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Deafblind woman finding joy in life

Cathy Dobson Every morning, Talice Connelly organizes her day. In a row of empty baskets she places specific items to indicate what she plans to do. A sweatband in one means a walk; craft scissors in another reserves time for artwork. She also takes the lead on household chores such as cooking and laundry. What might… Read more »

Local sculptor turns beadwork into artistic triumph

Tara Jeffrey Nico Williams was the only Indigenous kid in his class at Corunna’s Sir John Moore school when he was introduced to beadwork. “A substitute teacher had come in and brought purple beads and looms and taught us how to do loomwork,” said the native of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, whose sculptural beadwork has earned… Read more »

Search more school grounds, says Aamjiwnaang chief

Troy Shantz The chief of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation says the federal government needs to begin searching for human remains on the grounds of all former residential schools. Chris Plain said ground-penetrating radar should be used “to determine if these numbers are accurate, or whether there are any additional unrecorded burials on these grounds.” The… Read more »

Have your say on the future of Sarnia’s waterfront

Journal Staff Sarnia is putting together a “renewed vision” for the city’s waterfront and wants to hear what you think. The goals of the new master plan are to strengthen the waterfront as a place for recreation, stimulate economic development and increase connections to the downtown core. The area under discussion faces the St. Clair… Read more »

Hospital opens new patio offering therapeutic space

Journal Staff Bluewater Health has opened a newly renovated patio for patients in the mental health unit. A 600-square-foot enclosed patio provides year-round access with plants, seating, tinted windows, and a special noise machine to cancel out street sounds, the hospital said. “This new patio is a much needed addition to our Inpatient Mental Health… Read more »

How do you get a photo like this? You planet

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Jose and Antonio Ordenes snapped this photo of a solar eclipse on June 10. The father-and-son astrophotography team set up at 5:45 a.m. in a field near the Mooretown campground and stared in awe as the moon passed in front of the rising sun, said 15-year-old Antonio Ordenes. “It was pretty breathtaking…. Read more »

Centre offering free advisory service to small businesses

Journal Staff The Business Enterprise Centre is offering free video consultations to local small business owners. The one-hour consultations can provide help with human resources, legislative compliance, management, marketing, brand development and sales strategies, said the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, which oversees the program. The confidential sessions are provided by local experts in their field and… Read more »

Pandemic has reduced the number of vehicle collisions

Journal Staff Motor vehicle collisions in Sarnia have fallen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarnia Police recorded 205 collisions in the first quarter of this year, down 45% from the same period in 2020 and before the pandemic began, according to a new report from police and Accident Support Services International Ltd. said. Seventeen people… Read more »

Residents 65+ can book second COVID-19 shot today

Journal Staff Second dose registration for COVID-19 vaccinations is now open to residents 65 years and older, Lambton Public Health said today. Registration is also open to those who received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before May 5. Residents who received a first dose of the AstaZeneca vaccine on or before… Read more »