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May, 2022

May, 2022

Issue 5

Volume 15

May 2022

T H E T O W N S H I P O F S T . C L A I R

Remember your special lady
on Mother’s Day, May 8

Community-minded candidates: municipal election
is your chance to make a difference
As the 2022 municipal elec- tion approaches on Oct. 24, community-minded St. Clair Township citizens will run for a seat on council. The new coun- cil, like those that have gone before, will be required to build upon a community legacy that began almost 200 years ago.
Council will be faced with complicated financial responsi- bilities and sometimes, harrow- ing decisions, property dis- putes, and decisions that will affect St. Clair Township for many years into the future. It’s a demanding but rewarding po- sition for those who feel they can make a positive difference. To help prospective candi- dates understand what it means to be a member of mu- nicipal council, two special virtual sessions are planned for May 2 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. See “Running for a seat on council?” on page 6 to find out how to obtain the infor- mation you will need to make
your decision.
If you missed the presenta- tion on May 2, call the St. Clair Township Clerk at 519- 867-2021 to find out how to view it.

Municipal Notes Pages 2-5

Works Dept. Notices Pages

Community Contact Page

Around the Township Pages
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Important Dates for the 2022 Municipal Election
Changes have been made to the Municipal Elec- tions Act, and as such, the Nomination Period has been shortened.
For those interested in running for a position on Council, for Lambton Kent District School Board Central Lambton School Board Trustee; or for St. Clair Catholic District North and Central Lambton School Board Trustee, the first day you can file your nomination papers is May 2, 2022. The final day to file your nomination for any office noted above, known as Nomination Day, is August 19, 2022. Election Day is October 24, 2022.
Key Dates
May 2, 2022 – First day to file nominations with the Clerk
Aug. 19, 2022 – NOMINATION DAY–nominations close at 2:00 p.m.
Aug. 19, 2022 – Final day to withdraw a nomina- tion
Oct. 24, 2022 – ELECTION DAY
Nov. 21, 2022 – Inaugural meeting of new Council

Lame Duck Council
According to Section 275 of the Municipal Act, a Council becomes Lame Duck when it is possible af- ter Nomination Day that less than three quarters of the sitting Council can return after Election Day. In the case of St. Clair Township, if two or more sit- ting members of Council opt not to seek re- election, or run for a different office, Council be- comes Lame Duck and their power to exercise nor- mal powers becomes restricted.

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The Beacon of St. Clair Township May 2022 Page 3
FoodCycler™ has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the Government of Canada’s Food Waste Reduc- tion Challenge, run by Impact Canada, and Agricul-

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Respect and Safe Access for All policy targets harassment on township properties
The Respect and Safe Access for All policy is de- signed to safeguard the well-being of service users and township staff. The policy is meant to nurture an environment where there is respect for others and accountability for negative actions. The poli- cy is broad in its scope, covering township staff and volunteers, and all those who use, attend or are patrons of structured and unstructured activi- ties.
It provides guidelines and expectations for every- one within township facilities, and it makes clear the township’s zero-tolerance approach for any form of violence, discrimination, vandalism, or in- appropriate behaviour, including bullying and the use of racial slurs and profanity, in its programs or facilities, or on its properties.
The township may take action against those who breach the policy under the Trespass to Property Act and the Occupier’s Liability Act .
Signs bearing a brief description of the policy and a QR code will be posted at township proper- ties. Instructions for the use of the QR code will link the reader to the policy and a form which can be filled out if anyone has a concern regarding a township property.
The Respect and Safe Access for All policy can be found online at: .
Township to participate in new way to compost
A Pilot Option 2 Food Waste Diversion trial will soon be in operation within St. Clair Township. With the use of a small, quiet unit the size of a bread maker, households will have an easy way to recycle a wide range of food waste, including a lot of items not usually recycled such as egg shells, meat, cheese, chicken and fish bones, pet food, and tea bags.
The subsidized pilot proposal for the trial is meant to introduce the community to a new com- post alternative with the goal of having 150 homes in St. Clair Township utilizing the FoodCycler™ over a 12-week period. At the end of 12 weeks, resi- dents will be asked to report their usage and an- swer a number of survey questions. As an incentive to complete the survey, FoodCycler™ will provide an opportunity for residents to win several prizes. The estimated value of the prizes is $150 -$200. Tri- al participants may keep the units they purchased for the subsidized price when the 12 -week trial is completed.

