OPINION: The lost mission of St. Francis

George Mathewson The unveiling of a plaque in Bayshore Park a few weeks ago marked 400 years of Francophone presence in Ontario. It also brought to mind one of Sarnia-Lambton’s most enduring and perplexing mysteries. In the year 1828, a fur trader named Edourd Petit had crossed the lake from Port Huron to hunt in… Read more »

OPINION: Sarnia’s beautiful buildings rooted in local clay

George Mathewson With its graceful spire and 37 stained glass windows, Our Lady of Mercy Church has been one of Sarnia’s finest buildings since its inception 137 years ago. But to my mind, one of its nicest features is the warm, yellow brick from which the church was built. Surprisingly, this brick wasn’t imported from… Read more »

Letters, week of June 18

City overreacted to my yard waste Sir: It never ceases to amaze me that compostable items and brush are only collected once a month when the growing season is at its height. If you are like me, you have pride of ownership and like to keep your lawn and gardens manicured in spring, summer and… Read more »

COLUMN: Breaking the silence on pregnancy loss

Tara Jeffrey The emergency department is the last place anyone wants to be; but it’s particularly devastating when you’re losing a pregnancy. My first miscarriage found my husband and I in that position last fall at Bluewater Health, where I feared our experience would be cold, quick and compassionless. Instead, after a few tests, the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Where are the diaper change tables?

Kelly Dowswell I joined the exciting and challenging world of parenthood just four short months ago. They have been the most rewarding and draining months of my life, but I wouldn’t change them for anything. But one of the challenges I have surprisingly faced is the lack of change tables in restaurants, cafes and other… Read more »

Letters, week of June 11

  Bible has answers to life’s questions Sir: With regard to the letter that asked the question: “How would Jesus vote?” According to the Book of John (18:36), Jesus did not get involved in political issues because His kingdom is not of this world. But He did have some things to say regarding moral values…. Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Sarnia’s true founder died broke

Pat McLean Ask anyone if they know who Malcolm Cameron was, and most won’t know anything but the name. But we should. In my opinion, he was the true founder of our city. In 1834, Cameron bought 200 acres from the Crown for the sum of 400 pounds ($1,600). His property extended from the St. Clair River… Read more »

Letters, week of June 4

Sex-ed curriculum offensive Sir: I find Allan McKeown’s letter of Thursday, May 21, as disturbing as the new Sex Education curriculum. I do not know Mr. McKeown’s political affiliation, but he has certainly used Liberal tactics in his letter. It is that perspective and consideration that I write from. The letter tries to portray tolerance,… Read more »

OPINION: Time to stop the killing

George Mathewson Bluewater Power linesman Mike Leach was working to repair storm damage on Passingham Drive on Oct. 31, 2012, when something went horribly wrong. He and a co-worker had cleared tree limbs broken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and were beginning to work on a downed hydro line in Bright’s Grove. Leach, who… Read more »