Opinion

Old newspaper ads offer enticing glimpse of life in 1938 Sarnia

Phil Egan Stories of the past aren’t the only descriptors of Sarnia rich history. Old advertisements can also bring back memories of the way things used to be. Reader Scott Brown recently dropped off an August, 1938 issue of the Sarnia Canadian Observer, and the 80-year-old newspaper was full of such reminders. Some seniors may… Read more »

OPINION: City’s Code of Conduct can’t be allowed to stifle debate

Randy Evans Sarnia’s new city council is expected to revisit the controversial Code of Conduct approved by the previous council. The Code prohibits members from making “any negative comment or insinuation” about another councillor on any personal opinion expressed anytime, anywhere and on any subject. On this issue, history can teach us many lessons about… Read more »

Week of January 3

Behavioural issues an unacknowledged problem in the classroom Sir: My niece is a teacher, one of many teachers in our family. I respect the work they do, providing guidance and education for our youth – youth that will one day become the leaders of our great country. There is an 11-year-old at my niece’s school… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The six departed city councillors deserve a little recognition

Bryan Trothen The final council meeting of the 2014-18 term had a distinctly valedictory tone as the six departing and two remaining members looked back on their years in office with a mix of nostalgia and celebration. Taking advantage of the agenda’s “Inquiries” phase, each member took the opportunity to congratulate others – colleagues past… Read more »

Letters: week of Dec. 20

Sarnia’s CAO has done a great job of managing the city’s business Sir: Over the past few months, I have witnessed an increasing number of negative attacks on this city’s CAO. These attacks, often including misstatements about finance, have come from a rural newspaper publisher and from a new city councillor during the election campaign…. Read more »

Letters: week of Dec. 13

New city councillor outlines his downtown improvement plan Sir: I’ve lived, served and worked downtown Sarnia for over twelve years. I’ve seen it turn from a barren and unpromising place in the mid-2000s to the heart of Sarnia’s culture, brimming with potential. As a new city councillor, I am committed to creating opportunities downtown, and propose… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Battling our hurtful ‘Internal Critic’ consumes a lot of energy

  Matt Barnes Harsh, hurtful, degrading – they all describe the all-too-powerful words that can come from our “internal critic.” We all have a critic, although the ferocity and loudness varies. As a clinical social worker, I often get a front-and-centre view into how universal and common the internal critic is in our minds.  … Read more »