Osprey hunting in Lake Chipican

Reader Jeff Hunking captured this image of an osprey fishing for lunch in Lake Chipican on Sept. 16. Osprey are large, fish-eating hawks with a wingspan of 1.6 metres (five feet). Though Canada is home to one third of the world’s population, osprey are not a common sight locally. The birds are dramatic hunters able… Read more »

Photographer finding a wider audience

Cathy Dobson For three decades, Sarnia’s Doug Bisson has been taking photographs and quietly marketing them around the world, but seldom in his hometown. His work hangs in venues around the globe including the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas and the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. About seven years ago, an international art consultant contacted… Read more »

Sky’s the limit for new marketing venture

Cathy Dobson   Most Sarnians aren’t yet aware of what a difference a drone can make to a marketing campaign. But Anne Lannan and Mark Bandura, co-owners of Dragonfly Media, are confident that’s about to change. Both are certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots, having graduated from the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre where they learned to… Read more »

Week of Sept. 24

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Painter Emily Carr a Canadian icon

Cathy Dobson  Editor’s Note: The doors open Oct. 2 at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery on an exhibition billed as the most important art event in Sarnia’s history, the only Ontario stop for the internationally-acclaimed Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This is the third in a series of articles. It’s not surprising Lord… Read more »

Revelree music festival aims to fill Bayfest void

Cathy Dobson The directors of Sarnia’s new Revelree Music Festival are huge music fans who like both country and rock. Scott Palko and Cam Shipley say that, musically, next summer’s festival could go either way. It all depends on which world-class artist signs on the dotted line. “To be entirely honest, we’re not focusing on… Read more »

Take Back The Night

A small but vocal group with a mission to end all forms of sexual violence took part in the 22nd annual Take Back the Night walk in downtown Sarnia on Sept. 17. The event featured guest speaker Neva Isaac-Sands, executive director of the Three Fires Woman’s Shelter of Walpole Island, and was organized by the… Read more »

Shell makes large donation to college

Shell Canada has given Lambton College $240,000 to boost its technology training. Some of the money will be used to hold workshops to expose local Grade 9-10 students to potential careers in trade and technology. The donation will also create a mobile technology trailer to visit local high schools and First Nation communities, a summer… Read more »

Bike lane plan ditched

Bike lanes proposed for Cathcart Boulevard have been scrapped. City council rejected the $80,000 plan last week after more than 130 people objected to it, including a number of cyclists. Those opposed said bike lanes were unnecessary, hindered parking and could actually increase the risk of accidents by forcing riders closer to vehicle traffic. The… Read more »