Symphony Orchestra players working to beat the band

As difficult as the pandemic has been for the International Symphony Orchestra (ISO), executive director Anthony Wing is quick to look on the bright side. Despite the suspension of all normal programming, he’s got an astonishing amount of good news. The ISO’s 63rd season has not been cancelled and the organization has been able to pivot… Read more »

Corunna woman makes history as Coast Guard deck boss

Tara Jeffrey Katie Courchesne says her summers spent on the St. Clair River helped set a course for her dream job. “My family has a cottage on Stag Island and I drove the ferry there for three summers,” said the Corunna native and LCCVI grad. “I just loved being on the water.” That opened the… Read more »

The wait for vaccine agonizing for vulnerable residents with disabilities

Troy Shantz Some of Sarnia-Lambton’s most vulnerable residents have been ignored in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, says Brian Kershaw. Kershaw is the primary caregiver of Mark Zamodits, a Sarnia resident with Down syndrome and autism, and one of 59 severely disabled Community Living Sarnia-Lambton clients living in congregate settings, or group homes. “They were overlooked,”… Read more »

Pressure on Michigan to spare Line 5 pipeline grows

Journal Staff All three levels of government are working together on a campaign to save the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline. More than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for Ottawa to lobby Washington to intervene and stop Michigan from acting on it threats to shut the pipeline down. Initiated by Scott Archer of UA Local… Read more »

Frustrated local business owners defy provincial lockdown order

Troy Shantz One local business was charged and others issued warnings today after defying Ontario’s COVID-19 lockdown restrictions by staying open. Bill Van Hoogenhuize, the owner of Sharky’s Athletic Club, confirmed he was ticketed for defying an order to close under the “grey-lockdown” status Sarnia-Lambton entered today. “I’m going to fight it. That’s my second… Read more »

OPINION: Canatara crosswalk is an accident waiting to happen 

Brian Clarke  As spring approaches and we exchange our parkas for sandals and shorts, it’s a good time to examine the safety at one of Sarnia-Lambton’s busiest crosswalks. The multiuse trail that runs through Canatara Park and crosses Alfred Street in Point Edward near the Sandy Lane apartments is used 365 days a year, a favorite of walkers, joggers, cyclists… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What is the name of the Mars Rover that landed on the red planet last month? 2 – St. Patrick’s High School student, Max Laur, recently earned an athletic scholarship to Central Arkansas University in what discipline? 3 – Ray, Winston, Peter, and Egon are the first names of film characters known collectively… Read more »

Local startup aims to provide world with clean water

Phil Egan A small Canadian company working out of the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is taking on one of this century’s greatest challenges —abundant access to clean water for people, farms and industry. Forward Water Technologies has developed a proprietary technology that uses ‘forward osmosis’ to convert dirty wastewater into clean water. The technology was… Read more »

Major shoreline project securing threatened lake trail

Troy Shantz Work crews took full advantage of the ice on Lake Huron for the latest round of shoreline repairs in Bright’s Grove. Excavators recently used the ice as a natural platform to begin positioning giant limestone blocks on the lakebed along 250 metres of shoreline between Helen Avenue and Kenwick Street. “The ice is… Read more »

Hospital planning helipad to airlift critical patients

Troy Shantz Bluewater Health is planning to add a helipad to Sarnia’s hospital. Wind studies and flight path research are underway with planners eyeing four possible locations for helicopters to land, hospital spokesperson Julia Oosterman told the Journal. Options include the hospital-owned vacant land where the former St. Patrick’s high school stood, and the adjacent… Read more »