Opinion

OPINION: Centennial Park haircut sign of things to come

The grass isn’t greener on the other side of the fence, but it is longer. Work crews will begin cutting the overgrown field called Centennial Park any day now, the first visible sign the job of reopening the city’s beloved waterfront park has really begun. City councillors signed off on a plan last week that… Read more »

Letters, week of July 3

 “Involuntary euthanasia” is a myth Sir: Rev. Barry Van Dusen’s opposition to “physician assisted dying” relies not on facts but on fear-mongering, misinformation and statistics abuse (“Dignity, not euthanasia”, June 18).   Every jurisdiction in the world that has legalized “physician-assisted dying” has put in place strict criteria and regular monitoring to ensure that patients are… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Heroes all around us

Gulmeena Barlas Many times in my life I have wanted to be inspired, wanted to be like someone else, but I failed to realize that what I sought was already in front of my eyes. We look at news articles about genius children and celebrity transformations; we read about all the amazing things that other… Read more »

OPINION: Why ticks are bugging me

Deer ticks have arrived in Sarnia-Lambton, and that has me rattled. I’m the kind of person who loves nothing better than to wander woods, trails and out-of-the-way places. Ticks, like mosquitoes, are the price of admission. But the sudden appearance of deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, has me thinking twice about the paths less… Read more »

OPINION: Letting nature do its thing

The area of Sarnia known as the Point Lands is an entirely human construct, built and backfilled by bulldozers to protect Sarnia Bay and its marina. It’s part our city’s enviable waterfront today, but was once the south end of a wetland of cattail and bulrushes that stretched from Sarnia Bay almost to Lake Huron…. Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: Amateur radio operators ham it up outdoors

Keith Baker Amateur (Ham) Radio is a unique form of communication. It’s both a hobby and a community service. It could be a school teacher in Sarnia making friends over the radio with another Radio Amateur in New Zealand; a Corunna teenager using her computer to upload a chess move through her radio which is… Read more »

Letters, Week of June 26

Compromise needed on homeless shelter I have read with much interest all the letters over the last few years regarding The River City Vineyard homeless shelter. I’d like to present my opinion (which is probably the other side of the coin) 1) Wondering why the homeless shelter on Confederation Street didn’t serve the needs of all… Read more »

Guest Columnist: Dignity, not euthanasia

Barry Van Dusen I read Wendy Cornelis’ column, “My life, my death, my choice” with interest. However the issue of physician-assisted death is not as simple as she would have us believe. She states that countries like Holland that allow euthanasia “have not experienced the ‘slippery slope’ naysayers predicted.” They have. In the February 1996… Read more »

Letters to the editor, Week of June 19

Poor Father’s Day for homeless Sir: June 15th was Father’s Day, the day River City Vineyard had to close the doors of its homeless shelter, as ordered by the court. This was brought on by the City of Sarnia council. Coun. Anne Marie Gillis said she was glad the court upheld the law, because if… Read more »

OPINION: Our old hospital in General terms

A multi-party logjam that turned the once-proud Sarnia General Hospital building into a derelict eyesore may be about to break. With a prospective buyer in the wings, Sarnia council voted last week to begin a process that could finally see the city-owned land sold and redeveloped. It couldn’t come at a better time. Sarnia owns… Read more »