News Archives

November 3, 2016

CDS recognition for 25 years of support to military families
On Oct. 24, the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) was awarded a special plaque on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Military Family Services Program (MFSP). Click here for more.

Zombie Run and Canadian Armed Forces Sports Day combined
The 2016 Zombie Run was held in conjunction with the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Day on Oct. 28. Click here for more.

Renfrew County United Way nets $2,480 from 50/50
Garrison Petawawa’s Mega 50/50 raised $2,480 for the Renfrew County United Way. As part of their yearly campaign, a special raffle was held at the garrison, enticing people to try their luck and win big. Click here for more.

Captain crops her locks for two important causes
Garrison Petawawa’s Mega 50/50 raised $2,480 for the Renfrew County United Way. As part of their yearly campaign, a special raffle was held at the garrison, enticing people to try their luck and win big. Click here for more.

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (1996-2016)
This year, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is celebrating 20 years of unrelenting dedication to helping Canadian Armed Forces members and their families with services that are tailored to handle many unique aspects of the military lifestyle. Click here for more.

Brief Highway 17 closures in November
GARRISON PETAWAWA – The public should be advised that Military Police will be closing a small section of Highway 17 in the vicinity of Paquette Road to allow the safe crossing of military armoured vehicles across the highway as a part of a military exercise. Click here for more.

"Malice in Wonderland" at Library
On Oct. 29 and 30, the Petawawa Public Library descended into darkness as ghouls were awoken from the pages of a twisted version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Click here for more.

Friends of the Petawawa Library raise $3,835.90 for Children's Department
With its duo of October fundraisers, the Friends of the Petawawa Library (FOPL) have raised a total of $3,835.90 for the children’s department. Click here for more.

8th Annual Whisky tasting
It’s whisky with a ‘y’, not an ‘ey’. Providing the right type was imperative for the Rotary Club of Petawawa, as they served only the finest at their 8th Annual Whisky Tasting. Click here for more.

3.6 billion disparity between property taxes, infrastructure
There is a looming gap between what Ontario municipalities are collecting from property taxes and what is required to maintain infrastructure, confirmed the Association of Municipalities (AMO). Click here for more.

PMFRC benefits from "Give a Little Help a Lot: Give Back to Your Neighbourhood" campaign
Valerie and Steven Hyska dropped by the Annual PMFRC Halloween Party to make a special presentation. The donation from Hyska’s Your Independent Grocer was part of the “Give a Little Help a Lot: Give Back to Your Neighbourhood” campaign. Click here for more

Funds for Salvation Army Food Bank
Len McGean and Donald Proulx from the Knights of Columbus Petawawa, present Lieutenant Kath Walker from the Salvation Army Pembroke with a $1,000 donation for the food bank. Click here for more.

Valour earns 5th EOSSAA Single A Cross Country title
It was high drama on the trails as Valour/General Panet won its fifth straight EOSSAA Single A cross country title and its the sixth in the last seven years. Click here for more.

New projects, programs & services at Deep River Hospital
Thirty-six per cent of patients seen at the Deep River and District Hospital come from Petawawa. Click here for more.

$400 donation to PSP Youth Sports
Garrison Petawawa Personnel Support Program’s Youth Sports department was fortunate to receive funding from our local TD Canada Trust’s TD Play program. Click here for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
It’s that time of the year to get the flu shot and it is being offered in the pharmacies in the community. The Royal Canadian Legion will have a flu shot clinic on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
This Sunday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. you can drop into the branch for a breakfast of sausage or ham with eggs, toast, beans, homefries, juice and tea/coffee. Bring the kids as the whole family is welcome. Click here for more.


November 10, 2016

Minister of Veterans Affairs visits Valour for Veterans’ Week launch
Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence Kent Hehr made a stop at Valour School to underline the importance of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the fabric of the nation. Click here for more.

Remembrance Day Message from the Commander of Task Force Tomahawk
This November 11th, Canadians across the country will take the opportunity to solemnly reflect upon the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the pursuit and the preservation of peace. Click here for more.

Veterans’ Week Message from the Garrison Petawawa Commander and Garrison Chief Warrant Officer
During Veterans’ Week, soldiers from Petawawa will spread out in communities across the Ottawa Valley and Pontiac, Quebec in support of services that reflect and commemorate the fallen of our countries past wars. Click here for more.

