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OPINION: Nothing but the facts, ma’am

Large quantities of information cross The Journal’s news desk each week, and some of it is even interesting. Here are seven bits of bumpf about our city that for one reason or another couldn’t a home anywhere else in the newspaper. 1- Sarnia’s average household income in 2012 was $93,283.  That ranks us in the… Read more »

Gridiron star headed to Western

While many people try to sheds some weight for the summer Mason Kett is doing the exact opposite. The 18-year-old Northern Collegiate grad hopes to add 20 pounds before joining the Western University football program in London this fall. Kett, currently 6 foot 2 and 220 pounds, says the additional weight could help him switch… Read more »

Powerboat Festival loads up

A water-filled trough the length of half a football field will appear on Front Street next month when Sarnia’s largest annual street party returns The artificial pond will provide a venue for wakeboarding demonstrations, the latest freebie at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival. “It’s 180 feet long by 30 feet wide (55 metres by… Read more »

German fans celebrate

German soccer fans rejoiced when their team downed Argentina to win the World Cup on July 13. Sarnia’s Wilma Mehl, right, who emigrated from Germany three years ago, said she was amazed by the interest hockey-mad Canadians showed in soccer throughout the tournament, especially without a Canadian team to cheer for in Brazil. Here, Mehl… Read more »

Shell releases still under review

Ontario’s Environment Ministry is still determining whether Shell Canada should be charged for two chemical releases at its Corunna refinery last year. Spokesperson Kate Jordan said both incidents remain under investigation by the ministry’s enforcement branch. Shell had a “sour water” leak on Jan. 11 of 2013 that contained mercaptan, a pungent smelling gas detectable… Read more »

Jillian Drouin aims to be brother’s teammate

Jillian Drouin would like nothing more than to join her kid brother Derek on the Canadian Pan-American Games team in Toronto next year, and ultimately our 2016 Olympic team in Brazil. Injuries Jillian sustained killed that dream prior to the 2012 London Games, when brother Derek won Olympic bronze in high jump. The siblings from… Read more »

‘Green Queen’ talks trash

If you’re like many Sarnians you separate your glass bottles from cans and peel off labels before hauling the blue box to the curb. Well, here’s some advice –  forgetaboutit. Everything in your blue box gets dumped together in one big jumble in the recycling truck anyway, before being trucked to a depot in Cambridge… Read more »

Help stuff the bus on Saturday

Two donated Sarnia Transit buses will look to get stuffed when they hit the road on Saturday, July 26. Stuff the Bus in a citywide food drive in which residents can fill a grocery bag at 10 food stores in Sarnia, Bright’s Grove and Corunna, then fill up the bus to help replenish food bank… Read more »

Grandma was this chef’s inspiration

You might think a guy like Justin Inkpen, the strapping 29-year-old night supervisor at Stoke’s Bay Grill and Bar, was inspired to cook by someone with a lot of testosterone, like TV’s Gordon Ramsay. But Inkpen credits his grandma. “My grandma was like a second mom to me and she was always in the kitchen,… Read more »