Bogus bins banned

Organizations can no longer set up collection boxes in Sarnia anywhere they wish. City hall has tightened the rule to require permission from property owners with a $250 fine for violations. Several charities complained after out-of-town operators dropped unauthorized collection bins that skimmed off valuable donations. The bylaw still requires provincial approval.

A show of Faith: 10-year-old arrives in Sarnia to tears and hugs

Journal Staff Students at King George VI showed their appreciation when cancer survivor Faith Abbey, 10, completed a two-day walk from London to their Sarnia school on Sept. 11. “Faith’s Footsteps” raised more than $15,000 for Childcan, an organization that helps families cope with childhood cancer. Faith, who was diagnosed with liver cancer before turning… Read more »

Agriculture scholarships

The Lambton Federation of Agriculture is offering seven scholarships to Lambton County residents attending post-secondary education. For scholarship forms, criteria, and submission info visit, under the scholarship link. Deadline is Oct. 31.    


Wrong information appeared in a Sept. 11 story about Sarnia authors with published books in 2014. Najah Shuqair, author of Sarnia, You Are In My Heart, lost her eldest son and her father in recent years, not the loved one mentioned. The Journal apologizes for the error.    

Sarnia’s evolving downtown

THEN … Hundreds of milling residents can be seen surveying the wreckage in this aerial photo, taken May 21, 1953, just hours after a powerful tornado ripped through Sarnia’s downtown. The twister damaged 250 buildings, left dozen of families homeless and caused $5-million damage to the city. Note the roof of the former Taylor’s Furniture building,… Read more »

Local hurlers win provincial crown

Barry Wright A pair of Sarnia pitchers who have been best friends since their days at Northern Collegiate are back from the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Senior “C” Provincial tournament with championship rings on their fingers. Andrew Goss and Mark Zylstra, both 29, were members of the Forest Dragons of the Western Counties Baseball Association,… Read more »

Sarnia’s forgotten tornado of 1879

John Rochon Most Sarnians know of the devastating tornado that struck on May 21, 1953, causing extensive damage throughout the city. But few people know of a tornado that struck Sarnia and the surrounding area on Friday, July 11, 1879. Around 10 a.m. a terrible storm of wind and rain hit the town and lasted… Read more »

Cox Gardens taking shape

The latest addition to Sarnia’s park system is rapidly nearing completion. Cox Gardens is a 2.5-acre greenspace in Germain Park that features meandering walkways, a gazebo and stage area, and a reflective pool near the existing jet monument. The site offers plenty of places to sit and relax, listen to entertainment or participate in exercise… Read more »

A walk on the wet side

Sarge was reluctant at first to get her paws wet at the McPherson Fountain. But with a little coaxing from her master Sean King, of Sarnia, the four-month-old German shepherd pup was right at home. With strong winds blowing spray over the walkway and the pair opted to walk through for a refreshing break from… Read more »