ture and Agri-Food Canada for their project enti- tled: “Residential On-Site Food Waste Diversion for Northern, Rural, and Remote Communities.”
Anyone interested in participating in this pilot trial can purchase a FoodCycler™ at the St. Clair Township Civic Centre. To order a unit, call Public Works at 519-867-2993 or contact Erica Cote, Works Administration, via email at: ecote@stclairtownship. ca
For details about the Foodcycler and the trial program, see pages 10 and 11.
Volunteer firefighters training regulation reviewed
Council recently reviewed a letter from Acting Ontario Fire Marshal Tim Beckett which provided an update reflecting changes related to the excep- tions, transition, and certification standards appli- cable to firefighter certification regulations. The changes will provide flexibility for local municipali- ties while supporting firefighter and public safety.
Certification is a process of verification, ensur- ing that firefighters train to the standard they are required to perform. Mandatory certification in On- tario will validate the training firefighters receive and create safer communities.
Fire chief reports on island emergency response
A January 1 structure fire on Fawn Island and the problems encountered during the fire depart- ment’s response was discussed at the April 4 meet- ing of council.
During the incident, when St. Clair Fire Depart- ment firefighters reached the shoreline across from Fawn Island, they had no immediate access to suit- able water transport. Fire Chief Richard Boyes told council, “We had to use private water craft to get there, which was contrary to our by-law.” He noted the crew was uncertain as to how to proceed. Fire- fighters currently have to use the commercial is- land ferries to answer emergencies, but there are no clear guidelines governing how emergency re- sponders can safely transport personnel and equip- ment across the water.
Council requested information regarding solu- tions to the matter, including the cost of dedicated water craft to transport firefighters and their equipment to off-shore emergencies, as well as training firefighters how to effectively respond to this kind of emergency. The matter is currently being considered due to the health and safety con- siderations posed by off-shore incidents.

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Permanent washrooms/clock proposed for Courtright Waterfront Park
Representatives advocating for permanent wash- rooms and a decorative clock for Courtright Water- front Park made a presentation via Zoom at the April 4 meeting.
The presenter pointed out that summer usage of the park can number as many as 80 visitors each day and there are currently no washroom facilities to accommodate that kind of traffic. He also said the group had purchased a large clock that had currently occupied a hallway position at the former Bayside Mall in Sarnia, and it was their hope the clock, housed in a protective structure, would be- come a focus for the park.
Mayor Arnold said the township would fund up to
$200,000 of the project and look after the wash- room component if the group could raise the re- mainder of the estimated cost and look after the clock.
The group was instructed to work out a suitable location for the washrooms and clock within the park, discuss the project with Director of Commu- nity Services Kendall Lindsay, and bring the plan back to council for approval.
State of Plank Road discussed
The state of Plank Road between Petrolia Line and Mandaumin Road has been a point of conten- tion for council over the past months. The condi- tion of the tar-and-chip road surface has continued to deteriorate and its deterioration has been accel- erated by the wet conditions the area has experi- enced.
Township Coordinator of Operations David Neeley told council the effort to patch bad spots on the surface has become “very expensive, time consuming, and impractical.” And if patching can- not be maintained, the road will have to be closed to all through traffic.
Three options were put before council for con- sideration: continue patching at an estimated cost of $265,148; reconstruct the road by excavating the road bed down to its native base, redoing the roadside ditching, installing sub-tile on both shoul- ders, and laying down double lift asphalt, at an estimated cost of $3.5 million; or temporarily re- turn the road to a gravel surface at a cost of
$30,000 until more planning and design improve- ments can be slated for allocated capital funds.
Council chose to return the road to a gravel sur- face until it can be properly resurfaced in a way that will provide a permanent solution to the prob- lem. The decision was reached by a recorded vote of 4 to 3.
New medical centre/residential plan proposed for school property
A problematic section of the Corunna core area at the corner of Murray Street and Hill Street may soon become a welcome new commercial and resi- dential area.
A deputation to the April 18 council proposed the school structure be demolished, removed, and re- placed by a new medical centre, with space for several doctors’ offices, and other medically- related specialties, with some single and semi- detached residential units adjacent to the centre.

Planning considerations were discussed at the April 18 meeting of council, with a complete analy- sis of zoning changes that would be needed to ac- commodate the project. The zoning by-law must be changed from Institutional to Central Commercial to accommodate the medical centre. The Official Plan area must be re-zoned from Residential to Central Commercial. The playground area will re- main Residential.

