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Catholic schools getting ventilation upgrades

Journal Staff Throughout the pandemic, the St. Catholic District School Board has invested nearly $20 million in various school projects and upgrades. Assessments are also underway to determine the best way to improve air circulation and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. All schools are getting upgraded air filters, and some are in line for… Read more »

New group to address hate crimes, help victims

Tara Jeffrey A new community alliance has formed to shine light on hate-motivated crime in Sarnia and encourage victims to come forward. “We believe that hate crimes may be underreported,” said Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen. “And it might be through intimidation, or not knowing how to report, or not knowing what is a hate… Read more »

Smart cards now available to Sarnia Transit riders

Journal Staff A ride on Sarnia Transit is now only a swipe away. A new payment system allows passengers to pay fares with a contactless smart card. Card users can pre-purchase tickets, monthly passes, and semester passes. The system includes a reloadable card with automatic transfers, which city staff says improves the overall passenger experience…. Read more »

Week of October 7

Young woman’s act of kindness touched our hearts Sir: We would like to thank the valuable employee of a busy Sarnia coffee shop who helped us out recently. We were looking in to see if a table was available inside, but many students from the high school were already lined up and waiting, so we… Read more »

Chamber players putting a new spin on the classics

Cathy Dobson A small group of classically trained musicians are launching a new concert series to feed their passion for playing and meet a thirst for live entertainment. “We’ve had a very good response so far,” says cellist Barbara Armstrong, co-founder of the Bluewater Chamber Players with violinist Jackie Pritchard. “We have played very little… Read more »

PHOTO: The gazebo effect

The Kinsmen Club of Sarnia held a ceremony last week to unveil a new pergola in Baxter Park, seen in this drone photo on a circular pad. The pergola is only the latest addition to the park, which recently saw its tennis courts transformed into a multi-purpose sports pad. The improvements flow from a community… Read more »

Ode to love: mysterious “Poet Tree” author revealed

Cathy Dobson Michael Slotwinski considered carefully whether to reveal his identity. After all, being anonymous was part of the mystique of the pandemic project he took undertook this year in Canatara Park. For nearly four months, Slotwinski shared a poem he was writing by posting it page-by-page in a glassed-in frame screwed to a tree… Read more »

Week of October 7

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 »

Public Health preparing to roll out child vaccinations

Tara Jeffrey Local health officials say they’ll be ready when Canada authorizes COVID-19 vaccine use for children age five to 11. “Lambton Public Health is currently developing a strategy to immunize this age group,” said Kevin Churchill, manager of family health for Lambton Public Health. “As vaccination for this age group is not currently approved… Read more »

New apartment building to feature ‘mid-range’ rentals

Cathy Dobson Extensive research went into the $15-million, six-storey apartment complex breaking ground just off London Road this month, says a spokesperson for the local development company building it. “We are a small group of entrepreneurs looking to make a difference,” said Lauren McDonald, VP of growth and external affairs for Sarnia-based Vensuris Group of… Read more »