TV sitcom to be based on Hadfield book

Chris Hadfield’s bestselling book An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth is being turned into a family comedy on the U.S. network ABC, the Globe and Mail reports. The proposed series will focus on a post-mission astronaut readjusting to life on earth. The Sarnia-born Hadfield will serve as a consulting producer on sitcom, which has… Read more »

Self-taught chef has built loyal following

Cathy Dobson Selina Ip arrived in Sarnia from her native Hong Kong in 1990 with no business or restaurant experience and only rudimentary English. Five years later, at age 32, she had learned the language, learned something about North American cuisine and opened South East Café at 110 East St. South. “I didn’t even know… Read more »

United Way sets campaign goal

The United Way has set the bar high on this year’s campaign. The target of $1.92 million announced last week is a new benchmark for the agency but is doable if the community works together, said campaign chair Richard Kelch. “We believe that we have set a realistic goal for our community in 2014, given… Read more »

Pathways gets a lift

Pathways Health Centre has received a big boost from its founding partner. The Rotary Club of Sarnia has committed another $104,000 to support centre programs and to buy new equipment. The 70-member club helped get the predecessor to Pathway’s off the ground in 1975, and is currently committed to raising $600,000 over 10 years for… Read more »

Respected citizen passes

Sarnia lost a community-builder with the recent passing of Richard “Dick” Ford. Ford, 83, was a long-time employee of Dow Chemical, a member of city council in the early 1970s and served on the Sarnia Police Commission. He was also a respected elder at St. Giles Presbyterian Church who was active with the Sarnia Community… Read more »

Creative job funding

Ontario has given local officials $248,000 to find and create jobs in the “creative” sector. The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership said it will use the money over the next 18 months to identify the potential for job creation and skills training using “social enterprise” as the model for new businesses. In described creative industries as engineering,… Read more »

Rash of bike thefts in city

  Sarnia has had a rash of bicycle thefts over the past month and city police have aimed extra resources at the problem. Members of the COPPS unit spotted a man and a woman stealing two bikes at the same time on Davis Street on Aug. 21. Both were arrested. The same evening a man… Read more »

Sushi chef rolls into town

Cathy Dobson To watch Hoon Chang prepare a plate of fresh sushi is to watch an artist at work. He focuses hard, rarely pausing, rarely looking up as he rolls and slices several specialty rolls, arranges them on a platter, tops with sauce and adds a live flower garnish. Presentation is important, he says. So… Read more »

New phone app to encourage local food production

Heather Wright A new phone app is set to put more local food on your fork. Western University is working with farmers, food producers and local restaurants in southwestern Ontario on the SmartAppetite app, said committee members Margaret Milczarek. The group is making fresh, seasonal food easy and convenient. “Local food is tricky, making sure… Read more »