Local filmmaker brings Red Ryan to big screen

Cathy Dobson Local filmmaker Aaron Huggett is fascinated by what motivates the criminal mind. And there’s few hardened criminals more intriguing than the devious Red Ryan from the pages of Sarnia’s past, he says. Ryan infamously went down in a hail of bullets in 1936 while robbing a downtown liquor store. The story of Ryan’s… Read more »

One Tomato grows again

Cathy Dobson Thanks to the success of a simple idea called the One Tomato Project, people across Sarnia-Lambton are enjoying hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables this summer. Some are helping themselves to communal gardens on their way home from work. Others are out of work and happy to have free access to corn, beans,… Read more »

Hitting the big stage

Tara Jeffrey Sarah Caraher always dreamed of performing in a major Canadian theatre production. She just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. “This is huge,” said the 22-year-old Sarnia woman, who just landed the lead role in the world premiere of Theatre Calgary’s The Little Prince. “To be finding work this soon, right out of… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Sheltered workshop fulfills a need

Nathan Colquhoun The debate surrounding Wawanosh Enterprises and the honorarium its clients receive of just pennies an hour needs to be reframed. We have to do better than buy into the capitalist inevitability that everything has only a monetary value. When we start to believe that lie we become unable to see any other value… Read more »

Funky car show a street party with wheels

George Mathewson Picture a neighbourhood block party with a fleet of classic cars and you get the idea behind a unique event in Sarnia called the Rutherglen Close Car Show. Rutherglen Close is a residential street between Lakeshore and Cathcart Boulevard in the shape of a long oval, with a grassy island in the middle…. Read more »

Drouin strikes gold in Beijing

Barry Wright Corunna’s favourite son now has a new title: world champion. Derek Drouin captured the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Sunday. The 25-­year­-old took the top prize in a jump off with competitors from China and the defending world champion from the Ukraine. All three jumpers successfully cleared 2.33 metres and when… Read more »

The Journal Trivia Challenge

1 – What are the four colours found in the Google logo? 2 – Built in 1990 as a memorial to their father, what all-season fountain on the riverfront has a unique design of stainless steel tubes standing in a rushing river? 3 – The late Saskatchewan-born “Rowdy” Roddy Piper achieved fame in what sport?… Read more »

A festival of song, suds and exploding colour

Cathy Dobson You might call The Festival of Good Things, a Festival of Good Ideas. The mostly-free, end-of-summer event adds a new attraction each year and hasn’t struck out yet. This year, Sarnia’s third annual Festival of Good Things will introduce the community to The Run of Exploding Colour, a five-kilometre fun run that already… Read more »

Rules have changed for federal election

  Jack Poirier When residents head to the polls on Oct. 19 they will cast their first ballots under the new Fair Elections Act. Bill C-23 contains rule changes the Harper Government says will combat voter fraud and update campaign finance laws. Critics warn the bill makes it more difficult to vote, especially for First… Read more »