Cricket club ponders future after pitch opened to others

Tara Jeffrey The Sarnia Cricket Club is worried about the future of the sport locally following news it’s losing primary access to its longstanding home field. Sarnia Council agreed this month to finalize a new lease agreement with the Lambton Kent District School Board, which owns the land near Bright’s Grove that’s been home to… Read more »

Garbage collection times have changed on some Sarnia routes

Journal Staff Sarnia residents may notice their garbage picked up at a different time of the day after the city’s waste contractor updated its routes. The collection dates haven’t changed, but residents are reminded to set out materials after 6 p.m. the night before, or before 7 a.m. the day of collection. Large items will… Read more »

Journal nominated for five Ontario newspaper awards

Journal Staff The Sarnia Journal, your independent hometown newspaper, has been nominated for five Ontario newspaper awards – including best community newspaper in the province. The Journal is one of three finalists in its class for the General Excellence Award, the highest honour bestowed by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association. The award recognizes outstanding achievement… Read more »

70% of police arrests are repeat offenders, study finds

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia council’s concern about a ‘catch and release’ justice system has been borne out by the numbers. A new city police report analyzed data from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31. It found 70% of arrests made (381 of 546) over that period were of individuals already bound by a judicial release from a… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – True or False: There are more birds than people on Earth. 2 – Sarnian Michael Marinaro is competing in the Beijing Winter Olympics in what sport? 3 – What famous rock singer, born Marvin Lee Aday, passed away in mid-January at age 74? 4 – What Sarnia auto mechanic has published a book… Read more »

OPINION: Family brightening up the holiday calendar – 12 feet at a time

Tammie Willis’ attempt to attract a few trick-or-treaters to her neighbourhood has turned into something magical. “It was just a way to make people smile,” the Sarnia woman told me of her decision to decorate for Halloween for the first time last October — despite not having a single trick-or-treater in the previous 20 years…. Read more »

“Snow angels” happy to keep sidewalks clear for seniors

Tara Jeffrey Randy McDonald knows a little extra help can go a long way these days. The Sarnia firefighter is a shoveller with the city’s Adopt-a-Driveway program, which means when the snow flies he and other volunteers clear driveways and sidewalks for seniors and people living with disabilities. “I know they appreciate it,” said McDonald,… Read more »

Violence to health workers goes largely unreported, researchers say

Cathy Dobson Two researchers responsible for documenting the devastating impact of asbestos in Sarnia workplaces are now alerting the public about on-the-job violence faced daily by Ontario health-care workers Nurses, personal support workers, clerical, security and cleaning staff are regularly subjected to physical, verbal and sexual violence, say Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith. “I have… Read more »