OPINION: Why ticks are bugging me

Deer ticks have arrived in Sarnia-Lambton, and that has me rattled. I’m the kind of person who loves nothing better than to wander woods, trails and out-of-the-way places. Ticks, like mosquitoes, are the price of admission. But the sudden appearance of deer ticks, also known as blacklegged ticks, has me thinking twice about the paths less… Read more »

OPINION: Letting nature do its thing

The area of Sarnia known as the Point Lands is an entirely human construct, built and backfilled by bulldozers to protect Sarnia Bay and its marina. It’s part our city’s enviable waterfront today, but was once the south end of a wetland of cattail and bulrushes that stretched from Sarnia Bay almost to Lake Huron…. Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: Amateur radio operators ham it up outdoors

Keith Baker Amateur (Ham) Radio is a unique form of communication. It’s both a hobby and a community service. It could be a school teacher in Sarnia making friends over the radio with another Radio Amateur in New Zealand; a Corunna teenager using her computer to upload a chess move through her radio which is… Read more »

Letters, Week of June 26

Compromise needed on homeless shelter I have read with much interest all the letters over the last few years regarding The River City Vineyard homeless shelter. I’d like to present my opinion (which is probably the other side of the coin) 1) Wondering why the homeless shelter on Confederation Street didn’t serve the needs of all… Read more »

Guest Columnist: Dignity, not euthanasia

Barry Van Dusen I read Wendy Cornelis’ column, “My life, my death, my choice” with interest. However the issue of physician-assisted death is not as simple as she would have us believe. She states that countries like Holland that allow euthanasia “have not experienced the ‘slippery slope’ naysayers predicted.” They have. In the February 1996… Read more »

Letters to the editor, Week of June 19

Poor Father’s Day for homeless Sir: June 15th was Father’s Day, the day River City Vineyard had to close the doors of its homeless shelter, as ordered by the court. This was brought on by the City of Sarnia council. Coun. Anne Marie Gillis said she was glad the court upheld the law, because if… Read more »

OPINION: Our old hospital in General terms

A multi-party logjam that turned the once-proud Sarnia General Hospital building into a derelict eyesore may be about to break. With a prospective buyer in the wings, Sarnia council voted last week to begin a process that could finally see the city-owned land sold and redeveloped. It couldn’t come at a better time. Sarnia owns… Read more »

Flower bed is Society’s Centennial Project

Sir: Further to the “Green Space” photo and caption in the May 22 edition. Please note the refurbishment of the south side flower bed at the Sarnia Library is the Sarnia & District Horticultural Society’s Centennial Project.  The Society wished to do a new public garden to celebrate Sarnia’s centenary and consulted with the City… Read more »

GUEST COLUMNIST: The green, green grass of home

Becky Krukowski My name is Becky and I am a young professional in Sarnia. I still consider myself a recent graduate (even though I graduated three years ago). It took me two years to find a “real” job. Sorry if you do not like the terminology, but I graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelors… Read more »

OPINION: Signs of the times

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. And according to some residents, they really are blockin’ out the scenery and breakin’ our minds. But not everyone finds mobile signs ugly or flashing electronic message boards an eyesore. To business, they’re an effective advertising medium and an essential way to reach customers in a hectic, mobile society. On… Read more »