City’s outdated sewers overwhelmed in recent downpour

Troy Shantz A group of homeowners say Sarnia bears some responsibility for the ongoing problem of basement flooding in their neighbourhood. “That’s something that we definitely believe,” said Nichole Fournie, one of about nine residents in the Minto Street-Tunis Avenue area. “This is crazy. How often does this happen? Three (floods) in six years.” On… Read more »

Stevens brings homegrown project to Sarnia streets

Oh this paradise Is somethin I can see Its all right here If we just look it will be… (excerpt from Livin’ In Sarnia by Mike Stevens and Matt Andersen) Mike Stevens is taking his world-renowned harmonica playing to the streets of Sarnia this summer. On various days throughout August, locals can spot him with… Read more »

Waiting in the cannabis queue

Eleonora Plata is frustrated that there is no way of knowing when her family’s application to open a cannabis store in Sarnia will be approved. She’s not alone. Seven applicants have asked for approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to locate cannabis shops in Sarnia. All are waiting in line. And it’s a… Read more »

Lessons learned from COVID-19

Cathy Dobson Two Sarnia politicians say city council has learned important lessons about priorities and spending from the pandemic. But Coun. Brian White and Coun. Bill Dennis don’t necessarily agree on what that means as the city recovers. Council’s job right now is to adjust to the “new normal” and figure out how to help… Read more »

Back to school decisions weighing heavy on local families

Tara Jeffrey Deciding whether or not to send kids back to the classroom next month hasn’t been easy for many local families. “The biggest thing I’m hearing from parents is that there’s a lot of uncertainty, and that leads to anxiety,” Sarnia paediatrician Dr. Tom Lacroix said in a recent online interview with Bluewater Health… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – ‘Brain freeze’ is caused when something extremely cold touches what part of your mouth?   2 – What local group is celebrating its 100th anniversary by releasing a book of information and photographs that documents its history?   3 – What Canadian Football League franchise announced recently that it would be changing its name?… Read more »

City native heads up hospital’s new geriatric service

Troy Shantz A Sarnia native has returned home to spearhead a new service at Bluewater Health dedicated to geriatric medicine, a rarity in a city so small. Dr. Amanda Giffin is the first of two experts recruited to lead the specialized hospital service, which began catering to seniors in June. The other is Nurse Practitioner… Read more »