Overview of the proposed project site and its zoning designations. ~From zoning presentation

It was pointed out the Central Commercial zoning designation limits the business uses that can locate there.
Local resident John Flesher attended the public meeting to ask questions and gather more infor- mation. On behalf of some of his neighbours, he said the new development would be a welcome im- provement to the current state of the property. However, he cited the considerable amount of traf- fic that uses Murray Street due to the presence of the post office at the corner of Hill Street and asked if the development would make the problem worse. He also asked about the demolition of the school and what threats it might pose to neigh- bouring residences. Snow removal was a third con- cern he raised.
Mayor Arnold assured Mr. Flesher that any con- cerns surrounding the project as it progressed could be conveyed to the township at any time.
The project proponent presented two artist’s streetscapes showing the medical centre from a Murray Street view and a Hill Street view showing a modern commercial building, with the medical cen- tre entrance off Murray Street and several medical specialty office entries off Hill Street, including a pharmacy.
A fence will be installed to separate commercial from residential zones as required by municipal law. Outdoor lighting for commercial areas will be installed so as not to be irritating to neighbours.
The planner’s report concluded, “Based on the forgoing (information) there is an ongoing need for health services in the community and there is com- pliance with planning policies at other levels of
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government. Amending the St. Clair Township Offi- cial Plan based on this request is justifiable and in the spirit of good planning for the community.” The report was accepted by a motion of council.
The residential component of this project has not yet been finalized and brought to council. An- other public meeting will be held at that time.
By-law being developed regarding Airbnb’s and short-term rentals
The growing number of Airbnb’s and short term- rentals in St. Clair Township has many residents concerned about how these dwellings will be regu- lated. To date, the township has no zoning regula- tions to protect communities from the misuse of such properties, so council has asked staff to look into a new zoning by-law that would apply specifi- cally to them. Clerk Jeff Baranek reported he has been looking at by-laws enacted by other munici- palities to get a sense of what to include in the township’s by-law. “We have a series of things we’d like to see included in our Official Plan and our planning by-laws,” he said. He added he had

Sidewalks are for pedestrians.
Do not endanger them by riding on the sidewalks.

Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) offers Summer Company Grants

Students in Sarnia-Lambton who wish to start and run their own business this summer can apply to the Ontar- io Summer Company program for a $3,000 grant. The program is a joint venture between SLEP and the Minis- try of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade. Students ages 15 to 29 who are returning to school this fall and have not received a Summer Company Grant in the past, are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive $1,500 to get started and, upon successful completion of the program, another $1,500.
For 23 years, this program has given Ontario students the opportunity to learn by doing to obtain entrepre-

neurial experience.
“Over the years, this initiative has impacted the lives of many local youth and has created small businesses that continue to thrive and contribute to our local economy long after the program ends,” said Judith Mor- ris, interim CEO of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Part- nership.
Students interested in this program are urged to vis- it: for more information. Information about the application process can be obtained by contacting Chantelle at: .

Businesses benefit from SLEP programs

Small businesses now have access to the assistance of trained DSS digital specialists who can help them cope with online tech- nologies and digitally transform their sales, marketing and back- office operations, all at no cost. The squad is already visiting businesses in Sarnia and Lambton County.
This is the third year SLEP has been able to offer OGP, which is administered by the Ontario BIA Association in partnership with the Toronto Association of BIAs. Locally, the program will provide 3,000 Digital Transformation Grants to qualified brick-and- mortar small businesses. It will include support for basic website

setup, Google My Business profiles, 360o photos, social media presence, and more. Where COVID-19 restrictions are in place, DSS members can provide support through phone and video tools such as Zoom.
The SLEP Apprentice Job Match tool can connect Sarnia- Lambton employers with apprentices seeking available opportu- nities. Registration is free and can be found at . More information about the Job Match Program can be found by calling 519-332-1820, ext. 225 or online at:

All Lambton County Library locations open; hours of operation adjusted

All 25 Lambton County Library locations are now open and offering in-person browsing. To book an appointment for pub- lic computer use, wi-fi use and academic research, card- holders can call the location they wish to visit, book online at or call the central book- ing line at 519-337-3291 ext. 5900, toll free at 1-866-324- 6912 ext. 5900. Walk-in appointments will be accommodat- ed as space and time allow. Library hours of operation have been adjusted as follows:
Brigden 519-864-1142): Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corunna (519-862-1132): Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.
to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Courtright 519-867-2712): Tuesday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mooretown (519-867-2823): Monday, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Wednesday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Sombra (519-892-3711): Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Thurs- day, Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Port Lambton (519-677-5217): Monday, Saturday, 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
* To become a Lambton County Library cardholder, call or visit your local library during open hours.
For more information on locations, services and hours of operation visit

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Water utility appointments require 48 hours notice

St. Clair Township By-Law 29 of 2021 requires at least 48 hours notice in advance of scheduling appointments with the Public Works department to avoid service fees.

