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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.

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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.

    Executed in Sarnia

    Executed in Sarnia

    It’s been a long time since anyone was put to death for committing a crime in Canada. 


    Capital punishment was officially abolished here in 1976, although it had been effectively abolished by a series of commutations and moritoriums dating back to 1963. The last executions in the Canadian justice system happened in 1962. 


    But there was a time when capital punishment was a reality in this country. 


    Most of those who met the hangman’s noose were men, but there were some women who were handed the ultimate punishment. 


    One of those women was Elizabeth Workman of Sarnia, who was hanged in 1873 for killing her abusive husband. 


    This is her story. 

    • 24 min
    The Farmerettes

    The Farmerettes

    Every year in Canada, we take time on Remembrance Day to remember and honour those who went overseas and sacrificed for our country and the freedoms we enjoy today.


    But what about the people whose contributions to the war effort involved work on this side of the ocean. 


    These people never wore military uniforms, never held rifles in their hands, and never stormed the beaches of Normandy. 


    But they made sure that the soldiers who did, and the rest of the country, had food to eat. They were young women who signed up to work on farms when male farmers and farm labourers traded in their barn clothes for soldiers' uniforms. 


    This is the story of The Farmerettes.
     

    • 25 min
    Hallowe‘en: more treat than trick

    Hallowe‘en: more treat than trick

    For as long as you remember, you've probably heard warnings to parents, telling them to check their kids Halloween candy for drugs, razor blades, or other objects. Maybe you, yourself have gone through the bag before your kids. 


    But, what are the odds of somebody actually putting a razor blade or poison into Halloween candy? Is this something that actually happens? Or is it just a myth?


    On this episode of the 519 Podcast, we examine whether Halloween is more trick than treat.


    We speak with Dr. Joel Best of the University of Delaware, who has studied Halloween sadism, and examine how true some of these stories actually are.


    This episode is hosted by Hayley Cheng, Craig Needles and Patrick Magermans.

    • 26 min
    The Bandidos Massacre

    The Bandidos Massacre

    Before the spring of 2006, most people in Canada had never heard of Shedden, Ontario. 


    That all changed in April of that year, when the bodies of eight bikers were found in vehicles on a rural road near the town. 


    On this episode of The 519 Podcast, we look at the Bandidos Massacre.


     

    • 33 min
    The 519 Podcast presents: The Chatham Coloured All Stars

    The 519 Podcast presents: The Chatham Coloured All Stars

    The Chatham Coloured All-Stars made history.


    They were baseball a team that fought prejudice and injustice just to play the game they loved. And in the 1934 season, they became champions of  the Ontario Baseball Association, being the first all-Black team to have ever done so. 

    On this episode of the 519 Podcast, we hear from Blake Harding, the son of one of the star players in the original 1934 team, as well as sports historian Bill Humber, and authors Brock Greenhalgh and Dr. Heidi Jacobs. 

    • 29 min
    Pandemic School Year, Take Two

    Pandemic School Year, Take Two

    It's September, and the kids are back in school. But it's not unreasonable to wonder for how long. As the Delta variant continues to spread, there are concerns that we could be looking at another round of at home learning for students. 


    In this episode of The 519 Podcast, we look at what has been done to make classrooms safer and whether it's enough. We speak to Directors of Education for three school boards in the region and Annie Kidder, the head of the education advocacy group, People for Education. 


    This episode is hosted by Craig Needles. 

    • 28 min

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