Dismay follows news sheltered workshop will close down

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman who objects to her intellectually challenged son earning 46 cents an hour at Community Living’s Wawanosh workshop is distressed the government intends to shut down the facility. “What Wawanosh does is very important to the clients and their parents,” said Erla McCormick. “I never wanted sheltered workshops to be shut down.”… Read more »

Homegrown talent returning for holiday concert

Tara Jeffrey When Preetam Sengupta wanted to organize a holiday concert in his hometown, he reached out to a couple of fellow Northern grads in the music industry. “The three of us had been talking about getting home and playing a show for the holidays” Sengupta said of pals Andrew Austin and Donovan Woods. “And… Read more »

Eye of the beholder

Some say the best way to appreciate this massive Salvador Dali painting on display in downtown Sarnia is to lie down on the floor. Whatever the case, the four-metre-high Santiago El Grande has proven a showstopper at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, which is half way through the impressive Masterworks from the Beaverbrook… Read more »

New principals at city Catholic schools

A number of Sarnia’s Catholic elementary schools are getting new administrators in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, Bill Nelson will become the new principal at Sacred Heart, moving over from Holy Rosary in Wyoming. Barbara Armstrong, currently vice principal at St. Matthew, will be the new principal at Holy Rosary. Mark Bernard, now a… Read more »

Charges laid in plant explosion

Criminal charges have been laid in connection with an Oct. 25, 2014 fire and explosion at Veolia Environmental Services that killed one employee and left five injured. The company and its division manager have each been charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death and five counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Eight… Read more »

Big tax hike for Sarnians

Property owners will fork out more in taxes next year, thanks to a 4.6% increase approved this week by city council. The tax hike is the largest in recent memory and will mean an additional $40.14 paid on every $100,000 worth of residential property assessment, city staff say. Councillors did trim about $1.5 million in… Read more »

Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1 – What does the “e’ in “email” stand for? 2 – What Sarnia-born individual was recently bestowed with the honour of Officer of the Order of Canada? 3 – Fleet Street in London, England has long been associated with what profession? 4 – Of the twenty winners of the Bluewater Dream Home Lottery in the… Read more »

Local gymnasts don Team Ontario colours

Barry Wright The determination of Lexi McCormack has paid off. After falling just short of her goal in previous elite meets, the 16-year-old member of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club finally broke through at the recent Team Ontario Tour Selection meet in Belleville. McCormack won the vault event and finished third overall and was chosen, along… Read more »

Basketball star lands full NCAA scholarship

Barry Wright Nicole Bus will be keeping tabs this basketball season on the Fairfield University Stags. That’s because the Northern Vikings senior girls basketball team member has accepted a four-year full scholarship to the Connecticut-based school. She’ll begin her career on the oceanfront campus, about a ten-hour drive from here, next September. “The campus is… Read more »

Housing initiatives break new ground

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Habitat for Humanity is launching two innovative pilot projects aimed at improving the skills and self-esteem of volunteers who collect government assistance. “Both programs are a first in the Habitat community,” Mark Rodgers, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, who praised the local Habitat group for its leadership. One pilot project… Read more »