OPINION: The column Sun Media didn’t want you to read

After four years of working as a freelancer in Sarnia, I recently decided to focus on another project. Primarily my articles appeared here and in the community weekly paper, Sarnia-Lambton This Week. I… Continue reading

Lambton County beef farmers serve “the beef”

Fame not the goal for Fox

Kelli Fox has spent 30 years on stage and screen and has an impressive list of credits, but you probably wouldn’t recognize her on the street. And that’s just the way she likes… Continue reading

PHOTO: Classics come to Petrolia

Petrolia’s streets had a nostalgic feel Tuesday as about 85 members of the Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada came to town. They stopped in front of Victoria Hall for a few… Continue reading

Former mayor honoured as Senior of the Year

Saying Enniskillen Township wouldn’t be what it is today without his leadership, Mayor Kevin Marriott named former mayor Larry O’Neill 2013 Senior of the Year. The current municipal council presented O’Neill with the… Continue reading

Transport Canada doesn’t know how much ethyl benzene spilled into the St. Clair River

A Transport Canada report says there was no way for inspectors to know how much ethyl benzene spilled into the St. Clair River because no one knew how much of the cancer-causing chemical… Continue reading

Do you know this dog?

The County of Lambton Community Health Services Department hoping to track down a Jack Russell Terrier after a man was bitten. On Sunday, a man was walking down Highway 40 near the French… Continue reading

‘We won’ A Sarnia couple first son born just hours before Prince George

While the world waited for the birth of the future king of England, Eric and Laura Smit were reveling in the joy of becoming first time parents and beating Prince William and Princess… Continue reading

Sarnia adjusts rules for the changing climate

Sarnia is trying to make sure homeowners aren’t facing flooding when more frequent and violent storms roll through the community. It is changing its storm water management guidelines, forcing developers to install larger,… Continue reading

Costs of court battle to close homeless shelter climb 40 percent

Sarnia will shell out a lot more than expected to close a homeless shelter. The legal costs to enforce a zoning bylaw and close down the River City Vineyard’s homeless shelter have jumped… Continue reading

May apologizes for tweeting 20 cars left CN’s Sarnia tracks

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has apologized to Sarnia’s mayor for sounding alarm bells about a minor accident at the CN Rail yard in town. On Friday around 3 pm there was what… Continue reading

Five people facing charges after brutal beating

Five people face charges after a 36 year-old Sarnia man was robbed and beaten after going to a Maxwell Street home. Sarnia Police say on July 15, a man went to a home… Continue reading

Questions about CN accident in Sarnia

There are questions after an incident in the CN Rail yard in Sarnia. On Friday around 3 pm, Warren Chandler of CN Public and Government Affairs in an email says “one set of… Continue reading

Port Franks cottagers could pay between $400 and $12,000 each for flooding solutions

A new report suggests cottagers in Port Franks could face bills of about $400 to help pay for flooding solutions. But people in high risk areas, could find their wallets about $4,000 to… Continue reading

Strike at Sarnia library and gallery over; back to business Friday

Sarnia’s library and art gallery will be back in business Friday. Lambton County and members of Local 65 of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers’ Union have ratified a new three-year deal after five… Continue reading

Forest runner heading to Jr. Nationals in BC

A new focus on running has really paid off for Connor Black. The Forest teen, a Grade 12 student at North Lambton Secondary School, will be representing Team Ontario at the Junior Nations… Continue reading

UPDATED: Military removes grenade from Bright’s Grove home

Life is returning to normal in Bright’s Grove after a section of the beachfront community was cordened off when a homeowner found a hand grenade. Sarnia Police say an unexploded grenade was found… Continue reading

Locks changed at library and gallery while talks continue

Lambton County and the union representing workers at the Sarnia Library and the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery are trying to reach a deal to get the 55 workers back on the… Continue reading

Plan for harness racing doesn’t include Sarnia says industry head

The map for success for the harness racing industry doesn’t appear to have a stop in Sarnia. That according to Brian Tropea, the head of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. The province is… Continue reading

Former Wyoming residents struck by High River flooding

Little did he know when Pastor Paul Droogers left Wyoming to lead a church in Alberta, he would land in the middle in one of the biggest natural disasters in the province’s history.… Continue reading

PHOTO: Three car accident near Petrolia

  Lambton OPP are investigating a three-car accident on Lasalle Line near Petrolia. Police were called to the road between Mandaumin and Waterworks Road around 11:45pm Friday after the cars crashed. Firefighters from… Continue reading

“They’ve forced our hand”: Library and gallery staff strike

“They’ve forced our hand.” With that, members of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers’ Union decided late Friday night to set up picketlines at the Sarnia Public Library and the Judith and Norman Alix… Continue reading

No lockout at library and gallery; Lambton imposes new contract instead

Lambton County says it didn’t want to lock out its library and art gallery staff tonight so, in an unusual move, it has imposed a new four-year contract. The 55 members of the… Continue reading

Premier to hear Sarnia’s concerns

Sarnia is about to get the ear of the provincial government. Mayor Mike Bradley hand delivered a request for a personal meeting to Premier Kathleen Wynne when she was in Sarnia recently. The… Continue reading

Moving Day: Nova’s new tower attracts a lot of attention

Sarnia cop OK after being run over

A Sarnia police officer has some bruises after being run over by a car at a traffic stop during a drug investigation. Officers from the vice squad had stopped a car near the… Continue reading

Sarnia Bay Marina is bringing in the classics

The hardwood decks will be gleaming at Sarnia Bay Marina July 26 and 27. The marina is playing host to the third annual Antique and Classic Boat Show featuring over 25 restored classic… Continue reading

Mobile Market delivers: Food bank clients get fresh veggies close to home

More people will be able to get fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to an expanded Mobile Market. The Inn of the Good Shepherd put the Mobile Market on the road two years ago… Continue reading

Sidewalk cafes could be returning to Grand Bend

Beachgoers may be able to grab a bite to eat in Grand Bend on the sidewalk this summer. Three years ago, Lambton Shores council put a moratorium on sidewalk cafes after spending millions… Continue reading

Seniors in Lambton county homes will get less physiotherapy

A plan to provide more physiotherapy to seniors living at home will result in seniors in nursing homes getting less help. That’s according to Chris Doyle, the general manager of Long-term Care in… Continue reading

Replacing Forest ambulance station may cost $2.1 million

It may take big bucks to improve or replace the out-of-date Forest Ambulance Station. Lambton County CAO Ron VanHorne says it may cost between $1.5 million and $2.1 million to upgrade the former… Continue reading

Lambton Shores hires Kawartha Lakes administrator

After months of searching, Lambton Shores has hired a new Chief Administrative Officer. Kevin Williams will leave his current position as director of community services in the City of Kawartha Lakes to take… Continue reading

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Gibb looks to Lambton Shores to push feds to solve harbour dispute

Archie Gibbs is looking for Lambton Shores’ help to push the federal government to settle a 30 year old land claim. And his lawyer says if the municipality plays its cards right, it… Continue reading

Kenwick Park being brought back to dancehall glory days

Ken Stother is hoping an excited group of volunteers will be putting the shine back on the “diamond in the rough” that is Kenwick Park. The Bright’s Grove park on Lake Huron is… Continue reading

Life lessons help director shape The Odd Couple

Linda Kash has learned in life and in the theater there are some things you just can’t control. Kash, a veteran actor who is became a household face as TV’s Philadelphia Cream Cheese… Continue reading

Lack of information on health could be the way out of wind leases: Gillespie

An environmental lawyer says there is hope for landowners who want out of wind turbine leases. Eric Gillespie, who currently is working for Plympton Wyoming in its court battle with Suncor Energy over… Continue reading

Size of Centennial project may have to be reviewed because of asbestos problem: Bradley

The Sarnia 2014 Legacy committee may have to rethink the scope of the centennial project after learning it may take months to even find a solution to remove asbestos from Centennial Park. Golder… Continue reading

Cleanup of pipeline spill continues: Imperial now estimates 50 barrels spilled

The leak in Imperial Oil’s pipeline near Indian Road was bigger than first thought. Oil was discovered in the grass on Imperial Oil’s property near the Marcus Terminal on Indian Road June 11.… Continue reading

Plympton-Wyoming “not a willing host” but will the province listen

To no one’s surprise, Plympton-Wyoming has joined the growing list of municipalities which has formally declared it is not a willing host to wind energy projects. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Energy Minister Bob… Continue reading

Putting pork on their fork: Inn of the Good Shepherd part of pilot project

  Ontario’s pork producers are giving a helping hand to people using the province’s food banks. A group of farmers has put together a donation program which buys lean ground pork and distributes… Continue reading

Looking for green from green: Lambton Shores looking at electric car chargers

Lambton Shores Mayor Bill Weber says Grand Bend could have gained a little green by going green. Weber is expressing disappointment after council decided to wait until the 2014 budget to consider whether… Continue reading

Gillis will run for Wynne’s Liberals in the next provincial election

 She wouldn’t do it for Dalton McGuinty, but Sarnia City/County Councilor Anne Marie Gillis will carry the Liberal banner for the Kathleen Wynne government in the next provincial election. Gillis was to be… Continue reading

Local cyclist takes the long and rambling 1,200 km road

Randonneur: v. Fr. meaning a rambling journey. That’s the definition of cyclist Dick Felton’s latest challenge but many people think it’s a misnomer. Felton, a member of Bluewater Trails and a CanBike instructor,… Continue reading

Elder abuse reporting on the rise; “We’re aware it’s a problem and it is not okay”: Sim

The head of Victims Services Sarnia-Lambton says more people are recognizing the signs of elder abuse and doing something about it. June is Elder Abuse Awareness month and today, Victims Services and the… Continue reading

Imperial says it may take time to determine cause and quantity of oil spill

It may be some time before it is determined how much crude oil bubbled up to the surface from a small leak in an Imperial Oil pipeline on Indian Road and whether any… Continue reading

Remembering the ‘epitome’ of baseball Stan Slack

It was a fitting tribute for the man being described as the “epitome of baseball.” Stan Slack passed away June 12 at Marshall Gowland Manor, just a good line drive away from Errol… Continue reading

MOE says some oil may have made it to St. Clair river

Ministry of the Environment officials say some of the oil which leaked from an underground pipeline may have made its way into the St. Clair River. Around 8:20 Tuesday morning, a driver on… Continue reading

Cleanup expected to take one day after Sarnia pipeline leak

– photos by Zak Nichols The clean up of an oil from a pipeline on Indian Road in Sarnia is expected to take about a day. Around 8:20 Tuesday morning, a driver on… Continue reading

No charges in cycling death: Cyclists, drivers still need more training says Hill

A Sarnia cyclist who saw Denis Ross being run over by a transport says every cyclist could use a refresher course on the rules of the road. Sarnia Police announced recently they would… Continue reading