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The 519 Podcast brings you the news, events, people, and entertainment that you want to hear about, from a 519 perspective. Learn about local heroes, culture, stories, and places in Southern Ontario, Canada.

The 519 Podcast brings you the news, events, people, and entertainment that you want to hear about, from a 519 perspective. Learn about local heroes, culture, stories, and places in Southern Ontario, Canada.

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London, Ontario

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The 519 Podcast brings you the news, events, people, and entertainment that you want to hear about, from a 519 perspective. Learn about local heroes, culture, stories, and places in Southern Ontario, Canada.

Language:

English

Contact:

5196798680


Episodes

Rising from the Rubble: The Wheatley Explosion

9/14/2022
The morning of August 26, 2021 was like most mornings in the town of Wheatley Ontario. Kids were getting ready for another day of summer, people headed off to work, and it was a fairly normal day. Until it wasn’t. The calm of that summer day in the Lake Erie town was shattered when an explosion rocked a section of the downtown. On this episode of the 519 Podcast, we present ‘Rising from the Ruble: The Wheatley Explosion’.

Duration:00:22:10

Poo Powered Garbage Trucks: The Future of Fuel?

9/1/2022
It’s a first in Ontario. A cow manure powered garbage truck has hit the streets of Hensall, Ontario, a small town in Huron County. These carbon negative garbage trucks are a part of a 6 month pilot program run by Bluewater Recycling and Enbridge. If all goes well, manure powered garbage trucks could be a mainstay in our municipalities. And potentially well beyond. In this episode of the 519 Podcast, we look at whether these, shall we say, poop powered garbage trucks give us a glimpse into...

Duration:00:18:43

Crisis in the ER? Examining Ontario Healthcare

8/18/2022
Long wait times, understaffing and underfunding in hospitals we’ve seen before, but ER closures and this level of surgical cancellations is completely new. We are in the middle of a healthcare crisis, and experts say it might not get better any time soon. The 519 Podcast looks at what’s going on inside our healthcare systems and asks experts about solutions that could solve some of the issues.

Duration:00:24:57

The Windsor Spree Killer: From Horrific to Surreal part 2

8/4/2022
In Part 1 of “The Windsor Spree Killer: From Horric to Surreal” we took a look at Matthew Charles Lamb and the fateful day he became Canada’s first spree killer. But, his story didn't end with his arrest. It continued in directions that are really quite unbelievable. Sitting in his holding cell and awaiting trial, there were really only two options for Matthew Lamb. Execution, or life in prison. And as far as open and shut cases go, this was definitely one of them. In part 2 of The...

Duration:00:19:16

The Windsor Spree Killer: From Horrific to Surreal part 1

8/4/2022
When you think of spree killings, mass murders, and mass shootings, your first thought may be that it’s just another day in the news. While they have become a far too frequent occurrence south of the border, and they are significantly more rare in Canada, they have happened here. It’s a phenomenon that we’ve begrudgingly had to accept, and an image we’ve somehow developed a stomach for. But in 1966, these sorts of violent events weren’t as common. There wasn’t even a label for it. No ‘mass...

Duration:00:22:34

The White Hurricane: The Great Lakes Storm of 1913

7/21/2022
In 1913, one of the largest storms to ever hit the Great Lakes claimed the lives of over 250 people, while sinking 12 ships. The storm was so massive, it is now referred to by climatologists as a ‘weather bomb’, an extremely rare occurrence. On this episode of the 519 Podcast we examine the Great Storm of 1913 and take a look at the death and destruction that came along with it.

Duration:00:18:43

No Refs, No Games: The Officiating Crisis in Minor Sports

7/7/2022
When a teenaged cashier at the grocery store makes a mistake, just about everyone would be outraged if the customer began yelling at them and berating them. And yet, so many of us stand by and say nothing when a coach or parent yells at a teenager who is umpiring or refereeing their child's soccer, hockey, or baseball game. Why do we accept what amounts to verbal abuse of young people, simply because it happens at a sporting event? Most minor sports leagues in our region are experiencing a...

Duration:00:18:18

Navigating the Sports Betting Explosion

6/23/2022
You can't sit down to watch a sporting event without seeing them. Countless commercials, and even studio segments, promoting betting on the games. Were we too hasty when allowing single game betting in Canada? What are the downsides? On this episode of the 519 Podcast, we explore the new reality of sport gambling in Canada and what it all means. This episode is hosted by Craig Needles.

Duration:00:24:26

The Victoria Steamboat Disaster

6/9/2022
In 1881, London’s Thames River was the scene of, what was at the time, one of Canada’s worst maritime disasters when the "Victoria" sank in the river. Despite happening in the 1800’s, the news of the incident spread around the world, in newspapers such as the New York Times and outlets as far away as Australia. It became what is now known as the Victoria Steamboat Disaster, causing the deaths of 172 people. And back when London only had a population of around 20,000 people, few in the city...

