Vet recounts Kapyong, Canada’s brutal and forgotten battle

Tom St. Amand and Tom Slater Sarnia’s Bill Oldale remembers his sergeant asking if he were scared. When the 20-year-old replied yes, the officer nodded. “Good, you’ll be ready, then. Anyone saying they’re not frightened is lying.” It was April 22, 1951 and Private Oldale and 700 other members of the 2nd Battalion of the… Read more »

New city theatre a multi-purpose entertainment venue

Troy Shantz There’s a new theatre in town. Theatre Forty Two has been launched as a way to give local artists and audiences a new and affordable venue for the performing arts, its cofounders say. “We’re really excited to bring people in and see what kind of ideas they have,” said Darryl Heater, 27. “We’re… Read more »

Returning office staff needed

Elections Ontario is recruiting staff to work in the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex returning office in this year’s general election. Positions available include: Recruitment Clerk, Recruitment Officer, Returning Office Revision Assistant, Special Ballots Officer, Logistics Elections Clerk, Technical Support, Training Officer and Finance Officer. Applications need to be submitted to as soon as possible. For further information… Read more »

Sarnia Police looks within its ranks to select new leadership

Troy Shantz Norm Hansen says he intends to be open and accessible to the public. “I’ve never used the term ‘no comment,’” said the Inspector and 33-year Sarnia Police Service veteran. “(If I didn’t know) I always would say, ‘I don’t know that yet, I’ll find out for you.’” Hansen will field a lot more… Read more »

A new French Immersion school, Sacred Heart to close

Troy Shantz Sarnia is getting a new Catholic elementary school. The Education Ministry has approved $17 million for the St. Clair Catholic District School Board to build a new French immersion school and an attached child-care centre. The board said the facility will accommodate 659 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 8, along with six… Read more »

A loaf of bread and a six-pack

The Real Canadian Superstore in Sarnia will begin offering beer and hard cider this spring. The Murphy Road store is one of 87 newly announced grocers authorized to sell certain types of alcohol beginning April 1. It will join 200 other non-LCBO locations in the province at which beer and cider can be purchased.

Valentine’s Day traditions may be older than you think

Phil Egan I stumbled across an interesting fact recently – that the oldest known greeting card in existence is a Valentine’s letter dating from the 1400’s. The letter, it turns out, is held today in the manuscript collections of the British Museum. Penned in French by the Duc d’Orleans, it was written while he was… Read more »

Receding glacier?

Visitors to Canatara Park check out an ice shelf near the beach lifeguard office, as seen from the vantage point of a drone. Alternating periods of biting cold and temperate thaws have helped create dramatic caves, hills and other ice formations on Lake Huron’s shoreline this winter. This shelf, like a real glacier, will deposit… Read more »

Aamjiwnaang elder to receive Ontario’s highest honour

Journal Staff Aamjiwnaang elder Geraldine Robertson has been named to the Order of Ontario for her work in helping fellow residential school survivors. The 82-year-old educator and advocate has travelled across the country encouraging other survivors to open up and work toward healing. Now, she will travel to Toronto, where the Lieutenant Governor will bestow… Read more »

Valley Axe to host tourney

Sarnia’s Valley Axe will host one of Ontario’s top axe and knife throwing tournaments. The London Line range was selected to host The International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame (IKTHOF) Ontario regionals, scheduled for Aug. 18-19. Co-owner Bo Tait said the tournament attracts some of the biggest names in the sport. The four-acre, indoor-outdoor facility… Read more »