New tech start-up making training courses interesting

A new start-up at the UWO Research Park is out to show small and medium-sized businesses they can afford to use online e-learning to train and inform employees. Edu-Solutions develops and designs innovative online courses that are nothing like the dull, web-based training programs or tutorials of years gone by, says Karen McCloskey, a local… Read more »

City’s deputy police chief retiring

Sarnia is in the market for a new deputy police chief. Bob Farlow announced in writing last week he will retire from the Sarnia Police Service in May of 2018. Farlow said he joined the force almost 39 years ago with the purpose of keeping his family, friends and the citizens of Sarnia safe. “It’s… Read more »

Council punts on Jackson Pool, decision delayed till next year

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson City council has deferred its decision on Jackson Pool until next year, when a master plan will be created outlining future parks and recreational needs. Public consultations found that residents want a new municipal pool built to replace Jackson, which has been closed since 2015 because of structural problems. About… Read more »

eVoting? Here’s a primer for next year’s municipal election

Troy Shantz Editor’s note: this story has been updated with additional financial information Sarnia’s move to electronic voting in the 2018 municipal election has evoked grumbling and alarm among some residents, but city staff say they’re making every effort to accommodate each and every registered voter. The great strength of eVoting over paper ballots is… Read more »

Susan Aglukark speaking at Aamjiwnaang

Susan Aglukark will be the keynote speaker at the annual general meeting of Community Legal Assistance Sarnia on Dec. 6. The Juno award-winning Inuk singer and songwriter will sing and discuss topics that range from challenges faced by indigenous communities and the effects of colonization, beginning at 7 p.m. A celebration of the agency’s indigenous… Read more »

Some college students opting to drop out and start again

Journal Staff Lambton College has reshuffled semester dates in an attempt to salvage the school year after a five-week faculty strike. Lambton is also offering students the option of dropping out of their program and applying for a refund. A source at the school said up to 15% of students in some programs are asked… Read more »

New housing proposed for at-risk youth

Cathy Dobson Tammy Vandenheuvel knows what it’s like to be a homeless teenager in Sarnia and wants to help local youth with nowhere to live. She and husband Gary Vandenheuvel have purchased a former day-care centre at 811 London Rd. and hope to convert it into seven units for up to 10 youth. The Vandenheuvels,… Read more »

City hiring support for fibre optic project

Bell Canada’s $50-million investment to run fibre optic cable to 20,000 Sarnia homes has prompted City Hall to add more employees. At Bell’s expense, two development technologists and an IT infrastructure analyst are being hired on a two-year contract basis. The new positions will assist Bell in sorting out Sarnia’s digital infrastructure, review permits and… Read more »

Brock Street home receives heritage designation

A Brock Street property is receiving heritage designation. The home at 191 Brock St. S. – which was built in 1883 – will be recognized Under the Ontario Heritage Act. City council approved the designation recently for the two-storey, yellow brick home built in the Victorian Revival style. It remains unaltered from its original construction… Read more »