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Life and death debate coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Sarnians have a rare chance to weigh in on Canada’s doctor-assisted suicide debate, just as a pivotal Supreme Court hearing on the issue gets started. The contentious hearing begins Oct. 15 in Ottawa, one day before a forum is held at the Sarnia Library Theatre featuring representatives from each side. “It’s very timely… Read more »

Hadfields and city airport have long shared history

Interpretive signs will be unveiled Sunday to illustrate the Hadfield family’s long history with Sarnia Airport. Members of the family, including Col. Chris Hadfield, are expected to attend the Oct. 5 event at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport’s passenger terminal, beginning 3 p.m. The father of the famed astronaut, Roger Hadfield, was the first person to… Read more »

CANDIDATE FORUM: Sarnia city council candidates make their pitch

The Journal asked the 28 men and women running for Sarnia council to tell us why they should be elected. Here, starting today, are their (largely) unedited answers. Eight will be elected: four in the city only and four to also serve on Lambton County council. We begin with city-only candidates. Peter Athanasopoulos  Peter Athanasopoulos… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 2

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca.  Wednesday, Oct. 1 Sultans of String Juno Award nominees Sultans… Read more »

Pilot boat captain saved the crew of sinking steamer

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Ollie Campbell is grateful the city is publicly recognizing her late husband for the dozens of lives he saved many years ago. A colourful storyboard describing the heroics of Capt. Robert Campbell on the night of June 5, 1972, when the Sidney E. Smith steamer went down in the St. Clair River,… Read more »

Amazing ‘Silo House’ goes against the grain

George Mathewson One of Sarnia’s funkiest homes is also one of its oldest structures. The “Silo House” in Bright’s Grove is four floors of handcrafted originality packed into a converted grain silo built in 1842 for the community’s first farm. “When people first see it they love it because it’s so strange,” said Patti Grant,… Read more »

Detox centres moving forward

Journal Staff Planning has begun on a 16-bed residential addiction treatment centre in Sarnia-Lambton. A steering committee has been assembled and an architectural firm hired, Bluewater Health officials say. The committee will begin assessing the needs of clients and planning the design and construction of the building. And the Toronto-based firm DIALOG will develop a… Read more »

County loses discrimination case

Heather Wright The County of Lambton discriminated against an employee with bipolar disorder, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. The tribunal has ordered the county to reinstate the man to his former position and pay three years of back wages, interest and damages, which could total more than $300,000. Tribunal vice-chair Ken Bhattacharjee issued… Read more »

Respected local politician passes

Ken James was a devoted public figure and two-term MP for Sarnia-Lambton. He died, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24, at the age of 80. James grew up on the family’s Blackwell Road farm and was a marketing and sales manager before entering politics. In the former Sarnia Township he served as a councillor and… Read more »