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No EQAO Testing for RCDSB Elementary Students

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 5/21/2015 6:33:00 AM

The Renfrew County District School Board has informed parents that EQAO standardized testing for Grade 3 and 6 students will not be taking place over the next few weeks as planned.  The board received an information memo from the Education Quality and Accountability Office advising that they will NOT be sending assessment materials to schools experiencing job action.  Therefore, Grade 3 and Grade 6 testing will NOT be taking place in all elementary schools in the English-language public system at this time.  The assessments were scheduled to take place between May 25 and June 5, 2015 in all Grade 3 and Grade 6 classes.  The board says that EQAO has indicated they will continue to monitor the situation and if circumstances change, there may be an opportunity for students to complete the assessment later in the school year.

RCDSB Elementary Teachers set to "Work to Rule" Starting Monday

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 5/9/2015 6:44:00 AM

Renfrew County District School Board elementary teachers will begin a "work-to-rule" campaign on Monday.

Schools in the board will be open as normal and school activities such as field trips, fun fairs, sports and extracurricular activities will continue to take place.

The planned teacher job actions during this work-to-rule are to include: not performing duties related to the EQAO test, not attending staff meetings, not preparing report card comments and not participating in Ministry related initiatives

Child alone on Highway 41 leads to multiple charges

Posted By: Brian Burton · 5/7/2015 6:03:00 AM

Last Saturday May 2nd, police were dispatched to investigate a child alone on Highway 41 in Greater Madawaska Township. As a result of the investigation William O’BRIEN(30) of Ottawa has been charged with Impaired Operation, Failing / refusal to provide a breath sample, Resist Peace Officer, Assault Peace Officer, Mischief Under, Failing to Comply with his Probation and Abandoning a Child. He was held in police custody for a Show Cause hearing

The New Star 96.7 testing Canadian Emergency Alert System Today

Posted By: Brian Burton · 5/5/2015 7:44:00 AM

At just prior to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Today, you'll be hearing a test of Canada's new emergency alert system on the New Star 96.7.

Please note that this is just a test, and there is no impending emergency.

Regular programming will continue as soon as the test alert is over.

Fire At Pembroke Apartment Building

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 5/5/2015 5:31:00 AM

The Pembroke Fire Department was called to an apartment building fire on Eganville Road in Pembroke around 11:20 last night.   They arrived to find one of the second floor apartments on fire. Flames and smoke were billowing from the front window. Fire fighters were able to help tenants out of the building and made an aggressive interior attack. The fire was quickly extinguished. The fire was contained to the apartment where it started,  however the building which contains 5 apartments and 2 businesses has extensive smoke damage and some water damage.  O.P.P., Ottawa River Power, Renfrew County Paramedics and Red Cross also responded to the scene. Paramedics treated some of the residents for smoke inhalation. Red Cross will be assisting the displaced residents. Approximately 20 Fire fighters and 3 Fire Department apparatus responded to the scene. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

*UPDATE - Fire In Petawawa Training Area

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/29/2015 11:45:00 AM

Garrison Petawawa Fire Crews have turned training ground fires into a prescribed burning opportunity.  A release from Garrison Petawawa says the following...

Some unsuspected fires that ignited in the Garrison Petawawa training ground late yesterday afternoon were quickly turned into a prescribed burning operation for Garrison Petawawa Firefighters.  Firefighters quickly responded to the grass fires and have the situation under control. 

“While the fires were not planned the Garrison Petawawa Fire department acted quickly to turn the fires into a prescribed burning operation by creating back fires to take control, said Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Henderson, Commanding Officer 4th Canadian Division Support Base Operation Services.  “Prescribed burning is something our firefighters do annually in the spring to get ahead of the dry grass land that can easily ignite at this time of year. This situation has simply advanced those operations.” 

Garrison Petawawa fire crews are on the scene and are continuing to ...

Fire In Petawawa Training Area

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/29/2015 6:08:00 AM

There's a lot of smoke in the Petawawa area still this morning.  A  fire has been burning since yesterday in the Petawawa Training Area. A Military spokesman says the blaze was not a planned burn.  The Garrison Petawawa Fire Department has it under control.  The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

Military Training Underway In Ottawa Valley Communities

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/29/2015 5:39:00 AM

Canadian Armed Forces personnel are conducting training exercises throughout the Valley from now until May 14th. They'll be training in Westmeath, Eganville, Rolphton,  Calabogie, Renfrew and Corbeil.  Residents may notice soldiers in uniform with personal weapons, helicopters, jets and small pyrotechnics. The training supports the annual readiness of Canadian Armed Forces personnel and all efforts will be taken to keep disruption to residents at a minimum.

At the same time...Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment will be conducting training in the Laurentian Hills region from April 28 to April 30 as part of a recce patrolman course. The soldiers will be travelling on main roads in both the urban and rural areas of this community.  These soldiers will be carrying their weapons but there will be no live ammunition or pyrotechnics.


Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 4/25/2015 6:50:00 AM

Pembroke OPP are asking the public for help in locating a missing Ottawa man.

Dean Sarginson was last seen in Pembroke on April 23rd. He's described as 6 foot 1, 140-190 pounds with brown hair and eyes. He also has a scar on his right forearm.

SARGINSON was last seen wearing a light blue Nike sweater, sandals and blue jeans. If you have information to the whereabouts please contact the Pembroke OPP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Town Hall Meetings For Garrison Petawawa Residents

Posted By: Carrie-Ann Tantalo · 4/15/2015 5:41:00 AM

Residents of Garrison Petawawa Residential Housing Units are invited to attend one of three Town Hall meetings taking place at Troyes Theatre today and tomorrow.  Residents are invited to come out and learn about March-out procedure, as well as current and future planned projects to improve the quality of life in the RHU’s.  The sessions will be hosted by 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Support Services and Canadian Forces Housing Agency at the following times:

 Wednesday April 15, 2015 1400-1530

Wednesday April 15, 2015 1800-1930

(Childcare will be provided for a limited number of children at Lil’ Troopers North for this session only.  Please call (613) 687-1641- Ext 2225 to reserve your spot)

 Thursday April 16, 2015 1000-1130

 All residents of Garrison Petawawa are encouraged to make an effort to attend one of the three sessions. There will be an opportunity to raise concerns you may have and learn about CFHA and ...