Opinion

OPINION: In defence of Bluewater Power

With skyrocketing energy rates strangling the economy and the fat cats at Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro bagging outrageous salaries, it’s no wonder “hydro” has become a dirty word. The billing practices of Hydro One are a mess. Just ask the customers who signed up for pre-authorized payments and had their accounts mysteriously cleaned… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 14

 City sign bylaw is ridiculous Sir: I would like to comment on the July 29 article regarding Matteo’s Pizza, and the bylaw restricting the sign in front of his business. I think the ridiculous bylaw regarding signs is getting stupider. The city should be helping small businesses, but instead is making it almost impossible for them… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Online puppy purchases pose problem

Pam Chin As many as 85% of the puppies sold on classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist came from puppy mills and backyard breeders, according to a 2012 study by The International Fund for Animal Welfare. A more conservative estimate might be 60-65%. Although none of these classified sites purposely try to aid puppy mills… Read more »

OPINION: Sunday hunting is a bad idea

Sarnia is one of a dwindling minority of Ontario municipalities that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, but that could soon change. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has asked the city to allow hunting on Sunday, saying the extra day would better manage wildlife numbers and provide a pro-active approach to farm crop… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 7

A link between strep and mental illness? I was intrigued by the role strep throat (streptococcus) played in the onset of Jonah Henrikson’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Cathy Dobson’s recent story, Diagnosing Jonah.  It reminded me of the serious potential of this common bacterium. In the 1990s, I worked in a community-based mental health program. … Read more »

Letters, week of July 31

Point Lands sadly neglected Sir: With Centennial Park overgrown and fenced off and all the great entertainment taking place elsewhere, I’m more then a little sad to see how little the city cares about the Cedar Tree Maze and Great lakes model on The Point Lands. Beyond Sarnia Bay Marina is a nice walkway and… Read more »

OPINION: Noise complaint gets tuned out

Everyone has a noise they hate. Mine is barking dogs. Still, I can’t dredge up much sympathy for the lone music critic whose noise complaint could have derailed the outdoor concert series at Paddy Flaherty’s. In recent years the Irish pub on Seaway Road has lured some remarkably high-end talent to its patio stage. Juno… Read more »

Letters, Week of July 24

Reader saddened by painful death Sir: I was shocked, saddened and disappointed when I read Shelley Smith’s letter about her mom’s “physician assisted dying.” I don’t know if it was a lack of communication or misunderstanding but it sounds just terrible. I applaud her for bringing it to our attention. First of all, where was… Read more »

OPINION: Ontario’s watchdog barks and bites

Ontario’s Ombudsman is getting more oversight to probe complaints about schools and municipalities, and I say Hallelujah. Andre Marin has been a breath of fresh air for nearly a decade now, bravely stirring the thick fug of secretive government ministries, intransigent agencies and opaque Crown corporations. With the passage of Bill 8, the Accountability Act,… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Why are food banks still necessary?

I often get asked this question because food banks, started in the early ‘80s, were intended to be a temporary measure until the economy improved. Yet, 33 years later, they are an important service in every community because of structural changes in our society. The sad fact is food banks are here to stay. Historically,… Read more »