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OPINION: Sunday hunting is a bad idea

Sarnia is one of a dwindling minority of Ontario municipalities that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, but that could soon change. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has asked the city to allow hunting on Sunday, saying the extra day would better manage wildlife numbers and provide a pro-active approach to farm crop… Read more »

It works! Grand Bend tornado first true test of new emergency warning network

Decades of trial and error in Sarnia-Lambton have finally resulted in an emergency notification system that works. The challenge now is to get more residents to register. My CNN (Community Notification Network) is a rapid-dial computer system able to make 22 phone calls a second during an emergency. Three months ago, the industries that make… Read more »

Diggers checking Enbridge pipelines for potential cracks

Heather Wright A new road has appeared in the middle of a Sarnia cornfield on Mandaumin Road. If you look hard, way back in the knee-deep stalks, you might just see construction workers digging into the rich earth. They’re part of Enbridge Pipeline’s preventative maintenance plan for Lines 7, 8 and 9, which run from… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge could collapse

The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »

Sarnia’s reluctant bowling champion

Jackie McLellan is likely the most humble champion Sarnia-Lambton has ever produced. The long-term Courtright resident who moved to Sarnia with her husband a year and a half ago was surprised to come away with first place in the Super Senior Division (75 +) at the United States Bowling Congress Senior Tenpin Championships in Reno,… Read more »