Horticultural Society honours Cecile Dwyer
In memory of beloved wife and mother Cecile Dwyer, the Petawawa Horticultural Club planted a Crimson King Maple. Click here for more.

SISIP Financial 30-Day Challenge and Open House
SISIP Financial is gearing up for Financial Literacy Month, and once again, we are calling on your support as we turn the spotlight on Financial Planning Week (Nov 20-26), a core element of this national effort. Click here for more.

Sharing a Lasting Legacy
People often can’t help but smile when they see six-year-old Kamryn Bond lay a wreath with her friend, Shannon Krasowski, 40, at their local Remembrance Day ceremony. Although an unlikely pair, they are both amputees and are part of a legacy that goes back nearly 100 years. Click here for more.

Volunteers spruce up Veterans’ headstones in time for November 11
Headstones of veterans buried at the National Military Cemetery will look their best for Remembrance Day as volunteers, using brushes, dish soap, water and a lot of elbow grease removed the dirt covering the inscriptions. Click here for more.

427 (Lion) Squadron History and Cenotaph
427 (Lion) Squadron was formed on November 7, 1942, as the eighth of fifteen Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Bomber Squadrons formed overseas. The squadron flew Wellington aircraft out of Croft, Yorkshire; and then Halifax and Lancaster bombers out of Leeming from May 3, 1943. Click here for more.

Y Range Conversion: Heavy Equipment Troop Supports Range Improvement in Petawawa
When there is a need to improve our training grounds, whether within the Range and Training Area (RTA) or on garrison, the heavy equipment troop from 2 Combat Engineer regiment (2 CER) is always ready to answer the call. And that’s exactly what we did from 6 Sep – 14 Oct, with the conversion and standardization of Y Range. Click here for more.

2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron's Fall Training Exercise MERCURY BEAR
As the temperature dropped in the closing days of September and the leaves faded to tints of orange, signifying the seasonal transition into fall, 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters & Signal Squadron (HQ & Sig Sqn) were beginning Ex MERCURY BEAR – one of many exercises that the unit will conduct over the course of the next year; making its own transition into high readiness. Click here for more.

More than $5,000 for Cadet Paint Night
And far and wide, in a scarlet tide, the paintings of poppies spread. Click here for more.

Foundation Brings $20,000 To Local Region For Canada’s 150th
PEMBROKE – The Pembroke Petawawa District Community Foundation (PPDCF) has opened applications for $20,000 in Canada 150 grants, made possible through a partnership with Community Foundations of Canada (CFC). The Fund will engage Canadians from all walks of life in a wide range of local projects that build community, inspire a deeper understanding of Canada, and encourage participation in a wide range of initiatives that mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Click here for more.

Mental Health Planning Table looking for two youth representatives
PEMBROKE - Moving on Mental Health is a Ministry of Children and Youth initiative which is being led by the Phoenix Centre for Children and Families with a goal of creating a County wide mental health plan in collaboration with community service providers. Click here for more.

Ontario SPCA seeks donations for abandoned puppies
PETAWAWA – The Ontario SPCA Renfrew County Animal Centre is appealing to the public for donations to help with the costs of caring for four puppies found in a garbage bag on the side of a road. Click here for more.

Reducing the risk while drinking
Alcohol is a permanent part of many people’s lives, whether it be drinking a cold beer at the end of a tough day, or enjoying a glass of wine with dinner. The majority of people drink in moderation, but there are some people who tend to drink until they get intoxicated. This can be very dangerous, as you are more likely to get hurt, or hurt someone else, when you are intoxicated. Click here for more.

Protect yourself and your loved ones - get the flu shot
PEMBROKE - Renfrew County and District Health Unit wants to remind the public that it’s flu season. The free flu vaccine will be available starting this week for everyone age six months or older. Click here for more.

Haunted Village returns to Petawawa
As night descended on the Petawawa Heritage Village, the spirits of ancient settlers awoke from their long slumber on Halloween. Click here for more.

