Young pitcher heading south to chase baseball dream

Troy Shantz Everything fell into place that night in 2019 as Peter “Bo” Buckley was playing an exhibition baseball game in Connecticut. The local teen pitched two and two-thirds innings, struck out five, gave up no hits or walks, and delivered a fastball approaching 90 miles per hour. Watching closely from the stands was the… Read more »

Once flourishing Bayside Centre largely reduced to rubble

Journal Staff Demolition of the Bayside Centre will be done by March of 2022, officials say. Mitchell Demolition Inc. has been levelling the decades-old shopping mall for much of the summer while contractors renovate the former Eaton’s building for future tenant Lambton County Shared Services. When demolition is completed, construction of a new retirement complex… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – For years, the Washington Generals were the long -suffering opponents of what travelling basketball team? 2 – What Sarnia-born musician was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame? 3 – A woman holding a shining torch is the logo most associated with which film production company? 4 – The 16-acre site… Read more »

A snapshot of the riding of Sarnia-Lambton

Journal Staff The riding of Sarnia-Lambton is home to 105,337 residents, with 85,266 voters eligible to cast ballots by Sept. 20. Immigrants make up more than 10% of the population, and Dutch and Italian are the most common non-official languages, according to 2016 census data. The riding includes the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which has about… Read more »

A once defunct Sarnia bioplastics plant has risen from the ashes

Troy Shantz A failed Sarnia bioplastics plant has been resurrected and is once again turning Ontario corn syrup into a key ingredient of biodegradable plastics. BioAmber was the flagship for a cluster of fledgling bio-based “green” companies in Sarnia before it declared bankruptcy and ceased operations in 2018, leaving 60 people unemployed. After buying the… Read more »

These candidates want to represent Sarnia-Lambton

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton voters have five declared candidates to choose from when they go to the polls on Sept. 20. They are, in alphabetical order:   STEFANIE BUNKO – GREEN PARTY Stefanie Bunko is a Sarnia-Lambton native who studied computer programming and alternative energy at Lambton College. The St. Christopher’s Catholic High School grad said… Read more »

Grower of exotic houseplants reaping what she sows

Cathy Dobson A beloved hobby has grown into a new business for one Sarnia woman – literally. Like many of us, Nicole Warner, 33, found time on her hands during the pandemic lockdowns and looked for a creative outlet. “I’ve always loved house plants, especially exotic ones that I import from overseas,” she said. “I’ve… Read more »

Vaccinations or testing required for thousands of local workers

Cathy Dobson Vaccinations or regular testing will now be mandatory for thousands of local employees and volunteers after Ontario announced last week it would require COVID-19 policies for high-risk settings. That includes colleges, hospitals, schools, retirement homes, women’s shelters and group homes. Bluewater Health and Lambton College have already released details about their new protocols…. Read more »

Wait times, access to doctors top local health concerns

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton residents say reducing wait times and making it easier to get a doctor’s appointment are their top health-care priorities, according to an interim public survey. The survey by the Ontario Medical Association asked residents what, outside of the COVID-19 pandemic, was their top priority for improving local health care. Almost one third… Read more »