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Sarnians to use paper bags for their leaves – for now

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tarting July 1, Sarnians will be required to use paper bags to collect yard waste for composting —for the rest of this year, anyway. City council agreed last week to temporarily ban the use of plastic leaf bags following four months of public debate and a convoluted series of votes. “It’s obvious to me that this issue matters to the community,” said Mayor Mike Bradley, who favours plastic bags for the millions of kilograms of leaves collected and sent to the city’s composting site each year. Council had agreed in April to ban plastic permanently and switch to paper bags, a move expected to save $254,000 annually. But residents responded with an almost unprecedented number of phone calls and emails. Mayor Bradley said 80% to 90% of the feedback favoured the continued use of plastic bags for yard waste. But Coun. Brian White said most emails he saw supported paper. Even those who can’t vote weighed in, White noted at

SARNIA MAYOR MIKE Bradley discusses options with Coun. Nathan Colquhoun during a recess called after council deadlocked in a 4-4 vote on the contentious issue of using plastic bags for curbside leaf collection last week. TROY SHANTZ The Journal

the May 6 council meeting. Twenty-three Grade 3-4 French

Immersion students at Errol Road School sent councillors

hand-written letters supporting the switch to paper for environ-

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participants to an evening of food, drink and networking. Admission is a box of menstrual products for local foodbanks. Then she reached out to the Inn of the Good Shepherd and learned menstrual products are among the most requested items at the food bank, yet rarely donated. “That’s when I said, ‘I’m going to start something,’” Parks said. She posted on Facebook looking for help and responses

poured in. “Everyone wanted to help; it’s come a long way in a short period of time.” Not only has Parks helped launch Sarnia’s first Tampon Tuesday event — slated for May 28 at The Workplace Group — she’s challenging local businesses to collect donations for the Inn. She’s also asked Sarnia city council to follow London’s move and provide free tampons

and pads in public facilities. “I’ve learned so much over the last couple of months,” said Parks. “I’ve never had to think about where the money is going to come from to buy menstrual products, but there’s so many women who have to choose between feeding their family and buying these products.” After Parks made her case to council last week, Coun. Brian White successfully requested a staff report on the cost of pro-

viding free menstrual products. “This is an equity and human rights issue,” White said. The proposal drew a mixed reaction. “The problem I have with all this is, all it talks about is giving away stuff for free,” said Coun. Terry Burrell, who supported the call for a report but stressed concern that, “if things are free, people treat them like they’re free.” Continued on 6

City ponders free menstrual products in public facilities TARA JEFFREY THE JOURNAL

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hen Michelle Parks learned London is preparing to stock free menstrual products in public facilities, the Sarnia woman asked, ‘Why not here?’ She began researching initiatives like Tampon Tuesday — an event launched a decade ago in London that invites

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Council offers LGBTQ+ community political support

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dvocates were jubilant when city council agreed last week to declare June a month of Pride in Sarnia. In a 6-2 vote, council also decided to fly the rainbow flag on the waterfront and illuminate City Hall in rainbow-coloured lights, decisions that brought cheers from many of those in the gallery. The celebration then moved into the lobby.

“I’m very happy and I’m very proud of Sarnia,” said a tearful Tara Kindel, who attended the meeting with wife Stacey Gray. The young couple moved to the city a year ago. “We’re kind of just realizing how divided Sarnia is, but seeing the way we’re going I’m becoming very proud of this community.” But others clearly weren’t happy about Sarnia joining London, Windsor and Chatham in recognizing support for the LGBTQ+ community.

An older couple and the revellers had a verbal exchange in the lobby. “What would happen if we tried to raise the heterosexual flag?” the woman asked, as the man grabbed a reporter’s arm to push a microphone aside. “You raise it every single day,” someone in the crowd replied. Prior to the council vote, eight community delegations spoke, all in support of the concept. Matt Joose, a Lambton Public

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Health promoter, said members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to be victims of violent crime and 14 times more at risk of suicide. “To be gay was shameful, something to deride and something to bully people for,” said Carol Moore, a gay woman who left Sarnia in her 20s but has since returned. “Like many people my age, it took leaving Sarnia to be comfortable enough to come out.” Coun. Terry Burrell voted to support the measures, but said the show of support at City Hall was intimidating to residents who don’t

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n May 6, city councillors approved a group of largely symbolic gestures designed to show support for Sarnia’s LGBTQ community. After hearing from eight speakers, all in support of the Sarnia Pride and Transgender Association, they voted 6-2 to: • Recognize June as Pride month in Sarnia • Fly the pride and transgender flag during June at a non-City Hall location • And, if possible, use City Hall’s exterior light to display the rainbow colours Council also requested a future staff report on the feasibility of erecting five waterfront flagpoles to fly First Nation, municipal and community group flags. Below is a synopsis, in order, of what councillors said and how they voted. Coun. George Vandenberg was absent. Mayor Mike Bradley voted yes but did not comment. BILL DENNIS: Yes He brought forward the resolutions, saying Sarnia needs to catch up to other communities that make all residents feel supported. “I think we can use some reinforcement on our image as a welcoming community,” he said. “A recent media story

indicated that we are rated higher in Ontario for hate crimes. Although this was explained, and corrected by our police chief, that thought is still out there, and that perception.”

