Language of marketplace creeping into health-care system Sir: Bluewater Health’s only hospital in Sarnia is not a retail outlet. Yet the experience of going to Patient Registration, only to be summoned by an automated call system as “customer number 713,” is jarring. Surely we aren’t taking a number at a service centre for an oil… Read more »

Letters: week of Sept. 14

The ‘Fab Five’ works together to improve city, councillor says   Sir: Lately I hear talk on the streets about the “Fab Five.” Now being a person of a certain age I recall the “Fab Four,” and those from the same era will know of whom I speak. But the “Fab Five” is the phrase… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Sept. 25 a great day to say, ‘Bonjour, comment ça-va?’

Christopher Ralph In 2010, the government of the Province of Ontario declared that every Sept. 25 would be la Journée des franco-ontariens, a day to celebrate the French language and the more than 1.3-million French speakers in the province. Last year, several Sarnians (including myself) petitioned the city council to install green and white lights… Read more »

Week of September 7

Wrong to tax rural residents for a service they can never use Sir: So here we go again. Sarnia city council is meeting on Sept. 11 to decide whether everyone should pay for bus service, whether they can reasonably access the service or not. This is the second meeting and third report to council on… Read more »

Letters: week of Aug. 31

Frustrated with boat ramp status Sir: Who do you go to for information on the completion of the Centennial Park project? No one seems to know anything and if they do, they say nothing. I am sure the Blue Water Anglers lost a lot of money, plus some membership, due to the lack of a… Read more »

Letters: week of Aug. 24

Bright’s Grove beach steps aren’t easy for some folk Sir: While cottaging at Bright’s Grove, Kenwick-on-the-Lake to be exact, we constantly remark at how well maintained it is. The stone groins and the embankment are quite a work of art and skill. Here comes the but. My ‘over sixty’ knees are having more and more difficulty… Read more »