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MARIE-GUYLAINE BRIAND surveys a crowd of more than 100 people who gathered outside Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey’s office on Saturday to protest cuts to French-language services in Ontario, including the cancellation of a French-language university. For more on the issue, please see page 11. GLENN OGILVIE, The Journal

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ity Hall has received “numerous” complaint from residents whose bags of raked leaves have not yet been picked up this fall. Bad weather, equipment breakdowns and an unusually

high volume of compostables combined to put curbside pickup weeks behind schedule, said city engineer Mike Berkvens. “They had found there was quite a bit of volume in the last few weeks,” he said of the contactor, Emterra Group. “A lot of rain brought down a lot of leaves all at one time. They were really overwhelmed.”

Leaves are primarily collected over a six-week period in October and November. Delays began almost immediately because of unexpectedly large volumes of grass clippings and other compostables. By week four, a sudden change of weather produced a large downfall of leaves and made collection a soggy mess.

Emterra was forced to retain its own contractor to assist but pickup fell behind again. At one point Emterra had collected 48% more leaves then it had at the same time in 2017, Berkvens said. “The volume is always the same, it’s just the timing of that volume that changes.” Continued on 2

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arolyn Layne and Jean Hall were standing in the church parking lot telling The Journal how thieves had stolen $1,000 worth of meat meant for the needy when something unexpected happened. Just then, Kyle Deloof pulled up in a truck and the owner of Davy Jones Quality Meats offered to donate enough meat to fill the church’s large freezer. “I heard what happened and it broke my heart,” Deloof said. For the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it felt like Christmas came early. Meat used to feed 100 or more people each month at the Inn of the Good Shepherd disappeared from its freezer sometime between Nov. 22 and 24. “That is a total miracle,” Layne said with a big smile. “It’s so generous. I’m just blown away.” Also missing was ground beef donated by the church’s relief society to feed teens at The Hub. “It was so devastating,” said Layne, who shops for much of the food the church donates. “I had just picked up four turkeys and I wanted to get them in the freezer.” Continued on 2


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Church’s: Continued from 1 When she approached the shed she realized the bolt had been pried open. Missing were 37 pork loins, 11 packages of ground beef and two turkeys. All that was left was a pack of wieners and a single turkey. “I thought, why would (the thief) leave one turkey?” she asked. “Maybe

they heard someone coming and ran.” Layne prides herself on using church donations wisely and buying meat only on sale. She had stocked the freezer with six months worth of meals. Police were called, but there are no leads so far. The church is generally quiet about the work it does in the community, said member Brad Fickling. But in this case he wanted to warn others

“It’s wonderful how blessed we are in this community.”

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about the robbery. “We want the community to be aware there’s a Grinch going around stealing,” said Fickling. “If they are taking from a church, well, what’s next?” Layne said church

members planned to prepare the next meal at the Inn on Dec. 21 by stretching resources and making Shepherd’s pie instead of pork loin. But after Deloof ’s generous offer, the meal program is back on track. “Deep down I didn’t want to say too much about the theft because it was a story of grief,” said church Bishop Andrew Withers. “But I also knew we

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meat than the program requires it will help other agencies, Withers said. “There’s so much need out there.” The shed doors were repaired but all food donations are now stored at another location, Layne added. Anyone with information about the theft is urged to anonymously call Sarnia-Lambton CrimeStoppers at 1-800222-8477.

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etter writers who say they want fluoride removed from the local water supply don’t represent the majority of residents, says Lambton’s medical officer of health. Surveys indicate 70% of Sarnia-Lambton residents support fluoridated drinking water, according to Dr. Sudit Ranade. And he’s one of them. Dr. Sudit Ranade Ranade said fluoride’s ability to improve dental But, Ranade argues, health is a “public health a water supply without achievement and one of additives would send the those things we’d like to entire population to the protect. hospital. “We think it’s still ben“We also put chlorine eficial.” in the water and nobody He said emotions has the opportunity to run high in the fluoride say they prefer there’s a debate because people little less chlorine in this feel their right to choose water. what they consume has “At the population level been taken away. we’ve said this is benefiThe issued has been cial and we put it in the debated in The Journal’s water so you don’t get letter section in recent sick.” months, with experts and Fluoride and chlorine consumers from across aren’t the only examples the country weighing in. of additives with benefi-

cial properties, he added. Folic acid has been added to Canadian flour since 1998, which has cut in half the number of neural tube defects in infants, Ranade said. “By giving people an everyday substance that they use all the time, rather than saying only pregnant women should take folic acid, our rate of neural tube babies dramatically dropped.” Adding iodine to table salt, a practice that began in 1924, is another example in which the general population benefitted, this time by reducing the incidence of goiters. “It’s one of those things that we hope people accept because it benefits the vast majority of folks,” he said. Ranade said he believes a high percentage of Sarnia-Lambton residents support fluoridated water because many recall a time before fluoridation. “They remember what people’s teeth were like. As we lose that community experience and

knowledge, we open ourselves up to more people who don’t realize how great the benefit is,” he said. “I think we need to listen to the past on this one and protect the gains that we’ve made.” Dr. Ranade made his comments as guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the local Green Party on

Nov. 29. He was asked his opinion on bottled water by former Green Party candidate Kevin Shaw, who said he’s surprised by the number of local households that buy bottled water. Sarnia-Lambton residents have a safe and regulated water supply so it’s “hard to justify” bottled water, Ranade replied.

