New rules prohibit recreational drones flying over most of Sarnia


Troy Shantz and George Mathewson Transport Canada has imposed tough new restrictions on where and when recreational drone users can fly their aircraft, which just might increase membership at a local radio-controlled flyers club. Drone owners can no longer fly remote-controlled devices weighing more than 250 grams higher than 90 metres or within 75 metres… Read more »

IJC meeting dredges up Great Lakes water problems

Don Ciparis, with the National Farmers Union, brought attention to dredging practices, that have shown to have dramatic impact on displacing sediment throughout the Great Lakes.

Troy Shantz Sarnia went to great lengths to properly dispose of sediment scooped up during this winter’s $3-million dredging project, but that’s not always the case in the Great Lakes. In Lake Erie, dredging has been linked to the growth and spread of algae in recent years, said Don Ciparis of the National Farmers Union…. Read more »

Seniors complex planned for Devine Street School lands

A developer has purchased the former Devine Street School lands for the purpose of creating a seniors living and dementia-care centre.
Glenn Ogilvie file photo

Journal Staff A developer is proposing to redevelop the Devine Street School lands into a campus featuring an independent seniors living complex and a dementia-care facility. The $41-million proposal calls for up to three buildings on the three-acre site at 321 Devine St., likely starting with a five-floor structure providing the latest in dementia-patient care,… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – What character in The Wizard of Oz sings, “If I only had a brain”? 2 – Sarnia born Mike Ward was an internationally renowned athlete in what sport before his untimely death in 1906 at the age of 21? 3 – What American state borders Lake Ontario to the south? 4 – Including… Read more »

Girl Power helping feed, educate others globally

Girl Power members, from left, Diya Duggal, 7, Ally Campbell 9, Amelia Glazier 10, Raveena Duggal 10, Coehan Hookey 9, Alisha Iqbal 9.
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Troy Shantz A new nonprofit is meeting regularly to build on the $2,000 it’s already raised for girls in need around the world. Which is pretty impressive considering its meetings must be adjourned before bedtime and scheduled around homework, piano lessons and cheerleading practice. “That stuff doesn’t stop us from doing this,” assured nine-year-old Ally… Read more »

Many of the jobs available this year will require a hardhat

Jordan Parker, owner of Grafted Group Corp.
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Troy Shantz It’s been a great year for business, says Jordan Parker. The 29-year-old contractor is the owner of Grafted Group Corp., a Sarnia kitchen design and property management company he launched six years ago. “This is hands down — over the last years —the busiest winter I’ve ever seen,” he said. “It’s a good… Read more »

New equipment in Canatara Park a homegrown success story

Lila Fleming, 11, left, and Kaitlynn Prior, 10, both of Sarnia, test out the new and locally made ActiveFit exercise equipment in Canatara Park on March 16.
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Cathy Dobson  Across the road from the Animal Farm and public washrooms in Canatara Park is an interesting array of exercise equipment you might find in a gym. But it’s outside and available for adults to use, rain or shine. No gym fees are required, and it’s unlike the children’s playground equipment normally found in… Read more »