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GUEST COLUMN: Online puppy purchases pose problem

Pam Chin As many as 85% of the puppies sold on classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist came from puppy mills and backyard breeders, according to a 2012 study by The International Fund for Animal Welfare. A more conservative estimate might be 60-65%. Although none of these classified sites purposely try to aid puppy mills… Read more »

San Rocco returns this weekend

“Una Festa per Tutti!” Sarnia’s San Rocco Festival is called the “festival for everyone” because it serves up a slice of Italian heritage for all of Sarnia to enjoy. The event at the Clearwater Arena features live bands and dancing, games for the kids and Italian food and beverage booths Aug. 9 and 10. Now… Read more »

OPINION: Sunday hunting is a bad idea

Sarnia is one of a dwindling minority of Ontario municipalities that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, but that could soon change. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has asked the city to allow hunting on Sunday, saying the extra day would better manage wildlife numbers and provide a pro-active approach to farm crop… Read more »

‘Mobile market’ back in action

The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s summer ‘mobile market’ is back on the streets. The market is a truck that brings fresh produce to residents who may otherwise go without. Countywide, the service provides about 4,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables to more than 200 households each week. Users are asked to bring a… Read more »

We all scream for ice cream

Sixteen-year-old Antonio Adamo isn’t old enough to remember the Dickie Dee Ice Cream man or the sound of a Dickie Dee bicycle bell coming down the street on a hot summer day. But Adamo is banking there’s a lot of parents in Bright’s Grove that do remember, and a lot of kids who will come… Read more »

It works! Grand Bend tornado first true test of new emergency warning network

Decades of trial and error in Sarnia-Lambton have finally resulted in an emergency notification system that works. The challenge now is to get more residents to register. My CNN (Community Notification Network) is a rapid-dial computer system able to make 22 phone calls a second during an emergency. Three months ago, the industries that make… Read more »

Express headed to provincial softball championship

Sarnia will be represented when the Enniskillen Express compete at the Provincial Women’s Softball Association Tier Two Championships in St. Catharines on Saturday. Northern Collegiate students Julia Pearson and Skyla Minaker, both 15, have been part of the Express organization for three and four years respectively. “I was playing (SMAA) house league and wanted to… Read more »

Centennial Park grass cutting

The long-awaited grass cutting in Centennial Park is set to begin Thursday, Aug. 7. The company hired by city hall, General Maintenance Services, is expected to take two days to cut within the fenced-off park, including around the locomotive. Much of Centennial was fenced off last year after it was found to be contaminated with… Read more »

Diggers checking Enbridge pipelines for potential cracks

Heather Wright A new road has appeared in the middle of a Sarnia cornfield on Mandaumin Road. If you look hard, way back in the knee-deep stalks, you might just see construction workers digging into the rich earth. They’re part of Enbridge Pipeline’s preventative maintenance plan for Lines 7, 8 and 9, which run from… Read more »