A very special Canada Day for newcomers from Ukraine

Cathy Dobson  Ihor Komirenko’s 11th birthday is one the Ukrainian boy won’t soon forget. He turns 11 on July 1st, and will be celebrating it in a new home and a new country that shares his birthday. What’s more, his mom is ready to deliver a baby sister, and her due date is also around Canada… Read more »

NHL Blackhawks promote Meghan Hunter to AGM

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton native Meghan Hunter is now an Assistant General Manager of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. Hunter joined the organization in 2016 and, after serving in various hockey operations and scouting roles, and will new oversee budgeting, team services, contract execution, team security and player services, the Blackhawks said. Hunter, who grew up in… Read more »

Sarnia asks province to do something about sewage smell

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia has asked Ontario to pressure the company responsible for an ongoing sewage stench that’s periodically plagued the city for nearly three months. The community has “lost its patience” with the ongoing smell, David Jackson told the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks in a letter last week. “The odour is unacceptable… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What term means an unofficial do-over in golf? 2 – What historic church at the corner of Emma and Devine streets is closing its doors for good this Sunday? 3 – Natural blondes have more hair than natural brunettes. True or False? 4 – What south-end park will be enhanced this summer with… Read more »

Corunna student organizes pizza fundraiser for Ukraine

Tara Jeffrey The more Lilly Nead heard about the war in Ukraine, the more compelled she felt to act. “It was really impacting me,” said the Grade 7 student at St. Joseph Catholic School in Corunna, which last month welcomed a new student from the Ukraine. “These families who came here to start a new… Read more »

Finch Drive latest to be placed on a ‘road diet’

Journal Staff City Hall hopes that placing a section of Finch Drive on a “road diet” will reduce speeding and vehicle collisions in the area. Council voted 8-1 recently to convert Finch into a two-lane road – with a single vehicle lane in each direction – between Wellington Street and London Road. On-street parking will… Read more »

Looking up

Concrete work on The Bayfront apartment building in downtown Sarnia had risen just above street level in September of 2020, photo below. Last week, the enormous crane used to construct the 15-storey tower was dismantled, above. Officials with The Tricar Group say the one and two-bedroom units will be ready for rental this fall, about… Read more »

Design work underway for revitalized Ferry Dock Hill

Tara Jeffrey The first project from Sarnia’s Waterfront Master Plan has received a green light. Council accepted a $318,670 proposal from Brook McIlroy Inc. to design a revitalized Ferry Dock Hill on the St. Clair River shoreline. The landmark Ferry Dock Hill building was demolished in 2020 after record high water levels damaged its foundations,… Read more »

Works by Ukrainian artist now available

Journal Staff The Rotary Club of Sarnia is helping a respected Ukrainian artist now living in Sarnia sell her work. The club has made authorized reproductions of Natasha Nikolenko’s paintings available as prints and cards, either framed or ready to send. Nikolenko, who was born without use of her arms and legs, arrived in Sarnia… Read more »