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Sisters learning to run business, one roll at a time

Troy Shantz Toilet paper has taken on special meaning during this pandemic; a sentiment two young Point Edward sisters have turned it into a hobby business. Starting at $5, customers can order a roll for a loved one prepared by Gwen and Savannah Hart. Each “TP Grams” comes wrapped in a blue ribbon with a… Read more »

Producer-led Blue Box system could save city $1 million

Troy Shantz Sarnia could be out of the Blue Box recycling business by 2023. Ontario is planning to make product manufacturers and retailers take over the Blue Box program, with companies that create recyclables in charge of collecting them. The shift can’t come quickly enough for city engineer David Jackson. “It is a significant cost… Read more »

City adjusts rules for recreational vehicle parking

Journal Staff Sarnia has changed the rules to allow recreational vehicle parking in the front yard of homes from May 1 to Oct. 31. Motor homes, boats, and trailers must continue to be parked in the rear or side yard during the winter months. The move reverses a decision made in 2015 after residents complained… Read more »

Crisis team helped coax man from Queen Street house fire

Journal Staff Sarnia’s crisis intervention team helped coax a mentally distraught man from a Queen Street home as it burned in a fire Monday, Sarnia Police say. Officers arrived in the 100 block of Queen shortly after noon to find a man causing extensive damage to the multi-unit building. The 34-year-old had rushed upstairs and… Read more »

Health officials testing foreign workers on local farms

Journal Staff Local health officials are working to together to try and prevent a COVID-19 outbreak among temporary foreign farm workers. A mobile outreach team is offering voluntary testing to all Sarnia-Lambton farms that hire foreign seasonal employees. It completed 86 COVID-19 tests at six farms the first two weeks. Up to 300 temporary foreign… Read more »

Bright’s Grove beach added to policing crackdown

A successful “zero tolerance” policing strategy used at ‘The Cove’ in Canatara Park has been extended to Mike Weir Park in Bright’s Grove, Sarnia Police say. The move follows complaints about large gatherings and youth parties at Mike Weir Beach over the Canada Day week. Tickets were issued and a “significant” amount of alcohol seized… Read more »

Viewers really appreciate musicians’ at-home concerts

Tara Jeffrey Joan Spalding knew she wanted to keep performing after the pandemic forced the closure of her usual concert venues — she just didn’t quite know how. “It came to me in a dream, believe it or not,” said the local singer-songwriter. “I live for my fans and followers… I knew I needed to… Read more »

Sarnia-Lambton held back in Ontario’s economic reopening plan

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton did not make the cut and will not advance to Stage 3 of Ontario’s economic reopening plan on Friday. In the 24 health regions that are advancing, nearly all businesses and public spaces will be allowed to reopen, provided safety measures and restrictions remain in place, Premier Doug Ford said today. Sarnia-Lambton… Read more »

Fire on Queen Street

No one was injured in a Queen Street house fire Monday, but Sarnia Fire & Rescue did save and provide oxygen to a kitten. Firefighters responded to the home around 2 p.m. and smoke and flames could be seen coming from the home between Talfourd and Devine streets. Crews also safely removed a baby rabbit… Read more »