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

City firefighter honoured for charity work

A Sarnia firefighter has been honoured for his “amazing” work with Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Chris Ireland was presented with the Extra Mile Award in Toronto recently, given annually to a firefighter or fire department that goes the extra mile. “He’s done an amazing job,” said Kerri Stocks, a spokesperson in the London office. “He’s become… Read more »

Sarnia’s $100,000 club grows again

The City of Sarnia had 138 employees who made more than $100,000 last year, and topping the list was a former fire chief terminated after being charged with sex crimes. Pat Cayen had income of $186,530 in salary and taxable benefits, despite having left the city’s employ in January 2013. His income included accumulated time… Read more »

Nature begins to stir

You never know what will appear on the first day of spring. This spider was seen emerging from a snowbank, apparently aware that winter is now over – officially at least. Glenn Ogilvie, The Journal

MRI campaign comes up a whisker short

A two-year campaign to raise $2.8 million for the local hospital’s MRI is $40,000 shy of its goal. It was hoped proceeds from last month’s Dream Home Lottery would complete the campaign if tickets sold out, but sales fell just short at 95%. “This year’s Dream Home raised $250,000 for the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging),… Read more »