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What’s Happening, week of July 2

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 info@thesarniajournal.ca Wednesday, July 1 Canada Day Sarnia’s annual… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Incredible dispatcher went above and beyond

Trina Smith There is a hidden gem in Sarnia’s midst and not many people appreciate it. I do and here is why. A number of years ago, our son was struggling with depression, a mental illness that many people don’t understand. Even with medical and family support, my son was suffering and didn’t know how… Read more »

City council hires integrity cop to ensure good behaviour

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s council has decided it’s a good idea to hire an integrity commissioner, despite the city’s 101-year history without one. Robert Swayze, a municipal lawyer from Caledon with more than 40 years of experience, has been hired on a $3,000 annual retainer starting July 1. If his services are required, he’ll be paid $280… Read more »

Photographer from Africa carves out new life in Sarnia

Cathy Dobson An engaging photograph doesn’t just record a moment in time; it tells a story, says Oluwasegun “Bisi” Alawode, a recent Lambton College grad who just mounted his second photo exhibition. “My work is about the beauty or excellence of the people in my photos. That gives it meaning and that’s what I love,”… Read more »

New funding for Lambton College health centre

The prognosis for a new health education centre at Lambton College is looking much brighter thanks to a $20-million pledge from the federal and provincial governments. The boost announced June 24 came just two days after the college had launched a $45-million capital campaign at the Sarnia campus. The Envision Tomorrow campaign aims to raise… Read more »

Torch passed at city auto dealership

Journal Staff It isn’t every day an apprentice mechanic works his up to become president of an automotive company. Yet it’s happened twice now at Lambton Motors, where the new president, Rob Ravensberg, has just been handed the reigns by the retiring one, Harold Hall. ‘It is rare,” Ravensberg said. “But having that kind of… Read more »

PHOTO FEATURE: New city gardens a gift from generous woman

Journal Staff Sarnia newest attraction is a quiet, contemplative spot in the centre of the city. A ceremony last week in Germain Park drew more than 100 people to the official opening of Cox Gardens. The 2.5-acre site is located near the restored Golden Hawk aircraft memorial and features meandering pathways that connect to several… Read more »