Letters: week of Jan. 24

Why Sarnia’s next election should return to paper ballots   Sir: I recently took the City of Sarnia’s survey on our last election, which asked us what we thought of the ‘new’ system of telephone and Internet voting. In my opinion – it worked; but it did not save the city the amount of money… Read more »

Photographer found ‘Stairway to Heaven’ in rural Vietnam

Troy Shantz Kieron Nelson has been swarmed by African tsetse flies, succumbing to altitude sickness in Tibet, and been threatened by arrow-wielding tribesmen of the Amazon. Adventure just happens when you visit some of the world’s most unique and isolated cultures, the Sarnia photographer says. “It makes for some good stories years later on, but… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Jan. 24

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, Jan. 24   Pre-Budget Rally… Read more »

Comedy troupe taking “guilt-free” show to wider audience

Cathy Dobson A local improv comedy team is about to see if it pays to be funny. John Hollingsworth, Dave Lane and Chris Reid are collectively known as The Fidgets.  For 11 years they’ve honed their on-stage skills with their antics, keeping it clean and appropriate for all audiences. That is partly why they recently… Read more »

The puck drops here

Zander Rising gets a word of encouragement from former NHLer Jason Simon at the Sarnia Arena last week. The Aamjiwnaang First Nation members were part of a game of shinny played to launch a countdown to this year’s Little Native League Hockey tournament. Aamjiwnaang is hosting the 48th annual tournament sponsored by Hydro One in… Read more »

United Way divvies up the funding pie for local agencies

Journal Staff The United Way has decided which program to fund after coming up slightly short in its 2018 campaign objective. Sixteen programs that currently get funding will get an increase, 16 programs remain unchanged, and three are being eliminated. One program will see a funding decrease, and four programs will get United Way funding… Read more »

Section of highway could be dedicated to honour veterans

Journal Staff A proposal is afoot to have a section of Highway 40 in Sarnia dedicated as ‘Veterans Parkway.’ Sarnia, Aamjiwnaang and local veterans’ groups have endorsed the idea, and pending approval by Lambton County a formal application will be sent to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in February. “Ottawa, Niagara, Toronto, Winnipeg — a… Read more »

City council approves a budget that packs a 3.35% increase

Journal Staff In its first major decision, Sarnia’s new city council approved a budget last week that will raise property taxes 3.35% this year. The $145.3-million package packs a $31 increase on every $100,000 of residential property assessment, money that’s used to maintain parks and arenas, police and fire, and roads and transit. Water and… Read more »