BRIAN WHITE: Yes “Make no mistake, (despite) this show of solidarity, division does remain in the community. If we’re afraid of shining a light on that then we have bigger problems. I’ve heard that used as a reason not to fly this flag – that we don’t want to create bigger problems. I’d rather point the light directly in the face of intolerance. These flags are a symbol of inclusion, and that’s our opportunity here as a municipality to promote inclusion.” MARGARET BIRD: No “As a councillor I’m here to represent everyone in the community, not just select groups. Granting this current request would set a precedent, and there are thousands and thousands of groups that would like to come forward if we grant this request. We don’t have the space to do that. We cannot facilitate all of that. If you treat people differently, they will feel different. And it’s important that we treat everyone equally. Issues such as suicide, bullying and harassment are not limited to just one group.”

TARA KINDEL, RIGHT, and Taylon Leduc embrace at City Hall moments after council voted to recognize June as Pride Month in Sarnia. TROY SHANTZ The Journal

NATHAN COLQUHOUN: Yes “In the last few weeks there have been some really simple suggestions made on where we can further show hospitality, this time though, showing it to people who have rarely experienced it throughout history. The LGBTQ+ community has rarely been shown hospitality by our political institutions, whether it be through direct laws that limit their rights, direct

hatred because of their difference, or indirect systemic violence … Raising a flag (is a small gesture) that signals to this community that it is their city too.” DAVE BOUSHY: No “I love everyone, regardless of whether I agree with them or not. I do. I love everyone in this community, including the groups that we talked to. But that doesn’t mean I have to agree with every-

thing, just because I love them, I love all the people, especially here, that I don’t have to agree with what they said and what they did.” MIKE STARK: Yes “I will vote for the motion because it’s the right thing to do.” TERRY BURRELL: Yes “There are two sides to this argument, but only one side felt safe enough to come here. There was

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councillors Nathan Colquhoun and Mike Stark did not support Bird’s push for plastic. With Coun. George Vandenberg absent, the vote to continue using plastic bags was lost in a 4-4 tie. That led to two more votes, one to use paper bags on a trial basis and another to use paper permanently. Both failed, and Mayor Bradley called a 10-minute recess. “I wanted to find a way to move forward and have a clear direction on this,” he said. “The contract starts July 1 and we needed to put an end to the debate.” Colquhoun argued that under the rules or order Bird’s failed motion meant the decision to switch to paper should stand, but Bradley disagreed. Finally, Stark, saying he’s frustrated by council repeatedly rehashing issues, proposed using paper for the rest of the year to see how it goes. That idea passed.

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Continued from 1 White and Bradley did agree, however, that paper bags are a stopgap measure because Ontario is moving toward a green waste diversion program that doesn’t involve paper or plastic bags. Following the decision to ban plastic in April, Coun. Margaret Bird convinced councillors to reconsider and debate it again. Bird argued paper consumes more water and generates more greenhouse gasses during its manufacturing and shipping. And banning plastic will cause job losses, both in the plastics industry and among those hired to debag leaves at the compost site, she said. But Marcotte, the company contracted to collect city yard waste, informed council by letter that finding debagging staff is difficult. What’s more, if the

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city backtracked on its decision it would cost the company an additional $75,000 in new equipment, CEO Tracey Kaplin said. Those two points helped convince Coun. Terry Burrell to change his mind. “I went into the meeting thinking I’d support plastic,” he said. Burrell said he mulches most of his own leaves and considers himself environmentally aware. “But being on council isn’t just what’s good for me,” he said. “We have to think about what people want. This is an issue with a bigger response than most.” Many seniors and residents in the city’s heavily treed north end told him paper bags are expensive and fall apart in wet weather. “Then you have the reality that we make plastic, so it’s not a simple argument in Sarnia, because this is what we do.” Burrell, White and

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Continued from 1 Coun. Margaret Bird was opposed. “I’m sure the Sarnia citizens would rather see their tax dollars going to much more urgent things,” she said. The Inn’s operations manager hopes the city adopts the policy. “It’s the right thing to do,” said Adelle Richards. “When you really think about it, you buy the toilet paper to put in your buildings, which is a necessity of life. “Well, so are menstrual products.” Donations of menstrual products are scarce but the demand is high, she said. The food bank regularly donates to groups like The Hub, the Women’s Interval Home and Bluewater Health, she said. “We get calls saying, ‘We have nothing for these women.’ We do our best to distribute to other

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Hail Caesar! Our national cocktail turns 50 (or maybe 119)

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here’s an old saying that Victory has a thousand fathers while Defeat is an orphan. That may apply to a particularly Canadian icon. On Thursday, May 16, our national drink will mark its 50th birthday on National Caesar Day. With more than one million Caesars downed every day in Canada, it is this country’s favourite cocktail. The drink, Canadian mixologists will tell you, was invented at The Calgary Inn (today the Westin) by a bartender named Walter Chell. The hotel asked Chell to create a new drink to celebrate the opening of the property’s new Italian restaurant, Marco’s. The Montenegro-born Chell was raised by Jesuits in an Italian orphanage before coming

