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Letters: week of Nov. 15

Ethics professor was unethical in her response to column opposing fluoridation Sir: In her Oct. 25 letter, “Guest column was false and harmful to public health,” Assistant Professor Juliet Guichon misrepresented, mischaracterized and maligned the science-based Fluoride Action Network (FAN). Now in its 18th year, FAN is the largest non-profit in the U.S. broadening awareness… Read more »

School art project honours residential school survivors

Cathy Dobson A unique art project to learn about the atrocities of residential schools and honour the survivors has been taken on by the entire student body at Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School. Each student has been given the opportunity to paint a small commemorative tile to be incorporated into a large mosaic and permanently mounted… Read more »

Sarnia doctor’s medical marijuana research shared internationally

Pam Wright A cannabis extract could soon become an accepted alternative to opiates for pain management in the elderly, says a Sarnia physician just back from a speaking tour. Dr. Blake Pearson has been using cannabidiol oil, or CBD, to treat patients at Sarnia’s Trillium Villa nursing home. Last month he shared his finding as… Read more »

Without infusion of new blood Artwalk may never return

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s largest arts festival is taking next year off and it’s possible it may never return, organizers say. “Artwalk has an energy shortage,” explained festival president and city councillor-elect Nathan Colquhoun. “It’s a very lean event and the folks, all the volunteers behind the organizing of it, need a break.” Usually held the… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Nov. 15

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   Thursday, Nov. 15   Holly Berry… Read more »

Soup’s on

We’re deep into the fall bazaar season and volunteers at dozens of churches and organizations have been working overtime preparing homemade soups, pies and and crafts to tempt visitors. Here, Sharron Chappell, a member of Circle Six group at Paterson Memorial Presbyterian, stirs pots of soups for the church’s Nov. 17 bazaar, from 9:30 a.m…. Read more »

Self-taught woodworker expands by going against the grain

Cathy Dobson Chrissy McRoberts still calls her favourite coffee shop by its proper name – Blackwater. But she could also call it her office, and even her showroom. Many mornings she’s perched near the front of the downtown café, sipping coffee at a 6’6” long table she made from recycled construction lumber. She custom-built the… Read more »

More concerns raised about sports complex

Tara Jeffrey An unknown number of people, including children, were exposed to ammonia during a 2013 gas leak at the Moore Sports Complex, the only facility in Ontario still operating with a higher-risk, ammonia-based refrigeration system. Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change confirmed the release occurred at the St. Clair Township facility on… Read more »