Legal pot fuelling demand for homegrown teaching program

Cathy Dobson A made-in-Sarnia program that informs youth about substance abuse has been in big demand since Canada legalized marijuana in October. The 10-week Choices program created by Sarnia-Lambton Rebound has been recognized by Ontario’s Ministry of Health as a “best practice,” says executive director Carrie McEachran. Rebound was delivering Choices in Sarnians and to… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Battling our hurtful ‘Internal Critic’ consumes a lot of energy

  Matt Barnes Harsh, hurtful, degrading – they all describe the all-too-powerful words that can come from our “internal critic.” We all have a critic, although the ferocity and loudness varies. As a clinical social worker, I often get a front-and-centre view into how universal and common the internal critic is in our minds.  … Read more »

What’s happening: week of Dec. 13

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   Wednesday, Dec. 12   Rapids Family… Read more »

Revitalized Sengupta and friends return for holiday concert

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Preetam Sengupta says he danced in his kitchen the first time he managed to write a song following brain surgery. “I celebrated that I was a songwriter again,” he said. “I’ve danced in my kitchen a lot since then.” Writing that song was a milestone in his recovery from surgery in 2015… Read more »

Mayor wants all councillors to get anti-harassment training

Troy Shantz Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is calling for all members of the new city council to take mandatory workplace harassment training. The mayor, the only member of the previous council who did not take similar, non-mandatory training in 2015, wants the sessions led by an external trainer and completed no later than March 1…. Read more »

Surge in city homeless reaching ‘crisis’ level

Tara Jeffrey When Stephanie Vandevenne noticed a surge of homeless men and women at Bluewater Health she knew she couldn’t turn a blind eye. It isn’t just released patients with nowhere to go. People have been huddling in the ambulance bay to find shelter at the night, slipping into the emergency department waiting room to… Read more »

Complaint temporarily silent-nighted Celebration of Lights

Troy Shantz T’was the weeks before Christmas, and down by the bay, not a carol was heard, throughout night or day.   A compromise has been reached for a dispute at the Celebration of Lights that threatened to prune the tunes and kybosh the carols. The annual lights and music in Centennial Park fell silent… Read more »

Innovative Habitat for Humanity housing project first of its kind in Canada

Cathy Dobson Norma Lagacy couldn’t hold back tears of gratitude as she and husband Gerry accepted the keys to a new Habitat home on Guthrie Drive. “Aren’t we lucky, everybody?” she asked a crowd of about 150 gathered outside the five-unit multiplex built entirely by volunteers. Some 507 volunteers on 39 teams completed the unique… Read more »

County ponders options after buying empty bank building

Troy Shantz Lambton County has purchased the former CIBC building in downtown Sarnia, possibly for expansion of the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, officials say. Gallery use is one of four ideas on the table for the Front Street bank building purchased for $1.025 million, said Lambton County clerk Stephane Thiffeault. “There’s obviously a… Read more »

Study seeks local women who are leaving a violent partner

Tara Jeffrey A pilot program could improve the lives of women leaving an abusive relationship is seeking study participants from Sarnia-Lambton. “Sarnia-Lambton for us is a really critical location,” said Marilyn Ford-Gilboe, professor and Women’s Health Research Chair in Rural Health at the University of Western Ontario. “We understand that living in a smaller city… Read more »