300-piece poppy sculpture honours Sarnia’s fallen

Cathy Dobson It’s unique. It’s creative.  And it respectfully commemorates every Sarnian who gave his life in service to Canada. “I think that’s really special,” said Jim Burgess, president of Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62. “We are thrilled with it.” Burgess was at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts last week when a group… Read more »

Reborn Celebration of Lights has bounced back bigger

Cathy Dobson  A massive dose of community spirit that revived the flagging Celebration of Lights last year is still working its magic. Every one of the 35 displays has been adopted by a group, family, business or individual, says chairman Bill Suisham. In fact, there’s a waiting list of people who want to adopt one. Finding… Read more »

Retirement home firm buying up downtown storefronts

Cathy Dobson The Oakville-based company that intends to redevelop Bayside Centre into an assisted living retirement residence has purchased three buildings on Christina Street between George and Lochiel. “I can confirm that Seasons (Retirement Communities) has acquired the three properties on Christina Street and these will form part of our overall master plan for the… Read more »

Aamjiwnaang demanding government take action on pollution

Troy Shantz and George Mathewson The Ontario government has turned a blind eye to pollution problems at Aamjiwnaang and other Indigenous communities for too long, the province’s Environmental Commissioner says. “The people of Aamjiwnaang First Nation continue to breathe air that is heavily polluted by the industrial facilities of Chemical Valley in Sarnia, contributing to… Read more »

Agencies begin working together to address opioid crisis

Troy Shantz The numbers are staggering. Last year, 1,326 residents of Sarnia-Lambton were prescribed an opioid for pain. That’s one in six. Another 1,326 people — one in every 93 people living in Sarnia-Lambton — were treated for an addiction to opiates with prescribed methadone or suboxone. Forty-seven people were hospitalized for opioid poisoning, five… Read more »

City man waging personal war against invasive phragmites

Troy Shantz A Sarnia man has become a one-man army in the battle against invasive phragmites. Hal Regnier was alarmed to see the invasive reed running rampant on the waterfront Point Lands this summer, a spot he regularly visits while volunteering to walk dogs from the nearby Humane Society. So he did a little research,… Read more »