Take the Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

  1.         In 1995, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry went to three men for their studies on the depletion of what layer of the atmosphere? 2.        Cox Gardens, named after local philanthropist Norma Cox and featuring such items as a gazebo, a stage, walkways, and a reflective pool, is being developed in… Read more »

First World War claimed many of Sarnia’s best

Randy Evans One hundred years ago Canada’s initial World War One recruiting drive was in earnest. All volunteers, Sarnia’s earliest enlistees were routed into military groupings based in centers other than their hometown. But this changed in late 1915 with the formation of the 70th Battalion and later the 149th Battalion – “Lambton’s Own. “… Read more »

Books published by Sarnia authors in 2014, concluded

It has been a banner year for Sarnia authors, with 28 titles published, from sports to history, and children’s books to poetry. To help match local readers with local writers The Journal has prepared a compendium of 2014 titles. This concludes the series. Lumière (The Illumination Paradox Book 1) Jacqueline Garlick One determined girl. One… Read more »

Big overhaul for Scott Road fire hall

Cathy Dobson Sarnia council has abandoned plans for a new south-end fire hall and has instead started major renovations to the station at the corner of Churchill and Scott roads. An offer of free land from a Vidal Street industry for a new fire hall was turned down, says Sarnia Fire Chief John Kingyens. “It… Read more »

Prostate cancer clinic opening in Sarnia

Cathy Dobson A new prostate cancer clinic at Bluewater Health is providing patients at all stages of the disease better quality of care and access to an array of medical and support services. “This clinic is making sure the community is well taken care of,” said Dr. Alvaro Ramirez, one of three urologists running the… Read more »

First Friday has reinvigorated downtown

Cathy Dobson Jen Brace lives downtown, works downtown and frequently performs downtown in her own band. “I really don’t like going anywhere else,” she smiles. “I’m a believer in the culture that downtown has built.  I’ll never leave here.” Growing up in Sarnia, the 34-year-old Brace can recall how a vibrant retail area fell on… Read more »

Wind, solar costs are overblown, expert says

Marco Vigliotti While solar and wind energy have played in role in inflating electricity prices in Ontario, the bulk of those increases are attributable to work on aging nuclear facilities and new natural gas plants, a Sarnia energy expert says. Peter R. Smith, an Ontario-based consultant, says wind and solar generation added only 3.3% to… Read more »

Gurd mansion was once Sarnia’s largest home

John Rochon In 1875, prominent attorney and one-time Sarnia mayor Robert Sinclair Gurd erected the largest home in town on the southwest corner of Christina Street and London Road. The site had been occupied by the remains of George Durand’s store, which was the first in Sarnia. Named Fairholme, the 32-room, three-storey mansion boasted an… Read more »

Council candidates took different tacks on campaign spending

Cathy Dobson Re-elected city councillor Mike Kelch doesn’t believe you can spend your way to a council seat. The 17-year political veteran spent just $1,000 on his campaign, distributed about 50 signs and did some print advertising. “If people think you’re an idiot, you can spend millions and you won’t get elected,” he says. A… Read more »