COVID-19 Update for October 20

Lambton Public Health is now providing a geographical breakdown for the region’s COVID-19 data. The location of confirmed cases of the virus in Lambton will be shown across five “reporting regions” on the health unit’s website. “This new tool allows the public to access additional information about COVID-19 cases in their region while keeping the… Read more »

Halloween is tricky but can still be a treat, MOH says

Cathy Dobson With local COVID-19 cases on the rise, Lambton’s medical officer of health says Halloween parties are out but a little old fashioned trick-or-treating is still OK. “Remember, in general, that outside is low-risk,” said Dr. Sudit Ranade. “Keep it a moderate function this year… go with your family, go to a few houses,… Read more »

Residents want clogged entrance to Cow Creek dredged

Troy Shantz The mouth of Cow Creek is so backed up with sand and silt it’s a hazard to boaters and upstream landowners alike, Bright’s Grove residents say. One of them, Mark Moran, is asking Sarnia to dredge the outlet, and city council is expected to consider the issue on Oct. 26. Cow Creek winds… Read more »

Aamjiwnaang accepts offer on historic land sale claim

Troy Shantz The federal government has offered two Lambton County First Nations a total of $35.7 million to settle a 166-year-old claim involving an Indian agent whose family pocketed money intended for the two communities. Aamjiwnaang First Nation residents ratified its portion of the offer in a vote held Oct. 9, the same day the… Read more »

Residents finding high-dose flu shots in short supply

Troy Shantz Some Sarnians may have to wait to get a flu shot this fall. The shortage is most acute for the higher-dose Fluzone vaccine, which is recommended for adults 65 and older, local pharmacists say. Sarnia’s Hadie Winterhelt, 73, spent one morning last week unsuccessfully calling more than 15 providers in search of a… Read more »

OPINION: Why are storks associated with newborn babies, anyway?

In my family’s new normal during COVID-19, Friday night has become Zoo Night. For several months now, Laurie and I have watched episodes of “Secrets of the Zoo” – back-to-back shows on the Smithsonian Network. The separate one-hour episodes are filmed at zoos in Tampa, Florida and Columbus, Ohio. One recent episode featured storks, and… Read more »

Approval sought for 95-home subdivision on Modeland

Sarnia has given tentative approval to a 95-lot subdivision on undeveloped land west of Modeland Road, between Michigan Avenue and Berger Road. Council approved a number of zoning and planning changes earlier this month but stopped short of green-lighting the entire project. Some studies and issues related to the subdivision’s overall design, as well as… Read more »

Bump-out lanes approved for Errol-Indian intersection

Journal Staff City council has approved permanent, new “bump-out lane restrictions” to slow traffic at the intersection of Errol and Indian roads, near Errol Road School. The intersection is a safety concern because of the number of traffic lanes on Indian Road, the high speed of traffic and the distance pedestrians must cross. The intersection is… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1 – What word completes this phrase: “All roads lead to _____”?   2 – Fittingly, what is the name of the park behind or west of the Colborne Road fire station?   3 – True or False: Hematology is the study of blood?   4 – What Sarnia native, who is the city’s… Read more »