OPINION: Canada’s famed Poet Laureate was a well-versed guy


Phil Egan I used to get great marks in high school in subjects like English, Latin and history. If you think I’m bragging, let me hasten to assure you that subjects like chemistry, physics, algebra, and science baffled me. Poetry, likewise, was not a strong suit. In fact, my English teacher, Mrs. Stellmacher, would be… Read more »

Best local quotes of 2016


The Journal loves a good quote. Here are 10 that caught our eye in 2016. 10 – “The long hair came in and people didn’t get their hair cut as much. We thought it was going to be a passing trend but long hair was in for 28 years.” – City barber Jim Canton, 70,… Read more »

Week of Dec. 22


Investors respond to city’s decision on hospital site Editor’s note: Last week, city council directed staff to issue a Request for Proposals regarding the sale of the former Sarnia General Hospital. In 2014, five local investors had offered the city $1,000 to purchase the derelict site and develop it into Health Campus. This is their response. Sir:… Read more »

‘Awesome’ community rallies to help boy, 5, with brain tumour

Lucien and his mom, Jessica Nadeau

Troy Shantz Jessica and Stephan Nadeau received the devastating news Dec. 9. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in London had found a tumor in the brain of their five-year-old son, Lucien. They needed to operate quickly and the parents were told to prepare for the worst, recalled family friend Joeleen DeGurse MacDonald. “It was more than… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Christmases past: turkey, Uncle Gord and cheating at Euchre            


Nadine Wark When Christmas memories come to mind, I am transported back to a time of simple pleasures with an assortment offamily – parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles and pets. When my grandparents moved from Corunna to Alvinston, it was the start of many holiday traditions that I fondly recall. My take-charge mother would… Read more »

Week of Dec. 8


Citizen responds to Integrity Commissioner’s decision Sir: I am furious at the Integrity Commissioner’s latest letter to the mayor, council, and media! He states I have broken the requested confidentiality on the complaint that I submitted about Councillors Bev MacDougall, Andy Bruziewicz and Cindy Scholten. The commissioner also states he dismissed my complaint on Nov.18. This… Read more »