New group aims to help kids thrive at sports, the arts

Tara Jeffrey Graham Holmes wants to make sure money isn’t a barrier for youth striving to reach their full potential. “We just want to make sure all kids have the same opportunity to succeed in sports or the arts, regardless of their financial situation,” said the 28-year-old founder of Empower Play, a new, non-profit looking… Read more »

Court to decide on River City Vineyard legal costs

The question of how much Sarnia must pay to cover the legal fees of River City Vineyard has been left to the courts. Sarnia lost a recent decision in which the Ontario Appeal Court found a men’s homeless shelter River City operated but was forced to close had never contravened city bylaws. Last week, the… Read more »

River poker run

Boaters from both sides of the border are taking part in a poker run on the St. Clair River the weekend of July 31. The Mike Fiore Memorial Can-Am leaves Sarnia Bay Marina the morning of Aug. 1 and stops at various check points on the way to Windsor and back. Money raise will support… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In what country did reggae music originate? 2 – Corunna resident Derek Drouin earned a gold medal at the Canadian National Track and Field Championship in Edmonton recently in what event? 3 – German, French, Italian and Romansh are the four native languages of what European country? 4 – What local park will be… Read more »

Buzz kill

Dan Skinner, a resource technician from the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, drops a puck of larvicide into a catchbasin on Lakeshore Road. Lambton County is using the pesticide this summer to control mosquito larvae and reduce the incidence of West Nile virus. Glenn Ogilvie

Time to ‘Stuff The Bus’ on Saturday

Journal Staff Local residents can buy groceries at any of 10 local food stores on Saturday, July 18 and use it to help fill a city transit bus. Stuff the Bus is an annual food drive on behalf of St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. A fundraising barbecue will also be held from… Read more »

The “other” market

A throng of curious shoppers checks out the “Moonlight Market” beneath the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward. Twelve to 15 producers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowers, honey and meats as well as prepared foods like pierogies and baked goods. The initiative was launched by the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Corporation and goes… Read more »

Camp for kids with cerebral palsy

An innovative summer camp for children with cerebral palsy that was threatened with closure last year is up and running again this summer at Dunlop United Church. Here, Chase Hilton Pilon follows Annamaria Dinnyes in a stretch and exercise lesson at the Conductive Education Camp, which received word last week of a $5,000 grant coming… Read more »

Local canine to compete on world stage

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia woman and her three-year-old border collie are off to Germany next week to compete in the prestigious European Open against teams from 35 other countries. “I’m still really new to (the sport),” says Karen Childs, 32, who qualified with her dog Cash for the Canadian Kennel Club Agility team after tryouts… Read more »

Sarnia man says workshop’s meager pay violates his human rights

Cathy Dobson  A Sarnia man with an intellectual disability who is paid 46 cents an hour to attend the sheltered workshop at Wawanosh Enterprises says his earnings are discriminatory and violate the Ontario Human Rights Code. Kris McCormick, 38, has taken his complaint to the Human Rights Legal Support Centre and, after mediation failed last… Read more »