Marinaro wins another gold, but future events uncertain

Troy Shantz When Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers won gold at the Skate Canada Challenge on Jan. 9, they did it with a videotaped routine recorded a month earlier. “It was definitely difficult without having the judges there, the audience there, even the other competitors there,” Marinaro, 29, said the virtual competition. “It… Read more »

Local senior homes getting money for COVID-19 containment

Journal Staff Ontario said today eight Sarnia-Lambton long-term care homes are getting an additional $1.5 million to help prevent and contain COVID-19. The money can be used to set up health checkpoints, for additional cleaning and equipment, or to hire new staff to do essential services or replace workers who are off sick or in… Read more »

Police treating death of 66-year-old Sarnia woman as homicide

Sarnia Police are investigating the death of 66-year-old Sue Elin Lumsden, of Sarnia, as a homicide. Emergency crews responded to a deceased female located at a residence on Essex Street shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, police said. Sarnia Police Criminal Investigations branch is treating the incident as a homicide and the residence is considered… Read more »

Pandemic prompts big demand for four-legged friends

Cathy Dobson The adoption rate for dogs and cats at the Sarnia animal shelter has soared as residents seek out four-legged companionship during the pandemic. “I hate to put it this way, but COVID-19 may be the best thing that ever happened to a cat,” says Donna Pyette, executive director at the Sarnia & District… Read more »

Bluewater Joint opens Sarnia’s first legal cannabis store

Cathy Dobson Sarnia has its first legal recreational cannabis store. After waiting nearly eight months, Bluewater Joint at 940 Murphy Rd. passed a final inspection on Jan. 18 and its first customer placed an order just minutes later, said owner Ellie Plata. Online orders and curbside pickup has been steady ever since, she says. Plata… Read more »

Sarnia giving Habitat building lot on Emma Street

Sarnia is donating a piece of land to Habitat for Humanity for affordable housing. The vacant and fully serviced lot on Emma Street had been leased at no charge to Bluewater Lighthouse Christian Academy, which for a time had children’s play equipment erected there for community use. The least expired in 2020 and the play… Read more »

MP Marilyn Gladu supports church freedom on ‘conversion therapy’ bill

Tara Jeffrey A federal bill that would ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy is facing opposition from Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu. A petition launched by the Tory MP calling on the government to amend or withdraw Bill C-6 — legislation aimed at criminalizing conversion therapy — garnered 169 signatures and was presented to the… Read more »

Possible uses for SCITS property discussed

Journal Staff Sarnia will ask Lambton County whether it might be interested using the former SCITS high school property to build affordable housing. The south side of the 9.2 acres property at 275 Wellington St. might be useful as a hub with integrated public transit and multiple stakeholders involved, Sarnia CAO Chris Carter told city… Read more »