Ontario. Click here for more.

Renfrew County CPAN launches poster contest
“If you were the Prime Minister of Canada how would you improve the rights of Canadian Children?” Click here for more.

New and improved CF Appreciation website
Since 2011, the CF Appreciation Program has offered a variety of discounts to currently serving members of the CAF, Veterans, and their respective families in recognition of their sacrifices and dedication.Click here for more.

Petawawa Housing Corporation needs fundraising help
The Petawawa Housing Corporation (PHC) is reaching out to area businesses to help fund its new 14 units of affordable senior housing. Click here for more.

Council will retain first-past-the-post election model
The Town of Petawawa will not be adopting the ranked ballot method. Click here for more.

Starbucks is coming to Petawawa
Get ready for your caffeine fix; Starbucks is coming to Petawawa. Click here for more.

Community Recreation March Break camps for youth 14+
Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Programs March Break programming isn’t just for the little ones. Click here for more.

Chapel fun: Bowling for all ages
On Saturday, Feb. 4 approximately 40 members of St. George’s Chapel congregation invaded the Deep River Bowling Alley. Click here for more.

Atom Thunder take home Silver Stick gold
The Ottawa Valley Atom Thunder returned to the Valley as Champions of the International Silver Stick tournament at Saugeen Shores. Click here for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
The winners of the Friday evening Euchre games were: Helen Sack, Norma Oelke, Richard Bourque, Helen Moores and Marie Arnold.  Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
Get out your tasting spoons and bring them out for our chili cook off this Saturday, Feb. 25 from 5-7 p.m. in the main hall.  Click here for more.


February 16, 2017

Have a blast at annual Winter Family Festival
PSP Petawawa is putting the military family into Family Day. Click here for more.

Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2017
Close to 1,300 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel participated in Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2017, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex computer-assisted training exercise of the year. Click here for more.

Precautionary evacuation at Grn Petawawa
GARRISON PETAWAWA – A building at Garrison Petawawa was temporarily evacuated at 9:50 a.m. Feb. 9 following the discovery of a suspicious package at the Garrison Post Office. Click here for more.

Wine tasting for PMFRC’s 25th
Celebrate the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) 25th anniversary with a wine tasting. Click here for more.

Retiring after 38 years of dedicated service
After thirty-eight years of dedicated service to the Canadian Armed Forces, Captain Wilf Wityshyn retired on his 60th birthday from the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals (RCCS). Captain Wityshyn (retired) accomplished many things in his long career including important work on many of the communications systems that we use today. Click here for more.

The Garrison Petawawa Environment Services Team
GARRISON PETAWAWA - The 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Garrison Petawawa Environmental Services team is made up of eight Department of National Defence (DND) employees that support a variety of environmental programs and initiatives that support activities and projects for 4 CDSG, 2 CMBG Units, Lodger Units and Real Properties Operation Unit – Detachment Petawawa. Click here for more.

PLANNED ELECTRICAL POWER OUTAGES 2 Mar - 7 Mar - 9 Mar
Real Property Operations Detachment Petawawa will be conducting three planned electrical power shut-downs on the dates above in order to perform upgrades to Garrison high voltage distribution infrastructure. Click here for more.

Ethelbert “Curley” Christian
This year as we celebrate our 150th year of Confederation and mark the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge we will be profiling many exceptional Canadians who have helped shape the diverse nation we are today. Diversity recognizes the unique talents, perspectives and cultures of our soldiers, sailors and aviators and enables them to fully contribute to the execution of Canadian Armed Forces missions at home and abroad. Click here for more.

Four United Ways become one after vote
Though Renfrew County United Way has agreed to amalgamate with United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa and Lanark County, nothing will change for donors or local organizations. Click here for more.

Mardi Gras raises $6K for ‘I Can Play Too’ Fund
Mardi Gras in Pembroke raised over $6,000 for Family and Children’s Services (FCS) of Renfrew County’s I Can Play Too Fund, twice the amount raised at last years event. Click here for more.

Tourism on the rise in Renfrew County
Tourism in Renfrew County is ramping up, confirmed Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) Marketing Coordinator Melissa Marquardt. Click here for more.

Petawawa Physiotherapy donates $500 to 638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadets
The Petawawa Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic donated $500 to the 638 Algonquin Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. Click here for more.

New book highlights importance of discovery, exploration during childhood
Petawawa resident Lynne Sawford’s third book is a testament to her passion for Newfoundland and its people, and to her conviction that children should, in the words of the story’s protagonist, “feel free just to poke around and explore and be me.”Click here for more.

Telus Snowmobile Ride for Dad hits trails February 18
Despite the fact this may be their last Telus Snowmobile Ride for Dad, the Pembroke Chapter of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs isn’t going to stop their fight against prostate cancer. Instead, they are considering switching to ATVs. Click here for more.

Street Hockey takes over Downtown Pembroke
It may not be the Stanley Cup playoffs, but the Downtown HockeySpree street hockey tournament had plenty of excitement for players and spectators alike. Click here for more.

Snowmobilers to compete at Eganville’s Bonnechere Cup
Over 5,000 snowmobilers and their fans will soon descend upon Eganville for the 43rd annual Bonnechere Cup. Click here for more.

Ontario Region Volleyball hits courts next week
Next week will be one to remember for volleyball fans as the 2017 Ontario Region Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Championship will take place at Garrison Petawawa. Click here for more.

Life is full of surprises!
The Swinging Swallows have done some reformatting in order to have as many dancers on the floor at any one time as is possible. After discussions, we decided to try having our new Caller, Francois, teach one level in the main hall while the other level danced in the lower level to CDs that provided moves already taught. Click here for more.

