Free Virtual Info Session Regarding the COVID-19 Rapid Screen Initiative on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at 12:30 pm.

The Greater Arnprior, Renfrew & Area and Upper Ottawa valley Chambers of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario and Canadian governments, have launched the COVID-19 Rapid Screening Initiative.

The goal of the program is to identify asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the workplace that might otherwise be missed, helping to curb the spread in the workplace, at home and around the community.

Through this initiative, we will be distributing free tests for small and medium sized businesses across Renfrew County.

Businesses (including non-Chamber members) with 150 employees or less are welcome to participate in the program.

Please register to attend the info session on June 16th to learn about how your company can participate and order your kits.

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Advertising opportunities in the 2021 Ottawa Valley Road Map and Ottawa Valley Cycling Map are now available!

The 2021 road map will be distributed to all households in Renfrew County via Canada Post, as well as to all members and local businesses. A total of 75,000 copies will be printed.

The cycling map, which has a 2-year shelf life and a print run of 25,000 copies, will also be distributed locally and via our partner Ontario By Bike in 2022.

Please contact for more information.


2021 Reduced Load Notice



Please be advised that the County of Renfrew will proceed to remove the Spring Load Restrictions on County Roads commencing Monday, May 3, 2021 AT 12:01 a.m..

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Richard J. Bolduc, A.Sc.T., Manager of Operations via email or phone 613-732-4353 ext. 405.


Developing Your Digital Footprint

An amazing opportunity for businesses to learn from a local business is now available. A training series has been created by Renfrew & Area Chamber of Commerce member Tubman Marketing Inc., in partnership with the Town of Renfrew and Renfrew County Community Futures Development Corporation.  Please click here to see all of the amazing topics that will be covered to help develop your business digital footprint.

This is being offered as a way of helping our small business community to overcome an incredibly difficult time.

Please take advantage, and reach out today to Jenna at or call 613-432-4848 ext. 109


Royal Canadian Legion Br. 148 / October 2020 Branch 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. 

President’s Message:  Hello Comrades – I hope this newsletter finds everyone well. We have had a busy summer, with various barbecues over the past couple of months. I would like to thank everyone who helped during the bacon-on-a-bun barbecue in September and our recent barbecue – Tena, Kelly, Tracy, Chris, Jessica, Laura, Sheila, Nathan, Dennis and Joanie; to our Bar Stewards, Tim, Brian, and Kim for keeping the lounge open; to Debbie for her advertising of all events on our website and Facebook pages; to Richard, for all that he has done around the Branch; and to everyone who has come out to support us. The Executive approved a gofundme page for the Branch, which is located at Every little bit helps to keep our doors open, so that we can continue to assist our veterans and local youth.
Please remember to wear your mask, and to sign the attendance book in the Lounge – this is mandatory and very important for contact tracing, should we be contacted by the Renfrew County and District Health Unit. Masks are mandatory now in the Province upon entering a building – when you are seated, you may remove your mask, but you must wear it when walking around in the Branch. We are doing everything to keep everyone safe.
Please take the time to read our bulletin, as there is information regarding the Poppy Campaign this year. 

Greg Walbeck, President

Last Post:  Our Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Associate Members Frances Culligan, Bill Debenham and Sandford “Sandy” Cook. 

"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 so that we can be sure to include them in the next bulletin.

Greetings To Our Housebound Members:  A warm hello to all of our members who are unable to visit the Branch

Bonnechere Manor: Dan Deslaurier, Mel Scobie, Louise Snow, Elwood Stafford
Mirimichi Lodge: Cecil Code
Groves Park Lodge: Norman Warren
Quail Creek: Ann Hisko, Olga Llewellyn 
At home: Bernadette Lacourse, Ruth Purdie, Frank Ring, and Pat Currie 

If you know of someone who should be included, please contact the office and let the Secretary know so that we can be sure to include them in the next bulletin

Property:  The building is in good shape. There are some small jobs to do when I get time.

Richard Fitzsimmons, Property Co-Chair

Ways & Means:  Draws are doing well. I would like to thank all our volunteers who help.

Richard Fitzsimmons, Ways & Means

Membership:  It’s that time of the year for your membership renewal, and the renewal stickers for 2021 are in the office. Just a reminder to members who may have forgotten to renew your 2020 dues, they can still be paid at the office or in the Lounge. Memberships may also be renewed online.

