OPINON: How lawsuits cost us all

George Mathewson On the evening of June 17, 2006 a fire broke out at the Abbott Boat Works on London Road. Sarnia Fire and Rescue secured the scene and, with clouds of thick toxic smoke from burning boats filling the air, residents of nearby apartments were evacuated. Firefighters managed to extinguish the blaze, and a… Read more »

OPINION: About those rude baby questions

Sarah Graham Photography Tara Jeffrey As soon as I got married, the questions came rolling in. “When are you going to have a baby?” “How many kids are you going to have?” “Are you pregnant yet?” They were everywhere – the nosey parkers who think they’re entitled to the private goings-on of a young woman’s… Read more »

Christmas displays in November?

Cathy Dobson Festive gingerbread houses, tinsel-covered candles and a wire Christmas tree are already in Centennial Park to prepare for the 30th annual Celebration of Lights. Yet nearby trees still sport green leaves and Remembrance Day hasn’t yet arrived. Why are volunteers decking out the park for the holiday season so early?  What’s up with… Read more »

Guest Column: The War of the Squirrels

Ginny Schleihauf You may have common everyday squirrels. I do not. I have marauding hordes that come out at night, mass between my shrubs and the porch, and set out with tiny picks, axes and diesel-powered backhoes to attack my garden. I’ll admit, I’ve never actually seen them wearing their little hardhats and ear protectors… Read more »

Letters, week of Nov. 6

Muslim mom appalled by attack Sahar Nasr Wednesday, Oct. 22 is a day none of us Canadians will ever forget. As many others, I have watched the news all day long with an increased anxiety and feeling of terror that engulfed my household. My daughter is a U-Ottawa student and works as a part time… Read more »

OPINION: Election had some surprises

George Mathewson Following a sleepy campaign there were some genuine surprises on election night in Sarnia last week. One was the marginal increase in voter turnout, to 37% from 33% four years ago. It means that a few thousand additional people took the time to help select the men and women who lead the city… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Great War brought great misery to Sarnia

Randy Evans This year Sarnia has joined a national Remembrance to respect the 100th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Great War. The community has good reason to reflect. Out of a population just then reaching 10,000 a total of 1,090 Sarnia men and woman served in the conflict. Most were in their late teens… Read more »

Letters, week of Oct. 30

Nature trail trumps car traffic Sir: In reply to Mr. McClintock’s insightful letter in your Oct. 23 edition, I would like to ask a few questions. Mr. McClintock, if you moved near the airport, would you like to cancel the flights the rest of us use because the noise is an inconvenience to you? Should… Read more »

OPINION: Giving our neighbours the royal flush

George Mathewson Two discharges of partially treated sewage to the St. Clair River in September are a reminder that the largest infrastructure project in Sarnia’s history isn’t done yet. Sarnia has managed to shed its reputation as the worst water polluter on the Great Lakes, thanks to $70 million being spent so far replacing antiquated… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: I graduated from university – now what?

Vanessa Hrvatin Back in 2010, I decided to go to Queen’s University to pursue a Bachelors of Science. Having been born and raised in Sarnia, the thought of living east of Highway 402 seemed like a great adventure. So off I went to live the dream! I majored in Biology and Environmental Science and had… Read more »