Letters: week of Feb. 6

A royal flush

Sir: Concerning royalty, somebody once stated that there are only four recognized kings: the king of spades, hearts, clubs and diamonds.

The rest are jokers.


Ken Lockrey



Employment opportunity at Bruce nuclear generating station

Sir: A recent job posting has come to my attention from AECON and the Boilermakers Local 128 requesting Boilermaker Helpers, with no experience required, at the Bruce Power nuclear project near Kincardine, Ont.

I felt compelled to reach out so people can be aware in the event there may be some interest in applying, as there is limited awareness locally about this employment opportunity.  Application information can be found at:


The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Burlington provide a description of the open call at:

https://128.boilermaker.ca/open-job-calls/ and the job can found on the AECON website.

Thank you,


Linda Roland



Photo radar could dissuade drivers from running red lights

I must voice my concern about how citizens drive in Sarnia.

Specifically, when a traffic light turns red it means you must stop. But I notice drivers have a new interpretation. It means race through the intersection as fast as you can- who cares about other drivers’ safety.
The worst spots are at Finch and Wellington, and Finch and London Road. I have witnessed drivers running reds and was almost hit when turning onto London Road.

Why does this happen? Is it because people are stressed, have disregard for others, are in a rush and in some road rage mentality? I think so.

So what are the solutions?

A posted radar sign that shows speed is no help, (it doesn’t work anymore anyway), more police presence, (maybe), or red-light photo radar (YES).

Society is in such a rush nowadays, cars have too many distractions on board, and people are just more selfish when they drive.

Toronto is really bad, but I guess we are now a close second.

George Rudanycz





What if we had …

Sir: What if we didn’t clean up our leaves? Lawns are bad for the environment, so what if we just left the leaves for nature to manage? Natural areas can be lovely without leaf removal.

What if we removed the road from Canatara Park? Keep the existing parking areas at the Animal Farm and beach (highly managed to prevent abusers) but redesign the road to be minimal and for local access only. Perhaps a noise bylaw for music and vehicles consistent with a nature reserve.

What if the city planted vegetables instead of annuals? Not 100%. Still have the lovely hanging baskets and planters in public areas. But for in-earth gardens, plant indigenous perennials and edible plants maintained by city workers. As long as we have hungry residents and citizens in poverty, we need MORE edible produce.

What if we removed the boulevards between the sidewalks and roads? What if, as city streets were excavated for repairs, we replaced boulevards with wider sidewalks, bike lanes, and parking?

What if the city went on a serious mission to pursue ‘slum landlords,’ requiring them to maintain their rental and vacant buildings? I’ve asked about this, and the response is ‘bylaws.’ Well I know from watching city council meetings that bylaws are fluid. They can be waived and they evolve. It’s not right for tenants and not right for the neighbours to have these buildings deteriorating before our very eyes.

What if we began to implement a natural, sustainable, breathable fabric for the uniforms of public workers? Those folks must be SO hot in summer! And we know poly is not environmentally friendly.

What if Sarnia said no more to plastic water bottles and straws? Other cities have done it. I remember when we didn’t have plastic water bottles and used outdoor drinking water fountains. There are many alternatives.


Laurie Trombley



Rotarians say thanks to for another successful used book sale

Sir: Members of the Rotary Club Sarnia Bluewaterland would like to thank everyone who contributed to the recent success of our Used Books Sale held Jan. 17-19.

The purchases and donations contributed a net $25,200 to Rotary’s projects.

A sale of this magnitude requires the physical labour of many groups. More than 19,000 kilograms of books were moved two times during the sale.

We would like to thank members of the public who volunteered and the Sarnia Interact Club, Great Lakes Wrestling Club, Rotaract Club of Sarnia Lambton, the Rotary Clubs of Petrolia, Watford and Sarnia, and The City of Sarnia.

We appreciate everyone’s donation of much-loved books and attendance at the event.

We had fun and hope that you did, too.


Camilla McGill
The Rotary Club Sarnia Bluewaterland