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OPINION: New life for old hospital


George Mathewson Sarnia got rid of a millstone last week when city council agreed to sell the Sarnia General Hospital site to five local investors for $1,000. Sarnia owns the land but Bluewater Health owns the building, which has been a boarded-up eyesore for three years now. If all the conditions were met the end… Read more »

Jazz and Blues in the Village: keen volunteers keep festival humming

Some of the young volunteers who have been helping out over the years at Sarnia's annual Jazz & Blues in the Village include, from left, back row, Jarrod Williamson, Calla Nicol, Larissa Large and Kevin Forbes; front row, Lacy Ferguson and Kate Sherman. The event is a charity fundraiser for the Sarnia Organ Donor Awareness group (SODA).
Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey When Donna Stewart put the call out for volunteers at the inaugural Jazz & Blues in the Village event more than a decade ago, it was an unlikely group of twenty-somethings who really pulled through. “My daughters were just out of high school, and they starting calling their friends,” said Stewart, chair of… Read more »

Guru cuts through the resume clutter

Catharine Brown has launched the Career Guru, a new service to help serious job seekers.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Catharine Brown says the local job market has never been tougher, and top-notch job search skills have never been more important. That’s where she comes in. As a career counsellor with more than 20 years experience, Brown has just launched a new business called Career Guru that specializes in career development, interview… Read more »

Journal trivia quiz

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1.   What village in Lambton County gets its name from the native word for corn? 2.    Born Eric Marlon Bishop, what actor starred in Ray, Django Unchained, and The Amazing Spider Man 2 using his more famous name? 3.    Corunna’s high jumping phenomenon Derek Drouin holds the National High Jump record with a jump… Read more »

Selina Nickason paved the way for U.S. scholarships

Selina Mirjavadi (nee Nickason) is being inducted into the Central Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame.
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Barry Wright Next month Sarnia’s Selina Mirjavadi (nee Nickason) will take her place in the Central Michigan University Athletics Hall of Fame. The former Bluewater Gymnastics star will be inducted at a ceremony at the Mount Pleasant, Michigan campus on Oct. 17, and then introduced at halftime of CMU’s college football game the next afternoon. “It is quite an… Read more »

Huge gift from city organization.


The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is giving $5 million to the London Health Sciences Foundation, the largest funding commitment ever from the Sarnia-based organization. The money will support research at the Pamela Greenaway-Kohlmeier Translational Breast Cancer Research Unit in London. We are grateful for this remarkable, ongoing support,” unit director Dr. Ann Chambers said…. Read more »

A fall walk with the grandkids


There are fewer days remaining for a pleasant short-sleeve stroll. Here, Tom Glaister checks out the floral gardens at Germain Park with his grandchildren Jake Collier, left, and Evan Glaister. Glenn Ogilvie

Cull Drain Bridge dodges full demolition

Sarnia Coun. Terry Burrell says this photo from a recent Sarnia Journal aerial edition was what helped convince him that the Cull Drain Bridge and its iconic trusses are worth an attempt at preservation.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson City councillors appeared to surprise even themselves last week by granting the condemned Cull Drain Bridge a second chance at life. In a unanimous vote, council agreed to spend $230,000 to demolish the bridge but save its steel trusses, which will be trucked to Mike Weir Park for possible future preservation. The derelict… Read more »

City council election off and running

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Cathy Dobson The days leading up to the Oct. 27 municipal vote in Sarnia promise to be anything but lackluster. The four-way race for the mayor’s seat may seem a bit predictable, with Mike Bradley seeking another four-year term. But he is challenged by some opponents who may add value to the campaign, including local lawyer… Read more »