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#MeToo effect: Reports of sexual assault in Sarnia double as more victims come forward

Troy Shantz The number of reported sexual assaults in Sarnia more than doubled between 2017 and 2018, confirming the impact of the #MeToo movement, city police say. “We truly believe, with the changes in society… more people are more comfortable reporting what’s happening to them,” said Const. John Sottosanti. Sexual assault cases jumped to 95… Read more »

Well-travelled musician lays down old-time country CD

When Hank Ryder (aka Tyler Brandon) hosts his first CD release party it will also celebrate a surprising array of contributing musicians and singers. Hank, who prefers to use his music world nickname, wrote all the songs for My Autumn Kettle and is the main vocalist. But at least six other singers collaborated and are credited on the… Read more »

Denied

Krysten Campbell, goaltender for the Sarnia Lady Sting Bantam B squad, stifles a shot from Illinois Wilmette Braves attackers on Jan. 10 at Clearwater Arena. The Lady Sting defeated Wilmette 3-0 on the first day of girls International Silver Stick tournament action, which was held in venues across the region last weekend. Troy Shantz

Tackling affordable housing a top priority, mayor says

Cathy Dobson One of Sarnia’s top priorities this year has to be its dire shortage of affordable housing, says Mayor Mike Bradley. Low-income residents wait years for subsidized units and rising rents are forcing people into the street, the mayor said at his annual ‘State of the City’ address last week. “Every community in Canada… Read more »

Full tilt

Four swimmers from the Sarnia Rapid swim team won medals at the Border City meet in Windsor recently. From left here are, Jack Girardi, 14, (gold and bronze), Aili Girardi, 10, (gold, 2 silver, bronze) and Daisy Jenkins, 13, (bronze). Missing is Shona Branton, 17, who won gold. Submitted Photo

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What “home” in space has been continuously occupied since the year 2000?   2 – In June, who was appointed as chief of Sarnia Fire and Rescue Services?   3 – Trumpeter, whooper, and black-necked are all varieties of what bird?   4 – The singer, Shakira, was born in what South American… Read more »

City approves secondary housing; Airbnb rules coming

Journal staff Sarnia has tweaked the rules to allow property owners to create more secondary units in their homes. The bylaw changes allow for new and additional rental accommodation within single, semi and multiple-detached homes in all urban residential areas of the city. Coun. Nathan Colquhoun, who pushed for a staff report on the concept… Read more »

Breakthrough on lease to unlock stalled Bayside redevelopment plan

Cathy Dobson Better late than never. A long-term agreement for Lambton County’s Shared Services centre to operate out of a renovated Bayside Centre should be ready for signing next month, officials say. Lambton County councillors will review the 20-year lease for approval in February, says Stephane Thiffeault, the county’s general manager of corporate services. Though… Read more »

“Bianca factor” spurs tennis interest in young players

Troy Shantz Participation in the sport of tennis has spiked locally and it’s all because of one teenager – Bianca Andreescu. “More Canadians watched her beat Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open than watched the seventh game of the Stanley Cup finals,” said Brian Clarke, a certified tennis instructor and organizer of… Read more »