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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Job growth

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he number of reported sexual assaults in Sarnia more than doubled between 2017 and 2018, confirming the impact of the #MeToo movement, city police say. “We truly believe, with the changes in society… more people are more comfortable reporting what’s happening to them,” said Const. John Sottosanti. Sexual assault cases jumped to 95 from 45 between 2017 and 2018, the most recent year for which statistics are available. That’s an increase of 111%. The Sarnia Police Service’s 2019 annual report also noted a doubling in the number of fraud investigations, and an astronomical increase in the number of parking infractions written up by officers. Sottosanti said many of the sexual assault allegations followed online meet-ups, which is nothing new. But more victims had the courage to come forward and report the abuse, he said. The social media hashtag #MeToo made headlines internationally in 2017, prompting women to share their experiences of sexual assault and harassment. Reporting a sexual assault to police can be a painful process, but it’s a necessary one for investigators to press charges and equip prosecutors with convictable evidence, Sottosanti added. “If we bring this to court we don’t want to traumatize the victim anymore than they already have been. So when we go to court, we want to make sure we have all our ducks in a row.” Continued on 3

ZACH TREMBLAY, RIGHT, dropped 16 points and was top shooter for St. Patrick’s in a 47-45 win over Great Lakes in LKSSAA senior boys basketball action last week. Here, Tremblay goes up to block a shot against the Wolfpack’s Nolan Caudle in the first game back after the Christmas break. Heading into action this week, Great Lakes was 5th and St. Pat’s 6th in the eight-school Tier 1 division. BRUCE SMITH Special to The Journal

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Continued from 1 Many local workers have reached retirement age, local industry is planning maintenance shutdowns, and several big-ticket regional construction projects are underway. One of them, the

Continued from 1 The number of reported frauds — which can be anything from stolen credit cards to phone scams — also doubled, from 249 to 499 in 2018, the report noted.

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$2.2-billion expansion at Nova Chemical, is just beginning the third year of a four-year project in St. Clair Township. The largest number of jobs in Sarnia-Lambton continues to be in health care and social assistance, followed by manufacturing and retail trade, the board says.

Sottosanti said. Sarnia Police can and do assist bylaw officers in the enforcement of municipal bylaws when needed. Revenue for the parking tickets goes back into city coffers, Sottosanti added. Police received 24,694 calls for service in 2018, and made 2,364 arrests. To view the full report, visit https:// www.sarniapolice.com/ about-sps/reports/

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SCITS PROPERTY: “We’re working with Vision Nursing Home to look at the possibilities of what could happen there. That’s a very complex deal.” BAYSIDE RECONSTRUCTION: “By March, I hope we’ll see a resolution of our 18-month negotiations with Seasons Group, who want to build two retirement towers at the former Bayside Mall, and also the restoration of the county facility there…downtown is a very vibrant place to be and a lot more could happen.” NEW INDUSTRY: “We’ve got to be realistic. Fossil fuels have been good to us for a lot of years but the world is changing and changing very quickly. That’s why… we’ve become the biofuel cluster of Canada. But we still need to do more … We need to look at IT (information technology).” PETROCHEMICAL INDUSTRY: “It’s never got the respect it deserves. If we were to just shut it down for a week this country would be in chaos because everything we do as Canadians … is still very much premised on what we produce here.”

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Well-travelled musician lays down old-time country CD

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hen Hank Ryder (aka Tyler Brandon) hosts his first CD release party it will also celebrate a surprising array of contributing musicians and singers. Hank, who prefers to use his music world nickname, wrote all the songs for My Autumn Kettle and is the main vocalist. But at least six other singers collaborated and are credited on the inside jacket. They include wellknown talent like Jen Brace, Anna Miccolis and Adam Miner, who also contributed guitar, piano, pump organ, bantar, drums, percussion, as well as recording, producing, mixing and mastering in his Sarnia studio. “Adam is a great guy,” says Hank. “I plan to continue to make music

