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What we can do to improve the health of local watershed

Cathy Dobson The St. Clair Region watershed underwent a checkup this year and the results were not good. “I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’m going to say it like it is,” Erin Carroll, manager of biology with the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, told a recent Green Drinks roundtable. The watershed for Sarnia,… Read more »

Let there be lights

The Celebration of Lights returns to Centennial Park on Saturday, with Santa flipping the switch at 6:15 p.m. followed by fireworks at 6:45 p.m. Taylor Soulliere, in the white coat, was one of 42 students from Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School who helped set up the displays last week. The opening ceremonies begin at 4 p.m…. Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 22

Seniors knew what they were doing Sir:  Mr. Peter Clarke (Nov. 1 letter) apparently believes that well-paid union members and seniors equally well paid from the public purse were totally responsible for Sarnia’s election results. If so, then a hearty “well done” to them. Hard-working union members keep the gas and electricity running to our… Read more »

Software company taking root downtown

Troy Shantz About half of the fifth floor of the St. Clair Corporate Centre in downtown Sarnia has been leased to a software company with plans of further expansion. U.S-based Clear Care Inc. arrived in Sarnia last year when it purchased HomeTrak, a homegrown software company and competitor located on Exmouth Street. The combined company… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Nov. 22

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   Thursday, Nov. 22   Tourism AGM… Read more »

The last brick falls at former Sarnia General Hospital site

Troy Shantz The last bricks came tumbling down at the former Sarnia General Hospital last week. The final section fell 14 months after five local businessmen took ownership of the abandoned hospital, completing the next step in the redevelopment of the five and a half acre site in central Sarnia. “It’s been a bittersweet process… Read more »

New sidewalk snow removal standard takes town by storm

Troy Shantz Sarnia could reduce the number of sidewalks it plows or spend an additional $1.6 million on equipment and staff to meet a new provincial standard for snow removal. For now, at least, City Hall has decided to do neither. When it snows, the public works department currently clears 152 of the city’s 330… Read more »

Murderer who got life for brutal attack seeking full parole

Tara Jeffrey Every time a letter arrives, Stephanie Nethery feels the pain in her stomach all over again. “I know exactly what the letters look like,” she said of the mail sent regularly from the Parole Board of Canada, detailing when her sister’s killer has changed jobs, or relocated. “They have to keep the victim’s… Read more »

Corn infected with toxic mould reaches “catastrophic” level

Troy Shantz This fall has brought a perfect storm to Lambton County’s corn farmers. The cool, wet weather since August has sparked an outbreak of vomitoxin that’s made some corn harvests here and across Southern Ontario unfit for consumption. In high concentrations vomitoxin, which is produced by mould, is harmful to humans and livestock, said… Read more »