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Surprise: Fast and Furious spinoff actually pretty good

Vicky Sparks Eight movies into the franchise, the Fast and Furious films have basically become an excuse to watch incredible car chases and explosions strung together with a fairly ridiculous plot. Hobbs and Shaw, the first of what I can only imagine will be a brand new series of films, takes the best parts of… Read more »

Residents still unhappy about leaf collection

Cathy Dobson As Sarnia residents adjust to recent changes in garbage and leaf collection, city staff is preparing for more changes. “We anticipate provincial legislation that will mandate the city to implement a food waste diversion program in three to four years,” says Bryan Prouse, Sarnia’s operations manager. Once food is removed from the garbage… Read more »

Lambton Mall still finding new tenants amid shifting retail landscape

Cathy Dobson Lambton Mall is undergoing a $5.1-million redevelopment to accommodate new tenants, and more good news is coming, says Property Manager Laura Beecroft. Two-thirds of the main floor in the former Sears store (40,000-square-feet) on the mall’s south end is being reconstructed for a new HomeSense and Marshalls. Beecroft said demolition to remake the space… Read more »

A packed listing for mid-summer’s August First Friday

  Below are some of the establishments that can be toured during the next First Friday cultural walkabout on Aug. 2. Downtown street and lot parking is free, and bicycles racks are available in many locations to lock bikes.   JUDITH & NORMAN ALIX ART GALLERY – 147 Lochiel St. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Photography in… Read more »

Growing Bluewater Granfondo to star in new documentary

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton’s big cycling event is headed to the big screen. A new documentary will tell the story of the Bluewater International Granfondo and how it has supported end-of-life care while expanding cycling culture locally since 2014, said event founder Ken MacAlpine. “It will be of quality suitable for CBC and Netflix,” he said…. Read more »

Hot diggety dog: city eyes potential beaches for Fido

Troy Shantz Dog paddling might soon be permitted at a Sarnia beach. City staff is preparing a report examining the how and where a beach might be designated as a dog-friendly area, and at what cost. “They’re all over the Great Lakes, all over North America basically,” said Coun. Bill Dennis, who proposed the idea…. Read more »

Work on long-delayed Insignia Hotel now nearly complete

Cathy Dobson  A massive property redevelopment costing about $18 million is nearing completion at the former Drawbridge Inn on Christina Street. All the major work is done and the furniture being moved in at the new Insignia Hotel, says guest services manager Robert Munro. He expects an opening date in mid-September, two years after renovations… Read more »

Do these sculptures have our best interests at art?

Cathy Dobson Wawa has a giant goose. In St. Thomas, it’s Jumbo the elephant. Windsor has an entire sculpture park. Many cities have outdoor public art to reflect that community’s character and generate a certain pride of place. Does Sarnia have anything like that? Absolutely, say a panel of artists and art lovers assembled by… Read more »