#MeToo effect: Reports of sexual assault in Sarnia double as more victims come forward

Troy Shantz The number of reported sexual assaults in Sarnia more than doubled between 2017 and 2018, confirming the impact of the #MeToo movement, city police say. “We truly believe, with the changes in society… more people are more comfortable reporting what’s happening to them,” said Const. John Sottosanti. Sexual assault cases jumped to 95… Read more »

Well-travelled musician lays down old-time country CD

When Hank Ryder (aka Tyler Brandon) hosts his first CD release party it will also celebrate a surprising array of contributing musicians and singers. Hank, who prefers to use his music world nickname, wrote all the songs for My Autumn Kettle and is the main vocalist. But at least six other singers collaborated and are credited on the… Read more »


Krysten Campbell, goaltender for the Sarnia Lady Sting Bantam B squad, stifles a shot from Illinois Wilmette Braves attackers on Jan. 10 at Clearwater Arena. The Lady Sting defeated Wilmette 3-0 on the first day of girls International Silver Stick tournament action, which was held in venues across the region last weekend. Troy Shantz

Tackling affordable housing a top priority, mayor says

Cathy Dobson One of Sarnia’s top priorities this year has to be its dire shortage of affordable housing, says Mayor Mike Bradley. Low-income residents wait years for subsidized units and rising rents are forcing people into the street, the mayor said at his annual ‘State of the City’ address last week. “Every community in Canada… Read more »

Sports teams await word from Human Rights Commission

The Sarnia Braves and Point Edward Blackhawks want to keep their team names but are willing to alter their logos if directed to by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Sarnia and Point Edward began working with the two organizations after the Commission sent a letter to Ontario municipalities last April warning Indigenous-themed sports logos can… Read more »

Sarnia Sting picks up draft picks in flurry of trades

The Sarnia Sting have made a series of trades. Defenceman Peter Stratis is coming to Sarnia from the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick, the club said in a press release Jan. 10. The 6-foot, 187-pound overager has 65 career points and 125 penalty minutes. “We are adding an experienced defenceman… Read more »

Full tilt

Four swimmers from the Sarnia Rapid swim team won medals at the Border City meet in Windsor recently. From left here are, Jack Girardi, 14, (gold and bronze), Aili Girardi, 10, (gold, 2 silver, bronze) and Daisy Jenkins, 13, (bronze). Missing is Shona Branton, 17, who won gold. Submitted Photo

City addressing on-street parking problem

City Hall is taking steps to address on-street parking congestion near Bluewater Health. Parking spaces will be painted on Maria Street and Essex Street, between Russell and Mackenzie, as soon as the weather allows this spring. More bylaw enforcement is also promised. The moves follow a survey of residents concerned about the number of vehicles… Read more »

Mooretown rallying behind Hockeyville nomination

Journal staff Residents are rallying behind Mooretown’s nomination in this year’s Kraft Hockeyville competition. Scores of hockey fans have already submitted photos and testimonials about the Mooretown Sports Complex and its central role to St. Clair Township residents. Kraft Hockeyville is an annual competition in which communities compete to demonstrate their commitment to ice hockey,… Read more »

Pedestrian street mall to be tested on Lochiel Street

If you’re planning to head downtown for the next First Friday festivities forget about parking on Lochiel Street. Lochiel between Christina and Front streets will be blocked off Feb. 7 in a test run to making the block a seasonal or permanent pedestrian mall. Community feedback will be gathered, including impacts on businesses and traffic…. Read more »