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Province proposes open hunt on fish-eating cormorants

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arnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey says he wants to hear what the public has to say before he supports a proposal to allow the legal hunting of double-crested cormorants. The Ford government has opened public consultations on allowing a nine-month hunting season on the fish-eating birds, which are often seen on Sarnia’s waterfront. It would reclassify cormorants as a “game bird” and allow hunters with an outdoors card and small game licence to shoot up to 50 a day, with no possession limit. Another provision, if approved, would allows hunters to “spoil” the birds, leaving them to rot where they are shot, something not permitted with other game birds.

Bailey said the proposed changes goes far beyond the private members bill he tabled in 2016, which would have declassified cormorants as a protected species under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. That bill, which received second reading but didn’t pass, drew harsh criticism from environmental groups who argued it would lead to a wholesale slaughter. Bailey said there is merit to controlling cormorants because many local anglers regard them as a threat to fish populations. “They do cause a real problem,” he said. “The people I’ve heard from talk about the environmental damage… their excrement is so acidic it kills the trees, kills the vegetation.” Double-crested cormorants are a native migratory bird about the size of a small goose. They

ONTARIO IS PROPOSING cormorants be reclassified as "game birds" and allow hunters to shoot up to 50 a day. RONNY D’HAENE, Special to The Journal

nest on the Great Lakes, winter in the southern U.S. and feed exclusively on fish. AnnaMaria Valastro of the Peaceful Parks Coalition, who opposed Bailey’s bill in 2016, called the new proposal deliberately cruel. “We oppose the proposed open season on double-crested cormorants because it is politHenry Plater

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the new jobs are welcome, as is the continuing revenue that a host community receives in Ontario from gaming facilities. Point Edward, with a population of 2,047, receives 4.25% of slots revenue and 4% from the tables. In 18 years that has meant $44.1 million for the municipality, paying for capital projects, new roads and the village’s enviable park system. A new $700,000 fire truck is due to be delivered in 2019. Casino revenue has kept property taxes down as well, Hand pointed out. “We also want to share our good fortune with the greater commu-

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From drill hall to theatre, the old Armouries building saw it all PHIL L ike many old-time Sarnians, I have a clear recollection of some of the city’s long-lost buildings. These include the old bell-tower post office on the site of the current Federal Building, where I would travel every Saturday morning with my father to pick up the mail. The old City Hall on Christina Street housed the police station in its basement. The old George Street Waterworks building was right on the waterfront. In the early 1960s, it became HMCS Repulse – the land-based headquarters of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. But by far the most mysterious to my young eyes was the old armoury building on the west side of Christina Street, about where our current City Hall stands. As the 19th century was becoming the 20th recreational activities for boys in town were largely limited to sports – organized and otherwise. A man named Thomas W. Nisbet, manager of the Canadian Bank of Commerce and husband of historian Charlotte Vidal Nisbet, decided to form the first Boy’s Brigade in Sarnia. Established as a combination drill hall and recreational facility, it was modelled on the British Boys’ Brigades, which

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sought to instil discipline, provide a site for recreation and foster Christian teaching in young men. The building that would become the armoury was built as the Boys’ Brigade Hall in 1893. Many of the boys who grew up in the Boys’ Brigade would become the business and professional leaders of Sarnia by the 1920s. It was at the Boys’ Brigade Hall that basketball was first introduced to Sarnia, as well as table tennis and badminton. At election time, the venue was the scene of spirited political rallies. Nisbet died in 1915 and his estate sold the property to Thomas H. Cook, a prominent realtor and insurance broker. Cook operated the hall as the “Grand Theatre” and films, known to patrons as “the flickers,” were shown there in the 1920s. The hall was also home to the city’s most anticipated social event – the annual Bachelors’ Ball. In 1927, the Department of National Defence purchased the building as the new home of the

THE ARMOURIES BUILDING was built in 1893 as the Boys' Brigade Hall. It later became the Victoria Theatre and was purchased for use as the armoury in the 1930s. It was torn down shortly after this photo was taken to make way for the current City Hall. Photograph courtesy of the Lambton County Archives, Wyoming. Holland Paisley Collection, H112-028

Lambton Regiment. Once more, the facility rang to the sound of marching boots. It would later serve as a base for infantry, artillery, militia mobilization and

recruiting centre. The final tenants were the 7th field regiment of the RCA and the 11thy field regiment of engineers.

As the old building fell victim to old age and the battle to preserve it was lost, the doomed armoury was torn down to make way for the new City Hall.

