Next Sarnia Speaks to tackle the issue of addiction

Tara Jeffrey A fifth installment of the popular Sarnia Speaks series will focus on addiction, says organizer Danielle Cooper. “It’s something that touches many lives in Sarnia-Lambton…there are many who are suffering in silence and in the shadows, and it’s important to me that people have a place where they can share openly and not… Read more »

Breathing new life into First Friday downtown walkabout

Cathy Dobson As First Friday enters its 10th year in downtown Sarnia, the cultural walkabout has a new lease on life, says Mike Cole of Storyboard Solutions’ marketing team. The local company recently took responsibility for administering First Friday’s website, its monthly magazine and liaising with local retailers, bar owners, and restaurateurs to rebuild momentum for… Read more »

Week of Nov. 3

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, Nov. 3 Pastafest 7th annual Rayjon… Read more »

Anti-bullying vigil planned

Troy Shantz Following recent rallies in support of Mayor Mike Bradley, a candlelight vigil will be held in support of victims of bullying Nov. 7 at City Hall. One of the organizers, Dan Harding, said the purpose is to raise awareness of bullying in the workplace. “We would like to show how many victims go… Read more »

Bradley supporters hold another rally

A group of about 20 people convened at the Curly Q Salon on Wellington Street to rally in support of Mayor Mike Bradley on Nov. 1. They were showing their support for the 28-year mayor following two separate investigations that found Bradley had harassed and bullied senior city staff. As a result, Sarnia city council… Read more »

Helping very small businesses hire should be priority, report says

Troy Shantz Sarnia-Lambton has an untapped resource that could potentially mean thousands of jobs, according to a new report. There are more than 7,500 small businesses with zero employees on the books, which represent 68% of all small businesses locally. If each hired just a single employee the economic benefits would be significant, says the… Read more »

It’s alive! Celebration of Light returning after all

Cathy Dobson Sarnians are saying loud and clear they don’t want the Celebration of Lights cancelled and are pitching in to bring it back from the brink, says elated chairman Bill Suisham. At least 32 displays will light up Centennial Park later this month thanks to a strong response from clubs, sports teams, schools, churches… Read more »

Centennial Park project over-budget and delayed again

Cathy Dobson Contrary to popular belief, Centennial Park will be an improved version of itself once the $11-million overhaul is complete, says Sarnia’s environmental services superintendent. Joe Boothe is at the waterfront park every day overseeing progress made by remediation crews. “I know there’s been a lot of negativity,” he said. “But we’re going to… Read more »

Counsellors aim to fill need clinical support need

Cathy Dobson A trio of social workers has started a new private counselling service they say offers traditional as well as newer strategies to combat Sarnia’s most prevalent mental health problems. “The three of us worked in London together in the child welfare sector and saw the need in Sarnia for more clinical support,” said Dawn Whalls,… Read more »