Backlog of delayed surgery continues at partly empty hospital

Troy Shantz Bluewater Health’s focus on saving the lives of COVID-19 patients has meant postponing the health needs of many other local residents. And though Ontario released new guidelines Thursday to ease the backlog, it’s not clear when X-rays, treatments and testing will return to normal, says president and CEO Mike Lapaine. “We recognize that… Read more »

Homegrown app a game-changer for doctors, patients

Cathy Dobson An appointment with a family doctor is now possible without leaving home, thanks to new technology developed in Sarnia. Dr. John O’Mahony says the virtual care web application he conceived with fellow family physician Dr. Sean Peterson is ideal for this pandemic, and will have many uses after it. “Nothing can replace an… Read more »

Another senior home outbreak over, more stores to reopen

Journal Staff A devastating COVID-19 outbreak at Sarnia’s Landmark Village has been declared over today, as more stores get ready to reopen. Forty people were infected and six died after the virus that causes COVID-19 swept through the retirement home in March and April. With no new cases for two weeks, Lambton Public Health declared… Read more »

Updated: House fire on Durand Street deemed “suspicious”

Journal Staff Sarnia Fire & Rescue Services responded to a house fire this morning on Durand Street. No details were immediately available, but the street was blocked off as firefighters battled the blaze at 136 Durand, a two-storey brick home that was extensively damaged. The home is located between Christina Street and London Road School…. Read more »

Hospital nurse describes situation on pandemic front line

Cathy Dobson  Registered Nurse Liz Anthony is a 32-year veteran at Bluewater Health. Currently she’s a charge nurse on the 24-bed Medical/Telemetry unit, which cares for cardiac and stroke patients but also treating COVID-19 patients too ill for a medical ward but not sick enough for Intensive Care. This interview has been condensed. JOURNAL –… Read more »

Helicopter to spray parts of north Sarnia for gypsy moths

Journal Staff Sarnia has hired a company with a twin-engine helicopter to begin spraying gypsy moths with a biological insecticide. If wind and weather conditions permit, the first aerial spray will be applied in targeted areas May 15, with a second application five to seven days later, the city’s forestry department says. The process should… Read more »

Despite closed doors, The Hub continuing to help youth

Troy Shantz Homeless youth have been hit hard by the pandemic and lockdown, says the director of a Sarnia drop-in centre. “Sarnia was already in a housing crisis so this has certainly put additional pressure on those youth,” said Ryan Mitchell of The Hub. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, about 20 young people he knew… Read more »

City couple helping businesses stay alive in tough times

Cathy Dobson When the pandemic arrived Rod Medwid and Kendra Petley decided to help their family and friends stay in business. On April 1, they launched a Facebook page so local businesses – particularly the food and beauty industries – could tell the community what they can offer, despite closures and social distancing. “I created… Read more »

Sarnia’s compost site reopening to public next week

Journal Staff Sarnia says the municipal compost site will reopen on Monday. Residents can drop off yard waste, grass clippings and brush for free, with the usual brush drop-off fee being temporarily waived, City Hall said. However, residents are encouraged to use the curbside brush collection scheduled the week of May 18. The facility at… Read more »

For elderly couple split apart, ‘spousal reunification’ has been an empty promise

Cathy Dobson  Toni Conroy, 93, keeps a wedding photo proudly displayed in her room, a fond reminder of her husband. Though she and Gordon Conroy have been married 73 years, bureaucracy and provincial rules have prevented the Sarnia couple from living together for the past 15 months. And now, with Sarnia’s Twin Lakes Terrace Long… Read more »