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Seat of power: Did Sarnia’s dour prime minister carve up this church pew?

George Mathewson The name Alexander Mackenzie invokes many things in Sarnia: stonemason, prime minister, dour Scot. But hidden in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is a little-known piece of graffiti that suggests another side of Sarnia’s most famous son. Carved into the arm of one oak pew is the Mackenzie name, apparently cut… Read more »

St. Clair election ‘highly acclaimed’

Tara Jeffrey There won’t be a record voter turnout in St. Clair Township this month. With the majority of council already acclaimed, some residents won’t be casting votes at all. “I would say this is highly unusual,” said clerk Jeff Baranek, noting that Ward 2 residents who support the Catholic school board system won’t have… Read more »

Zzas pizzeria pizza offers pizzaz

Cathy Dobson Are you hip enough to know about Zzas? If you’re not, you are about to be. Zzas is the name of a new downtown pizza bistro opened this week by Silvia Cavaco and her business partner Neil McCahill. “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the name means,” says Cavaco.  “It’s… Read more »

“Blood Moon” over Sarnia

Journal reader Laura Austin shared this photo she took of the lunar eclipse shortly before sunrise this morning. The image, taken over Sarnia, shows the moon in the earth’s shadow shortly before the maximum eclipse. Total lunar eclipses occur two times  a year but can’t be seen everywhere on the planet at the same time…. Read more »

What’s next for Centennial Park

George Mathewson  Reclaiming the north end of Centennial Park for public use will not come cheap, but it will come sooner. In one of its final acts, the outgoing city council voted last week to pay a premium and get the ball rolling on the remediation of the park’s contaminated ground. The low bid of… Read more »

Gallery’s assistant curator selected for Fogo Island arts residency

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Darryn Doull has the determination and talent to contribute to the legacy of art in Canada. Those are high words of praise from the adjudicators of a prestigious curatorial residency program announced this month. Doull, 26, has been chosen for the first Fogo Island Art Young Curator Residency, an international honour that… Read more »

Two Sting players on Team Canada

Barry Wright When Hockey Canada announced its roster last week for the three Canadian teams to compete at the upcoming World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton, it was all but a certainty that Jakob Chychrun’s name would be called during the proceedings at the RBC Centre. After all, the son of the former NHLer… Read more »

A ‘respectable’ year for angling

Barry Wright The weather made it a challenging summer for local anglers in an otherwise decent year for fishing. “I think the extremely cold winter and the cooler spring changed the cycle,” said Jake Van Rooyen, a director with Bluewater Anglers. “The late summer water temperature is usually between 70 and 74 degrees, (21-24 C)… Read more »

Organic chocolatier ready to test retail market

Cathy Dobson For Lauren Jamieson, the sweet smell of chocolate melting on the stove isn’t just a treat. It’s therapy. Jamieson, 31, has developed eight different kinds of chocolates, all made with organic and fair trade ingredients and all to suit vegan and gluten-free diets. “People say they feel energized after eating them and have… Read more »