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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

Round Dance: Aboriginal student event invites everyone into the circle

Cathy Dobson Powwows have been held at Lambton College for years as a way for native students to share their traditions and culture. But the president of the Aboriginal Students’ Council wanted to add another major cultural event and involve the community beyond the college. So White Lightning Clark, a 22-year-old police foundations student, appealed… Read more »

Floral designer’s business blossoming

Cathy Dobson Sue Downey is banking on her reputation as a designer with an eye for what’s beautiful and functional to make her new flower business a success. “People in this area know my work. They know me from other places where I’ve been, including my mom’s shop,” she said. Downey opened Flowers Forever, Designs… Read more »

Paws button: It is all fun and games at doggie daycare

Journal Staff Anyone who finds a mob of toddlers a handful hasn’t been to doggie daycare. At The Dog House on London Line, if the pooches aren’t chasing each other around the floor they’re jumping on and under the Fisher Price children’s equipment or running after balls. A few laze around, taking life easy. The… Read more »

Cheat sheet: Crackdown on dishonest students making impact at Lambton College

Cathy Dobson Cheaters are on the run at Lambton College. Of 3,800 full-time students enrolled last semester, 58 were caught cheating and faced disciplinary action. That’s down from 99 in the fall semester of 2012 when the school’s Centre for Academic Integrity (CAI) was established. A decrease in cheating of more than 40% is something… Read more »