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to Canada. He claimed he was inspired by the clam flavour of “spaghetti vongole,” – one of Chell’s favourite dishes. The drink consisted of 1.5 ounces of vodka, two dashes of hot sauce, three dashes of salt and pepper, and four dashes of Worcestershire sauce, topped by a mixture of tomato juice and clam broth – over time, replaced by mass-manufactured Clamato juice. But regardless of Calgary’s claim, Chell’s concoction was not the first clam-infused vodka cocktail. Far from it. In November of 1953, a similar drink was introduced at Manhattan’s Polonaise nightclub and christened the “Smirn-

off Smiler.” Columnist Walter Winchell wrote about it, increasing its popularity. Tabasco sauce later appeared as an ingredient in 1959 in another duplication of the formula known as the “Gravel Gertie.” Then, in 1962, the “Imperial Clam Digger” appeared at the Baker Hotel in Dallas. It added a garnish of basil and dash of lime to a version of the Smirnoff Smiler called the Clam Digger. Calgary’s claim of inventing the Caesar grew even murkier in 1968, when Seagram (located in Manhattan two blocks from the Polonaise nightclub) and Motts (creator of Motts Clamato juice) attempted to patent the “Clamdigger” cocktail and ran a national campaign to promote it. But the basic concept of a clam cocktail may be

even older. As writer Michael Platt revealed in an article for the Calgary Sun, you can find a recipe for a clam juice cocktail in a 1900 edition of Modern American Drinks. Even Betty Crocker’s 1951 cookbook contains a version. Calgary’s Chell, it seems, added the celery-salt rim, a celery stalk, and the lime wedge. Hmmm. Inventing the Caesar might not be as impressive as Calgary claims. But they deserve credit for one thing – they promoted the drink into a national staple. So, Happy Birthday, Caesar! Whether you’re 50 or 119, Canadians still love you.

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Councillor votes revealed different intercultural styles BRAD MORRISON

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he city council debate and vote on May 6 to support Pride Month opens an important public conversation, one that reveals different approaches to inclusion, diversity, equality, and fairness. At the meeting, every councillor agreed with the principles of equality and fairness, but reached different conclusions about how inclusion and diversity should be put into action. How does such agreement break down into division, not only at city council, but also in the larger Sarnia community? Research into intercultural thinking styles offers a possible answer. How we think about

inclusion influences group decision-making. Business and Brad Morrison industry are increasingly using assessment tools to measure and develop how executives and employees think about inclusion and diversity. One such assessment tool is the Intercultural Development Inventory, or IDI, which helps corporations, schools, and organizations map how employees, students, and volunteers process inclusion and diversity issues. The IDI helps explain how city councillors can agree on the principle of inclusion but disagree so strongly on implementa-

tion. Their vote on recognizing Pride Month is an intercultural issue. There is no singular Sarnia culture. Our community has multiple cultures, and individual Sarnians identify with one or more of these cultures. The IDI assessment tool describes intercultural thinking styles, or competencies, along a continuum. When thinking about culture or groups, whether that be a culture we belong to or not, we can approach this with a monocultural mindset or an intercultural mindset. At one end of the continuum is denial and polarization when thinking about cultural differences. In the middle of the continuum, where most people fit, is min-

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imization. At the more developed end of the continuum is acceptance and adaptation. Intercultural development happens as we mature along this continuum towards acceptance and adaptation. The arguments given by city councillors revealed their various intercultural thinking styles. Some argued we risk harming people if we draw attention to their differences. At best, this argument reflects the minimization monocultural mindset, where differences are to be minimized to achieve fairness. More likely, this statement reflects denial of differences. Intercultural competence explores differences in order to accept and adapt to cultural differ-

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ences. People tend to overestimate their intercultural competence, according to the IDI tool. We think we are accepting of differences, but assessment reveals we tend towards minimization. The calls to treat everyone the same — even the liberal mantra of being inclusive — are strategies to keep the status quo by avoiding wrestling with differences. In my address to city council on May 6th, I observed we often respond to differences — different gender identities and sexual orientations — with fear. I argued that religion and politics can mask this fear and contribute to the oppression of people we see as different. People also tend to

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regress to polarization and denial when they feel threatened. Members of the Sarnia Pride and Transgender Association heard accusations they are scaring people. This claim reflects a polarization mindset — an Us versus Them orientation —triggered by perceived threats to our cultural status quo. We may all agree that inclusion and diversity are core values, but how we think about the pathway to inclusion differs according to intercultural competency. Pride flags and rainbow crosswalks are invitations to learn acceptance and adaptation. Brad Morrison is an ordained minister serving Grace United Church in Sarnia.

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Conservative claims on carbon tax transparently fake

Sir: Do the Conservatives really believe that putting a price on carbon will have no impact on emissions as they claim, or is there something else at play here? It is a fundamental pillar of the study of economics that increasing the price of something decreases demand. Past governments of all stripes have taxed alcohol and tobacco in order to drive down consump-

tion, and I’ve never heard anyone claim those taxes to be ineffective. Paul Romer, co-winner of a Nobel Prize in Economics, recently said on CBC: “The policy is very simple. If you just

commit to a tax on the usage of fuels that directly or indirectly release greenhouse gases, and then you make that tax increase steadily in the future ... people will see that there's a big profit to be made from figuring out ways to supply energy where they can do it without incurring the tax.” With everything suggesting that a collection of carrot and stick

policies, including a carbon tax, offer the best chance of addressing the problem, why have the Conservatives gone so far out on a limb and why do they continue to double down on their position? Their claim that it is just a tax grab and 80% of the population won’t receive more back from the rebate than the tax actually costs them is transparently fake, as anyone with a calculator

can demonstrate. Even many corporations are asking for a carbon tax because it gives them surety and the ability to plan for the future. In 2008, when speaking to the Chamber of Commerce in London, UK, Stephen Harper revealed his plan to cut emissions: "Our plan will effectively establish a price on carbon of $65 a tonne," he said.

