Teaching kitchen opens

Registered dietician Shaylin Kemmerling test drives the new Nova Chemicals Teaching Kitchen at the Rapids Family Health Team on Pontiac Drive. The kitchen unveiled last week will help patients learn how to cook healthy meals and be used to demonstrate adaptive equipment for people with complex medical conditions so they can cope in their own… Read more »

Dog owners told to sit

Journal Staff It’s back to square one for dog owners seeking a leash-free park in Sarnia. City council nixed a one-year pilot project once destined for Clearwater Park last week, following a backlash from nine baseball leagues and others riled by the idea of mixing right fielders with rottweilers. The rejection left the Clearwater Dog… Read more »

United Way glass is half full

The United Way has reached the half way mark of its 2014 campaign target of $1.92 million. “This is a pace we hope to see continue and a fantastic achievement for our community,” said Campaign Chair Richard Kelch. “It is very heartening to see increased participation in workplaces.” The local United Way has been an… Read more »


In the Oct. 2 print edition of Candidate Forum, an incorrect name appeared beneath the photo of city council candidate Matt Mitro. The Journal regrets the error and has apologized to Mr. Mitro.  

Aww, Shucks!

Fly over Sarnia you’ll notice Korny Korners Farm at 6193 Blackwell Side Road has commemorated Sarnia’s Centennial with this distinctive corn maze. It reads: Happy 100th Sarnia ON above a birthday cake with candles and balloons. The maze covers 3.5-acres, takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete and contains eight posts featuring a multiple choice… Read more »

Election Primer: Are you ready to vote?

Tara Jeffrey Local voters will be electing a mayor, members of council and school board trustees when the municipal election unfolds later this month. “It’s really important that people check to ensure they’re on the voters’ list, especially if they’ve moved in the last four years,” said Sarnia’s city clerk, Nancy Wright-Laking, pointing to about… Read more »

Organic chocolatier ready to test retail market

Cathy Dobson For Lauren Jamieson, the sweet smell of chocolate melting on the stove isn’t just a treat. It’s therapy. Jamieson, 31, has developed eight different kinds of chocolates, all made with organic and fair trade ingredients and all to suit vegan and gluten-free diets. “People say they feel energized after eating them and have… Read more »

Weed ‘em and reap

Sarnia earned the top rank of ‘five blooms’ at the international Communities in Bloom awards Sept. 20 in Charlottetown, PEI. The city edged rival Chatham-Kent and finished second in its size category, which was won by a borough of London, England with a population of 200,000. Sarnia was invited to the international competition for the… Read more »

Fall food drive under way

Journal Staff The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Thanksgiving food drive has begun, just as its shelves are starting to look empty. “We are entering into a very critical time of year for donations to our food bank,” said executive director Myles Vanni. “The food collected now will have to see us through until Christmas.”… Read more »

Life and death debate coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Sarnians have a rare chance to weigh in on Canada’s doctor-assisted suicide debate, just as a pivotal Supreme Court hearing on the issue gets started. The contentious hearing begins Oct. 15 in Ottawa, one day before a forum is held at the Sarnia Library Theatre featuring representatives from each side. “It’s very timely… Read more »