Charges laid in plant explosion

Criminal charges have been laid in connection with an Oct. 25, 2014 fire and explosion at Veolia Environmental Services that killed one employee and left five injured. The company and its division manager have each been charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death and five counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm. Eight… Read more »

Big tax hike for Sarnians

Property owners will fork out more in taxes next year, thanks to a 4.6% increase approved this week by city council. The tax hike is the largest in recent memory and will mean an additional $40.14 paid on every $100,000 worth of residential property assessment, city staff say. Councillors did trim about $1.5 million in… Read more »

Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1 – What does the “e’ in “email” stand for? 2 – What Sarnia-born individual was recently bestowed with the honour of Officer of the Order of Canada? 3 – Fleet Street in London, England has long been associated with what profession? 4 – Of the twenty winners of the Bluewater Dream Home Lottery in the… Read more »

Local gymnasts don Team Ontario colours

Barry Wright The determination of Lexi McCormack has paid off. After falling just short of her goal in previous elite meets, the 16-year-old member of the Bluewater Gymnastics Club finally broke through at the recent Team Ontario Tour Selection meet in Belleville. McCormack won the vault event and finished third overall and was chosen, along… Read more »

Basketball star lands full NCAA scholarship

Barry Wright Nicole Bus will be keeping tabs this basketball season on the Fairfield University Stags. That’s because the Northern Vikings senior girls basketball team member has accepted a four-year full scholarship to the Connecticut-based school. She’ll begin her career on the oceanfront campus, about a ten-hour drive from here, next September. “The campus is… Read more »

Housing initiatives break new ground

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Habitat for Humanity is launching two innovative pilot projects aimed at improving the skills and self-esteem of volunteers who collect government assistance. “Both programs are a first in the Habitat community,” Mark Rodgers, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity Canada, who praised the local Habitat group for its leadership. One pilot project… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: “Sarnia? Where the heck is Sarnia?”

Ellan Dickieson “When I graduate I want to work for the federal government, and that means I could end up moving anywhere in Canada.” It was our first date; he a German immigrant studying to be a veterinarian, and me a down-to-earth girl from Prince Edward Island. For two years I kept my fingers crossed… Read more »

Partnership brings together words and crafts

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia bookstore owner who was toying with retirement and her entrepreneurial daughter have devised a way to grow their businesses and keep doing what they love. Elaine Allen, long-time owner of Anne’s Book Place at 250 Russell St. South, was convinced it was time to sell her used bookstore and retire. When… Read more »

Developers plan big changes for downtown Sarnia

Heather Wright Special to The Journal The recent sale of the Bayside Centre appears to be bringing with it a massive redevelopment of downtown Sarnia. Developer Gord Laschinger of Antalis Capital Limited says $13 million has been set aside to buy up properties around the downtown mall. Five buildings have already been purchased, including the… Read more »

United Way hits target, sets new fundraising record

Journal Staff The people of Sarnia-Lambton have taken their support for the United Way to new heights. The umbrella fundraising agency hit its target of $1.95 million today and expects to surpass the $2 million mark shortly as employee campaigns continue trickling in. That’s an all-time record for generosity, said United Way executive director Dave… Read more »