50 years of the Maple Leaf

Flag Day on Feb. 15th marked the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of Canada’s flag. Here, Canadian Coast Guard Officer Cadets Derek Geake, left, and Jacob Heyden Thomas hoist the flag aboard the CCGS Samuel Risley, as it escorts a freighter through the icy St. Clair River. Photo courtesy of Carol Launderville, Fisheries and Oceans… Read more »

Sarnia writer has soft spot for weird cars

Tara Jeffrey Michael Banovsky’s first spoken word was ‘car.’ “Growing up, my dad watched car-racing all the time, and there were always car magazines lying around the house,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia native, explaining his love for everything automotive. “It’s just something that’s always been there.” While attending St. Patrick’s High School, Banovsky worked after… Read more »

Culture bucks available

Some $75,000 is still available from Lambton’s Creative County Fund to help organizers cover up to half the cost of cultural, arts and heritage projects. Applicants must consult with county staff about their ideas by Thursday, Feb. 26 and submit an application by March 5. Guidelines can be found by clicking on the “Creative County… Read more »

Toboggan at your own risk

Sarnia is installing signs at six public toboggan hills to help ward off potential lawsuits. Centennial, Len, Wiltshire, Tecumseh and Hollands parks will get the warning signage, as well as the hill at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Some communities have banned tobogganing outright following hefty damage awards, including a 2013 settlement of $900,000 to… Read more »

Arena study meeting

A third and final public meeting to discuss the future of Sarnia arenas will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24. The drop-in open house at the Kinsmen Centre, 656 Lakeshore Rd., begins at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 7 p.m. and discussion to follow. A consultant is currently preparing recommendations for the development, closure or… Read more »

Passport service coming to Sarnia

Sarnia-area residents will soon be able to have passports processed more easily. Ottawa said last week that passport receiving agents will begin working out of the Service Canada Centre on March 2. The agents can help travellers with passport applications and review it on the spot for completeness. They also verify you have the necessary… Read more »

New rock climbing venue wants to take you higher

Cathy Dobson The longtime owner of Sarnia Lazer Blast has high hopes that adding a rock climbing attraction will take his venture nowhere but up. “I think it will give new life to the business,” says Fred Herbert.  “The laser tag doesn’t really make it on its own but I think people will come if… Read more »

Winter a SAD time for some

Susan Roberts Special to The Journal There are things Sarnia residents can do to help get through the winter blues, local health advocates say. Our lack of exposure to the sun during winter months is a main cause of the February blahs and its more serious cousin, Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, said pharmacist Richard… Read more »

New business partnership to boost exports

Journal Staff Business and civic leaders from Sarnia and London have teamed up in a bid to increase international exports and lure foreign investment. The collaboration announced in Sarnia recently will create an expanded trade region and give local companies help in marketing their products globally, said Rory Ring, president & CEO of the Sarnia… Read more »

Helping victims of violence start over again

Cathy Dobson When Susan left an abusive relationship she and her children arrived at the Women’s Interval Home in Sarnia with little more than some clothing and bed sheets. Nearly a month later, after some important, life-changing decisions to make a fresh start with her children, Susan had to begin from scratch. “I wanted to… Read more »