2021

Gym owner gets small fine for breaking COVID-19 rules

A Sarnia gym that refused to close during one of Ontario’s COVID-19 lockdowns has been slapped with a fine for flouting emergency rules that were in effect at the time, but a much smaller one than initially levied. Sharky’s Athletic Club co-owners Bill and Cindy Van Hoogenhuize told The Sarnia Observer in mid-March 2021 they’d […]

Apologetic fentanyl dealer gets five years in prison

SARNIA – Before being whisked out of a Sarnia courtroom to start serving a five-year prison sentence for selling fentanyl, Alexander Bannon stepped up to the podium to say a few words. The 29-year-old Sarnia resident, who was caught in January 2021 with more than 47 grams of purple and green fentanyl powder worth nearly […]

Owen Sound’s Terry Fox Run returns to Harrison Park this year

After two straight virtual Terry Fox Runs the event is headed back to Harrison Park this year. The in-person run set for September 18 has a fundraising goal of $17,000. In 2020 and 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, public health measures aimed at reducing transmission of the virus prevented large gatherings and forced Terry Fox […]

No shot, no school: Western University turfed dozens of students over COVID vaccine policy breaches

Fifty-nine Western University students were withdrawn from their courses and banned from campus due to COVID-19 vaccination violations, according to the recently released annual report on the code of student conduct. School officials investigated 1,349 student incidents related to noncompliance of its COVID-19 vaccination policy from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022, according to […]

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