Robert Marsh, Membership Chair

Sergeant At Arms:  I would like to welcome everyone back as our Legion is slowly getting back to somewhat normal.  If I could take time to request anyone with a willingness to take part in a colour party or take part in an act of remembrance as we have lost several members over lockdown. If you could please contact the office, or me directly at 613-582-3332 or 613-281-2729, or by email at

Robert Marsh, Sgt-at-Arms

Honours & Awards:  Service pins may be picked up at the Branch Office or may be presented at our October 28 General Meeting, and our November 25 General Meeting.

Kenneth Graham : 10 years  
Marion Graham: 10 years
Ian Matheson: 5 years 
Robert Saunders: 10 years
Elwood Stafford: 20 years

Donna Brunelle: 20 years
Randolph Dowell: 15 years
Eelow Ejetsiak: 20 years
Richard Fitzsimmons: 25 years
John Forgie: 30 years
Terry Garron: 45 years
Marilyn Gillespie: 20 years
Robert Hunter: 15 years
Donna McLaren: 35 years
Larry McMahon: 15 years
James Miller: 25 years
Sylvia Pudsey: 5 years
Sylvia Sell: 45 years
Marjorie Watts: 15 years

Tom Anderson: 45 years

Eric Brown: 50 years
W.H. Coolican: 40 years
William McLeod: 10 years
Tim Phinney: 15 years
Melville Scobie: 15 years
Louise Snow: 50 years
Robert Tytler: 35 years
Cathy-Lou Weaver: 35 years

Public Relations:   On October 1, President Greg Walbeck and First Vice-president Bruce Ferguson, along with Comrade Ella Box, attended at the Bonnechere Manor, and awarded WW2 Veteran Comrade Louise Snow with her 50 year membership pin and medal. Louise’s family was also in attendance. Congratulations Louise and thank you for your service! 

 Debbie McDermid, Public Relations

Youth Education:   Fostering Remembrance is a part of everything we do. Through The Royal Canadian Legion's longstanding annual Poster and Literary Contests, Canadian school children honour Canada’s Veterans through creative art and writing and help perpetuate Remembrance. Entries can be mailed or dropped off at the Renfrew Legion. The deadline for submission is Thursday November 12, 2020 at 2:00pm.

For guidelines and additional information:

Jo-anne Caldwell, Youth Education

Ladies Auxiliary:  Please note the Ladies Auxiliary Zone that was scheduled for Oct 25 in Petawawa has been cancelled. The next General meeting will be November 17 - 7pm Zone Commander Joan Smithers will be making her visit at this meeting.    

Rose LaFont, LA President

Poppy:  As many of you have probably noticed, the accessibility modifications to the main door leading from the parking lot have now been completed, which will allow much easier access for our veterans, their families and the elderly to our hall and the lounge.  Our 2020 Poppy Campaign will begin on October 30 this year, following the tradition of launching it on the last Friday in October. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, our campaign will take on a greatly reduced look. There will be no parade of any sort on November 11, but there will be a reduced ceremony at the cenotaph. There will be no tagging per-se this year, but poppy boxes will be placed in various businesses in Renfrew. You can also choose to donate through the Legion’s website. As a reminder, all monies received remains in a Poppy Trust Fund and is used solely for the support of our veterans and their families. The importance of a ceremony honouring our Veterans and their sacrifices is considered paramount by the Legion, especially during the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. We, as Legionnaires, have a duty to support the objectives of the Poppy Campaign and participate while working within the constraints imposed by the pandemic. As further information is received, this will be forwarded via our Legion website.  There are Legion masks now available in our office for $10.00 each.  We will remember them.

Bruce Ferguson, Poppy Chair

Scouts:  At this time Scouts Canada has closed our Scout Camp and all our meetings until further notice. 

Yours in Scouting, Susan Fleming

Entertainment: We have started our Saturday entertainment, and have moved into the hall, for social distancing (please note no dancing is permitted, and masks are mandatory in the hall until seated). We are also serving meals during the entertainment.  

October 17 – Just Country, 4-8pm
Meal: Homemade beans and ham, with coleslaw and biscuit for $8.00

October 24 – Alan Wright and Friends, 4-8pm
Meal:  to be announced

October 31 – Last Call
Meal:  to be announced

Please come out for a night of great local entertainment and support your Branch.

