Federal and provincial governments will stage a dress rehearsal Monday to test the complex plan to get precious COVID-19 vaccines distributed to every corner of Canada.

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who was named last week to lead the Canadian military’s role in the vaccine distribution process, says the dry run is intended to get everyone involved comfortable with the intense requirements of distributing a vaccine that has to be kept below -70 C at all times.

“We are hard at it in the next couple of weeks to ensure that we are ready,” said Fortin. “I kind of like the idea of being ready before the Christmas time frame so we are certain to be ready when it comes in January.”

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2020 has truly been an unprecedented year. During this time, our community has really come together to make the best of the situation and support one another. There have been countless #staystrong initiatives throughout this pandemic, led by many community members and organizations, but one in particular that we would like to acknowledge is the Sarnia Field Hospital.

The City of Sarnia Emergency Management Office and the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce would like to formally take this opportunity to recognize the community organizations and individuals who took on the challenge to engineer, supply, construct and financially support this Field Hospital initiative. Please join us on Wednesday, December 9th by tuning in to Your TV Sarnia to help recognize our fellow citizens. 

 

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From December 1st to 25th, Tourism Sarnia-Lambton is rewarding shoppers with a chance to win up to $200 daily of your local holiday shopping, plus all participants will be entered into the Discover Sarnia-Lambton $1000 Gift Card Grand Prize Draw.

To enter the contest; participants can submit a copy of their receipts with their contact information into the ballot boxes located at: Lambton Mall (Guest Services) in Sarnia, The Shores Recreation Centre in Forest, Town Hall in Petrolia, and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton in Point Edward. SHOP, PLAY, EAT, and STAY LOCAL this holiday season to support local tourism businesses in the Retail, Restaurants, Attraction and Accommodations sectors throughout Lambton County.

Contest winners will be selected daily and posted on our Tourism Sarnia-Lambton: Ontario’s Blue Coast Facebook and Instagram pages: https://www.facebook.com/tourismsarnialambton.

Tourism Sarnia-Lambton Holiday Gift Cards that can be redeemed by over 275+ Sarnia Lambton Local Businesses are also available by visiting or contacting Tourism Sarnia-Lambton. 

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Lambton College and the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park have solidified their successful long-standing partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines their collaborative initiatives.

Lambton College, and its Research & Innovation department, have been actively working with the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park since 2008 in various capacities to support Sarnia-Lambton’s economic and diversification goals.

The collaboration assists both entities to achieve their missions to serve Sarnia- Lambton, the region, and the Province of Ontario. The partnership supports local and regional industry with expertise, infrastructure and technical services through the execution and promotion of projects with industry, along with the commercialization of new technologies.

Additionally, the partnership aims to support the recruitment of new businesses to Sarnia-Lambton and diversification of the economy in collaboration with other key players, including Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) and economic development groups.

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The Vice President of Long Term Care would be a leader in the long term care sector. Steeves & Rozema believes that you can make a real difference in the lives of the residents, residents’ families and S&R team members.

The Vice President of Long Term Care will be expected to: 

  • Support and promote a culture of quality where our residents receive excellent care in a home like environment.
  • Set operational goals, and expectations in line with the standards of care established by the MOHLTC, the CNO and our Vision, Mission and Values.
  • Attract, develop, and retain qualified team members while developing accountabilities and succession planning for key leadership positions
  • Support our labour relations strategy and process for both unionized and non-unionized staff
  • Lead and support our leadership teams in attaining: strategic, financial, quality and operational goals
  • Ensure the division’s financial viability through the development of forecasts, review of operational capabilities, and ensuring budget adherence.

As Vice President, you will need:

  • You possess a high standard of professionalism, competence, reliability, organization, accountability and ethics.
  • You are an inspirational results driven Leader, with a keen sense of business acumen and exceptional analytical and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Post-secondary degree or diploma required; MBA preferred.
  • 10 years of senior leadership experience in healthcare or related fields.
  • Solid understanding of the Ontario long-term care sector.
  • Proven financial management skills within a comparable portfolio.
  • Experience managing multiple sites in complex environments (union and non-union).
  • Demonstrated leadership and change management abilities using a collaborative team approach resulting in positive relationships at all levels
  • Experience in directing, managing, coaching and mentoring staff to motivate and bring about efficiency and creativity
  • Excellent decision-maker with strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Proficient with MS Office including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Those interested should contact Marci Breault, HR Admin Assistant at recruitment@srgroup.ca.  

Application Closing Date: December 21, 2020

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For 39 years, the Sarnia Kinsmen has hosted the Santa Claus Parade. Due to Covid 19, this year the Santa Claus Parade will look a little different but will still take place on the First Saturday of December, December 5th from 5pm to 8pm.  This Year’s Santa Claus Parade will take place at Lambton College and will be a Drive Thru event – No walking spectators will be permitted.

This year’s Parade theme is “Remember our food Banks this Christmas and Stay safe” . The Kinsmen will be collecting donations and non-perishable food and Personal hygiene products to support our local food banks. In place of the annual Lambton Ford Sarnia Sting Teddy Bear toss, Blackburn radio is pitching in to collect teddy bears this year with Lambton Ford at the Drive Thru Parade, so please bring your teddy bears or other stuffed toys to the parade!

