With tour scrubbed, Ethridge and wife get in-van-tive

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia’s Eric Ethridge is loading up and taking his show on the road — literally. “It’s been pretty exciting,” the country music singer-songwriter said about his latest venture with wife and fellow musician Kalsey Kulyk. In the wake of the pandemic and its devastating impact on the music industry, the pair decided to… Read more »

City’s third Tricar tower ready for tenants next year

Cathy Dobson  Concrete work for a 15-storey rental highrise on Sarnia’s waterfront is underway and expected to be complete early next year, says a spokesperson for the developer. Jen Grozelle of The Tricar Group said the $31.5-million project at 275 Front St. should be ready for occupancy in late 2021. The property, directly across from… Read more »

Long-term care homes unprepared for second wave, local health advocate says

Cathy Dobson The Ford government has done nothing to prepare Ontario’s long-term care homes for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, says the chairperson of the Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition. Shirley Roebuck said the second wave has arrived, yet the province isn’t taking action to avoid the devastation in long-term care that occurred earlier this… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Pondering our new ‘COVocabulary’

Susan MacFarlane If someone asked me in 2015 where I pictured myself in five years, it certainly wouldn’t have included a mask or hand sanitizer. Nope, not even remotely on my radar. Sure, people talked about the possibility of a global pandemic and since the beginning of the century we’ve had SARS, H1N1 and Ebola,… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Complete this saying or adage: “Don’t throw the baby out with the . . .”   2 – In a new street art competition on September 26th, local artists will be using what material to create artwork on sections of pavement along Exmouth Street?   3 – What was the more common nickname… Read more »

Sarnia’s road budget has some huge potholes

Troy Shantz Sarnia spends about half what other municipalities invest in road repairs, a staff report says. The average Canadian municipality spends 1.1 per cent of its road replacement value, said the report by city engineer David Jackson. Yet, in 2020, Sarnia has only a .53 per cent reinvestment rate. And that’s a record high, said… Read more »

Great Lakes students return to almost-renovated school

Troy Shantz  A $25.2-million renovation and addition at Great Lakes Secondary School is back on track after a new contractor was hired, says Brian McKay, the Lambton Kent District School Board’s business superintendent. Wellington Builders Inc. replaced Jasper Construction in the spring and has since completed work on the instrumental and vocal music rooms, Indigenous… Read more »