Fran Godin, Entertainment Chair

Renfrew Silver Seniors:  At this time of year, we give thanks for the various events we have had, but with the Covid-19 we try to reflect on what has happened to us and how we are going to cope and do our best to keep ourselves, our families, and friends safe. I know this is a very hard time, as we are confined to our homes. It is difficult on us Seniors, as we cannot visit friends and relatives. But we are trying our best. It is with sadness that our Seniors had to shut down during this epidemic. But we must abide by the Health rules that are put forward to us. Yes, I miss our get-togethers like most of you, I am sure. But please call a friend or neighbour just to say hello and how are you. As many of you have seen or heard, we will not be operating until we get notice from the Renfrew County Health, and the Royal Canadian Legion. Please, seniors, get your flu shot and try to be safe, wear your masks. I am sure we are all trying our best to be safe. All the BEST TO EACH OF YOU. 

Irene Rosebrugh, President – Executive, Renfrew Legion Silver Seniors 

Bursary:  Thank you cards received from several students conveying appreciation for their Branch Bursary. Card was also received from Renfrew Collegiate Institute thanking the Branch for their continuous support of granting Bursaries.  The Provincial Bursary program is now open for this academic year.  Applications are available in the Legion office or by referring to the website, and clicking on Student Bursary – reminder completed applications must be mailed to Ontario Command. It was brought to our attention the communication between the status of the application is with provincial headquarters Bursary Secretary and the student themselves. It is the responsibility of the student to apply and follow up. 

Ella Box, Bursary Chair

Military Service Recognition Book:  Volume #7 has been finalized; we should soon receive copies to be distributed to area schools and libraries.  Ontario Command is now accepting submissions for Volume 8. Submission forms are available from the Legion office or Ontario Command website. Submission forms must come to the Branch to be verified for correctness and completeness. Fenety Marketing are the publishers of these books and once again will be conducting a telephone appeal to private citizens and business communities through Ontario. All proceeds raised from this project will continue to be used to assist various Veteran Transition Programs supported by Ontario Command.

Ella Box

Constitution & Laws & Resolutions:  A moratorium in response to COVID-19 was approved by Dominion Executive Council on March 20, 2020 which suspended the holding of Branch elections and placed all current and future Article 111 Complaints in abeyance until further notice. Declaration No.4 – 2020 indicates Branch elections will be rescheduled to the appropriate date in 2021 pursuant to Branch Regulations.

Ella Box

Tribute To Fallen Comrades:  Due to the current pandemic situation, we will be unable to gather to remember our Fallen during Veteran’s Week.

Veterans and Members passed since last November (2019)

Michael Barry (Associate Member)             
Francis Belisle (Ordinary Member)
Rheal Lafleur (Ordinary Member)    
Winnie Fraser (Associate Member)
Patricia Griese (Ordinary Member) 
Andrew Sunstrum (Ordinary Member)
John Sullivan (Ordinary Member)
Lorne Guest (Ordinary Member)
Murray Code (Affiliate Member)     
Sandford Cook (Associate Member)
Lorne Guest (Ordinary Member)
Bill Debenham (Associate Member) 
Forrest Fraser (Ordinary Member)
Winnie Fraser (Associate Member)
John Godin (Affiliate Member)     
Lawrence Guest (WW 2 Veteran)
Patricia Kilby (Associate Member)
Rheal Lafleur (Navy Veteran)
Ivy Latendresse (Associate Member)
Joe Quilty (WW 2 Veteran)    
Joseph Quilty (WW2 Veteran)
Bruce Pudsey (Ordinary Member)    
Walter Schroeder (WW 2 Veteran)

Ladies Auxiliary Members to Branch 148

Betty Belanger
Elizabeth Eady
Mabel Eady
Julia Fawcett
Liala Gilchrist
Emily Harper
June Logan
Betty Eady

From The Office:  The office is operating a reduced schedule until further notice. The phones, email and regular mail are still being checked regularly. Please leave a message and someone will get in touch with you. There is now a locked  mailbox by the auditorium doors, that is checked daily. Please contact the office if you are thinking on booking our hall for an event in 2021. We are currently renting the hall for small gatherings subject to limits imposed by Heath authorities. It is the renters responsibility to ensure that their guests are maintaining social distancing, that masks are worn when required and that hand sanitizer is available and used. The Branch is set up for e-transfers for donations, hall rentals and membership renewals. If you wish to receive your Bulletin by email, please contact the office to be added to the list. If you have recently moved, please notify the office so that your information can be updated. 


Local health units announce regional approach to mandatory masks

July 6, 2020

Public Health

Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of masks in their respective jurisdictions.

Each public health unit will be invoking a directive under the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act(link is external) that requires individuals to wear a mask in certain enclosed public spaces. Under the directive, the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or instructions on physical distancing, cleaning or disinfecting.