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et me begin by saying that, at one time, I was the star centre of the Paterson Memorial boys’ basketball team. Of course, it must also be said I was the only centre on that team. It wasn’t that I could leap high. I couldn’t. My other hobbies were Saturday double features at the Park Theatre and carbohydrates. But I was tall for my age. And I did possess two indisputable talents – tipping jump balls and swishing underhanded between-the-knees foul shots. Alas, neither of these rather

specialized and dated skills readily transferred to other walks of life. My teammates had their own individual Bob Boulton gifts. One of them, DR, could really dribble. Couldn’t score. I don’t remember him ever scoring. But dribble, yes. Another one, LC, could stand at centre court, back to the basket, throw the ball behind him over his head, and sink it. I remember them and a few of the others, but mainly I remember our coach, Mr. M. As we knelt around him

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with our roughhouse laughing energy, he would launch every practice session with: “Boys, this is a basketball.” From the greenhorns to the veterans, from the shaky to the smug, from the undeveloped to the proficient, his introduction was all-inclusive. He looked for what was unique and best in each of us and left no one behind. The truth is, we weren’t a very good basketball team. A couple of times we played a squad from Port Huron and got clobbered. But we were never humiliated because Mr. M. never let that happen. I don’t remember leaving the team. I think I just kind of

drifted away, without a goodbye or a thank you. Looking back, I wonder, ‘Why would Mr. M. or anyone give up two hours every Monday night to teach a team of marginally talented boys?” I couldn’t then and can’t now get inside his head. But I do know he was a good coach. Later, when my job included helping groups and companies learn new skills, I often thought of Mr. M and would start off each session with the corporate equivalent of “This is a basketball,” so we all started together. Mr. M. taught me that, to some extent at least, we are here for each other, even in this most competitive of worlds.

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Two lines from an old poem written by a Mr. or Ms. Unknown, expressed it this way: Rivers don’t drink their own water ... Sun doesn’t give heat for itself So, here finally and too late for him to hear, is something he never asked for: “Thank you Mr. M.” And if anyone wants to know, even now, how to throw an underhanded between-the-knees foul shot, I’m your man. Bob Boulton is a Sarnia writer and the creator of a blog for new and renewing writers, bobswritefromthestart.blogspot. com

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Sir: I would have to disagree with the statement in Christopher Ralph’s guest column of Nov. 29 that "French-language services are cheap and do not affect our (colossal) budget deficit in any meaningful way." A study done by the Fraser institute in 2012 calculated the cost at $2.4 billion a year: $1.5 billion federally and $870 million by the provinces. Care to venture a guess at which province spent

the least on bilingual services? Quebec at $7 per English-speaking person, compared to Ontario at $52 per each Francophone. I lived and worked in Ottawa for several years as a civil servant

and witnessed first hand how Official Bilingualism costs the Canadian taxpayer a ridiculous amount of money, and how English-speaking Canadians are being deprived the right to work or get promoted within the federal public service. There are many parts of Ontario and Canada where the French language is virtually nonexistent, yet full bilingual service must be provided. Translation services

alone cost us hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Who reads them? As far as Mr. Ralphs comment that the French settled Sarnia, it’s ridiculous. I agree the French explorer LaSalle arrived in the area in 1679, but as far as settlers go, Sarnia was mainly settled by Scottish and English immigrants. In the 2011 census, 87.92% of Sarnians identified English as their mother tongue,

City man grateful for military sacrifice

Sir: This Remembrance Day made me aware of how much I have to thank all of the soldiers and their families who sacrificed their lives to liberate Germany from the Nazi regime.

I was nine-years-old in 1945, and had the war continued I most likely would have had to go to war and be killed. So again, a huge Thank You to all the Allies. I was

able to come to our beautiful country Canada 62 years ago and become a proud Canadian.

Sir: I grew up in a home where the Christmas season was a little different. My mother came from strong Newfoundland and English stock while my father was Jewish and could trace his roots back to Minsk, Russia. One day we might have a Jiggs dinner (corn beef and cabbage) and the next day Blintzes (crepes stuffed with cottage cheese, cinnamon and sugar). The cookie jar would be filled with thick molasses cookies, but in the pantry there was always a huge jar of kosher dill pickles made by Bubbe, my Jewish Grand-

mother. A week before Christmas we all went to the tree lot and picked out our tree, usually pine or spruce. We brought it home and stood it in the corner. My dad always drove a nail in the wall and tied it to the wall much to the dismay of my mother. But his job every year was to place the angel on the top of the tree. However, one year he threw the tree out after Christmas and forgot to remove the angel. I don't think my mother ever quite

forgave him for that. On Christmas Day, after we opened our presents we sat down for our big dinner, put on our funny paper hats, and thanked God for the bounty on our table. Some would say we had the works - turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, creamed turnip and carrots. But the first thing you heard was "Pass the bagels, please." To all, a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas

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Sir: A Grinch stole one of our Christmas light displays from our front lawn last week. I am hoping that he or she needed it more than we did and they were not stealing it to sell for drug money. If they stole it to sell

for groceries, I would have preferred they knock on our door. I would have given them groceries to help out. Christmas decorations and lights are our way of celebrating our Lord and Saviour’s birth.

