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Nearly one-third of eligible local residents have had first COVID-19 shot

Troy Shantz Almost one in in three eligible Sarnia-Lambton residents has received a first COVID-19 shot, and the vaccine appears to be having a positive impact on the community, says Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health. An outbreak at Sarnia’s Rosewood Retirement Village was declared over last week after 19 residents and two staff tested positive… Read more »

Week of April 15

Resident starts petition to address noisy vehicles Sir: After reading the April 8 letter, “Why does Sarnia have a noise bylaw if it’s not enforced?” I felt it necessary to respond. The very same thing is happening in the residential area of Finch and Wellington. The sound is excruciating, and over an extended period of… Read more »

Kids in crisis now have a local number to call

Cathy Dobson A new crisis line for children and youth in Sarnia-Lambton has launched amid dire warnings the pandemic is taking a toll on their mental health. Everyone is impacted by the pandemic, but children and youth experience it differently, said Hani Dajani, executive director at the Family Counselling Centre. “They have less ability to… Read more »

Week of April 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 With pandemic cancellations common, we… Read more »

School board has buyer for SCITS property, sale pending

Cathy Dobson The local public school board has entered into a binding agreement with an undisclosed buyer for the former SCITS property on Wellington Street. The Lambton Kent District School Board received multiple offers for the 100-year-old school building and 9.2 acres it occupies, superintendent Brian McKay confirmed. The board is legally bound not to… Read more »

Judge Donohue hangs up gavel after distinguished career

Troy Shantz When Judge Joe Donohue logged onto Zoom last week he expected to deal with a courtroom emergency. Instead, he was greeted by dozens of family, friends and colleagues on his final day as a Superior Court Justice. “Wow! Look at those people,” he told his Zoommates. “I thought I was coming in here… Read more »

Province to proceed with Highway 40 expansion

Journal Staff After decades of lobbying senior government, Sarnia will finally see a risky stretch of Highway 40 widened to four lanes from two. Ontario gave the green light last month to the highway section running north from Indian Road to a point just north of Wellington Street. Highway 40 is used by more than… Read more »

Youth sports coach Gary Gallant was “just a lovable guy’

Troy Shantz Gary Gallant once coached a Sarnia girl’s hockey team through three consecutive seasons without a tournament loss. Not bad for a guy who was uncomfortable on the ice, said friend and fellow coach Bryan Chappell. “He couldn’t skate. (But) he was a very good coach and the kids all loved him,” Chappell said…. Read more »

Dwindling supply starting to impact local vaccine rollout

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout is missing only one thing: vaccines. Lambton Public Health has the capacity to administer 10,000 vaccine doses a week but supplies from the province aren’t keeping up, officials say. “We are at a critical juncture – we need a large influx of vaccines to keep our clinics running and… Read more »