“Increasing scientific evidence indicates that wearing a mask is an important measure in reducing COVID-19 transmission,” says Dr. Vera Etches, Medical Officer of Health with Ottawa Public Health. “It is important to have a clear and consistent regionalized approach to mandatory masks across the Champlain region, especially as we are in the middle of peak travel season.”

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Mission: To work collaboratively with community partners on the creation of innovative labour market solutions that meet local workforce development needs.

We are here to support Job Seekers, Employers and EO Service Providers through education, data analysis and research. Please contact us if you have any questions or comments that you would like us to know. We are here for you, Renfrew and Lanark Counties!

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March 11– World Health Organization declares a global pandemic.

March 12– All publicly funded schools (elementary and secondary) to close until April 5th.

March 15– Elective surgeries and non-emergent clinical activity to be cancelled.

March 16– Ontario courts, Superior Court of Justice and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario shut down.

March 17 - Ontario declares a State of Emergency

March 18 – Provincial Parks close, essential visitors to retirement homes, student interest six month hold.

March 19 – Municipal Emergency Act passed, Employment Standards Amendment Act passed (worker protection), altered regulation to allow delivery of goods without restriction of by-laws.

March 20 – Independent learning, waiving of three months waiting period for OHIP coverage

March 21 – Collective agreement provisions overrode for hospital workers

March 22 – Plans for first responder free child care announced

March 23 – Announced $148 million for social services funding for municipalities and organizations such as shelters, charities, emergency services and non-profits. $52 million Emergency Assistance through Ontario Works for financial aid not covered by federal programs. Overrode provisions in collective agreement for long-term care workers. Announced the pending mandatory closure of businesses. Announcement of mandatory business closures in Ontario for March 25.

March 24 – Announced reduction in hydro fee for at least 45 days.March 25 – Mandatory business closures including list of essential workplaces, release of fiscal and economic update and 10 billion in tax deferrals

March 26 – Allowed at-home delivery of alcohol through restaurants.

March 28 – Prohibited public events and social gatherings of more than five people, announced price gouging measures, Supply Chain Management Act to centrally manage public sector PPE and supply chain.

March 29 – Announced health and safety measures for construction sites

March 30 –Extended emergency declaration for two additional weeks. Recommended those over 70 and those with compromised systems self-isolate. Ordered the closure of all outdoor recreation amenities.

March 31 – Ontario schools and childcare to remain closed until at least May 4, 2020

April 3 – Revised the list of essential workplaces. Overrode provision in collective agreements for public health unit workers.

April 6 – Portal opened for one time parental education resource support for children under 12. ($200)

April 7 – Launched an on-line portal to match skilled frontline health care workers with employees.

April 8 – Enhanced safety measures and workplace inspections for essential businesses. Suspension of environmental oversight rules, limiting consultation or public notification.

April 9 – March unemployment figures show 403,000 jobs lost changing unemployment rate from 5.5% to 7.6%. A new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee was created to assess COVID-19 impacts on businesses and the Economy.

April 10 – No fees to be charged to parents to hold child care space during pandemic.

April 13 – Funding for mobility and medical devices non-essential.

April 14 – Ontario state of emergency extended by 28 days to May 12th. Restricting long- term care workers to on facility for two weeks.

April 15 – Action plan released for long term care homes, testing for all staff and patients.

April 16 – Auto insurance companies able to give temporary premium rebates to drivers

April 17 – Emergency order to hire college students in the ambulance and paramedic programs yet to graduate to provide aid. E-learning resources distributed to children in need. Expanded free child care to additional essential workers groups.

April 20 – Claw back of federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit for social assistance recipients.

April 23 – for unions’ legal recourse to demand long-term homes provide workers with PPE, Canadian military personnel deployed to five Ontario long-term care facilities. Extended emergency orders to May 6th.

April 24 – Ontario Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (OCECRAP) announced

April 25 - $4 per hour “pandemic pay increase” for hourly frontline workers. Permitted health service providers to redeploy workers to support services in long-term care homes.

April 26 – Announced all publicly funded school will remain closed until at least May 31st. Limits on the dispensing of prescription medicines.

April 27 – Release of the Framework to re-open the economy

April 29 – Emergency child care for additional front line workers

April 30 – 65 new rules and regulations that Ontario businesses must follow.

May 1 – Certain businesses, workplaces and essential construction projects can reopen May 4th.

May 6 – Extension of Mandatory closures to May 19th, continuation of electricity rate relief.

May 8 – Professional sport training facilities will be permitted to reopen with established safety protocols

May 9 – Limited recreational trail day use permitted in Ontario parks.