Three new programs launched at Algonquin’s Waterfront Campus in 2017
PEMBROKE - Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke is expanding its programming again. The Campus has announced it will launch three new full-time programs in September of 2017, including Canada’s first Action Sports and Park Development Program. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
November 11, the one day set aside to honour those to who we owe so much. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month pausing for two minutes of silence is a very small request to pay respect to the men and women who paid with their lives for the freedom you now enjoy. Join us at our Cenotaph or if you are unable, take the time and remember. Click here for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
Remembrance Day is Friday, Nov. 11. This is a day that most of us take time to stop and remember what our veterans did and what they gave up for us. Remember to say thank you to our veterans and to the men and women who are serving our country now. Click here for more.


November 17, 2016

“A Soldier’s Hero” scholarships awarded by Willis College
Applicants for Willis College’s “A Soldier’s Hero” Military Spouses Scholarship Program were visibly surprised to hear that they will all receive up to $25,000 towards their educational endeavours. Click here for more.

Lieutenant Governor attends Pembroke Remembrance Day service
At the Pembroke Remembrance Day service, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario urged the crowd to remember and reflect on the sacrifices made in times of war. Click here for more.

Candlelight memorial and Armistice Dinner
With their faces glowing in the flickering light, several dozen people laid memorial candles at the foot of the Petawawa Cenotaph. Click here for more.

Petawawa Remembers
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 Petawawa once again hosted a huge crowd of attendees at the annual Remembrance Day service at the Petawawa Cenotaph. Click here for more.

$67,000 remains of first phase fundraising goal for affordable housing project
The first phase of the Petawawa Housing Corporation’s (PHC) fundraising campaign kicked off with the goal of raising $100,000 for affordable senior housing. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion memberships sponsored for World War II veterans
Recently Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 Petawawa President Bob Howell was very honoured to present our remaining WW II Veterans with their 2017 memberships that were sponsored by a member of the branch as a small way to say thank you to our WWII vets. Click here for more.

Rotary Club of Petawawa celebrates new Paul Harris Fellows
Seven individuals were recognized with the Paul Harris Fellow due to their unwavering and outstanding efforts in bettering the community. Click here for more.

Army Communication and Information Systems Specialist (ACISS) Occupational Review
The Director of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signal (DRCCS) wrote a Problem Definition Paper (PDP) to the Director Personnel Generating Requirement (DPGR) which is mandated by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) to overlook occupational restructure. Click here for more.

Petawawa roads difficult to budget
The Town of Petawawa will be facing difficult decisions at budget time. Click here for more.

Petawawa Catholic Women’s League News
The Petawawa Catholic Women’s League met for their November general Meeting and a Memorial Service for our deceased members, especially remembering our members who have passed away this year. Click here for more.

St. Francis of Assisi students remember
While Canadians across the nation paid tribute to the fallen on Nov. 11, the children of St. Francis of Assisi held their Remembrance Day earlier in the week. Click here for more.

Addictions Awareness Campaign 2016
The Addictions Awareness Campaign is a yearly event with the goal to create a culture of health and wellness in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) through education and awareness of an addiction free lifestyle. Click here for more.

Registration open for the 2017 Canada Army Run; celebrating its 10th anniversary
OTTAWA - Registration for the 2017 Canada Army Run, presented by BMO Bank of Montreal, is now open! In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Canada Army Run has added a 10K event in conjunction with the 5K, half marathon and Commander’s Challenge; where participants complete both the 5K and half marathon events. The event will take place on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Click here for more.

Valour athletes compete at OFSAA Cross Country Championships
On Saturday, UOVHSAA Cross Country athletes competed in the OFSAA Cross Country Championships in Port Hope. Click here for more.

News from the Silver Threads Seniors Club
Now is the time to set up the appointment for the winter snow tires, check out the latest in windshield scrapers, and of course the emergency kit, with a blanket and an extra pair of mittens or gloves, plus a hat and scarf. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
Once again I am in awe of the community. Thank you for taking the time to Remember on November 11th and turning out in such great numbers to the Cenotaph to honour our Vets past and present. Click here for more.


