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World’s best wakeskaters in town for tour event

At least 50 of the world’s best wakeskaters will be competing on Sarnia’s waterfront this weekend, vying to become the 2014 international champion. “These guys are the best of the best,” says host Tim Nixon, co-owner of Sarnia Boarder Pass. “They do tricks that defy nature, really cool spins and flips with the board.” Nixon… Read more »

Happy Canada Day, Sarnia

Ever wonder what Sarnia’s Canada Day fireworks looks like before they go off? Workers from Garden City Display Fireworks were busy setting up the charges Tuesday on The Point Lands, near Sarnia Bay Marina. Above, Gerry Veerman loads one of  tubes.  Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

OPINION: Why ticks are bugging me

Deer ticks have arrived in Sarnia-Lambton, and that has me rattled. I’m the kind of person who loves nothing better than to wander woods, trails and out-of-the-way places. Ticks, like mosquitoes, are the price of admission. But the sudden appearance of deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, has me thinking twice about the paths less… Read more »

Green companies taking root

Sarnia has taken two more small steps in moving from an oil-based economy to a more sustainable one. First up was BioAmber, which has secured a $20 million loan to build the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility. The soon-to-open plant at Lanxess will convert corn into succinic acid, a chemical used in many… Read more »

MP hosts suicide prevention forum

Sarnia-Lambton is ahead of the pack when it comes to suicide prevention, says Denis Boileau who was recently hired as the region’s suicide prevention co-ordinator. There are still obvious gaps in service and a need for more funding but a lot of good work is already being done here, Boileau said June 25 at a… Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth

The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal is featuring the 15 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom… Read more »

Bikers band together to fight childhood cancer

It was 11 years ago Bob Thomas lost a daughter to cancer, but the passion that drove him to help other sick kids by launching a motorcycle event hasn’t waned. “Children are still dying. Children are still suffering from the treatment,” he said. “When they can finally close all the childhood cancer wards then I’ll… Read more »

New dentist office a crowning glory

Local dentist Dr. Michael Rocca is all about expansion this summer. He is expanding his Wallaceburg practice to Point Edward and he’s designed and built a clinic that has room to grow. On May 26, he opened a 4,000-square-foot dental clinic on the northwest corner of Michigan and Front streets, where Milano’s restaurant once stood…. Read more »