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Q and A with PC candidate Bob Bailey

Q – Leader Tim Hudak says he will create one million jobs but also plans to kill 100,000 government jobs. How do you reconcile layoffs with job creation? A – Ontario’s debt has doubled in 11 years to $289 billion, at the same time we have added 300,000 jobs to the government payroll. To ensure… Read more »

Gymnastics coach named a national director

Dave Brubaker has a new job. The club director and head coach at Sarnia’s Bluewater Gymnastics for the past 29 years has been named national team director for women’s artistic gymnastics with Gymnastics Canada. “It’s an exciting time,” said Brubaker.  “Honestly, I never imagined I’d be in this position.” The deal, effective June 1, is… Read more »

Bittersweet ending for city Catholic school

The final graduating class from St. Patrick’s on East Street pose for a photo on the school’s familiar foyer stairs. Glenn Ogilvie Daniel Cicchelli started to feel it at Homecoming. “That was the first day people were wearing the green and the blue. It was the first time you could see we were coming together… Read more »

70 years of marriage, times two

Jean and Jack Watson, left, both 90, and Jim and Helen Watson, 90 and 88 respectively Jim and Jack are 90-year-old twins who live together in Sarnia. But the Watson brothers are only half of this remarkable story. Jim and Jack got married to a pair of sisters, Helen and Jean Harkness, in a double… Read more »

Falby wants less government

Andrew Falby wears his party’s principles like a pair of old, comfortable shoes. The Libertarian Party of Ontario favours smaller government, lower taxes and more social and economic freedom, all objectives the five-time provincial candidate has long espoused. “People are really angry,” Falby said. “They’ve lost trust in all levels of government and all parties,… Read more »

Gillis proud to be a Liberal

Anne Marie Gillis has never been afraid to wave the Liberal banner, regardless of public approval ratings at any given time. Aware that the provincial Grits have taken a hit in popularity leading up to the June 12 election, the veteran politician said she would rather be part of the solution, than part of any… Read more »

Shaw wants to rebuild public trust in political process

Though the June 12 provincial election will be the first time Kevin Shaw’s name appears on a ballot, he has always had a keen interest in politics. “It goes back to when I as very young – five, six, seven-years-old,” said the Green Party of Ontario candidate in the riding of Sarnia-Lambton. “In our family… Read more »

Local athletes shine at SWOSSA track meet

Sarnia’s Northern Collegiate was nosed out by LaSalle’s Sandwich Secondary School for the overall SWOSSA high school track and field title on May 23. But local athletes broke several Southwestern Ontario records at the meet, held over two days in Chatham and Windsor. Cassidy Crowe of the Vikings set a new mark in the senior… Read more »

Ultimate Frisbee elevates its game

The sport of frisbee has come a long way from the days of people tossing a disc around the park or beach. In Sarnia, the Ultimate Frisbee organization has begun its 14th season with nine, 15-player teams that play each Thursday at 6:30 pm from early May to late August. Regular season games are played… Read more »