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UPDATED: Province announces $12-million ‘Community Addictions Hub’ for Sarnia-Lambton

Tara Jeffrey After decades of pleading for better addiction treatment locally the hard-fought battle was won Tuesday when Ontario announced plans for a 24-bed ‘Community Addictions Hub’ in Sarnia. “It’s been a perpetual roller coaster,” Mayor Mike Bradley said of the wait for facility funding to address Sarnia-Lambton’s growing and crippling addiction crisis. Sarnia-Lambton MPP… Read more »

Plans coming together for new indoor sports complex

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia is holding one more round of public consultations before moving ahead on a $26.4-million indoor recreation centre equipped for soccer, running, baseball and other activities. City council voted unanimously last week to move to the final stage of public consultation for the Indoor Multi-Use Recreation Facility, with final recommendations expected Feb. 28…. Read more »

Symphony preparing to offer youth free violin lessons

Cathy Dobson Amid a dizzying series of lockdowns and re-openings, the executive director of the Sarnia/Port Huron International Symphony Orchestra (ISO) is anxious to share some good news. Despite many setbacks, the ISO is launching a new program to provide local kids with free violin lessons as soon as pandemic restrictions allow. “This is very… Read more »

Health restrictions to begin to ease on Monday

Journal Staff Public health restrictions will begin to “cautiously and gradually” ease on Jan. 31, the Ontario government says. The changes include increasing social gathering limits to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and increasing indoor public setting capacity limits to 50% at restaurants and bars, retailers and malls, gyms, movie theatres, meeting and… Read more »

Sarnia’s first electric “Zamboni” now in operation

Journal Staff Sarnia’s first fully electric “Zamboni” is up and running at the Sarnia Arena – or at least it will be when hockey and skating resume. After deciding to postpone entry into the electric bus market last year, the city purchased its first electric ice-clearing machine because it is quieter to operate, requires less… Read more »

Local housing prices hit new record high 

Cathy Dobson Home prices continue to climb in a local market characterized by few listings and more realtors than ever vying for work. Sarnia-Lambton had just 60 active listings in December, down 46% from a year earlier when 111 properties were listed. Many previous Decembers have seen 300 to 400 listings, said Rob Longo, president… Read more »

Krista Clark remembered as a strong, devoted mother

Cathy Dobson A single mom who captured the hearts of Sarnians as she coped with the death of a daughter and her own cancer fight, died Jan. 3 at St. Joseph’s Hospice. Visitation and a memorial service were held this week held for Krista Clark, 38, after she succumbed to colon cancer. Local residents rallied… Read more »