Council hits pause button on proposed condo tower

Journal Staff Sarnia has rejected a rezoning application from a local businessman who plans to build a 19-storey condominium tower overlooking Centennial Park, saying the outsized proposal needs more public consultation. Council made the decision after hearing from five residents who said the 100-condo building is simply too big and too tall for the property… Read more »

OPINION: Conservation Authority foiling effort to save shoreline

Kristen Rodrigues The Journal published two stories last week about Sarnia council eyeing a major investment to save the Bright’s Grove shoreline from Lake Huron’s encroachment. I have read a lot of stories lately regarding taxpayer money being spent to make regular emergency repairs on the city’s lakeshore properties. These stories get more and more… Read more »

Living Memorial

In 2013, a group of Boy Scouts and adults planted 102 trees in Sarnia’s Heritage Park, adjacent Highway 40. Laid out in the shape of a cross, the maples form a living memorial to the 102 Sarnia soldiers and airmen killed during the First World War. Commercial drone pilot David Cooke recorded this image for… Read more »

Retirees paint portrait of the artist as a sprung man

Cathy Dobson When better to discover a new talent than in retirement? Two local men featured in this year’s Gifts of the Season show at Gallery in the Grove didn’t start painting in earnest until they left the workforce. Bob Coates, 82, of Blue Point, and Irvin Hawkes, 76, of Bright’s Grove, were chosen to provide the… Read more »

Village first to impose 4% tax on booming hotel industry

Point Edward has become the first municipality in Lambton County to approve a 4% municipal accommodation tax, or MAT, on guests staying in hotels, motels and Airbnbs. The money will help pay for tourism promotion and securing more big events like this summer’s Tall Ships Festival, says Point Edward Mayor Bev Hand. Hand is also… Read more »