OPINION: Marijuana is a very bad thing – unless, of course, it creates jobs

George Mathewson I couldn’t help but smile at the political reaction last week to word a medical marijuana company is investing in a massive grow-op near Petrolia able to produce 43 metric tonnes of weed a year. “I am pleased to welcome Tilray to Sarnia-Lambton,” enthused Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu about the B.C.-based company. “This… Read more »

Medical marijuana clinic opens in Sarnia

Troy Shantz A new clinic has opened in Sarnia to make it easier to obtain medical marijuana. “It’s no different than your regular family doctor referring you to a specialist,” said Joe Benoit of the Bodystream clinic, which has been open for a month. “We’re just a different kind of specialist.” Bodystream Medical Marijuana Services… Read more »

Staying afloat

Canadian officials say no major issues were reported during Sunday’s float down, where approximately 200 people set sail at the water treatment plant near the Blue Water Bridge, heading south down the St. Clair River. “We appreciate everyone being cooperative and reasonable,” said Sarnia Police Const. John Sottosanti. “We’re just happy that everyone got out safely.”… Read more »

Local Red Cross volunteers helping victims of B.C. wildfires

Troy Shantz A couple of Sarnians have been in British Columbia helping with the relief effort as the province battles its worst wildfires in at least half a century. Megan O’Neil-Renaud is a Red Cross volunteer stationed at Williams Lake, a community of 10,000 located in the middle of 163 individual wildfires. Another city resident,… Read more »

Teen cancer victim’s legacy lives on to help other children

Bonnie Stevenson It’s been almost four years since Reanna Pyne held her first fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Sarnia. Next month, her latest will set sail aboard the Duc d’Orleans. Reanna’s Float For Hope will raise money to grant the big wish of a local boy named Justin, whose request is to visit Hawaii… Read more »

Weather Cycle

Riding in the rain is one thing. Venturing into the thunder and lightning of a severe summer storm is quite another. Vanessa Sweeney and Jacinda McClintock, right, called for assistance after doing some back-to-school shopping last week, and then waited under an awning at the Lambton Mall for their ride to arrive. Glenn Ogilvie

Football season ends for Sarnia Imperials

The Sarnia Imperials’ season came to an end Aug. 12 when they lost their semifinal game 35-0 to the defending champion GTA All Stars. Sarnia compiled a 5-3 record during the Northern Football Conference season and won its first playoff game over Ottawa. But the All Stars, which drubbed Sarnia 44-0 earlier in the season,… Read more »

Head of the Research Park preparing to retire

The executive director of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park has announced he is retiring. Tom Strifler took over the job four years ago and is credited with increasing the park’s occupancy rate to 93% and securing its future prospects. Under his leadership, the facility on Modeland Road has assisted more than a dozen incubator projects,… Read more »