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school and that got in the way of performing, Hank said. At 19 and just out of SCITS, he bought his first guitar and headed west. “I literally wanted to go see the world,” he said. “I went to Vancouver on a Greyhound bus with $500 in my pocket.” He picked up odd jobs and taught himself to play simple chords. Soon he was busking and finally performed for the first time at a café in Nelson, B.C. “I just knew I needed to overcome my stage fright,” he said. With support from family and friends, his confidence grew. Most of the time, he played original material. “I consider myself a writer and poet first,” he said. “The words are the most important to me. I just learned to play the guitar so I can write.” For the next 10 years he travelled Canada, playing small venues and paying the bills by picking fruit, roofing and other odd jobs. Eventually, though, the nomadic life lost its

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Sarnia’s hockey history – from early days to St. Andrews RANDY EVANS

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series

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or the Sarnia Hockey Club, it was huge progress. In the winter of 1894, its players were granted permission to move indoors to the two-year-old St. Andrews Rink, across the street from St. Andrew’s Church in downtown Sarnia. Indoor hockey! The sport had come a long ways from the day when strapon skates meant a visit to the blacksmith. By 1894, Sarnians could buy ready-made skates at Gwyn’s Gunsmith Shop, Neil’s Boot and Shoe Store, and other dry goods retailers. Playing shinny outdoors on Sarnia Bay wasn’t all bad – especially if the wind was at your back. But the Bay definitely had drawbacks. Hockey players had to share the limited ice with curlers, recreational skaters, sleighers, and horse-racing teams (with their residual patties). That same winter one guy added to the muddle with a new contraption:

“A skater navigating the frozen surface of the Bay, with sails to utilize the wind as a propelling power has been one of the novelties of the New Year,” The Observer noted in January of 1885. Most of all, hockey on the Bay depended on the weather, and it wasn’t always up to freezing water. While climate data indicates our winters are getting warmer, news reports of the day reveal melting spells weren’t uncommon in the 19th century. — “Very mild weather… River still quite clear and boats running regularly as usual.” (February, 1858) — “The river in front of the town is perfectly open.” (January, 1859) — “Sleighing is exceedingly backward this season … To all appearances the sleighing of this season will be of short duration.“ (January, 1862) — “The River St. Clair is as free of ice as in midsummer.” (January, 1863) — “The ice was rather thin for safety … A number of venturesome skaters found this out.” (January, 1892) The risk of a cold bath was resolved when William Taylor opened The Ontario Skating

HOCKEY PLAYERS IN this 1908 postcard are seen on Sarnia Bay sharing the ice with skaters, curlers, and, at left, a horse. Image courtesy, Dave Burwell Collection

Rink in December of 1867 near Russell’s Brewery, at Front Street and Derby Lane. A month later, another option appeared when Marcus Hitchcock developed the groomed ice of The Victoria Skating Rink, at the corner of Maxwell and Front. The Sarnia Curling Club also had a rink. It opened with two sheets in 1874 at 180 Christina St. S. and was the city’s first

indoor ice surface. However, activities there were restricted to curling, public skating and ice carnivals, held in costume with local bands providing the musical accompaniment. It was also the scene of some scandalous behaviour. “Young married men,” The Observer sniffed in January of 1881, “would look better in the company of their wives than

flirting with the girls on the Sarnia skating rink.” But when the curling club offered the hockey club a chance to play at St. Andrews Rink it meant only one thing for puck enthusiasts — good, entertaining matches played indoors and mercifully out of the cold.