The fact that the federal Conservatives have still offered no plan to address the climate crises speaks volumes. Something obviously happened to them between 2008 and now. The best way to reduce emissions didn’t change, but their real goal obviously did. — Peter R Smith Sarnia

Disappointed Conservative’s killed bill Congratulations on awards

Sir: I am writing to express my disappointment in the fact that MPP Bob Bailey and his government defeated the “right to repair” bill, which would have given consumers the ability to

repair their own electronic equipment. No wonder there are no jobs for repairmen and repairwomen. I thought the Conservatives were for creating

opportunities in Ontario, helping people to have jobs, not block them.

Sir: The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in Sarnia brings together people in our community united by the goal of creating a world where no Canadian fears cancer. By taking part in the Relay as a survivor, donor, volunteer and/or fundraising team, you show the people affected by cancer they’re not alone. Last year, more than 12,000 cancer survivors across the country and 125

in Sarnia joined the Relay and took part in the Survivor’s Victory Lap. We invite all cancer survivors in Sarnia-Lambton to participate in the inspirational first lap of Relay For Life Sarnia on June 14 at 6 p.m. at Clearwater Arena Park, 1400 Wellington St. Money raised helps fund groundbreaking research and essential support services Make a difference, and sign up at relayforlife.ca/

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Miss Helen leaves legacy, growing daycare in good hands

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t’s not easy to walk away from a venture that’s been your life’s work, especially when it feels like an extended family. But Helen Mouland has decided it’s time to retire as she celebrates a 74th birthday and significant expansion at Miss Helen’s, the daycare she’s directed for 32 years. In the local day-care industry, Miss Helen’s is a household name and a place where countless little Sarnians spent their early years. “We focus on our families because we feel we are an extension of them,” she says. “Parents have to go to work and it really takes a village.” Miss Helen’s Daycare started in 1987 as a child-care service for the newcomers’ program at the old YMCA on Mitton Street. Years before, Mouland was a registered child-minder in her home in Britain. When she moved to Sarnia, she graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Lambton College and found work immediately. “My career evolved without a plan,” she said, laughing. “The Ministry of Citizenship

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needed someone for its newcomers’ program and I was asked.” She took care of the children of new Canadians learning English as a second language. When the program shifted to a new location that became the Adult Learning Centre on Oakdale Avenue, Mouland “moved my merry band over there.” The nursery school attained non-profit status with a volunteer board of directors. “I wasn’t at one meeting and the board decided to call it Miss Helen’s,” she said. “I said, oh no, that’s too much attention. But it was done. “There was such diversity there and we really got along so well,” she said. “Those were the best years.” Thirteen years later, Miss Helen’s was looking for a new location and found a small space downtown on the ground floor of the Kenwick Place on George Street.

“We were a staff of five and we went out, got new zoning and put up the walls ourselves for a fully licensed daycare centre,” she said. Miss Helen’s Daycare opened in 2000 with two rooms and space for 23 toddlers and preschoolers. A series of expansions followed, with the latest just completed. On May 10, Helen Mouland’s final day, an open house was held to say goodbye and show off the daycare’s new preschool room. Fifteen new spaces have been created, including 10 for toddlers. Miss Helen’s now accommodates 64 children, including six infants, and employs 12. “There are many children we get at just a few months old and we have them for years,” Mouland said. “I’m going to miss this so much. The small children just amaze me. “The amount of development that goes on in the first five years is so impressive, it’s so wonderful to be part of that.” Operating Miss Helen’s has literally been a family affair. Mouland’s daughter Annabel

HELEN MOULAND IS retiring from Miss Helen’s Daycare and passing the supervisory role to her daughter Annabel McAnulty. CATHY DOBSON The Journal

McAnulty has worked with her the past 27 years, and McAnulty is now the new director. But in retirement Mouland will keep a hand in the corpo-

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Downriver boys snag uptown cred at battle of the bands

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t was crazy.” That’s how lead guitarist Kurt Brown describes the moment The Down River Band learned they’d beaten 115 others to win The Bout, a high stakes battle of the bands in Toronto. “We went in thinking we wouldn’t win because most of the other bands were bigger ones from Toronto,” said Brown. “But we wanted it so badly. “So when we won, there was this flood of people around us. The champagne was popping and a cheque for $12,000 was handed to us. “It was a feeling I don’t really think I’ve ever felt before,” he said. The Down River Band (DRB) was formed five years ago by a group of 20-somethings from Corunna, Mooretown, Courtright and Port Lambton. DRB has built a

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MEMBERS OF THE Down River Band the moment they won The Bout. From left are Valley Gilhuly, Connor Elnicki, Ian Mcleay and Kurt Brown. Submitted Photo