More Works, see page 8

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Dig Safe flag-raising a reminder to all
St. Clair Township recently hosted the Ontario Region Common Ground Alliance (ORGCA) flag-raising which kicks off Dig Safe Month, a reminder that promotes safe excavation and the protection of un- derground infrastructure.
The ORGCA fosters an environment of underground infrastructure safety across Ontario through the promotion of public awareness and the communication of ground disturbance law and best practices.
St. Clair Township is a member of the ORGCA, taking part in the organization’s regional meetings as well as public awareness events within Southwestern Ontario.
Property owners are reminded that, before digging or disturbing the ground in any appreciable way, it is wise to call OntarioOneCall to arrange for a locator who will check the property for buried ca- bles, wiring, and pipelines. See page 9 for information.

Photo right-Attending the flag-raising from left: St. Clair Township Councillor Tracy Kingston; Director of Public Works Brian Black; St. Clair Township Deputy Mayor Steve Miller; and Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey. Bonnie Stevenson photo

More Works, see page 9

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From page 8

More Foodcycler information, see page 11

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Towering above the tallest stacks at the Shell Manufacturing Centre, Corunna, the Mammoet PTC35 su- perheavy lift crane, one of the biggest cranes in the world, is getting down to work on one of the largest turnarounds in the history of the facility. The 1,600 ton crane is so massive that it couldn ’t be shipped to the site in one piece. Its components and the tools to assemble them had to be brought to the site contained in 115 sea cans, where the monster was reassembled over a period of about six weeks. Its unique “ring” design, which features a boom the length of a hockey rink, gives it the flexibility, the reach, and the adaptability to handle oversized and heavy loads of up to 5,000 tons. The $120 turna- round, which has a workforce of about 1,000 construction and trades personnel, is expected to be com- pleted by mid-June. Mike Coene aerial photo

NOVA Corunna turnaround will connect new facility

The NOVA Corunna site turnaround currently in progress has been in the planning phase for four years, and it will be the most extensive and largest in the facility’s history. It is due to be completed by early July.
In addition to taking care of routine mainte- nance chores like repairs, inspections, and equip- ment upgrades, one important part of the turna- round will involve the connection of the existing facility to the newly-constructed NOVA Chemicals polyethylene plant. It will mark the completion of NOVA’s $2.5 billion investment, first announced in 2017.
The Rokeby project, which began construction in 2018, has carried on through the pandemic and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Electrical and instrumentation systems that control and monitor the function of the facility, as well as other finishing touches and testing, are said to be

When the new site is commissioned, the expan- sion will increase the existing facility’s current ethylene capacity by 50 per cent. (The Rokeby fa- cility employs the advanced SCLAIRTECH™ technol- ogy (AST2). It is capable of producing about one billion pounds of polyethylene annually. It will be- come one of three St. Clair Township NOVA sites that produces ethylene, a product that is used to produce polyethylene. When pelletized, it is used to make plastic products such as plastic packaging, garbage bags, and plastic containers for a wide range of uses. It is also found in some types of fab- ric.
About 150 permanent jobs have been created, the hiring is already complete, and training of the new facility personnel has begun. They will be in- volved in the commissioning process.

Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason retiring after 36 years of service

One of St. Clair Township’s long-time caretakers of local heritage is retiring after over 36 years of service. Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason had her last day of work on April 29.
Laurie was honoured for her service at a Heritage St. Clair meeting in early April, where she was praised for her tireless commitment to the preservation of local his- tory and her caring stewardship of the Moore Museum.
To acknowledge Laurie’s love of the museum site and the heritage represented by the carefully preserved
buildings that have been established there, Commit- tee Member
Dave Taylor presented her with a canvas print of her favourite build- ing, the school house.
The group also assembled a memory al- bum filled with photographs of the years she spent overseeing the operation of the museum. It recalled the many events held at the site, and the educational programs that
introduced school children and adults alike to the rich and varied history of Moore Township and, after the amalgamation of Moore and Sombra Townships, the newly formed Township of St. Clair Township.

um, said, “I worked with Laurie for over 30 years. She was dedi- cated to the Museum col- lection and its education- al program- ing, and for all that we provided for the public. We had sad times and lots of funny and joyous times. She watched out for the safety of her staff and vol- unteers, and
we will miss her very much. We wish her blessings for her retirement.”
Over the years, hundreds of school children have come to know Laurie as a brilliant interpreter of pioneer life as it was in the early days of what is now St. Clair Township. She was never on the sidelines when it came to the wel- fare of the museum, and was always willing to roll up her sleeves to help. From helping to prepare lunch for the Tuesday volunteers who make sure the museum site is always in good repair, to serving hot dogs to hungry Down- river Craft Sale visitors, she
pitched in whenever need- ed.
Now that Laurie has more time to focus on other pursuits, she will, no doubt, have more time to focus her binoculars on the vary-

Dave Taylor praised Laurie for her dedication to her role as curator. “Laurie’s patience with volunteers and the public was wonderful,” he said, adding, “Her knowledge of the Moore Museum and its archives of Lambton County history is extensive.”
Laurie’s excellent service to the Moore Museum was noted by Deputy Mayor Steve Miller. “Thank you, Laurie, for all your years of dedicated service to our community. May you have a long and happy retirement,” he said.
Linda Wood, a long-time staff member at the Moore Muse-

ing species of birds she loves to watch, and more time to work on the gar- dens she loves to plant and nurture. And come Sunday, she’ll have more time to share her faith with the chil- dren she loves to teach at Sunday School.
Bonnie Stevenson photos

Museum gets new curator

As of May 30, the Moore Museum will have a new curator. Fiona Doherty will take over the position from retiring curator, Laurie Mason.
Fiona has worked at the Moore Museum as a

museum assistant for the past three-and-a-half years, so she is familiar with the operation of the museum and those who volunteer there.

Newly updated Heritage St. Clair page features map showing historic plaques and storyboards situated throughout the township
Heritage St. Clair has updated its page on the St. Clair Township website, and one of the features now on view St. Clair Township’s Historic Points of Interest map. This interactive map points out the locations of these colourful and educational installations and includes photographs of them so you’ll be sure not to miss them. Here’s a link you can use to go directly to St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest page:

St. Clair Township’s Historical Points of Interest

Royal Canadian Legion Leslie Sutherland Branch 447 helping community thrive
The Royal Canadian Legion Leslie Sutherland Branch 447 of Corunna is back to helping community groups fulfill their objectives and thrive. In April, four donations were recently presented to four worthy community groups and causes . Top two presentations – Left: Sarnia/Bluewater Wrestling Club received a donation of $2,000 from Le- gion President John Cormier, centre, with club members Henry Dickson, left, and Zack Dickson on hand to ac- cept on behalf of their club. Right: The First Corunna Scouts received a donation of $1,000. Attending the presentation to accept the donation were, from left: Cubs Zachary and Benjamin Gilbank, Legion President John Cormier, Beavers Jillian and Charlotte Gilbank, and Scout Leader Jon Gilbank.

Above right: Canadian Cancer Society, Sarnia/Lambton, represented by Paula McKinley, receives a donation of
$500 from Legion President John Cormier. Above left: Legion President John Cormier presents a donation of
$250 to Dave Taylor, representative for the Moore Museum. The funds will go to the museum’s model train ex- hibit.

