Opinion

OPINION: Election had some surprises

George Mathewson Following a sleepy campaign there were some genuine surprises on election night in Sarnia last week. One was the marginal increase in voter turnout, to 37% from 33% four years ago. It means that a few thousand additional people took the time to help select the men and women who lead the city… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Great War brought great misery to Sarnia

Randy Evans This year Sarnia has joined a national Remembrance to respect the 100th anniversary of Canada’s entry into the Great War. The community has good reason to reflect. Out of a population just then reaching 10,000 a total of 1,090 Sarnia men and woman served in the conflict. Most were in their late teens… Read more »

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 »