What’s next for Centennial Park

George Mathewson  Reclaiming the north end of Centennial Park for public use will not come cheap, but it will come sooner. In one of its final acts, the outgoing city council voted last week to pay a premium and get the ball rolling on the remediation of the park’s contaminated ground. The low bid of… Read more »

Letters, week of Oct. 2

Incredible support for powerboat races Organizing a sporting event and extravaganza that attracts 60,000 weekend spectators is by its very nature a challenge, whether it takes place in a hockey arena, a football stadium, a major league ballpark or basketball coliseum. What’s even more daunting is pulling it off at a venue that straddles an… Read more »

Spilling the beans on heavy oil

George Mathewson As an occasional boater who enjoys the St. Clair River I’ve long been curious about the “Do Not Anchor” signs on shore. The signs are posted at various spots on both sides of the river, and their evident purpose is to prevent an anchor dragging behind a freighter or pleasure boat from hooking… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Don’t run your dog beside a bicycle

Sheila Kozmin On that very hot first Friday of this past September local temperatures hovered at 30 C., feeling more like 39 C. with the humidex factored in. While comfortably driving in my air-conditioned car I was aghast to observe a woman riding her bicycle at a fair clip while forcing her leashed dog to… Read more »

OPINION: Baseballers gives council paws

George Mathewson A quiet turf war is underway pitting poodles against pitchers, and shortstops against shih tzus. In April, Sarnia approved a south-end dog park to provide dog owners with the city’s second leash-free zone. It seemed ideal. City staff liked the concept and foresaw no problems. A group called the Clearwater Dog Park Committee… Read more »

Letters, week of Sept. 25

Showcasing Sarnia to others Sir: My co-workers at CMHA Middlesex have wondered why I commute from Sarnia to London for work. I compare my travel to that of a Torontonian, or even a Londoner, who takes an hour on public transit to reach the job. It just works that way for some people. This past… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Names can hurt you

Kelly Dowswell Cruella de Vil … Skunk… Those were just two of the names I got called growing up. But really, when you have not one but two natural white streaks in your hair, it’s not all that surprising. I was about three years old when my parents saw my hair go white. They had… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: An amazing trick for hummingbirds

Ginny Schleihauf I stood on Clara’s deck on the outskirts of Sarnia with a bit of doubt. But I thought I should give her the courtesy of waiting a few minutes to see what happened. Clara, whose friends call her “Raz,” claims she feeds hummingbirds. That didn’t seem strange … until she told me she… Read more »

OPINION: New life for old hospital

George Mathewson Sarnia got rid of a millstone last week when city council agreed to sell the Sarnia General Hospital site to five local investors for $1,000. Sarnia owns the land but Bluewater Health owns the building, which has been a boarded-up eyesore for three years now. If all the conditions were met the end… Read more »

Letters, week of Sept. 18

  Feds not on hook for health costs Sir: Re: Ron Prior’s letter last week. Mr. Prior states that it is beyond him why the Canada Border Services Agency ignored the health risk posed by the arrival of Nigerian students at Lambton College. I am going to venture an explanation, which also points to one of… Read more »