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Sarnia’s kindness elves

Cathy Dobson “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can quietly become a power no government can suppress, a power that can transform the world.” – Peace activist Howard Zinn Trista Lowe was tired of all the negativity. So she decided to do something about it. “It’s such a downer when you read the news… Read more »

New study examines jobs and schooling at 3 local First Nations

Marco Vigliotti The local Aboriginal population could make “great contributions” to the economy and provide a desperately needed youth injection to a greying workforce, a new report suggests. But First Nations residents must make strides in improving educational prospects to overcome a bleak employment picture, the Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board study found. The average… Read more »

Eye on the world record prize

Allie Rawson was one of over 500 Cathcart Boulevard School students who joined people from around the world in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record on Nov. 13. The objective was to have 660,000 stackers from clubs, classes and other groups set the record for “Most People Cup Stacking at Multiple Locations in… Read more »

Kris Kringle to visit city on Dec. 6

Marco Vigliotti One of the surest signs of the impending holiday season is upon us, with the Sarnia Kinsmen Society preparing for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 6. “We normally have 45 to 50 floats, and that’s been pretty standard over the years,” said parade organizer Bob Marks. The parade will start 6 p.m…. Read more »

Kris Kringle to visit city on Dec. 6

Marco Vigliotti One of the surest signs of the impending holiday season is upon us, with the Sarnia Kinsmen Society preparing for the Santa Claus Parade on Dec. 6. “We normally have 45 to 50 floats, and that’s been pretty standard over the years,” said parade organizer Bob Marks. The parade will start 6 p.m…. Read more »

The gift of reading

The gift of reading Sarnia’s Abraham Rojas, 11, and his sister Mia, 1, make a donation to help launch the Give-A-Book campaign, designed to give every child whose family qualifies for a food hamper a new book to read this Christmas. The Organization for Literacy in Lambton and nine community partners hope to collect 2,000… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.      The Straits of Mackinac connect what two bodies of water? 2.      London is known as “The Forest City”; Chatham, “The Maple City”.  Sarnia adopted the nickname “The ___________ City” when the Governor General visited on May 7, 1914. 3.      What Chinese villain created by Sax Rohmer lent his name to a style of a… Read more »

Sarnia’s mayor calls this year’s budget “toughest ever”

Marco Vigliotti City taxpayers face the unenviable option of higher taxes or fewer services under the proposed 2015 budget. The spending blueprint recently unveiled to the new council recommends a 6% property tax increase – much higher than the 2% target the outgoing council gave city staff. Finance director Brian McKay said municipal insurance costs, salaries… Read more »

Plan to displace Nature Trail for road has stiff opposition

Marco Vigliotti The long-planned extension of The Rapids Parkway on the Howard Watson Nature Trail could lead to other intrusions on the beloved path, warns a man spearheading a campaign to halt the project. Tom Bernard says building a road over the trail where it passes beneath Highway 402 is a dangerous precedent that would… Read more »

Superbug leaves Sarnia woman paralyzed

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who once owned a local party store and liked nothing better than to make others smile is now in desperate need. Sue VanEkeren, 51, is bedridden at Parkwood Rehabilitation Centre in London virtually unable to move from the neck down. Her family has been told she will be discharged Dec…. Read more »