Back to school decisions weighing heavy on local families

Tara Jeffrey Deciding whether or not to send kids back to the classroom next month hasn’t been easy for many local families. “The biggest thing I’m hearing from parents is that there’s a lot of uncertainty, and that leads to anxiety,” Sarnia paediatrician Dr. Tom Lacroix said in a recent online interview with Bluewater Health… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – ‘Brain freeze’ is caused when something extremely cold touches what part of your mouth?   2 – What local group is celebrating its 100th anniversary by releasing a book of information and photographs that documents its history?   3 – What Canadian Football League franchise announced recently that it would be changing its name?… Read more »

City native heads up hospital’s new geriatric service

Troy Shantz A Sarnia native has returned home to spearhead a new service at Bluewater Health dedicated to geriatric medicine, a rarity in a city so small. Dr. Amanda Giffin is the first of two experts recruited to lead the specialized hospital service, which began catering to seniors in June. The other is Nurse Practitioner… Read more »

LKDSB rolls out official school reopening plan

Tara Jeffrey The Lambton Kent District School Board released its detailed reopening plans Thursday, a 45-page document outlining what to expect when elementary and secondary students return to class Sept. 8. “This plan will help parents understand what the school day will look like, what mitigation we have in place to reduce risk, as well… Read more »

City Hall hiring again to replace recently lost staff

Cathy Dobson At least 24 employees have left Sarnia City Hall since the 2018 municipal election, prompting some residents to ask what’s behind the “mass exodus.” But CAO Chris Carter says nothing unusual is going on, and hiring will begin shortly to fill 22 positions. The full employee complement in all departments is normally around… Read more »

Family recalls harrowing rescue on Lake Huron

Troy Shantz When Tim Burdett pulled his unconscious 79-year-old father from Lake Huron, he feared the worst. “He was blue in the face, like this blueish, purplish colour that I don’t ever want to see again,” said Burdett, a Calgary resident who was visiting his hometown of Point Edward recently when disaster struck. On July… Read more »

Traffic study to make undeveloped land an easier sell

Troy Shantz Sarnia is funding a traffic impact study at Modeland and Wellington Road to make undeveloped land there more appealing to buyers. The Sarnia Research & Business Park includes 86.6 hectare (214 acre) on the east side of Highway 40 (Modeland Road) south of London Line and north of Confederation Line. The city acquired… Read more »

New school safety zones first step toward photo radar

Journal Staff Sarnia has approved Community Safety Zones around four elementary schools, a first step toward installing photo radar to nab speeders. The largest zone is on Indian Road, between the Highway 402 overpass and Lakeshore Road, and will increase safety for students at Errol Road and Rosedale schools, city staff says. Another will be… Read more »