Indigenous-led lab tracking industry with app, website

Troy Shantz A group of Indigenous researchers have developed a website and smartphone app to help local First Nations residents identify and report harmful emissions from the Chemical Valley. The Land and the Refinery (www.landandrefinery.org) is a place to share research, archival documents, environmental data, and community knowledge about industry and the land, according to… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Found in Asia and Africa, what dog-like carnivore is a noted scavenger with a human-sounding laugh?   2 – This Friday, what street between Front and Christina streets will be blocked off for a trial run as a pedestrian mall?   3 – The sacrum is a triangular bone in our bodies located… Read more »

Price of oversized load corridor has jumped by 40%

Troy Shantz The Sarnia-Lambton oversized load corridor will be considerably more expensive to complete than predicted. City council agreed to soldier on with the project last month despite its estimated price tag rising to $16.9 million from $12 million. And it could go even higher, officials admit. “Once you get into a project like this… Read more »

Great Lakes Secondary: Add a leaky roof to the “frustrating” problems at overdue reconstruction project

Troy Shantz Unfinished. Unsafe. Unwelcoming. That’s how one senior described her first semester at the still-under-construction Great Lakes Secondary School in Sarnia. The school opened on Murphy Road last September, one full year behind schedule, after the contractor repeatedly missed deadlines on the $25.2-million renovation. Now, five months later, a 550-seat auditorium, two music rooms… Read more »

Students intervened in vicious assault

Cathy Dobson Five students have been commended for stepping up to rescue a victim and apprehend his assailant during a vicious assault at the Lambton College residence on Jan. 12. Winston Chan, Brielle McInnis, Dylan Climie, Kate Flanigan and Quinton Pluzak were recognized by Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen last week. Each was presented with… Read more »

Funnymen, artist are Sarnia’s latest television stars

A trio of local comedians and a painter from Bright’s Grove are the latest Sarnians to grab the television spotlight. Funnymen John Hollingsworth, Dave Lane and Chris Reid have been performing in Sarnia and across Canada as The Fidgets improv team for 13 years. Hollingsworth says they were ecstatic to learn a live show of… Read more »

Rotating strikes

Nicole Schultz uses music and a megaphone to encourage her fellow elementary school teachers picketing the Lambton Kent District School Board office in Sarnia last week. Teachers from 15 schools took part in the legal, one-day strike, said Shultz, a field marshal with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario. Unless a provincial settlement is reached,… Read more »

City nixes historic log cabin, replica to be built

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson City council has given final approval to replace the historic log cabin in Canatara Park with a new replica. Under the city’s watch, the 180-year-old pioneer building was allowed to deteriorate, despite it having a heritage designation. As a result, repairing it is now too expensive, according to a staff… Read more »