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Casino workers vote to unionize

Cathy Dobson Fear that a potential privatization could shake things up at the Point Edward Casino has galvanized gaming and hospitality workers into voting overwhelmingly in favour of unionizing, says Unifor organizer Bob Van Cleef. “It happened very, very quickly; less than a month from start to finish,” he told The Journal. The vote took… Read more »

Young soccer players to train in England

Barry Wright While some of their friends wing their way to warmer climates next March Break, three young players from Sarnia’s GallaDev’s United Soccer Club will take a different approach. RJ Solomone, Matthew Gouveia and Jacob Drapotoy, all 11 and in Grade 6, have been invited to attend the Sheffield Wednesday Youth Soccer Academy in… Read more »

Sarnia program helps families cope with a mental illness

Tara Jeffrey Linda McLister wants every family in Sarnia-Lambton impacted by mental illness to know they’re not alone. “Once you find out that so many people have a similar story to your own, you can see the relief – just being able to talk to someone about it,” said McLister, a local mother spreading the… Read more »

Looking up: Sarnia Sting eager to rebound from dismal season

Barry Wright Head Coach Trevor Letowski says the goal of the Sarnia Sting is pretty simple this year. “Win hockey games,” he told The Journal. After struggling to just 17 victories and finishing last overall in the Ontario Hockey League last season, Letowski says he and his coaching staff are doing more teaching and requiring… Read more »

Two Valley shutdowns

Two Chemical Valley giants are heading into maintenance shutdowns. About 1,000 employees and contractors are involved in the work at Suncor Energy’s Sarnia refinery, the company said. The project is expected to take eight weeks and could result in increased stack flaring, noise and traffic near the site. Shell Canada said recently it would also… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Names can hurt you

Kelly Dowswell Cruella de Vil … Skunk… Those were just two of the names I got called growing up. But really, when you have not one but two natural white streaks in your hair, it’s not all that surprising. I was about three years old when my parents saw my hair go white. They had… Read more »

Junior Girls Invitational

Abby Whiteye (15) of Northern Collegiate drives to the basket during the Northern Junior Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament on Sept. 13 at Lambton College. The Sarnia host team won gold, defeating St. Thomas in the final 54-41. Bruce Smith Photo

Reclaiming the night

About 100 adults and children took part in the 21st annual Take Back the Night march to the downtown Peace Court. The Sept. 18 event mades a statement about ending violence against women and holding perpetrators responsible, said Michelle Batty, executive director of the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre and the Women’s Interval Home. Glenn Ogilvie