COLUMN: Investing in mental health, addictions pays off

Tara Jeffrey For a long time, mental health and addiction in Sarnia wasn’t something to talk about. We’d hear rumblings about ‘3 west’ and the stigma that accompanied anyone who’d been admitted to the ‘psych ward.’ Addiction was shrouded in shame, and talking about suicide was off-limits. But there’s been a shift in recent years,… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Jan. 18

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. 18   Stress Information… Read more »

Ice fishers take advantage of frozen January

Pam Wright Thanks to Old Man Winter’s frozen grip, bitter winds weren’t the only thing biting on Sarnia Bay this month. Ice fishing returned after a two-year hiatus – drawing both rookies and veterans to try their luck on the frozen water. Courtright residents Steve Inglis and Ivan LeMay were among those trying their luck… Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW: This Train has run out of steam

  The Commuter  If a woman sat down across from you on a train and struck up a conversation, you probably wouldn’t think anything of it. If that woman then told you there was a bag full of cash hidden in the washroom and it was yours (plus more!) if you did one small, seemingly… Read more »

No news on health study yet

Troy Shantz There are still few details surrounding the province’s commitment to funding a study into the impacts of industrial emissions on local health, officials say. Dean Edwardson, of the industry-funded Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association (SLEA), and Sarnia councillor Anne Marie Gillis spoke on the subject at the January ‘Green Drinks’ event held in downtown Sarnia… Read more »

‘Green’ burials on the rise

Pam Wright When it comes to the disposal of their earthly remains, North Americans are increasingly going green. That’s the word from Allan McKeown — a local celebrant who has officiated at more than 450 funerals in the last 12 years. In a recent talk to the Sarnia-Lambton Golden K Kiwanis club, McKeown outlined emerging… Read more »

Withdrawal beds just ‘scratching the surface’

Tara Jeffrey The opening of seven beds at Bluewater Health’s temporary Residential Withdrawal Management facility this week is welcome news to community and health officials, but still just “scratches the surface” of Sarnia’s crippling opioid crisis, police say. “It’s long overdue,” Sarnia Police Sgt. John Pearce said of the 6th floor facility which officially opened… Read more »

Root & Stem a powerful mother and daughter collaboration

Cathy Dobson Different but also similar. When fine arts grad Rachael Groombridge, 24, and her mom Mary Groombridge sat down in the family kitchen in Sarnia and painted individual studies of the same collection of plants and ornaments, the results were very different. Yet their use of colour and their broad, loose strokes were much… Read more »

Youth drop-in falls on hard times after just one year

Troy Shantz The Hub could be forced to close its doors this February, less than a year after it opened. Short on funds, the youth drop-in and resource centre operated by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound may end the one-year pilot project unless more funding is secured soon, says Rebound’s executive director. “Of course we don’t want to… Read more »

Furniture retailer moving to new $5-million store

Cathy Dobson Andrew Tepperman says he thinks many retailers over-invest in their online business and under-invest in their physical retail space. “We’re doing the opposite,” said the president of Tepperman’s Furniture, a family-owned company that is preparing to relocate to a new and larger store at The London Road Shopping Centre. A new, 39,450-square-foot Tepperman’s… Read more »