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City council offers LGBTQ+ community political support

Troy Shantz Advocates were jubilant when city council agreed last week to declare June a month of Pride in Sarnia. In a 6-2 vote, council also decided to fly the rainbow flag on the waterfront and illuminate City Hall in rainbow-coloured lights, decisions that brought cheers from many of those in the gallery. The celebration… Read more »

Masonry saw saves mosaics from demolition tile and error

Troy Shantz Art enthusiasts can relax: the two mosaics mounted on a Canatara washroom and slated for demolition have been saved. City workers safely removed the decorative works last week from the decommissioned structure, located just west of Lake Chipican. Using a masonry saw and some heavy lifting they carefully removed the mosaics, which stayed… Read more »

After hanging up the gloves, boxer becomes national champ

Troy Shantz She’s the Canadian championship that almost wasn’t. Two years ago, Sarnia’s Kaitlyn Clark had walked away from boxing, seemingly forever. Today, she’s one of the very best in Canada. The 64-kilogram fighter became a 2019 elite gold medalist last month at the National Championships in Victoria, defeating boxers from Quebec and British Columbia… Read more »

Should these mosaics be spared from the wrecking ball?

Troy Shantz A matching set of tile mosaics built into a Canatara park washroom slated for demolition this year should be salvaged and preserved, local artists say. The mosaics of a striding boy and girl denote the gender of entrances to the washrooms located just west of Lake Chipican in Canatara Park. The obscure building… Read more »

Eager beaver latest to check out benefits of urban living

Troy Shantz Officials are keeping a close eye on Lake Chipican’s newest resident. A beaver arrived a few weeks ago, and though the city has no immediate plans to relocate the giant rodent, staff is watching for tree damage in Sarnia’s most popular park, said Parks and Recreation director Rob Harwood. The newcomer adds to… Read more »

Hidden Talents Glee offers kids bright place to shine

Cathy Dobson After 20 years honing the onstage skills of local kids, producer Carrie Beauchamp realized they needed an additional outlet for their talents. “There came a point when I noticed my young adults were begging for more. They are so eager and so talented,” says Beauchamp. “They just needed more to shine.” So she began working… Read more »

City high schools have medal haul at London track meet

Journal Staff Athletes from Sarnia high schools had a field day at the Forest City Mustang Invitational track meet in London on April 27. Below are the top three results only: GIRLS: 100 metre (midget) 2nd – Ekaeso Okutinyang, Northern Collegiate   200 metre dash (midget) 2nd – Ekaeso Okutinyang, Northern Collegiate   400 metre… Read more »

Masters swimmer teaching the new fish some old tricks

Troy Shantz Whoever coined the phrase, “Those who can do, and those who can’t teach,” wasn’t describing Sue Weir. The 57-year-old masters swimmer is head coach of the Sarnia Rapids swim program, but she’s just as comfortable competing in the pool as instructing students from the deck. At the Michigan Masters State Championships last month,… Read more »