Corunna Branch 447 of the Royal Canadian Legion aims for the Corn Hole League

Fish and wildlife habitat recreated at Branton-Cundick Park

The St. Clair River has long been an Area of Concern when it comes to the loss of fish and wildlife habitats that has occurred through human and industrial disregard for the environment. During a recent virtual information ses- sion hosted by the Canadian Remedial Action Plan Imple- mentation Committee (CRIC), Branton-Cundick Park north of Sombra was the subject of one of the highlighted habi- tat rehabilitation success stories.
The rehabilitation effort, described by Jake Lozon of the Rural Lambton Stewardship Network (RLSN), restored a five-acre section of coastal wetland fish and wildlife habi- tat which had once been an important spawning ground for Northern Pike. Over a period of about 30 years, the land no longer experienced normal flooding and the water course became choked with sediment, debris, and trash thrown in by thoughtless people. It soon dried up, destroying the nat- ural habitat.
The rehabilitation effort was undertaken by the Rural Lambton Stewardship Network in consultation with the De- partment of Fisheries and Oceans, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and St. Clair Township, the owner of the land.
Since the dried up habitat had been directly connected to the St. Clair River, permits had to be obtained from the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries to begin the project. To make the water course viable again, 22-ton trucks hauled away 72 loads of excavated dirt and the dirt was taken to the former Lambton G.S. site to restore the coal landfill. A drill seeder was used to reseed the land, and the natural landscape of wildflowers and wild grasses has been re- stored.
The water course is now filled with water and once again, the habitat connects to the St. Clair River, creating a perfect spawning habitat. Mr. Lozon said pike have al- ready been spotted in the water. St. Clair River Trail users now cross the reopened stream on a new bridge funded by the St. Clair River Trail and St. Clair Township.
Where there was wasteland, natural beauty and indige-

nous wildlife now flourishes thanks to the efforts of CRIC and its member organizations. Projects like this are making the same miracle happen all along the St. Clair River and down to Mitchell’s Bay.
Projects undertaken by CRIC contributors have effected positive change with initiatives that saw the installation of a 2,000 metre stretch of natural armour stone along the St. Clair River shoreline, (much of it in St. Clair Township), that protects the shoreline from erosion and enhances near
-shore fish habitat. In addition, 250 hectares of wetland habitat have been restored and protected in public and privately-owned locations, and sewer overflow volumes from municipalities have been reduced by about 50 per cent through upgrades to waste treatment plants. Many other habitat restoration projects have been completed, are underway, or are being planned.
CRIC project contributors include: St. Clair Region Con- servation Authority; St. Clair Township; Aamjiwnaang and Walpole Island First Nations; Rural Lambton Stewardship Network; Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association; Mu- nicipality of Chatham-Kent; City of Sarnia; Lambton Coun- ty; Binational Public Advisory Council; Environment and Climate Change Canada; Fisheries and Oceans Canada; and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Another group involved with the repair/restoration and de-listing of the St. Clair River Areas of Concern (AOC) is the Friends of the St. Clair River, a volunteer-based regis- tered Canadian charitable organization that works to pro- mote conservation, beautification, and environmental res- toration projects along the Canadian shore of the St. Clair River. The group was created to assist with the develop- ment and implementation of the St. Clair River Area of Concern Remedial Action Plan. Want to learn more or, bet- ter still, join the fight for environmental health into the future? Find out how you can help. Go online to:
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Sacred Heart food bank –
help your community thrive
A constant need for donations of food, personal and house- hold supplies is still being experienced by local food banks and the need is still great. Our neighbourhood food banks continue to come to the aid of the community. Nourishing food and daily supplies like personal hygiene items, baby needs, and household cleaning supplies are always needed. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank has shelves that need to be replenished on a regular basis, not just on special occasions. Please keep the Sacred Heart food bank in mind when you shop for your own groceries.
St. Andrew’s food bank continues to help those in need
The food bank at St. Andrew’s Church on Colborne Street in Corunna is open every Wednesday evening from 6
p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. It operates in association with the Inn of the Good Shep- herd in Sarnia.
The food bank serves those in need, offering a variety of food products to help people eat healthily, including milk, eggs, bread, and meat, as well as daily requirements like household cleaning supplies, toiletries and baby needs. The fresh food supplied at the food bank costs approximately $75 per week to purchase. Anyone wishing to make a financial donation to the food bank can do so through Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Drive, Corun- na, Ontario, N0N 1G0. Gift cards to Foodland and No Frills are also welcome.
St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church Community to participate in food program
The St. Joseph-St. Charles’ Catholic Community in Corun- na, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collaboratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia-Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food assistance program, into Lambton County. The program pro- vides a bag of nutritious food that can be easily assembled to people ages 14-24 who are in need of a healthy meal. Each bag also contains hygiene items and helpful information from com- munity partners. People who qualify for this program can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish office at 346 Beresford Street in Corunna during regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Program organizers say the program will continue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.
Moore Agricultural Society membership
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricultural Society or need to renew your membership? Memberships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member infor- mation (name, telephone number, email address, home ad- dress) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at Fi- . Memberships are $10 per person until further notice. For more information on the membership role, contact .
Motivated youth seeking adventure
The Royal Canadian “1st Hussars” Army Cadet Corps Pe- trolia is welcoming boys and girls ages 12-18 to learn join the ranks and learn valuable skills they can use for a lifetime. Ca- dets are not required to join the military. For more infor- mation, call 519-332-6555 or visit:

