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 »

Sarnia hospital nears capacity as virus surges

Tara Jeffrey Bluewater Health has more COVID-19 patients in hospital than at any other time during the pandemic as medical and Intensive Care Unit beds reach capacity. Chief of staff Mike Haddad revealed Monday that the hospital’s ICU is at 93% occupancy, with COVID patients occupying 10 of the 14 beds. Meanwhile, the medical unit… Read more »

UPDATED: Once preventable virus now “inevitable” as it sweeps through community, senior homes: MOH

Tara Jeffrey COVID-19 is once again spreading through local senior homes and that has Lambton’s medical officer of health concerned. “We are paying very close attention to this,” Dr. Sudit Ranade said last week after dozens of residents and staff tested positive at seven long-term care homes and one retirement home. “I do expect this… Read more »