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Week of July 9

Thank you, Sarnia, for taking care of Howard Watson nature trail Sir: Recent letters to the editor have painted an unflattering picture of Sarnia’s management of the Howard Watson Nature Trail, especially around the planned use of the trail under the Highway 402 overpass. There is another side to this issue. Before 1980 and before… Read more »

Teen used lockdown time to rebuild dad’s muscle car

Troy Shantz When Ontario schools shut down suddenly this spring Christopher Blair was more than happy to spend his days in the garage. The St. Patrick’s student spent the next two months mechanically rebuilding and fully restoring a 1980 Pontiac Trans Am. The teen is “obsessed” with mechanical things, his parents say. “Everything he could… Read more »

Apartment fire death was accidental

Journal Staff The cause of death of a woman killed in an apartment fire on Trillium Park has been deemed non-suspicious. Sarnia Police said the July 7 fire was accidental and the 65-year-old resident died as a result of smoke inhalation. Shortly after 3 a.m. on Tuesday, 19 firefighters from four stations rushed to the… Read more »

Local pilot project answering call for better crisis-response policing

Troy Shantz Leading a handcuffed person in serious mental distress through the hospital emergency department isn’t something police officers enjoy, says Const. Tim VanCowenberg. Which is why many have welcomed a pilot program underway in Sarnia in which a mental health team is deployed to de-escalate high-pressure situations and aid people in crisis. “You can… Read more »

A spark of inspiration

Hunter Arnold had a front-row seat when a hydro transformer on George Street caught fire Tuesday and caused both a power outage and some neighbourhood excitement. As the fascinated five-year-old watched the action unfold, a Sarnia firefighter walked over and presented him with a special fireman’s hat. “My son was beside himself,” said mom Lisa… Read more »

Local hospital ranked among the best in Canada

Journal Staff Bluewater Health has moved up in Newsweek’s list of Canada’s best hospitals. The local hospital jumped 12 positions to 38th in this year’s list. Canada has are about 1,400 hospitals. “This listing is further validation that our people and facilities continue to perform in the top tier of Canadian hospitals,” said President and… Read more »

Housing residences eyed for 900 Lambton College students

Cathy Dobson A Toronto-based company wants to build a trio of nine-storey student residences on land it owns on the south side of London Road at Afton Drive. If approved, the Cantam Group housing project would be the first of its kind in Sarnia and create 234 units with 910 bedrooms, says the company’s local… Read more »

Lambton County says NO to mandatory mask use

Cathy Dobson Lambton County Council doesn’t want masks to be mandatory when people are indoors and unable to physically distance from others. But council voted today to “support and encourage” mask use to help stop the spread of COVID-19 under those circumstances. Canadian public health officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) say a non-medical… Read more »

Mosquito control efforts now underway

Journal Staff Mosquito season is in full swing again and control efforts are underway. Lambton Public Health has hired the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority to add the insecticide methoprene to street catch basins to prevent mosquito larvae from growing and reproducing. Traps are also being set up to monitor mosquito populations so see if… Read more »

TUESDAY UPDATE: Number of active cases now down to two

Journal Staff With one more person having recovered, Sarnia-Lambton has just two confirmed and active cases of COVID-19, Lambton Public Health said this morning. That’s the lowest number of infections since the pandemic began in March. Just one new case has been confirmed over the past two weeks and Bluewater Health has been COVID-free for… Read more »