GUEST COLUMN: Pet names a form of ageism

Sheila Kozmin Oh, dear, did you just call me honey? Knock it off, sweetheart! Can we talk? (Joan Rivers wouldn’t have minded me using her catch phrase, I’m sure.) I’m retired, which means I’m of a certain mature age. I take pride in my appearance, especially when I go out to dine or shop. I… Read more »

Letters, week of November 13

Halloween photo was offensive Sir: It was with shock and disbelief that I saw your photo on the front page of the Sarnia Journal, Issue 35. I particularly was offended regarding young people exploiting the severed human heads and people hanging from trees. Only recently we in Canada witnessed the tragedy in Ottawa and Quebec, which made… Read more »

What’s Happening

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Wednesday, Nov. 12 City… Read more »

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 »