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OPINION: Defunding of successful seniors’ program was a mistake

  Bonnie Stevenson I was shocked to learn about the United Way’s decision to discontinue funding for the Lambton Seniors Association Handyman/Handywoman program. I was aware the United Way had instituted a means test to show program outcomes,’ but the LSA program’s outcomes are positive and self-evident. A statistician will tell you statistics can be… Read more »

What’s happening: week of July 11

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, July 11   Entertainment Series… Read more »

South Western film festival turning 5, continues to grow

Cathy Dobson Yet another new feature is being introduced by Sarnia’s own film festival as it continues to prosper. Founder Ravi Srinivasan is launching a new series of filmmaking workshops for Indigenous teens. They rarely take advantage of all the South Western International Film Festival has to offer, so Srinivasan is breaking down transportation barriers and… Read more »

Report paints disturbing picture of challenges faced by aging population

Troy Shantz Patient-on-patient assaults ignored. Long-term care home residents waiting hours to use the washroom. The frail and elderly left home alone after support workers fail to show. Those and other troubling details are contained in a report released last month by Navigating Senior Care Lambton and Community Legal Assistance Sarnia. The 20-page report, entitled… Read more »

Come on in. The water is fine.

In an effort to beat the heat on The Point Lands last week, Tori Yruegaz encourages her eight-month old pup George to join her in the refreshing water of the St. Clair River. The black lab-St. Bernard mix was happy to oblige. Glenn Ogilvie

You don’t need a loco-motive to see these model trains

Cathy Dobson The fifth annual Model Train Day at Moore Museum is on track to draw its biggest crowd yet on July 14. Whether it’s the painstaking attention to minute detail or a thirst for local railway history, there’s a growing number of people fascinated by model trains, says museum curator Laurie Mason. The model… Read more »

Woman telling nation about residential schools

Tara Jeffrey Lila Bruyere had every reason to give up. “I’ve heard it all my life — that I’m stupid. That I’m never going to amount to anything,” said the 66-year-old Sarnia woman. “Those messages still haunt me sometimes. “But I’ve proved ‘em wrong before.” The former Aamjiwnaang First Nation addictions counsellor and residential school… Read more »

City police keeping an eye on rowdy behaviour at beach

Cathy Dobson Sarnia Police are responding to numerous complaints about people causing problems at ‘The Cove,’ the sheltered inlet at the west end of Canatara Park. During one “targeted enforcement response” in late June officers issues 12 provincial offence tickets for violations that included public intoxication, trespassing, noise and drug use. Days later, on the… Read more »

Best enjoyed with friends

Students, from left, Francisco Resendia Martinez, Monica Paola Santana Murillo and Claudio Isaac Diaz Vazquez, devour mouth watering ribs and sauce at the 20th annual Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest on Friday. The event featured five “Ribbers,” live music and a midway. Glenn Ogilvie