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group of local activists wants Sarnia’s political leaders to look at the big picture and declare a climate emergency. Making such a declaration municipally would emphasize that climate change poses a threat to everyone, while encouraging City Hall to make environmentally sustainable decisions, said entrepreneur and educator Leslie Pullen. Pullen and the 10-member group, called Climate Action Sarnia drafted a letter for city council and is gathering

signatures to present along with it. “(It will ask) city councillors, ‘Why can’t we take action? Why are we not part of this dialog? Why can we not create change?’” Pullen said. Twenty-eight Canadian cities have already declared climate emergencies with varying objectives and mandates, including London, Hamilton and Ottawa. They demand more energy-efficient buildings, improved public transit and more local food production. Education campaigns can also be implemented, said Pullen. Since the movement began in Australia in

2016 more than 450 cities representing 40 million people have declared climate emergencies around the world. “This is not some reckless, weird, radical movement,” Pullen said. “People who are aware of these issues finally feel they have a voice. The movement is gathering momentum.” The group is also planning a climate rally at City Hall on May 24, at 4 p.m. Several guest speakers are planned and attendees are encouraged to share ideas and best practices, Pullen said. “I can’t speak for all of Sarnia but I am amazed at the people who are

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rt enthusiasts can relax: the two mosaics mounted on a Canatara washroom and slated for demolition have been saved. City workers safely removed the decorative works last week from the decommissioned structure, located just west of Lake Chipican. Using a masonry saw and some heavy lifting they carefully removed the mosaics, which stayed intact in their original mortar bases. “Whenever they did this, they did it really good. It was hard stuff and it was well built,” said parks supervisor Jim Harkins, who estimated each weighed 150 pounds (68 kg). The mosaics of a striding boy and girl were used to denote the gender of entrances at the brick washrooms. Council recently approved the demolition of the building after a property inspection found it in “critical” condition. The mosaics will sit safely in storage until it’s determined

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nyone who think today’s youth are lazy and undisciplined hasn’t seen this year’s intake at a high school co-op placement run by the Canadian Forces Army Reserve. Nine students were thrust headfirst into basic training at the semester-long program, which takes place daily at the 1st Hussars Sarnia Troop headquarters. In fact, a curious visitor hears the program before seeing it. While officers are supposed to “ease” new recruits into military life, before long any student who lags behind or overlooks a detail faces the wrath of a screaming drill sergeant. “It’s pretty intense right off the hop and it just builds from there,” said Master Corporal Keegan Lester, who oversees the program.

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WHAT: The Sue Spano Memorial Charity Bowling Event WHERE: Marcin Bowl WHEN: May 25, 2 p.m. DETAILS: $25 per person for three games (5 or 10 pin) or $10 cover charge; live music and silent auction. To register or to donate auction items, contact Dawn at 519-328-7988. “She loved to golf, and we wanted her to have one more game with her family before she passed away,” said Cote. All proceeds were donated to St. Joseph’s Hospice. Around the same time, she heard about Jaylyn Eastman,

who’s been battling recurring neuroblastoma — a rare cancer of the sympathetic nerve system — since age three. “I said to my sister, geez, I would love to have a benefit for this little girl too,” Cote recalled. “So Sue said, ‘Maybe next year, you can have one in my memory.’” After Spano died, Cote reached out to Eastman’s mom, Krista Clark, a single mom of four, and told her she’d like to organize an event. “I know it’s expensive — going back and forth for treatment,” said Cote. “Even my sister, as sick as she got, she would hate to see a child have to go through this.” The Sue Spano Memorial Charity Bowling Event will be held May 25 at Mar-

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Essential gear for summertime hiking

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THE SUPPORT OPERATIONS Response Team, a voluntary team that assists local fire department, has received a community citizenship citation from the IODE Sarnia Lambton Municipal Chapter. From left are, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley, Petrolia Fire Chief Jay Arns, IODE chapter president Helen Danby, citizenship officer Leila Boushy, and SORT member Steve McLaughlin. Submitted Photo

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Easy Hike The Lambton Outdoor Club “Easy Hikers” are walking in Centennial Park. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

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Continued from 30 Facts and Chat Learn about the changes to the City of Sarnia’s recycling and leaf collection, starting July 1st. Strangway Centre, 260 East St. N., 10 a.m. Free. Pre-register by calling 519-332-0656 THURSDAY, MAY 23 Biking The Lambton Outdoor Club is riding from Port Huron to St. Clair. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org Professional Engineers The Professional Engineers Ontario, Lambton Chapter, holding a spring membership meeting at the Best Western Guildwood Inn, 1400 Venetian Blvd., 6 p.m. Socializing, finger food buffet, and guest speaker Ed Brost on “Bitumen Beyond Combustion.” RSVP before May 17 at www.lambton. peo.on.ca Celebrity Men The Kidney Foundation of Canada presents its 8th annual Celebrity Men Fashion Event at the Dante Club, 1330 London Rd., 6:30 p.m. Serving hors d’oeuvres. Featuring special guest David Chilton. For tickets, call 519-3443462 or visit www.kidney. ca/celebritymen Habitat Cleanup Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee invites the public to help improve Sarnia’s natural

