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Hospital starts Ebola screening

Bluewater Health is seeking assistance from the public in its efforts to protect patients and staff from the Ebola virus. The hospital is asking all emergency department visitors and patients in Sarnia and Petrolia to stop at the Ebola screening sign at the entrance and await further direction from staff. Patients with scheduled appointments will… Read more »

Torontonians cashing in their chips help drive record home sales

Marco Vigliotti Low interest rates, affordable prices and a swelling tide of seniors moving from the Toronto region are credited with propelling Sarnia home sales to unexpected record heights. Donna Mathewson, sales representative with Royal LePage, says a combination of opportune financial conditions and a wave of newcomers is responsible for pushing home sales past… Read more »

From preacher to atheist; how the former Rev. Bob Ripley lost his faith

Marco Vigliotti As a senior minister with the Metropolitan United Church and well-known syndicated religion columnist, Bob Ripley’s personal and professional life for the past three decades was defined by his faith. Now, five years after stepping down from the pulpit, he has made a stunning transformation, declaring himself an atheist after what he calls… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: School board trustees

This week, The Journal features the men and women seeking to represent the Sarnia area as trustees on the four publicly-funded school boards. Lambton Kent District School Board Sarnia and Point Edward (3 to be elected)  Ian Cryer My highest priority is to ensure that the best possible decisions are made at the board level to… Read more »

OPINION: Voters dissatisfied with current city council

Paul Beaudet Municipal elections, more often than not, are boring and the candidates largely indistinguishable. That is not the case in 2014. Although I live outside the City of Sarnia, I am impacted by the decisions made by council, hence my interest in the upcoming election. My personal polling, albeit unscientific, suggests to me that… Read more »

Defending champion Ice Hawks ready to soar

Barry Wright One of Sarnia’s best-kept sports secrets begins defence of its Ontario Sledge Hockey Association developmental championship in a few days. The provincial champion Sarnia Ice Hawks host Windsor on Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Germain Arena at 2:30 p.m. before heading down the highway to play London the next day. Ice Hawks Head… Read more »

Colourful mural created for children grieving a loved one

Cathy Dobson The freshly-painted pandas, parrots and butterflies adorning the wall in the children’s room at St. Joseph’s Hospice are a colourful and lasting gift from the Sarnia Artists Workshop. “It’s the first thing the children see when they walk into the room,” says Kellie Van Hooren, children’s program co coordinator at the hospice. She… Read more »

Legionnaires giving proceeds of U17 hockey game to Rebound

Barry Wright One of this area’s most recognizable non-profit agencies will be the recipient of a Hockey Canada fundraising initiative at the upcoming World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The Sarnia Legionnaires of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League have been chosen as the local host partner when Team Canada Black takes on Team Finland at the… Read more »

Cleaning business started with a plan

Cathy Dobson Chelsey Hart didn’t just write an adequate business plan. She mastered it. When the 25-year-old Point Edward resident decided to start her own small business she painstakingly researched the market and did an exhaustive market survey to see if her cleaning service concept would fly. The result? She’s had a successful first four months,… Read more »

Stone cairn marks city’s ‘other’ Centennial

John Rochon The stone cairn on the northeast corner of Front and George streets commemorates not the declaration of Sarnia as a city, but the Centennial of the naming of Sarnia. The new community was often referred to as The Rapids due to its proximity to the rapids in the St. Clair River, and by… Read more »