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Point Edward budget includes 1.99% tax increase

Journal Staff Point Edward council has approved a 2021 budget containing a 1.99% tax increase. Village residents will pay $978 in municipal property taxes on each $150,000 worth of home assessment this year, an increase of $19 annually. The final tax bill is comprised of the municipal portion, the Lambton County portion that is up… Read more »

Week of April 8

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca With pandemic cancellations common, we… Read more »

COVID-19 shot registration now open to 60+ age group

Journal Staff Ontario has opened registration for individuals 60 to 69 years of age (or who turn 60 this year) to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Registration is also now open to individuals who are under 60 but have high-risk medical conditions, along with one essential caregiver. Full details on eligibility and registration can be found… Read more »

SPECIAL REPORT: Seven years in, Sarnia Harbour gamble has paid off

Troy Shantz & George Mathewson When city council agreed to take ownership of Sarnia Harbour in March of 2014 it provoked some quiet angst. After all, running the federal government’s sprawling complex of shipping wharves and warehouses was far outside City Hall’s core mandate of roads and garbage collection. Despite Ottawa sweetening the handover with… Read more »

Sarnia council erases proposed graffiti plan

Journal Staff Sarnia’s proposed graffiti policy has been scrubbed. Council voted last week to can a plan to invest in equipment to remove graffiti and create a process for artists to legally paint murals on designated buildings. “Quite frankly, I think this is a waste of money,” said Coun. Mike Stark. “We (have) formally dealt… Read more »

Councillors play it by ear, change tune on Valley Axe

Troy Shantz A compromise has been found for a Sarnia retirement community and its sometimes-loud neighbour. Valley Axe co-owner Bo Tait returned to council last week armed with a 1,800-name petition and a new offer to satisfy concerns about loud outdoor music shows at the London Road business. Council agreed to Tait’s request for noise… Read more »

Canada’s most famous ship

The original “Bluenose” docked near the foot of Sarnia’s Ferry Dock Hill on June 4, 1933. Launched 100 years ago on March 26, 1921 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, the Bluenose was built to fish cod on the Grand Banks but also designed for speed because the first boat back to the dock got the most… Read more »

Tornados, wrecks featured on Heritage “disaster” tour

Cathy Dobson Pat McLean was a 22-year-old nurse in training at Sarnia General Hospital when, without warning, the infamous F4 tornado hit Sarnia on May 21, 1953. Hundreds of buildings were destroyed and the community thrown into chaos. “I was in the cafeteria and the drapes began blowing,” she recalls.  “I ran over to close the… Read more »

Survey says: paper ballots in next election not dead yet

Troy Shantz Sarnia councillors are still at odds about whether to use paper ballots in next year’s municipal election. They recently requested a staff report on the feasibility of adding the option of paper ballots, but having them counted by volunteers instead of costly tabulating machines. Council had earlier agreed to use Internet-only voting for… Read more »