Relaxed gathering rules are music to everyone’s ears

The sweet sound of live music has been sorely missed during the lockdowns but a handful of ecstatic local performers are finally taking the stage again. “It was exhilarating,” singer-songwriter Nic Swales said about a gig this month, the first time he’d played out since December. “I learned a lot of new songs at home… Read more »

Jackson Pool back on agenda

Jackson Pool

Troy Shantz Citizen advocates who fought to save Jackson Pool are thrilled Sarnia is getting government funds to replace the defunct facility in Germain Park. “I’m so happy the direction was to go after this funding, and I look forward to working with the city to ensure that this much needed community pool is restored,”… Read more »

City helping property owners with lead pipe replacement

Journal Staff Sarnia is offering a helping hand to homeowners with lead water lines on their property. After finding fewer than 200 properties with lead service lines buried underground– about 2% of the number expected by consultants – council has agreed to replace those on the homeowner’s side of the property line at no cost…. Read more »

Vaccinations having dramatic impact on COVID-19 infections

Journal Staff The number of local COVID-19 cases continues to decline as vaccination rates go up. Lambton Public Health reported five active cases in Sarnia-Lambton today with just one new case and one person in hospital. That compares to 323 active cases on Jan. 4, the worst point of the pandemic in Sarnia-Lambton. One week… Read more »

Construction starting this fall on new French Immersion School

Journal Staff Construction is expected to begin this fall on a new Gregory A. Hogan School in Sarnia. The $17-million French Immersion school on Rapids Parkway will feature plenty of natural light, an 88-space daycare, and flexible spaces and furnishings that can be converted to fit teacher and student needs, the St. Clair Catholic District… Read more »

City Hall to consult public on bus terminal move

Sarnia Transit bus stop

Journal Staff Sarnia is looking at moving the bus terminal beside the Superstore on Murphy Road to the Clearwater Arena. Council has asked staff to consult with the public on moving the terminal, which according to a new report is congested and lacks both passenger and staff amenities. The city’s transportation master plan recommends changing… Read more »

Sarnia’s Julia Greenshields off to the Tokyo Olympics

Julia Greenshields

Troy Shantz It was just a five-minute phone call, but one in which Sarnia’s Julia Greenshields realized a decade-long dream. The former Sarnia Saints rugby player had been officially invited to represent Canada at the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games this month. “It didn’t quite hit me right away. They just said, ‘Everyone clear your schedule,’”… Read more »

Stage, community gathering space coming to Mitton Village

Journal Staff A little-used municipal parking lot will be turned into a community hub in Mitton Village with a stage for neighbourhood events. A new Community Improvement Plan approved by city council devotes $100,000 to the hub. About $25,000 will cover design work for the stage at 135 Mitton St. to host outdoor events, musical… Read more »