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City seeking input on renaming Sarnia Arena

Journal Staff Sarnia is seeking public input on a proposal to rename Sarnia Arena after Pat “Whitey” Stapleton, the first Sarnian to play full-time in the National Hockey League. Comments received by April 26 will help shape a future staff report for city council’s consideration. Resident Brian Keelan proposed the name change and organized a… Read more »

OPINION: Another compendium of curious stuff from Sarnia’s past

Randy Evans BUSY GUY – After graduating from the University of Toronto with a degree in architecture, Chester Charles Woods (1890-1970) returned to his native Sarnia to ply his profession. By the time he was done, Woods had designed 12 Ontario hospitals, 10 movie houses (including one in Sarnia), London Road Public School (1920), Johnston… Read more »

Several departments at City Hall realigned

Journal Staff City Hall has undergone a pair of internal realignments. Two formerly separate services have been joined to create a new Building and Bylaw Enforcement Department. Adam MacDonald will oversee the department with Corrine Nauta, who joined the city in November, acting as Chief Building Official. The move standardizes the delivery of services in… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What three states in the US begin with the letter “C”? 2 – Corunna’s Katie Courchesne became the first woman with what organization to hold the position of a ship’s bosun? 3 – Used in social media, the Internet abbreviation “ICYMI” stands for “In case you . . .”? 4 – The Blue… Read more »

26% of Sarnia-Lambton residents have had first COVID-19 shot

Troy Shantz One in four eligible residents of Sarnia-Lambton has now received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot. About 30,000 people have received at least one dose and more than 1,500 are fully immunized with two shots, Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health said Thursday. “Thirty thousand is a nice milestone to have reached,” Dr. Sudit… Read more »

Money is helping, but homeless crisis may get worse

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s homeless crisis could worsen in the coming weeks as CERB and other government support programs run out, says Lambton County’s homelessness prevention manager. “We need to at least be prepared for it. Given the economic trends and what we know is coming it’s a reasonable assumption,” Melissa Fitzpatrick said. Sarnia’s two homeless… Read more »

Week of April 8

Why does Sarnia have a noise bylaw if it’s not enforced? Sir: I read with interest the article in the March 25 edition regarding business owners defying the lockdown order. To me, the interesting point was the fact that Sarnia actually had two bylaw enforcement officers supported by four uniformed Sarnia Police officers swiftly move… Read more »

Sarnia Cenotaph vandalized

Journal Staff One of Sarnia’s most respected landmarks has been vandalized. The bronze statue of a Canadian soldier standing atop the Sarnia Cenotaph in Veterans Park was damaged on April 6, Sarnia Police said. One or more people pried the copper rifle from the shoulder of soldier, possibly for its scrap metal value. “Tommy,” as… Read more »

“Can’t do this anymore:” Eatery owners call it quits

Cathy Dobson  The pandemic has permanently ended the dream of two Sarnians to run their own restaurant. Less than three years after Laurie and Dean Frayne opened Lake Point Grillhouse & Lounge a lack of staff, a delay in government assistance, and a third wave of COVID-19 has made staying in business impossible, Laurie Frayne… Read more »