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Firefighters’ garden to remember

Cathy Dobson  About a dozen off-duty firefighters spent this week digging a commemorative garden in front of the East Street fire hall. “It’s important to us that we honour those who have passed away,” said Cpt. Chris Palmer, occupational disease rep for the Sarnia Professional Firefighter’s Association. Local firefighters had considered a memorial garden with… Read more »

Sibling swimmers making a splash

A brother-sister duo from Sarnia’s Rapids “Y” Swim Team is competing at the Swimming Canada Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg this week. It’s the third appearance at nationals for 15-year-old Samuel Boily-Dufour and the inaugural appearance for 13-year-old sister Maude. Between them the pair qualified in 11 events. “I hope to make the “A” finals… Read more »

Tagger wears out welcome

A graffiti “artist” has been defacing property at Lakeshore and Murphy for more than two years now, and Brian Joyce has had enough. The latest vandalism was the roller-painting of his Co-operators insurance sign at 1117 Lakeshore Rd., as well as a brick wall of the Sunripe produce store next door. “It’s sad because we’ve… Read more »

Lake Chipican visitor

Sarnia’s Raymond Knoll snapped this recent photo of a green heron at Lake Chipican. It was the first sighting of the specie this year at the pond, which typically featuring four to six green herons, he said. Other birds are missing or greatly reduced, with only one great egret and two blue herons reported so… Read more »

A gift-wrapped gazebo

Point Edward is giving Sarnia a birthday present. The village has offered a gazebo to help the city mark its first 100 years as a city. The details are still vague, but Point Edward said it wants to recognize its long and neighbourly relationship with the city with a gift. The suggested location is on… Read more »

OPINION: Ontario’s watchdog barks and bites

Ontario’s Ombudsman is getting more oversight to probe complaints about schools and municipalities, and I say Hallelujah. Andre Marin has been a breath of fresh air for nearly a decade now, bravely stirring the thick fug of secretive government ministries, intransigent agencies and opaque Crown corporations. With the passage of Bill 8, the Accountability Act,… Read more »

Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Why are food banks still necessary?

I often get asked this question because food banks, started in the early ‘80s, were intended to be a temporary measure until the economy improved. Yet, 33 years later, they are an important service in every community because of structural changes in our society. The sad fact is food banks are here to stay. Historically,… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »