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High cost of art gallery operations quizzed

Special to The Journal Two jobs at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery will remain vacant while politicians review the cost of running the facility. The gallery was advertising to replace a graphic artist and marketing representative. When Dawn-Euphemia Mayor Al Broad saw the calls for resumes, he thought it was the perfect opportunity… Read more »

Sarnia in vanguard of creating accessible communities

George Mathewson Sarnia has become a provincial leader in the push to create a society accessible to people with disabilities, a fact it will showcase at the 2nd annual Accessibility Summit next week. “We have developed a culture and a reputation,” said Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “We’ve got a different mindset than most of the… Read more »

It happened in Sarnia – bigwigs acting badly

Randy Evans Special to The Journal In the year 1891 a major controversy erupted among some of Sarnia’s leading movers and shakers over a bylaw proposed by the town’s Fire and Water Committee. Committee member and town councillor William Weelands had vocally supported the bylaw, which proposed a 10-year contract with the Bell Telephone Co…. Read more »

Aircraft re-dedication on May 31

Seasonal workers with the Parks and Recreation Department are busy preparing Germain Park for the re-dedication ceremony of the Golden Hawk jet on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Here Lindsay Graham pulls weeds in the newly refurbished monument and gardens. The jet symbolized a reaffirmation of the community’s tribute to all RCAF personnel from… Read more »

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 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 »