Even in winter, Sarnia is a great place to watch nature

Journal Staff It’s been a good winter for nature photographer Ronny D’Haene. Readers may remember an image he shared last month of a coyote and bald eagles scrapping over food on the St. Clair River ice. Or a shot he took of a confused row of pigeons, and another of water rolling like quicksilver from… Read more »

Severe PSW shortage on agenda at health care Town Hall

Troy Shantz The growing shortage of personal support workers and their difficult working conditions will be discussed at a Town Hall meeting Saturday, officials say. “The word is out. People are leaving the profession of PSW and they’re not enrolling in PSW courses at community colleges,” said Shirley Roebuck, chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition…. Read more »

City homeless shelters are still full and emergency funding has run out

Troy Shantz Emergency funding that helped house the homeless at motels this winter has run out, forcing Sarnia’s two at-capacity homeless shelters to turn people away once again. After the situation became dire last fall, the Erie-St. Clair Local Health Integration Network gave $45,000 in emergency cash to help shelter 100 individuals on 881 nights… Read more »

Icy Lake

Ice stretches across the surface of Lake Huron as far as the eye can see from this vantage point in Bright’s Grove. About 85% of Huron was ice covered on March 8, compared to 20% on the same date last year and 17% in 2017, according to the Great Lakes Coastal Forecasting System. Glenn Ogilvie

Celtic musicians tune up for greenest day of the year

Cathy Dobson Brendan D’Arcy remembers a time when virtually no one played Irish music in Sarnia. How times have changed. “When I first moved here in the ‘70s I met two other Irish musicians, but they lived in Forest,” he said. “John Ross and Ed Bobington became good friends. We met in our living rooms… Read more »

Get ready to ‘rock your socks’ on Down Syndrome Day

Tara Jeffrey Sydney Vrolyk empties change from her owl purse onto a coffee shop table and counts out what’s needed to buy a muffin and donut for herself and best bud Morgan D’hooghe. “I got it,” she says firmly, holding up a hand before mom, Helen Van Sligtenhorst, can intervene. “We’ll be fine, mom.” It’s… Read more »

Experts ponder looming ‘carpification’ of Great Lakes

Troy Shantz Twenty-eight grass carp have been caught in the Great Lakes since 2013, isolated outliers of what officials fear will become a full-scale invasion. In an open forum last week, researchers, anglers and conservation experts met with the public to discuss the threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes, and what they’re doing… Read more »

Volunteers honoured at International Women’s Day event

Cathy Dobson  Why do they do it? They’re women who organize fundraising events to support causes of all sorts. They contribute ideas and expertise at board meetings, and drop everything else when someone is in need. And many do it all while juggling the responsibilities of family and work. “Each one of us has a… Read more »