Local economic outlook starting to brighten

Cathy Dobson This year is expected to bring some economic growth to Sarnia following a 2015 that was sluggish at best, says the chairman of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce. The Ontario Chamber is projecting the city will grow at a rate of 1.4% in 2016 and another 1% in 2017, Rob Taylor said…. Read more »

Good ideas: Micro-grants fueling a whole lot of awesomeness

Cathy Dobson There’s no shortage of amazing ideas to make living in Sarnia awesome, says Alison Mahon. And she should know. Mahon is an original member of the Sarnia Awesome Foundation, which has given away $25,000 to nurture cool community-oriented ideas. That’s $1,000 won by 25 different groups and individuals since June 2013 to kick-start… Read more »

Errol: The city that never was

Phil Egan            Special to The Sarnia Journal It was there, and then it wasn’t. Today, travellers setting out from Christina Street to journey along the road to Errol, or Errol Road as we know it more familiarly, will find their eastward path blocked by a cemetery – a subtle reminder if there ever was… Read more »

Mayor honours Sarnians who made a difference in 2015

They span the realms of nature and aviation and tragedy, and they work with the lonely, the challenged and the hungry. But a unifying thread does connect the 17 individuals and organizations named to Mayor Mike Bradley’s Honour List for 2015 – a desire to make Sarnia a better place. “It is living proof that… Read more »

Big turnaround for Research Park

Heather Wright Special to The Journal What a difference three years make. The Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park is 97% full, brings in $3.3 million and is paying off its debt. In October 2012, the park’s board of directors told Lambton County Council they were in a tough spot. Their biggest renter – a call center… Read more »

Can we quote you on that?

The Journal loves a good quote. Here are 10 we liked from 2015. 10 – “Sometimes you feel like quitting. But we all work so hard at it and we love Christmas and Sarnia so much. We’re not quitters.” – Co-ordinator Cathie Blake, on the doggedness of volunteers who stage the Celebration of Lights despite… Read more »

Comedy Night to benefit firefighters’ fund

Tara Jeffrey An upcoming Comedy Night at the Imperial Theatre is set to bring a lot of laughs for a good cause. “The more money we make, the more people we can help,” said John Tidball, who’s helping organize the Jan. 9 event, a fundraiser for the Sarnia Professional Firefighters Association (SPFFA) Community Benefit Fund…. Read more »

Outdoor painter learns to paint quickly

Cathy Dobson “Being a plein air painter is like having a little secret. It’s almost mystical.”   – Bill Walters There are only three, maybe four, serious plein air painters in the Sarnia area, says Bill Walters, a retired elementary school teacher and plein air artist. “It’s much more difficult but I prefer it,” he… Read more »

Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – What is the only vowel that is NOT on the top row of a standard keyboard? 2 – Sarnia Council recently approved a rezoning application to increase what type of parking spaces that currently number below the provincial standard? 3 – What character in Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ utters the words, “God bless… Read more »

And on this day …

More than 230 miniature nativity scenes from around the world were on display recently at a Nativity Walk at the First Christian Reformed Church in Sarnia. This is one of the more traditional depictions from the event, which included nativity scenes from Mali, Peru, The Philippines and Navajo Nation. Glenn Ogilvie