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Sarnia designated for French-language services

Journal Staff Sarnia has been designated to provide French-language services by the Ministry of Francophone Affairs. Starting Nov. 1, 2024, Ontario government offices in Sarnia will offer full French-language services in accordance with the French Language Services Act. The request came from two local Francophone organizations, Regroupement des organismes francophones de Sarnia-Lambton and the Centre… Read more »

City bans street parking on Lakeshore Road

Journal Staff Vehicle parking is no longer allowed anyone on Lakeshore Road between Murphy and Telfer roads. The stretch of Lakeshore from Modeland to Telfer was reconstructed over the past two years to include wider paved shoulders to encourage walking and cycling. Council made the move after City Hall received complaints of vehicles parking on… Read more »

Year in Review: A stranger’s compassion gets teen back in the saddle

Editor’s note: This week we’re running some of our favourite people features of 2021, a reminder that even in difficult times good things happen. This one first appeared November 4. Cathy Dobson The beautiful smile on Raquel Ferreira’s face says it all. A stranger’s kindness has caused her to reevaluate a belief that Sarnia is… Read more »

Mayor’s stately Victorian home getting a second look

Tara Jeffrey Bill Heartwell is hoping a calendar dedicated to his childhood home will strike a chord with history-loving Sarnians. “There’s been a lot of interest,” the Toronto-based architect said of the 2022 calendar, “Recollections of the Gurd Mansion,” dedicated to a long-gone home that was once the largest in Sarnia. “My grandfather bought the… Read more »

City to continue providing free menstrual products in washrooms

Journal Staff Sarnia will continue to provide free menstrual products in public washrooms on a permanent basis. City council has endorsed the idea following a trial period at arenas and park. Twenty-two dispensers were installed at nine facilities in January of 2020, and the pilot was extended a year because pandemic closures didn’t result in… Read more »

New requirements coming for proof of vaccination

Journal Staff Sarnia will require enhancing proof of vaccination in the New Year. Effective Jan. 4, all indoor recreational facilities that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination — including city arenas and the Strangway Centre — will require an Ontario enhanced vaccine certificate with QR code. The QR code can be used digitally or by printing… Read more »