Siren call: Sarnians unprepared for chemical release, former CAER boss says

Marco Vigliotti Sarnians are woefully unprepared to deal with fallout from an industrial disaster at one of area’s petrochemical facilities, says a former emergency official. Allen Wells, who was administrator of Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) from 1989 to 2001, said many residents don’t know what to do despite the risk posed by nearby… Read more »

City, hospital at loggerheads

Marco Vigliotti Sarnia’s mayor says he’s concerned about the fraying relationship between city hall and Bluewater Health with a legal battle looming over ownership of the vacant Sarnia general hospital site. City council has retained the law firm of Cohen Highley to investigate the dispute after Bluewater Health’s board said it would stop paying $400,000… Read more »

Free info sessions for people impacted by CCAC cuts

Journal Staff A poverty law clinic in Sarnia is holding two free information sessions for people whose home care has been cut by the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. The CCAC began reassessing the needs of sick people this fall and reducing their home care services, said Kathy Wodzinski, of Community Legal Assistance… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Dec. 4

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, Dec. 3 Human… Read more »

City police review their website security

Marco Vigliotti The Sarnia Police department has launched a review of its web security after a hacker claiming allegiance with the ‘hacktivist’ collective Anonymous breached and temporarily shut down websites last month. “In light of recent occurrences in Ottawa and Toronto, we are reviewing our security and policies to ensure we are protected,” Sarnia Police… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      What type of orange is so named because it has a small secondary fruit growing at one end that resembles a belly button? 2.      This month marks the 30th anniversary of what local festive celebration? 3.      On December 14, 1972 Eugene A. Cernan became the last astronaut to do what? 4.      Get ready for… Read more »

Irish Miracle is this Saturday

Many local resident can expect a knock on the door Saturday morning when the 31st annual Irish Miracle returns. More than 500 students, teachers and parents will sweep the streets of Sarnia and Point Edward collecting canned goods and nonperishable food items for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The Dec. 6 food drive is… Read more »

Knotty behaviour: Residents report a rash of damaged trees

George Mathewson Sue-Elin Rawson first noticed it near St. Patrick’s High School – several newly-planted trees snapped in half. She then encountered more young trees broken off beside the water treatment plant, then on Christina Street, and near the Salvation Army on Confederation Street. “I started getting concerned when I saw how many had been… Read more »