Opinion

Letters to the editor, week of March 20

  The homeless shelter pastor others don’t see Sir: I had a heavy heart when I found out the courts ruled in the City’s favour to close down the River City Homeless Shelter based on zoning by-laws.  The court recognized the need for the shelter, and felt a lot of good was being accomplished, but… Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: Plant closure brings dirty smoke

When the Ontario government decided to close our coal-fired electrical generating stations they must have forgotten to do their homework. What might have seemed a valid idea at the time turned out to be a major disaster! The Lambton Generating System emitted very clean smoke due to fine technology used at the plant. Now the… Read more »

EDITORIAL: Taking Harbour like buying a pig in a poke

Sarnia is holding out for more money before agreeing to accept Ottawa’s ‘divestiture” of Sarnia Harbour. But when the feds ante up – and they will – the city should take the deal, bad as it is. Transport Canada has said to the municipality (and everyone else), “Take our harbour. Please.” Together with valuable waterfront… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Allow colleges to offer three-year degrees

Young people in Sarnia-Lambton face a new reality about their future careers. The skills mismatch has been dominating local headlines lately, reminding us that we face a future of “people without jobs” and “jobs without people.” Too often, there is a divide between the skills and credentials held by young people entering the workforce and… Read more »

LETTER: A plea to clear snowy driveways

Dear Sir: I enjoyed reading your first paper. I’d like to add some information to the article you did about the snow on sidewalks. For the past eight years, I have collected for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.  It’s always difficult trying to find a weekend (when most of my neighbours are at home) to… Read more »

COMMENT: And the survey says …

  The Journal received more than 100 emails, phone calls and Facebook posts following publication of its first edition last week. Below is a sampling of comments. Congratulations to all of you for a fantastic paper … this is what Sarnia needed … and at the right time … Great Job to all of you… Read more »

EDITORIAL: A new voice for Sarnia

Hi there, and welcome to The Sarnia Journal. What you’re reading is a web version of the first edition of Sarnia’s new newspaper, with a weekly distribution of 30,000 copies delivered to homes, apartments and selected businesses in the immediate Sarnia area. Why a new newspaper? Isn’t print a dinosaur in the digital age? Actually,… Read more »

COLUMN: Lower the boom on Watson trail abusers

The time has come for city hall to crack down on ignorant homeowners who hack, chop, mow and otherwise encroach on Sarnia’s premier nature trail. For anyone who hasn’t explored it, the Howard Watson Nature Trail is a beautiful 16-kilometre linear park running more or less uninterrupted from Confederation Street to Camlachie. The former CNR… Read more »