Opinion

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 »

OPINION: Dabbling in witchcraft

George Mathewson News that a Quebec man has been charged with falsely practicing witchcraft is a reminder that sorcery and black magic didn’t start and end in colonial Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, one of the most spectacular cases of witchcraft in Canadian history involved a teacher from Lambton County, who was charged following a series of… Read more »

Letters, week of Sept. 11

Visiting students pose health risk Sir: Re: Ebola screening at Lambton College First, I wish to compliment our Sarnia Journal writers and staff. Thanks for the local news and events. On reading the Sept. 4 Ebola article I had neighbours and friend come to me with comments, so I am also speaking for others on… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Lifejackets only work when worn

Sarah Jones Whether you’re a dedicated weekend boater or a casual Sunday kayaker, there’s enough summer left to take your safety seriously when out on the water. Ken Marion is local boater with 30 years of experience whose favourite spot is the St. Clair River. “Unless the water gets rough, I really don’t use lifejackets…. Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Toronto soaks up the funding

Bryan Trothen The Ontario government is putting $100 million into rehabilitating Ontario Place, the Toronto waterfront facility that has been closed since 2012 after running up a $15-billion debt because visitors stopped coming and revenues declined. Meanwhile Sarnia is getting no provincial help at all to rehabilitate its waterfront Centennial Park, which was only partly… Read more »

OPINION: Chronicles of Sarnia, Part 2

George Mathewson The city we call home is the only one on the planet called Sarnia, but people and places with the same name continue to pop up in far-flung corners of the globe. Back in March we ran a story called, ‘Chronicles of Sarnia: the lion, the lodge and the landscaper,’ which identified 10… Read more »

Letters, week of Sept. 4

Drive Clean is highway robbery Sirs: Re: Three dumb things government has done with your money Great article, but the Drive Clean segment could have included much more stupidity. 1) This tax grab has gone much farther, by changing the measurement of the tailpipe emissions to the computer chip readout. If there is any problem,… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 28

Pedestrians should stay on the sidewalk Sir: I moved to Sarnia from the Niagara area 10 years ago and like it here. It is a community of nice people. But I do have a few complaints. Under the Highway Traffic Act, no pedestrian should walk on any road or highway and impede traffic. My wife… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of Aug. 28

WHAT’S HAPPENING What’s Happening events must be open to the public, of general public interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event.  Please include ticket prices, if any, and where to obtain more information. Email notices to info@thesarniajournal.ca. Wednesday Aug. 27th Grove Music Series Kenwick on the Lake… Read more »