A fall walk with the grandkids

There are fewer days remaining for a pleasant short-sleeve stroll. Here, Tom Glaister checks out the floral gardens at Germain Park with his grandchildren Jake Collier, left, and Evan Glaister. Glenn Ogilvie

Cull Drain Bridge dodges full demolition

George Mathewson City councillors appeared to surprise even themselves last week by granting the condemned Cull Drain Bridge a second chance at life. In a unanimous vote, council agreed to spend $230,000 to demolish the bridge but save its steel trusses, which will be trucked to Mike Weir Park for possible future preservation. The derelict… Read more »

Luring food processors

A business case and marketing materials will be created in a bid to attract a food processing facility to the area. The project by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership will pitch local advantages to food processors, including border location, available land and industrial ingredient manufacturers. With federal and provincial funding, the project aims to take advantage… Read more »

City council election off and running

Cathy Dobson The days leading up to the Oct. 27 municipal vote in Sarnia promise to be anything but lackluster. The four-way race for the mayor’s seat may seem a bit predictable, with Mike Bradley seeking another four-year term. But he is challenged by some opponents who may add value to the campaign, including local lawyer… Read more »

Bogus bins banned

Organizations can no longer set up collection boxes in Sarnia anywhere they wish. City hall has tightened the rule to require permission from property owners with a $250 fine for violations. Several charities complained after out-of-town operators dropped unauthorized collection bins that skimmed off valuable donations. The bylaw still requires provincial approval.

A show of Faith: 10-year-old arrives in Sarnia to tears and hugs

Journal Staff Students at King George VI showed their appreciation when cancer survivor Faith Abbey, 10, completed a two-day walk from London to their Sarnia school on Sept. 11. “Faith’s Footsteps” raised more than $15,000 for Childcan, an organization that helps families cope with childhood cancer. Faith, who was diagnosed with liver cancer before turning… Read more »

Agriculture scholarships

The Lambton Federation of Agriculture is offering seven scholarships to Lambton County residents attending post-secondary education. For scholarship forms, criteria, and submission info visit, under the scholarship link. Deadline is Oct. 31.    


Wrong information appeared in a Sept. 11 story about Sarnia authors with published books in 2014. Najah Shuqair, author of Sarnia, You Are In My Heart, lost her eldest son and her father in recent years, not the loved one mentioned. The Journal apologizes for the error.    

Sarnia’s evolving downtown

THEN … Hundreds of milling residents can be seen surveying the wreckage in this aerial photo, taken May 21, 1953, just hours after a powerful tornado ripped through Sarnia’s downtown. The twister damaged 250 buildings, left dozen of families homeless and caused $5-million damage to the city. Note the roof of the former Taylor’s Furniture building,… Read more »

Local hurlers win provincial crown

Barry Wright A pair of Sarnia pitchers who have been best friends since their days at Northern Collegiate are back from the Ontario Baseball Association (OBA) Senior “C” Provincial tournament with championship rings on their fingers. Andrew Goss and Mark Zylstra, both 29, were members of the Forest Dragons of the Western Counties Baseball Association,… Read more »