Duration:00:20:05

The Steven Truscott Saga and the Woman Who Set Things Right pt 2

5/26/2022
In part two of The Steven Truscott Saga and the Woman Who Set Things Right,- the 519 Podcast looks at Truscott's life between the time he left prison and his conviction being overturned. Truscott and his family endured isolation and until, finally, justice prevailed. We also look at the movie, "Marlene", about Truscott's wife and her determination to clear his name.

Duration:00:19:00

The Steven Truscott Saga and the Woman Who Set Things Right pt 1

5/26/2022
Most Canadians know the name Steven Truscott. Convicted of raping and murdering Lynne Harper at the age of 14, Truscott spent the next decade behind bars and nearly 50 years being considered guilty of the crime by both the justice system and most people in the country. However, Truscott was not guilty. In this episode of The 519 podcast, we present The Steven Truscott Saga and the Woman Who Set Things Right. We look at how Truscott was convicted and how he and his wife Marlene fought to...

Duration:00:21:24

Animal Hoarding: how it happens and what we can do

5/12/2022
A recent story out of Norfolk County told of a woman who was charged with animal cruelty after investigators found 27 dogs, 5 cats, 3 horses, two donkeys, 1 pig, and 1 guinea pig at her home The story was startling and, for some, likely conjured up images of a real life Cruella DeVille. But when you take a closer look at stories like these - ones that involve what we often call ‘animal hoarding’ - it’s not hard to wonder how this can happen. Who in their right mind would fill their home...

Duration:00:18:01

The Donnellys: Vigilante Justice or Violent Anarchy, part 2

4/28/2022
They’re perhaps the 519’s most famous, or infamous, family. Whether it’s from books, movies, TV or elsewhere, just about everyone in the area knows something about the Black Donnellys. On this two part series, the 519 Podcast examines their story, including how the massacre of the Lucan area family happened and whether this was 'Vigilante Justice or Violent Anarchy.'

Duration:00:15:21

The Donnellys: Vigilante Justice or Violent Anarchy, part 1

4/28/2022
They’re perhaps the 519’s most famous, or infamous, family. Whether it’s from books, movies, TV or elsewhere, just about everyone in the area knows something about the Black Donnellys. On this two part series, the 519 Podcast examines their story, including how the massacre of the Lucan area family happened and whether this was 'Vigilante Justice or Violent Anarchy.'

Duration:00:15:07

Afternoon news for Tuesday, April 26, 2022

4/26/2022

Duration:00:01:43

Phones, Crypto, and Romances: The New Era of Scams

4/14/2022
During the last two years, there have been two things that Canadians could count on: the next wave of COVID-19, and being potential targets of scammers and fraudsters. The calls and texts can come once a day, maybe twice, or they could be scattered across weeks. But they always come. Fraudulent phone calls are out of control, and it’s no surprise that they’ve been costing Canadian’s millions of dollars. And while the phone call scams have been growing, so has the creativity of the...

Duration:00:18:20

The Bizarre Kidnapping of John Labatt

3/31/2022
Most Canadians know the name Labatt. The name immediately brings up images of brown bottles of cold beer. But there are also a lot of Canadians who are unaware that the one-time head of Labatt Breweries was once the victim of what was then the most famous kidnapping in Canadian history. On this episode of The 519 Podcast, we look at the 1934 kidnapping near Sarnia of John Sackville Labatt, the 53-year-old grandson of the brewing empire's founder.

Duration:00:19:13

Red Ryan vs. Sarnia Police

3/17/2022
Red Ryan was one of the most notorious criminals in Canadian history. He escaped from jail, got out of fight in the first World War and tricked the government into believing he had found religion - only to return to a life of crime each time. Ryan was eventually killed while robbing a liquor store in Sarnia in 1936. In that same incident, Constable Jack Lewis, a Sarnia Police Officer, was also killed. This week, the 519 Podcast tells their story.

Duration:00:22:17

The Windsor Blockade: fight for freedom or misguided mischief?

3/3/2022
There's a certain irony in a group of people protesting, among other things, a border policy they claim disrupts the supply chain when their protest actually did disrupt the supply chain and likely caused more problems for our economy than any sort of border crossing rule vaccine rule ever has. For seven days, the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor was essentially shut down, causing massive economic repercussions on both sides of the Detroit River. Some protesters claimed it was because of...

Duration:00:17:47

The Ingersoll landfill: how a community fought back, and won

2/17/2022
In 2012, a company from the Niagara region called Walker Industries put forward a proposal for a landfill just outside of the town of Ingersoll. It was to be located in an old limestone quarry and would take in garbage from around southern Ontario, much of it from the GTA. It would be Ontario’s 5th largest landfill and would take in 17 million tonnes of garbage in its proposed 20 year lifespan. But for many in the region, the landfill would be perilously and alarmingly close to the Thames...

Duration:00:21:29