OPINION: Look up! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s … Starlink?

Michael Janssen peered into the night sky over central Sarnia shortly before Christmas and spotted something very strange indeed. It was clear, around 7 p.m. “There were lights in the sky. It looked like they were connected, four lights in a row. They were moving,” he said. “Then they disappeared.” Janssen considered the possibilities: aircraft… Read more »

Week of December 26

The Squirrel Man offers readers a grateful Merry Christmas Sir: A ‘Good Day’ to each and everyone reading The Sarnia Journal. The paper is well known, and through it I have met and talked to people in Quebec, Alberta, Saskatoon, and other places. I even have a friend in Cranbrook, B.C. and another in Belgorod,… Read more »

OPINION: Unwrapping the unique gift that is the Christmas season

Bob Boulton Not everybody celebrates Christmas, and for some it’s a season of conflicted feelings. Speaking for myself, though, the night before Christmas is magical. And Christmas morning itself is by leaps and bounds the most exciting morning of the year. But I am nonetheless ambivalent about some things – gifts, for instance. Giving gifts… Read more »

OPINION: One thing I can’t ‘de-clutter’ is Grandma’s china dishes

  Nadine Wark When holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas come around my memory travels back to the family gatherings at my grandparents’ house, first on Baird Street in Corunna and later on River Street in Alvinston. One visual that’s always stayed with me is that of my Grandma’s china dishes. The pattern is called Myott… Read more »

Letters: week of Dec. 19

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread Sir: I would like to respond to the Dec. 12 letter from Peter Degraaf, “Majority of Christians die at piece but atheists – not so much.” Yes, I do read the Bible, which in Matthew 5:22 states: “Whosoever shall say, ‘Thou fool,’ shall be in danger of hellfire.”… Read more »

OPINION: A century ago, city fire alarm had bugs to work out

  It was a public relations disaster for embarrassed city fathers. On December 11, 1918 an insurance underwriter arrived from Toronto to witness a demonstration of the city’s new fire alarm system. For the occasion, Mayor James Crawford assembled some city aldermen at an alarm box located beside the former Vendome Hotel, at Front and… Read more »

Letters: week of Dec. 12

Christians die at peace, atheists not so much Sir: Regarding the Nov. 21 article by Troy Shantz: ‘Skeptic club bringing cleric-turned-atheist back to town.’ By definition, “atheism” is the position that there are no deities. In order to claim there is no deity, i.e. no god, we can presume the atheist searched every nook and… Read more »

OPINION: What are the next steps for mental health awareness?

Matt Barnes Mental health — two words even our grandparents are putting together these days without implying we should just ‘suck it up’ and ‘be strong.’ The movement to accept mental health awareness has picked up so much momentum that even outdated beliefs of yesteryear can’t slow it down now. From Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk Day’… Read more »