Free arena WiFi coming

Arenas in Sarnia will soon have free WiFi. Council has approved a $76,000-contract with Bluewater Regional Networks to provide wireless Internet access to large parts of Progressive Auto Sales Arena, Sarnia Arena, and Clearwater Arena over the next five years. A staff report notes that free, public-access WiFi has become standard in North American arenas and… Read more »

St. Giles new location of Central Forum discussion series

Journal Staff The Central Forum is moving to a new location for its 39th season. The popular speaker series will return March 3 at St. Giles Presbyterian Church at 770 Lakeshore Rd. The new venue was needed because of the planned closure of Central United, which had given the forum its name. The program runs… Read more »

Community builder lost

Journal Staff Sarnia has lost a prominent businessman and community builder. Marty Raaymakers died Feb. 11 at the age of 67. The husband of Pam, father of six, and grandfather of 14, was well known in the community for working on countless causes. The former owner of MIG Engineering campaigned for the Bluewater Health Foundation… Read more »

Lambton College to offer stand-alone nursing degree

Students will soon be able to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree without ever leaving Sarnia. Community colleges currently must offer nursing degree programs in partnership with a university. But Ontario said last week it was dropping the rule, and Lambton College jumped quickly at the chance to offer a stand-alone nursing… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – An instrument for drawing circles and a navigational device are both called what?   2 – Brazilian Fernanda Cunha, who is attending Lambton College as an international student, is a noted a) singer   b) artist c)  athlete   3 – In 1906, Fran Rose made the prototype of what pest killer by attaching… Read more »

Journal nominated for five Ontario newspaper awards

Journal Staff The Sarnia Journal has been nominated for five Ontario Community Newspaper Awards — your hometown paper’s best ever showing at the OCNAs. Reporter Cathy Dobson earned two of the nods. Her examination of Sarnia’s public art works, and whether the sculptures reflect the city’s character and aspirations, received a nomination for best Arts… Read more »

Dutch tanker proves helpful in shipping local asphalt

Troy Shantz Many Sarnians don’t realize it, but much of the road asphalt they drive on comes from their own backyard. The Suncor Energy refinery in Sarnia converts crude oil into many products, including about 20% of the gasoline and jet fuel powering Ontario’s economy. But the refining process also results in asphalt, which is… Read more »

Pool hardware

This trio from the Sarnia Rapids swim team were medal winners at the Laser Blast Invitational meet in Windsor recently. Maddisson Hawryluk, left, won gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and silver in the 200m freestyle and 50m breaststroke. Daisy Jenkins won gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in 100m breaststroke and 200 IM,… Read more »

Letters: week of Feb. 13

Journal columnist the complete package Sir: Phil Egan’s articles and columns are always interesting to read. He was well represented in the Jan. 30 edition. His ‘Wax Man’ report was fascinating, and his column on Heather Reisman was spectacularly excellent. Engaging, warm, funny, all wrapped up together and tied with a bow.   Bob Boulton… Read more »

Long-term care home tightens security after imposter gave drugs to residents

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia long-term care home has tightened security measures after an unauthorized man posing as a student nurse was discovered providing drugs and other care to residents. The man, wearing nursing “scrubs,” entered Marshall Gowland Manor on the evenings of Nov. 21, Nov. 28 and Dec. 3, 2019 and administered medications to multiple… Read more »