New members welcome –
Lambton County Junior Optimist Club
The Lambton County Junior Optimist Club is always on the lookout for youth who want to make a difference in their com- munity. Club members ages 10 through 18 volunteer in the com- munity and fundraise to put on their own programs and to do- nate to other youth programs. Hours spent volunteering with the club can be used toward members’ volunteer hours at school. The club meets the first Monday of every month at 6
p.m. at the Courtright Community Centre (closed during COVID- 19 shutdown). For more information, call Mary Lou at 519-862- 3950.
Local TOPS weight control group meetings
Local TOPS weight control groups can be contacted for infor- mation as follows: Brigden—519-864-1865; Corunna-519-381- 5584. People of all ages are welcome to attend.
Good listeners still wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
The Family Counselling Centre needs good listeners to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individuals who need support and need to feel connected. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Tel-Check program line, placing daily calls to seniors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To register or to find out more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

Lambton County Library branches offer
“hands-on” enjoyment
Library membership is free and the “hands-on” experience of holding a book and turning pages is still a popular way to enjoy the immersive satisfaction of reading; even snowshoes are availa- ble to get some fresh air between chapters when the snow flies. In addition to books, magazines, and other solid literacy re- sources, cardholders can borrow a wide variety of items including DVDs, electronic books, music, movies, and audiobooks. To be- come a Lambton County Library cardholder, call or visit your local library branch. For more information on locations, services, and hours of operation visit .

Brigden Fair 2022: sponsors for fair classes being sought

The Brigden Fair has been missed for the past two years, but the Moore Agricultural Society is well along with plans for the 2022 fair.
All of the familiar events, livestock shows and displays that are the hall- mark of the fair will appear on Thanksgiving weekend, plus new fea- tures and entertainments to satisfy the senses and send spirits soaring.
Sponsors are being sought to be part of this year’s fair. Companies or individuals who have thought about being a part of Brigden Fair can now call and discuss opportunities to be- come a class sponsor.
If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email in- and put SPONSOR in the Subject line.

If you would like to sponsor a class listed in the Brigden Fair Prize Book, be sure to call prior to May 20, 2022 so you can be sure your name will be noted in the Prize book. As an example, to sponsor a typical Homecraft class it could cost as little as $25. Livestock class sponsor- ship is higher, so please call for details.
Other advertising opportunities for your company are also available by calling 519-864-1197 or email:
New Moore Agricultural Society members welcome
Interested in becoming a member of the Moore Agricul- tural Society or need to renew your membership? Mem- berships can be paid either by dropping off payment and member information (name, telephone number, email address, home address) at the Brigden Fair office or through e-transfer at Member- ships are now $20 per person. For more information on the membership role, please contact

Please support your local ag societies with 50/50
Supporting our local Agricultural Societies in these unpredictable times has never been more important as they are today. By purchasing 50/50 tickets, you are helping Moore (Brigden), along with Petrolia & Enniskillen and Brooke- Alvinston Agricultural Societies with fairground improvements. Our grounds are used by many organizations in our respective communities.
Watch for the three Early Bird Draws by checking each fair’s web and Facebook pages. Lottery License #RAF1214882 Tickets can be purchased online but will also be available at “in person” events.

Fair Share 50/50 Draw – final two draws
Lottery License #RAF12144882

Triple ‘C’ Carvers resume weekly meetings: carving helped members cope with COVID
The Triple ‘C’ Carvers have resumed in-person meetings at the Navy Club, 1420 Lougar Street in Sarnia.
Their weekly meetings have taken place Wednesday morn- ings, 9 a.m. to noon. Members bring their carving tools and work on their creations, or sections of their creations if they’re work- ing on large projects. At the end of each month, they have a Theme Day, where members can bring work based on the theme of the month to vie for first to fourth place (right).
When there are no pandemics to halt club activities, some members travel to wood carving events and sev- eral Triple ‘C’s have come home with top honours for their efforts.
Inspirations for a carving project can come from anywhere, as Randy Oliver, below left, discovered. A piece of bass-

wood he found while walking near Six Mile Lake became a beautifully carved

Triple ‘C’ Carvers winners, based on the theme “Spring”, were, clockwise from stand-

