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Week of February 1

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca Thursday, Feb. 1 YMCA Settlement Services Available… Read more »

Rash of house fires keeps city fire crews hopping

Tara Jeffrey A string of structure fires occurring at the rate of one every three days has stretched the city’s fire crews thin this year. “They’ve been fast and furious,” fire safety educator Mike Otis said of at least 11 structure fires – including back-to-back call-outs twice in January. “It’s been kind of a crazy… Read more »

The courageous woman who gave her name to Christina Street

Tom St. Amand Unfortunately, the physician’s diagnosis was accurate. It was 1853 in Port Sarnia, and 45-year-old Christina Cameron was suffering from severe pain in the joints. Inflammatory rheumatism, the doctor said. It was an incurable disease at the time and would eventually leave Mrs. Cameron an invalid, before killing her in 1868. Christina Cameron,… Read more »

Waiting this one out

Navigational buoys appear to huddle against the weather while parked on a dock at Sarnia Harbour. The flashing buoys, which keep freighters oriented in the shipping channel, will be returned to local waters come spring. Glenn Ogilvie

‘Strangers’ explores the emotional minefield of Alzheimer’s

Troy Shantz A new Theatre Sarnia production opening this week navigates a difficult topic with laughter and tears. Strangers Among Us offers a bittersweet look at the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer disease, says director Norm Francoeur. Written by Canadian playwright Aaron Bushkowsky, the story follows Gabrielle and Michael who, after a chance introduction… Read more »

Ice-damaged Sombra ferry causeway leads to finger-pointing

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton’s MP says Ottawa should be able to find $2.5 million to fix the Sombra ferry border crossing. “If the government can spend $6 million to build an ice rink on Parliament Hill that lasts only four months, they should be able to find the money to fix the ferry,” Marilyn Gladu said…. Read more »

A moat point

A new entrance arch has been erected at The Insignia, formerly the Drawbridge Inn, on Christina Street. Here, workers Kerry Joyce, left, and Matt Burgess, of Lambton Metal Services, assemble the steel frame, part of a $4-million overhaul of the 55-year-old downtown landmark. Glenn Ogilvie

Eek! Ice puts monthly lake plunge in jeopardy

Tara Jeffrey A Bright’s Grove man who has taken a monthly plunge into Lake Huron for nearly three years says he doesn’t want to see his streak end any time soon. “I’ve been in the lake at least once a month for 35 months straight,” said Rob Rodenhuis, 49, who is often joined by pal… Read more »

Bruziewicz to represent Trillium Party in provincial election

Troy Shantz A veteran city politician is taking a new party line is a bid to represent Sarnia-Lambton after this year’s provincial election. Andy Bruziewicz is a candidate for the Trillium Party of Ontario. Bruziewicz, who joined city council in 1994, says one of the party’s core beliefs is direct democracy in which MPPs serve… Read more »

Chamber urges Canada to hold fast on online duties

The local Chamber of Commerce has joined a call urging the federal government not to give foreign online retailers cheaper access to Canadian markets. At the current NAFTA negotiations, the U.S. has asked Canada to raise to $800 from $20 the threshold at which goods can be shipped into Canada by post or courier without… Read more »