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Eatery damaged in fire

A city restaurant has been heavily damaged by fire. Sarnia firefighters from three stations contained the blaze to the front of the Daysbreak Restaurant at 293 East St. South, but the rest of the brick and block building suffered heat and smoke damage on July 30. No one was injured in the early morning fire… Read more »

Cull Drain bridge could collapse

The Cull Drain Bridge is a risk to public safety and should be removed immediately, an engineering report says. High winds could cause a partial or total collapse of the 104-year-old bridge, city hall said Aug. 1 after receiving the report. Engineers found “significant deterioration” since prior inspections. The bridge was fenced off two years… Read more »

A concrete plan for Sarnia’s wooden boardwalk

Sarnia is taking the boards out of its boardwalk. The wooden walkway on the west side of Front Street has been a popular place from which to watch activity on the St. Clair River for generations. But the timber structure, last replaced in 1991, is rotting and warped and a chronic maintenance headache. So it’s… Read more »

Cathcart Boulevard was named for MPP

Note: The first in a series on how Sarnia’s streets got their names It seems fitting that Cathcart Boulevard, which has carried both cars and trains, should be named for a provincial travel minister. Bryan Lewis Cathcart was a Tory MPP from Lambton West who served as Ontario’s Minister of Travel and Publicity from 1955… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 31

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.  Wednesday July 30th Grove Music Series Located at the Kenwick… Read more »

Hospital Auxiliary disbanding

An integral part of Sarnia’s hospital family is folding after nearly 70 years of hard work and camaraderie. “It’s a difficult decision but it’s time for us to go,” says Donna Small, president of the Bluewater Health Auxiliary. She has kept the group’s books since 1988 and been president for a decade. “I loved it… Read more »

New rules for citizenship swell numbers at YMCA program

Refugees and newcomers in Sarnia trying to become Canadian citizens are finding help at a new YMCA program. Anyone applying for citizenship as of July 1 had to begin providing proof of proficiency in English. That’s produced an upswing of clients at the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System Centre, which opened a year ago… Read more »

Pizza shop owner bitten by new sign rules

Sarnia’s new sign bylaw has claimed its first victim. Mateo’s Pizza was told Tuesday it will need to remove its portable street sign on Lakeshore Road or risk being fined, said owner Matt Malott. “Cities should be helping businesses, not hindering them, “ he said. ‘This is completely and utterly ridiculous. It’s one of the… Read more »

County Council live

Monthly meetings of Lambton County council meetings are now available via live streaming. Cameras installed at the Wyoming council chambers are programmed to pan to whoever is speaking, including councillors, administrators and members of the public. Viewers can access live and archived meetings by visiting www.lambtononline.ca and clicking on the “Streamed Council Meetings” box.  

So, why is the Cull Drain now called Perch Creek?

This aerial photo shows the Cull Drain Bridge, at top, spanning the mouth of the Cull Drain where it enters Lake Huron just east of Telfer Road. But a sign at the second bridge on Lakeshore Road, in foreground, identifies the waterway as Perch Creek. This image, by the way, is the second released from… Read more »