Opinion

OPINION: Pesticide study suggests a problem in the garden

George Mathewson Recently this newspaper profiled beekeeper Ray Heeringa, who lost 80% of his bees last winter, and the winter before. The Sarnia man is convinced a relatively new and pervasive insecticide factored into the death of his hives and those of other Ontario apiculturists, who collectively lost 58% of their bees last winter. Neonicotinoids… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Give peace a chance

Michele Dionne Today my Facebook status reads: “Michele Dionne wished she could sprinkle positive energy sparkles on her negative friends so they could see how truly awesome they are.” There is no magic dust that spreads positive vibrations, but many people worldwide are starting to believe we can share positive energy through meditation, and generally… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 21

Hydro should be not-for-profit commodity Sir: Re: George Mathewson’s column in defence of Bluewater Power. I agree fully with his statements regarding the outrageous operating practices at Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One. What he fails to mention is that in spite of paying staff bloated salaries and benefit, (6,000 of 11,000 employees on the… Read more »

OPINION: 3 dumb things government has done with your money

George Mathewson 1 – Closed Hiawatha Slots: Ontario’s Liberal government was pilloried for its $1.1-billion gas plant boondoggle. Equally stupid was closing Sarnia’s Hiawatha Slots. Hiawatha Slots was a well-run, bustling attraction that provided a fun night out for residents and drew crowds of U.S. visitors to Sarnia. It provided a regular paycheque to 140… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Hats off to Golden Hawk team

Bonnie Stevenson The team currently engaged in the restoration of the Sarnia F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre memorial is to be commended for their commitment to the project. Well over 3,000 man-hours have already been expended and the result has been nothing short of remarkable. The badly-damaged jet has undergone a stunning transformation that required the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Unsung hero deserves an award

Sharon Crowe I would like to tell you about an extraordinary person I know … Mike Blondin is his name. He lives in Bright’s Grove where he grew up, a stones’ throw from Huron House Boys’ Home where I work. The Boys’ Home is a respected residential facility that’s been helping teenaged boys for 44 years and… Read more »

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 »