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Residential school survivor plans to ask Pope for apology

Editor’s Note: The Assembly of First Nations said Tuesday the delegation that was travelling to Rome has been postponed because of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19. A new date has not been set. Cathy Dobson An area residential school survivor heading to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis says she will ask him for… Read more »

Bundle up the kids and head out on a Holiday Light Tour

Tara Jeffrey Scott Williams fondly recalls his family’s annual car rides to take in Sarnia’s holiday lights. “I remember as a kid when you could go down the Parkway and the plants were all lit up and the city was quite bright,” he said. “But over the years, things seemed to be going dark.” A… Read more »

2,000 local children already booked for first COVID-19 shot

Tara Jeffrey Five hundred children aged five to 11 have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Sarnia-Lambton and another 1,500 are booked for clinic appointments. About 9,700 local kids are eligible, said Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health. “I would say 2,000 bookings is pretty good,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade, noting 60% of… Read more »

Sarnia planning to use sign language to welcome visitors

Tara Jeffrey A large ‘SARNIA’ sign could become a fixture on the city’s waterfront next summer. The idea of a large identifying sign — similar to the popular “Toronto” sign in Nathan Phillips Square — was unanimously endorsed by city council last month. “Many other communities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, and others globally, have installed… Read more »

City teen and rising baseball prospect headed to U.S.

Tara Jeffrey Dylan O’Rae has dreamed of baseball for as long as he can remember. “My dad would take me to Detroit Tigers games. That was kind of our ‘thing’ and it really got me interested in baseball in the first place,” said the 17-year-old Northern Collegiate student. “We’d cheer for guys like Miguel Cabrera… Read more »

Careless drop-offs hurting local thrift store operators

Tara Jeffrey Countless charitable donations are going to waste because people are dropping the items off after hours, local thrift store operators say. “They’re dropping things off in the middle of the night or on Sundays when we’re closed, so we’re not getting them inside in time,” said Adriana Vani of the St. Vincent de… Read more »