al law in the West and the Arctic. Sydney Pratt enlisted as a constable at Regina in 1914, spending the next SARNIA POLICE three CHIEF Sydney C. years at Pratt, who served postfrom 1951 to 1953. Submitted Photo ings in Western Canada and the Yukon. A story he later told the Sarnia Observer concerned an assignment at Glacier Creek, about 80 miles from Dawson in

the Yukon Territory, where he travelled by dog team to pick up the remains of a dead miner. After picking up the body and on his way back to Dawson he encountered a party of local girls out on a snowshoe hike. They asked the constable for a ride back to town. Pratt told them to “jump on,” which they happily did. Only after the dog team pulled up to the undertaker’s establishment in Dawson did the shocked girls realize they’d been sitting for miles on a frozen corpse. Pratt served with the Canadian Light Horse at Vimy Ridge, and during the famous 100 Days Campaign that drove the enemy back to Germany. He remained in France until

the war’s end, returning to the NWMP and serving in Regina, Vancouver, and the “Big Muddy Badlands” in Saskatchewan. He purchased his discharge in 1921 and returned to Sarnia. Pratt joined the nine-man Sarnia Police Department the same year, earning promotions to sergeant and inspector. When promoted to Chief of Police in 1951, upon the death of Chief William Lannin, Sydney Charles Pratt brought 37 years of policing experience to the new job.

Randy Evans is a Sarnia resident and regular contributor to The Journal.

Police chief had lived adventurous life as Yukon Mountie

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e was a young Englishman who came to Canada with no idea of what to do with his life. Born on Jan. 17, 1893 in Sussex, England, Sidney C. Pratt was a boy of 17 when he arrived in Lambton County to visit an aunt in Aberfeldy, a now-dispersed hamlet in the former Euphemia Township. After the visit ended Pratt decided to stay in Canada and set out to explore the area. He found work at a Detroit factory, and later as a sailor on commercial lake vessels. Lured west in 1912, Pratt wound up working the harvest in Wilcox, Saskatchewan. Then in Prince Albert he took or a job with the Dominion land surveying company.

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People, not God, are responsible for human misery on earth

Sir: In his Dec. 19 letter, Paul Pinel stated Hitler was a Christian and implied Stalin was also. While it is true both these men had some religious upbringing, it ends there. Stalin's father was a very cruel alcoholic, according to Wikipedia. His mother was a deeply religious woman who wanted her son to be a priest. Stalin entered a seminary at 16 but as he grew older devoted himself to Marxism and declared himself an atheist.

Hitler's mother was a very devout Catholic, but his father considered religion a scam. From a young age Hitler expressed disbelief and hostility towards the Church.

By 1942 he vowed to root out and destroy Christianity and Judaism. Being brought up in a church setting didn't make Hitler or Stalin a Christian. Mr. Pinel asked why nine million children under the age of five die each year for lack of clean water and food, without intervention from a loving deity, and why children suffer and die from cancer. I don't think it’s fair to blame God for this. The earth was created with

enough resources to sustain us all. Could it be a lack of education, greed and warfare that denies children and their families a place to live and food to eat? Most sickness and disease is caused by ignorance. This once pristine planet has been turned into a garbage dump, with its food and water sources contaminated. Can we honestly blame God for that? Some people say religions are responsible for all our

conflicts and wars, and we would be better off without them. What they overlook is what Christianity stands for. It’s more a way of life, and how you respect and extend kindness to others, than it is ceremony and rituals. The reward is having it returned to you. Thank you for taking the time to read this. — Mary Jane Foley Sarnia

Do believers attack atheists because they’re insecure about god? ad hominems. “Oh look, that person had an affair, therefore, their argument’s invalid and they’re virtue signaling.” Said by everyone who lacks the ability to have an intellectual debate. Quit using the term. It’s erroneous. Humility, empathy, and compassion are not exclusive to the religious, nor are selfishness, hate, and cruelty. These traits, like many others, are human traits and as such should not be treated as though they’re inherent to reli-

Foundry lands cleanup

Sir: Regarding the Dec. 12 story, ‘Owners ordered to clean up foundry lands.” A municipality can seize a residential property for non-payment of back taxes. The owners should be given time to clean up this property and, if they don’t, they should be fined or the land expropriated by the provincial government for another use. That site has been sitting in that condition for a long time. It is an accident waiting to happen. There must be some way for this to be resolved.