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Sir: Do anti-fluoride groups read any scientific papers indicating the benefit of fluoride? Tooth decay, also known as dental caries or cavities, is a breakdown of teeth due to acids made by bacteria. Under cariogenic conditions, carbohydrates are converted to acids by bacteria in the plaque biofilm. When the pH drops below Journal LOCAL EVENTS

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Sir: I would like to add my thoughts to Caleb Mackinnon’s Nov. 15 letter, “Better use of idle land could help build sustainable Community.” I have had similar thoughts regarding better use of open space in Sarnia, but would like to narrow the focus to vacant land and open spaces controlled by the school boards around most of our schools in Sarnia. The news, both local and regional, has stories about “before school breakfast programs” and “lunches for learning” programs. Why not take some of the vacant land at school locations and dedicate it to the production

of vegetables and produce that could be eaten at those schools, or better yet, sold to the citizenry surrounding those schools? This program would create character-building activities for students. One unfortunate effect of populations shifting from rural to urban settings is children and parents get further and further away from primary food production. By having “mini-farms” at schools, students would get a preliminary education in agriculture. Another advantage would be showing students there is nothing wrong with working toward something if there is a need. Life can be hard and

seemingly unjust at times. If one is able, it makes sense to ease the burden of your family or a community member. Self-reliance is a wonderful characteristic to see developed in children of all ages. When they plan and sell their produce, many life lessons will be afforded them. Carried out correctly, this could be a legacy for our students and our community. What we need is effort from students, schools, parents and local citizens who believe hard work teaches valuable life lessons.

Sir: City council should approve cannabis retail stores! Just think in terms of another government-controlled drug – alcohol. We have The Beer Store and LCBO where adults can

make purchases, so let's compare the situation. No stores ="dry county" = bootleggers = drug dealers. Only people with a credit card and a computer can order cannabis (alcohol). Someone wants to order a

bottle of wine for a holiday meal but has to wait for it to come in the mail (postal strike). It is finally delivered but it is stolen from their mailbox. Grinch! I think having a cannabis store would help deter crime, hard drug use, alcoholism, and violence. Also, think of the tourist dollars the area will miss out on if we don’t have a cannabis store. Open a store in time for the holidays and have a Happy New Year. Cheers,

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ore than 100 local francophones and supporters protested Premier Doug Ford's decision to cut French-language services with a peaceful rally Saturday. Those gathered outside the office of Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey are upset by Ontario’s decision to eliminate a planned French-language university and the independent office of the French-language commissioner. “The francophone community is quite angry about it,” said Meghan RealeSmith, a spokesperson for Centre communautaire francophone Sarnia-Lambton, which

organized the event. “Not only is it our community here that’s angry, but the students themselves are angry because they see this as a big hit to their future.” The cuts were unveiled as part of the Conservative government’s fiscal review on Thursday, Nov. 23, which has been dubbed ‘Jeudi Noir’ (Black Thursday) by Franco-Ontarians. Faced with a growing backlash, the government has reversed its decision to axe the Ministry of Francophones Affairs and the French-language commissioner, instead putting the position under the ombudsman. But the partial backdown hasn’t stopped protests from occurring across the province. The rally at Bailey’s Point Ed-

ward office followed one last week by students at École Les Rapides elementary school. “We have four great French-speaking schools here and a number of French immersion programs here. So there’s a lot of parents of kids who themselves don’t speak French, but they’re raising Franco-Ontarians,” RealeSmith said. “(Bob Bailey) really needs to push back with Premier Ford, that this is something that his constituents are very much against.” There are about 622,000 francophones in Ontario, the largest French-speaking population in Canada outside of Quebec. About the same number of mother tongue anglophones live in Quebec.

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arnia’s long anticipated sale of the Bayside Mall lands to Seasons Retirement Communities did not close as scheduled on Nov. 29. The $1 million sale was conditional on Seasons and Lambton County reaching agreement on a lease for county offices.

Although progress was made on the terms of the lease, and the deadline extended twice, a deal wasn’t reached and the sale agreement has expired, City Solicitor Scott McEachran said. The company and county staff continue to work on the lease and will advise when it’s

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here’s not much Jen Brace likes better than a Christmas concert in a cozy venue. But harmonizing with her friend Missy Burgess makes it even better, she says. Between them, the two local singers have a lot of performing experience. Brace has played and recorded with multiple bands in Sarnia over the past 20 years. Burgess was part of the Ottawa music scene and has recorded three albums. Four years ago, Burgess moved to Sarnia to be closer to family and immediately sought like-minded spirits. One of them is Brace, who Burgess met during a Friday night jam session at a coffee hangout on Cameron Street called Thanks A Latte. The two quickly discovered how well their voices blend. “I fell in love with JEN BRACE, LEFT, and Missy Burgess at Thanks A Latte, her and her voice,” says where they first met at a Friday night jam. Burgess. “Jen has a bright, CATHY DOBSON The Journal clear voice with such

