Active youth pushing for change in mental health system

Tara Jeffrey A picturesque sunset can be more than a likeable post on Instagram. “It’s that shining moment at the end of the day — even on the bad days — that you made it through,” said Lindsay Kirkland, a member of Voices of Youth, a youth engagement committee with St. Clair Child and Youth… Read more »

New pole dancing studio lets women belly up to the bar

Cathy Dobson It’s not what you think. Haylee Lacroix and Brittanny Allen, owners of Sarnia’s first pole dancing studio, want to put all preconceptions to bed. Yes, there are a few professional strippers who attend classes at Chrome 45 Pole Fitness to improve their technique and add to their pole tricks, Lacroix said. But most… Read more »

Gladu joins singers gifted and otherwise at Sarnia Sings

Cathy Dobson Sarnia Sings will sound a conservative note this year. That’s because one of the 17 performers at the May 2 fundraiser will be Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, as staunch a Conservative as you’ll find. Turns out, Gladu’s talents include an ability to sing — along with a penchant for tunes from the ‘70s,… Read more »

What’s happening: week of April 25

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   Thursday, April 25   Lynn Spence… Read more »

Sarnia Bay Marina damaged by copper thieves

Journal Staff Sarnia Bay Marina is off limits to the public as city and marina personnel begin repairing major damage done by copper thieves. Individuals broke into the marina, pried up dock boards and cut out sections of large cables used to service the facility. The damage will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to… Read more »

Accomplished 16-year-old pianist preparing for a larger stage

Troy Shantz Phoebe Croteau hadn’t taken many piano lessons when her mother overheard her one day tapping out an unfamiliar tune. When Shinae Kang asked her five-year-old about it, the little girl confessed she’d picked up the song by listening to senior students practice it that week. “That’s when I knew she had something,” Kang… Read more »

Chronic pain therapy cut would be devastating: advocate

Troy Shantz Expect a rise in local suicides if Ontario cuts funding for certain pain injections, an advocate says. “The medication doesn’t end the pain, it makes it tolerable,” said Lorie Chevalier, president of the Sarnia-Lambton Chronic Pain Support Group. “Without it, people are going to kill themselves. It’s that simple.” Chevalier was responding to… Read more »

City council to reconsider its ban on plastic leaf bags

Journal Staff The city will reconsider its decision to ban plastic bags for leaf collection. In a cost-cutting move, council had voted to eliminate plastic bags on July 1, requiring residents to switch to paper bags for curbside pickup of yard waste. Sarnia is one of the last municipalities in Ontario that still allows plastic… Read more »