OPINION: The lost mission of St. Francis

George Mathewson The unveiling of a plaque in Bayshore Park a few weeks ago marked 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. It also brought to mind one of Sarnia-Lambton’s most enduring and perplexing mysteries. In the year 1828, a fur trader named Edourd Petit had crossed the lake from Port Huron to hunt in… Read more »

More trains in the works for Sarnia, says VIA boss

Cathy Dobson When the top executive of VIA Rail visited Sarnia recently, he admitted he came by car because the city’s single-train service couldn’t get him back to Toronto on time. But if Yves Desjardins-Siciliano’s plan to run as many as four trains a day to Sarnia works out, he could be arriving by rail… Read more »

Wedding planner expands with décor store

Cathy Dobson Victoria Sebben’s new gift and décor shop is full of treasures like sumptuous chocolates and trendy jewel candles, which burn down to expose a piece of jewelry worth anywhere from $10 to $200. The store at 575 Murphy Rd. looks deceivingly small from the outside but has three large rooms for the various… Read more »

Wynne confronted by turbine protesters

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Diane Shultz wasn’t going to miss her chance to show Premier Kathleen Wynne what she thinks. “I’m passionate because we’re talking about our future, our children’s future,” said Shultz as she demonstrated outside the Best Western Guildwood Inn, where the premier was about to speak. Shultz joined about 40 others who don’t… Read more »

‘Dotmocracy’ helping with redesign of Centennial Park

Cathy Dobson The opinions of the 50 people at the most recent meeting about redesigning Centennial Park were displayed in polka-dotted technicolour. About 150 ideas expressed during a public meeting in May were written down on Bristol board, so attendees of the June 9 session could stick coloured dots beside the ideas they support most…. Read more »

City not budging on plastic bag use for yard waste

Cathy Dobson Sarnia is among the last communities in Canada that still collects compostable materials in environmentally unfriendly plastic bags. And for the time being, it’s going to stay that way. City council rejected a report from city engineer Andre Morin recently recommending a switch to paper bags for residential yard waste. Morin said he… Read more »

Urban, meet Rural. Now let’s eat!

Cathy Dobson Who knew that a full 50% of the City of Sarnia is agricultural land? Or that 100 farmers work nearly 19,000 acres literally next door to the urban centre. “That’s unique for larger cities. It kinda blows your socks off,” says Sarnia planning manager Kevin Edwards. “The urban-rural mix really makes our city… Read more »

New gymnastics club opens downtown

Cathy Dobson Two seasoned athletes interested in gymnastics, personal training and nutrition have opened a new club in Sarnia’s downtown. Platinum Gymnastics is located at 250 Christina St. North, in the Kenwick building where Jack Kennedy’s Music Centre was for many years. It’s a unique location with a lit marquee sign and a spiral staircase… Read more »