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Outdoor entertainment thriving at Valley Axe

One of the few local places with enough savvy and space to host larger outdoor shows during a pandemic is Valley Axe on London Line. “Through the quarantine we had to dig deep to find opportunities in these unfortunate circumstances,” says co-owner Bo Tait. “It’s been mostly a negative year with some really good highlights.”… Read more »

Hundreds of new homes proposed for The Point

Cathy Dobson An ambitious housing development with the potential to increase the number of homes in Point Edward by 20% has made it past a significant hurdle. Village council voted unanimously to support developer Paul Wicks’ position that the 23 acres (9.3 hectares) where he wants to build at the end of Exmouth Street, is… Read more »

Gladu appointed to shadow cabinet

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton’s MP says her goal is to bring prosperity back to southwestern Ontario with her new appointment to the Conservative Party’s shadow cabinet. Marilyn Gladu has been named to the federal government’s Privy Council and as the shadow minister for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Within the “broad… Read more »

Back to class despite COVID-19

Tara Jeffrey The first day of school may have looked quite different this year, but seven-year-old Billi Hemstreet says she barely noticed. “It was fun,” said the Grade 2 student at Gregory Hogan, clad in her bright pink face mask. “Having my own desk was my favourite, seeing my friends, and meeting my teacher —… Read more »

OPINION: How did the St. Clare River get misspelled?

It is a mystery that we may have to blame on Sarnia’s earliest settlers. Seventeenth century North American explorers were obsessed with finding a shortcut to the fabled riches of China. The first European to sail our local waters was no exception. Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643-1687) was a French fur trader who… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What is the only country in the world that is larger than Canada in area? 2 – Northern Collegiate grad Ashley McDonald has received a scholarship to play what sport at Holy Cross, University in Indiana? 3 – What type of bird shares its name with one of Batman’s archenemies? 4 – At our local… Read more »

Chalk artists to create splashy works at new street competition

Troy Shantz A new street art competition is inviting local artists to transform some pavement near Exmouth Street into brilliant canvases. The medium for the Sept. 26 event is chalk, and 12 competitors are being chosen to compete through a juried selection, said organizer Will Graham. “Hopefully this will give folks something to do (socially… Read more »

It’s been a banner year for flag-flying Sarnia woman

Troy Shantz Almost every weekday, Sarnia’s Lucienne de Vries flies a different flag from a flagpole in her front yard, and it’s become a neighbourhood head-turner. Families, joggers and dog-walkers stop often in front of the McCrie Street home to see what’s up that day, said daughter Helene Renwick “It’s amazing the number of people… Read more »

Sarnians may be forced to shovel their sidewalks this winter

Troy Shantz Sarnia is considering fines for homeowners who don’t clear the snow from their sidewalks this winter. City staff is seeking feedback on three new options for snow removal in response to new provincial standards, said Alister Brown, Sarnia’s manager of development and transportation. Residents have until Oct. 2 to share their opinion on… Read more »