GUEST COLUMNIST: Library a fine place to sit and ponder

  Gordon Ray Bourgon Heavy rains pelting the city forced me to seek refuge behind its glass doors. I felt as though I had entered the home of a friend expecting me. The Sarnia Public Library was a warm, friendly place. A place to sit among books and a relaxing stillness, while the elements raged outside…. Read more »

Letters, Week of May 29

Sarnia Parking Authority lacks PR skills I want to share an experience I had with the Sarnia Parking Authority Wednesday on May 14th. I pulled into a municipal parking lot between Christina and Front streets around 11:00 a.m. I pulled in facing a vehicle parked at the end of the row. As I purchased my… Read more »

OPINION: A public take on privacy

Sarnia council agreed recently to buy new software to improve emergency services at Sarnia Police headquarters. Actually, it had little choice. Federal regulators have mandated 911 providers accommodate text messaging and other enhanced services. And who would argue against a better emergency system? There is, however, another side. The $86,000 software upgrade will, for the… Read more »

OPINION: Attack of the Googlebots

In an earlier life at a previous publication I would occasionally be asked by members of the public to remove their personal information from the newspaper’s website archive. Usually they were criminals angered because their name had been published from provincial court. But one man I remember clearly, and with sadness. The 20-something had run… Read more »

Letters, Week of May 22

Thanks for successful MS campaign Sir: The Sarnia Lambton Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada held it’s annual Carnation Campaign on May 9and 10.  The proceeds of these sales help us achieve our chapter’s mission, which is to provide funding to further research into MS and to assist those affected by MS. On… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: My life, my death, my choice

Wendy Cornelis Every time we look at a newspaper or watch TV news, we hear something about “physician assisted death,” although it is often called by other names such as euthanasia, dying with dignity, right to die, etc. Regardless of the name, the issue has unfortunately pitted groups against each other, even when both work… Read more »

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 »