Week of July 22

Proud Canadian defends “trashed” lawn signs Sir: Regarding the letter of July 8, “Unapologetically Canadian lawn signs tone deaf at best.” The Rotary Club lawn signs are a positive acknowledgement of Canada. They do not imply assimilation of Indigenous peoples or the exclusion of non-white immigrants. First, the assimilation of Indigenous children at church-run schools… Read more »

Need for addiction treatment locally far outstrips capacity

Tara Jeffrey Demand for addiction treatment is soaring locally as officials cling to hope Ontario will come through on a long awaited, full-fledged rehabilitation facility. “It’s extremely high demand,” said Paula Reaume-Zimmer, Integrated Vice President for mental health and addictions at Bluewater Health and CMHA Lambton-Kent. “On a daily basis we are turning away more… Read more »

Photo: Sunset at Canatara

St. Patrick’s High School students Sophia Dinunzio and Olivia Yarkovsky climbed an empty lifeguard stand at Canatara Beach to sit and chat while watching the sun set over Lake Huron. Troy Shantz

Incentives offered at first-dose walk-in clinic Saturday

Journal Staff Lambton Public Health is holding a walk-in clinic this Saturday (July 24) at the Dow Centre for Youth. Everyone aged 12-plus can drop in, without an appointment, and get a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The clinic runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “We’re trying to make it as easy… Read more »

Q&A: Veteran applying army logistics to vaccine rollout

Troy Shantz Les Jones was a member of the Canadian military before embarking on a 30-year career with Sarnia Police. These days he is president of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 62, and an advisor to Sarnia’s emergency management team during the pandemic. As such, he is helping coordinate hundreds of volunteers and overseeing logistics… Read more »

Week of July 22

What’s happening events must be open to the public or virtual, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to With pandemic cancellations common, we… Read more »

Victim’s plea prompts council to review safety of intersections

Cathy Dobson A local woman’s emotional plea for traffic lights at two collision-prone Cathcart Boulevard intersections has prompted a new study. Janette Riddell was seriously injured in a two-car crash at Cathcart and Indian Road nine months ago. “It is your duty to protect the safety of your constituents,” Riddell told city council on July… Read more »

More provincial funding for youth mental health

Journal Staff Ontario has announced new funding to support mental health in local youth. Recipients include St. Clair Child and Youth ($157,400) Youth Service of Lambton County Inc. ($25,800), Social Services Bureau of Sarnia-Lambton Inc. ($12,400), Community Living ($2,400) and Rebound ($2,100). The money will support young people whose mental health has been impacted by… Read more »

Derek Drouin not attending Tokyo Games

Journal Staff Two-time Olympic hero Derek Drouin is not at the Tokyo Games. The Corunna native and 2016 high jump gold medalist in Rio decided to skip the Olympic trials after a rigorous competitive schedule in Europe this spring took a toll. “Unfortunately my body hasn’t recovered during my two-week quarantine the way we hoped… Read more »

No shortage of ideas for city’s growing biking network

Cathy Dobson  Sarnia needs to create two east-west commuter routes for cyclists on Wellington and London roads, an avid cyclist says. The current plan to use Maria Street is a great option for leisure cyclists, but not for people needing to get to work, Robert Dickieson told city council last week. “We need to connect… Read more »