Maintenance shutdown underway at Suncor refinery

A planned maintenance shutdown has begun at Suncor’s Sarnia refinery. The project is scheduled to take eight weeks and will see 750 employees and contractors working at the site on St. Clair Parkway. Suncor said about $75 million will be invested in the local economy through the hiring of skilled contractors and purchase of materials… Read more »

Modest hydro bill decrease approved for local residents

Bluewater Power’s distribution business has received Ontario Energy Board approval to decrease the local electricity distribution rates on May 1. The approval, which affects the “Delivery” line on the bill, will result in a 1% decrease for typical residential and general service customers, the company said. The Ontario Energy Board will release new commodity rates… Read more »

Local charity gaming reaches $5-million milestone

A ceremony held at Jackpot City last week marked a milestone for the local gaming industry. Some $5 million has been raised for 99 charities with the Sarnia Country Gaming Association since the revitalization of charitable bingo and gaming. “Raising $5 million since November 2015 to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations in our community… Read more »

The Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – Owing to its rolling, green hills and lush landscapes, what country is known as “The Emerald Isle”?   2 – After holding the job for nine years, Jim Costello is retiring from what position when he steps down in August?   3 – What musical has such songs as “Bring Him Home” and “Master… Read more »

Janie Puck introducing non-hockey girls to Canada’s game

Tara Jeffrey When Cleo Halket stepped onto the ice at Yost Arena recently — staring up at a giant ‘M’ backdropped by massive cathedral-style windows — she could barely believe her little seven-year-old eyes. “It was almost emotional, how in awe she was,” said mom, Nikki Dobbelaar. Dobbelaar was one of several local parents who… Read more »

Council tunes out complaints, grants pub noise exemption

Troy Shantz Despite complaints from neighbours, Paddy Flaherty’s Irish Pub has been granted a two-year noise bylaw exemption for bands playing its outdoor stage on Sarnia Bay. The exemption permits amplified live music until midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings, from June 1 to Sept. 15. An additional exemption was granted for Sunday, June 30… Read more »

Planet Fitness plans to bring gym world to first-timers

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s new Planet Fitness will have a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to exercise, say company officials “Most of our members are first-time gym users who aren’t looking to be body builders or the next Miss America,” said marketing manager Sarah Wilson. “We offer an inclusive, non-intimidating environment. Our staff goes out of their way… Read more »

Father-son team up on watery art exhibit with a cause

Cathy Dobson Access to fresh water is critical to everyone regardless of age, so it’s fitting Sarnia artist Trevor Jamieson collaborated with his four-year-old son on his latest project. Their ongoing exhibit is raising money to improve water quality in Canada’s First Nations communities. Each of Jamieson’s very precise paintings of comic book hero Aquaman… Read more »

Letters: week of April 11

A heartfelt, if belated, thank you Sir: My family wishes to congratulate the Purdy Family on the 120th anniversary of Purdy Fishery, and to add a personal thank you for rescuing our nine-year-old mother, Lillian Wheatley Francis, from Lake Huron in 1913. Although the four Wheatley children, ages 7, 9, 11 & 13, were forbidden… Read more »