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Canadian Flag Flown in Afghanistan Presented to Town of Petawawa

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/22/2014 11:37:00 AM

The Town of Petawawa has officially received a Canadian flag flown as part of Joint Task Force Afghanistan.

On July 8th Deputy Mayor Tom Mohns was presented with the Canadian Flag at the opening ceremony of the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil.

The flag flew in Afghanistan at Kandahar Airfield in 2011 and Deputy Mayor, Mohns says it was an honour for him to deliver that flag back to the Town last night...

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The flag was given to Petawawa for their support and commitment to the mission in Afghanistan and support of the troops and families in the community.

Demonstration of Support For Paramed Home Health Care Workers

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/21/2014 3:27:00 PM

A protest was held this afternoon for home care staff at Paramed Home Health Care on Pembroke Street East.

Members of the Ontario Public Services Employees Union were present at noon to show support for members in Renfrew County who have been without a contract and trying to bargain with Paramed for over a year.

Chris Cormier, Regional Vice President for OPSEU says Paramed needs to provide a reasonable offer for home support workers...

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Starting wages for a home support worker at Paramed are $12.88 an hour.


Brian Goddard In Pembroke Court

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/21/2014 2:12:00 PM

Petawawa murder suspect Brian Goddard made a brief appearance in a Pembroke Court Room last week.

Goddard has been charged in the death of 55 year old Dan Pietersma and attempted murder of Sharlene Pietersma and Emma Guthrie.

On Thursday Goddard appeared in person, before Judge Selkirk, who has set September 22nd for Goddard's next hearing.

On June 28th 2013 a 911 call concerning the attacks lead to a massive man-hunt for the suspect around Petawawa Point.

OPP Summer Vacation Safety

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/18/2014 10:01:00 AM

As we hit the height of the summer vacation season the OPP are warning residents to protect your homes while your away.

Pembroke OPP Constable Beth Ethier says there are a few things you can do to make your home look lived in while your gone...

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While away on vacation, always take all of your luggage into hotel rooms with you and never leave anything in your vehicle overnight.

As well, when flying never leave your baggage unattended and don't travel with excessive amounts of cash on you.

MRI: Image Matters Campaign Continues With Local Donations

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/17/2014 11:19:00 AM

The MRI Campaign for the Pembroke Regional Hospital is in the final stretch and donations are still going strong.

Pembroke's Chapter #288 of the Order of the Eastern Star made a 15 hundred dollar donation to MRI: Image Matters Campaign, to help the more than 100 thousand people in Renfrew County who would benefit from the service.

The Order of the Eastern Star is a community group with 10,000 chapters in 20 countries and over 500,000 members.

Pembroke Gets Ready for Arrival of Community In Bloom Judges

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/17/2014 11:17:00 AM

Weeds are being pulled and flowers are still being planted in the City of Pembroke as final preparations are underway for the arrival of the Communities of Bloom Judges.

Being a past winner, Pembroke will now be judged in the "Circle of Excellence" category of Communities In Bloom, and Manager of Economic Development Recreation and Tourism, Susan Ellis say the City will be judged on their ongoing improvements...

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The judges will arrive on Tuesday and tour ever road in Pembroke and all facilities.

OPP On Site at Highway 17 and Highway 41 Construction

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/17/2014 11:15:00 AM

Local OPP are issuing warnings to drivers out on Highway 17.

Construction on Highway 17 and Hwy 41 has caused massive delays and OPP are warning drivers not to advance through yellow or red lights if your vehicle can't clear the intersection.

You can be ticketed for not following the rules of the road, and you also create even heavier traffic jams by stopping the flow of all traffic.

Police are on scene and can ticket you at their discretion.

They expect traffic to be backed up until 7PM.

Man Arrested Following Investigation into Suspicious Vehicle

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/16/2014 9:10:00 AM

On July 10th Pembroke OPP were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the area of Riverside Park in Pembroke and arrested 19 year old Jordan Severin.

He's facing several charges including; Obstruction of a Peace Officer, 2 counts of Fail to Comply with Recognizance, Fail to Attend Court contrary to the Criminal Code and Possession of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis Marihuana - under 30grams contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

Charges are also pending against a second individual.

Pembroke Handi-Bus Gets PBIA Support

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/16/2014 9:04:00 AM

The Pembroke Handi Bus has received support from the Pembroke Business Improvement Area.

Last week the PBIA donated 500 dollars to the service and Pembroke Handi-Bus Manager Dan Callaghan says the donation is part of an ongoing commitment by the Business Improvement Area...

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Ridership is also up over this time last year, likely due to the elimination of the public transit provided by Thom Transit.

Soldiers Leave for Poland And Operation Reassurance

Posted By: Ashley Thomson · 7/15/2014 8:45:00 AM

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment are arriving in Poland for Operation Reassurance.

Approximately 118 members of Mike Company left Garrison Petawawa to take part in the operation which will last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.

3 RCR Commanding Officer, Lt. Col Robert McBride says the operation involves several nations...

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The operation consists of multinational training opportunities that allow the Canadian Army to flex its capabilities and further demonstrate its leadership capacity.