City looks to future while fixing “deficiencies” in $13.5M Centennial Park project

Troy Shantz Problems that dogged the $13.5-million Centennial Park remediation project can be traced to Sarnia not having an internal project manager on the job, the CAO has concluded. “We did not have the proper tools, positions, staff and resources in-house to actually manage this project efficiently and effectively from start to end. That’s what… Read more »

Mitch Albom arriving right after launch of latest book

I interviewed Mitch Albom minutes after finishing his latest non-fiction book about a little Haitian girl he and his wife took in, and then lost to brain cancer. I was still wiping away tears, I explained to him. “I’m glad you were moved by it,” he said. “But I hope you didn’t just find it sad. I… Read more »

City eyes major investment to save Bright’s Grove shore

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson Sarnia needs to spend $2 million a year for the next 10 years to save the Lake Huron shoreline or face “catastrophic” property losses, the city’s engineering director warns. “Our needs currently outweigh our ability to repair,” David Jackson noted in a sobering report to council last week, which identifies… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Which colour is associated with the blood of aristocrats? 2 – What organization is interested in purchasing the vacant SCITS building? 3 – In which royal palace would you find the Hall of Mirrors? 4 – A rare white squirrel was seen and photographed earlier this month in what city park? 5 –… Read more »

Sisters find city eager for zero-waste shopping options

Cathy Dobson The owners of Great Lakes Refill Co. knew they had the business case for a big expansion within six months of opening. Sisters Melissa Matthews and Lisa Ladouceur started their one-stop eco-friendly store in September 2018 in a small kiosk at the Downtown Market. “By January, we’d hit the sales level that told… Read more »

Homegrown program marks 35 years of helping local kids

Troy Shantz Thirty-five years ago a groundbreaking youth program began in Sarnia that proved so effective it now helps at-risk kids in 18 Ontario locations. Rebound was a direct response to the new Young Offenders Act of the 1980s, which gave municipalities the option to divert youth accused of petty crimes out of the overburdened… Read more »