Opinion

Rape survivor forgives her abusers

Renee Card Shame. The type of deep-seated shame that infiltrates every thought and emotion, severely impeding your ability to function as a “normal” human being. Shame triggered by sexual abuse. I am one who lived my life buried in shame. I was abused for several years, beginning at age 13. While being abused by one man, I was… Read more »

Letters, week of Feb. 12

Sarnians drive too fast, says Ebike rider Sir: Upon reading the article in last week’s newspaper on the lack of driving etiquette, I could not help but recall a number of close calls that I’ve had while driving in Sarnia. Many people may have seen me riding around the city on my Ebike. Unfortunately, there… Read more »

OPINION: About those jobless numbers

George Mathewson Sarnia still has not yet fully recovered from the Great Recession of 2008, but it is getting there. Another good sign arrived last week in a report showing Sarnia-Lambton’s unemployment rate fell to 7.3% in November. That’s the lowest it’s been in five years, and a pretty dramatic improvement from early in 2012… Read more »

Letters, week of Feb. 5

  Surplus food going to waste Sir: We are relatively new to Sarnia (seven years) and are dismayed at the large number of people who require support for their basic needs, and in particular food. From experience in the UK, prior to our move to Canada, we were involved with the same problems and were… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: An open letter to my health minister

Tara Jeffrey Attn: Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins As you know, officials at my local hospital recently announced plans to slash jobs across the board in order to save some $6 million — a gut-punch, so-to-speak, to nearly every department at Bluewater Health, from diagnostic imaging to lab workers, to registered nurses. In fact, the Ontario… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Imagine being uprooted from your home

Nathan Colquhoun The Kettle and Stony Point First Nation sent in trucks and workers late last year to remove barriers on Ipperwash Beach that had been there for 40 years. There followed an uprising of non-aboriginal residents, and some of them even took to erecting their own makeshift barrier in response. In the 1940s the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The siren call of garden catalogues

Ginny Schleihauf Garden catalogues sing the song of the sirens. They promise everything our conscious minds say is impossible: plants that are maintenance free, deer and rabbit resistant, drought tolerant, and that flower in sun or shade from May to September. We know that this can’t be – that no plant can do all these… Read more »

Letters, week of Jan. 29

Our laws and culture not based on Christianity Re: Letter of Jan. 22, ‘Our culture based on Judeo-Christian values.’ In it, Rick Kneller states, ‘Our democracy, judicial system and social mores are firmly based on Judeo-Christian values and ethics.’ The fact of the matter is that nothing could be further from the truth. Our laws… Read more »

OPINION: eBingo a game-changer for charities

George Mathewson After being thrown overboard during Ontario’s rush to slot machine riches, the operators of bingo halls that are still afloat have finally been tossed a lifeline. Sarnia once had 11 bingo halls and vied with Windsor for the title of Bingo Capital of Ontario. Today, we have one lone survivor, Bingo Country, which… Read more »