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Founding of Corunna was a capital idea

If not for those damn Yankees the Parliament buildings of Canada would have been built on Baird Street in Corunna, not some distant hill in Ottawa. The story of how Corunna nearly became the nation’s capital is not an urban myth. It really happened. In the year 1823, Lord Beresford led the first of three… Read more »

Classic boat owners seas the day

Like its creator, the ‘Would … Aye’ is a one of a kind. Crafted and assembled piece by painstaking piece over 26 years in Jeff Horley’s shed, the 38-foot sailboat was a showstopper at the Antique and Classic Boat Show at Sarnia Bay Marina last weekend. Built of African mahogany and red cedar, she features… Read more »

Taking the bait

Curtis Epps, left and Brandon Johnson, both of Sarnia, found a cool spot on a warm summer day to fish beneath the River Road bridge at the Shell Canada refinery near Corunna. The pair were angling for bass and freshwater gar. Glenn Ogilvie

The journey from dishwasher to head chef

Like many chefs, Josh Gadd got his first taste of restaurant life slugging it out as a dishwasher. “I didn’t even apply for the job,” he said. Gadd was only 14 when the phone rang and chef Alastair Mackay asked him if he would be interested in washing dishes for his upscale restaurant. That’s when… Read more »

Camlachie teen has arm lengthened

It’s been a long wait for Colton Bidner. After six months of wearing a metal cage on his right arm, the Camlachie teen is finally free of it. The 13-year-old was born with one arm shorter than the other, which caused his hand to turn in and make simple tasks difficult. So, the family sought… Read more »

Retiring firefighter worked to prevent tragedies

Tom Marshall remembers a time when he would stand at the front of a classroom in his Sarnia Fire Rescue uniform and ask how many students had working smoke alarms at home. A scattering of hands would rise. “Now nearly every hand goes up,” says the fire department’s public education officer. “There’s been a big… Read more »

Powerboat Festival loads up

A water-filled trough the length of half a football field will appear on Front Street next month when Sarnia’s largest annual street party returns The artificial pond will provide a venue for wakeboarding demonstrations, the latest freebie at the Sarnia-Port Huron International Powerboat Festival. “It’s 180 feet long by 30 feet wide (55 metres by… Read more »

Shell releases still under review

Ontario’s Environment Ministry is still determining whether Shell Canada should be charged for two chemical releases at its Corunna refinery last year. Spokesperson Kate Jordan said both incidents remain under investigation by the ministry’s enforcement branch. Shell had a “sour water” leak on Jan. 11 of 2013 that contained mercaptan, a pungent smelling gas detectable… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 17

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 July 16th Grove Music Series A summer concert series at the… Read more »