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Plan to move library into Clearwater Arena taking shape

Troy Shantz Sarnia could save $60,000 a year by moving the Mallroad Library to Clearwater Arena, city staff says. A floor plan and budget to retrofit the upper level of the Wellington Road arena is in the works, and community consultations are now underway. In the meantime, Sarnia has extended the library’s lease in the… Read more »

New COVID restrictions good, but vaccines would be better: Sarnia Mayor

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Mayor applauds Ontario’s stay-at-home-order, but says a vaccine is the only way back to normalcy. Premier Doug Ford declared a 28-day state of emergency for the province today and on Thursday a stay-at-home order begins.  This means outdoor groups can’t exceed five people, and additional restrictions are in effect for non-essential retail… Read more »

United Way shortfall will cause pain for community agencies

Troy Shantz Despite coming up short on its 2020 campaign, the United Way is still mighty impressed by the generosity of a struggling community, its executive director says. The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton raised 92% of its $1.9 million target, leaving a shortfall of about $174,000 that will soon be felt by some member agencies…. Read more »

NOVA Chemicals’ return-to-work program testing 2,000 this week

Tara Jeffrey Some 2,000 COVID-19 tests were being conducted this week as part of a return-to-work screening program at Nova Chemicals. Company spokesperson Julia Iacovella said the lab-analyzed PCR testing was being administered over a four-day period, by registered nurses, and “captured Nova employees, contractors and tradespeople that are working on our growth projects.” Workers… Read more »

UPDATED: ‘We believe a wave is coming’: hospital relaunches COVID-19 unit

Tara Jeffrey The Covid-19 Unit is returning to Bluewater Health. “We are close to our internal ‘trigger’ for opening that unit,” hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman told The Journal Tuesday, pointing to six covid-positive patients and an Intensive Care Unit that’s currently 100% full. “We believe a wave is coming,” she added. “We must prepare.” Oosterman… Read more »

COVID-19 infection rate surging locally as New Year begins

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton is experiencing the surge in COVID-19 cases that health experts had feared would occur from people socializing over the holidays. Lambton Public Health reported this morning 120 new cases in the past two days and 249 active cases, both new records. Nineteen outbreaks are currently underway, another record. Two new long-term care… Read more »