Lambton Library Patrons Embracing Technology

mobile makerspace launch

Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | January 15, 2018 Makerspace, one way the Lambton County Library is embracing changing technology, has been a hit. Launched in June 2016 with funding from the provincial government, Makerspace has a permanent location at the Sarnia Public Library with a 3D printer, laser cutter, book binder, button makers, sewing machine and other machines…

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Not just talk anymore, Sarnia’s bio-industry is for real

Cathy Dobson, Sarnia Journal | January 8, 2018 Sarnia has one of the fastest growing bio-based economies in Canada, an unprecedented number of green economy announcements in 2017 have confirmed. “Things ramped up considerably after construction of BioAmber’s ($141-million plant) in 2015,” says Matthew Slotwinski, business development consultant at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP). “This has been the biggest…

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Sarnia-Lambton researchers want to probe program’s impact on those with dementia

Carl Hnatyshyn, Postmedia Network | December 16, 2017 Since the Alzheimer Society of Sarnia-Lambton launched its Mindful Music program in 2015, hundreds of seniors suffering from dementia have had their memories sparked, their depression momentarily lifted and anxieties temporarily alleviated because of the program’s music. The society is now teaming with researchers from Lambton College to measure the program’s…

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Partnership Announced To Develop Environmentally-Friendly Nylon

Josh Boyce, Blackburn News | December 1, 2017 Sarnia-based BioAmber has partnered with Genome, and the University of Toronto to develop a more environmentally-friendly nylon. Genome Canada, along with the Ontario Government, and other partners, are investing $5.7-million into the applied research project. Nylon is currently made from petroleum, and there’s strong demand for an alternative using sugar-based chemicals…

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New tech start-up making training courses interesting

Cathy Dobson, The Sarnia Journal | November 29, 2017 A new start-up at the UWO Research Park is out to show small and medium-sized businesses they can afford to use online e-learning to train and inform employees. Edu-Solutions develops and designs innovative online courses that are nothing like the dull, web-based training programs or tutorials of years gone by,…

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City hiring support for fibre optic project

The Sarnia Journal | November 26, 2017 Bell Canada’s $50-million investment to run fibre optic cable to 20,000 Sarnia homes has prompted City Hall to add more employees. At Bell’s expense, two development technologists and an IT infrastructure analyst are being hired on a two-year contract basis. The new positions will assist Bell in sorting out Sarnia’s digital infrastructure,…

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Mobs of people turn out to use Makerspace technology

The Independent of Petrolia & Central Lambton | November 26, 2017 Lambton County library officials say the Makerspace has been a huge hit. A report to Lambton County councillors shows almost 14,000 people have accessed the technology either in Sarnia or through the mobile program. “Patrons in some of Lambton’s smallest, most rural communities, such as Shetland, Florence and…

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Bio-company Incubator Forms Alliances

Paul Morden, The Sarnia Observer | November 23, 2017 Sarnia-based Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and five venture capital firms have agreed to work together to seek out opportunities for investments in young “green” sector companies. The government-funded not-for-profit agency works to help new sustainable chemistry and bio-based companies in southern Ontario reach commercial production and has been involved in a…

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BioAmber eyeing Sarnia as site for second commercial plant

 Sarnia Journal Staff | November 13, 2017 The prospects are looking bright for BioAmber to build a second commercial plant in Sarnia. “We have shifted our focus towards Sarnia,” CEO Rick Eno said in a conference call last week. “I think part of this has to do with the lack of certainty on the regulatory environment in the U.S….

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Green Methanol Production Company Coming to Sarnia

Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer | November 7, 2017 A Waterloo company has announced plans for a commercial-scale demonstration plant at Sarnia’s TransAlta Bluewater Energy Park to produce methanol using carbon dioxide emissions from Chemical Valley industries. Doug Beynon, president and CEO of Advanced Chemical Technologies Inc., said the company is working to have the plant up and running in 2020….

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