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The Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1.         Which legendary jazz musician was known as “Satchmo”? 2.         Since Sarnia was incorporated as a city in 1914, how many different men have served as Sarnia’s mayor in the last century? a)  19                      b) 25                     c) 31 3.         Hungry? If so, you could have challenged Matt Stonie who recently won the World Poutine Championship… Read more »

OPINION: Ministry has failed all Sarnians

George Mathewson When Gord Miller slammed the environment ministry for inaction on chemical exposure at Aamjiwnaang last week he stated what Sarnians know is true but hate to admit  – our First Nations residents are treated like second-class citizens. Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner called the Environment Ministry’s failure to adequately respond to the impact of spills… Read more »

Sarnia’s Doran back in the NHL

Barry Wright A former general manager of the Sarnia Sting has a new job in the National Hockey League. Terry Doran is now a full-time scout with the Calgary Flames. He replaces Tom Webster who announced his retirement from the game at the NHL entry draft. Doran, who had previously NHL scouting experience with the… Read more »

When special needs teens grow up

Tara Jeffrey For parents of teens living with special needs, the transition to adulthood can be an overwhelming and challenging time. “Those years are really stressful,” said author and keynote speaker Amy Baskin, who will lead an upcoming workshop for area parents called “What’s Next?” “The reality is, unless families are really planning ahead, they… Read more »

Treatment of Aamjiwnaang ‘shameful,’ watchdog says

Marco Vigliotti Government inaction is jeopardizing the health and safety of residents of Sarnia’s First Nation reserve, Ontario’s environmental watchdog says. Gord Miller scolds the Environment Ministry in his annual report for failing to respond properly to complaints from Aamjiwnaang First Nation residents about headaches, nausea, coughing and skin irritation following contaminant leaks in 2013…. Read more »

Seat of power: Did Sarnia’s dour prime minister carve up this church pew?

George Mathewson The name Alexander Mackenzie invokes many things in Sarnia: stonemason, prime minister, dour Scot. But hidden in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is a little-known piece of graffiti that suggests another side of Sarnia’s most famous son. Carved into the arm of one oak pew is the Mackenzie name, apparently cut… Read more »

Squaring the Circle: Helping individuals break free of poverty

Marco Vigliotti Renee Flynn knows all too well how difficult it can be to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Born into what she calls “generational poverty,” Flynn was kicked out of her alcoholic mother’s house at the age of 16 and fell in with a rough crowd, leading to drug experimentation and a string of abusive relationships…. Read more »

Call centre expanding

A new Sarnia call centre is moving ahead with plans to double the size of its workforce, pledging to hire an additional 200 employees by next March. Montreal-based Atelka, which employs around 200 workers in Sarnia, says the expansion is a testament to the quality of employees found in the city. The telecommunications call centre… Read more »

Restoration of Sarnia’s historic F-86 jet is nearly complete

Bonnie Stevenson Special to The Journal In the autumn of 2013, after 40 years of honouring fallen air force personnel from the Battle of Britain, the F-86 Sabre Golden Hawk monument was taken down from its perch in Sarnia’s Germain Park. The goal was to restore the badly damaged jet to its former glory, in… Read more »