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What’s Happening areas by removing garlic mustard weeds and spreading wood chips at Canatara Park. 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. At Tarzanland entrance. Bring gloves, shovel, rake, and large pails or wheelbarrow. For more, contact brendalorenz@hotmail.com or brandylfenwick@gmail. com FRIDAY, MAY 24 Roller Skating A night of roller skating at the Clearwater Arena, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.. $7 adults (cash only), $5 under 16 (must wear helmet). Rentals available, inline skates allowed. From more, see “Rollerskating in Sarnia” on Facebook, or call Brad at 519-384-0612 John Pilat Concert Folk-style singer-songwriter John Pilat performs “Songs From a Room” at the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts, 7 p.m. Concert complemented by warm cider and cookies. Tickets $10 and available at the Lawrence House, 127 Christina St. S., For more, www.lawrencehouse.ca, or call 519-3370507 SATURDAY, MAY 25 Paint it Forward The Painted Cat holding a paint party to support

the Relay for Life team, Terri’s Tribe. Village Gardens, 128 East St. N., 6 p.m. Must pre-register. For more, contact Kristen at 519-331-6678

Hike The Lambton Outdoor Club is hiking Komoka Provincial Park. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org Gospel Karaoke At Rack N’ Roll Billiard, free Gospel karaoke. Pizza provided. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 460 Christina St N. For more, call 519-8672520 or email rarobinson04@gmail.com Card Making Create 2 greeting cards at Point Edward Library, 220 Michigan Ave., 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Cost $10. All supplies provided. To reserve a spot, call 519336-3291 Band Reunion Sarnia’s The Galaxys/ Uneven Parallel are reuniting for a night of ‘60s and ‘70s music. No cover charge, bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. Sarnia Legion Hall, 286 Front St. N., doors open 5 p.m. For more, call 519-336-2841 Kids Training Day Bluewater Anglers holds its annual Kids Training Day, 1 Michigan Ave., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will learn basic casting techniques, knot tying, kayak fishing and boating safety. Prizes and refreshments.

Kids can catch a fish from the pond if pre-registered. Recommended ages 6-12. To sign up, contact Jo-Anne Eves at 519-3830873 or r_gary_1217@ outlook.com Yard Sale The IODE. Hon. Malcolm Cameron Chapter. holding its 4th annual yard sale. 559 Lakeshore Rd., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more, contact Grace at gmoorebass@gmail.com or 519-542-5465 SUNDAY, MAY 26

Paddling The Lambton Outdoor Club is paddling the Snye River. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub. org

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Balance & Bone Health Free five-week program facilitated by a registered Occupational Therapist. Designed to gradually improve balance and strength to avoid falls and keep bones healthy. 460 Christina St. N., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays until June 24. To register, call 519-344-3017 ext. 259 or 519-339-8949 Paint it Forward Last day to pre-register for Paint it Forward event. Local artist Cat Cabajar will instruct in creating a portrait of your own pet. June 3rd, Lizards Bar &

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Continued from 31 Easy Hike The Lambton Outdoor Club “Easy Hikers” are walking at Suncor. For more, visit www. lambtonoutdoorclub.org Self-Help Presentation Registered Nurse Bernadette Bailey will discuss the basics of living a well-balanced life using the right tools and essential oils. St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 770 Lakeshore Rd., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more, call 519-5422253 Cribbage Offered Tuesdays at the Point Edward Ex-Serviceman’s Club, 503 Michigan Ave., 12:30 p.m. For more, call 519-337-9822 WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 Slow Spokes The Lambton Outdoor Club “Slow Spokes” are riding the Grand Bend Rotary Trail. For more, visit www.lambtonoutdoorclub.org

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MONDAY, JUNE 3 Talfourd St., 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Snacks, coffee and juice provided. For more, contact Deanna at 519-330-0416 (call or text) or deanna@epilepsyswo.ca FRIDAY, MAY 31 Rayjon Plant Sale Rayjon volunteers selling butterfly-attracting dipladenia plants, $30, to raise funds for charitable work. Three-day sale, DeGroot’s Nurseries, 1840 London Line, Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more, call Dianne at 519-862-1963 SUNDAY, JUNE 2

Habitat Cleanup The Sarnia Environmental Advisory Committee invites the public to help improve Sarnia’s natural areas by cleaning up a prairie garden at the corner of Christina and Davis streets. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring gloves and shovel. For more, contact brendalorenz@hotmail.com or brandylfenwick@gmail.com

Concert Lambton Youth Choir holding a 25th Anniversary Concer, “Celebrate Spring,” at Grace United Church, 990 Cathcart Blvd., 3 p.m. Tickets $10 per person. For advance tickets, contact Mike Nagle at 519-845-1004 or mikenagle00@hotmail.com Gutsy Walk Crohn’s and Colitis Canada holding annual Gutsy Walk at Canatara Park Beach Pavilion. Registrationis at 12 p.m., walk at 1 p.m. Choice of 5-km walk, run or bike. BBQ to follow. To register, visit www.gutsywalk.ca

Epilepsy Support Epilepsy Southwestern Ontario holding a support group meeting for anyone affected by epilepsy at the Sarnia Evangelical Missionary Church, 707

Art Exhibit Gallery in the Grove holding an opening reception for the Circle of Artists group exhibit. 2618 Hamilton Park Rd., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibit runs until June

