The Sarnia Journal Trivia Challenge

1.         Which legendary jazz musician was known as “Satchmo”? 2.         Since Sarnia was incorporated as a city in 1914, how many different men have served as Sarnia’s mayor in the last century? a)  19                      b) 25                     c) 31 3.         Hungry? If so, you could have challenged Matt Stonie who recently won the World Poutine Championship… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Oct. 16

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, Oct. 15 Horticulture Jessica Robertson… Read more »

When special needs teens grow up

Tara Jeffrey For parents of teens living with special needs, the transition to adulthood can be an overwhelming and challenging time. “Those years are really stressful,” said author and keynote speaker Amy Baskin, who will lead an upcoming workshop for area parents called “What’s Next?” “The reality is, unless families are really planning ahead, they… Read more »

Want to be a torchbearer?

The torch relay for the 2015 Pan Am Games will stop in Sarnia next spring as part of the lead-up to the major multi-sport event in Toronto next summer. Local residents aged 13 and older are invited to enter to be a torchbearer at The application process closes Dec. 1. In addition, Sarnia-Lambton will… Read more »

Treatment of Aamjiwnaang ‘shameful,’ watchdog says

Marco Vigliotti Government inaction is jeopardizing the health and safety of residents of Sarnia’s First Nation reserve, Ontario’s environmental watchdog says. Gord Miller scolds the Environment Ministry in his annual report for failing to respond properly to complaints from Aamjiwnaang First Nation residents about headaches, nausea, coughing and skin irritation following contaminant leaks in 2013…. Read more »

Seat of power: Did Sarnia’s dour prime minister carve up this church pew?

George Mathewson The name Alexander Mackenzie invokes many things in Sarnia: stonemason, prime minister, dour Scot. But hidden in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is a little-known piece of graffiti that suggests another side of Sarnia’s most famous son. Carved into the arm of one oak pew is the Mackenzie name, apparently cut… Read more »

Squaring the Circle: Helping individuals break free of poverty

Marco Vigliotti Renee Flynn knows all too well how difficult it can be to escape the vicious cycle of poverty. Born into what she calls “generational poverty,” Flynn was kicked out of her alcoholic mother’s house at the age of 16 and fell in with a rough crowd, leading to drug experimentation and a string of abusive relationships…. Read more »

Call centre expanding

A new Sarnia call centre is moving ahead with plans to double the size of its workforce, pledging to hire an additional 200 employees by next March. Montreal-based Atelka, which employs around 200 workers in Sarnia, says the expansion is a testament to the quality of employees found in the city. The telecommunications call centre… Read more »

Journalist and author aiding local literacy

One of the most recognizable faces in Canadian journalism is visiting Sarnia next month as part of an event raising funds for a local literacy program. Linden MacIntyre, former co-host of the CBC’s award-winning current affairs program The Fifth Estate, will appear at the Sarnia Library Auditorium on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. for this year’s Showcase… Read more »