MMA fighter making pro debut in Quebec City this week

Troy Shantz A Sarnia mixed martial arts fighter is turning professional. Sean Meade, 29, has accepted a three-fight contract offer from TKO MMA, a Quebec-based mixed martial arts organization. In his first fight on May 4 Meade will face opponent Danny Millette in Quebec City. “I know we’re both going for kills, and we’re both… Read more »

A new world, a new opportunity for local Syrian refugees

Cathy Dobson Nour Alabdallah vividly recalls her harrowing 12-hour escape from Damascus through the mountains when she was seven months pregnant. She travelled on foot with her husband and son through the night, terrified a sniper would strike them at any moment. Alabdallah was one of six Syrian refugees who shared their stories with The… Read more »

Sarnia native pioneered timeshare concept in North America

Cathy Dobson In the vacation property world, Sarnia native Keith Trowbridge is a giant. When conventional property sales were going through a rough patch in the ‘70s, Trowbridge devised a concept to attract more buyers at a lower price. He calls it ‘vacation ownership’ but it’s more commonly known as timeshare and it’s a big… Read more »

City swimmer to represent Canada

Troy Shantz A Sarnia swimmer will represent Canada at the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in Fiji this summer. Maude Boily-Dufour, 17, earned the spot by finishing second in the 100-metre backstroke and third in the 200-metre backstroke at the National Championships in Montreal this month. Sarnia Rapids swimmer, who begins a full-ride scholarship at San Diego… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Council’s failure to consult public on electronic voting disrespectful

Randy Evans The realty of electronic voting remains, for many Sarnians, an unacceptable and untrustworthy venture. To be sure, people are resistant to change, especially fundamental change. But there’s more to this story than human nature. Perhaps it’s the haste with which the supporting city councillors proceeded, to the exclusion of community input. Many citizens… Read more »

Word expected soon on withdrawal management facility

Cathy Dobson A site selection committee has decided where a residential withdrawal management facility should be located in Sarnia. But it won’t be made public until approval arrives from the Ministry of Health, says Julia Oosterman, spokesperson for Bluewater Health. An announcement was expected by the end of March but the ministry hasn’t responded yet,… Read more »