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Mild winter, open water impacting Lake Huron

Jack Poirier Winter’s late start has delayed ice formation on the Great Lakes, raising the potential for some extreme weather and other adverse impacts to come, Environment Canada say. “There is the real possibility that strong lake effect snow and snow squall activity could continue later into the season,” said meteorologist Geoff Coulson. “The longer… Read more »

Business owners reminded to clear snow

Sarnia has issued a warning to commercial property owners who fail to clear snow from abutting sidewalks. In some cases, businesses have been clearing their lots and dumping the snow on sidewalks, creating an even bigger safety hazard. Letters have been delivered to operators in the downtown area and other commercial businesses reminding them of… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: What was old is new again

Nadine Wark It is assuring to see that some old things do become new again. For example, weekly board game nights started up recently at the library. The board games themselves weren’t familiar to me but their suggestion certainly brought back many memories. All year round there are a variety of board games available and… Read more »

Outdoor rink to help underprivileged kids

Cathy Dobson Graham Holmes doesn`t mind the numb toes or frost forming on his face. That just means Canadian winter has finally arrived and he can finally finish the outdoor rink where he soon plans to welcome the entire community. Holmes is founder and president of a fledgling non-profit called Empower Play. He works with a… Read more »

Business Journal: Therapist filling need for couples counselling

Cathy Dobson Ronnie Littlewood admits even she was a little amazed by the satisfaction she derived from her first several months of counselling couples in troubled marriages. “It’s so surprising when people come to me with nothing but hateful words for one another, and see their relationship through a new lens after the first session,”… Read more »

OPINION: Insert bad headline here

George Mathewson An old friend tells the tale of a reporter who covered an event one weekend only to have the following headline appear over his story: “10,000 attend Grand Bend burgerfest.” The problem? When typing out burgerfest someone dropped the letter “r.” Headlines are meant to quickly draw attention to a story and suggest… Read more »

Letters, week of Jan. 21

Why didn’t churches help homeless shelter? Sir: I applaud the efforts of the Refugee Committee to raise money for Syrian refugees to relocate in Sarnia, but have any of these people ever heard the expression, “Take care of business in your own yard first.” Where were these church groups when River City Vineyard was attacked… Read more »

Fight to save SCITS gains traction

Cathy Dobson Three hours into the first public meeting called to discuss the recommended closure of Sarnia Collegiate, Gavin Hall couldn’t take it anymore. “Let’s hear from the crowd,” he demanded, jumping to his feet. “This is all window dressing.” Hall, who graduated from Sarnia Collegiate and taught there for 29 years, had sat patiently with… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Jan. 21

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 Wednesday, Jan. 20 Research Your Home Lambton… Read more »

New Chamber president

Shirley de Silva has been hired as president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce. de Silva is relocating from Sudbury and has both a background in the aviation industry and experience with not-for-profit groups, board chair Rob Taylor said. She also has a communications degree and a Master’s in Municipal Leadership, and… Read more »