New rules for citizenship swell numbers at YMCA program

Refugees and newcomers in Sarnia trying to become Canadian citizens are finding help at a new YMCA program. Anyone applying for citizenship as of July 1 had to begin providing proof of proficiency in English. That’s produced an upswing of clients at the Coordinated Language Assessment and Referral System Centre, which opened a year ago… Read more »

Pizza shop owner bitten by new sign rules

Sarnia’s new sign bylaw has claimed its first victim. Mateo’s Pizza was told Tuesday it will need to remove its portable street sign on Lakeshore Road or risk being fined, said owner Matt Malott. “Cities should be helping businesses, not hindering them, “ he said. ‘This is completely and utterly ridiculous. It’s one of the… Read more »

County Council live

Monthly meetings of Lambton County council meetings are now available via live streaming. Cameras installed at the Wyoming council chambers are programmed to pan to whoever is speaking, including councillors, administrators and members of the public. Viewers can access live and archived meetings by visiting and clicking on the “Streamed Council Meetings” box.  

So, why is the Cull Drain now called Perch Creek?

This aerial photo shows the Cull Drain Bridge, at top, spanning the mouth of the Cull Drain where it enters Lake Huron just east of Telfer Road. But a sign at the second bridge on Lakeshore Road, in foreground, identifies the waterway as Perch Creek. This image, by the way, is the second released from… Read more »

A big pizza, no matter how you slice it

Ken Dunn is a character; a fun-loving, wisecracking adventurer who just happens to love cooking. “It’s simple and it’s entertaining,” says Dunn, who has worked at a huge list of restaurants over the past 40 years. He’s helped open countless diners, shown new owners the ropes, operated his own restaurants and even earned his way… Read more »

Happy trails to you

A member of the Silver Spoke cycling club salutes in passing on the Howard Watson Nature Trail. The London-based club visted Sarnia to try out the city’s highly-regarded recreational trail. Glenn Ogilvie

Sarnia Police seek taggers

Three more businesses have been spray-painted with graffiti, Sarnia police say. The buildings on Ontario and Mitton streets were defaced last week with the words “What’s the key for?” in blue paint. Graffiti affects everyone, from the property owners who clean up the mess to the residents who have to look at the ”visual pollution,”… Read more »

Historical novel set in Point Edward

Don Gutteridge’s memories of growing up in Point Edward are so colourful and rich, he chose his hometown as the backdrop for his latest historical novel. “Lily’s Story” is a sweeping period piece that recounts many key events in the history of Point Edward and Lambton County during the life of the fictional Lily. “I… Read more »

Rocket man

Walter Pepper carved this space rocket to celebrate both Sarnia’s Centennial and former astronaut and city native Chris Hadfield. The Forest carver started out with wooden logs at the Lambton Drug Awareness alcohol-free New Year’s party and completed the sculpture in time for The Gathering, the big municipal reunion at the RBC centre on June… Read more »

Go with the flow

City hall is getting $75,000 in federal support for a system to monitor the flow in and out Sarnia’s 56 pumping stations. The improvement will allow city staff to step in quickly to reduce the size of wastewater overflows and bypasses to the St. Clair River. The money is coming from Ottawa’s Great Lakes sustainability… Read more »