World’s best wakeskaters in town for tour event

At least 50 of the world’s best wakeskaters will be competing on Sarnia’s waterfront this weekend, vying to become the 2014 international champion. “These guys are the best of the best,” says host Tim Nixon, co-owner of Sarnia Boarder Pass. “They do tricks that defy nature, really cool spins and flips with the board.” Nixon… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of July 3

What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to  Saturday, July 5 Building Climb Run Up For Rebound sees participants climb… Read more »

News in brief

New initiatives get United Way funding Two locally-based programs have earned venture grants from the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton. Lambton Public Health is getting $25,000 to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for student nutrition programs in Sarnia-Lambton schools. And a Community Living program that hires college and university students for the summer to job coach… Read more »

Happy Canada Day, Sarnia

Ever wonder what Sarnia’s Canada Day fireworks looks like before they go off? Workers from Garden City Display Fireworks were busy setting up the charges Tuesday on The Point Lands, near Sarnia Bay Marina. Above, Gerry Veerman loads one of  tubes.  Troy Shantz, Special to The Journal

Green companies taking root

Sarnia has taken two more small steps in moving from an oil-based economy to a more sustainable one. First up was BioAmber, which has secured a $20 million loan to build the world’s largest bio-based succinic acid production facility. The soon-to-open plant at Lanxess will convert corn into succinic acid, a chemical used in many… Read more »

MP hosts suicide prevention forum

Sarnia-Lambton is ahead of the pack when it comes to suicide prevention, says Denis Boileau who was recently hired as the region’s suicide prevention co-ordinator. There are still obvious gaps in service and a need for more funding but a lot of good work is already being done here, Boileau said June 25 at a… Read more »

Recognizing our amazing youth

The Celebration of Youth Awards is the YMCA’s way of recognizing outstanding members of the next generation. Winners, who earn a cash prize, are selected for their commitment to community, being good role models for and excelling at what they do. Over the summer The Journal is featuring the 15 Sarnia-area winners, each of whom… Read more »

Bikers band together to fight childhood cancer

It was 11 years ago Bob Thomas lost a daughter to cancer, but the passion that drove him to help other sick kids by launching a motorcycle event hasn’t waned. “Children are still dying. Children are still suffering from the treatment,” he said. “When they can finally close all the childhood cancer wards then I’ll… Read more »

Point Edward watermain postponed

Point Edward stands to save a little money on a major redevelopment of Venetian Boulevard because some watermain work has been deferred. A 10-inch main was planned to replace the existing six-inch water pipe between Exmouth Street and the Holiday Inn. But a massive 42-inch main belonging to the Lambton Area Water Supply System (LAWSS)… Read more »