Failed gold miner found success as local lawyer, politician

Phil Egan In his colourful 1907 poem, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, Canadian poet Robert W. Service left us a memorable image of the Yukon Gold Rush prospector: “Were you ever out in the Great Alone, when the moon was awful clear, And the icy mountains hemmed you in with a silence you most could… Read more »

Community park clean-up day returns April 21

The city’s parks and recreation department is inviting volunteers and clubs to join the 4th annual Community Parks Clean-Up Day. The event on Saturday, April 21 coincides with Earth week and features neighbours and community groups pitching in at local city parks, boulevards and other public spaces. Groups can identify and register a specific park… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What American averaged one patent for every three weeks of his life?   2 – In 1874, the first high school in Lambton County was built. Which one? (still exists today not far from the original location)   3 – Toronto Maple Leafs player Auston Matthews was born in the same year that Princess… Read more »

Rayjon rolls out the barrel for would-be pickleballers

Troy Shantz A Sarnia-based charity is looking to harness the city’s fastest growing sport for its next fundraiser. Rayjon is organizing a Pickleball day for April 8 at St. Patrick’s High School, with proceeds supporting its aid projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. “There’s golf tournaments and volleyball tournaments, but nobody’s doing pickleball,” said… Read more »

Up to 1,000 cyclists expected for Bluewater Granfondo

Troy Shantz Organizers of the Bluewater Granfondo have taken steps to ensure success for the third annual ride. “We’re bringing in more beer,” said Ken MacAlpine with a laugh. The event, set for Aug. 5, has quickly become a top draw for cyclists in Ontario and across Canada. Up to 1,000 participants are expected, double… Read more »

Q&A with Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey

Just days before a new PC leader is elected in Ontario and months before the June 7 provincial election, The Journal’s Cathy Dobson sat down with Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey to discuss local issues, his perception of the leadership race, and former leader Patrick Brown’s on-again, off-again participation. SJ – Do you think Patrick Brown’s… Read more »

Letters: week of Mar. 8

Kudos to Theatre Sarnia for staging ‘Strangers Among Us’ Sir: Once again I am reminded of how very fortunate we are here in Sarnia. Theatre Sarnia’s recent production of ‘Strangers Among Us’ dealt with the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on those affected and their family members. Our local Alzheimer’s Society is acknowledged as a huge… Read more »

Do the films that come to Sarnia lack ethnic diversity?

Troy Shantz A city couple has been lobbying the management of Galaxy Cinemas to bring more ethnically diverse movies to Sarnia. As many as 10 acclaimed films with leading African-American actors or directors — including Get Out, Selma, Moonlight and Detroit — have come and gone without a single screening in the city, say Tom… Read more »

OPINION: Looking for a job? Here’s what to bring to the interview

Bruce Hein Despite a falling unemployment rate this is still a difficult labour market. Due to an ever-widening skills gap, there are many jobs that can’t be filled by available jobseekers. In many cases, employers may need to compromise on their hard skill requirements to fill a position because the “perfect” candidates are already employed…. Read more »

Death Wish takes gratuitous violence to a disgusting level

In 1972, author Brian Garfield experienced crime personally for the first time when his car was vandalized and wife’s purse stolen. He was filled with rage, and felt an urge to kill whoever was responsible, despite having suffered no real harm. Terrified by the ease with which his baser self surfaced, he wrote a book… Read more »