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What’s Happening, week of May 21

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca Wednesday, May 20 BBQ Dinner Canon Davis… Read more »

OPINION: When political ads are propaganda

George Mathewson You might have seen the commercials on TV – happy, industrious Canadians enjoying the benefits of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan. “Across Canada, Canadians are working hard,” begins one recent spot. A boy walks his dog through a middle-class neighbourhood while the voice-over extolls tax credits, child-care breaks and other government plums…. Read more »

Turfed trustee gets job back

Journal Staff A court ruling has allowed trustee Michelle Parks to resume her seat on the Catholic school board. But it didn’t come easily. “Trying to resolve this matter has cost me thousands of dollars, hundreds of hours of research, phone calls and appointments,” she said after an Ontario court judge granted her appeal on… Read more »

Boat cleaner becomes own sails manager

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Sarah Wighton hopes the local boating community gets onboard with her new business venture. Wighton launched The Boatkeeper this month, just as area marinas and yacht clubs began filling up for the season. “I love boating, I love working outside and I like cleaning,” said Wighton, 31.  “I don’t cut any corners… Read more »

Wrestlers win provincial crown

Barry Wright Until recently the Sarnia/Bluewater Wrestling Club had never won a provincial girls bantam crown. But the drought ended a few weeks ago when a group of Grade 7-8 wrestlers edged out larger clubs from across the province to claim an Ontario Championship plaque at the Youth Wrestling Festival in Milton, Ont. Sarnia/Bluewater won… Read more »

City schools shine at track meet

Sarnia’s Northern Collegiate was the overall team champion at LKSSAA track and field championships, which features schools from Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent. Northern won four of six divisions at the May 12-13 meet held at Chatham-Kent Secondary School. Sarnia’s St. Patrick’s High School also won one of the six divisions, claiming the junior boys crown. The… Read more »

Local gymnasts exceed expectations

Barry Wright Two of the youngest members of Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics Club came home with two medals each from the recent Eastern Canadian Gymnastics Championships. While proudly displaying their medals, Hayley Tarboton, 10, and Jovi Richardson, 9, said they were pleased with the results and had fun at the competition in Moncton, New Brunswick, which… Read more »

Official salmon derby winners

Here are the official winners from the 2015 Sarnia Salmon Derby, organized by Bluewater Anglers A total of 1,001 fish were entered in the 39th annual event Salmon: 17.44 lb., Tim Nolan, Camlachie Trout (Boat): 11.26 lb., Richard Wilson, Grand Bend Trout (Shore): 11.30 lb., Mike Howie, Sarnia Lake Trout: 19.80 lb., Tricia Geerts, Sarnia… Read more »

COLUMN: Murder capitals of the world

George Mathewson Canadians received the news recently that our country’s homicide rate has fallen to a level not seen in half a century. The number of murders dipped another 8% last year to 1.44 per 100,000, which is the lowest it’s been since 1966. Which got me wondering how Canada stacks up against the other… Read more »