gious people. Here are the hard facts: an atheist does not acknowledge the existence of any god (Christ, Allah, Odin, Krishna, etc.) based on the lack of evidence. An individual’s personal behaviour has no impact on his or her argument; a person can be horrible and still make a valid argument. Attacking the person instead of the point, along with a multitude of other logical fallacies, is why many atheists are not outspoken about

their lack of belief. They are often shunned and attacked, among many other hurtful reactions, for ‘coming out.’ Let’s have an honest discussion of what is really happening. It appears believers are fearful the voice of logic and reason will prevail, so they resort to attacking outspoken individuals about being an atheist in hopes of persuading others to remain in line. The most recent letter wasn’t the first in which a believer made

ad hominems towards non-believers – it’s time to stop. I ask all religious persons: “Is your faith so fragile that you fear non-believers and must attack and shun us? Is it so wrong to not

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Approving 19-storey tower was bad precedent

Sir: I just finished reading Ed Williamson's factual letter of Jan. 9 regarding the 19-storey tower going up on Water Street, near Front. With city council’s approval this now a 'done deal.' I recently took a drive around the area of Maxwell, Water and Front streets, and was horrified to picture the end result of this humongous building going up where Sarnia Rent-All is situated. I can fully understand the disbelief and disappointment, and maybe even rage, of the neighbouring Bayview Towers' tenants, the Hospice and others in the area. Unless the 19-storey tower is right in line with Bayview, the view will be compromised to the west and south.

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Walmart plaza congestion reviewed

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arnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu has confirmed she will seek to become leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. “Conservatives need to win the next election. To do that, we need to expand the base. And to do that, we need a better balance of fiscal responsibility and social compassion,” Gladu said Jan. 9 in announcing her candidacy.

Gladu has represented Sarnia-Lambton since 2015. She is vice-chair of the House of Common’s Standing Committee on Health and serves as the party’s shadow health minister. “Canadians care about having a good economy with job creation and lower taxes,” she said. “But they are also looking for a credible plan for climate change and the environment (and) support for our struggling health-care system …”

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local politics, and ultimately close the gender gap. The Collective’s initial “meet and greet” is Jan. 20. Two dozen women registered within days of the announcement. “It’s been amazing,” said Cole, who is organizing the collective with Carrie McEachran, Julie Hillier, Kirsty Kilner Homes, Helen Lomax, and Marika Sylvain Groendyk. She anticipates a second meeting in February to talk strategy, then a series of monthly panel discussions and guest speakers at space provided by the Chamber of Commerce. The Jean Collective is named for the late Jean Macdougall, a Port Stanley woman who mentored Cole in her political career. Macdougall was a cousin of Nellie McClung, the women’s rights activist and member of Canada’s ‘Famous Five.’ “Jean was a community activist who paid attention and felt it was very important to see more women involved in local politics,” said Cole. “I wanted to honour her memory by providing a way for other women to experience similar

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Long-time vendor at Farmers’ Market hangs up his apron

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t’s the end of an era at the Sarnia Farmers’ Market. After a 25-year run, Frank Kap said goodbye last month to Kappie’s Korner, the booth at the Ontario Street market known for its produce, honey and flowers. Dozens of long-time customers stopped by to wish him well. “A lot of tears, a lot of hugs, a lot of good wishes,” said Kap, 75. “It was an emotional day for us, absolutely.” After four years of battling colon cancer and three major surgeries, Kap decided to call it quits and leave the business he took over from his father in 1994. He and daughter Noelle Kap ran the booth, supplementing its maple syrup, honey and flowers from other producers with produce grown on his two acres at Telfer Road.

Kap’s father was a Dutch immigrant who opened a stall at the market more than 60 years ago, stocking it from a small farm plot on Errol Road East, about where Sweden Street is located today.

