Opinion

OPINION: We can all do something to counter hatred

Open hands

Tara Jeffrey When Aruba Mahmud asks a room full of Sarnia elementary students if they think she was born in Canada, not one raises a hand. The 32-year-old outreach and education secretary for the Sarnia Muslim Association is often asked “what country are you from?” or “how do you handle the Canadian winter?” before having… Read more »

Speedy paddlewheeler gave its name to city street

The smoke-belching cruise ship the S.S. Tashmoo was once a familiar sight to Sarnians.
Photo courtesy of Sombra Museum

Phil Egan I recently spent a few hours perusing the Street Names Project, and believe it or not, the first street I looked up wasn’t my own. This brilliant work by Sarnia historians Randy Evans and Tom St. Amand is the definitive story behind the origin of Sarnia’s street names – a trove of fascinating… Read more »

Week of February 2

letters-to-the-editor

Landowner distinguishes between ethical, unethical hunting Sir: Re: the article, “City man seeks tougher trespass law (Jun. 26 edition). As often can happen in editing, subtle changes can change the thought behind a message. In explaining what I feel is the difference between ethical and unethical hunting, I used the term ‘killers’ in reference to… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Reforms underway at City Hall important and necessary

City Hall

Steve Loxton At the Jan. 16 city council meeting, two contentious items were dealt with: crossing guard cuts and an update on City Hall renovations to enhance security and separate the “political” from “administrative” areas. (For more, visit www.sarnia.ca/News-Releases/1039) Several media reports about the renovations followed. On CTV News (Jan. 17) a citizen appeared, stating… Read more »

OPINION: Crossing guards, wild boars and a Mongolian rapper

Crossing guard Philip Miller is a 14-year veteran currently controlling the intersection of Indian Road and Oak Street. Here, he helps a group across the busy intersection: Rob Bareness and his daughter Melissa Duguay, 8, Stacey Passingham and her children Lexi Dennis, 5 and Zoe Dennis, 2, in the buggy. In the dark coat is Issac Nahmabin, 9.
Glenn Ogilvie

George Mathewson Last week, city council voted to remove crossing guards hired to assist school children across seven busy intersections, primarily during the lunch hour. Yet there was no debate or warnings about the safety and legal liability, and the impacted schools agreed with the decision. Why? City staff visited the intersections in June and… Read more »

Week of Jan. 26

letters-to-the-editor

Nightmare on Sussex Drive Sir: Kevin O’Leary is being far too modest when he describes himself as being “Trudeau’s worst nightmare.” In reality he is “all of Canada’s worst nightmare.” Sincerely, Peter R. Smith Bright’s Grove ———————————————————————————————– Not everyone can retire in Ecuador Sir: In response to Mr. Ballantyne’s letter: Senior citizens treated with respect… Read more »

Week of Jan. 12

letters-to-the-editor

Long live Sarnia’s downtown Sir: I really enjoy reading Nadine Wark’s guest columns in The Journal. She always has something interesting to say that I can relate to, especially the Nov. 17 column about downtown Sarnia. I can remember many of the places she mentions – Kresge’s, the Olympic, aka George’s. Also the Xmas windows… Read more »

OPINION: Stats debunk Sarnia’s old grey mare image

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George Mathewson Sarnia is a city of old folks. A place where retirees cash in their chips, schools close, kids flee and the only real growth industry is retirement homes. Right? Well, not exactly according to a new study. Sarnia has a population of just over 75,000 people. Of those, 19% are age 65 or… Read more »