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Ms. Hoggarth needs to work in the real world

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 16:00 -- John Vollmar

Our society is headed into a downward spiral unlike we have never seen before. Where we are headed will make the Great Depression seem milquetoast by comparison. We are losing more and more jobs, government policies are killing business, folks are struggling to pay utility bills...and nothing is being done to truly answer the problems. Governments can’t fix it; they have caused so many of the problems. They won’t because then they would have to admit to their myriad mistakes.

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With Bradley…it’s all about him

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 08:18 -- John Vollmar

In a one and a half page expose seemingly designed to emphasize the trials and tribulations of Mayor Bradley since being found responsible for the harassment and bullying of three former employees of our City, and the present CAO, I find the article lacking in substance considering that there has been no input provided by three of the targets of Bradley’s bullying/harassment, nor the councilors involved.   The Observer, through reporter Tyler Kula, somehow found it prudent to interview mayor Bradley, resurrecting the results of financial penalties and other sanctions placed

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Bird’s the word

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:37 -- John Vollmar

She walked to the podium, did Margaret Bird, one of our local taxpayers.  She did so with defined steps, and once at the dais she confidently placed her presentation papers just so, and began to address council.  April 10, 2017 at about 4:43 in the afternoon.

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Setting the record straight

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 09:02 -- John Vollmar

I was very pleased to see Mark Lumley, one of the proponents to recreate the present Sarnia General Hospital site, add truthful input about the terrible injustice to the respected Sarnia businessmen and the negative treatment that they have received by Mayor Bradley.  One of the mayor’s comments when the group was requesting funds to  offset their expenses was, that the group may use those monies to sue the city.

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Refreshing world found in Downtown Sarnia

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 14:33 -- John Vollmar

As so many of us prepare for our Christmas shopping forays, or for some who have already ventured into that magical time of buying and wrapping presents FOR loved ones, I am thinking that this may be a different Christmas time for Susan and I.  Having moved from our Brights Grove home into a residence considered a part of the Downtown of Sarnia, we will make every attempt to habituate the various establishments located in our Downtown.

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What’s happened to our city?

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 11:28 -- John Vollmar

On Monday afternoon, October 24, 2016 Sarnia City Council met in public session to discuss the findings of a report requisitioned by the Human Resources department, prepared by Ms. Lauren Bernardi, a practicing solicitor, who has conducted workplace investigations for some 20 years.  She had been asked to conduct an investigation into harassment complaints made by four past and present employees of the City of Sarnia against Mayor Bradley.  As Ms.

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Wynne and her Deplorable Liberals

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 08:04 -- John Vollmar

Recently, after she prorogued Parliament, Kathleen Wynne, a charlatan of a political leader if there ever was one, came up with the idea that to rebate the HST found on our hydro bills might garner her and her party favour, and perhaps lift the Liberals into a loftier position in the polls.

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The Bullied - Pay attention to the signs

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 08:18 -- John Vollmar

Tragically, and often throughout the past years, we learn on a regular basis that a young person has taken his or her life due to the denigration or actions involved in bullying.  Time and again the physicality of being bullied, or “cyber-bullying” that we have now causes the irreplaceable loss of life of someone’s loved one.  The question is “why”?

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Evan Duggal - A Young Humanitarian

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 09:05 -- John Vollmar

I first became introduced to Evan Duggal during a May meeting of the Brights Grove Optimist Club, at which Evan had been invited to speak and put forward his interest is assisting to build a clinic in Gaali, a small village located in Zambia, South Africa.  Having seen how an earthquake in Nepal had caused such disruption to the people, Evan decided that he would like to do something to help people in distress.  In 2015 one of the students at Lambton College made a presentation to Evan’s class detailing their experience when visiting Gaali, and that there were efforts being


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