The 519 Podcast
Episode 27: Real Estate Market Mayhem

Episode 27: Real Estate Market Mayhem

July 22, 2021

If you’re looking to buy a home, or you know someone who is, then you certainly know about the drastic changes that the housing market in Southwestern and Midwestern Ontario has experienced in what seems to be a very short amount of time. 

Prices at an all time high, bidding wars, and properties selling for hundreds of thousand dollars over the asking price. The real estate market in our region has been breaking records in the past year. 

Are these numbers here to stay, or is this a bubble that will inevitably burst?

We hope, by the end of this episode, we will answer some of your questions and leave you feeling a little more hopeful about buying a home. 

 

Episode 26: Cricket café? The future of food

Episode 26: Cricket café? The future of food

July 15, 2021

Environmental concerns will likely mean a change to our food supply. Does that mean crickets are on the menu? 519 Podcast host Hayley Cheng explores the idea.

Episode 25: Battling COVID in 80 days

Episode 25: Battling COVID in 80 days

July 9, 2021

Mike VanNetten spent more than 80 days in the hospital battling COVID-19. He and his wife Sarah joined the podcast to talk about his fight with COVID and their hope that everyone gets vaccinated.

Episode 24: A stolen wheelchair, a broken system

Episode 24: A stolen wheelchair, a broken system

July 2, 2021

It's not unusual for things to be stolen from people's front porches in cities across our region. 

It happens all the time. We've even coined a term for the people who do it. We call them porch pirates. 

But that's usually for the thefts of things like Amazon packages. 

There are other times when thefts from front porches hit like a punch to the gut. Like the recent theft of a special wheelchair from the home of a 9-year-old girl in London. 

The story has a happy ending of sorts, as the public came together to raise money for a replacement. 

But it shouldn't have to come to that. 

And that's the focus of this episode of the Blackburn News Podcast, hosted by Craig Needles. 

 

Episode 23: Patio Mania

Episode 23: Patio Mania

June 24, 2021

If you wanted one way to gauge the excitement people have for our lockdowns and stay-at-home orders coming to an end, there’s really only one stop you need to make: your local restaurant’s patio.

It's where you can find people doing what they have waited so long to do. That is, gather with others with a semblance of normalcy. 

This is what we’ve been waiting for., and it’s a good time to take a look back to the restaurant struggles we’ve had and have a look forward to where outdoor and indoor dining is headed in the future.

This is Patio Mania, a Blackburn News podcast looking into one of this summer’s most anticipated social gathering places, and where we’re at with the bar and restaurant industry. It's hosted by Craig Needles

Episode 22: Pride month in Canada

Episode 22: Pride month in Canada

June 18, 2021

You can ask just about anyone and they'll tell you that we've come a long way in this country when it comes to the rights of the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

But many of those same people that you ask will also say we have a long way to go. 

June is Pride Month in Canada. 

And where things stand is the focus of this edition of the Blackburn News Podcast. 

This episode is hosted by Hayley Cheng. 

 

Episode 21: Ghost Town part 5

Episode 21: Ghost Town part 5

June 14, 2021

In this 5th and final episode of our series, Ghost Town, hosts Hayley Cheng and Craig Needles look at the reports of hauntings at the Huron County jail in Goderich. 

Episode 20: Confronting Islamophobia

Episode 20: Confronting Islamophobia

June 10, 2021

It was a crime that has left many people in our region reeling, and one that is making us take a closer look at the kind of society in which we live. 

On a quiet Sunday night in northwest London, Salman Afzaal, his wife Madiha, their daughter Yunma, son Fayez, and Talat, the grandmother and pillar of the family, went for an evening walk. 

But instead of coming home from that walk, Salman, Madiha, Yunma, and Talat were murdered, while Fayez was left in hospital with serious injuries.

In this episode of the Blackburn News Podcast, hosted by Craig Needles, we learn more about the family. We also hear from some prominent Muslim voices in the London community who say we should not be surprised or shocked that something like this would happen in Canada, .a country that many would argue has long deluded itself into believing that racism and Islamaphobia are problems that exist elsewhere, but not here. 

Episode 19: Reckoning with residential schools part 2

Episode 19: Reckoning with residential schools part 2

June 8, 2021

In this episode of the Blackburn News Podcast, host Craig Needles speaks with Professor Lori Campbell about the discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

Professor Campbell talks about the reaction to the discovery, the shameful history of residential schools, and how many Canadians turned a blind eye to their existence over the years. 

Episode 18: Reckoning with residential schools

Episode 18: Reckoning with residential schools

June 3, 2021

On this episode of the Blackburn News Podcast, host Craig Needles speaks with Indigenous scholar Sara Mai Chitty about the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. They talk about the legacy of residential schools and what Canadians need to learn about this country's treatment of Indigenous people. 

More resources can be found here:

http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

https://oncanadaproject.ca/settlerstakeaction

https://indigenouspeoplesatlasofcanada.ca/article/history-of-residential-schools/

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