Vaccine eligibility expanding to more residents, including those 40 and over

Journal Staff Eligibility for book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment is being expanded to more Sarnia-Lambton residents, Lambton Public Health said. Starting today, Group 2 essential frontline workers who can’t work from home, including grocery story, restaurant, transportation and construction workers, can book a shot. And starting on Thursday, residents age 40 and older (or turning… Read more »

Is Sarnia’s population starting to grow again?

Cathy Dobson There’s evidence the 2021 census Sarnians are filling out right now will confirm the city is undergoing a growth spurt. “We’re at a very interesting point in time when we’re seeing local conditions change,” says Stacey Forfar, the city’s director of community services. Pre-pandemic projections had Sarnia’s population growing 1% to 3% a… Read more »

Local businesses permanently changed by pandemic, owners say

Cathy Dobson The way small business operates in Sarnia will never return to how it was pre-pandemic. So say operators who successfully pivoted over the past year by making drastic changes in service and deliver. The managers and owners were guest speakers at a recent roundtable discussion hosted virtually by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership’s Business… Read more »

Heated exchange reveals tensions on city council

Cathy Dobson A routine city council discussion this week devolved into a testy dust-up and exposed tensions among some council members. The May 3 clash began when Coun. Bill Dennis looked for council support to investigate the cost of replacing the lifeguard building in Canatara Park. Investment at Canatara Beach needs to be “taken up a… Read more »

Younger residents to be part of expanded vaccine rollout

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton will soon have a “few thousand” additional eligible vaccine recipients now that Health Canada has approved the Pfizer shot for Canadians age 12 to 15, says Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health. It’s possible COVID-19 vaccine shot could be offered to local students at their school, Dr. Sudit Ranade said, adding he hopes… Read more »

Sarnia working on new cycle route through city centre

Journal Staff An anonymous donor is helping Sarnia pave the way to a safer route for cyclists. The east-west transportation route, which would link the Howard Watson Nature Trail to the downtown and waterfront, has been approved in principle by city council. The project would connect new multi-use pathways, bike-friendly streets, and an existing trail… Read more »

Sarnia War Remembrance Project now complete, available to public

Journal Staff Nine years after it began, the third and final edition of the Sarnia War Remembrance Project is now complete and available to the community. Retired teacher Tom Slater began the undertaking in 2012 after discovering no formal record existed of Sarnians who died serving Canada in times of war. It expanded through additional… Read more »

UPDATE: 45% of local residents have received first vaccination shot

Journal Staff A total of 49,065 people in Sarnia Lambton have now received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,190 are fully immunized with two shots, Lambton Public Health said today. That represents 45% of the population age 16 years and older having received at least one dose. Meanwhile, the virus continues to spread…. Read more »

City eyes support program for basement flooding

Journal Staff Help could be on the way for Sarnians whose basements are prone to flooding City Hall is considering a subsidy program to help property owners buy backwater valves, disconnect foundation drains and install sump pumps. Some homes flood during heavy rainstorms when combined sanitary and storm sewers become overwhelmed and water backs up… Read more »