“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 »

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 »