120-member cast takes stage in ‘Finding Christmas’

Cathy Dobson   She’s the writer, music arranger, director and the creator of one of the biggest Christmas shows of the season in Sarnia. Yet Carrie Beauchamp downplays her role and credits her cast and crew for producing an amateur show that rivals professionals. “These are people who are dedicated and wonderful to work with,”… Read more »

Personal trainer aims for balance in life

Cathy Dobson Tara Newman embraced the benefits of a regular workout and eating right while she was at college and swamped by the demands of a new life away from home. “I became really stressed when I moved to Toronto for school,” says the 23-year-old Sarnia woman. “You’ve heard of the Freshman 15?” she asked,… Read more »

Duck Tales: Sarnia man baffled by daffy municipal bylaw

Cathy Dobson Nathan Colquhoun isn’t sure whether he should be outraged or not. “I’d say I’m more mystified,” says the Sarnia man who, until recently, had a pen with six pet ducks in his yard. “The neighbours just loved the ducks,” said the 30-year-old Colquhoun. “The kids came over to feed them.  One girl liked to… Read more »

Siren call: Sarnians unprepared for chemical release, former CAER boss says

Marco Vigliotti Sarnians are woefully unprepared to deal with fallout from an industrial disaster at one of area’s petrochemical facilities, says a former emergency official. Allen Wells, who was administrator of Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) from 1989 to 2001, said many residents don’t know what to do despite the risk posed by nearby… Read more »

City, hospital at loggerheads

Marco Vigliotti Sarnia’s mayor says he’s concerned about the fraying relationship between city hall and Bluewater Health with a legal battle looming over ownership of the vacant Sarnia general hospital site. City council has retained the law firm of Cohen Highley to investigate the dispute after Bluewater Health’s board said it would stop paying $400,000… Read more »

Free info sessions for people impacted by CCAC cuts

Journal Staff A poverty law clinic in Sarnia is holding two free information sessions for people whose home care has been cut by the Erie St. Clair Community Care Access Centre. The CCAC began reassessing the needs of sick people this fall and reducing their home care services, said Kathy Wodzinski, of Community Legal Assistance… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Dec. 4

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 a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, Dec. 3 Human… Read more »

City police review their website security

Marco Vigliotti The Sarnia Police department has launched a review of its web security after a hacker claiming allegiance with the ‘hacktivist’ collective Anonymous breached and temporarily shut down websites last month. “In light of recent occurrences in Ottawa and Toronto, we are reviewing our security and policies to ensure we are protected,” Sarnia Police… Read more »