‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ simply beautiful

Following the surprise success of the 2018 biographical documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” the world has gone Mr. Rogers crazy. Much as he and his television show were a salve to children during challenging times of life, adults confronting climate change, political discord and the #metoo movement seem to need his calm, positive and… Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 21

Remembrance edition triggered memories Sir: Thank you so very, very much to all concerned for their effort in publishing “Sarnia Remembers: A special tribute to our local heroes.” I am an army brat. Our father was posted to Germany twice in the late 1950s to cook for the officers. While my memory these days isn’t… Read more »

OPINION: Don Cherry debate sadly overshadows true hockey heroes

Canada’s favourite national pastime has been in the spotlight this month, and it hasn’t been pretty. You can’t log onto social media without running into a debate about Don Cherry’s firing for comments suggesting newcomers to Canada don’t wear poppies; or media personality Jess Allen’s description of hockey players, in her experience, as “white boys” and… Read more »

OPINION: New device about to make stethoscope a museum piece

Lord knows, I’m no scientist. While I loved history, English and other languages at school, physics, chemistry and science weren’t for me. But I know something revolutionary when I see it – especially when it’s something the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is pouring money into. An international company called Butterfly Network has found a… Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 14

Excluding hymn disrespectful to soldiers, past and present   Sir: My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Europe that included a visit to a Canadian War cemetery located near Holten, The Netherlands. The beauty of the cemetery, in terms of how well it was maintained, reflected the respect and thankfulness the Dutch… Read more »

OPINION: Tom Slater’s legacy: 26 names added to city Cenotaph

Five years ago, retired high school teacher Tom Slater joined the ranks of Sarnia’s pre-eminent historians, joining Charlotte Vidal Nisbet, Norman Gurd, George Smith and others whose work has enriched our knowledge of the community’s past. He did so with the “completion” of his brilliant War Remembrance Project. Three years in the researching and writing,… Read more »

OPINION: Conservation Authority foiling effort to save shoreline

Kristen Rodrigues The Journal published two stories last week about Sarnia council eyeing a major investment to save the Bright’s Grove shoreline from Lake Huron’s encroachment. I have read a lot of stories lately regarding taxpayer money being spent to make regular emergency repairs on the city’s lakeshore properties. These stories get more and more… Read more »

Letters: week of Nov. 7

Housing Minister says level of homeless funding hasn’t changed Sir: I want to address concerns raised in “Sarnia’s growing homeless population faces a bleak winter ahead” published in the Sarnia Journal on October 22, 2019. Statements made in the article suggest that there will be a decline in available homelessness services due to funding provided… Read more »