NEWS ALERT- New Year, New Changes to OHIP

New Year, New Changes to OHIP

Starting January 1st 2020 Ontario residents will not have OHIP coverage for Out of Country (OOC) medical emergencies. Residents will be expected to ensure their own private health coverage for travelling, as hospital room and doctor’s fees, treatments, and any other emergency medical services outside Canada will not be covered by OHIP.

 Full details on the following link.

 Whenever you travel (be it across Canada or internationally), it’s always crucial to be aware of what your health coverage is. Check your insurance coverage before your travel!


Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce December 2019 News



A Note From The Board of Directors



Season Greetings




The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would like to express their sincere thank you for your continued support of your Chamber. Your support through membership, participation and sponsorship, makes a real difference in maintaining and enhancing the local business environment.  

We wish you, your families and friends a

Very Merry Christmas and a successful New Year. 

The Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce

is the Voice of Business,

working together for the common good of our community.



Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce



2019 President's Report


Thank you for being an active member of the Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce. Your continued support is appreciated. Collectively, we are the Voice of Business in the townships of Admaston / Bromley, Horton, Greater Madawaska and the Town of Renfrew. We focus on advocacy, education and networking and are dedicated to working with stakeholders to help our community thrive.


2019 has been a successful year for your Chamber including the Annual General Meeting and Breakfast Business Seminar, the Renfrew & Area Home Garden and Leisure Show, and the “New to the Frew” Newcomers’ Night. The annual Community Awards Celebration is where we celebrated outstanding businesses, organizations and individuals in our community. This year’s event for “A Tour Through the Valley” was a huge success and was well attended.


Our exciting news is that we have launched a new, updated website. We are pleased to announce that your Chamber now offers 3 levels of Membership, as well as payments can now be made online. Please visit for this convenient option. You will notice that there is a special discount until December 31, 2019 for a Silver or Gold membership. Membership provides many benefits to your business and our greater business community including:

· Discounted credit card and debit fees,

· Comprehensive health benefits

· Reduced courier costs with UPS

· Discounted fuel purchase program

· CAA Discount

· Unique advertising opportunities

· Preferred business referrals

· Exclusive event sponsorships

· Online membership directory

· Tourist information centre

· Business Advocacy to ensure local business issues are shared directly with municipal government

· Our collective voice plays a role in economic development & tourism planning

· Your business is seen as making a positive difference in our community

· Together, we are the “Voice of Business”

·  Access to business & community leaders


To learn more about utilizing additional Chamber benefits, please contact

Gail Laird at 613-432-7015 or .


For your convenience, we now offer online payments. We also accept cheques in addition to VISA, MasterCard and Debit payments through the Chamber office.


We thank you for being a member of the Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce and look forward to seeing you at the next Chamber event. 




 Susan Tough

Susan Tough, President

Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce



Chamber Office


Our next Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday December 17, 2019 at the Chamber office begining at 8:00 a.m.


Christmas Office Hours

Monday December 23 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday December 24 - Friday December 27, 2019 - Office is closed

Monday December 30 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday December 31, 2019 to January 1, 2020 - Office is closed

Thursday January 2, 2020 - regular office hours resume


Would you like to showcase your businesses? Why not consider hosting a networking event. Contact the Chamber office and we can put the wheels in motion! 

tel. (613) 432-7015 or


The 2020 Chamber Membership Renewal invoices have been issued by email. If you did not receive your renewal invoice, please contact Gail at the Chamber office.


Do you have an event coming up that you would like promoted? As a Chamber Member we are happy to include your event in our newsletter. Please feel free to contact the Chamber office if you have any questions or to submit an event.




The Shortest Decade: Addressing the Coming Climate Crunch


The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been unequivocal: without significant action to limit global warming to a 1.5 degrees, humans will increasingly suffer from the effects of extreme weather events, disease and the loss of habitable land. Canada simply cannot achieve its climate goals unless the government can successfully establish the investment environment that will allow Canada’s business community to offset emissions elsewhere through energy products. Canada’s business community will be a driver in effective and responsible climate action. We hope our policy makers will be able to say the same.


To find out more, read this month’s 5 Minutes for Business.



Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Access to up-to-date information that affect Canadian Businesses. Visit the Canadian Chamber of Commerce website...




Community Events





Hello Ottawa Valley Vendor!


You are invited to participate in the 2020 Bliss Wedding Show in Renfrew

 Sunday, January 12 2020


The focus of BLISS wedding shows is to provide local couples with the opportunity to meet local, Ottawa Valley Based wedding vendors. To be inspired by these local vendors and to be informed that all of their wedding dreams can be fulfilled right here, locally.


Kelly and I are happy to announce that this year we will be coordinating the Bliss Wedding show!


We will be keeping much of the show the same but will be adding our own flare to maximize exposure for all vendors involved.


