Workshop to focus on murder’s aftermath

Sarnia is hosting a special one-day event to help families of murder victims and the people who try and help them. The Aftermath of Murder is a two-part workshop April 10 aimed at meeting the unique needs of survivors of homicide, as well as helping train police, courts, clergy and policy-makers. “These folks deserve the… Read more »

Power plant closed, but back door open

The employee count at Lambton Generating Station will be down to just 50 by the end of this week. Yet there’s still a possibility two of the power plant’s units could be resurrected one day using natural gas or biomass as fuel. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) says two of Lambton’s four units are being shut… Read more »

Skillas brothers have fun with food

“We love people and we love food.  Just look at us,” laughs Greg Skillas, patting his belly. He and brother Chris grew up in the restaurant business and say they know the recipe for success. They own and operate Mike’s Pizza at Eastland Plaza, Christo’s Pizza & Burgers at 415 Exmouth Street, and are about… Read more »

Man arrested on sex charges

Sarnia Police said Wednesday they had arrested a 44-year-old man on March 20 for nine historical sex-related charges involving minors. Daniel Swarath was arrested and charged with four counts of sexual assault, four counts of sexual interference and one count of invitation to sexual touching. The incidents occurred between January 1993 and December 1999, and… Read more »

Centennial Park fix won’t come cheap

The job of reopening Centennial Park could begin this summer under a proposed restoration plan that comes with an eye-popping $8.5 million to $12.6 million price tag. Concept plans presented to city council this week would see ground contaminated with lead and asbestos in areas of the waterfront park removed or covered over with “geotextile”… Read more »

Free parenting help in Sarnia

Public health nurses are offering free parenting sessions from now until June. A variety of day and evening sessions are available through Lambton Public Health. Free childcare is provided for children ages 0-6 years at many of them. Sessions in the immediate Sarnia in coming weeks include Toddler Talk, Nobody’s Perfect, Building Resilience in Children,… Read more »

Bayfest revival nixed

Bayfest won’t be back any time soon. The popular summer music festival in Centennial Park went on hiatus last year and will remain that way “through the next several years,” says Michele Stokley. Sarnia had asked the festival’s co-founder for an opinion on its park remediation plan, and in a letter she confirmed the fears… Read more »

Love in the age of aquarium

The keeping and breeding of exotic fish is the raison d’etre of the Sarnia Aquarium Society, a group still going strong after more than 40 years. “Our members keep some fish that no longer even exist in the wild,” says president VanderAa. “We’re not big, but we’re very active.” Fish breeding, as it turns out,… Read more »

Little cat stirs big following

A little cat from Sarnia has galvanized people around the world to speak out against animal cruelty. Almost three months after the cat named Joe was found bloodied on Lakeshore Road, an online petition demanding stiffer penalties for people who hurt animals has more than 25,000 signatures.  The supporters live as far away as the… Read more »

Shipping season has resumed

The 2014 Great Lakes shipping season has resumed after a late start. Here, the Canadian Coast Guard ship Samuel Risley heads south past Port Huron on the St. Clair River to assist with ice breaking duties. Glenn Ogilvie, The Journal