New mental health facility to open downtown this summer

Tara Jeffrey Hitting the fundraising target for a new youth mental health and addictions facility in Sarnia couldn’t have come at a better time, says Kathy Alexander. “Our partners are reporting very, very startling numbers of increased demand in services, but also more critical need for services,” said the executive director of the Bluewater Health… Read more »

Lambton Music Festival going virtual this year

Journal Staff Feb. 1 is the deadline for entries to this year’s Lambton County Music Festival, being held virtually in late April and early May. The Festival, now in its 91st year, is a non-profit organization run by community volunteers and is the longest independently run running music festival in Canada. Following a pandemic hiatus,… Read more »

Apartment building approved over objection of neighbours

Journal Staff City council agreed to amend the rules this week to allow a six-storey apartment building on Murphy Road, placing the need for new housing above the objection of neighbours. The rezoning and Official Plan Amendments will permit a 46-unit building on lands owned by St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church at 1299-1331 Murphy Rd…. Read more »

Local diner owner’s clash with health officers goes viral

Tara Jeffrey Sarnia’s infamous lockdown-defying diner has drawn the admiration of Donald Trump Jr. after a video of Leaky Tank owner Sherry Stewart clashing with public health officials went viral this week. “This brave restaurant owner STANDS UP to tyrannical lockdown enforcers,” read a post on the official Facebook page of the Republican Party figure… Read more »

Mitton Village, park earmarked for revitalization funding

Journal Staff Mitton Village and Avondale Park in Sarnia are getting revitalizing funding from My Main Street to help drive business and restore vibrancy in the wake of COVID-19. A grant of $50,000 will be used to hire a ‘Main Street Ambassador’ to facilitate market research and data analysis, as well as $100,000 in non-repayable… Read more »

Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen retiring this year

 Journal Staff Sarnia Police Chief Norm Hansen has announced he will be retiring on June 1, after 37 years with the service. Hansen was named to the top job in 2018 following the retirement of former chief Phil Nelson. He joined the force in 1985, holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University… Read more »

City crosswalk to honour residential school survivors

Journal Staff A crosswalk to honour Indigenous children taken from their homes and sent to residential schools will be installed this spring in Sarnia, thanks to a boost from Lambton’s Creative County Committee. The $5,000 grant to the city’s UNDRIP Committee (United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) will go toward installing the… Read more »

Sarnia’s first electric “Zamboni” now in operation

Journal Staff Sarnia’s first fully electric “Zamboni” is up and running at the Sarnia Arena – or at least it will be when hockey and skating resume. After deciding to postpone entry into the electric bus market last year, the city purchased its first electric ice-clearing machine because it is quieter to operate, requires less… Read more »