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Amid business pushback, vote coming on downtown BIA

Cathy Dobson An effort to establish a new Business Improvement Area (BIA) for downtown Sarnia is running into opposition. Downtown property owner Pat Coutu is a proponent who says forming a BIA would be a simple way to take marketing “to the next level.” The whole community would benefit if downtown’s profile was raised, he… Read more »

Regional FireFit championships at Lambton College this weekend

  The Western Ontario regional FireFit Championships are coming to Lambton College this weekend. The three-day showcase features male and female competitors in full firefighting gear competing at tasks commonly performed in emergency situations. It’s free for the public to attend and includes food trucks, refreshments and a mini-course set up for children to try…. Read more »

Week of September 5

Police Chief clarifies comments in cannabis arrest story Sir: I was recently quoted in a Sarnia Journal article after search warrants were executed by the Sarnia Police with the Provincial Cannabis Enforcement team at two cannabis shops on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Unfortunately, I did not anticipate the potential harm that could be caused by… Read more »

Oil and water mix at new Gallery in the Grove exhibition

Cathy Dobson  Marilyn Orr admits she doesn’t participate in many exhibitions despite being an accomplished painter. “It is stressful for me,” says the former graphic designer and retired art teacher. There were several times Orr would have pulled the plug on an upcoming show if it hadn’t been for her friend and fellow artist Lynne… Read more »

Line-up of events at the next First Friday walkabout

Journal Staff The Sept. 6 First Friday cultural walkabout in downtown Sarnia will celebrate the start of another season with plenty of art, food and live music. All municipal parking lots are free after 6 p.m. and bike racks are located throughout the downtown. Below is a listing of some of the interesting events on… Read more »

Week of September 5

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 Thursday, Sept. 5 Meditation Twin Bridges NPLC… Read more »

Returning students find high school still under construction

Troy Shantz Students returned to classes this week at Great Lakes Secondary but some are disappointed by the school’s still unfinished state. “It’s kind of frustrating,” 11th grader Summer Kozlof said while registering at the former St. Clair Secondary School last week. “I think they would’ve been done by now if they actually set their… Read more »

Funding announced to protect area’s battered shoreline

Troy Shantz Some relief is on the way for Sarnia’s eroding shorelines. More than $20 million in government funding has been earmarked to reinforce and repair low-lying trouble spots along the St. Clair River and Lake Huron shore at Sarnia, officials said last week. Five locations will be rehabilitated to protect the shore from further… Read more »

No such thing as a free ride? You haven’t seen a trishaw

Cathy Dobson Jane Hu calls it the happiest vehicle on earth. When the Cycling Without Age bike heads out for a spin, the smiles are warm and the camaraderie even warmer. “I enjoy every minute of it,” says 80-year-old Doris Williams. The Point Edward resident was an avid cyclist until around age 70 and misses the… Read more »