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22nd. Brenda Henry of Dragonfly Stained Glass is the Gift Shop artist. For more, visit www. galleryinthegrove.com or call 519-869-4643 Beginners Yoga A small yoga class designed for curious beginners with opportunities to learn basic poses, yoga terms and ask questions. Strangway Centre, 260 East St. N., 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. $40 for non-members. Register in advance at www.sarnia.ca/ things-to-do/recreation-programs/registration-information or 519-332-0656 Chair Yoga Twin Bridges NPLC offeringa free yoga program suitable for most abilities. 153 Christina St. S. (use Front Street entrance), Mondays at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Register at www. tbnplc.com Gentle Yoga Gentle and restorative yoga program with most poses in seated or reclined position, suitable for most abilities. Offered by Twin Bridges NPLC. Free. 153 Christina St. S. (use Front St. entrance), 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays until June 24. Register at www.tbnplc.com TUESDAY, JUNE 4 Women’s Fitness Free bootcamp-style fitness class that includes cardiovascular, strength and flexibility exercises. Suitable for most levels. Consult Primary Care Provider before participating. Offered by Twin Bridges NPLC.

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Improving Self-Esteem Twin Bridges NPLC offering two-week series to explore what self-esteem is and learn practical strategies to improve and foster a healthy sense of self. 153 Christina St. S., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Register at www.tbnplc.com

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 Mindful Living Four-week session to share topics and strategies that relate to mindfulness in everyday life. Twin Bridges NPLC, 153 Christina St. S. (Front St. entrance), 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register at www. tbnplc.com THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Rebound Fundraiser Sarnia-Lambton Rebound holding a handbag auction “Hearts & Handbags for Rebound.” Holiday Inn, 1498 Venetian Blvd. Silent and live auction of designer handbags. Ticket includes complimentary champagne, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candy station, available online at www.reboundonline.com, and Rebound Office, 10 Lorne Cres.. For more, contact Anita at 519344-2841 ext. 114 or fundraising@reboundonline.com Meditation Twin Bridges NPLC offering a free, four-week session designed for individuals with an established medita-

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Live Music WarwiK performs live acoustic rock at Cheeky Monkey as part of the monthly First Friday festivities. 130 Christina St. N., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring Bill Walters art sale. For more, visit www.cheekymonkeysarnia.ca SATURDAY, JUNE 8 Spring Chicken BBQ London Road West United Church serving chicken BBQ with all the fixings. 2092 London Line. Sittings at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Takeout available. Advance tickets $17 adults, $8 children 5-12 and free for ages under 5. Proceeds to Lambton Centre. For tickets, contact Betty at 519-542-6845 or Lambton Centre at 519-786-5663 TUESDAY, JUNE 11 Genealogy Nicole Aszalos will discuss the Lambton Archives: What Can We Learn, at a meeting of the Lambton Branch of Ontario Genealogical Society. LDS Church, 1400 Murphy Rd., 7:30 p.m. Free & open to public. For more, contact lambton@ogs.on.ca or visit www.lambton.ogs.on.ca Continued on 33

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25th Reunion The Lambton Youth Choir holding a 25th anniversary reunion, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Camlachie Community Centre, 6767 Camlachie Rd. To register, see Facebook, email naglehar@gmail.com or call Harriet or Mike at 519-8451004

Father’s Day St. Joseph’s Hospice Caring Hearts Children’s Program offering a Father’s Day special event for children who have experienced the death of a father, grandfather or other father figure. Assessment required prior to attendance. 475 Christina St. N., 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free. To schedule contact Orley Culverhouse at 519337-0537, ext. 114 or oculverhouse@sjhospice.ca FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Relay for Life The Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life invites all cancer survivors to participate in the “Survivor’s Victory Lap.” Clearwater Arena Park, 1400 Wellington St., 6 p.m. Participate as a survivor, donor, volunteer and/or

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FROM LEFT, KENDRA Hummel, on trumpet, Collin Hummel, on trombone, and Anna Skye Roberts, on clarinet, perform with the Lakeroad Lions Band at the 90th annual Lambton County Music Festival last week. The parent-run program is open to all students in Grades 4 to 8 from all schools. GLENN OGILVIE The Journal

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- Peacefully passed away on May 08, 2019 at Bluewater Health – C.E.E. Site, Petrolia at the age of 68. Dennis was born in Sarnia and currently resided in Oil Springs. Beloved Husband to Pat Cooke (nee Cox). Loving father of Chris (Tammy) Cooke of Barrie. Cherished grandfather to McKynzie and Emmalyn. Missed by his sister Heather (Don) McGregor of Camlachie and his brother David (Vanda) Cooke of Sarnia. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Gordon (2005) and Norma (nee Fulton) (2007). There will be no visitation or services. Cremation has taken place. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Cat Chance, Sarnia or Sarnia Humane Society. Memories and condolences may be sent online at www.steadmanbrothers.ca. Arrangements entrusted to STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL CHAPELS, Brigden 519-864-1193.