“A lot of tears, a lot of hugs, a lot of good wishes. It was an emotional day for us, absolutely.”

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When the downtown market where Frank Kap’s dad got started was destroyed by the famous tornado of 1953, the vendors quickly formed a co-operative and bought the current site on Ontario Street. After 158 years, the Farmers’ Market remains one of the city’s oldest institutions. Poor health has forced Kap out of the business he loves, and his daughter and long-time sidekick didn’t want to contin-

FRANK KAP AND daughter Noelle Kap, whose family have been vendors at the Sarnia Farmers' Market for more than 60 years. Submitted photo

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Sarnia about to decide fate of historic Canatara log cabin

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or the log cabin in Canatara Park it’s not over till it’s over, says preservation advocate Paul Beaudet. City Hall and the project-funding Seaway Kiwanis Club plan to demolish the 160-year-old structure cabin and replace it with a replica. A final vote is expected Jan. 20. But an alternative plan to restore one of Sarnia’s oldest buildings to its former glory isn’t dead, says Beaudet, who is planning a last-ditch bid to sway councillors. He and other former Kiwanians have left the service club over the cabin decision. They say preservation is the only answer. “And we think we’ll have some cards (to play),” he said. One of those is a 3,000-name petition. Eight hundred signatures were gathered during Christmas on the Farm, when

volunteers collected names within feet of the structure itself. “We had people lining up to ask to sign it. Certainly the response of the community is absolutely and completely behind this,” Beaudet said. “They’re incredulous that the city would contemplate destroying this building.” After two years of debate in and out of council chambers the fate of the deteriorating log cabin will hinge on funding. The Seaway Kiwanis Club voted to cover half the $100,000 cost of a replacement. The rest would come from the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation, Bluewater Power and Sarnia’s parks and recreation department. But with a quote in hand from an Ontario restoration expert, Beaudet says the Canatara cabin could be taken apart, restored and rebuilt for about $135,000. And, he claims, the Alix Foundation funding isn’t tied to one plan or the other. Meanwhile, the Lambton Heritage Museum has informed

THE LOG CABIN in Canatara Park.

city staff it might be interested in acquiring the building. The museum near Grand Bend has at least four other period structures relocated from elsewhere in Lambton. It’s believed the Canatara cabin was built around 1840 in the Goderich area. The logs were disassembled, floated down Lake Huron to Sarnia and reassembled in the 1930s as a family

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summer home on Lakeshore Road. Here, it was owned by Maud Hanna, a philanthropist who gave the city money to buy the land that evolved into Canatara Park. Sandi Spaulding, Maud Hanna's great-granddaughter, has noted a number of distinguished guests visited the cabin on Lakeshore. They included Nobel Prize laureate Sir Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, who

apparently practiced a penchant for doodling on the property’s outhouse walls. Lorne Hay, a local builder and city councillor, donated the cabin to the city in 1971. With its peg flooring, fireplace and cedar shingles, it became the focal point of special events at Canatara including Easter in the Park and Christmas on the Farm. The building received a heritage designation but was allowed to deteriorate over the years.

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Local Pedestrian street mall to be tested Teams await word on logos

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he Sarnia Braves and Point Edward Blackhawks want to keep their team names but are willing to alter their logos if directed to by the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Sarnia and Point Edward began working with the two organizations after the Commission sent a letter to Ontario municipalities last April warning Indigenous-themed sports

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logos can have harmful impacts. They also continue to talk to the chief and council of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, which have not objected to the Braves and Blackhawk names or logos. But a decision on their future use won’t be made until the municipalities hear back from the Commission’s legal department, city staff said last week.

