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‘Amazing’ cerebral palsy camp could shut down

Tara Jeffrey An innovative summer camp shown to drastically improve the lives of children and youth with Cerebral Palsy is at risk of shutting its doors in Sarnia. “It’s touch and go every year — we just don’t know,” said Christa Maclaggan, secretary for the Southwestern Ontario Optimist Conductive Education program. Its hosts camps in… Read more »

Toy Story: How a Sarnia woman turned child’s play into an international business

George Mathewson A Point Edward toy company that’s as little known as it is successful is proving Canadian manufacturers can compete against cheap Chinese imports – if it’s done right. Great Pretenders is a children’s dress-up and costume company with international headquarters in the Mara Trade Centre and a distribution centre in Sarnia. It has… Read more »

Growing up, according to the law

George Mathewson If you want to get married, how old do you have to be? Can a 16-year-old legally have sex with anyone? When can you quit school? Exactly when children can do what in Ontario is determined by dozens of pieces of legislation. Following is a summary of our age-based laws. 4 – You… Read more »

Eye in the sky: St. Clair getting a drone for search and rescue

Cathy Dobson A remote-controlled drone might be the smallest item in St. Clair Township’s $4-million fire department upgrade, but it’s the one getting the buzz. Equipped with cameras, the drone will allow firefighters to view the roof of a burning building, search for missing people or assess a highway accident from above, said Fire Chief… Read more »

Regional rail plan to be discussed

Cathy Dobson  Jim Houston is hoping local residents will make tracks to the Sarnia Library Theatre on Jan. 31 to have their say about better rail transportation. “The point is that we can barely get around anymore. Something has to be done,” says the president of Rail Advocacy in Lambton (RAIL). The public cry for… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Look out Mars, here we come

Laura Austin The space ship Orion took its maiden voyage on Dec. 5.  It was scheduled to launch the day before but was plagued with interruptions, including a ship being in the launch area, strong winds and frozen valves. My belief is that everything happens for a reason and Orion was destined to launch when… Read more »

City women win lottery

Two Sarnia women have won the grand prize in the London hospital Dream Lottery, worth $1 million. Mary Anic and Marcy DiMaria split the winning ticket, which was drawn Thursday. It was the second major lottery win for DiMaria, who won the Bluewater Health Foundation dream home in 1999. The grand prize provides the winners… Read more »

Northern wins bronze at Thrasher Tournament

Northern Collegiate player Nathan Rome goes up for a basket against Chatham Kent on Jan. 10 during the Thrasher Invitational Tournament in Sarnia, which features eight senior boys basketball teams from across Southwestern Ontario. Northern defeated Chatham Kent 68-59 to win the bronze medal. Bruce Smith Photo