New gymnastics club opens downtown

Cathy Dobson Two seasoned athletes interested in gymnastics, personal training and nutrition have opened a new club in Sarnia’s downtown. Platinum Gymnastics is located at 250 Christina St. North, in the Kenwick building where Jack Kennedy’s Music Centre was for many years. It’s a unique location with a lit marquee sign and a spiral staircase… Read more »

Mud Run a messy success

Helen Valentia, right, and a friend, were among the first of 500 participants who took part in the inaugural Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound on Saturday, June 13. The five-kilometre course through Canatara Park featured more than a dozen fun and challenging obstacles, including this mud-filled pit, in support of youth programs at Sarnia Lambton… Read more »

Some jobless have given up the search

Some 38% of unemployed Canadians say they have, to some extent, completely given up looking for work, according to new poll. Bruce Hein, of the Sarnia office of Express Employment Professionals, said that’s cause for concern. “A significant portion of the unemployed have given up, and the longer they are unemployed, the more entrenched they… Read more »

New college centre opened

  Lambton College has officially opened its new Centre of Excellence in Energy and Bio-Industrial Technologies. The Centre will provide training to Canadian and international students and work with the Lambton’s corporate partners in the energy and bio-industrial sectors. The centre will also oversee applied research in various fields in collaboration with the private sector… Read more »

400 years of French culture celebrated

Bayshore Park is home to a new plaque marking 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. The June 11 unveiling featured dignitaries, musicians, a choir and students from Les Rapides and Franco-Jeunesse schools, who placed mulch around a newly-planted tree. A French priest was the first European to visit the Lambton area in 1626-27, and… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Which two of the seven deadly sins begins with a “G”? 2 – Economists Jim Stanford and Andrew Leach recently debated the feasibility of establishing a refinery in Sarnia to process what oil-based substance (primarily used in road construction)? 3 – As a way of showing team support, Green Bay Packer fans wear… Read more »

Chopper Drop a new event for Sarnia

A new event coming to Sarnia is using a helicopter to get above it all. The first annual Charity Chopper Drop is a two-day golf event at which participants can win $10,000 in two different closest-to-the-pin contests. A helicopter will be used to drop golf balls at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club. The $225… Read more »

Solstice garden tour reveals city’s hidden gems

George Mathewson If gardens are a form of autobiography, John and Ann Vanden Hoven write large and well. For the past 48 years the Sarnia retirees have been transforming their 4.5 acres into a tranquil piece of nature that backs onto the Howard Watson Nature Trail. “You wouldn’t know you’re in the city, would you?”… Read more »

Decision on nuclear dump expected in December

An environmental assessment decision on Ontario Power Generation’s plan to bury radioactive waste in an underground cavern less than 200 kilometres from Sarnia has been pushed back to Dec. 2. The move will allow a 90-day public comment period on the potential conditions and possible mitigation measures, should it proceed, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency… Read more »

Death Valley? Proponents of a multi-million dollar health study forge ahead despite new evidence

Cathy Dobson Evidence is mounting that most cancer rates in Sarnia are not greater than the rest of Ontario and that local industry continues to reduce harmful chemical emissions. And within weeks, results of a new study by Cancer Care Ontario are expected to be released that will analyze whether Sarnians living near Chemical Valley… Read more »