Journal nominated for three Ontario newspaper awards

Journal Staff Your independent hometown Sarnia Journal has been nominated for three Ontario newspaper awards — including best weekly newspaper in the province. The Journal is a finalist in its circulation class for the General Excellence Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in a community… Read more »

Letters: week of Feb. 14

Caught in the squeeze of city’s rapidly rising housing market Sir: Regarding the Feb. 7 article by Cathy Dobson, “Citizens alarmed by rise of illegal housing.” I would like to add that there must be more and more families like us being displaced because landlords are selling properties to take advantage of the high prices… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The ritual of school Valentines fraught with pride, envy

Norma West Linder When I was in elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a popularity contest. My attic is crammed with mementos — including a box of ancient Valentines. The children pictured on them resemble the legendary Campbell’s Soup kids. The verses are coy, imbued with the innocence of the late 1930s. One of them, featuring… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Feb. 14

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   Saturday, Feb. 16   Hike The… Read more »

Wild Kingdom

Nature was on full display when a coyote and three bald eagles squared off over a carcass frozen in the ice of the St. Clair River at Corunna on Feb. 2. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” said local nature photographer Ronny D’Haene, who was standing on the shore near the Shell Canada refinery when… Read more »

Compassion lies at heart of local harm reduction program

Troy Shantz When a person walks into the harm reduction department at Lambton Public Health looking for clean needles, Jen Gibbs doesn’t see a ‘drug addict.’ “They’re just people. They’re not scary; they’re not here to hurt us. They’re just people who are struggling with a health issue,” said the veteran registered nurse. “If they… Read more »

Another cleantech firm setting up in bio-industrial park

Cathy Dobson  Score one more for Sarnia’s burgeoning bio-industrial sector. Imtex Membranes Corp. has announced it will break ground this summer on an $8-million to $10-million demonstration plant in the Arlanxeo bio-industrial park on Vidal Street. “We’re excited about the investment,” says Stephen Thompson, CEO at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP). “Imtex is a great fit… Read more »

Snowfest only asleep, awaits rescue by a Prince Charming

Cathy Dobson There was a time when Sarnians could count on a big festival to break up the long days of winter with snow and ice sculptors and lots of entertainment. For 23 years Snowfest was held in Centennial Park.  During its heyday, it occupied five days, had 16 carving teams from around the world… Read more »

Sarnia-Lambton named finalist in “Intelligent Communities” competition

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton has for the first time been named one of the world’s “Top 7 Intelligent Communities.” The designation, determined by an international team of analysts, is based on best practices in broadband deployment and use, workforce development, innovation, digital inclusion and advocacy. Sarnia-Lambton will now compete for the title of Intelligent Community of… Read more »