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Award-winning folk artist says it’s great to be home

Cathy Dobson When Sarnia native Preetam Sengupta writes a song, he becomes a folk storyteller with a simple melodic style. But when Sengupta teams up with another Sarnia native, producer Beatchild (aka Byram Joseph), the songs take on hints of hip hop and R & B. In fact, Sengupta’s new album Patience has ska, reggae… Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 23

Why Remembrance Day shouldn’t be a holiday Sir: On Nov. 11 I travelled to Chatham to instruct a class of 22 men ages 17-30 on how to become good hockey coaches. On the way, I thought about pausing at 11 a.m. for a moment of silence to remember those who fought for our freedom. I… Read more »

Seminar designed to help unravel the mysteries of the teenage brain

Tara Jeffrey Raising teenagers can leave some parents feeling lost — but it doesn’t have to be that way, says Garfield Gini-Newman. “It’s OK to be frustrated and not understand … but kids are on a journey and they need our support and guidance,” said the social studies lecturer at the University of Toronto. “Teenagers… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Nov. 23

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. 23   Art &… Read more »

Unable to work in Chemical Valley, young mom now paints it

Tara Jeffrey Christina Graham had it all figured out. After graduating from Lambton College’s CPET program (Chemical Production & Power Engineering) and completing two co-op placements in the plants, she was eager to start a career as an operator in Sarnia. “Three months after graduation, I had my son. Then ten days after having him,… Read more »

Podleski needed just one spoon for latest best-seller

Cathy Dobson  The afternoon of our interview, Greta Podleski had just learned that her new cookbook, Yum and Yummer, had hit number one on the Canadian best-seller list a month after its release. “I wasn’t expecting that,” she said. “I haven’t even done my national promotional tour yet.” Podleski is no stranger to the best-sellers’… Read more »

Put that in your pipe

The latest technology has been added to this flare stack at Nova Chemicals Corunna site to reduce smoke and improve reliability. The $9.5-million project replaced the flare tip — only the third of its kind in Canada — and required 34,000 man-hours and two cranes working simultaneously. Refineries use flare stacks to burn off excess… Read more »

Fighting for my family

Troy Shantz Tara Gunn is a newly married mother of two with Stage 4 breast cancer. But ask how she’s doing and she says simply she’s working on a miracle. “You better believe that this is not going to stop me,” said Gunn, 32. “I’m blessed to have the best thing to fight for —… Read more »

Bluewater Health’s hydro bill jumps 40% in five years

Cathy Dobson Shockingly high hydro bills at Bluewater Health are caused primarily by dramatic increases in the cost of electricity, says the Ontario director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF). Christine Van Geyn lays the blame squarely on the provincial government, its green energy policies and Cap and Trade program. Bluewater Health saw its electricity… Read more »

Students suing Ontario colleges over disrupted school year

Troy Shantz A Lambton College student helping organize a class-action lawsuit against Ontario’s colleges says students deserve compensation for a five-week strike that damaged their fall semester. “Our contract was broken with all the colleges, so the education we’re supposed to be getting hasn’t been delivered,” said Jade Flay, a first-year paramedic student. Flay, 20,… Read more »