Week of Oct. 21

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general 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 Wednesday, Oct. 21 Newcomers Cooking Free cooking… Read more »

Sarnia: Then and Now

THEN: Sarnia’s first oil refinery was built by Charles Mackenzie, who lived in this house on Christina Street at London Road. The home’s demolition was already underway when this scene was captured on July 7, 1963. Visible behind the home is the stack of the old Sifto Salt Works, which would be cleared for the… Read more »

Bright’s Grove lakefront gets emergency repairs

Journal Staff Three different stretches of Bright’s Grove shoreline hammered by high waves recently have now been repaired. The worst was a washout between the Cull Drain and Suncor Recreation Centre, where Lake Huron ripped out about 100 feet of steel seawall and thousands of tonnes of shoreline. Crews from Van Bree Drainage & Bulldozing built… Read more »

Sarnia, churches clash over foodbanks and soup kitchens

Cathy Dobson Just when you thought Sarnia and its churches were finished with legal battles, religious leaders are asking why the city won’t allow foodbanks and soup kitchens in places of worship. A little-known bylaw has been on the books since 2002 that prohibits soup kitchens and foodbanks in city churches. George Esser, the pastor… Read more »

Flu shot season is here

Journal Staff Like turning leaves and migrating birds, flu clinics are a sure sign of fall. Influenza is one of the most easily transmitted diseases with 63 lab-confirmed cases and three flu-related deaths here last season, Lambton Public Health says. Starting Friday, flu vaccine will be available for high-risk people, including those 65 and older,… Read more »

Gladu win keeps Sarnia-Lambton Tory blue

Marilyn Gladu bucked a 52-year-old local tradition Monday when the federal Conservatives won the riding of Sarnia-Lambton but were swept from power by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals. Sarnia-Lambton had elected the candidate from the party that went on to form the government in every single federal election since 1963. But that all changed when Gladu, a… Read more »

Police pulling over drivers … for good behaviour

Cathy Dobson Sarnia Police pulled over about 10 surprised motorists last week with lights flashing in unmarked cruisers, even though the drivers had done nothing wrong. In fact, they were rewarded for good driving with a $10 gift certificate from Coffee Culture. So what’s up with that? “It’s good for police to have positive interaction… Read more »

Fentanyl patch exchange will save lives, family says

Cathy Dobson A new Fentanyl patch exchange program in Sarnia-Lambton won’t bring her son back, but Laurie Hicks is confident it will save other lives. Ryan Hicks, 25, died in March from a Fentanyl addiction he’d fought hard to overcome. In fact, he’d just finished months of rehab and was about to move into a sober… Read more »

New tutoring service opens with 14 teachers

Cathy Dobson Sahar Nasr, owner of a new business called Math Plus Tutors, apologizes as our interview starts because a workman is installing a fire alarm for the deaf that comes equipped with a strobe light. It’s a small interruption as Nasr makes improvements to her offices on the ground floor at 805 Christina St…. Read more »