May 10: Ontario reports 294 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 20,238. The 294 cases are the lowest increase daily increase announced since March 31.

May 14: Doug Ford provides details on the province’s first stage of its “Phase 2: Restart.” Some businesses are allowed to open on May 16 including campgrounds, marinas and golf courses. A lengthy list of other businesses will be allowed to get underway the following Tuesday.

May 19: The Ontario government says an in-class school year will not be able to recommence during the coronavirus pandemic, however, online learning will continue.

May 23: Ontario reports 412 new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the province to 25,040.

May 23: Thousands of people gather in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto drawing condemnation and scorn from elected officials and city staff.

May 26: Canadian Armed Forces teams deployed to five of the province’s worst-hit long-term care homes to help control COVID-19 raise concerns about each facility, describing the care as ranging from below best practices to “borderline abusive, if not abusive” and worse, documents obtained by Global News show.

May 27: Ontario government says it is extending all current emergency orders until June 9.

May 27: Province announces that chiropractors, dentists, massage therapists, optometrists, homeopaths and psychologists can see patients once each profession gets the go-ahead and receives guidelines from each respective governing authority.

June 1: New rules come into effect at Pearson Airport in Mississauga which include mandatory face masks and the barring of “meeters and greeters” from inside its terminals.

June 2: Ontario’s state of emergency extended by 28 days but Premier Doug Ford insists that does not mean the province’s reopening will necessarily be put “on hold” during that time.

June 4: Ontario allows short-term rentals to operate including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes and condominiums.

June 6: The total number of cases in Ontario passes 30,000 as the province announces 455 new cases including 68 from a reporting delay. A total of 2,407 Ontarians have now suffered COVID-19-related deaths.

June 6: Ontario extends emergency orders by another 10 days.

June 8: Ontario announces that some regions of the province will enter Stage 2 of its COVID-19 recovery plan. Toronto, Mississauga and Hamilton are among the areas which are excluded.

June 9: Province announces daycares can open the following Friday although few, if any, are able to given the short notice and lengthy set of adjustments needed.

June 11: Province announces “cautious” restart plan to allow visitors back into the province’s long-term care homes beginning June 18.

June 14: Ontario announces it has conducted it has now conducted more than a million tests for the novel coronavirus.

June 15: Province announces that several regions including Durham, York, Hamilton, Sarnia-Lambton and Niagara are allowed to enter into Stage 2 of its recovery plan. Toronto, Peel and Windsor remain in Phase 1 however.

June 17: The Ontario government extends all current emergency orders until June 30 while stating it will review each order on a case-by-case basis to determine if it can be adjusted or lifted.

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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.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:  Hello Comrades – the Branch is still closed due to Provincial guidelines, however, we are working towards an eventual reopening date. E-transfers are being accepted for donations, membership renewals or deposits for hall bookings for 2021. Branch 148 wishes to thank the many volunteers for assisting the Branch during this pandemic: to Cheryl, Larry, Tammy & Wayne for hosting a successful fundraiser for the Branch, and thank you to everyone who contributed; to Laura and Casey, for making sure our mail is being taken care of; to Fran, Susan, Richard, Robert, , Rose, Irene, Bill, Bruce and Tena for giving our hall a well-needed cleaning and painting and other repairs; and to everyone who has made a donation to help us get through these troubled times. We are looking forward to being able to re-open to you once we have received confirmation to do so.

On June 12, the Province lifted restrictions regarding the re-opening of patios. Our executive has met and decided to proceed with caution, with an anticipated opening date of early July.  This will enable us to open safely, with proper distancing regulations in effect. We will be contacting the Renfrew County Health Unit for their insight and inspection prior to reopening.  Please watch our Facebook page, and our website, for any further updates.  We look forward to reopening and seeing everyone again at the Branch.                                                   

Greg Walbeck, President

LAST POST:     Our Deepest sympathy is expressed to the families of Veterans Andrew Sunstrum (Feb. 12), and Forrest Fraser (Apr. 19), Associate Member Patricia Kilby (June 5), and Ladies’ Auxiliary members Julia Fawcett (Feb. 5), Mabel Eady (Feb. 10), Liala Gilchrist (Mar. 2) and Emily Harper (May 26).

"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 so that we can be sure to include them in the next bulletin.


PUBLIC RELATIONS:   The Branch was pleased to assist the Renfrew Food Bank in April with a $500 donation to assist the Food Bank help our local citizens.                                                                               Debbie McDermid, Public Relations

FROM DOMINION COMMAND, VETERANS SERVICES:   The Royal Canadian Legion, Branches and Ladies’ Auxiliaries in Ontario Command continue to support our Veterans and their families through these trying times. We understand that during this time of crisis there are needs and financial distress and we remind Veterans and their families that the Royal Canadian Legion is only an email away to assist. Our Provincial and Branch Service Officers will help in completing any applications for assistance free of charge.