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tion of the area the camera monitors, helping police target investigations. The program is backed by Allstate Insurance and Crime Stoppers, and the identity of participants and the data is not shared with the public, Sottosanti said. Even when registered, camera owners are not obligated to share their footage with police, he added. For more, or to register, visit https://www.sarniapolice.com/ camera-registry/

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16 College Night Lambton College hosting an information session to answer questions from mature students, high school students, and parents about attending. Meet faculty and staff, learn about OSAP, tour the campus, and apply on-the-spot. 1457 London Rd., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more, contact 519-5427751, ext. 3337, or jami. kloet@lambtoncollege.ca FRIDAY, JAN. 17 General Meeting Deadline to purchase tickets for Jan. 23 annual general meeting of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, Lambton Chapter. Stuffed chicken dinner, sides, salad and dessert, plus a presenta-

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Continued from 22 Shibashi West Lambton Community Health Centre offering free Shibashi sessions at All Saints Anglican Church, 248 Vidal St. N., 11 a.m. Perfect for beginners. Thursdays until March 26. Register at first class. For more, call 519-344-3017

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Live Music Nic Swales playing at The Bay Waterfront Grill & Bar’s Live Music Fridays. 485 Harbour Rd., 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free, no cover/ticket. For more, call 519-337-8466 FRIDAY, JAN. 24 Weight Loss Join a registered dietitian and a group of peers in a “Waist Away Support Group,” every fourth Friday monthly. West Lambton Community Health Centre, 429 Exmouth St., 10:30 a.m. To register, call 519-344-3017, ext. 259

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Live Music Nic Swales is playing at The Bay Waterfront Grill & Bar, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free, no cover. 485 Harbour Road. Call 519-3378466 for reservations What's Your Story? Twin Bridges NPLCA hosts a session of guided self-reflection to explore beliefs, values and narratives. Time for discussion on how to create a story of greater intention, courage and authenticity. 10 a.m.

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Open Jam Open Jam Session at the Corunna Legion, 350 Albert St., 3 p.m. All welcome to play, sing and dance. Food and drinks available. Accessible building. For more, call 519-862-1240 MONDAY, JAN. 27 Teen Cuisine Rapids Family Health Team offering a free, interactive cooking program for teens 13-plus, 460 Christina St. N., Sarnia 4 p.m. Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949 Distress Line Volunteers needed for the Family Counselling Centre’s Distress Line, and to call seniors. Information session at the Centre, 6:30 p.m. 1086 Modeland Rd. For info, or to register, call Donna at 519-3360120 TUESDAY, JAN. 28 Plant-Based Diet A session to teach the benefits of a plant-based diet and how to use meat alternatives in everyday cooking. Twin Bridges NPLC, 153 Christina St. S., 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.

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Lives Lived

Death Notices Recent Passings Up To JANUARY 9, 2020

This information is provided as a community service. For detailed information on the lives lived, please refer to the funeral home website listing.

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Baas, Michelle Lynn

Age: 51 / Date of Passing: Jan-8-20 Smith Funeral Home

Bauer, Therese

Age: 98 / Date of Passing: Jan-8-20 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

Cassin, Lawrence Raymond

Age: 78 / Date of Passing: Jan-1-20 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

Causley, Ronald Clayton

Causley, Thomas

Daamen, Harry

Harkness, Millicent

Age: 69 / Date of Passing: Jan-5-20 Smith Funeral Home Age: 68 / Date of Passing: Jan-4-20 Smith Funeral Home Age: 85 / Date of Passing: Jan-5-20 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home Age: 91 / Date of Passing: Jan-5-20 Knight Funeral Home

Husband, Nancy Louise

Age: 71 / Date of Passing: Jan-7-20 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

LaFlamme, Roger

LeNeve, Shirley Ann

Makrigiannis, Eleni

Age: 77 / Date of Passing: Jan-3-20 Smith Funeral Home Age: 84 / Date of Passing: Jan-3-20 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

Age: 75 / Date of Passing: Jan-1-20 Smith Funeral Home

Marshall, Robert John

McKeown, Donna Pauline

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Age: 79 / Date of Passing: Jan-2-20 Smith Funeral Home Age: 89 / Date of Passing: Jan-8-20 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

McKnight, Julie

Age: 63 / Date of Passing: Jan-4-20 Smith Funeral Home

McLachlin, Clarence

Age: 88 / Date of Passing: Jan-9-20 Knight Funeral Home

Middleton, Leonard Wilson

Miller, Aileen A.

