Prognosis remains poor for ailing hospital building

In February Sarnia issued a request for proposals for developers interested in the hospital property and nearby former health unit building. Potential investors have until...

Sarnia city hall mourns death of acting manager | Sarnia Observer

Sarnia's acting city manager – a long-time engineer who took on a leadership role during a year of unprecedented turmoil at Sarnia city hall –...

Community celebrates the grand opening of 'The Hub'

More than 75 people of all ages came out to celebrate the grand opening of The Hub, a drop-in centre for youth aged 16-24 created...

County council to hold off on adjusting tax ratio

“This particular fund has been beneficial to all, and who knows if we won't have to utilize this fund at some point,” said Sarnia city/county...

Front St. Crosswalk Planned Near Centennial Park

A potential $40,000 sponsorship from Shell Canada could help pay for installation of a new pedestrian crossing on Front St. near Sarnia's Centennial Park. City...

Week of May 4

Dave Boushy's letter to The Journal last week is redundant and misleading to the public. To clarify, along with the creation of ... We are...

St. Patrick's students secure $4900 donation from County of Lambton

"It's Lambton County's project." Sarnia city/county Coun. Andy Bruziewicz congratulated the students for their initiative Wednesday, but he asked Walicki about the long-term plan for...

New stretcher-compatible LEO van will offer affordable transportation option, CEO says

Sarnia city/county Coun. Anne Marie Gillis said LEO has now grown well beyond its transportation program -- its most well-known service. "You're just expanding between...

Seasons Retirement Communities CEO answers questions from Sarnia City Council

Andy Bruziewicz. “We're not real estate speculators, we run retirement communities,” he said. “We're in for the long haul here.” Councillors congratulated Smyth and Seasons...

Sarnia mayor says new Bayside Centre owner could be revealed soon

The Bayside Centre in downtown Sarnia, shown here on Tuesday April 25, 2017, is said to have new owners. Details of the new ownership, and...

Sarnia-Lambton Not Among Minimum Income Test Sites

Although disappointed that Sarnia was not successful, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is happy to see the province take action. “The reality is that the current...

Concerns raised over how loss of allowance will impact interest in serving on municipal councils

But not all county councillors were concerned Wednesday about the elimination of the allowance. Sarnia city/county Coun. Dave Boushy said he didn't see the need...

Council considers the stats, leaves sidewalk cycling ban in place

Twenty-one cyclists were injured and two killed: Denis Ross in 2011 and Gerald Plain in 2012. Coun. Mike Kelch said his eyes were opened earlier...

Completion Of Centennial Park Remediation Delayed Again

Veteran Sarnia councillor Dave Boushy says he remains very concerned about further delays and the escalating cost. “5-million, 8-million, 9-million, 11-million, I mean that's taxpayers'...

Humble advocate's idea spreading across Ontario

Jeff Plain was named to Mayor Mike Bradley's Honour List for 2016. Plain, who works with Community Legal Assistance Sarnia, developed a 'Let's Walk Together'...

County's acceptance of funding 'awkward'

On Dec. 7, Lambton County Coun. Bev MacDougall accepted a donation of $50,000/year for four years, on behalf of the county, for Lambton's Creative County...

Mayor Bradley creating a presence on social media

Sarnia's mayor has entered the world of social media, launching his own website, Twitter account and Facebook page. “I want it to be interesting and...

Uber ride-hailing service continues to attract new drivers

Seven years after Canadian entrepreneur Garrett Camp co-founded the mega-successful on-demand car service Uber, Sarnia's Jeremy Swoboda is wheeling it out locally. “This is the...

David McPhail remembered as community volunteer and leader

“He will be sorely missed,” said Bev MacDougall, a Sarnia city councillor who got to know McPhail when he was a school principal. “He was...

Former Sarnia General Hospital site for sale — again

Later, council voted down a recommendation from staff to negotiate a six-month extension on the purchase agreement. When that failed, Coun. Mike Kelch moved to...

Mayor's Honour List Released

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is recognizing 19 citizens and four groups from this community and the surrounding area in his 2016 Honour List. The Mayor's...

Looking back on March and April in Sarnia-Lambton

Dave Boushy. “He would have built half a dozen towers by now. Why is the delay? Why are you so slow?” A new mid-summer cycling...

LAWSS Executive Announced

Sarnia Councillor Andy Bruziewicz will serve as chair of the Lambton Area Water Supply System's Joint Board of Management in 2017. Point Edward Mayor Bev...

Looking towards 2017

Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu stands with the leader of the official opposition, Rona Ambrose, both of whom won awards at the recent Maclean's Parliamentarian of...