Also for all the kids out there, do not forget to bring your letters to Santa as Canada Post will be at the Parade collecting letters to send to the North Pole. We look forward to seeing everyone on December 5th.

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An 11-year-old Sarnia author and insect enthusiast is the winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature 2020 Youth Nature Inspiration Award. Sophia Spencer, who co-authored The Bug Girl (A true story) with Margaret McNamara, was named the winner Wednesday during an online ceremony. “I was, like, over-the-moon thrilled,” her mom, Nicole, said about the award. “Her story is really inspiring, and it’s helped a lot of people follow their dreams.”

Submissions for the youth prize are always extraordinary, said Meg Beckel, the Ottawa museum’s president. “Those of us on the jury are always inspired and humbled – we really are humbled – by just how much these young people accomplish in a very short period of time.” Sophia fell in love with bugs after a butterfly landed on the then two-and-a-half-year-old’s shoulder while she was visiting the Niagara Falls butterfly conservatory.

Her interest grew in preschool and kindergarten, but she stopped talking about bugs for a time after some Grade 1 classmates bullied her and stomped on a grasshopper she brought to school. Sophia’s mother, Nicole, wrote to the Entomology Society of Canada, hoping one its members might offer her daughter, then seven years old, some encouragement. Morgan Jackson, a society member and doctoral student at the University of Guelph, answered and asked permission to share Sophia’s story on Twitter, adding the hashtag #BugsR4Girls.

It went viral, with scientists tweeting hundreds of times to encourage Sophia to keep up her interest in bugs. She ended up appearing on Good Morning America, The Today Show and NPR. Jackson made the impact of the Twitter post the subject of an academic article, with Sophia as co-author, that was published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America in 2017.

Around that time, the family moved to Sarnia, her mother’s hometown, where they were contacted by McNamara, the pen name of Brenda Bowen, a New York-based author of more than three-dozen books for young readers who had heard about the girl’s story. Bowen travelled to Sarnia to record an interview with Sophia that became the book that was launched with a full house at The Bookkeeper in Sarnia in February for a reading and signing. Nicole said the book has sold about 7,000 copies, so far, in North America.

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In true holiday spirit, GardaWorld and Hughes Intelligence have approached the city of Sarnia to offer free mobile security patrols during the full duration of the 2020

Celebration of Lights display at the Sarnia waterfront park.

“As 2020 continues to bring its challenges on our city, our health and our spirit, the Celebration of Lights comes as a magical relief to all who come and enjoy them. We wanted everyone to feel safe, and that is

why GardaWorld and Hughes Intelligence have partnered on this initiative,” explains Dean Mougenot, Branch Manager for GardaWorld Sarnia, “We are part of the community and we wanted to give back in

the way we best know how.”

“We are excited to be involved with the Celebration of Lights again this year. We have worked very closely with GardaWorld over the years and are looking forward to assisting our community together.” says Barry

Bentley, CEO and Owner of Hughes Intelligence.

The Celebration of Lights displays have been the target of vandalism in recent years and GardaWorld and Hughes Intelligence are proud to assist in keeping the display safe and protected for the community to

enjoy. The two security companies will patrol the waterfront park every night for the duration of the event.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO, Perrin Beatty, issued the following statement in response to the Government’s Fall Economic Statement.

“The Fall Economic Statement was an opportunity to provide a detailed plan to get us from today’s hardship to economic recovery and growth. The statement provided needed supports for businesses and Canadians to build a foundation for growth, though many questions remain about the government’s economic recovery plan. For example, the economic statement presents a plan to create a plan for childcare and longer-term recovery.

The economic statement outlined continued and new spending to help Canadians and businesses weather the economic impacts of the pandemic. Businesses pressed for a targeted approach to support programs, focusing resources on sectors most at risk of permanent closures during a second wave. While further measures will be required to assist the travel, tourism, food services, hotel, cultural, and energy sectors, today’s focused support for the hardest hit industries will help many of businesses survive the second wave and be there to propel our economic recovery.

The rate at which women are being forced to leave the workforce because of childcare gaps continues to undermine Canada’s economic recovery and requires emergency funding. While today’s announcement is a first step towards addressing the broader issue of childcare, the Canadian Chamber has pressed for immediate assistance to flow directly to parents and childcare providers. The wage subsidy program or tax policies are two levers the government already has at its disposal to provide immediate relief.

While the emergency supports announced today will help many Canadians and businesses through a challenging winter, the government’s plans to manage the pandemic and restore economic growth remain unclear. We hope to see these detailed plans in a budget early next year.

To carry us from now until a significant majority of Canadians have been immunized, we need to move to actively managing the disease instead of just responding to it. Unfortunately, Canadians are still waiting for a plan that clearly sets out how we can curb the spread of the disease, protect the most vulnerable and speed up Canadians’ ability to return to more normal lives.

Similarly, we also require an economic strategy with a clear fiscal anchor to help us move from subsidies to a private sector-led recovery where both individuals and businesses can be self-sufficient again. All Canadians understand the need for one-time, emergency spending to support people and businesses through the crisis, but now is not the time to add permanent new spending programs that will mortgage our children’s future.

With the right policies today, we can hasten the day when Canadians will be able to reclaim their normal lives and enjoy an economy that is growing once again.”

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