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 »

Mom and son busted for drug trafficking

A Sarnia mother and her son have been charged with drug trafficking. City police entered a home in the 200 block of Durand Street Tuesday night and arrested a 47-year-old woman and her son, 19, who lives at the same address. Drugs worth more than $5,000 on the street were seized, including hydro-morphone tablets, codeine… Read more »

Painting takes his brushes and easel outdoors

Not even a hurricane can keep J. Allison Robichaud from practising his art. A Canadian landscape painter now living in Sarnia, Robichaud is known for his “plein aire” or open air technique, which means working outdoors with his paints and easel. In November of 2012 as Superstorm Sandy pummeled the city, Robichaud was determined to… Read more »

UPDATED: Spring brings return of the swans

March is here, which means warmer weather, clearer skies, and a chance of swans!  As we watch this winter’s accumulation of snow melt, an epic journey is taking place right over our heads. Thousands of tundra swans are travelling through southern Ontario on a 6,500 km flight from Chesapeake Bay to nest in the Canadian… Read more »

Shivering wildlife invade city homes

Four-legged creatures seeking central heating and a free meal are invading Sarnia homes in droves this winter. Squirrels, raccoons and skunks are among the most prevalent break-in artists, but feral cats, chipmunks and even opossums are appearing frequently on the wrong side of the door. The coldest winter in 30 years and months of continuous… Read more »

Golden Hawk project taking shape

New life is being breathed into a Sarnia landmark, thanks to a volunteer team of aircraft enthusiasts. The mighty Sarnia F-86 Sabre MkV Golden Hawk will take its place again on a pedestal in Germain Park and be rededicated once the restoration is complete later this year. Here, Darren McKeegan of Sarnia prepares the surface… Read more »