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Health officials seek public help drafting drug strategy

Tara Jeffrey Officials behind a comprehensive drug and alcohol strategy are hoping to hear from as many Sarnia-Lambton residents as possible through an online survey. Share Your Voice, (shareyourvoice.ca) invites residents to share feedback by completing a survey or uploading a video detailing how drugs and alcohol have impacted their lives, and provide suggestions on… Read more »

Retirees paint portrait of the artist as a sprung man

Cathy Dobson When better to discover a new talent than in retirement? Two local men featured in this year’s Gifts of the Season show at Gallery in the Grove didn’t start painting in earnest until they left the workforce. Bob Coates, 82, of Blue Point, and Irvin Hawkes, 76, of Bright’s Grove, were chosen to provide the… Read more »

New swim season under way

Twenty swimmers from Sarnia Rapids 1 swim team earned top-three finishes at the first St. Clair-Erie Aquatic League meet of the season in Aylmer, Ont. From left are, front row: Ava Peachey, 7, Ali Page, 10, Anna Brush, 9, Evelyn Gower, 7, Joshua Peterson, 7, and Kiarra Peterson, 6; middle row: Esben Morrison, 11, Grace… Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 7

Housing Minister says level of homeless funding hasn’t changed Sir: I want to address concerns raised in “Sarnia’s growing homeless population faces a bleak winter ahead” published in the Sarnia Journal on October 22, 2019. Statements made in the article suggest that there will be a decline in available homelessness services due to funding provided… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Nov. 7

What’s happening events must be open to the public, 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   Thursday, Nov. 7   Speaker Series… Read more »

Village first to impose 4% tax on booming hotel industry

Point Edward has become the first municipality in Lambton County to approve a 4% municipal accommodation tax, or MAT, on guests staying in hotels, motels and Airbnbs. The money will help pay for tourism promotion and securing more big events like this summer’s Tall Ships Festival, says Point Edward Mayor Bev Hand. Hand is also… Read more »

City police aim to rebalance its white, male workforce

Troy Shantz Sarnia Police knows it has a diversity problem and is looking to address it. “In the more than over 160 years since the department was established there has yet to be a single senior administrator who is not a white, cisgender male,” said Sarnia Police Sgt. Jaime McCabe. “There have only been two… Read more »

Mitch Albom arriving right after launch of latest book

I interviewed Mitch Albom minutes after finishing his latest non-fiction book about a little Haitian girl he and his wife took in, and then lost to brain cancer. I was still wiping away tears, I explained to him. “I’m glad you were moved by it,” he said. “But I hope you didn’t just find it sad. I… Read more »