News from the Petawawa Catholic Women’s League
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League held their February General Meeting with President Julie Mallory and members attending. Click here for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Well as I sit and write this column, the weather doesn’t look so good out there. It is snowing and the wind is blowing and it’s cold. Click here for more.

News from the Petawawa Legion
This weekend you can join us on Saturday, February 18 from 11-2 p.m. for a Newfie kitchen party and on Sunday the 19th for a roast beef dinner. Click here for more.


February 9, 2017

New CAF policy removes promotion barriers for ill and injured members
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who have medical challenges and are up for potential promotion no longer have to feel that they need to choose between the two. Click for more.

Annual Winter Family Festival Feb. 20 adds outdoor skating to long list of activities
For first time ever, the Dundonald Hall Outdoor Running Track will be transformed into a skating rink. Click for more.

Security Awareness Week 6-10 February 2017 "Security is our Defence"
Posting information such as full name, date of birth, address and phone number can be used by criminals to create a profile in order to access resources or obtain credit and other benefits in that person’s name. Click for more.

Departing PMFRC Board of Directors Chair honoured for dedication to organization
After three years, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) Board of Directors chair is stepping down from her role. Click for more.

Take control of your retirement
It’s up to you as a Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) member to take control of your retirement. Click for more.

SISIP Money Management Workshop
SISIP will be delivering a general financial workshop to military members and their spouses in order to assist them in managing their personal finances to prevent financial difficulty. Click for more.

www.CAFconnection.ca: new site - new connection
CAFconnection.ca is a new website that brings the contents of the FamilyForce and CF Community Gateway websites under one URL, connecting Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and families to their local Military Family Resource Centres (MFRCs) and PSP organizations through one single site. Click for more.

Hyska's YIG donates $600 to local Ontario SPCA from Christmas tree sales
Christmas may be over, but the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Renfrew County Animal Centre received a seasonal gift: $600 from Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer. Click for more.

Coldest Night of the Year walk Feb. 25 will help combat homelessness
Not many would yearn for bone chilling cold while going out for an evening stroll. Click for more.

Letter to the Editor - thank you from St. Joseph’s Food Bank
The executive and directors of St. Joseph’s Food Bank in Pembroke would like to thank the community of Petawawa for all the support you showed during our Fall to Christmas Food Drive for 2016. Click for more.

February is Heart Health Month
• The average heart beats between 50-90 beats per minute or more than 100,000 times a day. Click for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
Happy Heart Month to everyone out in snow country. Click for more.

Petawawa Legion News
There are lots of activities around the branch this month with outside fundraisers and activities of our own. Click for more.


February 2, 2017

Veterans Ombudsman wants to help ease transition
Veterans Ombudsman Guy Parent wants to make sure Veterans Affair Canada (VAC) treats every former and current soldier with fairness. Click for more.

Garrison-wide mental health initiatives support Bell Let’s Talk
The seventh annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 25 invited all Canadians to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and support mental health initiatives across the country. Click for more.

Minister Sajjan and Minister Hehr mark Bell Let’s Talk Day
Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement marking Bell Let’s Talk Day January 25. Click for more.

2 CMBG leadership presented with RCAF Flyers jerseys
On a recent visit to 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base (CFB Trenton, the 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) leadership team was given a special gift by the leadership team of 8 Wing. Click for more.

Canadian Army’s largest and most complex computer-assisted training exercise of the year now underway
KINGSTON - Close to 1,300 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel will participate in Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE 2017, the Canadian Army’s largest and most complex computer-assisted training exercise of the year. Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE will take place in Kingston, Ontario, from January 28 to February 10, 2017. Click for more.

450 Squadron encourages open dialogue about mental health
With one in six full-time Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces admitting to having suffered from mental illness, it is becoming increasingly important to end the stigmatization. Click for more.

SISIP Money Management Workshop
SISIP will be delivering a general financial workshop to military members and their spouses in order to assist them in managing their personal finances to prevent financial difficulty. This workshop is designed to assist in learning new money management skills and/or enhancing existing skills. Click for more.

Private Jeremiah “Jerry” Jones
This year as we celebrate our 150th year of Confederation and mark the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge we will be profiling many exceptional Canadians who have helped shape the diverse nation we are today.  Click for more.

Petawawa Catholic Women’s League News
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League held their January 2017 Executive Meeting in the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Centre. Click for more.

Trenton takes home top spot in both regional Women’s and Old Timers’ hockey
The Ontario Region Women’s and Old Timers’ Hockey Championships ended with teams from Trenton winning both. Click for more.

Stand Up Against Violence
Bernadette McCann House is continuing the Stand Up Against Violence photo campaign Challenge. Click for more.

Celebrating winter at Petawawa’s Cabin Fever
To stave off the doldrums that inevitably come from being cooped up inside all winter, the Town of Petawawa hosts Cabin Fever every year. Click for more.

Petawawa Predators host Cabin Fever swim meet
The Petawawa Cabin Fever Snow Qualifier and Skills Competition allowed 68 swimmers from the region to prove themselves in a variety of races. Click for more.

Fundraising Committee volunteers recognized for years of service
The Petawawa Civic Centre Fundraising Committee recently acknowledged members for years of service to the committee. Click for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
BINGO, BINGO, BINGO YES THE GREATER PETAWAWA CIVITAN CLUB HOLDS A BINGO EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT. Click for more.

Petawawa Legion News
It’s Trivia time this Saturday, February 4. Teams of 4-7 people are invited to join us at the Legion to use your brain power to win some prizes and cash. Click for more.

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