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Ice fishers take advantage of frozen January

Pam Wright Thanks to Old Man Winter’s frozen grip, bitter winds weren’t the only thing biting on Sarnia Bay this month. Ice fishing returned after a two-year hiatus – drawing both rookies and veterans to try their luck on the frozen water. Courtright residents Steve Inglis and Ivan LeMay were among those trying their luck… Read more »

Withdrawal beds just ‘scratching the surface’

Tara Jeffrey The opening of seven beds at Bluewater Health’s temporary Residential Withdrawal Management facility this week is welcome news to community and health officials, but still just “scratches the surface” of Sarnia’s crippling opioid crisis, police say. “It’s long overdue,” Sarnia Police Sgt. John Pearce said of the 6th floor facility which officially opened… Read more »

Youth drop-in falls on hard times after just one year

Troy Shantz The Hub could be forced to close its doors this February, less than a year after it opened. Short on funds, the youth drop-in and resource centre operated by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound may end the one-year pilot project unless more funding is secured soon, says Rebound’s executive director. “Of course we don’t want to… Read more »

Elderly and destitute often ended up in the ‘Poor House’

Phil Egan Generations of students were warned they would wind up there if they didn’t buckle down to their schoolwork. The House of Refuge was built in 1889 by the County of Lambton on the east side of East Street, on Sarnia’s eastern border. It was a large, four-storey, white brick building located about where… Read more »

Royal honour

In 1972, the late Melvin Paradis received a telegram from the RCMP summoning him to appear before the Queen in Ottawa. This photo captures the moment when Her Majesty Elizabeth II presenting the Sarnia man with a medal for bravery. Paradis had rescued a child from a burning cottage in Bright’s Grove, then climbed back… Read more »

Prevost comes home for Silver Stick

Troy Shantz Silver Stick is back this month with a special Canadian Women’s Hockey League game to mark the 20th anniversary of girls’ Silver Stick play. Sarnia native and professional hockey player Carolyne Prevost will be on the ice Jan. 20 with her team the Toronto Furies, playing against league rivals Montreal Canadiens. Prevost knows… Read more »

River City adds beds to keep Sarnians off the streets

Troy Shantz Unusually harsh winter conditions are increasing demand at River City Sanctuary, one of the city’s busiest homeless shelters. “We’re getting more people coming out of the woodwork because it’s cold,” said Owen Vroom with the Sanctuary. “The holiday season is over, so a lot of the couch surfers are getting the boot.” River… Read more »

Mayor launches year with campaign-style speech

Cathy Dobson Mayor Mike Bradley kicked off 2018 with a campaign-style speech, saying only the electorate can resolve the deep divisions at City Hall. “The only solution is an election,” Bradley told about 60 Sarnia-Lambton Golden K members gathered for the club’s first meeting of the year. Bradley won’t say if he’s running for a… Read more »

$14 an hour minimum wage helping – and hurting

Troy Shantz Natalie Malheiro is a barista whose hourly wage rose to $14 last week. The Blackwater Coffee Co. employee said the extra money will help her save for a business she hopes to start. “Imagine what I can do with $14?” she said. “I find it exciting.” Down the street, Eric Parsons, the owner… Read more »