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The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What word completes the title of Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, _____? 2 – City council approved building a new fire hall on the site of what nearly 70-year-old fire hall? 3 – James Bond’s boss is referred to by what letter? 4 – What two city parks are under consideration for potential… Read more »

Community support for Ukraine continues to grow

Cathy Dobson  For Joanna Kazanecki, the war in Ukraine is personal. The Sarnia woman was working in her church kitchen preparing pierogies to raise money for Ukrainian refugees when her sister called from Warsaw. “My husband’s cousin and her husband had just walked in the door from Kyiv,” said Kazanecki.  “I can’t imagine what they are… Read more »

Sarnia police report sharp increase in drunk driving

Journal Staff Impaired driving offences are up in Sarnia – way up. A recent Sarnia Police Service reported noted a “sharp rise” in the number of alcohol-related driving charges in 2021, to 76 from 50 the previous year. That’s a year-over-year increase of 52%. City police also laid 15 impaired-by-drug charges last year, down from… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What colour is the popular children’s cartoon character “SpongeBob Squarepants”? 2 – Which Sarnia-born singer and songwriter won a 2018 Juno Award and has been nominated again this year? 3 – The Australian Open Tennis Tournament is held in which city? 4 – Jan. 28, 2022 was the 200th anniversary of the birth… Read more »

Dog beach buried, but two new pooch parks planned

Tara Jeffrey Following a lengthy debate and public consultations, Sarnia has dropped the idea of a beach for dogs but is moving forward on two new off-leash dog parks. Council directed staff last week to prepare site design concepts for leash-free zones at Tecumseh Park and Heritage Park, as well as costing for next year’s… Read more »

Shell Canada refinery starts $120-million turnaround

Tara Jeffrey Shell Canada’s Sarnia Manufacturing Centre (SMC) is about to begin one of its largest ever turnarounds. “It’s a big first step for us at SMC,” turnaround manager Jason Woodward told St. Clair Township council recently. “We wanted to move away from a lot of small events — where we disrupt the community and… Read more »

City council asked for answers on botched diversity training

George Mathewson A Sarnia legal clinic is asking City Hall for answers following a Toronto company’s decision to halt further diversity training of Sarnia personnel. The Kojo Institute rescinded its agreements after some unnamed councillors subjected trainer Kike Ojo-Thompson to what it called “undisputed, uncorrected and unabated hostility” during a closed-door training session on Nov…. Read more »

Residents feeling the pinch of soaring food prices

Cathy Dobson More and more people are feeling the impact of sharply rising food prices, says the manager of the St. Vincent de Paul food bank. “We’ve got more seniors, more families, more people who work, coming to us for help,” Sue Platt said. At the Davis Street shop, demand has doubled since October, and… Read more »