August 5, 1973 - May 19, 2015 A special smile, a special face In our hearts a special place Memories are a gift to treasure Ours of you will last forever Let the winds of love blow softly And whisper for you to hear We love and miss you Tracy As it dawns another year. Mom, Dad, Kelly, Kim and families

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ambton College has been selected to host the 2020 Ontario College Athletics Association (OCAA) Men's Basketball Championships. The event features the final eight college teams competing for the provincial title “Such a big day for Lambton College and our growing

basketball program. We look forward to hosting athletes from across the province at our new Athletics & Fitness Complex,” the college said in a release. Lambton unveiled its new $18.2-million Athletics and Fitness Complex in October. The 40,000-square-foot sports complex includes a dou-

ble-gymnasium with seating for 1,241 spectators. This year’s championship was held at Georgian College in Barrie, where the Lions were eliminated by Niagara College in the opening game. The Lions finished the regular season with a 10-11 record and averaged 89.6 points per game.

of a potential 90 points in head-to-head elimination knife throwing at the Las Vegas event, held April 26 - 28. Eighty-five was the previous record set in 2006.

Dewhirst, who teaches knife throwing at Sarnia’s Valley Axe throwing range, also won gold medals in one tomahawk and two knife throwing events at the meet.

an in a unanimous decision on May 9 at the Long Island, N.Y. showcase. The 6 foot fighter remains undefeated with a 5-0-0 record, as reported by the web-

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THREE LOCAL JUNIOR tennis players have advanced to the United States Tennis Association regional championships. From left, Ryan Davies, of Sarnia, Elijah Brown, of Petrolia, and Divyesh Bhargava, of Sarnia, helped their Port Huron Prowlers teammates win the South East Michigan championship in Ann Arbor on April 27. The team will now compete against all U14 district winners at the U.S. Midwest playdowns in Indianapolis, Indiana July 27-28. Submitted Photo

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arnia mixed martial artist Bobbi-Jo Dalziel emerged victorious in her Professional Fighters League debut last week. Dalziel defeated Genah Fabi-

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NINE SWIMMERS FROM the Sarnia Rapids 1 swim team capped the competitive season with top-three finishes at the St. Clair-Erie Aquatic League Championships in Windsor. From left are: front row: Grace Wallace (9), Lauren Armstrong (11) and Emmanuel deGuzman (11); back row: Darius Landon (12), Taylor Marut (14), Diane Clarke (17), Drake Landon (15), Ethan McIntosh (14) and Coach Sue Athanasopoulos. Absent was Jacobie Jamieson (7). Submitted Photo

NINE MEMBERS OF the Point Edward Skating Club won medals in competitive figure skating during the 2018-19 season. From left are: Natasha Hutson, Megan Ingles, Evelyn Chambers, Troy Zimmer, Makayla Hachey, Paige Harris, Asia Dang-Hill, Peyton Bishop and Abbi Rumford. Submitted Photo

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After hanging up the gloves, boxer becomes national champ

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he’s the Canadian championship that almost wasn’t. Two years ago, Sarnia’s Kaitlyn Clark had walked away from boxing, seemingly forever. Today, she’s one of the very best in Canada. The 64-kilogram fighter became a 2019 elite gold medalist last month at the National Championships in Victoria, defeating boxers from Quebec and British Columbia to claim a national title. “You only go if you think you’re going to win,” she said. That looked very doubtful in 2016, however. After the sudden passing of her father and amid mounting personal stress, Clark stepped away from the ring. Training was a bore. She’d lost her love of the sport. “I was done. (I thought), I’m not having fun anymore. Why am I doing this?” said Clark, 26. Working for the federal government in Ottawa at the time, Clark made the decision to move back home in late 2017. The St. Patrick’s grad took a job at the County of Lambton and reconnected with family, as well as old friends at the Bluewater Boxing Club. Casually, she began helping other fighters train at the Front Street gym, and the positive

environment there brought about a change in attitude. Bluewater coach Wade Fleming asked Clark if she wanted to return to the ring.

She was reluctant at first, but eventually agreed to try another bout, she said. Working with Sarnia coaches Fleming, Tom Hennessy and Chuck Ev-

ans, the training regime seemed different. It was fun again. “I was boxing because I liked it. It was no longer, ‘I’m expected to win.’ It was more, ‘Just go

in there and have a good time.’ Around that time she reset her sights on becoming the best in Canada. Clark spent the next

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Coach Stuart Baillie said the club is planning a dinner, silent auction and afternoon of rugby, with

the proceeds supporting this year’s designated charity —The Inn of the Good Shepherd.

Three rugby matches are scheduled for June 15 at Norm Perry Park. The Saints women kick things

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SARNIA BOXER KAITLYN Clark celebrates after defeating Krishen Lysenko in a 4-1 decision on April 27. Submitted photo

year punching her way back into contention in the 69-kilogram weight division. She had a strong season but narrowly lost the 2018 Ontario title, meaning her journey to nationals would have to wait. But after consulting with her coaches, she shed the weight to become a 62-kg fighter. And based on her record, Boxing Ontario chose her to represent the province. Competing 11 pounds lighter proved to be an advantage, she said. At 5 foot 8 she was shorter than most 69-kg fighters, but in the 64-kg division she is taller. Clark defeated B.C. fighter Krishan Lysenko in a 4-1 decision on April 27 to win the gold. When she realized she’d won she embraced coach Evans, who travelled with her to B.C. Both were in tears. “That’s what it was for me… I’m finally here. And this is now just the start of a brand new chapter,” she said. Clark, an executive assistant at the County, was scheduled to attend a Team Canada training camp in Montreal last weekend. She divides her training between Bluewater and We Are Fitness in Point Edward, and spars regularly in Kitchener. And she has a new goal: to qualify for the World Championships in Russia later this year.

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