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her late brother, tenor Michael Burgess, at a fundraising concert in Toronto. “Singing with Michael was always such a treat,” she said. Traditional tunes on tap this year include Silent Night and Mary’s Boy Child. Brace is performing Gordon Lightfoot’s Song for a Winters Night and The River by Joni Mitchell. Burgess will sing Randy Newman’s song I Think it’s Going to Rain and Keith Glass’ Let There Be Peace. Together they plan to do Tom Waite’s Hold On, dedicated to everyone who struggles at Christmastime. “This isn’t your average Christmas concert,” said Burgess. “This is our third one. We are very proud of it and how it keeps improving every year.” Burgess is a board member at The Lawrence House and co-founded the centre’s popular Open Stage held the second

and third Mondays of the month. “I’m surprised how well it took off,” Burgess said. “We’re hearing a lot more original work than I anticipated.” She also started a new Writers’ Block series once a month at The Lawrence House, where writers read their material and get feedback. The next Writers’ Block is Dec. 30. Brace is keeping a busy schedule too and has a gig at the Refined Fool’s Empty Spaces Christmas Show Dec. 27 with Pimple Zoo, a cover band for Guided By Voices. She’s playing drums at that one. IF YOU GO: WHAT: Christmas House Concert at The Lawrence House WHEN: Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. WHERE: The Turret Room TICKETS: $10 online (http://www.lawrencehouse.ca/house-concerts. html)or at the Lawrence House, 127 Christina St. South.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6 Memorial Service A Christmas special service to remember and honour the lives of lost loved ones, at Bethel Church, 1565 London Line, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Contact office by Dec. 3 to get free Christmas ornament in honour of loved one. For more, call 519-542-7731 Knitting Group Knit hats and mittens to place on the West Lambton Community Health Centre’s Christmas tree, to give to those

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What’s Happening Compassion Fatigue A session to learn the signs and symptoms of burnout and toll it takes on your health, whether caring for others in your personal or professional life. 153 Christina St. S., 110 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com Nativity Walk View over 300 nativity sets from different countries, accompanied by Christmas music. First Christian Reformed Church, 1106 Exmouth St., 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No entrance fee, free refreshments, accessible building. For more, call 519-336-8808 Vendor Sale Harmony for Youth sale and show includes local trades, crafts, food, and more. Bayside Mall, 150 Christina St. N., 4

Stress Management Rapids Family Health Team offering a free stress management workshop. 1150 Pontiac Dr., 9:30 a.m. Must pre-register by calling 519-339-8949 Live Music Live music dedicated to Canadian rock with Big Highway, featuring an art exhibit and sale by Bill Walters. Cheeky Monkey, 130 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call 519332-0978 Senior’s Social Time Meet new friends and learn about other free programs and services available at West Lambton Community Health Centre. 429 Exmouth St., 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Monthly, every first Friday. Free. No registration required. For more, call 519-344-3017 Lawrence House The Lawrence House continues “Wrap it Up and Put a Bow on it” with Colin Graf on classical guitar from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Phyllis Humby as featured author. Complimentary gift

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wrapping in the Turret Room for purchases made downtown during that evening. 127 Christina St. S. For more, call 519-337-0507 SATURDAY, DEC. 8 Poultry Show Sarnia Poultry & Pigeon Club holding a Poultry Show at DeGroot’s Nurseries, 1840 London Line, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission, donations welcome. For more, contact Gary at 519-336-5535 or garyhelmet@ yahoo.ca, or visit the “Sarnia Poultry Pigeon and Pet Stock Association” Facebook page Fun Runs The Sarnia Roadrunners present 1, 3 and 5 km Fun Runs beginning at the start of Terry’s Loop in Canatara Park, 10 a.m. Bring a donation or canned goods for food bank. All runners and walkers welcome. For more, email sarniaroadrunners@gmail.com Hiking The Lambton Outdoor Club is hiking in the evening around Centennial Park to enjoy the Christmas Lights. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub. org Christmas Bazaar St. George’s Ukrainian Catholic Church Christmas Bazaar featuring perogies, cabbage rolls, baking and more. 1055 Rosedale Ave., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, call 519-542-9903

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What’s Happening tian Reformed Church, 1105 Exmouth St., 6:30 p.m. Free admission, everyone welcome. For more, call Bert at 519-3127727 TUESDAY, DEC. 11 Hike The Lambton Outdoor Club is going for an easy walk along the Suncor Nature Way. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub. org Genealogy The Lambton County Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society hold its Christmas Gathering at the LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd., 7:30 p.m. Free & open to public. Call 519-383-0468 or email jdlk@bell.net WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12 Free cooking class Rapids Family Health Team offering a free cooking class “Healthy Holiday Baking”. 437 Colborne Dr., Corunna, 10 a.m. Must pre-register by calling 519339-8949

tion of traditional and modern Christmas songs. Lawrence House, 127 Christina St. S., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the Lawrence House, www.lawrencehouse.ca, or by calling 519-337-0507

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How to time holiday shopping just right

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If budget is a big concern, shoppers should grab items that are on sale whenever they are available. That can mean shopping at any time of the year. People can try making a master shopping list early in the year and saving it on their

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Those who get a thrill from tackling their entire shopping list in one haul can still do that. Shopping in this manner can help shoppers focus on the task at hand and reduce the likelihood of wasting time. But keep in mind that, according to a survey conducted by Business Wire, 65 percent of holiday shoppers scramble to complete their purchases in the last two weeks before Christmas, so shoppers who delay may be stuck in long lines at the mall.

