OPINION: 3 dumb things government has done with your money

George Mathewson 1 – Closed Hiawatha Slots: Ontario’s Liberal government was pilloried for its $1.1-billion gas plant boondoggle. Equally stupid was closing Sarnia’s Hiawatha Slots. Hiawatha Slots was a well-run, bustling attraction that provided a fun night out for residents and drew crowds of U.S. visitors to Sarnia. It provided a regular paycheque to 140… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Hats off to Golden Hawk team

Bonnie Stevenson The team currently engaged in the restoration of the Sarnia F-86 Golden Hawk Sabre memorial is to be commended for their commitment to the project. Well over 3,000 man-hours have already been expended and the result has been nothing short of remarkable. The badly-damaged jet has undergone a stunning transformation that required the… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Unsung hero deserves an award

Sharon Crowe I would like to tell you about an extraordinary person I know … Mike Blondin is his name. He lives in Bright’s Grove where he grew up, a stones’ throw from Huron House Boys’ Home where I work. The Boys’ Home is a respected residential facility that’s been helping teenaged boys for 44 years and… Read more »

OPINION: In defence of Bluewater Power

With skyrocketing energy rates strangling the economy and the fat cats at Ontario Power Generation and Ontario Hydro bagging outrageous salaries, it’s no wonder “hydro” has become a dirty word. The billing practices of Hydro One are a mess. Just ask the customers who signed up for pre-authorized payments and had their accounts mysteriously cleaned… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 14

 City sign bylaw is ridiculous Sir: I would like to comment on the July 29 article regarding Matteo’s Pizza, and the bylaw restricting the sign in front of his business. I think the ridiculous bylaw regarding signs is getting stupider. The city should be helping small businesses, but instead is making it almost impossible for them… Read more »

GUEST COLUMN: Online puppy purchases pose problem

Pam Chin As many as 85% of the puppies sold on classified sites like Kijiji and Craigslist came from puppy mills and backyard breeders, according to a 2012 study by The International Fund for Animal Welfare. A more conservative estimate might be 60-65%. Although none of these classified sites purposely try to aid puppy mills… Read more »

OPINION: Sunday hunting is a bad idea

Sarnia is one of a dwindling minority of Ontario municipalities that does not allow Sunday gun hunting, but that could soon change. The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has asked the city to allow hunting on Sunday, saying the extra day would better manage wildlife numbers and provide a pro-active approach to farm crop… Read more »

Letters, week of Aug. 7

A link between strep and mental illness? I was intrigued by the role strep throat (streptococcus) played in the onset of Jonah Henrikson’s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in Cathy Dobson’s recent story, Diagnosing Jonah.  It reminded me of the serious potential of this common bacterium. In the 1990s, I worked in a community-based mental health program. … Read more »

Letters, week of July 31

Point Lands sadly neglected Sir: With Centennial Park overgrown and fenced off and all the great entertainment taking place elsewhere, I’m more then a little sad to see how little the city cares about the Cedar Tree Maze and Great lakes model on The Point Lands. Beyond Sarnia Bay Marina is a nice walkway and… Read more »

OPINION: Noise complaint gets tuned out

Everyone has a noise they hate. Mine is barking dogs. Still, I can’t dredge up much sympathy for the lone music critic whose noise complaint could have derailed the outdoor concert series at Paddy Flaherty’s. In recent years the Irish pub on Seaway Road has lured some remarkably high-end talent to its patio stage. Juno… Read more »