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Sarnia’s growing homeless population faces a bleak winter ahead

Troy Shantz It’s shaping up to be a long, cold winter for Sarnia’s homeless. Both of the city’s homeless shelters are at capacity and have been for the past year. And an ongoing shortage of affordable housing has created bleak prospects for people living on the street, said Myles Vanni, executive director at Inn of… Read more »

Police budget: board gives chief a target to shoot for

Troy Shantz Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen was given until this week to sharpen his pencil. The chief recently unveiled a draft operating budget that packed a 7.1% spending increase next year, which didn’t sit well with members of the Sarnia Police Services Board. At a hastily called meeting last week the board approved measures… Read more »

Sarnians should prepare for wetter, buggier climate

Cathy Dobson Sarnia is already feeling the impact of climate change and needs to prepare for extreme weather, says the city employee charged with determining what might occur over the next three decades. Nancy Bourgeois, a planner assigned to spend two years evaluating the risk and drafting an action plan, is in the early stages… Read more »

Gladu garners huge support

Cathy Dobson Conservative incumbent Marilyn Gladu handily retained her seat in Sarnia-Lambton Monday night, unofficially winning nearly 50% of the vote. A horserace predicted by some between Gladu and NDP candidate Adam Kilner did not materialize as Gladu took an early lead and never looked back. The earliest polls to report were from the City… Read more »

Angry Lake Huron takes another swipe at Old Lakeshore

Troy Shantz A one-kilometre stretch of Old Lakeshore Road was closed last week when wind-whipped waves pummelled the Bright’s Grove shoreline and hurled football-sized rocks onto the street. “It was pretty severe weather,” said city construction manager Rob Williams. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen it have such an impact.” Worst hit was the bank… Read more »

Theatre Sarnia stages musical based on dark teen comedy

The 1988 cult film “Heathers” that critics call dark, cynical and subversive has surprisingly morphed into a musical some reviewers say is charming. Like the movie, “Heathers: The Musical” revolves around the lives of 1980s high school students obsessed with the in-crowd, the outcasts and cliques. But unlike the movie, the young girls wearing knee… Read more »

Air Strike

Joey Stock of the Lambton College Lions baseball team fires in a pitch during the final two innings of a game against the George Brown Huskies on Oct. 5. It was one of Lambton’s most competitive games this year but the result was the same, a 5-3 loss. The Lions were winless in their first… Read more »

At the end of the rainbow

A new crosswalk was unveiled on Lochiel Street at Christina last week featuring the colours of the rainbow flag, a symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer pride movement. The crosswalk was largely the work of Sarnia-Lambton Rebound’s Spectrum program, an inclusive drop-in open to LGBTQ, two-spirited and questioning youth. Spectrum fundraised $4,000… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Laura Secord’ cottage one of our last old summer homes

Randy Evans & Gary Shrumm Maybe you’ve noticed it, an old-style cottage still standing at the corner of Lakeshore and Blackwell Side Road, abandoned and fighting a losing battle against the elements and surrounding housing development. It has a story to tell. The tale begins with Joanna and Joseph Smith, the first settlers of Blackwell,… Read more »