Experts decry weak pollution standards for local industry

Cathy Dobson The environmental record of local industry took a beating before a group of U.S. journalists gathered at the Aamjiwnaang First Nation last week. A panel of environmental heavyweights including Elaine MacDonald of Ecojustice, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe, and health researcher Jim Brophy called for tougher emission regulations and enforcement. While there has… Read more »

City Hall recognizes Accessibility Award winners

The winners have been announced for this year’s Sarnia Accessibility Awards, presented to businesses and individuals that make the city more inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. The winners are: MUCHO BURRITO – Prelude to Excellence (Small Business) MICHAEL HEARSE (Sarnia Golf & Curling Club) – Exceptional Leadership in Customer Service JO-ANN PINEL (Dance… Read more »

City wins more Communities in Bloom awards

Sarnia had another strong showing at this year’s Communities in Bloom awards held Sept. 29 in Alberta. Competing in the Class of Champions (large) division the city was awarded the maximum ‘5 Blooms’ and a silver designation, meaning it had a score of 87% to 89.9% Coquitlam, B.C. was also awarded 5 Blooms – silver… Read more »

New pickleball facility to meet needs of fast-growing sport

Troy Shantz Sarnia is preparing to open its first stand-alone pickleball facility. The six courts and related amenities are nearing completion at Blackwell Park, thanks to a $75,000 investment from the Parks and Recreation budget and community grants. Underused tennis courts have been repurposed with new asphalt, fencing, sidewalks, nets and a picnic shelter at… Read more »

A gourd example

Two-year-old Forest Macumber, son of Samantha and Lance, shows off a pair of ornamental gourds scored at the Sarnia Farmer’s Market. The couple, originally from Sarnia, recently moved back home from London. “It’s so quiet and peaceful here,” Samantha said.

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Lake Erie forms most of the northern boundary of what American state?   2 – In what year was the inaugural First Friday held? (within two years)   3 – What sport has been described as “this human frustration,” “a weird combination of snooker and karate” and “a good walk spoiled”?   4… Read more »

Sarnia Transit installing surveillance cameras on all buses routes

Pam Wright City buses will join the growing list of places Sarnians can expect to be watched by surveillance cameras. City council voted recently to green light the $167,000 initiative, noting it’s something Sarnia Transit drivers have requested. Half the funding comes from senior government. David Jackson, the city’s manager of development and transportation, said… Read more »

Letters: week of Oct. 4

Letter about eVoting showed a basic lack of understanding Sir: Regarding the Sept. 6 letter, ‘Missing information about eVoting.’ It was full of misinformation. I’ve been in the IT industry over 20 years and am a Solutions Engineer for a leading data protection company. Let me clarify some things. The requirement to eVote is simply to have… Read more »

What’s happening downtown during First Friday walkabout

Journal Staff Below is a partial line-up of activities, visual arts and live music scheduled for the First Friday cultural walkabout Oct. 5 in downtown Sarnia. Many shops other than those listed below are open till 9 p.m. Parking is free downtown after 6 p.m. on the street, in parking lots and at Bayside Centre…. Read more »

What’s happening: week of Oct. 4

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   Thursday, Oct. 4   Meditation 4-week… Read more »