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Daylong event planned for kids, families with diabetes

Tara Jeffrey Ever since Tana Manchester’s 11-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes last April, life has never been the same. “It’s not something you forget about, even for a minute,” she said of the chronic condition affecting 33,000 school-aged children in Canada, in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. “I thought… Read more »

The Journal is five years old. How did that happen?

A new newspaper? Isn’t a print newspaper a dinosaur in the digital age? With that provocative question, a group of local dreamers with a plan got together five years ago this week and launched the first edition of The Sarnia Journal. Yes, there were doubters. A free community weekly in an age of rapidly downsizing… Read more »

For this brother and sister, science is a family affair

Troy Shantz It’s science fair season and the Deol household is a flurry of activity. Sarnia siblings Mavi Deol, 17, and Safia Deol, 12, are finalizing submissions for the 46th annual Lambton County Science fair, something the family has done annually since 2012. “It’s a bit busy. There’s a project going on in one corner,… Read more »

PHOTOS: Sarnia is where vessels come to shape up and ship out

Journal Staff Though residents seldom give it a second thought, the St. Clair River is one of the busiest inland waterways in the world. Which gives Sarnians, smack-dab in the middle of the Great Lakes, a front row seat to a passing panoply of freighters, tankers, self-unloaders, icebreakers, salties, barges and tugs. The city’s Harbour… Read more »

What’s happening: week of March 7

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca   Thursday, March 7   Meditation A… Read more »

Association provides growing support for trans community

Tara Jeffrey Having a safe space to go made all the difference for Kendra and Rose Druiett. “I remember when I first came out four years ago, there was nothing, and it was very stressful,” said 46-year-old Kendra. “Especially for my wife, because we didn’t know any other couples going through this.” The couple, married… Read more »

Local health care system under strain from growing shortage of PSWs

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton is experiencing a shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) so severe it’s impacting the ability of health-care agencies to deliver services, officials say. The situation is so grim the Sarnia-Lambton Workforce Development Board held a job fair at Lambton College last week, and though more than a dozen health-care providers showed up… Read more »

New IC brings council experience to oversight role

Troy Shantz Sarnia has a new integrity commissioner. Council approved the hiring of Chatham-based lawyer Paul D. Watson last week to a four-year contract that will cost taxpayers $36,867, plus HST. Watson comes with 35 years of law experience and three years as Chatham-Kent’s integrity commissioner. He also has 15 years of experience as a… Read more »

Bayside redevelopment still very much alive

Cathy Dobson A deal critical to a massive redevelopment of downtown’s Bayside Centre is still inching forward. Numerous deadlines have been missed but the project is still very much alive and talks are continuing, says John Innes, one of three Lambton County managers leading negotiations with Seasons Retirement Communities. “Discussions have never fallen through,” said… Read more »