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Sarnia Harbour gamble paying off

George Mathewson City councillors crossed their fingers and took a deep breath and when voting to assume ownership of Sarnia Harbour last year. After all, operating Great Lakes shipping wharves, warehouses and water lots has been the federal government’s job, beyond the city’s normal scope of road repairs and garbage collection. But now, 10 months… Read more »

Marinaro to represent Canada

Journal Staff Michael Marinaro of the Point Edward Figure Skating is heading for the Four Continent Figure Skating Championships. Marinaro and his new partner Kirsten Towers-Moore form one of three pairs teams competing for Canada at the event in Seoul, Korea from Feb. 9-15. But the pair won’t be heading to the World Championships next… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Feb. 5

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public 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. Friday, Feb. 6 Free concert Steve… Read more »

Party riding elections gathering steam

Journal Staff Local riding associations for the three main parties are gearing up for a federal election, to be held by Oct. 19. The Liberals have two candidates seeking the party nomination in Sarnia-Lambton. Elizabeth Wood McDonald is a retired high school teacher and two-term city councillor who has lived in Sarnia 43 years. Her… Read more »

Major art exhibition coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Gallery officials are calling it a game changer. “This is the big one,” says Lisa Daniels, curator of the publicly-owned Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery in downtown Sarnia. “This is why we’ve worked so hard for the past three years to build a gallery that has a Category A status.” In eight… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: An open letter to my health minister

Tara Jeffrey Attn: Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins As you know, officials at my local hospital recently announced plans to slash jobs across the board in order to save some $6 million — a gut-punch, so-to-speak, to nearly every department at Bluewater Health, from diagnostic imaging to lab workers, to registered nurses. In fact, the Ontario… Read more »

When opportunity knocked, marketer opened the door

Cathy Dobson A one-man marketing company has purchased one of its competitors, added four employees, and moved into new offices at 203 Christina St. North. Chris Gardner of Cipher Interactive is the man behind the acquisition. He was raised in London, married a woman from the Sarnia area, and worked in Toronto for nine years… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Imagine being uprooted from your home

Nathan Colquhoun The Kettle and Stony Point First Nation sent in trucks and workers late last year to remove barriers on Ipperwash Beach that had been there for 40 years. There followed an uprising of non-aboriginal residents, and some of them even took to erecting their own makeshift barrier in response. In the 1940s the… Read more »