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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 »

Air quality advisory for Sarnia today

Journal Staff Elevated levels of pollution are forecast for Sarnia today for a second straight day. The air is expected to reach 6 on the air quality index this afternoon and into this evening, which is in the moderate risk range. At that level, people with heart or breathing problems should consider reducing or rescheduling… Read more »

Firefighters respond to overnight high-rise fire

Journal Staff Sarnia Police say a woman who rushed to hospital from an early morning apartment tower fire has since died. Nineteen firefighters from four Sarnia Fire Rescue stations responded to the high-rise in the 800 block of Trillium Park shortly after 3 a.m. and found smoke and flames in an upper storey apartment unit…. Read more »

Lambton College researchers in the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine

Cathy Dobson Lambton College’s biotechnology researchers have joined the race to find a vaccine for COVID-19. Collaborative work began in May with Toronto-based Mediphage Bioceuticals on a mini-string DNA-based vaccine engineered to artificially simulate an immune response. “Our role as a community college is to support the community, to keep it safe, and we take… Read more »

Local businesses struggling, some are going under

Journal Staff Numerous local businesses have not yet reopened and there’s no indication when they will, says the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation. “That is of concern. The longer they’re closed the greater risk that they’ll be unable to reopen,” said general manager Don Anderson. “They’re going to deplete their working capital.” The SLBDC is a… Read more »

City Hall undergoes internal restructuring

Journal Staff Sarnia’s City Hall has been reorganized. On June 29, the parks and recreation department merged with the division known as community development and standards to create a new, larger entity called the Community Services Division, headed by general manager Stacey Forfar. Smaller departments that oversaw property, arenas, pools and sportfields merged into a… Read more »

Flying LGBTQ rainbow stirs flag flap at school board

Tara Jeffrey A symbol of equity and inclusion stirred an unlikely controversy last month when the public school board was criticized for both the length of time and the way it flew the LGBTQ Pride flag. The Lambton Kent District School Board directed its schools to raise the rainbow flag from June 1 to 5…. Read more »