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Great last-minute gift ideas especially now that so many readers use e-readers. But books can be an ideal gift and especially convenient for last-minute shoppers, who can even gift e-books. For example, Amazon, which has thousands of e-books in its online library, makes it easy for shoppers to gift e-books to Kindle users, who will simply receive an email on Christmas morning informing them that their books are ready to be downloaded to their devices.

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radition is a hallmark of the holiday season. Religious services, family gatherings and trips to see Santa Claus are just a few of the many traditions people adhere to during the holiday season. Many holiday shoppers also adhere to the time-honored tradition of last-minute shopping. The perfect gift can sometimes

prove elusive, especially as the sand in the holiday hour glass keeps dwindling. These last-minute gift ideas may be just what shoppers need to put smiles on the faces of their loved ones this holiday season.

Books:

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A 2017 survey by the global research firm NPD Group found that roughly 40 percent of holiday shoppers planned to give experiences as gifts last year. Experience gifts open up a host of possibilities for last-minute shoppers stuck on what to give those loved ones who seemingly have it all.

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Streaming service subscriptions:

or yearlong subscription likely won’t break shoppers’ budgets and will provide months of entertainment to loved ones. Last-minute holiday shopping is easier than ever, especially for shoppers willing to think outside the box.

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he holidays are the perfect time to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them, whether it’s by spending quality time together or giving them a thoughtful gift — or both! If you’d like to treat your friends and family to something truly one-ofa-kind this year, look no further than your talented local artists and artisans.

Markets and shops In the weeks leading up to Christmas, you’re sure to come across a variety of special events, like holiday markets, pop-up shops and craft fairs, where handmade gift ideas abound. From one stand to the next, you’ll have the opportunity to meet all sorts of creative types who infuse passion and talent into each of their works. As you browse these vibrant, friendly places where the atmosphere is charged with holiday

magic, you’re sure to find the perfect present for your favourite aunt, your beloved nephew, your better half or your daughter’s hockey coach. Here are a few ideas to get you inspired: • Jewellery (bracelets, rings, earrings, necklaces) • Linens for the home (tablecloths, place mats, dish towels) • Decorative accessories (masks, mobiles, sculptures) • Bath and body products (hand creams, bath bombs, soaps) • Tableware (plates, cups, salad bowls, wine glasses) • Clothing and fashion accessories (scarves, handbags, pyjamas, hats) • Works of art (paintings, photo prints, engravings) Inform yourself of the various artisan-focused events planned near you over the holidays, and be sure to save the dates. Happy hunting!

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hanks to families being more spread out than ever before, today’s holiday shoppers must figure out ways to get holiday gifts to their destination on time. The holiday season tends to be the busiest time of year for many delivery services. The following tips should help shoppers ensure their loved ones’ gifts arrive on time.

Ship directly.

Adobe Analytics reported that online shopping hit a record high of $108.2 billion in the 2017 holiday shopping season, and all indicators suggest online shopping will only increase in the years to come. Holiday shoppers who want to ensure their loved ones will receive their gifts on time can rely on online shopping. When checking out, have gifts shipped directly to loved ones’ homes. Many online retailers will even wrap gifts for a nominal fee.

Research shipping options.

In 2018, Christmas falls on a Tuesday. Shoppers who plan to rely on two-

day or overnight shipping should keep that in mind. Some delivery services may be open throughout the weekend before Christmas, while others may only be open on Saturday. Last-minute shoppers, whether they’re shopping online or in-person, should confirm their shipping options well in advance of Christmas. Because Christmas is on a Tuesday this year, getting gifts to their destination on time may require shoppers to purchase and ship them earlier than they otherwise might.

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Consumer Reports notes that UPS and FedEx shipments automatically come with declared-value coverage of up to $100. (Note: Declared value is the carrier’s maximum liability.) Purchasing additional insurance can ease shoppers’ concerns about lost or stolen packages. Just be sure to keep all invoices and receipts in case claims must be filed. Shoppers also should ask for tracking numbers on all packages so they can confirm when packages are

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Many delivery services now have off-site drop-off boxes that can make it easy to send gifts. This is a convenient service, but shoppers who use them won’t be able to have a company employee provide in-person confirmation that their packages are secured to company standards. Poorly packaged items may never be shipped. Visit the shipping company’s website for packaging guidelines, and include a business card and duplicate label inside the package just in case it is damaged after being dropped off.

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Three reasons to buy local for the holidays

ou’ve finally finished drawing up your Christmas gift list and you’re sure it’s going to make all your loved ones happy. You also have to keep working on that endless shopping list for the various holiday gatherings you have to prepare for. But wait; don’t jump into your car just yet. Have you thought about shopping locally? It’s a surefire way to make even more people happy. Not convinced? Here are three good reasons to buy local.