Although our Branches and offices are closed to the public, we remain committed to provide the necessities for our Veterans. If any Veteran requires assistance they can contact their local Branch or contact direct to Ontario Command email and if you provide your full contact information, someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We have Provincial staff, including Provincial Service Officers, working from home who are in contact with Veterans Affairs Canada on a daily basis.  

For further information please contact email:, or as listed below for individual staff:

Veterans Hot Line – 437-228-4747

Homeless Veterans and/or

Service Bureau (Aurora) and/or

Service Bureau (North Bay) – and/or Service Bureau (Kanata) – and/or

Service Bureau (London) and/or

FROM THE OFFICE:  Although the Branch is closed, we are still available for any assistance required for our Veterans. The phones, email and regular mail are still being checked regularly. Please leave a message and someone will get in touch with you. Please contact the office if you are thinking on booking our hall for an event in 2021. If you wish to receive your Bulletin by email, please contact the office to be added to the list. If you have recently moved, please notify the office so that your information can be updated.


Renfrew Town Council adopt the following temporary changes to Store Hours By-Law No. 20-2007 in order to provide retail business establishments more flexibility in serving its customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 Pandemic:

June 10, 2020

Renfrew and Area Chamber of Commerce

C/O Gail Laird, Manager

161 Raglan Street South

Renfrew, ON K7V 1R2

Dear Ms. Laird:

Reference: Store Hours By-Law Amendment

Renfrew Town Council, at its regular meeting held June 9, 2020, approved amending the Store Hours By-Law (BL.20-2007), by adopting the following motion:

THAT Renfrew Town Council adopt the following temporary changes to Store Hours By-Law No. 20-2007 in order to provide retail business establishments more flexibility in serving its customers and the greater community during the COVID-19 Pandemic:


  • On Saturday of each week, no later than 8:00 pm and shall remain closed until atleast 8:00 am on the following Sunday; and
  • On Sunday of each week, no later than 8:00 pm and shall remain closed until atleast 5:00 am on the Monday following; and

FURTHER THAT these temporary changes be in effect up to and including September 6, 2020.

Please contact the Clerk’s Department should you have any questions, 613-432-4848 or

Jennifer Charkavi

Jennifer Charkavi
Deputy Clerk

Corporation of the Town of Renfrew ~ 127 Raglan Street South, Renfrew, ON K7V 1P8
Phone: (613) 432-4848 Fax: (613) 432-7245 Email: Website:


The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Explained | May 7 at 11:00 am ET

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) was created to help businesses retain their  workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The application for this subsidy opened on April 27 and managing through the requirements of the application can be complicated. Eligibility requirements, meeting the specific revenue tests, and ensuring your documentation is correct can be complex and cumbersome. Please join us on Thursday May 7, 11 a.m. ET, as we tackle common questions that have surfaced and discuss CEWS with tax partner John Di Liso at Grant Thornton LLP
During this session John will give an overview of the CEWS program and will also outline some of the key questions raised by taxpayers out of the program. Discussion to include:

  1. Eligibility criteria
  2. Qualifying periods
  3. Application process
  4. Issues and opportunities
  5. Frequently asked questions

Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn more about CEWS!

Call-In Details
Call-in details will be provided to registrants in a separate email

Date And Time
Tuesday, May 7
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (ET)


If you have any questions, please email Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, Senior Director, Parliamentary Affairs.

For questions about registration, please email Lianne Cheng.





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.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE:    Hello Comrades – This edition of the Branch newsletter will be a shorter one. As of March 17, 2020, the Branch is closed in compliance with the Provincial Government’s State of Emergency. This means that we are not able to raise the necessary income in order to pay our regular bills. Please consider making a financial donation to the Branch, so that we may get through this, either by cheque, or by e-transfer (sent to the office’s email address at  At this point, we are not sure when we will be re-opening the Branch to the public. If you have any questions, please call the office and leave a message, or send an email, as both the phone messages and email are being checked regularly.                                                                                 

Greg Walbeck, President


LAST POST:     Our Deepest sympathy is expressed to the family of Ordinary Member Rheal Lafleur.

"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 so that we can be sure to include them in the next bulletin.

