Ice time

Bundled against a bitter wind off Lake Huron, Eli Maidman, 4, and his dad Scott, play a little shinny on Lake Chipican. The father and son duo were among the many skaters who took to the natural ice and a long-standing local tradition. Eli also plays Saturday morning recreational hockey. Glenn Ogilvie

Sarnian to lead national track and field squad

A Sarnia coach will helm Canada’s under-20 track and field team this summer. Joel Skinner, of the Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track & Field Club, has been chosen to lead the national squad at the U20 World Championships July 10-15 in Finland. Skinner led the under-20 Pan Am track team last year and coached the 2011… Read more »

New director announced for Western Research Park

A new executive director has been found for the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Katherine Albion joined the Park shortly after graduating from Western University in 2007 with a Ph.D. in engineering science. She has served in a number of capacities there and won awards from The Canadian Academy of Engineering and Western’s Faculty of Engineering…. Read more »

Acquittal in Veolia explosion

Journal Staff Veolia Environmental Services has been acquitted of criminal negligence charges after a fatal explosion at the Scott Road facility in October 2014. The explosion at the Sarnia facility killed 37-year-old Jason Miller and severely injured five others. Last week, an Ontario Court found Veolia and Division Manager Anthony Lavoratore not guilty of criminal… Read more »

Public school board eyes pay increase for top executive

Journal Staff The director of the public school board is in line for a big pay increase. Under Ontario’s executive compensation program, Jim Costello could see his salary rise by $27,000. The director currently earns $197,480, but hasn’t had an increase since 2010 when rates were frozen for provincial school board executives. Former board chair… Read more »

New Great Lakes school project taking shape on Murphy

Cathy Dobson  About 1,000 local high school students will attend the new Great Lakes Secondary School on Murphy Road this September, if construction stays on schedule. A $21.7-million reconstruction of St. Clair Secondary includes a new 550-seat auditorium, a refurbished library, native studies room, expanded cafeteria and more. “We expect our timeline will be met,”… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Venison is the name given to the meat of what animal? 2 – For his military service in the Second World War, 99-year-old Sarnia-born James Fisher recently received what country’s highest honour? 3 – A “nappy” is the British equivalent of what North American word? 4 – Invented in 1965 as a backyard… Read more »

A new chapter beginning for Sarnia General Hospital lands

Troy Shantz A year ago, the old Sarnia General Hospital building was a hub for vagrants and copper thieves. But as 2017 comes to a close, a new chapter is beginning for the blighted eyesore on Mitton Street. Workers in hazmat suits have been clearing the multi-floor structure of asbestos in preparation for demolition. The… Read more »