Province gives local Health Team approval to proceed

Journal Staff Sarnia-Lambton can proceed with an Ontario Health Team, the province said last week. The decision paves for way for local officials to come together in a new way to provide health care. Ontario Health Teams are replacing Local Health Integration Networks, or LHINs, which set funding allocations. Since 2007, the Erie St. Clair… Read more »

Court rejects bid to derail local activist’s climate suit

Troy Shantz The Ontario government’s attempt to shut down a landmark environmental lawsuit involving an Aamjiwnaang First Nation member has been rejected. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling marks the first time a Canadian court has ruled that fundamental rights protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms can be threatened by climate change,… Read more »

Agency lauded for new approach to child placement

Cathy Dobson Sarnia-Lambton’s Children’s Aid Society is being lauded for breaking with convention and stopping the practice of placing children in group homes. The agency’s commitment to place children and youth only with families, and not group homes, has far-reaching implications for their welfare and safety, experts say. A handful of Ontario’s 50 children’s aid… Read more »

Report released on tunnel train derailment

Troy Shantz The cause of a 2019 train derailment in the St. Clair River Tunnel has been traced to a single railcar, investigators say. The Canadian National Railway freight train was westbound in the tunnel on June 28 when one end of Car 53 collapsed, starting a chain reaction that derailed a total of 45… Read more »

Still going strong

Sarnia’s rare white squirrel, recorded recently by city nature photographer Ronny D’Haene, seems to be doing well one year after residents first noticed it gambolling about Germain Park. The Eastern grey squirrel is normally black or grey but carries a gene that occasionally results in a white coat. It’s believed white squirrels are so rare… Read more »

High demand for flu shots this season

Journal Staff Haven’t yet found a high-dose flu shot this fall? You can probably fuggedaboutit. With the supply of high-dose vaccine for seniors largely gone local health officials are recommending a regular flu shot instead. “Ontario has received basically all of the high-dose they’ve been able to order, and they’ve distributed all that now,” said… Read more »

College provides first $1 million for Sarnia Harbour dock

Journal Staff Sarnia has received the first $1 million payment from Cestar College of Business, Health and Technology for a new dock at Sarnia Harbour. The Toronto-based affiliate of Lambton College has pledged $4 million for the dock, a key component of the Sarnia-Lambton oversized load corridor. “While we have all faced challenging times this… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1. How many centimetres in a metre?   2. City council has approved an engineering report on the potential dredging of what local creek?   3. Twins are usually associated with what zodiac sign?   4. Ann and Dick Lam have donated what treasured family heirloom to the Habitat for Humanity Restore? (Raffle draw on… Read more »