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City hall’s new building boss probes charges of red tape, delays

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s new planning and building director says she’s heard the “anecdotal tales” about her department frustrating developers with red tape and delays. Now she wants evidence. “Give me the facts and we’ll investigate,” said Jane Cooper who took on the senior management job at city hall six months ago. “If we’ve been slow,… Read more »

Lung transplant recipient who boosted donor list may soon need help herself

Tara Jeffrey Tara Bourque wants to leave her mark on this world, one organ donor registration at a time. The 21-year-old Sarnia woman is celebrating her ‘Lungaversary’ this week — three years since her double lung transplant — and is marking the occasion with a challenge to the public. “Everyone celebrates a transplant anniversary in… Read more »

Snow Park now open

The BP Snow Park is now open at Lambton College, offering a way to learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding without fear. The 600-foot by 45-foot snow course uses the same cable system Boarder Pass has been providing wakeboarders on Sarnia Bay since 2010. There are no real hills, but the park offers jumps,… Read more »

OPINION: eBingo a game-changer for charities

George Mathewson After being thrown overboard during Ontario’s rush to slot machine riches, the operators of bingo halls that are still afloat have finally been tossed a lifeline. Sarnia once had 11 bingo halls and vied with Windsor for the title of Bingo Capital of Ontario. Today, we have one lone survivor, Bingo Country, which… Read more »

Businessman with autism aims to clip the odds

Cathy Dobson The sign posted on the outer door of Kyle Wagner-Dixon’s dog grooming business is an eye-opener. Not every shop owner introduces himself to new customers by explaining his disability before they walk in. “I feel it necessary to mention that I have a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome which impairs my ability… Read more »

Sarnia curling club members to play U.S. nationals

Barry Wright The Sarnia Golf and Curling Club will be well represented at the USA National Curling Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan next month. Club members Emilia Juocys and Stephanie Senneker have qualified to compete at the national event in the Women’s division for Wisconsin-based Team Debbie McCormick, while Heath McCormick will compete in the Men’s… Read more »

Sarnia Sting hockey team sold

Barry Wright Rumours about the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting being sold have been flying around the community for months, but the sale is now official, pending league and municipal approval. Sting owners Rob and Larry Ciccarelli announced at a hastily called news conference Thursday that the team has been sold to former and current… Read more »

Eye in the sky: St. Clair getting a drone for search and rescue

Cathy Dobson A remote-controlled drone might be the smallest item in St. Clair Township’s $4-million fire department upgrade, but it’s the one getting the buzz. Equipped with cameras, the drone will allow firefighters to view the roof of a burning building, search for missing people or assess a highway accident from above, said Fire Chief… Read more »