Above: Gary Freer uses Dremel sanding attachment to bore out the top of a tiny wooden work boot.

and painted cane, embellished with
a whimsical motif of greenery and tiny wildlife images, like the turtle that decorates the cane’s handle
(see inset).
The long-time carver also used his carving skills as therapy while recovering from a hand injury he sustained at work. His physiotherapist liked his work and asked him to carve a duck for her mother. She liked it so well, she asked him for a second one. He says his doctors asked him

ing left: Walter Vidler, barn own, 2nd place; Jim Buckingham, pileated woodpecker, 1st place; Keith Grant, 3rd place (tie), humming- birds; Mary Insley, 4th place, tulips; Grace White, tied for 3rd place (tie), wood duck.

how he recovered so well.
Club President Garry Willock says there are cur- rently about 35 members in the club and new mem- bers are always welcome to come out and see what the Carvers are all about. He says beginners are wel- come to try their hand and members are always glad to help them.
Bonnie Stevenson photos

Fish TV coming to Lambton
Lambton County is full of avid fisher- men who enjoy sport fishing, and some are likely familiar with Fish TV, which airs on OLN, Wild TV, Cottage Life, and Global TV. The hosts of Fish TV, Ron, Leo, and Jeff, visit fishing hot spots around North America to provide viewers with tips and ideas for future fishing getaways. It’s not surprising the Sarnia-Lambton area will soon be one of the places they visit. In the next two years, the trio will be in the area to do two 30-minute
They will not only focus on fishing; they will be showcasing the beautiful wa- terfronts as well. For more information, visit:
COVID vaccination update
A fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine will now be available for individuals aged 60 and over who are at least 140 days (5 months) past their third dose of Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Also eligible are First Nations and Metis indi- viduals aged 18 and over who are 140 days (5 months) past their third dose of Health Canada authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Fourth doses have been made available to high-risk individuals who are living in long-term care and retirement homes, as well as individuals who have compromised immune systems.
Individuals 80 and over, First Nations, and Metis individuals 18 and over will have access to book the fourth vaccination ear- lier than others. Appointments can be booked online at . Anyone requiring assistance with booking can call the Vaccine Call Centre at 226-254-8222 from Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Masks still required in clinical settings.

Enjoy the pool and fitness centre. Swimming lessons are on and SUMMER CAMP registrations are now underway.

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United Way & Rayjon offer WILLPOWER
The United Way of Sarnia- Lambton and Rayjon Share Care are the only two Sarnia and Lambton county-based charities participating in the WILL POW- ER campaign. They have joined forces to participate in this new program, which helps donors support important community aid organizations as a legacy.
WILL POWER is a Canada- wide initiative sponsored by the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. The objective of WILL POWER is to inform Canadians that, not only can they leave money in their wills to Canadian charities, but they can do so in addition to leaving money to family and loved ones.
“It is our hope to get out to

Above: Brian Rea and Heather Smith of Rayjon meet with Al McChesney from the United Way to go over details of a new partnership between the two groups to encourage Sarnia-Lambton resi- dents to consider dona- tions to either, or both, charities in their Wills.
U-W photo

promote to local residents that the campaign exists, and both the United Way and Rayjon are participating. We anticipate meeting with financial advisors, lawyers, and other professionals in our area to inform them of WILL POWER, and the initiative that both our groups are a part of, “said Brian Rea, Rayjon Board Member. For more information, call United-Way at 519-384-9270
or Rayjon at 519-381-5929.

The Brigden Fair Ambassador doesn’t need to be an expert in agriculture, live on a farm, or have grown up in Brigden. All she or he needs is to be between the ages of 17 and 24 (as of August 1, 2022) and have an eagerness to learn. This program is about learn- ing – being seen as a leader in the community and taking on new challenges. Watch the Brigden Fair website at http:// or the Brigden Fair Facebook page for details as the 2022 program develops. If you have questions, don’t hesi- tate to forward them to with “Ambassador Program” in the Subject line and it will be forwarded to the Com- mittee.

and check out the many great classes available through WLCHC.

Please be sure to specify, on the top of the form, which program you are registering for.) For in-person classes, if you are feeling un- well, please do not attend. Screening will take place prior to every in- person class & Public Health Guidelines will be followed.