Reader Peter Norris sent this photo of a coyote trotting on the ice of the St. Clair River directly in front of downtown Sarnia today. The animal was headed south, toward the Chemical Valley, with Port Huron in the background. The shot was taken Tuesday morning from the offices of George Murray Shipley and Bell…. Read more »

OPINION: Workers winning drug testing fight

George Mathewson Should Canadian companies be able to randomly test their workers for drugs and alcohol? Because of a workplace incident in Sarnia the answer to that question has become a little clearer. The Chemical Valley has long been a key battleground in a tense legal fight that pits a company’s requirement to provide a… Read more »

Rebound gala features ‘fire and ice’

Journal Staff Anyone looking escape winter might want to check out Rebound’s Hearts for Youth Gala. The annual event is the youth-serving agency’s main fundraiser and features live and silent auctions, five-course dinner at the Dante Club, music, dancing and stirring testimonials from youth. And it comes at a time when people are looking to… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Sticking to your New Year’s resolutions

Lynae Morningstar It’s the New Year and our resolutions are fresh and fancy. Most of us have great ambitions and great intentions but we fall desperately short of our aspirations. As a gym owner, I see firsthand how difficult it is for most people to reach their goals, even though everyone starts with good intentions…. Read more »

Set to defrost

A spectacular coating of ice clings to the Great Lakes freighter Walter J McCarthy Jr. as it passes Sarnia on the St. Clair River. Frigid temperatures combined with Lake Huron spray and possibly freezing rain combined to virtually cover the southbound vessel. Glenn Ogilvie

Former school reopens as self-storage business

Cathy Dobson As the doors open this week on a new era for the former St. Margaret elementary school, Sarnia developer Robert Iacobelli said he’s particularly proud that he and his brother repurposed a building rather than tear it down. The brothers’ company, Nelmar Developments, bought the former school property about three years ago and… Read more »

OPINION: Sir John A. Macdonald’s fishy local land deal

George Mathewson Sunday will mark the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, one of the most important and controversial figures in Canadian history, and no stranger to Sarnia. In fact, before Macdonald became our first prime minister he owned 900 acres in what is today Point Edward. A large tract of land had been… Read more »

American Idol: Cliff Erickson bringing nephew and Idol contestant to Sarnia show

Journal Staff He’s an enduring staple of the local music scene, a Michigan export who has performed so often in Sarnia he’s frequently mistaken for a homegrown talent. But Cliff Erickson’s next show in the city will be unique in more ways than one. For starters, proceeds from the singer-songwriter’s Jan. 24 performance at Jack… Read more »

Letters, week of Jan. 8

Frustrated by homeless shelter closure Sir: Thank you George Mathewson for exposing the abuse of taxpayer’s money in the homeless court fight. And for exposing the sad “not in my neighbourhood” mentality of some residents here on Mitton Street. Most people don’t choose to be homeless. And River City Vineyard was kind enough to open… Read more »