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MPP probed on huge ‘town hall’ numbers

An eyebrow-raising number of people took part in a “telephone town hall” held by Sarnia-Lambton’s MPP on March 31. According to a news release from Bob Bailey’s office: “More than 7,600 constituents joined in and participated during the hour long call which included call-in guests Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP, Monte McNaughton, and Huron-Bruce MPP, Lisa Thompson.” Really?… Read more »

How Sarnia won a hand but lost the game

Ontario’s latest plan to overhaul gambling in the province stirs up painful memories of what was – and what might have been – for Sarnia. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) said last week it will expand the sale of lottery tickets, move gambling online and close or relocate gaming facilities that are “underperforming.”… Read more »

Women at work

Construction has begun on Habitat for Humanity’s latest build. Karen Ramsay, centre, and Sharon Silk, right, will live in the new home going up in Petrolia, which, for the first time, is being built by all-female volunteer work crews. With them is Debbie McNeil, branch manager of RBC in Forest and Petrolia. Ramsay said she’s… Read more »

Track star follows path of local Olympian

Danielle Quinn says following in the footsteps of Olympic and World Championship bronze medalist and five-time NCAA champion Derek Drouin in the track and field program at the University of Indiana has been both challenging and motivational. “There’s a little more pressure because I’m from the same hometown as Derek.” said the St. Christopher grad…. Read more »

Sustainability group shutting down

The Bluewater Sustainability Initiative is no longer, well … sustainable. The agency founded to ensure Sarnia-Lambton’s cultural, economic, environmental and social future has held its last official event. It’s shutting its doors in June after eight years. BSI has held many events and groomed numerous projects since 2006.  Workshops on alternate energy and recycling were… Read more »

Massage franchise works out the kinks

Mike and Mary Jorgenson are introducing a new approach to massage therapy to Sarnia. They are franchise owners of Massage Addict, a membership-based massage provider with 15 locations in Ontario. The Jorgensons, each with 15 years of retail experience, have rights to the Southwestern Region. They opened their first Massage Addict on April 1 at… Read more »

City teen makes wrestling history

Sarnia’s Emily Schaefer ended her high school wrestling career with a clean sweep. At the recent Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSSA) championship in Brampton, the Grade Northern Collegiate student stood atop the podium in the girls 51 kilogram weight class, claiming her fourth provincial title in as many years. Capturing a single Ontario… Read more »

Ships backed up in Lake Huron

Shipping traffic has been backed up in southern Lake Huron because sections of the Great Lakes are still covered in ice. As many as half a dozen freighters can be seen some days parked in the lake, waiting for a chance to head north into the upper lakes. The shipping season was late starting this… Read more »

Cinderella Story has happy ending

A total of 71 young women received gowns at no cost for their recent Grade 8 graduations and Grade 12 proms, thanks to this year’s Cinderella Story. Newer gowns donated throughout the year are provided to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it. Volunteers with the project also assist with dress selection and fittings, accessories, make-up… Read more »

New city festival lands Hip frontman Gord Downie

Gord Downie is joining the revolution. The lead singer and lyricist of Canadian superband The Tragically Hip is coming to Sarnia to headline a new festival celebrating all that’s good in our community. “We know he’ll be a good fit,” says Chris Lewis, organizer with the second Festival of Good Things on the city’s waterfront… Read more »