Plan to move library into Clearwater Arena taking shape

Troy Shantz Sarnia could save $60,000 a year by moving the Mallroad Library to Clearwater Arena, city staff says. A floor plan and budget to retrofit the upper level of the Wellington Road arena is in the works, and community consultations are now underway. In the meantime, Sarnia has extended the library’s lease in the… Read more »

Sarnia council backs calls to help small businesses

Troy Shantz Recreational facilities for children should be regarded as essential services and remain open during lockdowns, a Sarnia entrepreneur says. And City Hall agrees. Scott Burnett has gathered a petition with 2,700 signatures asking Ontario to classify dance studios, karate dojos, rinks and other youth facilities essential businesses “It’s just frustrating,” said Burnett, owner… Read more »

COVID-19 vaccine still not expected in Sarnia-Lambton until early February

Journal Staff The first COVID-19 vaccine doses are still not expected to arrive in Sarnia-Lambton until early February, although that timeline could change subject to supply availability, Sarnia’s Primary Control Group says. In the meantime, long-term care homes are gathering consent forms and preparing lists of residents and staff who will be first in line… Read more »

New COVID restrictions good, but vaccines would be better: Sarnia Mayor

Journal Staff Sarnia’s Mayor applauds Ontario’s stay-at-home-order, but says a vaccine is the only way back to normalcy. Premier Doug Ford declared a 28-day state of emergency for the province today and on Thursday a stay-at-home order begins.  This means outdoor groups can’t exceed five people, and additional restrictions are in effect for non-essential retail… Read more »

United Way shortfall will cause pain for community agencies

Troy Shantz Despite coming up short on its 2020 campaign, the United Way is still mighty impressed by the generosity of a struggling community, its executive director says. The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton raised 92% of its $1.9 million target, leaving a shortfall of about $174,000 that will soon be felt by some member agencies…. Read more »

COVID-19: New cases surge today; outbreaks at 12 senior homes

Journal Staff As COVID-19 continues to surge, a Lambton Public Health response team has begun working with staff at two of 12 local senior homes contending with outbreaks. There is growing concern about the 12 residents and one staff member at Twin Lakes Terrace and seven residents and five staff at Residence on the St…. Read more »

NOVA Chemicals’ return-to-work program testing 2,000 this week

Tara Jeffrey Some 2,000 COVID-19 tests were being conducted this week as part of a return-to-work screening program at Nova Chemicals. Company spokesperson Julia Iacovella said the lab-analyzed PCR testing was being administered over a four-day period, by registered nurses, and “captured Nova employees, contractors and tradespeople that are working on our growth projects.” Workers… Read more »