1. Pamper your taste buds

Nothing beats buying locally if you want to serve your guests the ultimate in delicious food. Locally-sourced food products are fresher, more nutritious and tastier. And they aren’t as likely to be treated with preservatives to make

them last longer or stay fresher looking. Vegetables, cheeses, meats, beers and wines are just a few examples of things you can buy locally during the holiday season. They’ll help you make your holiday meals even more delicious than usual. And how about buying local foods as gifts for your favourite foodies? It’s a great idea that will give you the opportunity to make some beautiful and delicious discoveries.

become more dynamic. That’s because when you spend your money close to home, you’re helping the local economy grow and open up more jobs for the people you know. Promoting economic activity in your region also helps improve the quality of life for workers. You’re encouraging local producers, entrepreneurs and merchants when you do your holiday shopping at the neighbourhood clothing store or at the artisanal butcher shop. You’re strengthening the trust between producers and consumers and bolstering your sense of belonging to

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Warm up with a classic hot toddy this holiday season

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trees. Other sources say the hot toddy was created by Dr. Robert Bentley Todd, an Irish physician who prescribed a drink made of brandy, white cinnamon, sugar syrup, and water. The drink was dubbed the “hot toddy.” Hot drinks embellished with alcohol were long used for medicinal purposes. While alcoholic beverages are no longer used as medicine, hot toddies can still chase away a

can be a versatile drink used to keep guests comfortable and cheerful. This warm libation is soothing and savory, mixing citrus, honey and spices, which each have their various health benefits.

chill. “Grog” is another name given to hot alcoholic drinks, or any drink in which unmeasured amounts of spirits are mixed with other ingredients. Grog may also refer to a water-and-rum mixture that sea merchants once drank. The water kept the merchants hydrated, while the rum prevented the water from spoiling during voyages. The classic hot toddy

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COMMENCING January 2019, office hours will be reduced to Wednesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and at other times by special appointment. Same phone, fax and email addresses: Telephone: (519) 336-2253 Fax: (519) 336-5870 Email: litigation@elliottgardiner.ca – (Litigation & Criminal) kwaters@elliottgardiner.ca - (Wills & Estates) LAURIE GARDINER is leaving private practice November 30, 2018 having accepted a staff lawyer position with Legal Aid Ontario.

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Lives Lived

Death Notices

Resurrection Cemetery & Crematorium Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery

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Recent Passings Up To November 30, 2018

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

An invitation...

Memorial Candlelight Service In memory of deceased family and friends

In living memory of a dear husband who passed away May 17, 2011.

• Arthurs, Frederick Andrew

Age: 77 / Date of Passing: Nov-24-18 Smith Funeral Home

Thurs., December 13 at 5:30 pm

I think about you always, I talk about you too, I have so many memories, I wish I still had you. Always in my heart, always remembered by wife Mary.

• Badgley, Alma

Date of Passing: Nov-24-18 McCormack Funeral Home

• Callum, Bruce Hodgins

In the Chapel of Resurrection Mausoleum

Fr. Matthew Sobierajski Rev. Merv Wilson

Age: 85 / Date of Passing: Nov-27-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

Seating Available, Everyone Welcome

• Campbell, Rhoda Mae Frances

Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank

Age: 85 / Date of Passing: Nov-28-18 Smith Funeral Home

Wayne Kenneth McLachlan

• Campbell, Richard Leon

Age: 86 / Date of Passing: Nov-26-18 Smith Funeral Home

We often lay awake at night, When the world is fast asleep. And take a walk down memory lane, With a tear upon our cheeks. The Years we had with you, Are worth their weight in gold. The Joy and laughter you gave, Are ours to have and to hold. Remembering you is easy, We do it every day. But missing you is a heartache, That never goes away. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain. To walk with us throughout our life, Until we meet again.

• Cruchley, E. John

Date of Passing: Nov-27-18 Smith Funeral Home

Cheryl Parry (Fogel)

• Forrest, Mary Elizabeth

Age: 83 / Date of Passing: Nov-24-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

Sept. 17th, 1963 - Dec. 6th, 2015

• Free, Sylvia Elizabeth

There’s always a face before me, a voice I would love to hear, a smile I will always remember of my so loved sister.

Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Gagliardi, Ines Teresa

Missed always, never forgotten, Love Joy, Al, Hilary and Zan

Age: 87 / Date of Passing: Nov-26-18 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

• Hill, Robert

Age: 66 / Date of Passing: Nov-26-18 Smith Funeral Home

1946-2016

Missing you every day. Love, Judy and Family

Cheryl Parry (Fogel)

• Hulme, Mary Linda

Age: 65 / Date of Passing: Nov-27-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• Longley, Gary

Age: 64 / Date of Passing: Nov-25-18 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

• Norris, Nora Gale

Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 Smith Funeral Home

In loving memory of our precious daughter Sept. 17, 1963 - Dec. 6th, 2015 It’s been 3 years since you left us with broken hearts. There’s no words for the sadness we feel, and time doesn’t change a thing. You’re kept in our hearts Chegs. Every day is filled with enough happy memories of you to last forever. We treasure them all, and we remember the sad times you had. We’ve got you in our hearts forever and will meet again. You’ll never be forgotten Chegs.

