Record high ridership fuels overhaul of city bus system

Cathy Dobson A rapid increase in the number of international students attending Lambton College is driving sweeping changes to Sarnia’s bus service. Sarnia Transit will get its first major overhaul in 20 years starting Sept. 1, in large part to accommodate dramatically increased student ridership. Improvements are coming across the system, said transportation manager David… Read more »

Entrepreneur came home with an art gallery in her laptop

Cathy Dobson Jen Angers Daerendinger didn’t need to worry about bubble wrap or loading trucks when she moved her art gallery across the country. She simply carried her laptop onto the plane when she left Vancouver and instantly set up shop online when she arrived in Sarnia. “I had a physical space in Vancouver for… Read more »

Vidal Street walkway closed permanently

The Vidal Street walkway has closed permanently and will be decommissioned, the city has decided. The walkway beside the Donohue Bridge spans the CNR train tracks to the U.S. Until being closed temporarily for safety reasons it was both a pedestrian crossing and a utility corridor for Union Gas, Bell Canada and city water main… Read more »

Officials hold debriefing over CN train derailment

Internal and external communication that followed a train derailment in Sarnia’s CN rail yard could have been better, officials say. On July 12, nine rail cars came off the track near the south Indian Road overpass and six of them tipped on their side. No one was injured, and no spills or leaks occurred. Sarnia’s… Read more »

Sarnia Imperials ready for biggest test yet – a shot at the finals

Jake Romphf The Sarnia Imperials have won seven straight games to reach the Northern Football Conference’s semifinals, but something still troubles head coach Jake Cherski. “We haven’t really been tested,” he said. After dropping their first two games, the Imperials reeled off six straight easy victories to finish with a 6-2 record on the regular… Read more »

Walking tours highlight downtown’s colourful past

Historical walking tours that tell stories from downtown Sarnia’s past will take place Aug. 15 and 22. Stops on the 75-minute tour highlight places known for their ghosts, crimes, business dealing and tourism allure during the jazz age. The heritage committee and a planning department summer student have organized the tours using information from the… Read more »

Indigenous rights working group endorsed by city council

A local group working on a plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, or UNDRIP, could become a regular committee of city council next year. Established last September with a one-year mandate, the working group currently has 15 members including two city councillors and representatives from three area First… Read more »

Bayside Mall land sold

Sarnia has agreed to sell the land beneath the Bayside Mall for $1 million to Seasons Retirement Communities, which plans to invest $40 million in downtown commercial and residential development. As part of the deal, 300 underground parking spaces will remain available to the public forever for paid parking. The city is also keeping a… Read more »

Provincial medals

Three of six swimmers from the Sarnia Rapids team who qualified for the Ontario Summer Provincial Championships came home with medals. From left, Shona Branton won bronze in the 100m breastroke, Jack Girardi took gold in the 100m backstroke and bronze in the 200m backstroke, and Maude Boily-Dufour won bronze in the 100m backstroke. Submitted… Read more »