Council narrowly votes to bring back kiosk at City Hall

Journal Staff City council has fulfilled another of Mayor Mike Bradley’s election promises and will re-establish a customer service desk in the lobby at City Hall. But the move won’t come cheap. An additional staff person must be hired at a cost of $83,500 a year, plus $8,500 for the desk, computer and phone. And… Read more »

Board hands out layoff notices to more than 100 teachers

Journal Staff The public school board has sent notices to 111 full-time teachers warning they might be out of a job. The layoff notices cover 52 elementary and 59 high school teachers. Lower education grants tied to declining enrolment and larger class sizes announced by the Ontario government makes these “challenging times,” said Jim Costello,… Read more »

A new brewery and restaurant going into historic downtown building

Cathy Dobson A large historic downtown building is being converted into a new craft brewery, bar and restaurant set to open in early summer. The River Run Brew Co. is taking shape in the refurbished basement of 146 and 148 Christina St. That’s the 12,000-square-foot building outside the former Bayside Centre, near Cromwell Street. Most recently… Read more »

First in the pool

Ten swimmers from the Sarnia Y Rapids 1 team had first-place finishes at the second-last SEAL meet of the season in Leamington. From left are: front row: Clara Ybema, 8, Grace Wallace, 9, Margaret McIntosh, 9, Joshua Peterson, 6, and Ryan Bastow, 10; back row: Emmanuel deGuzman, 11, Lauren Armstrong, 11, Diane Clarke, 17, Gabrion… Read more »

SPCA launches new animal welfare campaign

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has launched an advocacy campaign to get people involved in shaping new animal welfare legislation. The provincial agency will soon halt enforcement of animal cruelty laws after the Supreme Court ruled in January the province’s current legislation is unconstitutional. Sarnia Police have said their officers are busy enough without… Read more »

Marinaro caps great figure skating season with bronze

Sarnia’s Michael Marinaro and partner Kirsten Moore-Towers capped their tremendous figure skating season with a bronze medal in pairs at the World Team Trophy. Their third-place finish last week was the Canadian team’s best result at the ISU event in Japan. In the team event, skaters compete in their disciplines with short and free programs…. Read more »

Imperial Oil tower collapse investigation continues

Imperial Oil continues to investigate the cause of a tower collapse at the Sarnia refinery on April 2. Two huge ‘crawler’ cranes were brought into the plant last week to lift and reduce the load from the 15-story tower, which fell from its base inside the property line on Vidal Street. No one was injured… Read more »

Arenacross Action

Round 3 of the 2019 Rockstar Energy Arenacross Tour touches down Saturday, April 27 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Returnees include last year’s winner and local hero Cole Thompson, seen here, who went on to win the entire cross-country Triple Crown Series and the $100,000 prize purse. Gates to the pit party open at… Read more »

Council welcomes new CAO Chris Carter

Sarnia’s CAO received a resounding endorsement from city council at his first public meeting last week. Councillors voted unanimously to approve a bylaw officially recognizing Chris Carter as the city’s chief administrative officer. The unusual request for a recorded bylaw vote came from Coun. Mike Stark and made clear council’s support for Carter, who began… Read more »