Choirs preparing to mark Canada’s big birthday


Sarnia is celebrating the sesquicentennial in song with two major choir performances planned. First up is the Sarnia and District Community Choir with guests The Georgian Singers and Kaleidoscope, which will perform “Glorious and Free” on May 27 at the First Christian Reformed Church, starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Strangway Centre… Read more »

Misty Harbour


Loading grain onto freighters at Sarnia Harbour can be a dusty job at the best of times. Here, dock workers have directed water vapour at the Pacific Huron while it’s being loaded at the Cargill AgHorizons elevators. After the hold of the seven-year-old bulk carrier was filled the ship headed east up the St. Lawrence… Read more »

Unassuming concrete blobs serve an important function

A reference marker behind the bandshell in Canatara Park. 
Troy Shantz

Troy Shantz It’s an unassuming lump of yellow-painted concrete near the Duc d’Orleans dock, but people strolling along Sarnia’s riverfront seldom give it a passing glance. Officially known as “RM 53-82,” it’s one of nine similar lumps strewn along the Canadian shoreline between Sarnia and Mooretown. So what’s up with that? The dome-shaped markers are… Read more »

Home construction remains stalled by discovery of skull

Construction remains on hold at this home on north Colborne Road after human remains were found beneath its future driveway.
Journal Photo

Journal Staff Construction at a new home in north Sarnia remains on hold while the city seeks an archeologist to determine the origins of a human skull unearthed there last month. The skull was found on the municipal side of the property line and City Hall, as directed by Ontario’s Registrar of Cemeteries, must seek… Read more »

Interval Home gets grant for new van

The Women’s Interval Home is getting $40,000 from the Judith & Norman Alix Foundation to buy a new van. Over its 30-year history the foundation has advanced more than $5 million to 40-plus community projects. The next round of funding applications is in September. Eligibility criteria can be found at

Northern crowned “AAA” champs at Lambton-Kent meet

Kaylee White of Northern Collegiate was the Junior Girls Individual Award winner at the Lambton-Kent high school track and field meet. She is seen here running the 3,000 metre race.
Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Journal Staff It all came down to the last event on the final day. When Northern Collegiate squared off May 10 against Chatham-Kent in the marque open boys 4×400 metre relay, also on the line was the overall ‘AAA’ team championship of the Lambton Kent high school track and field season. And the battle went… Read more »

First Place


Nine swimmers from the Sarnia Rapids 1 team had first place finishes at the St. Clair Erie Aquatic League meet in Blenheim earlier this month. From left are, front row: Lauren Carter, 7, Kate Bedard, 9, Darius Landon, 10, Reed Mathieson, 11 and Gabrion Tulang, 11; back row: Lauren Armstrong, 9, Diane Clarke, 15, Coach… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge


1 – What member of Britain’s royal family announced recently he/she was withdrawing from all public duties? 2 – Theatre Sarnia’s current musical production is based on what Charles Dickens’ novel? 3 – Channel your inner Shakespeare: What woman’s name is used for the letter “J” in the NATO phonetic alphabet? 4 – What elementary… Read more »



Two-year-old Cameron Gallant checks out the Canada 150 art installation created by local artist Roxanne Chumko, which was unveiled on May 1 at the Lambtron Mall. Chumko, a drywaller by trade, has also been an artist most of her life. The 120-square-foot acrylic on masonite is entitled, “The Jay Walk,” which Chumko described as an… Read more »