Sarnia booster has ‘positively positive’ outlook

If the City of Sarnia had a cheerleading squad Michele Dionne would be its captain. The mother of three, businesswoman and driving force behind SarniaRocks is a relentlessly upbeat person, and enthusiastic booster of the city. In 2002 Dionne had an epiphany during an oversold Tragically Hip concert at the Bayfest Music Festival. Hearing out-of-towners… Read more »

Open house for Dick Kirkland

An open house will be held in honour of long time former Mayor Dick Kirkland who stepped down in November for health reasons. Kirkland’s political career spanned more than 50 years, including three terms as mayor. The open house is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Optimist Hall… Read more »

Five concerts in support of Noelle’s Gift

The third act in a five-part winter concert series in support of Noelle’s Gift is ready to take the stage. The four-man band Rumblefish brings its own brand of classic rock and new country to Stoke’s Bay on March 14. “The main thing is to raise funds and bring awareness to Noelle’s Gift,” said restaurant… Read more »

Feds pony up for Sarnia plant

A fledgling Sarnia industry hit a significant milestone when it secured a $10 million interest free loan recently from Agriculture Canada. BioAmber will use the money to help complete construction of its succinic acid plant at Lanxess. The presentation took place at the plant site and showcased the progress already made. Construction is expected to… Read more »

Border vehicle tracking raises privacy concerns

A border monitoring system coming to Sarnia that will detect passing vehicles with Bluetooth technology raises serious questions about government surveillance, a privacy advocate warns. The system could be up and running at the Blue Water Bridge as early as this fall, the first in a border crossing rollout by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation…. Read more »

People from coast to coast want Joe the cat

Bruce Ritchie was hoping to adopt the little cat he found by the side of the road with 17 pellet shots to the head. But it turns out Joe – named by animal shelter staff – is terrified of dogs and Ritchie has a dog. So staff at the Sarnia & District Humane Society will… Read more »

Beer lovers of Sarnia rejoice!

Sarnia is getting its own microbrewery. The Refined Fool Brewing Company is a local endeavor gearing up to make small batches of craft beers for sale at its 137 Davis St. headquarters. The company plans to set up a retail store, and has asked Sarnia council for support in a “by the glass” licence application… Read more »

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Duty free shop expansion

A rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace is prompting the Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop to invest more than $3 million in a major expansion. The award-winning store, built only 12 years ago on the bridge plaza in Point Edward, has been renovated three times since, each time taking more space from the warehouse… Read more »

Sarnia struggles with sidewalk snow

  Despite beefing up Sarnia sidewalk clearance this winter pedestrians are still having difficulty getting around. More than three feet of snow (92 centimetres) has landed on the city, taxing the crews that plow the streets and walkways. The winter has especially impacted residents with physical challenges. “We’ve often had to walk on the streets… Read more »

Canada’s first family of flight

 Roger Hadfield first pilot to land at airport named for famous son GEORGE MATHEWSON   It’s common knowledge that Sarnia’s airport is named for astronaut Chris Hadfield, the city’s more famous native son. But few know it was actually his father, Roger Hadfield, who first landed a plane at the airport. Or that the First Family… Read more »