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The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What zodiac sign is usually symbolized by two human figures? 2 – This Monday (Sept. 25) Ontario officially acknowledges the contribution of what group of people to our history? 3 – Also a bowling term, what five-letter word can precede “end”, “second”, and “pea”? 4 – Plans are underway to revitalize part of… Read more »

It’s really happening – the demolition of Sarnia General Hospital about to begin

Troy Shantz The job of removing asbestos from the former Sarnia General Hospital building and adjacent nursing residence will begin next week, the first step in the site’s long anticipated redevelopment. The deal has closed on a landmark agreement signed in August between Sarnia and GFIVE Inc. It will see the city give the company… Read more »

A frank discussion about poverty at next Sarnia Speaks

Tara Jeffrey Lauren Duncan wants people to have a little more compassion when looking at poverty in this community. “I just want that whole stigma removed,” said the 25-year-old mother of two. “I want people to understand that everybody has a story and everyone is where they are for a reason.” Duncan will share her… Read more »

Kidney Walk ambassador is a four-time transplant recipient

Troy Shantz Mandie Cross is closing in on a record she hopes she never breaks. When the 34-year-old Sarnia woman received a kidney transplant two years ago, it was the fourth time. The world record for kidney transplants is seven, according to Guinness. Cross has spent most of her life either on dialysis, waiting for… Read more »

Tree bylaw encountering public pushback

Troy Shantz Miguel Plante says a proposed bylaw in Sarnia shouldn’t deny him the right to remove a tree in his yard. “My tree is perfectly healthy but I know its roots wrap around my house. I’d like to see protection from that,” Plante told city officials at Clearwater Arena last week. “We’ve had six… Read more »

City kicks in more money for Centennial Park

George Mathewson Saying they have little choice but to finish the job, city councillors approved another $250,000 for the Centennial Park remediation project last week. The money will be taken from reserves to pay for fencing, security, vandalism and other things not covered by the city’s contract with Golder Associates and Bre-X Construction, the administrator… Read more »

Violence against women and children isn’t a one-gender issue

Tara Jeffrey Members of the community are invited to gather in Sarnia’s downtown for the 24th annual Take Back the Night event, to be held Thursday, Sept. 21. The event, hosted by the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre, Sarnia-Lambton, is held in communities across Canada to raise awareness and stop the tide of violence against women… Read more »

Local comedy troupe sketches find growing audience online

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s own MurphBudz have shared the stage Randy and Mr. Lahey from Trailer Park Boys, ‘Squirrely Dan’ from Letterkenny and award-winning stand-up comic Debra DiGiovanni. Now they’re hoping to become the next big thing in Canadian comedy. A few of the six-member crew are comedians but they’re better known for their online video… Read more »

New owners begin revitalizing the old Greenwood Inn

Cathy Dobson Neighbours of the Greenwood Inn are happy to learn the building is undergoing renovation under new ownership. The building at 117 Christina St. has cool architecture and a bit of history but has fallen on tough times in recent years, despite operating with what seemed to be a viable Chinese restaurant and Liquid… Read more »