CANDIDATE FORUM: Sarnia city council candidates make their pitch

The Journal asked the 28 men and women running for Sarnia council to tell us why they should be elected. Here, starting today, are their (largely) unedited answers. Eight will be elected: four in the city only and four to also serve on Lambton County council. We begin with city-only candidates. Peter Athanasopoulos  Peter Athanasopoulos… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 2

WHAT’S HAPPENING 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  Wednesday, Oct. 1 Sultans of String Juno Award nominees Sultans… Read more »

Pilot boat captain saved the crew of sinking steamer

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Ollie Campbell is grateful the city is publicly recognizing her late husband for the dozens of lives he saved many years ago. A colourful storyboard describing the heroics of Capt. Robert Campbell on the night of June 5, 1972, when the Sidney E. Smith steamer went down in the St. Clair River,… Read more »

Amazing ‘Silo House’ goes against the grain

George Mathewson One of Sarnia’s funkiest homes is also one of its oldest structures. The “Silo House” in Bright’s Grove is four floors of handcrafted originality packed into a converted grain silo built in 1842 for the community’s first farm. “When people first see it they love it because it’s so strange,” said Patti Grant,… Read more »

Detox centres moving forward

Journal Staff Planning has begun on a 16-bed residential addiction treatment centre in Sarnia-Lambton. A steering committee has been assembled and an architectural firm hired, Bluewater Health officials say. The committee will begin assessing the needs of clients and planning the design and construction of the building. And the Toronto-based firm DIALOG will develop a… Read more »

County loses discrimination case

Heather Wright The County of Lambton discriminated against an employee with bipolar disorder, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ruled. The tribunal has ordered the county to reinstate the man to his former position and pay three years of back wages, interest and damages, which could total more than $300,000. Tribunal vice-chair Ken Bhattacharjee issued… Read more »

Respected local politician passes

Ken James was a devoted public figure and two-term MP for Sarnia-Lambton. He died, surrounded by family, on Sept. 24, at the age of 80. James grew up on the family’s Blackwell Road farm and was a marketing and sales manager before entering politics. In the former Sarnia Township he served as a councillor and… Read more »

Clara Hughes to speak

Six-time Olympian Clara Hughes will be the guest of honour and keynote speaker at a Bluewater Health fundraising gala Oct. 23 at the Holiday Inn. Tickets to hear the inspirational athlete and mental health advocate are $250, with proceeds to the hospital’s mental health and addiction programs. Hughes is the only Canadian to have won… Read more »

Nutritional consultant puts focus on prevention

Cathy Dobson Lisa Matlovich likes to put the whole picture together before advising a client. As a registered nutritional consultant, she says it’s important to take into consideration all the factors that impact her clients’ health, not just what they eat. If there’s a doctor involved, she wants to know what they say. If there… Read more »