A few of these changes include but are not limited to:


- Streamlined, online ticket sales/ bridal registration

- Live music

- Interactive exhibits and events to keep couples interested and at the show longer, And

·    A VIP lounge

·    A vendor information section on the webpage that will link to your webpage so that brides can easily contact you.


The first 5 vendors to fully register will receive 2 VIP tickets to give to clients/ potential clients.


Please take advantage of our new webpage: 


Facebook event page:


(the more these are shared around, the more potential business we all get)


A vendor information package is attached to this email.

If you are a vendor that is unable to attend the show but would still like exposure for $20 you are welcome to include any pamphlets or information in the “loot-bags”.


You are encouraged to register early so that we have a larger budget to spend on advertising, which in turn will lead to higher attendance by brides at the shows. 


After December 6th, we will also open up registration to those businesses outside of the Lanark, Renfrew County and surrounding area. We always have a waiting list of Ottawa based wedding businesses that are interested in becoming vendors at our shows.  


We look forward to another great show, and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Kelly or myself.


Warm wishes for another successful wedding season in 2020!


Aaron DiLella

Photographer - Curator of adventures

Kelly Cobus Photography



Recipient of Renfrew Mercury's Reader's Choice Awards - Diamond Photographer 2018

Proud Finalist for Best New Business 2015 - Renfrew Chamber of Commerce 

Proud Finalist for Best Photographer and Best New Business 2015, 2016 & 2017- Ottawa Wedding Awards




Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce



Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce | 161 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 1R2 Canada

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BR. 148 December 2019 Bulletin




30 Raglan Street South



Office: (613) 432-6450

Clubroom: (613) 432-2582




Legion Mission Statement:

Our mission is to serve Veterans, including serving Military and RCMP members and their families, to promote Remembrance, and to serve our communities and our country.


Branch 148 Executive Meeting                 2nd Monday of each Month                       7:00 p.m.

Ladies Auxiliary Br 148 Meeting                3rd Tuesday of each month                       7:00 p.m.

Branch General Meeting                            4th Wednesday of each month                 7:00 p.m.


The Branch does not have General Meetings the months of July, August and December.



Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 2:00-6:00

Downstairs in the Hall – doors open at 1:30

Music by Bustin’ Loose                               $5.00/personz






PRESIDENTS MESSAGE:    Another year is coming to a close. I would like to thank everyone who has stopped in over the year to the Branch for our weekly meat draws, for volunteering at any of our events, or for supporting our events and poppy campaign. We have a slight change to our New Year’s Levee this year, and are having the Levee downstairs in the Hall, with Bustin’ Loose as our band. Come out and start the New Year off right.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas, and all the best to you and your family in the New Year.                                                                                   


Greg Walbeck, President


LAST POST:     Our Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Ordinary Member Pat Griese.

"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will Remember Them."


If you hear of a member passing away, please contact the office and let the Secretary know.  That way we can be sure to include them in the next bulletin.


SICK & VISITING:        Bonnechere Manor - Mel Scobie, Dan Deslaurier, Julia Fawcett,

Liala Gilchrist

Mirimichi Lodge - Cecil Code

Groves Park Lodge - Norman Warren

Quail Creek – Olga Llewellyn

At home - Bernadette Lacourse, Winnie Fraser


LADIES AUXILIARY:               The Ladies Auxiliary have been busy elves preparing dinners and doing luncheons. We have finished our Zone Sports season, with first place winners in Cribbage, Single Darts and Team Darts. The winners will now advance to District level. On Dec. 17 we will have our Christmas meeting. Afterwards we will have pot luck and awards. It is “bring a gift get a gift”, $20 value. 5pm- meeting and socialize. 6pm supper.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary presented a cheque in November to Bonnechere Manor, in the amount of $500.00, for repairs to the fireplace in the Great Hall.  From left: LA 1st Vice-President Cathy Buzzell, Secretary Irene Rosebrugh, Legion 3rd-Vice President Tena Miller, Legion 2nd Vice-President Sheila Riopelle, Bonnechere Manor Administrator Supervisor Sandra Blok, LA Secretary/Treasurer Susan Fleming, and LA President Rose LaFont, with veterans Comrade Lawrence Guest,

and Harold Irving holding the cheque.


We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and safe travels.

                                                                                                                           Rose LaFont, President


FINANCE:  Earlier this fall, we applied for a grant through the Seniors Community Grant program to seek funds to update our website. We are pleased to report that we were granted this request and are in the process of updating our website in order to reach out to the community.  We hope to have our revised website ready in the New Year.                                  Tena Miller, Chair


BURSARY:      The Provincial Bursary Assistance program is open to accept applications. Applications are available in the Legion office or maybe found on line at the Ontario Command Legion website. Members please help to get the word out that these bursaries are available to qualifying students in the amount of $750.00.                                           Ella Box, Bursary Chair


MEMBERSHIP:  The 2019 Early Bird campaign began September 1. Please feel free to stop into either the office (during office hours) or in the Lounge to pay your 2020 dues, or you may pay online through the Royal Canadian Legion website.  Please support your branch.

