OPINION: Tear down the fence

City council did the prudent thing last week by postponing a million dollars worth of upgrades in Centennial Park. Priority one must be removing the fences and restoring public access to the park, two-thirds of which has been off limits since the discovery of toxic lead and asbestos in the soil. The new lighting and… Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: Don’t let democracy slip away

Bob Sutton As we anticipate the next provincial and federal elections, it’s time for citizens to raise their voice and dedicate their energies not just to platform planks, but to actually improving the political climate in their own communities and across Canada. It’s tragic that virtually everyone knows there is a problem with our democracy,… Read more »

Letters, Week of May 15

Time to take action on detox centre Sir: Re: Sarnia’s mayor failing to have a detox/withdrawal management centre. A previous letter writer was right, it’s a decade later and we still don’t have one. But a decade ago Sarnia did not have a new hospital either, or the resources to have it. The old Sarnia… Read more »

How The Sarnia Journal works

Today marks the 10th edition of The Sarnia Journal, which is something of a milestone for your local independent newspaper. When we set out two months ago our stated goal was to connect with the community by producing interesting stories and photography that matter to the people of Sarnia, Bright’s Grove, Point Edward and Corunna…. Read more »

How I became my father’s caregiver

Bill Yurchuk From a very early age, we count on the fact that our parents will take care of us. Fix us when we hurt ourselves, comfort us when we are sad, and guide us through the difficult parts of life. Even when we are adults, we can draw from our childhood experiences as a… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of May 8

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.  Thursday, May 8 Spring Tea A spring tea with sandwiches, desserts, beverages,… Read more »

Letters to the editor: Week of May 8

A plea to save Coronation Park nursery Sir: Re: Recommendation to close Coronation Park Day Nursery (CPDN) I am deeply saddened to hear about this possibility, both as a community member and parent who has used the facility daily for my children for almost two years. No other daycare options I have tried (including facilities… Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: Albertans find a home in Sarnia

Shauna Lupaschuk This past winter was the best ever. Seriously. While my fellow Sarnians buckled down for their snowiest winter in recent memory, my family reveled in the mild temperatures. We went for a walks, built a snowman, fed carrots to our friends at the Children’s Animal Farm, and delighted in making snow angels.  To… Read more »

Letters, Week of May 1

Mayor failed on promised detox centre Sir: Re: Confronting Addiction, your April 17 front-page article. In 2003, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley’s platform called for a detox/withdrawal management center. Yet a decade later we still don’t have basic services available in Windsor and London. It was a mayoral campaign with promises and no progress, when we… Read more »

How Sarnia won a hand but lost the game

Ontario’s latest plan to overhaul gambling in the province stirs up painful memories of what was – and what might have been – for Sarnia. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. (OLG) said last week it will expand the sale of lottery tickets, move gambling online and close or relocate gaming facilities that are “underperforming.”… Read more »