OPINION: On flu, the flag and flunking a job interview

George Mathewson Large quantities of information cross The Journal’s news desk each week and some of it is even interesting. Here is more bumpf that for one reason or another couldn’t find a home elsewhere in the newspaper. Why bugs win If you become infected with the flu virus you are most contagious in the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Live music is the real deal

David Nichols There is a growing evidence to show that listening to live music concerts is not only pleasurable, but a benefit to your physical and emotional health. All of the positive impacts of listening to music are augmented when the music is live. Music promotes relaxation, sharpens our thinking processes, and even alleviates anxieties…. Read more »

OPINION: The amazing Sarnian time forgot

George Mathewson Now here’s a resume. A Sarnia guy founds an oil company on Exmouth Street – 19 years before Imperial Oil – buys a ship and becomes the first to export crude to England. He launches a second business, an electric light company, which brings the town its first true streetlights. He founds a… Read more »

Letters, week of Dec. 11

Road will impact only short section of trail Fern Noel Given the current public interest, and my involvement in the development of the Howard Watson Nature Trail (HWNT), I submit some history, which might help to clarify the controversy around the 402 – Overpass/Trail situation. Many years ago, long before the HWNT, and shortly after… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: So you’re thinking of having an affair?

Ronnie Littlewood Sarah is a sad, somewhat lonely 27-year-old woman who has been married for five years. At this moment she is looking at a website that advertises, “Life is short. Have an affair.” And at this moment, she is seriously contemplating it. If I could, I would tell her, “Sarah, cheating on him, will… Read more »

Letters, week of Dec. 4

Ho, ho, hold the Santa photo Sir: I have been called more than once an “Alberta Widow.”  Like many other families, my husband has had to seek work out west, as it currently makes more sense than a lengthy and costly career change. He misses out on our lives two thirds of the time, so… Read more »

OPINION: ‘No one has ever become poor by giving’

George Mathewson When the scattered members of the Mathewson clan gather for turkey dinner this Christmas we’ll be doing a cool thing about the presents. Rather than buy for everyone, as was once the custom, and rather than draw names, as we’ve done more recently, the adults will pool their money and give it all… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: The exciting day I met my Grandpa

Umar Iqbal It was June 1 when my dad announced we were going to Pakistan. I was really excited! When the day finally arrived, everyone was running around. When we were 10 minutes away from leaving, I asked, ‘’Mom, when are we leaving?” I was excited to see all my family relatives, but most of… Read more »

Letters, week of Nov. 27

Columnist’s treatment in restaurant was shocking Sir: Re: Sheila Kozman’s guest column: Pet names a form of ageism. Sheila, I am disturbed to read about your experience in the restaurant. It was bad enough that the staff are not trained in the etiquette of addressing customers in a professional manner, but to have anyone make… Read more »

OPINION: Three engineering feats that shaped Sarnia

George Mathewson Rome wasn’t built in a day. Sarnia took about 200 years. Here are three engineering feats that shaped the city we call home today. Cull Drain In 1855 an engineer named James Cull pitched the idea of digging a canal to drain a vast marshland that stretched from today’s Modeland Road to Bright’s… Read more »