Family Medical Centre to ease looming doctor shortage

The city has approved a rezoning that would allow the owners of this medical clinic at 481 London Rd. to demolish the two homes at left and undergo an expansion and reorganization to create a Family Medical Centre.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson Two local doctors hope to head off a looming shortage of family physicians in Sarnia by building a family medical centre designed specifically to attract new practitioners. Dr. Sean Peterson and Dr. John O’Mahony plan to expand the existing medical clinic at 481 London Rd. by adding 8,600 square feet of floor space… Read more »

New music festival eyed for refurbished Centennial Park

The final landscaping is taking shape in the soon-to-reopen Centennial Park, which is the proposed site for a new music festival in July.
Glenn Ogilvie

Cathy Dobson  An organizer proposing a new annual music festival in Centennial Park says his group has a roster of musicians and bands lined up that will be released shortly. “We’ve been working on this for months and have a lot of connections through working other events,” said Mark Perrin, one of four board members… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – Pirate Long John Silver is one of the main characters in what novel? 2 – What comedian and TV personality will be a guest presenter at Lambton College’s 50th anniversary President’s Gala on May 13th? 3 – What two men’s first names complete these movie titles:  ________ Scissorhands and Cool Hand _______? 4… Read more »

Swimmer siblings share special bond in, out of the pool

Maude Boily-Dufour and brother Samuel have been swimming rivals since they were young - and wouldn't have it any other way.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz A brother-sister swimming duo is showing just how strong their gene pool is. Samuel and Maude Boily-Dufour of Sarnia are each making a splash on the competitive swim circuits. Maude, 16, an eleventh-grader at Saint-François-Xavier, won gold, two silver and a bronze at the Ontario Provincial Championships last month, compiling the most points… Read more »

Baby’s birth makes dying woman’s wish come true

Mary spent the last three month of her live at Bluewater Health, hoping for the chance to touch her first grandchild.
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz A Sarnia woman’s dying wish to hold her newborn granddaughter before she passed was granted recently thanks to a loving family, modern technology and a remarkable effort by staff at Bluewater Health. Mary, whose last name is being withheld at the family’s request, spent her final three months at the Sarnia hospital and… Read more »

Week of May 4

Whats Happening

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca   Thursday, May 4 Sarnia Sings Royal… Read more »

Next topic tackled at Sarnia Speaks forum: resiliency

Lauren Crighton, top left, will join panelists Emily Ager, top right, Dan Edwards, bottom left, and organizer Danielle Cooper, bottom right, for the next instalment of Sarnia Speaks on May 10 on the topic of resiliency.

Tara Jeffrey Lauren Crighton refuses to let her mental illness define her. “Even though I’ve been living with this since I was 12, I’ve managed to do some pretty amazing things in my life,” said the 30-year-old nurse and comedian. “I am proud of myself and I want people to know this isn’t the end… Read more »

Frustration building over city’s long-delayed boat launch

A view of the Dockside restaurant patio and the delayed boat ramps under construction directly behind it. The booms in the water of Sarnia Bay are containing sediment stirred up by the construciion project.
Glenn Ogilvie

Troy Shantz and George Mathewson The long-promised municipal boat launches in Sarnia Bay likely won’t be ready by the June 2 deadline, City Hall can’t say when they will be installed and area business operators are growing frustrated. “The main issue is the lack of communication for completion,” said Brian Vickery, co-owner of Dockside Restaurant…. Read more »

B17 Bomber bringing a payload of ‘40s nostalgia

American actress and pin-up girl Betty Grable is the bomber's featured nose art.
Submitted Photo

Troy Shantz If you hear the deafening roar of a Second World War bomber flying over Sarnia this summer, don’t be alarmed. The B17 is coming in peace, and everyone is invited to Chris Hadfield Airport to get a close-up look at the piece of living history. Aviation fans will be able to smell the… Read more »