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Students suing Ontario colleges over disrupted school year

Troy Shantz A Lambton College student helping organize a class-action lawsuit against Ontario’s colleges says students deserve compensation for a five-week strike that damaged their fall semester. “Our contract was broken with all the colleges, so the education we’re supposed to be getting hasn’t been delivered,” said Jade Flay, a first-year paramedic student. Flay, 20,… Read more »

It’s official; Santa loves his new Sarnia parade sleigh

Journal Staff Santa Claus has been the guest of honour at Sarnia’s annual parade every year for at least the past 35 years, yet the big guy isn’t averse to changing things up, says Bob Marks. In fact, he loves the new sleigh and thousands of twinkly LED lights that festoon it, the Kinsmen Club… Read more »

Nice get

Professional squash players Leonel Cardenas, left, of Mexico, and Nick Sutcliffe, of England, square off at the sixth annual Simon Warder Memorial Squash tournament last week. The event at Huron Oaks featured a 360-degree glass court, the first ever used at a Professional Squash Association sanctioned event in Canada. Over its first five years, the… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Approximately 2% of people in the world have what eye colour? 2 – What has been approved for construction at the site of the former Devine Street School? 3 – Kiwis is a colloquial term for residents of what country? 4 – Sarnia’s Angus McLeod, Fred Lougheed, and T. B. McCarthy excelled at… Read more »

Illegal tern

A ring-billed gull steadfastly ignores the sign to park himself for a better look at the human visitors arriving at the LAWSS water treatment plant on Lake Huron last week. Glenn Ogilvie

City putting up $4.7 million for an oversized load corridor

Journal Staff Sarnia is asking for $6 million in federal funding to create an Oversized Load Corridor. An application to the National Trade Corridor Fund was submitted recently seeking half of the $12 million needed. A dedicated Oversized Load Corridor would relocate or remove signs, lights and other obstructions to make it faster and cheaper… Read more »

Website that exposed blighted properties has made a difference

Troy Shantz A website that turned a spotlight on blighted buildings in Sarnia one year ago has resulted in 100% of the properties undergoing repairs, its administrator says. Ron RealeSmith said he launched Sarnia Urban Blight to pressure the owners of rundown buildings, many of them absentee landlords, to take responsibility for their properties. “They… Read more »

New mural brightens up drab wall at the St. Vincent de Paul

Troy Shantz Many parts of the downtown core have been brightened up with a splash of colour provided by a wall mural. The latest brick-and-mortar canvas can be seen at the St. Vincent de Paul on the intersection of Davis and Euphemia streets. Sarnia artist Jorrie Kirby conceptualized and is executing a vibrant scene on… Read more »