United Way glass is half full

The United Way has reached the half way mark of its 2014 campaign target of $1.92 million. “This is a pace we hope to see continue and a fantastic achievement for our community,” said Campaign Chair Richard Kelch. “It is very heartening to see increased participation in workplaces.” The local United Way has been an… Read more »


In the Oct. 2 print edition of Candidate Forum, an incorrect name appeared beneath the photo of city council candidate Matt Mitro. The Journal regrets the error and has apologized to Mr. Mitro.  

Aww, Shucks!

Fly over Sarnia you’ll notice Korny Korners Farm at 6193 Blackwell Side Road has commemorated Sarnia’s Centennial with this distinctive corn maze. It reads: Happy 100th Sarnia ON above a birthday cake with candles and balloons. The maze covers 3.5-acres, takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete and contains eight posts featuring a multiple choice… Read more »

Election Primer: Are you ready to vote?

Tara Jeffrey Local voters will be electing a mayor, members of council and school board trustees when the municipal election unfolds later this month. “It’s really important that people check to ensure they’re on the voters’ list, especially if they’ve moved in the last four years,” said Sarnia’s city clerk, Nancy Wright-Laking, pointing to about… Read more »

Organic chocolatier ready to test retail market

Cathy Dobson For Lauren Jamieson, the sweet smell of chocolate melting on the stove isn’t just a treat. It’s therapy. Jamieson, 31, has developed eight different kinds of chocolates, all made with organic and fair trade ingredients and all to suit vegan and gluten-free diets. “People say they feel energized after eating them and have… Read more »

Weed ‘em and reap

Sarnia earned the top rank of ‘five blooms’ at the international Communities in Bloom awards Sept. 20 in Charlottetown, PEI. The city edged rival Chatham-Kent and finished second in its size category, which was won by a borough of London, England with a population of 200,000. Sarnia was invited to the international competition for the… Read more »

Fall food drive under way

Journal Staff The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Thanksgiving food drive has begun, just as its shelves are starting to look empty. “We are entering into a very critical time of year for donations to our food bank,” said executive director Myles Vanni. “The food collected now will have to see us through until Christmas.”… Read more »

Life and death debate coming to Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Sarnians have a rare chance to weigh in on Canada’s doctor-assisted suicide debate, just as a pivotal Supreme Court hearing on the issue gets started. The contentious hearing begins Oct. 15 in Ottawa, one day before a forum is held at the Sarnia Library Theatre featuring representatives from each side. “It’s very timely… Read more »

Hadfields and city airport have long shared history

Interpretive signs will be unveiled Sunday to illustrate the Hadfield family’s long history with Sarnia Airport. Members of the family, including Col. Chris Hadfield, are expected to attend the Oct. 5 event at Sarnia Chris Hadfield Airport’s passenger terminal, beginning 3 p.m. The father of the famed astronaut, Roger Hadfield, was the first person to… Read more »

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 »