Mayor launches year with campaign-style speech

Cathy Dobson Mayor Mike Bradley kicked off 2018 with a campaign-style speech, saying only the electorate can resolve the deep divisions at City Hall. “The only solution is an election,” Bradley told about 60 Sarnia-Lambton Golden K members gathered for the club’s first meeting of the year. Bradley won’t say if he’s running for a… Read more »

$14 an hour minimum wage helping – and hurting

Troy Shantz Natalie Malheiro is a barista whose hourly wage rose to $14 last week. The Blackwater Coffee Co. employee said the extra money will help her save for a business she hopes to start. “Imagine what I can do with $14?” she said. “I find it exciting.” Down the street, Eric Parsons, the owner… Read more »

New Great Lakes school project taking shape on Murphy

Cathy Dobson  About 1,000 local high school students will attend the new Great Lakes Secondary School on Murphy Road this September, if construction stays on schedule. A $21.7-million reconstruction of St. Clair Secondary includes a new 550-seat auditorium, a refurbished library, native studies room, expanded cafeteria and more. “We expect our timeline will be met,”… Read more »

A new chapter beginning for Sarnia General Hospital lands

Troy Shantz A year ago, the old Sarnia General Hospital building was a hub for vagrants and copper thieves. But as 2017 comes to a close, a new chapter is beginning for the blighted eyesore on Mitton Street. Workers in hazmat suits have been clearing the multi-floor structure of asbestos in preparation for demolition. The… Read more »

Hospital preparing to open addiction withdrawal beds

Cathy Dobson Bluewater Health will address Sarnia’s devastating opioid problem in the coming weeks by opening as many as seven temporary beds to manage addiction withdrawal. It’s the hospital’s next step to a permanent facility, said Paula Reaume-Zimmer, vice president of mental health and addictions. The withdrawal management beds are possible because of $445,000 in… Read more »

Legionnaires forward laying down tracks as Vandybeatz

Troy Shantz Many athletes listen to music before competitions. Zach Vanderwal makes his own. Vanderwal is both a forward with the Sarnia Legionnaires and a rapper who writes and records under the name Vandybeatz. He began experimenting with hip hop around the time he joined the Junior B hockey team three years ago. “They love… Read more »

Mosaic unveiled — eight years and 200 students later

Cathy Dobson  It nearly didn’t happen. An enormous ceramic mosaic recently unveiled at Northern Collegiate posed so many challenges over the eight years of its creation it was almost abandoned. “It took so long to do. There were several times we felt like giving up,” admitted art teacher Ian McLean. “It really was about perseverance.”… Read more »

Mayor Bradley honours Sarnians who made a difference in 2017

Journal Staff They span the fields of sports, politics, history and business, and they work with the young, the difficult and the downtrodden. But a unifying thread connects the 23 individuals and organizations named to Mayor Mike Bradley’s Honour List for 2017 – their desire to make Sarnia a better place. “Helen Keller said it… Read more »