                                                                                                            Rob Marsh, Membership Chair


POPPY:    Greeting Comrades. First of all, a heart-filled thank you to all who volunteered to assist in this year’s Poppy Campaign and to all who made donations to it. Renfrew is a wonderful and generous town. It seems to have been a resounding success both financially are in the participation. Our total tagging deposit for this year is $8,699.15. In 2018, our total tagging deposits for the same period was $8,497.56, for an increase of $201.59.  Our total poppy store boxes deposit to date is $8,019.28, which our 2018 deposit for the same period was $6,299.67, resulting in a profit of $1,719.61. Thus, the total profit to date for this year is $1,921.20.  Also this year, we had only 6 spots not covered during the two-day tagging period. We have not, as yet, totaled the wreath sales.

I do want to personally thank Comrade Jessica Thompson for helping me keep my head about water during the campaign, Comrade Rob Marsh for helping me get all the wreaths organized and out, and especially to Comrade Tena Miller for putting up with me over the last few weeks, and for saying “yes” every time I needed someone in a hurry. GREAT JOB EVERYONE.

People have asked me, “where do the poppy funds go?”, and “what are they used for?”. All donations made through our campaign to into a Poppy Trust Fund, and all dollars raised locally are used locally. All funds are solely used to support our veterans and their families. I’ll just give you three examples.  If a veteran was in need and needed a new battery for his/her mobility scooter, he/she would get a new battery. If the veteran needed a hearing aid, he/she could get a hearing aid. If he/she needed heating oil, they’d get that. And that’s what this money is entitled to. There are very strict guidelines on how the funds are to be used.

Thank you again for your support.                                    WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

                                                                                                            Bruce Ferguson, Poppy Chair


PROPERTY:      The Lounge is getting a new coat of paint, and it will brighten up the Lounge when it is finished. We have also upgraded the lighting to more energy-efficient bulbs. Thank you to Dave Guyea and Mark Guyea for their assistance. Richard Fitzsimmons, Property Co-Chair


WAYS & MEANS:  Friday meat draws and Saturday 50/50 are going well. Thanks to all who help. If you would like to volunteer either Friday or Saturday afternoon, please leave your name with the office.                                                       Richard Fitzsimmons, Ways & Means Chair


RENFREW SILVER SENIORS:  We are getting ready for the holiday season, and this time of year where presents must be wrapped, lots of goodies to be baked, and waiting for our loved ones to come and enjoy the holiday season with us, some may travel to visit their families, and give blessings of peace, love and joy.

We have been busy at this time of the year, getting our 2020 calendar set up for the new year. Lots of activities are scheduled, for the new year and we hope you come and join us.

Membership is $5.00 per year, and dues are due January 1. Please let us keep our membership up.  We have lunches scheduled for the year, bingo fun days which include darts, cards, dinner/dances for $15.00 with live entertainment. Our Seniors play darts every Monday at 1:00pm. We have euchre the first Sunday of the month, a lovely lunch is served, prizes, and great fellowship is enjoyed by all. Check your Renfrew paper and listen to the radio station for the various activities and times.

December Schedule:  December 1 – Cards, 5 – lunch and bingo, 9 – Executive meeting 14 – dinner & dance with Greenwood Country. Cost is $15.00.

January Schedule:  January 5 – cards, 9 – luncheon, 13 – executive meeting, 23 – luncheon, 26 – fun day with ham & beans supper.

On February 8, we have our Valentines Dinner & Dance with Nelson Towns.

We wish all our sick and shut-in members all the best, and to those we have lost this past year, our thoughts & memories.

We have made donations to The Royal Canadian Legion, The Sunshine Coach and the Food Bank this past year.  Merry Christmas and best wishes for a blessed and Happy New Year to all, from your President & Executive.                        Irene Rosebrugh, President, Renfrew Silver Seniors


1ST RENFREW SCOUTS:  Things got a slow start but is now picking up. For the Scout Troop we have another leader who transferred from BC with his son. We have for the Beaver Group another little one coming to try it out he is from Eganville. 

The Troop are learning about outdoors adventures, they even seem to enjoy it. They even visited the Police Station. This Group will be participating in the Santa Claus Parade, can't wait to see what they are preparingMuch more to come in the new year.  The Beavers have been on several hikes. They as well are learning some outdoor skills.

For Remembrance Day Parade the Beavers and Scouts participated in the Parade. Our outdoor skills came in handy on how to stay warm. The Scout Troop had a new adventure and served at the Remembrance Day Dinner. They had so much fun and said they didn't even work too hard. Some parents were impressed how well they did.

