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After the ice age

Vanessa Rapaqna, left, and Kaitlyn Malleau, of London-based Timmins Martelle Heritage Consultants, sift through soil searching for artifacts at an archeological assessment being done on Blackwell Road, a place once on the shore of post-glacial Lake Algonquin. The one-week project was a requirement prior to the construction of three new homes. Field director Matthew Severn… Read more »

City Hall is killing women’s hockey, player says

Pam Wright Female hockey players are getting short shrift in Sarnia because the ice time the city makes available to women is insufficient and inconvenient, a long-time player says. “I want adult women’s hockey to remain viable here,” said Bernadette Slotwinski, who is deeply concerned the women’s league will continue to decline and die unless… Read more »

KFC first business in new development

The first phase of a major commercial redevelopment planned for the Rona Cashway building centre site in the city’s south end is about to begin. A building permit has been issued for a $1.5 million, 3,000-square-foot building at 1115 Confederation St. About half of the building, which is going up on the east side of… Read more »

BioAmber eyeing Sarnia as site for second commercial plant

Journal Staff The prospects are looking bright for BioAmber to build a second commercial plant in Sarnia. “We have shifted our focus towards Sarnia,” CEO Rick Eno said in a conference call last week. “I think part of this has to do with the lack of certainty on the regulatory environment in the U.S. and… Read more »

Three city Catholic churches launch fundraising campaign

Journal Staff Three Roman Catholic churches in Sarnia have teamed up to launch a $1.5-million capital campaign. The money raised will be used to restore and repair the south transept stained-glass window at Our Lady of Mercy, which is the parish mother church. Some outside walls of OLM, which dates to 1877, will also be… Read more »

Seeing Holmes Foundry site for sale after 17-year fight bittersweet for original investor

Cathy Dobson Ray Lariviere is celebrating the end of a convoluted court case that has finally allowed the former Holmes Foundry property to be listed for sale. An Ontario Supreme Court decision means a key 16-acre property marking the entrance to Ontario can now be developed. The court settlement is sealed and the details confidential…. Read more »

Program teaching financial literacy to high school students

Journal Staff One hundred local high school students are participating in a new program teaching financial literacy. The program was made possible by a $25,600 Trillium Foundation grant and is being tested by Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario in Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex as well. The Secondary School Financial Literacy Program will teach students how… Read more »

Liquidation store owners see a post-Sears opportunity

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s newest liquidation store is a joint venture for three local men who have been friends since high school. Kyle Deloof, 34, owner of Davy Jones Quality Meats on Confederation Street, brings retail experience to the team and is responsible for embracing the concept. “The owner of Norpac, a fellow I purchase meat… Read more »

No pot store for Sarnia

Sarnia did not make the first round of municipalities to get an LCBO-styled cannabis stores next year. London, Windsor and Kitchener were named to the 14-city list released by the LCBO last week. Additional host municipalities will be announced leading up July 1, 2018 legalization date, according to the website, lcbocannabisupdates.com. Ontario also intends to… Read more »