Tanker truck load of oil pulled from Canatara Park

So much oil is trying to enter Lake Chipican from a leaking landfill site that city hall wants to train staff for a new job description – oil field roustabout. Containing the oil migrating beneath Canatara Park is a major headache for Sarnia, which had to extend an underground steel wall and dig more monitoring… Read more »

Sculptures on loan still hanging around

Seven pieces of outdoor street art arrived in Sarnia’s in 2010, sparking an outburst of praise and derision from would-be art critics. The sculptures were part of a two-year loan from the Sauve Art Foundation of Michigan. But that was almost four years ago, and they’re still present in our downtown. So what’s up what… Read more »

Tree clearing leaves Point Edward stumped

  POINT EDWARD – Several acres of wooded waterfront property have been cleared, leaving residents “stumped” about what’s in store for the land north of the Point Edward Casino. “The developer went in and took down the trees last fall just after getting a permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources,” says Jim Burns, the… Read more »

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 »