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 »

Sustainability group shutting down

The Bluewater Sustainability Initiative is no longer, well … sustainable. The agency founded to ensure Sarnia-Lambton’s cultural, economic, environmental and social future has held its last official event. It’s shutting its doors in June after eight years. BSI has held many events and groomed numerous projects since 2006.  Workshops on alternate energy and recycling were… Read more »

LETTERS, week of April 24

UFO sighting corroborated  Editor’s note:  An April 10 Journal article on UFO sightings over Sarnia referred to mysterious red and white lights witnessed by four people near Lansdowne Park the night of March 30. That sparked the following report from an anonymous Sarnian to MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network. “On the evening of March 30th I… Read more »

COLUMN: Good names, bad names – you know we’ve had our share

“The Lambton INN is out. The Lambton College Residence & Event Centre is in.” So begins the optimistic news release from Lambton College in February announcing the facility had been renamed. Because The Lambton Inn is both a student residence and a special event centre, college brass thought it wise to rebrand. A change of… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Think big on Centennial Park design

David Lavender Because quality of life is elevated by intelligent design, Sarnia should offer an open competition for the redesign of Centennial Park. The major expenditure required for the park’s reconstruction offers the city an unprecedented opportunity to consider Centennial Park as THE Centennial Project, and to execute a thoughtful, creative, and comprehensive legacy design… Read more »

COLUMN: Sarnia needs its own museum

Ottawa gave the City of Windsor $2 million toward a $6.2-million community museum last week. Expected to open next year on the ground floor of the Art Gallery of Windsor, the new museum’s exhibitions and galleries will tell the story of the Rose City, from its francophone heritage to its auto industry. Why do we… Read more »

What’s Happening, Week of April 17

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, April 16   Leadership Simulcast Designed for… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: There needs to be a better way

Editor’s Note: A homeless shelter operated by River City Vineyard has been ordered closed by June 15 because it breaches Sarnia’s zoning bylaws. The church and its pastor, George Esser, are appealing the Superior Court decision. George Esser Municipalities are handicapped when it comes to addressing homelessness. For one thing, they were downloaded the problem… Read more »

Six things I love about Sarnia

Sarnia often gets kicked in the teeth, and frankly I’m sick of it. I tire of the naysayers and Internet trolls who run the city down at every opportunity. If they got out more they’d realize just how good we have it. So I’m coming to my city’s defence. Here, in no particular order, are a… Read more »