BURSARY:     Applications for Renfrew Branch Bursaries are available online through the local High Schools.  Qualifications:
1.         be accepted in an institution offering post-secondary training (University, community college or an accredited private school)
2.         be the son or daughter of any of:
a)         a Veteran (service number required)
b)         an Ordinary member of  Branch 148 (service number required/member in good standing)
c)         an Associate member of Branch 148 (member in good standing)
d)         a Ladies’ Auxiliary member to Branch 148
e)         currently serving member of the Canadian Armed Forces (service number required)
3.         be the Grandchild or Great Grandchild of:
a)         a Veteran (copy of discharge paper required)
b)         an Ordinary member of the Legion (copy of discharge paper required)

Deadline for applications to be submitted via email to Ella Box, at is June 5, 2020.                                                                                                               

Ella Box, Bursary Chair


CHARITABLE FOUNDATION GRANT:  We are pleased to announce that Bonnechere Manor Long Term Care Home was approved for a grant in the amount of $8,570.00 to purchase five Electric Beds and Accessories.  For several years Renfrew Branch has donated poppy funds to this Ontario Command Foundation. It is very gratifying to see some of these monies come back to the Renfrew Community. Cheque presentation will take place at a later date.            

Ella Box


BRANCH PUBLIC SPEAKING 2020:  Results of the February 9 competition held at the Renfrew Branch:


Grade 1-3                    1st Landon Skelhorn – Grade 3 – St Thomas the Apostle

2nd Liam Seaman – Grade 3 – Our Lady of Fatima

3rd Kendal Richards – Grade 3 – St Thomas the Apostle

Grade 4-6                    1st Alexandra Powell – Grade 6 – St Thomas the Apostle

2nd Sadie Wilson – Grade 6 - St Thomas the Apostle

3rd Abbi Proulx – Grade 4 – Our Lady of Fatima

Grade 7-9                    1st Grace Hill – Grade 7 – Our Lady of Fatima

2nd Lila Pole – Grade 8 – Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School

3rd Konstance Hepburn – Grade 8 – St Joseph’s High School

Grade 10-12                No contestants


19 students participated in this year’s contest held at the Renfrew Legion. First place winners competed at the Eganville Legion on March 7, 2020. Alexandra Powell of St. Thomas the Apostle School placed 1st in the Grade 4 to 6 division. There were speakers in all divisions, first place winners will advance to district level on March 28th at Branch 638 Kanata (cancelled due to COVID-19).  Congratulations!  Alexandra was so looking forward to competing at the district level.


Thank you to the executive, members and volunteers who assisted with the contest including Greg Walbeck, Ron Kirby, Richard Fitzsimmons, Rob Marsh, Ella Box, Debbie McDermid, Rose Lafont, Tracy McIsaac, Kelly Berger, Katie Palubiski, Kelly Thompson, Harry Gill, Kate Windle, Fran Watson, Don Eady, Arjun Gill, Seva Gill and Jack Stekelenburg. Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary who prepared the luncheon. The collective efforts are appreciated and made this year’s contest a success.                                                    

Jo-anne Caldwell, Youth Education Chair


NOMINATING COMMITTEE:  The Nominating Committee met on March 11, 2020 to contact people who would be interesting in serving on the Executive for the 2020/21 year. With the Branch now closed, Dominion Command has stated that all branch elections are suspended pending a return to normal branch operations.    

Debbie McDermid, Nominating Committee


PUBLIC RELATIONS:   Since our Branch is closed, there is little to report. There have been photos submitted to Legion Magazine. The flags at the Branch and Low Square were lowered to half-staff in honour and remembrance to the victims of the shooting in Nova Scotia on April 19, and will be at half-staff for the National Day of Mourning on April 28, to honor those lives lost in workplace accidents.                                       

Debbie McDermid, Public Relations


FROM THE PROVINCIAL PRO:   Ruck to Remember:  The 2020 Ruck 2 Remember, This year marks 75years since VE Day! To commemorate that, this years’ Ruck event will take place from London to Paris! (Ontario) during September 10-13, 2020. Host Districts are Districts A, B and C.  (Br. 317 in London, Br. 236 in St. Mary’s, Br. 518 in Tavistock with a lunch stop at Br. 08 in Stratford, Br. 50 in Kitchener with a lunch stop at Br. 532 in New Hamburg, ending at Br. 29 in Paris.)  Even though this important event is not taking place in District G, it does not mean that you cannot donate to this important event. Remember the funds raised, 100% go to our Homeless Veteran’s Program, “Operation: Leave the Streets Behind”.  If your branch is going to donate to the Homeless Veteran’s program at upcoming Conventions, and wish it to count toward the R2R, please write in the memo area of the check 2020 R2R.  The donation will still go to “Operation Leave the Streets Behind”, but the Ruck will also be credited.   

