Birthday gal gets surprise “float-by” from U.S. family

Troy Shantz The pandemic has given birth to the birthday drive-by, but Patricia Greenwood’s family and friends from Michigan did her one better on July 9. Piling into a friend’s boat, they arrived from Port Huron on the St. Clair River and delivered a “float-by” for the Sarnia woman’s 80th birthday. “That’s pretty special. How… Read more »

Teen used lockdown time to rebuild dad’s muscle car

Troy Shantz When Ontario schools shut down suddenly this spring Christopher Blair was more than happy to spend his days in the garage. The St. Patrick’s student spent the next two months mechanically rebuilding and fully restoring a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am. The teen is “obsessed” with mechanical things, his parents say. “Everything he could… Read more »

Local pilot project answering call for better crisis-response policing

Troy Shantz Leading a handcuffed person in serious mental distress through the hospital emergency department isn’t something police officers enjoy, says Const. Tim VanCowenberg. Which is why many have welcomed a pilot program underway in Sarnia in which a mental health team is deployed to de-escalate high-pressure situations and aid people in crisis. “You can… Read more »

Housing residences eyed for 900 Lambton College students

Cathy Dobson A Toronto-based company wants to build a trio of nine-storey student residences on land it owns on the south side of London Road at Afton Drive. If approved, the Cantam Group housing project would be the first of its kind in Sarnia and create 234 units with 910 bedrooms, says the company’s local… Read more »

Lambton College researchers in the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine

Cathy Dobson Lambton College’s biotechnology researchers have joined the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Collaborative work began in May with Toronto-based Mediphage Bioceuticals on a mini-string DNA-based vaccine engineered to artificially simulate an immune response. “Our role as a community college is to support the community, to keep it safe, and we take… Read more »

Local businesses struggling, some are going under

Journal Staff Numerous local businesses have not yet reopened and there’s no indication when they will, says the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation. “That is of concern. The longer they’re closed the greater risk that they’ll be unable to reopen,” said general manager Don Anderson. “They’re going to deplete their working capital.” The SLBDC is a… Read more »

Flying LGBTQ rainbow stirs flag flap at school board

Tara Jeffrey A symbol of equity and inclusion stirred an unlikely controversy last month when the public school board was criticized for both the length of time and the way it flew the LGBTQ Pride flag. The Lambton Kent District School Board directed its schools to raise the rainbow flag from June 1 to 5…. Read more »

Round two of lead testing in water lines has begun

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s next round of lead testing is moving outdoors. City staff is sampling water from outdoor water taps this summer as they focus on the remaining 5,000 residences suspected of having potentially high levels of the heavy metal. Some 2,000 homes were sampled last year in Sarnia’s “lead zone,” an area bounded by… Read more »