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Ladies Invitational

Curling fans can get their fix at the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club during the 69th annual BDO Canada Ladies Invitational Bonspiel on Feb. 4-5. Five teams from Sarnia will be joined by challengers from Chatham, Ilderton, Wiarton and Midland, Michigan. Preparing for the bonspiel here are Jan McChesney, left, and Linda Green-Smith. Submitted Photo

Its goose cooked, owl turns jail bird, avoids swan song

Cathy Dobson When Deryl Nethercott backed out of his driveway he didn’t foresee returning minutes later with a screech owl under his arm. “You have to watch for those talons. They are really sharp,” he says. Nethercott was driving on Christina Street near the entrance to Canatara Park on Jan. 7 when he saw an owl… Read more »

Nursing homes in dire need of more staffing, coalition says

Cathy Dobson      Ontario’s aging population is crying out for more government investment in long-term care beds and trained staff, say members of the Sarnia-Lambton Health Coalition. About 33,000 people in Ontario are waiting for a long-term care bed, and that number grows as seniors outnumber children for the first time in Canadian history, chairperson… Read more »

Fun-loving city dance instructor wins national honour

Troy Shantz The owner of a Sarnia studio has been recognized as one of the top dance instructors in Canada. Hana Omar-Craig was runner-up for the title of Dance Educator of the Year, an award presented by Canada’s National Academy of Dance Education. The award recognizes teachers, studio owners and assistants who demonstrate a commitment… Read more »

Michael Marinaro adds ‘National Champion’ to his resume

Troy Shantz As the music faded and the crowd erupted, Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro suspected he and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers had just became Canadian Champions. “We were pretty confident in our ending position that we’d done enough to pull through,” Marinaro told The Journal. “It wasn’t perfect, but we were pretty confident we did enough to… Read more »

MPP Bailey OK with loss of environmental watchdog

Troy Shantz As she prepares to close her office, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe says Sarnians have good reasons to be suspicious of the Ford government. “Why silence the watchdog unless you’re planning to do something you don’t want the watchdog to see?” asked Saxe, whose final day is May 1. “The reduction in expert,… Read more »