Sarnia jumps into school closure fray

George Mathewson The folks trying to save SCITS from closure and possible demolition have found an ally in the City of Sarnia. City hall staff was authorized last week to assess what impact closing a high school would have on south-end neighbours and businesses and report back by March 21. In addition, the staff report… Read more »

Journal earns provincial nod

Your local hometown newspaper has been nominated for a major provincial award. The Ontario Community Newspaper Association has named The Sarnia Journal a finalist for one of its “General Excellence Awards.” The honour, the OCNA’s highest, recognizes overall outstanding achievement in the community press, including editorial, advertising and layout. The other nominees in the category… Read more »

Former Canadian medalist launches boxing comeback

Troy Shantz With the Ontario Championships only weeks away, Nolan Evans knows his boxing heritage and strong family support and will be just as important as time spent in the gym. For Evans, boxing is a family tradition. “I love it. (The) feeling of being in the ring, adrenaline, It’s in my blood.” And that… Read more »

New enviro-awards approved

  Sarnia’s top eco-champs are about to get a pat on the back. Council has backed a plan from the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee for “Go Green Awards” to be awarded to residents who help protect the air, water and wildlife around us. The six categories cover businesses, individuals and community, and youth and classrooms…. Read more »

Foundation accepting applications

The Judith & Norman Alix Foundation is now taking funding applications for local capital projects. The applications must be received by April 1 and the projects must be located in Lambton County. More eligibility criteria can be found at Over the past 30 years the Foundation has advanced about $4 million for various endeavours… Read more »

Smelly business

Sixty-five kilometres of sewers in the Colborne Road area will be scoped to identify problems, prioritize repairs and hopefully address a long-standing problem with sewer gas, city hall says. Sewer Technologies Inc. has been contracted for the sewer flushing and condition assessment at a cost of $300,000, with Sarnia on the hook for one-third. Because… Read more »

Speed limit won’t change

The speed limit in front of the Bright’s Grove commercial plaza won’t be lowered after all. Thirteen business owners signed a petition in November asking Lambton County to reduce the speed limit on Lakeshore Road from the current 70 kilometres per hour. But Sarnia supported a county recommendation to do nothing after a number of… Read more »

Local board’s impact recognized

An organization that loans money to small businesses locally has received a vote of confidence from the Conference Board of Canada. A research project by the board found the Sarnia-Lambton Business Development Board and others administering Community Futures Programs are boosting the Ontario economy and creating jobs. “We find that the program, which is meant… Read more »

Local fundraisers leverage to raise more

Year of Local Laura Greaves This is the fifth in a series of submitted stories produced by the Year of Local, a collaborative project highlighting businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sarnia. If you ask Race to Erase co-founders Rich Bouchard and Scott McKay what their event is all about, they will sum it up in… Read more »

Psych major turns hip-hop producer

Tara Jeffrey Cullen McCurrach always knew music would be a big part of his life. “I grew up surrounded by it,” said the 21-year-old Sarnia native, who began playing guitar in Grade 4, followed by the drums in Grade 9, then singing. “It was sort of a journey of self-discovery for me.” Growing up, his… Read more »