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Support pours in for city woman with inoperable cancer

Tara Jeffrey Michelle Fines is facing the fight of her life, but she’s got the support of an entire community behind her. “It’s been amazing,” said Kevin Fines, brother to the Sarnia native who, at age 30, is facing her second battle with cancer. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with people reaching… Read more »

Top businesses honoured at glittery showcase

Journal Staff The business elite of Sarnia-Lambton donned their finery Friday night for the 26th annual Outstanding Business Achievement Awards. An audience of more 450 packed the black tie event at Sarnia’s Imperial Theatre to watch the awards presentations. Eighty-six nominees were up for 15 awards in categories ranging from accessibility and diversity to business… Read more »

Rugby recruiters stress safety

Barry Wright The Sarnia Saints Rugby Club wants to increase its grassroots base by changing the perception their sport is risky and unsafe. “I’ve heard all of that,” said Saints women’s roster player Lauren Wilks, referring to those who contend rugby leads to injuries and concussions because players lack equipment. “Before they let you on… Read more »

OPINION: About those offensive letters

George Mathewson I had an interesting exchange with a reader last week about free speech and what newspapers should and should not publish. It was all triggered by a March 12 letter to the editor from one Keith Patrick, who argued that homosexuality “is not normal” and that a person’s sexual orientation is a matter… Read more »

Innovative program targets obese children

Cathy Dobson Health experts in Sarnia are seeing an alarming rise in the number of obese children and intend to fight the battle of the bulge with a unique strategy for families. An estimated 9,000 children and youth under the age of 19 are overweight or obese in Sarnia-Lambton, says Shaylin Kemmerling, a registered dietitian… Read more »

Scams: Fake phone numbers make mockery of Caller ID

George Mathewson Sarnians has been blitzed in recent weeks by telemarketing scammers who hide their real identity by displaying the fake telephone numbers of neighbours, local businesses – sometimes even the number of the receiver. According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre it’s a twist on the classic phone phishing scam and it’s “rampant” right now…. Read more »

Cyclone coming to your door Saturday

Cathy Dobson Get ready Sarnia. A Cyclone is about to hit! Hundreds of students from St. Patrick’s high school will diverge on neighbourhoods across the community on Saturday, requesting donations for the Inn of the Good Shepherd. Last year’s Cyclone Aid collected 32,000 pounds of food, enough to meet the Inn’s needs for nearly a month…. Read more »

‘Mud run’ coming to Sarnia this summer

Journal Staff Sarnia is about to join a muddy list of cities offering a growing fitness craze. The 1st annual Assante Dirty Dash for Rebound is a five-kilometre, family-friendly event that combines running, obstacles and a lot of sweat, dirt and mud. The course will wind through Canatara Park and along the beach and feature… Read more »

Human trafficking event in Sarnia

Jack Poirier Samantha Nieuwland was a typical eight-year-old ‑ carefree and innocently naïve. But her worldview changed when Scott Forbes of International Justice Mission (IJM) spoke to her church about the issue of human trafficking. As part of a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world, Forbes described work being… Read more »