Agency lauded for new approach to child placement

Cathy Dobson Sarnia-Lambton’s Children’s Aid Society is being lauded for breaking with convention and stopping the practice of placing children in group homes. The agency’s commitment to place children and youth only with families, and not group homes, has far-reaching implications for their welfare and safety, experts say. A handful of Ontario’s 50 children’s aid… Read more »

Report released on tunnel train derailment

Troy Shantz The cause of a 2019 train derailment in the St. Clair River Tunnel has been traced to a single railcar, investigators say. The Canadian National Railway freight train was westbound in the tunnel on June 28 when one end of Car 53 collapsed, starting a chain reaction that derailed a total of 45… Read more »

Still going strong

Sarnia’s rare white squirrel, recorded recently by city nature photographer Ronny D’Haene, seems to be doing well one year after residents first noticed it gambolling about Germain Park. The Eastern grey squirrel is normally black or grey but carries a gene that occasionally results in a white coat. It’s believed white squirrels are so rare… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1. How many centimetres in a metre?   2. City council has approved an engineering report on the potential dredging of what local creek?   3. Twins are usually associated with what zodiac sign?   4. Ann and Dick Lam have donated what treasured family heirloom to the Habitat for Humanity Restore? (Raffle draw on… Read more »

With sports dead, students find spirited alternative

Troy Shantz An eSports league organized by students at St. Patrick’s High School proved so popular even staff tuned in to watch its matches. Almost 100 students participated in the lunch-hour Rocket League matches run by Grade 11 communications technology students. The live-streamed broadcasts were hosted on a website the students created, complete with game… Read more »

Kind, caring staff stirs widower to make major donation

Troy Shantz After learning Vision Nursing Home resident Catherine King had gone to square dances as a girl, one of her personal support workers tracked down some country music and headphones. And in King’s final days, another PSW placed a Rosary in her hands. Those and other acts of kindness by Lambton College-trained staff were… Read more »

St. Pat’s banking on luck of the Irish for this miracle

Cathy Dobson This year may be the most impressive Irish Miracle Sarnia has ever seen. If organizers at St. Patrick’s High School and St. Vincent de Paul can pull it off, the annual food drive will get the support required to help hundreds of families in need this Christmas. After 36 years, COVID-19 is forcing… Read more »

Innovative lacrosse coaches devise a safe field game

Troy Shantz One local lacrosse program hasn’t broken stride, despite the pandemic shutting down most local sports. The organizers behind the Janie Lax girls’ lacrosse program have modified the game to allow players to keep on playing while observing public health guidelines. “Janie Ball” is a game of three-on-three field lacrosse played on a smaller… Read more »