Opinion

Week of September 9

Requiring people to have vaccine passports a bad idea Sir: Brian Clarke’s letter of Aug. 29, “Vaccine passports needed if we’re to return to normal living,” contains so much twisted thinking it’s hard to know where to start. His support for vaccine passports is only one step away from forced vaccinations (though he would, apparently,… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Democracy is fragile, so push candidates to protect it

Bob Sutton Canadians are aware that toxic political “debates,” both during and between elections, are causing many of us to disrespect the institution of government and the processes of democracy itself. It’s time we stopped letting platform promises be the sole focus of those seeking elected office. It’s time for us to question candidates directly… Read more »

Week of August 26

Future of the waterfront: escalators and a Ferris wheel? Sir: After reading the article “Survey says: City waterfront needs more things to do” (Aug. 12), I had to wonder if the 1,800 people polled were actually residents of Sarnia. The only way that the waterfront could be better connected to downtown would be by adding… Read more »

Week of July 22

Proud Canadian defends “trashed” lawn signs Sir: Regarding the letter of July 8, “Unapologetically Canadian lawn signs tone deaf at best.” The Rotary Club lawn signs are a positive acknowledgement of Canada. They do not imply assimilation of Indigenous peoples or the exclusion of non-white immigrants. First, the assimilation of Indigenous children at church-run schools… Read more »

How the poppy came to be our symbol of remembrance

Tom Slater & Tom St. Amand This July 5th will mark the 100th anniversary of Canada adopting the poppy as the flower of remembrance. Each November, Sarnia-Lambton residents pin on a poppy with pride and patriotism, and over the past century have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to support local veterans and related causes…. Read more »