COLUMN: Sarnia post office finally found permanent home in 1902

Phil Egan Knowing the location of the post office in Old Sarnia meant knowing where the postmaster conducted his business. The locations shifted during the community’s early days to various downtown addresses, usually on Front Street. That trend began in THE days of George Durand, our first postmaster, and continued through the great downtown fires… Read more »

The week of June 30

Internationals students make community a better place Sir: Regarding international students at Lambton College. They are a very welcome addition to our community. Just look around. I see these young people everywhere. They all have incredible stories about their lives back home and their journey to Canada. As a measure of their commitment, most of… Read more »

The week of June 23

College should have done more to help house students Sir: I read with a great deal of personal interest the June 16th story, “International students eyed as key to Sarnia’s future” We moved to our condo (which sits along a major bus route to the college) five years ago this August, and by September we… Read more »

OPINION: Even devastating ’53 tornado didn’t slow city’s growth

Phil Egan Journal reader Fran VerBeem recently sent along a copy of ‘Sarnia Reports’ from 1953. Fran’s father H.D. Cook was the city’s building inspector, and the document contains end-of-year summaries compiled by various departments at City Hall. It’s a valuable peek behind the curtain of time. In the booklet’s opening pages Mayor W.C. Nelson… Read more »

The week of June 16

Bright’s Grove development area long overdo Sir: I am baffled by the reluctance of City Hall staff, their consultant, and some councillors to allow development of a parcel of land in Bright’s Grove and expand Sarnia’s urban boundary. Yes, I understand the concept of urban sprawl, but to me this move is actually the opposite…. Read more »