Celiac Disease: New support group in town to help sufferers

Jack Poirier Shirley Desrochers knows the pain of celiac disease all too well ‑ the cramping, bloating, misdiagnoses and other gastro-intestinal issues. Even more agonizing at times, however, is the lack of support for those who suffer from gluten-related illness. Desrochers was part of a close-knit support group in Alberta before moving to Sarnia in… Read more »

Swing season

It might not be the warmest spring on record but things are slowly improving, says Nicole MacMillan, of Sarnia. Nicole and her children, Caitlyn, 5 and Mason, 2, were at Blackwell Trails playground getting some fresh air and sunshine. Glenn Ogilvie

Wood it hold up?

Popsicle-stick bridges will be pushed to the breaking point on Saturday, March 28 at Lambton Mall during 10th annual National Engineering Month Bridge Construction Challenge. Here, David Murray, of the Lambton chapter of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, tests the work of three scouts from the 24th Dunlop troop at St Bartholomew’s Church recently. Submitted… Read more »

Health centre funding

Lambton County has committed $5 million to help kick-start plans for a $30-million health education centre at the Sarnia campus. The proposed facility would house 1,000 students and feature state-of-the-art labs, simulators and research dedicated to improving health care delivery. The county commitment, over six years, is conditional on financial support from the federal and… Read more »

Case withdraws from race

And then there were two candidates contesting the federal Liberal nomination in Sarnia-Lambton. Veteran county politician Todd Case unexpectedly withdrew from the race last week, leaving former city councillor Elizabeth Wood McDonald and retired high school teacher David McPhail in the running. Case said the national office’s official approval of McPhail’s candidacy was a factor… Read more »

County budget approved

Lambton County has approved a $188-million budget that includes a 2.52 levy increase. Councillors placed $5 million in reserves last week and approved grant requests for a suicide prevention drop-in centre, a digital X-ray suite in Newbury and the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership. The Partnership is getting $155,000 for a new website, a study into a… Read more »

Human trafficking event in Sarnia

Jack Poirier Samantha Nieuwland was a typical eight-year-old ‑ carefree and innocently naïve. But her worldview changed when Scott Forbes of International Justice Mission (IJM) spoke to her church about the issue of human trafficking. As part of a global organization that protects the poor from violence in the developing world, Forbes described work being… Read more »

Radio-Canada airing French cultural celebration in Sarnia

The Francophone community centre on The Rapids Parkway George Mathewson Sarnia’s Francophone community will mark French Week with a community breakfast on March 25, and Radio-Canada is coming to cover it. The CBC French-language affiliate and its Windsor-based morning host Charles Lévesque will broadcast live from the Jolliet Francophone Cultural Centre on The Rapids Parkway,… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

   1.         What is the hardest substance in the human body?  2.         Sponsored by the Sarnia-Lakeshore Optimist Club, a recent event at the library challenged local students to display their skill in what subject? 3.         What substance is processed in a ginnery? 4.         Which street in Sarnia used to be called… Read more »

City holding a park cleanup day

Sarnia has a community cleanup planned to get city parks ready for the warm days ahead. Community groups and service clubs are invited to assemble a crew, pick a park, trail or boulevard they’d like to clean, and register it with Parks and Recreation. Individuals can also join city staff as they spruce up Canatara… Read more »