OPINION: Targeting free speech won't solve City Hall's problems

The sad spectacle that is Sarnia's municipal government may have hit bottom last week when council approved a measure that will muzzle political discourse in...

MacDougall admits she 'screwed up' with her comments following the Nov. 14 council meeting

Veteran Sarnia Coun. Bev MacDougall has issued a formal public apology for her “harsh words” that have landed her in hot water. MacDougall – who...

Burrows' online community channel making an impact

The final speaker of the day was resident Margaret Bird who called for, among other things, council's recent sanctions against Mayor Mike Bradley to be...

Sarnia woman claims city councillors were disrespectful

Bird said the complaint concerns those comments, as well as actions by MacDougall, and councillors Andy Bruziewicz and Cindy Scholten, while she was speaking to...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Mayor and councillors need to work together to rebuild trust, says city councillor

City manager Marg Misek-Evans is pictured here with Coun. Anne Marie Gillis who comforted her following Monday's city council meeting. Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley was...

SARNIA CITY HALL: Coun. Anne Marie Gillis could be city's first deputy mayor based on election results

Sarnia city council has set the wheels in motion to put an interim deputy mayor in place – an effort billed by some politicians as...

Coun. Anne Marie Gillis serving as vice chair of infrastructure committee working with federal government

A veteran Sarnia politician is helping shape the guidelines for the distribution of a $48-billion pot of federal infrastructure funding earmarked for Canadian municipalities. City/county...

City council approves 90-day suspension of Bradley's pay following integrity commissioner's recommendation

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley will have his salary suspended for 90 days – the most severe financial penalty under the Ontario Municipal Act – in...

Mayor, councillor offer different outlooks on city's fiscal fitness, staff attrition plans

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is ringing the alarm bells over the city's financial picture as council nears the halfway point of its term. Bradley took...

Final public meeting on county's official plan set for September

St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold is ready to go to bat against the province in order to support small-scale farms in Lambton County. Ontario's...

County council to consider creation of working group dedicated to rural transit idea

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley brought forward the idea of a rural transit service in January after he read about a pilot transit project involving the...

Sarnia discussions to be broadcast Wednesday and Thursday

Mike Howell; Sarnia city Coun. Brian White; and Laurie Hicks, who lost her son to a Fentanyl overdose last year. Panelists for the economic discussion...

New signage planned for city's existing bike routes

Dave Boushy questioned Monday whether Sarnia is a bike city or a car city. “I don't get that feedback,” he said of the survey results.

Public survey ranks economic development, infrastructure repairs as city's top priorities

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said the city has taken steps on the job creation front by supporting the work of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership and...

Sarnia mayor isn't supportive of moving to ranked ballots for next municipal election

“I'll work with whatever council decides,” Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said Thursday. “The big concern obviously is that it's difficult enough to get the public...

Sarnia drops on magazine's 'Best Places to Live' list

But Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley said the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership attempted a few years ago to find out more from MoneySense about how its ranking...

New Balloting System Gets Mixed Reviews

Mike Bradley says that could be too confusing for some residents and may lead to lower voter turnout. ... He doesn't believe many Ontario municipalities...

Municipal leaders gather in Windsor to address issue

OurWindsor.caChatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope addressed the issue in Windsor on Tuesday — along with Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara, Perth East Mayor Bob McMillan, Lakeshore Mayor...

Southwestern Ontario leaders ask for clarity on province's natural gas position

The press conference at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce Tuesday also attracted Sarnia-Lambton Warden Bev MacDougall and Perth East Mayor Bob McMillan. Chamber president...

Heritage home in limbo

... and recommended Sarnia protect it by keeping the designation. But the home's future is now in limbo after councillors voted 7-2 last week to...

Sarnia-Lambton leaders discussing economic development, opioid abuse on national current affairs TV show

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley and Lambton County Warden Bev MacDougall will be joined by Lambton College president Judy Morris and Nathan Colquhoun, of the Refined...

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley calls on Health Minister Eric Hoskins to intervene to help move forward detox centre project

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley is calling on Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins to speed up the province's approval process for Sarnia-Lambton's first detox centre, but...

Ongoing concerns raised about increased and unregulated use of containers

12 meeting, following staff circulating the proposal to the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce, shipping container businesses and the general public for input. “I'm looking forward...

Long-time Sarnia family doctor helped people from both sides of the border

Even though their personal political views clashed, long-time city politician Dave Boushy said he had a great deal of respect for Jumean and considered him...

Bradley cites Chamber of Commerce concerns, among others

Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley made the motion out of concerns around the lack of details released around the province's plan. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce...

Rural Economic Development program suspended by province

Lambton County politicians are seeing red over the suspension of the rural economic development (RED) program. County Warden Bev MacDougall will send a letter to...