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GUEST COLUMN: My what-I-don’t-know list has grown during pandemic

Bob Boulton Since the arrival of self-isolation, social distancing and the Quarantine-15, my mind has been crowded. Big thoughts, little thoughts, all smooshed together. There’s my closet, for instance. It’s not in any better shape today than it was in March, and it should be. I could point to where it was written down in… Read more »

First human case of West Nile virus confirmed

Journal Staff A Lambton County resident has tested positive for the West Nile virus. It’s the first local lab-confirmed human case of the virus this year, Lambton Public Health said. Testing of mosquito pools in Petrolia and Oil Springs had already shown the virus is present. Ontario has had 24 human cases, which are often… Read more »

Sarnia’s road budget has some huge potholes

Troy Shantz Sarnia spends about half what other municipalities invest in road repairs, a staff report says. The average Canadian municipality spends 1.1 per cent of its road replacement value, said the report by city engineer David Jackson. Yet, in 2020, Sarnia has only a .53 per cent reinvestment rate. And that’s a record high, said… Read more »

Letters: week of Sept. 24

City’s brush policy annoying Sir: Many times I have written letters to the editor of The Sarnia Journal but haven’t sent them. Tonight, I am really annoyed. We are getting rid of many very old sickly bushes and trees on our property. So I looked at the 2020 Waste/Recycle/Compost Calendar and found out there is… Read more »

Donovan Woods is Without People during pandemic

Like all recording artists, Juno award-winning Sarnia son Donovan Woods is trying to come up with the best way to release his music during a pandemic. It’s not easy when personal appearances and touring are out of the question. So Woods and his team are generating excitement about his upcoming album release by working with… Read more »

Helen Murray was ‘strong, spirited and a true inspiration’

Tara Jeffrey This is the second in a series of tributes to local residents lost to COVID-19 during the current pandemic. Helen Murray, 94. Died April 9, 2020 Helen Murray (Tiffan) had just bounced back from a hip replacement and was doing “remarkably well” when COVID-19 struck, her family says. “Her death was a shock… Read more »

Great Lakes students return to almost-renovated school

Troy Shantz  A $25.2-million renovation and addition at Great Lakes Secondary School is back on track after a new contractor was hired, says Brian McKay, the Lambton Kent District School Board’s business superintendent. Wellington Builders Inc. replaced Jasper Construction in the spring and has since completed work on the instrumental and vocal music rooms, Indigenous… Read more »

Veteran Sarnia firefighter named chief 

Phil Egan He arrived for a job interview with legendary Fire Chief Cliff Hansen one day in 1987. A young, slim Bryan Van Gaver wanted to be a firefighter, but at only 145 pounds, was worried that he might not be hired. When he tried to look heavier and told Hansen that he weighed 150… Read more »

Limited construction approved for “protected” woodland

Cathy Dobson A local developer who wants to build six executive-style houses on a protected woodland says he’s reluctantly crunching the numbers to see if four will work. Paul Wicks says he’s “totally frustrated” that council voted 5-4 to reduce his development to four houses on a 1.3 hectare (3.3 acre) wooded tract zoned for… Read more »

It’s a go for minor hockey season

Cathy Dobson Local arenas are gradually opening during the pandemic with each municipality deciding what restrictions they require for the safe use of their ice. In Sarnia, the main PASA pad and Clearwater Arena’s two rinks opened Sept. 14 and Sarnia Arena followed on Sept. 21. Rink Two at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena (PASA)… Read more »