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Merry Christmas

However you are marking it today, we wish all of you a hopeful Christmas and a brave New Year – From the staff of The Journal

Weir, Baxter and Kenwick in running for doggy beach

Tara Jeffrey Residents will be asked in the New Year to help choose the location for Sarnia’s first dog beach, as well as a third dog park in the city. City staff has short-listed their ‘top three’ potential beaches — Mike Weir, Baxter and Kenwick Beach — and will begin public consultations on Jan. 17…. Read more »

Sarnia’s whisky king is real and not a bourbon legend

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Bill Franks is taking his best shot at educating the world about whisky. For research purposes, he has tasted whisky at no fewer than 21 Scottish distilleries, sampled 122 more shots on Ireland’s ‘Whiskey Trail,’ and completed extensive fieldwork at Southwestern Ontario’s growing distillery and whisky-bar scene. But Franks does more than… Read more »

Bounced bump-outs coming back to dangerous corner

Cathy Dobson The busy intersection at Errol and Indian roads will be among the first in Sarnia to get an “unwarranted” traffic light after city council changed its mind, yet again, on how to make the corner safer. Signal lights are judged unwarranted when traffic studies find insufficient volume to justify their expense and disruption…. Read more »

Convenience store liquor licence opposed by neighbours

Tara Jeffrey Residents in a central Sarnia neighbourhood aren’t thrilled that 7-Eleven wants to serve booze at its Christina Street store. “The closer the neighbours are to this 7-Eleven the more vocal they are against it,” said Chris Burley, who heads the Heritage District Neighbourhood Watch. “We don’t have any opposition to alcohol sales —… Read more »

‘Team-first’ approach earns Jr. Flags tournament berth

Tara Jeffrey Ian Snedden’s Mooretown Jr. Flags were about to play the Kincardine Kinucks for the 2019-20 OMHA Championship when COVID-19 abruptly ended the team’s winning season. “We never did play a game,” Coach Snedden said the squad, which also won an International Silver Stick title that January. When the kids hit the ice again… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In “The Flintstones,” what is the name of Barney and Betty Rubble’s adopted son? 2 – Brenda Di Muzio is a recent local Accessibility Award winner for providing what mobile service to residents of group homes and long term care homes? 3 – Which Canadian directed the blockbuster hits “Titanic” and “Avatar”? 4… Read more »

Sarnia to issue report cards on climate action progress

Cathy Dobson Starting next year, City Hall will provide an annual “report card” to ensure its efforts at addressing climate change are more than hot air. “There’s a lot of work to do,” Coun. Brian White said shortly before council unanimously endorsed Sarnia’s first climate change action plan and implementation strategy. White, who is a… Read more »

Schools find creative ways to enjoy Christmas season

Cathy Dobson  Sarnia elementary schools aren’t allowing COVID-19 to be the Grinch stealing holiday spirit this year. Although traditional assemblies with five-year-olds dressed as elves and the entire school singing along are out, the ingenuity of local principals and teachers has allowed some school community to come together. It just looks and sounds different. “Christmas… Read more »