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Green companies taking root

Sarnia has taken two more small steps in moving from an oil-based economy to a more sustainable one. First up was BioAmber, which has secured a $20 million loan to build the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility. The soon-to-open plant at Lanxess will convert corn into succinic acid, a chemical used in many… Read more »

MP hosts suicide prevention forum

Sarnia-Lambton is ahead of the pack when it comes to suicide prevention, says Denis Boileau who was recently hired as the region’s suicide prevention co-ordinator. There are still obvious gaps in service and a need for more funding but a lot of good work is already being done here, Boileau said June 25 at a… Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth

The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal is featuring the 15 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom… Read more »

Bikers band together to fight childhood cancer

It was 11 years ago Bob Thomas lost a daughter to cancer, but the passion that drove him to help other sick kids by launching a motorcycle event hasn’t waned. “Children are still dying. Children are still suffering from the treatment,” he said. “When they can finally close all the childhood cancer wards then I’ll… Read more »

New dentist office a crowning glory

Local dentist Dr. Michael Rocca is all about expansion this summer. He is expanding his Wallaceburg practice to Point Edward and he’s designed and built a clinic that has room to grow. On May 26, he opened a 4,000-square-foot dental clinic on the northwest corner of Michigan and Front streets, where Milano’s restaurant once stood…. Read more »

OPINION: Letting nature do its thing

The area of Sarnia known as the Point Lands is an entirely human construct, built and backfilled by bulldozers to protect Sarnia Bay and its marina. It’s part our city’s enviable waterfront today, but was once the south end of a wetland of cattail and bulrushes that stretched from Sarnia Bay almost to Lake Huron…. Read more »

Modeland plaza plan gets rough ride

If Sarnia council allows commercial plazas to be built on Modeland Road it must do so against the advice of city staff and some very vocal residents. About 80 people expressed virtually unanimous opposition at St. Anne’s school last week to two proposed commercial developments, saying shopping plazas on the arterial road would forever alter… Read more »

Deer tick advisory issued

Health officials are warning of a sudden increase in the type of ticks known to carry Lyme disease. Nearly 40% of all ticks submitted or collected by Lambton Public Health this spring are blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks. And for the first time a population has been confirmed in Pinery Provincial Park. Results… Read more »

Chipican a pond of a different colour

The water in Lake Chipican is an odd colour this year, and has been for nearly two months. People have variously described the Canatara Park pond as a “fluorescent khaki” colour or “around-the-gills green,” depending on the light and the day. The ineffable hue has people scratching their heads. “Everybody’s talking about it,” said local… Read more »