New collision centre to handle routine fender-benders

Troy Shantz Officials say a new Collision Reporting Centre (CRC) at Sarnia Police headquarters could save the service as much as a 1,000 officer hours a year. As of June 11, minor vehicle collisions in Sarnia are being reported through the Centre in a one-year pilot in partnership with Accident Support Services International Ltd. (ASSI)…. Read more »

With housing nixed, city ponders future of Baxter Park

Troy Shantz City staff will meet with residents in coming weeks to develop an action plan for Baxter Park, following city council’s decision to nix a proposed housing development there. The previous council had agreed to sell the park’s southern two acres — home to the former Kinsmen Community Centre — and create five new… Read more »

Return of slots to Hiawatha slow, but still going ahead

Cathy Dobson Jim Henderson has been inundated with calls from local residents hoping to land a job when Hiawatha Slots reopens at his racetrack. But he’s telling everyone it’s going to be the end of the year before his property is leased and renovations are finished for the new 150-machine gaming facility on London Line…. Read more »

Symphony shift aimed at bringing music to younger ears

Cathy Dobson It’s moving day for the International Symphony Orchestra and executive director Anthony Wing is in the thick of things. “It’s an ambitious step that we’ve carefully planned,” he says, readying boxes by the door at 251 Vidal, home to the ISO until last week. “But I wish I’d done this in my 20s… Read more »

Addiction treatment centre bogged down as city’s opioid crisis deepens

Cathy Dobson As Sarnia’s opioid crisis deepens, provincial approval for a 24-bed residential addiction centre appears to be tied up in bureaucratic red tape. That’s frustrating for everyone on the front line trying to save lives and for the families of loved ones struggling with addiction, local advocates say. Paula Reaume-Zimmer, vice president of addictions… Read more »

Design flaw, byproduct caused tower collapse: Imperial

Troy Shantz A fatal design flaw combined with a volatile byproduct combined to cause an April 2 tower collapse at Imperial Oil, the company said. Modifications made to the tower in 2011 allowed an unexpected accumulation of the byproduct – known as pyrophorics – to heat up and melt portions of the 15-story structure, said… Read more »

Relay winners

The team from Northern Collegiate won gold in the open boys 4x400m relay at the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships in Cambridge recently. From left are, Cory Smith, Carter Barron, Matt Davies and Blake Freer. Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Defending champ Wolfpack baseballers tamed

A pair of losses ended a promising season for Great Lakes Secondary’s boys baseball team. The defending OFSAA champions fell to Pickering High School 3 – 1 and Thornhill’s St. Elizabeth Catholic High School 6 – 1, eliminating the Wolfpack from the Western Ontario finals, held in Whitby on June 6. Great Lakes won Ontario… Read more »

Golden effort

Blake Foster of Northern Collegiate was a double gold medalist at the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships in Cambridge recently, winning bot the junior boys shot put (16.12 metres) and junior boys discuss (55.61 metres). Bruce Smith, Special to The Journal

Take a gander

Point Edward photographer Mark Dease is joined by a gaggle of indifferent geese on The Point Lands while shooting photos of freighters on the St. Clair River. Despite a fog that rolled in quickly, he managed to capture images of the John G. Munson as the bulk carrier passed Sarnia. Glenn Ogilvie