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Free computer centre closes after 12-year run

Journal Staff A free and popular drop-in centre that links seniors with computers has logged off for the last time. Central United Church’s computer access program for seniors has ended, due to the sale of church’s George Street building. Over the past 12 years, the drop-in centre has had up to 1,200 visitors per 10-month… Read more »

COVID-positive crewmembers of Great Lakes ship in isolation at Point Edward hotel

Journal Staff Five members of a Great Lakes freighter that docked at Sarnia Harbour have tested positive for COVID-19, city and health officials confirmed today. They and 14 of their “close contacts” are currently in isolation at a Point Edward hotel. Ron Realesmith, manager of Sarnia’s emergency management office, said crewmates of the commercial vessel… Read more »

Sarnia’s Remembrance Day services cancelled

Journal Staff This year’s Remembrance Day services in Sarnia including the parade and traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Veterans Park Cenotaph have been cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, said today regulations limiting crowd sizes have drastically restricted how it can honour the sacrifices of veterans this Nov. 11 “This… Read more »

Art gallery, Lawrence House, reopen to the public this weekend

Cathy Dobson There’s good news this week after the pandemic abruptly shut down Sarnia-Lambton’s cultural centres seven months ago. The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is reopening on Saturday, giving the public an opportunity to see two new exhibitions. But don’t just show up at the corner of Christina and Lochiel streets, pre-pandemic style…. Read more »

Long-term care homes unprepared for second wave, local health advocate says

Cathy Dobson The Ford government has done nothing to prepare Ontario’s long-term care homes for a second wave of COVID-19 infections, says the chairperson of the Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition. Shirley Roebuck said the second wave has arrived, yet the province isn’t taking action to avoid the devastation in long-term care that occurred earlier this… Read more »

Sarnia-Lambton not immune to provincial COVID surge: Ranade

Journal Staff Local residents should prepare to see an increase in COVID-19 cases, says Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health. “Right from the first day of this we said just because it’s over there doesn’t mean it’s not over here. And I think that that’s a really important message,” Dr. Sudit Ranade said Monday. “It’s only… Read more »

COVID-19 leaves Legionnaires season in jeopardy

Troy Shantz If fans aren’t allowed in the stands this season, the Sarnia Legionnaires won’t play, says the team president. “I’ve already told the league that we will not play with no fans,” said Cliff Smith. “Financially we could, but it’s just not in our make-up to play without fans present.” The Greater Ontario Junior… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Pondering our new ‘COVocabulary’

Susan MacFarlane If someone asked me in 2015 where I pictured myself in five years, it certainly wouldn’t have included a mask or hand sanitizer. Nope, not even remotely on my radar. Sure, people talked about the possibility of a global pandemic and since the beginning of the century we’ve had SARS, H1N1 and Ebola,… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Complete this saying or adage: “Don’t throw the baby out with the . . .”   2 – In a new street art competition on September 26th, local artists will be using what material to create artwork on sections of pavement along Exmouth Street?   3 – What was the more common nickname… Read more »