Experts upbeat about local employment opportunities this year

George Mathewson The local economy will generate strong employment numbers this year as companies compete for available workers, local job experts say. “Based on what we are hearing from local employers, we are very optimistic about what 2020 has in store for Sarnia-Lambton,” said Bruce Hein, franchise owner of the Sarnia Express Employment Professionals. “Locally,… Read more »

What’s happening: week of Jan. 16

What’s happening events must be open to the public, 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   Thursday, Jan. 16   College Night… Read more »

Former Sting played role in Canada’s world junior gold

Troy Shantz As Canada was pulling off its dramatic come-from-behind gold medal victory at the World Junior Hockey Championships, a former Sarnia Sting was working feverishly behind the scenes. As Canada’s pre-scout coach, Alan Letang studied the opposing teams and prepared video clips on demand for coaches Mark and Dale Hunter, of Oil Springs. “Hockey… Read more »

#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