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COVID-19 UPDATE: Active caseload climbing

Tara Jeffrey Lambton’s active COVID-19 caseload has climbed to ten, after two outbreaks were declared Thursday, and two more school-linked cases were reported. According to Lambton Public Health, a staff member at Sarnia’s Twin Lakes Terrace Long Term Care Community has tested positive for the virus, prompting officials to declare an outbreak. “The outbreak places… Read more »

City plays Santa with ‘Toys for Tickets’

Journal Staff Sarnia is getting downright festive about parking tickets this year, although one councillor called it humbug. Council approved a “Toys for Tickets” project last week that will allow drivers to avoid paying parking fines by donating a new children’s toy or gift card. The city is partnering with the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton,… Read more »

New ‘healing academy’ opens to address COVID anxiety

Cathy Dobson Laura Persichetti believes in adapting to the times. So when the pandemic arrived the Sarnia entrepreneur closed her yoga studio and quickly designed a new business model more suited to physical distancing. The new counselling service uses her background in psychotherapy and incorporates other tools, including yoga, to address the anxiety and separation COVID-19… Read more »

UPDATE: COVID-19 transmission spreading in Lambton

Tara Jeffrey Lambton Public Health is now investigating an outbreak of COVID-19 at a Sarnia long-term care facility, as well as an area workplace. In a news release issued late Thursday, the health unit says it notified a Sarnia long-term care facility of a positive case of the virus and has taken steps to declare… Read more »

More school-linked COVID-19 cases confirmed

Tara Jeffrey The number of local schools linked to COVID-19 has risen to three. Lambton-Kent District School Board director John Howitt confirmed Thursday that Bright’s Grove Public School and Northern Collegiate have been linked to positive cases of the virus, in addition to a case at Corunna’s Colonel Cameron Public School, announced Tuesday. While Lambton… Read more »

Week of October 15

What’s happening events must be open to the public or virtual, 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 info@thesarniajournal.ca With pandemic cancellations common, we… Read more »

Sarnia concerned about visitors coming from pandemic hot spots

Journal Staff Sarnia is asking the Ontario government to intervene and stop people from high-risk COVID-19 regions coming to the city to use its DriveTest Centre. An influx of non-local residents from regions under Phase 2 restrictions is placing the health and safety of centre staff and the wider community at risk, said Chris Carter,… Read more »

Sarnia taking charge of its own economic development

Troy Shantz Sarnia is preparing to open its own office of economic development. The new office and its yet-to-be hired manager will focus on growth opportunities for city-owned assets, said Sarnia’s manager of community services. The objective is drumming up investor interest, Stacey Forfar said. “How can we really drive that business and investment decision-making… Read more »

Sarnia Police spending to rise 3.4%

Journal Staff The Sarnia Police Services board rubber-stamped an operating budget last week that includes a 3.4% spending increase. Most of the new spending will go to staff wages and benefits, said Chief Norm Hansen. Another 1.4% of the increase is earmarked for an updated 911 emergency system, which is mandated by the province. Salaries… Read more »