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City cyber security expert explains ransomware attacks

Troy Shantz Dozens of local businesses and organizations have been hit by ransomware attacks and many more are vulnerable, a local IT expert says. “On average, I would say businesses lose two days (of productivity) if things are good. I know businesses locally that have lost weeks,” said Hans Study, a partner in the IT… Read more »

‘Buy-local’ movement hampered by “showrooming” shoppers

Troy Shantz Shoppers who visit a local business to try on or ask about a product but then buy it online are unwittingly hurting their own community, local storeowners say. It’s known as “showrooming” and at least 60% of independent retailers say they’ve experienced it, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. One of… Read more »

Lions trimmed

13It was a duel to the finish with the lead changing 10 times, but the final home game of 2019 ended in a loss for the Lambton Lions, who fell 83-79 to the Conestoga College Condors. Jason Watts, seen here attempting a shot, was Lambton’s top scorer with 18 points. The Lions entered the holiday… Read more »

Davies wins national cross country championship in B.C.

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Andrew Davies is the Canadian Junior Cross Country Champion. The second-year student at McMaster University finished first at the national U20 finals in Abbotsford B.C. on Nov. 30, completing the 8-kilometre course in 24:38.01. Davies made his move halfway through the race and stretched his lead in the two final laps to… Read more »

Letters: week of Dec. 12

Christians die at peace, atheists not so much Sir: Regarding the Nov. 21 article by Troy Shantz: ‘Skeptic club bringing cleric-turned-atheist back to town.’ By definition, “atheism” is the position that there are no deities. In order to claim there is no deity, i.e. no god, we can presume the atheist searched every nook and… Read more »

OPINION: What are the next steps for mental health awareness?

Matt Barnes Mental health — two words even our grandparents are putting together these days without implying we should just ‘suck it up’ and ‘be strong.’ The movement to accept mental health awareness has picked up so much momentum that even outdated beliefs of yesteryear can’t slow it down now. From Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk Day’… Read more »

Prime minister Gladu? Local MP pondering Conservative leadership bid

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu says she is “definitely maybe” considering a run for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. “It’s a lot to think about. I’m going to take it under consideration,” Gladu told The Journal Thursday. Speculation surfaced just hours after leader Andrew Scheer announced his resignation as Leader of… Read more »

Lambton College’s competitive esports teams on the rise

Troy Shantz A Lambton College esports team has posted one of the best records in North America. The Lions ‘League of Legends’ squad has a 5-0 record this season in the Collegiate Star League, the 200-school league comprised of colleges and universities from Canada and the U.S. Most recently it defeated Queen’s University Golden Gaels… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Dec. 12

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to     Thursday, Dec. 12   Guided… Read more »