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Sarnia gives thumbs-up to 132 new homes on Modeland Road

Journal Staff Two new housing projects backing onto Modeland Road cleared hurdles this week. City council approved a rezoning application to allow construction of 95 single-family homes between Michigan Avenue and Berger Road, after the developer completed all the necessary studies. And in a separate move Monday, council approved an application from Sifton Properties to… Read more »

Top doctor doesn’t know why Sarnia-Lambton one of last to get vaccine

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton is one of 14 (*see note below) health regions in Ontario that has not yet received and COVID-19 vaccine doses. And though the expected arrival date is still the first week of February “these things change very frequently,” Dr. Sudit Ranade told a special meeting of Lambton County council today. Lambton’s Medical… Read more »

Simon takes his school-of-hard-knocks teaching online

Troy Shantz Neither contracting COVID-19 nor the death of his son has slowed Aamjiwnaang’s Jason Simon and his mission to support indigenous youth. The former NHL forward has toured Canada and some U.S. states for almost four years, sharing his personal story with thousands of kids and community members. With the latest COVID-19 restrictions in… Read more »

Week of January 14

Reader saddened to see another woodlot targetted Sir: While curiously reading the Nov. 26 article entitled “Point Spread,” I was disappointed and saddened to see yet another stand of trees is falling victim to development. The Venetian Boulevard woodlot is home to the Butler’s garter snake – an endangered species in Ontario – and many… Read more »

Ukrainian Orthodox church sold; could remain a church

Cathy Dobson   It took just days for Sarnia’s Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church to find a buyer apparently interested in maintaining the elaborate building as a place of worship. “It sold right away,” said John Blysniuk, a Holy Trinity trustee and church member the past 35 years. “It was a pleasant surprise, for sure.”… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal weekly trivia challenge

1 – ABBA was a pop music group from what country? 2 – Since June, Bright’s Grove resident Allan Calvert has been the CEO of what local organization? 3 – Dawn Wells, a cast member of what still popular 1960s TV show, passed away recently? 4 – Sarnia’s Dave Finley recently completed from scratch an… Read more »

OPINION: Thanks, but addiction funding did not go far enough

For me, the letdown was like ordering a bestselling book and getting just the first chapter in the mail. A good start, but nothing close to what I wanted. Local mental health workers probably felt the same after the Ontario government announced last week Sarnia is getting a temporary, 12-bed residential facility for residents to… Read more »

Family’s bequest thanks Alzheimer Society for its kindness

Troy Shantz The care and compassion Georgie Cossitt received from the Alzheimer’s Society of Sarnia-Lambton had a huge impact on her last days, her son says. During twice weekly respite care visits, Cossitt and personal support worker Sue Jones would go for walks, make arts and crafts, and they would cook together — a hobby… Read more »

Hospital fears the worst is ahead as two more COVID-19 deaths are recorded

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton has two new COVID-19 deaths, Bluewater Health says. Two women from a long-term-care facility experiencing an ongoing outbreak have died, bringing the total COVID-19 deaths to 30. Bluewater Health spokesperson Julia Oosterman said the ongoing outbreaks at long-term-care facilities are “worrisome.” COVID-19 cases among vulnerable and senior populations are what strains the… Read more »

Sarnia Police investigating city’s second homicide in five days

Journal Staff City Police are investigating Sarnia’s second homicide of the New Year. Police officers, paramedics and Sarnia fire arrived at a Lee Court residence at 12:30 a.m. today and found a woman there with serious injuries. She was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead. Police arrested a man at the scene. Joseph Dominic… Read more »