Miller, Donald Wesley

Pettit, Kevin

Plain, Ferguson Scott

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Age: 89 / Date of Passing: Jan-8-20 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

Age: 95 / Date of Passing: Jan-2-20 Smith Funeral Home

Prayer

PRIÈRE À SAINT JOSEPH

O Saint-Joseph, protecteur si grand, si fort, si prompt car tu es près du trône de Dieu, je te confie mes besoins et mes désirs. O Saint-Joseph, aide-moi par ta puissante intercession, et obtiens-moi de ton Divin Enfant toutes les bénédictions, par Jésus-Christ, Notre Seigneur, afin que grâce à ton pouvoir céleste ici-bas, je puisse rendre hommage au plus aimant des Pères. O, Saint-Joseph, je n'ai aucune crainte lorsque je te regarde avec Jésus endormi dans tes bras ; je n'ose pas m'approcher lorsqu'Il repose sur ton cœur. Serre-Le en mon nom et baise Sa belle tête pour moi et demande-Lui de me rendre mon baiser lors de mon dernier soupir. O Saint-Joseph, Patron des âmes désespérées, prie pour moi. Cette prière a été trouvée à la cinquantième année de Notre Seigneur et Sauveur Jésus-Christ. En 1505, le pape l’envoya à l’empereur Charles qui partait en guerre. Quiconque lira cette prière, ou l’entendra ou la gardera sur soi, ne mourra pas subitement, ni ne se noiera, ni ne mourra des effets d’un poison ; nul ne tombera non plus entre les mains de l’ennemi, ne périra pas dans un incendie, ni ne sera vaincu en bataille. La dire neuf matins consécutifs pour obtenir n’importe quelle faveur. Elle a toujours été exaucée. Il faut donc s’assurer de vraiment désirer ce que l’on demande.

In Memoriam

Though you’re no longer with me Every day I find In one way or another You’re back there in my mind I might hear a piece of music And at once my mind is stirred Back to a treasured moment ,the two of us have shared I never try to stop them I let them just flow through It’s just my way of spending time Once again with you

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN:

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KRYSTEN CAMPBELL, GOALTENDER for the Sarnia Lady Sting Bantam B squad, stifles a shot from Illinois Wilmette Braves attackers on Jan. 10 at Clearwater Arena. The Lady Sting defeated Wilmette 3-0 on the first day of girls International Silver Stick tournament action, which was held in venues across the region last weekend. TROY SHANTZ The Journal

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s Canada was pulling off its dramatic come-from-behind gold medal victory at the World Junior Hockey Championships, a former Sarnia Sting was working feverishly behind the scenes. As Canada’s pre-scout coach, Alan Letang studied the opposing teams and prepared video clips on demand for coaches Mark and Dale Hunter, of Oil Springs. “Hockey Canada goes into that tournament wanting to be the most prepared team,” Letang told The Journal. That’s (our) slight advantage over those countries. In a short-term tournament you don’t have a lot of time to prepare for your opponents.”

Canada erased a two-goal deficit in the third period to defeat Russia 4-3 on Jan. 5, securing Hockey Canada’s 18th gold medal at the U20 tournament. Letang is head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack. He played for the Sting in the 1994-95 season - the first year after the OHL club moved to Sarnia from Cornwall. Letang and his wife and two children spend their summers in Sarnia, and their son Ayden plays for the Sarnia Legionnaires. That one season with the Sting made a strong impression on Letang, and he remains in touch with many friends he met at that time. His coach in Sarnia was Mark Hunter, who with brother Dale led the Canadian squad in

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