Opinion

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 »

OPINION: On zombies, wind and Freudian slips

George Mathewson 1 – Sarnia’s zombies are tougher than Petrolia’s zombies. How? Petrolia’s zombies were so wimpy they rescheduled Zombies Invade Boom Town (from Oct. 3 to Oct. 24) because the weather report called for rain. Really. An entire town of living dead put off by a little water. Sarnia’s zombies, on the other hand,… Read more »

Letters, week of Oct. 23

In defence of dog-cycling Sir: I am writing this letter in regards to the recent letter, “Dog-cycling borders on cruelty.” I am one of those people that ride their bikes with their dogs. I do not drag my dog along for a ride; she runs beside me on my bike. When I stop she stops,… Read more »

OPINION: Voters dissatisfied with current city council

Paul Beaudet Municipal elections, more often than not, are boring and the candidates largely indistinguishable. That is not the case in 2014. Although I live outside the City of Sarnia, I am impacted by the decisions made by council, hence my interest in the upcoming election. My personal polling, albeit unscientific, suggests to me that… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Stories make you who you are

Laura Greaves It seems as though 2014, Sarnia’s Centennial year, has already come and nearly gone. It has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on Sarnia’s history. For many, the Centennial has also provided a chance to share our own memories of the city and what life was like here in decades past. This year’s… Read more »

OPINION: Ministry has failed all Sarnians

George Mathewson When Gord Miller slammed the environment ministry for inaction on chemical exposure at Aamjiwnaang last week he stated what Sarnians know is true but hate to admit  – our First Nations residents are treated like second-class citizens. Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner called the Environment Ministry’s failure to adequately respond to the impact of spills… Read more »

Letters, week of Oct. 16

Wind turbines aren’t hurting anyone Sir: Re Lambton battling turbines I’m convinced that the first person to whine about wind turbines was someone who watched their neighbour receive gobs of money for installing one, while they were overlooked. There hasn’t been a shred of reliable evidence showing any detrimental effects to humans. If the appearance… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Ugly signs show lack of civic pride

Olivia Seibutis It’s funny how quickly I condemn Michigan’s I-69 highway for its barrage of billboards littered every hundred meters, making the construction and cracked roads seem only that much worse, because it was recently brought to my attention that Sarnia may not be so different. Thanks to repairs in more recent years, our roads… Read more »