County loses discrimination case

Heather Wright The County of Lambton discriminated against an employee with bipolar disorder, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. The tribunal has ordered the county to reinstate the man to his former position and pay three years of back wages, interest and damages, which could total more than $300,000. Tribunal vice-chair Ken Bhattacharjee issued… Read more »

Respected local politician passes

Ken James was a devoted public figure and two-term MP for Sarnia-Lambton. He died, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24, at the age of 80. James grew up on the family’s Blackwell Road farm and was a marketing and sales manager before entering politics. In the former Sarnia Township he served as a councillor and… Read more »

Clara Hughes to speak

Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a Bluewater Health fundraising gala Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets to hear the inspirational athlete and mental health advocate are $250, with proceeds to the hospital’s mental health and addiction programs. Hughes is the only Canadian to have won… Read more »

Nutritional consultant puts focus on prevention

Cathy Dobson Lisa Matlovich likes to put the whole picture together before advising a client. As a registered nutritional consultant, she says it’s important to take into consideration all the factors that impact her clients’ health, not just what they eat. If there’s a doctor involved, she wants to know what they say. If there… Read more »

Boys’ Brigade Hall had long history

John Rochon Many local residents have fond memories of the old Sarnia Armoury, located where our city hall sits today. But fewer would remember when it was a movie theatre, and even fewer could recall its original purpose. The Boys’ Brigade was an organization founded by William A. Smith in Glasgow, Scotland in 1883, and… Read more »

Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1.  In 1994, what OHL franchise moved to Sarnia and became the Sarnia Sting? 2. What 90-year-old English film director and Oscar winner for the film Gandhi, passed away in late August? 3. To pay for its upkeep, how was money raised to maintain Plank Road from 1862 until 1926? 4.   What comes before “Rattle… Read more »

Acoustic trick at scenic lookout leaves us baffled

George Mathewson We’ve answered some unusual reader questions in ‘What’s Up With That?’ this year. On this one, however, we failed. The water plant operated by the Lambton Area Water Supply System features a circular observation deck on a hill overlooking Lake Huron where it enters the St. Clair River. In the centre of this… Read more »

Sarnia beach cleanup

Three Sarnia beaches will be cleaned of litter on Saturday in preparation for the planting of native dune grasses. Volunteers will be given gloves, bags and refreshments, and are asked to wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. Sign up is at Colborne Road will be the first beach tackled on Sept…. Read more »

Casino workers vote to unionize

Cathy Dobson Fear that a potential privatization could shake things up at the Point Edward Casino has galvanized gaming and hospitality workers into voting overwhelmingly in favour of unionizing, says Unifor organizer Bob Van Cleef. “It happened very, very quickly; less than a month from start to finish,” he told The Journal. The vote took… Read more »

Sarnia program helps families cope with a mental illness

Tara Jeffrey Linda McLister wants every family in Sarnia-Lambton impacted by mental illness to know they’re not alone. “Once you find out that so many people have a similar story to your own, you can see the relief – just being able to talk to someone about it,” said McLister, a local mother spreading the… Read more »