Cox Gardens taking shape

The latest addition to Sarnia’s park system is rapidly nearing completion. Cox Gardens is a 2.5-acre greenspace in Germain Park that features meandering walkways, a gazebo and stage area, and a reflective pool near the existing jet monument. The site offers plenty of places to sit and relax, listen to entertainment or participate in exercise… Read more »

A walk on the wet side

Sarge was reluctant at first to get her paws wet at the McPherson Fountain. But with a little coaxing from her master Sean King, of Sarnia, the four-month-old German shepherd pup was right at home. With strong winds blowing spray over the walkway and the pair opted to walk through for a refreshing break from… Read more »

Are you ready for The Journal trivia challenge?

1.    In what year was Mike Bradley first elected as mayor of Sarnia? 2.   What federal cabinet minister recently caused a controversy when he donned a T-shirt bearing the logo of a pro-gun lobby group at a party fundraiser? 3.    What goalie starred for the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team in 2014? 4.    Nominated for… Read more »

Sarnia homes that aren’t really homes

George Mathewson Sarnia is dotted with homes that aren’t really homes at all. They’re actually electrical substations, urban imposter designed to blend in with their single-family neighbours. Built mostly during Sarnia’s industrial boom of the 1950s and 1960s, these “transformer homes” show a surprising sensitivity to their surroundings. It would have been quicker and cheaper… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Sept. 11

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  Wednesday, Sept. 10 Noise Annoys Dominique Potvin of Western University will discuss… Read more »

Books published by Sarnia authors in 2014

It has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, from sports to history, and children’s books to poetry. To help match local readers with local writers The Journal has prepared a compendium of 2014 titles. Here, in no particular order, is Part One: Cribbin Six: Moments of Heart & Mayhem Tom Cribbin Cribbin’s previous five… Read more »

Beekeepers suing pesticide makers

Journal Staff A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Ontario beekeepers who say their hives have been killed or damaged by neonicotinoid pesticides. The suit filed by London-based Siskinds LLP seeks more than $400 million in damages from Bayer and Syngenta, which develops and markets the pesticides. “They’ve back us into a… Read more »

Coronation Park to close its doors

Heather Wright Special to The Journal The doors of Sarnia’s Coronation Park Day Nursery will close by Nov. 28, and 50 children will need to find a new place to stay. With enrollment declining from the introduction of full-day kindergarten, Ontario has cut day-care funding. That’s led to a $1.3-million dollar deficit at Coronation, which… Read more »