November 24, 2016

Exercise STORMING BEAR - Task Force Tomahawk Live Fire Training on the Road to High Readiness
The Road to High Readiness (RTHR) is being paved in Petawawa this month with live fire combined arms training.  Exercise STORMING BEAR, which began on 24 October and ended on 21 November, saw Task Force Tomahawk units completing complex, combined arms and multi-element live fire ranges in the Petawawa training area as they achieved level 4 Company and level 5 Battlegroup standards. Click here for more.

Role 2 Medical Facility under Canadian Armed Forces lead in support of Operation IMPACT 
OTTAWA - The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) recently assumed the lead of the Coalition Role 2 medical facility in Northern Iraq in its continued commitment to the fight against Daesh. Click here for more.

New children’s choir debuts at Korean Cultural Centre, St. George’s Chapel
September is considered the start the new year for school and church activities. This year is was the start of a new initiative at St. George’s chapel  Garrison Petawawa's Children’s choir. Click here for more
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Upcoming fundraiser to help homeless
Homelessness in Renfrew County is often dismissed as nonexistent since its victims are not as apparent as in bigger cities’ downtown cores. Click here for more.

Fundraising jam session for War Horse Project, Silver Threads
The Greater Petawawa Civitan Club, in conjunction with the Silver Threads Seniors Club of Petawawa, organized a musical fundraising jam session on November 19 to benefit both the seniors’ club and the War Horse Project. Click here for more.

Town of Petawawa welcomes The Urban Lounge Salon & Spa
The Urban Lounge Salon & Spa in Petawawa is more than a place to get a stylish haircut; rather it is the place to go for all beauty needs, offering everything from a simple men’s haircut, to eyebrow microblading, to a relaxing, spa experience complete with facial and a manicure/pedicure combo. Click here for more.

1.2 per cent increase in town’s policing costs
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Services will be increasing its 2017 fees by 1.2 per cent in Petawawa. Click here for more.

An Army Cadet's Reflection in Honour of Remembrance Day
PETAWAWA – Cadet MCpl Kendra Ainsworth is one of several Army Cadets from the 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps, who had the opportunity to serve Veterans supper during the Veterans’ Dinner at the Petawawa Legion on Wednesday, November 8. Click here for more.

Santa pays a special visit to Petawawa
Despite the gales of wind and winter storm, Santa and his helpers made their way through Petawawa for the 31st annual Pembroke Petawawa Lions Club Santa Claus parade. The parade was led by the Petawawa Community Legion Band who provided most of the festive music. Click here for more.

Cadet Corner
PETAWAWA - 2642 3RCR Army Cadet Corps was extremely honoured to participate in two Remembrance Day ceremonies within the local Petawawa community this year on Friday, November 11. Click here for more.

Petawawa still trying to light the way
The intersection at Petawawa Boulevard and Black Bay Road may have a new oversized stop sign as well as a stop ahead sign, but Petawawa council will continue to advocate for a flashing red light. Click here for more.

Renfrew County United Way joining forces with other United Ways in the region
PEMBROKE - Renfrew County United Way announced today that its Board Members have agreed in principle to a new collaboration - amalgamating with United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa and Lanark County. Click here for more.

OCWA looking to renew contract with town
The Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) hopes to renew its contract with the Town of Petawawa after continuously maintaining a 100 per cent drinking water standard compliance rating. Click here for more.

Renfrew County Elementary Grade 7 & 8 Trivia Championships
On Tuesday, Nov. 8 in the Valour gymnasium, 21 teams of Grade 7 and 8 elementary students from the Upper Ottawa Valley gathered to compete for the right to declare themselves the smartest elementary school in Renfrew County. Click here for more.

Make room in the nest…we have a new swallow
At the Swinging Swallows’ first square dance of the season, our caller for the past 22 years, Andy Himberg-Larsen, explained that he and new fiancé, Christine, planned to marry in early October and move to Thunder Bay! Click here for more.

News from the Greater Petawawa Civitan Club
We are happy to see some new players out at our bingo and we hope that you will come back again. As we always say, when you support the Petawawa Civitan Bingo you are supporting those who need our help. We thank you for supporting our bingo. Click here for more.

Petawawa Legion News
Looking to do some Christmas shopping this weekend? Then why not drop in to the Petawawa Legion on Sunday, November 27 from 9a.m.-3 p.m. and check out the Craft Fair being held in the main hall. Click here for more.

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