OPINION: Developer plows on with plan

George Mathewson The residents of Sarnia don’t want it. The Official Plan prohibits it. About the only voices of opposition that haven’t come out swinging yet are Donald Trump and that guy who liked to wander around naked on Survivor. But Sifton Properties definitely wants it, and the powerful London-based developer has doubled down to… Read more »

Food Fight: 18 teams in the hunt for top CANstruction award

Journal Staff Voting is continuing until Saturday for the The People’s Choice Award at this year’s CANstruction in Lambton Mall. Unlike other categories, the People’s Choice Award is determined through “votes” of cash donation placed at a voting station for each of the 18 structures on display. The winner will be announced on Saturday, March… Read more »

Brailliant: Blindness has given artist new insight

Cathy Dobson Adversity and a creative mind led Sarnia’s Susan Woodhouse to start producing ceramics and adorn them with braille. “It’s unique, and I like that,” says the minister at Shiloh-Inwood United Church, one of 22 featured artists at Gallery in the Grove’s latest exhibition. Woodhouse, a former elementary teacher, was ordained 10 years ago… Read more »

1 Across: A Sarnia cruciverbalist makes his debut

George Mathewson Within the small world of clever people who create crossword puzzles it’s called your ‘debut.’ And for Sarnia’s David Dekker it came last Saturday – March 7 – and occurred on the biggest and most prestigious stage of them all – the New York Times. Getting a crossword puzzle published in the Times is… Read more »

Keeping children safe from predators

Cathy Dobson With children having easy access to inappropriate material online these days, the Sarnia-Lambton’s Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre is trying to keep then safe. Two educators with the centre make two to three presentations a week, talking about everything from healthy relationships and Internet safety to trusting your instincts and self-esteem. Increasingly, their presentations are… Read more »

Desk plan: Furnishings from former St. Pat’s headed for Africa

Cathy Dobson Local Rotarians are preparing to ship surplus furniture from the former St. Patrick’s High School building on East Street to underprivileged students in South Africa. “It’s a great way to use furnishings that would otherwise end up in the dump,” says Debbie Renaud-McDermott, project lead with the Rotary Club of Sarnia. Her club… Read more »

Nia: A different kind of dance workout

Nia instructor Jo-Ann Pinel, centre, and students, from left, Joanne Lucas, Annette Verhagen, Ellen Martin and Laura Martin. Glenn Ogilvie Journal Staff Bill Emeis is dancing to his own drummer. He turns and pirouettes in his bare feet while a bass-heavy electronica tracks fills the gym of the Strangway Community Centre. “It keeps me going,”… Read more »