Opinion

GUEST COLUMN: Opiods alarming, but alcohol still most dangerous drug

Michael Eshkibok It was really interesting attending the International Overdose Awareness Day gathering at the Sarnia’s City Hall on Aug. 29, an event designed to give the public some insight into what drugs and alcohol can do to people. Several impressive speakers spoke about what drug overdoses have done to people they once cared about…. Read more »

Week of September 12

Sarnia’s downtown businesses deserve leadership of a BIA Sir: In my role of promoting tourism in our region, I’ve had countless conversations over many years with business owners in Sarnia’s downtown (and many others) about the need for Business Improvement Associations. Now that it’s a real possibility I hope the stakeholders will take a very… Read more »

COLUMN: All invited to unveiling of General Hospital time capsule

Phil Egan If you were born or treated at Sarnia General Hospital, practised medicine, nursed, or worked as a technician there, or simply have an interest in Sarnia’s historic past – then here’s some news. Bluewater Health has asked the Sarnia Historical Society to preside over the unveiling of cornerstones salvaged from the old hospital,… Read more »

Week of September 5

Police Chief clarifies comments in cannabis arrest story Sir: I was recently quoted in a Sarnia Journal article after search warrants were executed by the Sarnia Police with the Provincial Cannabis Enforcement team at two cannabis shops on the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Unfortunately, I did not anticipate the potential harm that could be caused by… Read more »

Sundays once meant going to church – and very little else

Phil Egan “On the venerable Day of the Sun,” the Roman Emperor Constantine declared in 321 AD, “let the magistrates and people rest and let all workshops be closed.” Laws against Sunday shopping and other regular activities are older than many think. From 1845 in the Province of Canada and from 1906 in Ontario, the… Read more »

Letters: week of Aug. 29

Political leaders should keep religion out of politics Sir: Regarding the Aug. 8 article “Councillor and MP Clash,” I see plenty of room for a councillor like Nathan Colquhoun in Sarnia. It is fully appropriate to question the motives of our MP. If she is basing her political decisions on her personal religious beliefs, that… Read more »

OPINION: Our MP and city councillor are both right – and wrong

A recent spat between the local MP and a sitting member of city council is the latest example of why politics and religion don’t mix. Rookie councillor Nathan Colquhoun went on the offensive against Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu, calling the Parliamentarian “an embarrassment to Sarnia and Christianity.” His big beef is with her stance on… Read more »