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 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 »

Lung transplant recipient who boosted donor list may soon need help herself

Tara Jeffrey Tara Bourque wants to leave her mark on this world, one organ donor registration at a time. The 21-year-old Sarnia woman is celebrating her ‘Lungaversary’ this week — three years since her double lung transplant — and is marking the occasion with a challenge to the public. “Everyone celebrates a transplant anniversary in… Read more »

Snow Park now open

The BP Snow Park is now open at Lambton College, offering a way to learn the basics of skiing and snowboarding without fear. The 600-foot by 45-foot snow course uses the same cable system Boarder Pass has been providing wakeboarders on Sarnia Bay since 2010. There are no real hills, but the park offers jumps,… Read more »

Sarnia’s new BBQ joint has smoking hot opening

Cathy Dobson Liz Chartrand and Brendan Bain were fairly confident their new barbecue and smoke house would be busy, but the first month of business has been off the charts. “Usually you want to ease into it,” says Chartrand, who also owns Lizards Bar & Grill on Exmouth Street. “We didn’t do any advertising when… Read more »

City boy’s yarn has happy ending

George Mathewson It was a broken iPad that led Michael Kabat to become an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Informed by his mom he’d need to pay half the $150 repair bill, the 11-year-old Sarnia boy taught himself how to knit infinity scarves. He did it by watching a YouTube video and then launched a business. He… Read more »

Some green sought for greying city

Sarnia is seeking funding to make the city a friendlier place for older residents. A provincial grant of $35,000, if approved, would be used to hire a project co-ordinator to develop a plan in tandem with community members and groups. Sarnia could then access up to $1.5 million for a variety of “age-friendly” improvements, including… Read more »

Booth bumped from race

The number of candidates seeking Sarnia-Lambton’s federal Conservative nomination is down to three. Journalist J.D. Booth said he was informed by national party representatives Jan. 16 he’s ineligible to run because he hasn’t been a party member for six month. Booth said he is disappointed, noting the rule has been waived for other Conservative candidates…. Read more »