MP Marilyn Gladu voted a Parliamentarian of the Year by colleagues 

Troy Shantz In her first year, Conservative Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu has crossed party lines to improve the long-form census, develop the women’s parliamentary caucus and worked with the Trudeau Liberals to unmuzzle government scientists. Her goal, it seems, is to get Ottawa to play nice. “I think that if people listen to each other… Read more »

Refined Fool brewery’s downtown expansion bid goes flat

Troy Shantz Sarnia’s own craft brewery has scrapped plans to expand operations into a second downtown location, for now anyway. The Refined Fool alerted city staff last week it was withdrawing its request for bylaw amendments to develop the former Sarnia This Week building. “Due to circumstances beyond our control, Refined Fool will not be… Read more »

Trewsfest brings back-to-back shows to The Station

Troy Shantz It’s simple: Sarnia loves the Trews and the Trews love Sarnia. So says John-Angus MacDonald, guitarist for the popular Canadian band. “We’ve been going to play Sarnia since 2003. I don’t think we’ve ever gone more than a year without playing there.” No one knows that more than businesswoman and concert promoter Michele… Read more »

Time to ‘move on’ from Bradleygate: councillors

George Mathewson Having decided to let Mayor Mike Bradley keep his old office, city councillors say it’s time to get past the workplace harassment controversy that’s gripped City Hall and get back to business. Council approved a plan on Nov. 14 that will separate municipal employees at City Hall from the mayor, councillors and the… Read more »

Burrows’ online community channel making an impact

Troy Shantz The host of a Sarnia-based web series who inadvertently recorded comments by a city councillor at the centre of an Integrity Commissioner complaint is sorry that it happened. “I’d wish I’d have stopped it,” said an emotional David Burrows, host of “The Show” and The Video Show Network, an online community channel at… Read more »

City endorses phone and Internet voting

Sarnia residents may be able to vote for their mayor and councillors online and by phone in the next municipal election. Council agreed last week to join Lambton County in a request for proposals from Internet and telephone service providers, with an eye to the 2018 election. If approved, online and phone voting would provide… Read more »

Sarnia’s drum corps meant pageantry and parades

Phil Egan On soft summer nights the brash but beautiful sounds of marching drums and singing bugles would linger in the air. In the early days of rock ‘n roll, before the Beatles and the Beach Boys, it was the soundtrack of the city. Some nights it would be the renowned Lionettes in their brilliant… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In the song, who cut off the tails of the three blind mice? 2 – Seven TOPS groups exist in Sarnia, with a combined membership of over 200 people. What does TOPS stand for? 3 – What celestial objects were once referred to as “hairy stars” by Ancient Greeks? 4 – The Skilbeck… Read more »

Sarnia-Lambton aims to be test site for basic income program

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton is trying to become one of the Ontario test sites for a Basic Income Guarantee program. The trial, if approved, would provide a basic income to all those living below a certain income threshold and could replace the current Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support program. “We’ve been a really successful community… Read more »

Shell appreciation event

The Aamjiwnaang First Nation held an appreciation event on Nov. 10 to thank Shell Canada for its support of the Maajiigin Gumig native plant nursery and greenhouse. The day featured a tree planting, workshops and a seed collecting hike. Gathering black-eyed Susan seeds here are, from left, Courtney Jackson and Christine Rogers of the Aamjiwnaang… Read more »