All groups are planning Christmas Parties and what they would like to do in the new year.

From 1st Renfrew Scouting we would like to wish everyone a safe and a Merry Christmas. Can't wait to let you know about our new adventures in 2020.  Yours in Scouting, Susan Fleming



ENTERTAINMENT:  Please see the attached calendars for all event postings. The Legion Lounge Facebook page (“The RCL 148 Legion Lounge”) and the Legion website are also a good place to find out what is happening at our branch.                    Fran Godin, Entertainment Chair


YOUTH EDUCATION:  At our November 27 General Meeting, the Branch was pleased to congratulate our winners of the 2019 Remembrance Competition. With over 280 entries, the judges were challenged to find winners. The submissions of the 1st place winners have been forwarded to District Level.



Category 4 Senior Essay



Alexa Narezny

Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Liam Gorra

Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Noah Hogan

Renfrew Collegiate Institute





Category 3 Intermediate Essay



Lincoln Sammon

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School


Summer Guest

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School


Cooper Ferguson

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School





Category 2 Junior Essay



Kyler Rea

Admaston Public School


Abigail Brisco

Admaston Public School


Zac Clemmer

Admaston Public School





Category 4 Senior Poems



Aashah Ramadan

Renfrew Collegiate Institute





Category 3 Intermediate Poems



Lincoln Sammon

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School


Payton Fleming

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Savannah Miller

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School





Category 2 Junior Poems



Mia St Michael

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Makenna Craig

Queen Elizabeth Public School


Cheyenn Armstrong

Admaston Public School


Category 4 Senior Black/ White Poster



Kylar Hartwick

Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Jacqueline Thaci

St Joseph’s High School


Hannah Hewitt

Renfrew Collegiate Institute





Category 3 Intermediate B/W Poster



Hailey Maxwell

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Savannah Miller

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School


Madyson O’Grady

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School





Category 2 Junior B/W Poster



Alexandria Wieland

Admaston Public School


Aiden Hutchingame

Admaston Public School


Sadie Chamberlain

Admaston Public School





Category 1 Primary  B/W Poster



Cameron St Michael

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Hayden MacDonald

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Wylie Cameron

St Joseph’s Calabogie





Category 4 Senior Colour Poster



Aashah Ramadan

Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Cadence Mosgrove

Renfrew Collegiate Institute


Ethan Jackson

Renfrew Collegiate Institute





Category 3 Intermediate Colour Poster



Grace Hill

Our Lady of Fatima


Maclaine Gahan

Our Lady of Fatima


Jacey Templeton

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School





Category 2 Junior Colour Poster



Charlee Bowes

Central Public School


Patrick Vanlindenberg

Admaston Public School


Dora Naulls

Our Lady of Fatima





Category 1 Primary Colour Poster



Payton Latrielle

Our Lady of Fatima


Delaney Smith

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Bethany Brown

St Joseph’s Calabogie





Category 0 Kindergarten Colour Poster


Logan Marshall

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Nash Galaski

St Joseph’s Calabogie


Andre Brunet

St Joseph’s Calabogie

Congratulations to everyone who participated.

                                                                                         Jo-anne Caldwell, Youth Education Chair


SPORTS:  Upcoming Sports:     Zone Darts                            December 7, 2019   Renfrew

Seniors Darts                        January 4, 2020       Pembroke

Zone Euchre                         January 25, 2020     Chalk River

Zone Shuffleboard              February 8, 2020     Chalk River

Ray Megrath Memorial Dart

Tournament – Open Triples           January 25, 2020     Renfrew


Greg Walbeck, Chair


PUBLIC RELATIONS:     We have been fortunate to extend financial support to the community this year, and have presented cheques to the Sunshine Coach, Renfrew Hospice and Renfrew PeeWee Timberwolves – the Rep Team, and a house league team.  At our November 11 Remembrance Day dinner, we accepted a donation from our Sgt.-at-arms Rob Marsh, of a framed poster of our fallen Canadians in Afghanistan and the awarding of the Legionnaire of the Year award to Comrade Richard Fitzsimmons. Local artist/sculptor Richard Gill attended our November general meeting and donated a piece of artwork entitled “War is Over” to the Branch, which will be hung in the Lounge in due course.











Renfrew Hospice:  A donation of $2,000 from our Nevada account was made on October 23, 2019.











Renfrew PeeWee Rep Team:  A donation of $850.00 from Ways & Means and Nevada, to cover the team’s registration fee for a hockey tournament hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion in Brockville in January 2020.

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Sunshine Coach Reach for the Rainbow Telethon:  Comrade 1st Vice-President Bruce Ferguson and Comrade President Greg Walbeck presented a cheque in the amount of $1,000.00, said funds from our Nevada account.