Provincial PRO Carolyn McCaul


ZONE G7 NEWS:  Spring Zone Convention was held on March 8th in Barry’s Bay, guest speaker Comrade George Wood Deputy District Commander brought greetings from District Council, presented a  review of items that required our attention from the Provincial Administration Council meeting held in Aurora . This report highlighted several topics such as growing membership in Ontario. Requesting more submissions for the Military Recognition Book, some review on how Poppy funds should be spent.
The Zone Lottery ticket winners: 1st prize $500.00 Bev Schroeder of Eganville, 2nd Prize of $200.00 Sharon Back of Cobden, 3rd Prize winner $100.00 Debbie McDermid of Renfrew; $1,022.00 was raised to aid Zone expense, thank you to all members and patrons for your support of this fund raiser. Convention delegates passed a motion to donate $500.00 to District Track & Field & $500.00 to District Youth Sports. 
Delegates representing Branch 148 were Comrades Greg Walbeck, Rev Bruce Ferguson, Tena Miller, Bill McLeod, Rob Marsh, Huguette Jobin and Ella Box.

Report of Zone Service/Senior Officer Curley Andrews:  Procedures to be followed in the Event of the Death of a Canadian Forces Pensioner or Survivor:  Most personnel will not write a letter so I will give you some phone numbers to get the information.  Local: 613-971-6012; Toll Free: 1-800-267-0325; Fax: 613-971-6006; Toll Free Fax: 1-866-719-4043.  As the benefit entitlement ceases at the end of the month of death please call the Canadian Forces Specialized Services at toll free: 1-800-267-0350.  If you, as a Branch Services Officer have any questions on Pension for Life, go to website or phone 1-866-522-2122.  The Government Services have put out a health hotline and information sheet, for additional information go to                                                          

Ella Box


FROM THE OFFICE:  As part of our Mission Statement to give back to the community, the Branch accepts bookings for fundraisers. If you are planning a fundraiser and would like to book the Hall, please contact the Branch office at 613-432-6450 for available dates. Please note that fundraisers are to be approved by the Executive. Once approved, the Branch waives the rental fee, however, we do request a $75 fee for the cost of security if a bar is requested. We would be pleased to assist you with your fundraiser. Our hall is licensed for 250 people, which includes our bar and/or kitchen staff (if a bar or catering is requested) and will hold 200 people comfortably.  Members may rent the Hall at a discounted rate for themselves, their parents, siblings and children. For pricing, please contact the office. Hall rentals include the use of the Hall, Wi-Fi access, the coffee and tea urns, fridge and counter space in the kitchen. There will be a charge of $25 if you wish to use the stove. The Ladies’ Auxiliary must be contacted concerning any additional kitchen enquiries and the Branch Secretary notified to prevent any confusion or disputes.   As directed by the Executive, the use of Cannabis and vaping (e-cigarettes) are not permitted on Legion Property, and signs have been posted.


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Urgent support needed for LOCAL families

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for many families. If you’re like me you may be asking, “How can I help?”

Since we launched 96.1 myFM in 2004, we have been a part of hundreds of successful fundraisers and community support projects that have made our community a better place to live.

Today, we launch what may be the most important community outreach project in our history - “HELPING AT HOME”.

We know two things.

1. We have families in our community that could use our help as they have been hit hard by the economic ramifications of COVID-19.

2. The Renfrew community is always quick to step up and help those in need. Giving, supporting others, and making a difference is in the DNA of our community.

The Rotary Club of Renfrew and myFM have teamed up to launch “HELPING AT HOME”. We are collecting funds that will be directed to local families. If you can help by making a small or large donation, 100% of the money raised will be used locally. Our goal is to raise money as quickly as possible, so we can distribute it as soon as possible. To kick things off, over the next few days, every dollar donated (up to $5000.00) will be matched by the Rotary Club.

You can make your donation here - DONATE NOW

If you or someone you know could use financial assistance please let us know CLICK HERE.

All information will be confidential and no names will ever be publicized.

“HELPING AT HOME” will be a success if we all work together. You can make a donation, let us know someone who needs help, or just pass the message along - every little bit will help! Please share this message with your coworkers, circle of friends, and family. We encourage you to SHARE our posts on social media.

We are in this together. Together, we can make a difference here in our community. Together we are Renfrew Proud.

Thank You.

Jon Pole
96.1 myFM


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