Tall Ship Celebration: All aboard that’s coming aboard

Troy Shantz Ships evoking another era dropped anchor in Sarnia last weekend. Tens of thousands of onlookers flocked to the Government Docks and Sydney Smith Wharf to view the six-vessel fleet at the Tall Ships Celebration, Aug. 9 to 11. They included the Bluenose II and Picton Castle from Nova Scotia, the Empire Sandy from… Read more »

The Sarnia Braves are Ontario’s new baseball champions

Troy Shantz The Sarnia Braves are headed to the national championships. The city’s ‘AAA’ baseball club emerged victorious at the Ontario finals in Windsor recently to secure a trip to the Canadian championships in New Brunswick this month. “That’s basically the hardest tournament to win in the country,” said coach James Grant of the provincial… Read more »

Juiced in time: New fundraiser easy peasy, lemon squeezy

Tara Jeffrey When Kaylen Burgess set out to launch a new fundraiser for the summer students at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sarnia-Lambton, she hoped five or six businesses might get on board. “The feedback and support has been incredible — everyone loved the idea and really just jumped on it,” she said, pointing to… Read more »

ALT Walk offering arts community an affordable venue

Troy Shantz All systems are go for Sarnia’s first ever ALT Walk. The city’s newest arts festival will see Christina Street closed between Lochiel and Wellington on Aug. 17 to create space for at least 69 artists, vendors and musicians, said organizer Eric Watt. “It’s all coming together really well,” said the city artist and… Read more »

Needed renovations take centre stage at Imperial Theatre

Cathy Dobson  Theatre Sarnia is counting on raising more than the curtain this year. The community theatre group needs to raise about $250,000 to cover the remaining costs for the first phase of renovations at the Imperial Theatre, as well as an unexpected heating-cooling unit breakdown. It’s been 23 years since the building was transformed… Read more »

City Councillor and MP clash over their Christian beliefs

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu says “offensive” comments a city councillor made about her on social media are a violation of Sarnia’s code of conduct. Coun. Nathan Colquhoun said in a May Facebook post that Gladu “is an embarrassment to Sarnia and Christianity and is responsible for Sarnia-Lambton not being taken seriously at the… Read more »

Hospital offering Indigenous self-identification

Indigenous patients at Bluewater Health can now voluntarily self-identify when registering. The self-identification will be saved in the patient’s record, allowing the hospital to provide extra support through the Indigenous Patient Navigator. Everyone registering for patient care at hospital will be asked if they would like to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit. The… Read more »

Despite more police busts, illegal pot shops continue to pop up

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s chief of police made good on a pledge last week when officers raided two smoke shops on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation and arrested five men for running illegal marijuana stores. City officers working with the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team executed a warrant at the “Reefinery Dispensary” on July 30. They… Read more »

Memorial service to honour beloved Sarnian Allen Wells

Tara Jeffrey Allen Wells was not one to shy away from anything. “He was an advisor, a confidant, an emergency resource for just about anyone who would ask,” son Paul Wells said of his late father — a longtime CAER administrator and staunch advocate for improved safety and emergency management in Sarnia’s Chemical Valley. “Even… Read more »