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GUEST COLUMN: An open letter to my health minister

Tara Jeffrey Attn: Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins As you know, officials at my local hospital recently announced plans to slash jobs across the board in order to save some $6 million — a gut-punch, so-to-speak, to nearly every department at Bluewater Health, from diagnostic imaging to lab workers, to registered nurses. In fact, the Ontario… Read more »

When opportunity knocked, marketer opened the door

Cathy Dobson A one-man marketing company has purchased one of its competitors, added four employees, and moved into new offices at 203 Christina St. North. Chris Gardner of Cipher Interactive is the man behind the acquisition. He was raised in London, married a woman from the Sarnia area, and worked in Toronto for nine years… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Imagine being uprooted from your home

Nathan Colquhoun The Kettle and Stony Point First Nation sent in trucks and workers late last year to remove barriers on Ipperwash Beach that had been there for 40 years. There followed an uprising of non-aboriginal residents, and some of them even took to erecting their own makeshift barrier in response. In the 1940s the… Read more »

Golden Girl bowling ‘em over at 93

Barry Wright Laura Paquette walks confidently up to the line at Marcin Bowl, reaches back and proceeds to throw a strike. Nothing unusual about that, perhaps, except Paquette is 93 years old. Each Tuesday she meets up with friends at the Point Edward bowling lanes for a session lasting up to two-and-a-half hours. “I enjoy… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1.      What company’s advertisement included the line “Good to the last drop”?   2.      What Sarnia born NHL player, who scored a staggering 608 goals in his career, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010? 3.      What two women hosted the Golden Globes for the last time        on Jan. 11th? 4.     … Read more »

City hall’s new building boss probes charges of red tape, delays

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s new planning and building director says she’s heard the “anecdotal tales” about her department frustrating developers with red tape and delays. Now she wants evidence. “Give me the facts and we’ll investigate,” said Jane Cooper who took on the senior management job at city hall six months ago. “If we’ve been slow,… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Jan. 29

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Thursday, Jan. 29 Engineers AGM Annual… Read more »

Mayor pushes for conduct watchdog

Cathy Dobson Mayor Mike Bradley insists nothing specific is driving his campaign to hire an integrity commissioner for Sarnia council, but he is pushing hard for it. “Over the years we’ve had issues about the conduct of (council members) and there’s been no vehicle to deal with it apart from elections,” he said. The public… Read more »