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Election Primer: Are you ready to vote?

Tara Jeffrey Local voters will be electing a mayor, members of council and school board trustees when the municipal election unfolds later this month. “It’s really important that people check to ensure they’re on the voters’ list, especially if they’ve moved in the last four years,” said Sarnia’s city clerk, Nancy Wright-Laking, pointing to about… Read more »

Organic chocolatier ready to test retail market

Cathy Dobson For Lauren Jamieson, the sweet smell of chocolate melting on the stove isn’t just a treat. It’s therapy. Jamieson, 31, has developed eight different kinds of chocolates, all made with organic and fair trade ingredients and all to suit vegan and gluten-free diets. “People say they feel energized after eating them and have… Read more »

Weed ‘em and reap

Sarnia earned the top rank of ‘five blooms’ at the international Communities in Bloom awards Sept. 20 in Charlottetown, PEI. The city edged rival Chatham-Kent and finished second in its size category, which was won by a borough of London, England with a population of 200,000. Sarnia was invited to the international competition for the… Read more »

Fall food drive under way

Journal Staff The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Thanksgiving food drive has begun, just as its shelves are starting to look empty. “We are entering into a very critical time of year for donations to our food bank,” said executive director Myles Vanni. “The food collected now will have to see us through until Christmas.”… Read more »

Life and death debate coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Sarnians have a rare chance to weigh in on Canada’s doctor-assisted suicide debate, just as a pivotal Supreme Court hearing on the issue gets started. The contentious hearing begins Oct. 15 in Ottawa, one day before a forum is held at the Sarnia Library Theatre featuring representatives from each side. “It’s very timely… Read more »

Hadfields and city airport have long shared history

Interpretive signs will be unveiled Sunday to illustrate the Hadfield family’s long history with Sarnia Airport. Members of the family, including Col. Chris Hadfield, are expected to attend the Oct. 5 event at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport’s passenger terminal, beginning 3 p.m. The father of the famed astronaut, Roger Hadfield, was the first person to… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: Sarnia city council candidates make their pitch

The Journal asked the 28 men and women running for Sarnia council to tell us why they should be elected. Here, starting today, are their (largely) unedited answers. Eight will be elected: four in the city only and four to also serve on Lambton County council. We begin with city-only candidates. Peter Athanasopoulos  Peter Athanasopoulos… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 2

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.  Wednesday, Oct. 1 Sultans of String Juno Award nominees Sultans… Read more »

Pilot boat captain saved the crew of sinking steamer

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Ollie Campbell is grateful the city is publicly recognizing her late husband for the dozens of lives he saved many years ago. A colourful storyboard describing the heroics of Capt. Robert Campbell on the night of June 5, 1972, when the Sidney E. Smith steamer went down in the St. Clair River,… Read more »

Amazing ‘Silo House’ goes against the grain

George Mathewson One of Sarnia’s funkiest homes is also one of its oldest structures. The “Silo House” in Bright’s Grove is four floors of handcrafted originality packed into a converted grain silo built in 1842 for the community’s first farm. “When people first see it they love it because it’s so strange,” said Patti Grant,… Read more »