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City not budging on plastic bag use for yard waste

Cathy Dobson Sarnia is among the last communities in Canada that still collects compostable materials in environmentally unfriendly plastic bags. And for the time being, it’s going to stay that way. City council rejected a report from city engineer Andre Morin recently recommending a switch to paper bags for residential yard waste. Morin said he… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of June 18

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 Wednesday June 17 Great Lakes Conference Sarnia-Lambton… Read more »

Letters, week of June 18

City overreacted to my yard waste Sir: It never ceases to amaze me that compostable items and brush are only collected once a month when the growing season is at its height. If you are like me, you have pride of ownership and like to keep your lawn and gardens manicured in spring, summer and… Read more »

West Nile virus found in dead bird

A dead crow in Sarnia’s north end has tested positive for West Nile virus. Lambton Public Health said the bird was found June 5 and test results received June 12. It is the first confirmation in 2015 of the virus, which is spread to people and animals through the bite of infected mosquitos. To reduce… Read more »

Naturalization project launched at solar farm

A five-year, $150,000 partnership between Enbridge and Return the Landscape was launched June 12 that will see new wetlands, woodlands and tallgrass prairie plantings on 200 acres of the company’s Sarnia Solar site. Here, Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School horticultural students show off three types of milkweed plants, used to attract monarch butterflies, which were grown… Read more »

Snagging touring art exhibition a major coup for city gallery

Journal Staff The largest art exhibition in Sarnia-Lambton’s history is coming to the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery this fall. Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery exhibition features 75 paintings by major Canadian and European artists spanning four centuries. A trio of masterworks by Salvador Dali form the centerpiece of the exhibition, which runs… Read more »

Urban, meet Rural. Now let’s eat!

Cathy Dobson Who knew that a full 50% of the City of Sarnia is agricultural land? Or that 100 farmers work nearly 19,000 acres literally next door to the urban centre. “That’s unique for larger cities. It kinda blows your socks off,” says Sarnia planning manager Kevin Edwards. “The urban-rural mix really makes our city… Read more »

New gymnastics club opens downtown

Cathy Dobson Two seasoned athletes interested in gymnastics, personal training and nutrition have opened a new club in Sarnia’s downtown. Platinum Gymnastics is located at 250 Christina St. North, in the Kenwick building where Jack Kennedy’s Music Centre was for many years. It’s a unique location with a lit marquee sign and a spiral staircase… Read more »

COLUMN: Breaking the silence on pregnancy loss

Tara Jeffrey The emergency department is the last place anyone wants to be; but it’s particularly devastating when you’re losing a pregnancy. My first miscarriage found my husband and I in that position last fall at Bluewater Health, where I feared our experience would be cold, quick and compassionless. Instead, after a few tests, the… Read more »

Valhalla boys basketball team wins Ontario crown

Barry Wright The Valhalla Vikings juvenile (U17) boys basketball squad has added its name to the growing list of local provincial and national champions. The club, which is essentially the senior boys squad from Northern Collegiate, topped the Barrie Royals, 55-45 to capture the Ontario Basketball Association Ontario Cup divisional crown in Whitby, Ont. Seeded… Read more »