GUEST COLUMN: Vaccination tracking system is deeply flawed

Susan Roberts Recently I encountered a woman who needed to enrol her daughter in a day-care program. The centre, like a school, requires parents to provide up-to-date vaccination cards for the child being admitted. But the mother told me: “I just went out into the car, dated and check-marked all the necessary vaccines, and walked… Read more »

Paint battle to aid budding female artists

Cathy Dobson The young teen girls who graduate from the Valleyfield Art Club (VAC) take away more than creative instruction and a little art history. “They learn about taking responsibility for themselves and about giving back to their community,” says Valleyfield’s founder and volunteer teacher. Three years ago, while still a student at the Ontario… Read more »

St. Pat’s thrower headed to nationals

Barry Wright For Riley Wilhelm, turnabout is fair play. Wilhelm finished second to Orillia’s Samantha Buck in the senior girls discus competition on a wet, sloppy day at the Ontario high school track and field meet in Toronto on June 4-6. But just over a week later, the graduating St. Patrick’s student pulled off a… Read more »

OPINION: The lost mission of St. Francis

George Mathewson The unveiling of a plaque in Bayshore Park a few weeks ago marked 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. It also brought to mind one of Sarnia-Lambton’s most enduring and perplexing mysteries. In the year 1828, a fur trader named Edourd Petit had crossed the lake from Port Huron to hunt in… Read more »

More trains in the works for Sarnia, says VIA boss

Cathy Dobson When the top executive of VIA Rail visited Sarnia recently, he admitted he came by car because the city’s single-train service couldn’t get him back to Toronto on time. But if Yves Desjardins-Siciliano’s plan to run as many as four trains a day to Sarnia works out, he could be arriving by rail… Read more »

Wedding planner expands with décor store

Cathy Dobson Victoria Sebben’s new gift and décor shop is full of treasures like sumptuous chocolates and trendy jewel candles, which burn down to expose a piece of jewelry worth anywhere from $10 to $200. The store at 575 Murphy Rd. looks deceivingly small from the outside but has three large rooms for the various… Read more »

Wynne confronted by turbine protesters

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Diane Shultz wasn’t going to miss her chance to show Premier Kathleen Wynne what she thinks. “I’m passionate because we’re talking about our future, our children’s future,” said Shultz as she demonstrated outside the Best Western Guildwood Inn, where the premier was about to speak. Shultz joined about 40 others who don’t… Read more »

‘Dotmocracy’ helping with redesign of Centennial Park

Cathy Dobson The opinions of the 50 people at the most recent meeting about redesigning Centennial Park were displayed in polka-dotted technicolour. About 150 ideas expressed during a public meeting in May were written down on Bristol board, so attendees of the June 9 session could stick coloured dots beside the ideas they support most…. Read more »