• Oostenbrink, Robert

Age: 83 / Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Patterson, Ralph Harold Date of Passing: Nov-24-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Rose, Stephen Andrew

Age: 39 / Date of Passing: Nov-26-18 D.J. Robb Funeral Home

• Stratychuk, Mark

Age: 85 / Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Thompson, Audrey Jean

Forever loved, Mum, Dad and your loving sons Keyan and Liam.

Age: 80 / Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 Smith Funeral Home

• Whitehead, Mary Paule Angele

Robert Reginald Shaw

Age: 72 / Date of Passing: Nov-29-18 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

• Wist, Ingeborg

Age: 94 / Date of Passing: Nov-30-18 McKenzie & Blundy Funeral Home

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entered into the presence of his lord 10 years ago on Dec. 7, 2008

Dearly missed by his loving wife Etna of over 60 years and his children Margaret, Robert and Donald and their families. “Bob” was raised in Wallaceburg and enjoyed sports, the Kiltie Band and was inducted into Wallaceburg “Hall of Fame” in recognition of the 1939 W.O.S.S.A Rugby teams success. Bob Shaw served in WW 2 on the Frigate HMCS Antigonish then returning home worked for Canada Post, then Canada Customs in Sarnia which lead to a 35 year career with Canada Immigration. Bob was a mason and member of Royal Canadian Legion, but his greatest accomplishment was his loving family. (We know you had to move onward but we think of you each and ever day.)

Thank you for our memories.


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Community Anniversary Dance

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Sports

Sting respond to hazing allegations

T

TROY SHANTZ THE JOURNAL

he Sarnia Sting hockey club has “zero tolerance” for hazing and bullying, its president says. In a statement sent to The Journal, Bill Abercrombie said policies and programs are in place to ensure all players are treated professionally. Abercrombie was re-

sponding to abuse allegations levelled by former Sting forward Daniel Carcillo, who described extensive physical and emotional abuse he and other rookies experienced during the 2002-03 season in Sarnia. Carcillo said rookies were regularly beaten with a sawed-off goalie stick and at one point were forced into the bathroom stall of a charter bus naked while senior players spat at them

through the vents. Within days, three other former Sting players confirmed Carcillo’s allegations and shared their own detailed stories of abuse. CHL commissioner David Branch told the CBC the allegations shared by Carcillo and others were “sickening.” "We had failed Dan and the other players involved in my view, and it's shocking. You know, I don't know how else to put it," he

Vikings rule

said. The full statement from the Sarnia Sting: “The Sarnia Sting Hockey Club has zero tolerance towards any form of hazing/ bullying and will not stand for or condone that type of behavior within our organizations. “We currently have policy and programming in place to ensure such actions do not occur and pride ourselves of the professional level of treatment our players receive as part of our program. ­— Bill Abercrombie, President Sarnia Sting Hockey Club

Andrew Davies to represent Canada

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arnia’s Andrew Davies will represent Canada at two international cross country meets next year. The Northern Collegiate grad will join the 24-member roster after finishing 8th in the U20 category at the Canadian Cross Country championships in Kingston last week. Davies will compete at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in Trinidad and Tobago on Feb. 16, and at the

2019 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Denmark on March 30. Representing the Windsor Legion Track & Field club, Davies competed against a field of 104 runners at the nationals. Sarnia runners Caroline Forbes and Shawn Master also competed at the Nov. 24 meet, finishing 29th and 46th in their respective categories.

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Local kickboxer a provincial champion at the age of 10 TROY SHANTZ THE JOURNAL

W

hen Kylee Somerville’s parents asked if she wanted to try kickboxing three years ago, she was confused. “She said, ‘What’s kickboxing? You kick a box?” father Jesse Somerville recalled with a laugh. Today, the 10-yearold is dominating her weight class and last

month won a provincial championship, defeating an Oshawa fighter on points in a three-round bout. She is 3-0 in her first year of competition. “It was scary at the start, and then when you got into the ring, when people are like, cheering for you, you couldn’t really hear anything. It was really cool,” said Somerville, catching her breath between drills at her home gym, Corunna Training Academy. “It felt like people we

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were under water and all you could hear was your coach.” Coach Craig McDonald said Kylee’s strengths are speed and focus. She takes direction well and maintains her calm during matches, he said. It’s her spectating KYLEE SOMERVILLE IS a 10-year-old parents provincial kickboxing champion. who need TROY SHANTZ The Journal

TROY SHANTZ The Journal

to work on staying calm, Kylee said. “When I watched the video they were shaking,” she said, to which her father sheepishly agreed. “It is fun to watch — after,” he said. McDonald said knockouts aren’t seen in bouts involving young fighters like Kylee. Speed and mobility are taught over brute force, and only as fighters mature are power and strength added, he said. “She has really good movement for a girl her age. It’s actually a lot harder to try and hit fast and a lot, and not hit hard. It’s kind of a talent in itself.”

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