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Afternoon Drive with Chris dela Torre

From the backroads of the counties to the urban centres of the southwest, Afternoon Drive brings you the stories in and about southwest Ontario. Mix in music from artists throughout the region, traffic and weather, and you’ve got two hours of radio that gets you talking and puts you in the know about all things southwest Ontario.

  • 07:42
    Hundreds are dead and nearly 800,000 have been displaced from massive flooding in the Kerali state of India. We're joined by Akshitha Rao and Jojjy Cheeran, two Londoners who are personally affected by the disaster.
    Aug 20, 2018
  • 05:29
    Thousands floated down the St. Clair River on the weekend for the annual Float Down - and it kept the Coast Guard busy on both sides of the border. We spoke to Marc-Andre Meunier from the Canadian Coast Guard.
    Aug 20, 2018
  • 05:54
    From hazardous waste to garbage, waste depots probably receive their fair share of unusual items. But it's safe to say that nothing could have prepared a poor worker for what they discovered at one in Windsor on the weekend: a python. We spoke to Melanie Coulter from the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society.
    Aug 20, 2018
  • 06:49
    Tuktoyaktuk to Point Pelee is an incredible journey by car - but a Windsor man went one step further and decided to do it on a bike. We spoke to Don Martel.
    Aug 17, 2018
  • 06:02
    Lovers of sandwiches served with a dollop of mayonnaise, brace yourselves. Earlier this week, Philadelphia Magazine columnist Sandy Hingston wrote a piece on the death of mayo - blaming its demise on the millennial generation, and the rise of "identity condiments". Chef and food writer Claire Tansey weighs in...and so did the Afternoon Drive team.
    Aug 17, 2018
  • 08:20
    Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul, has died at the age of 76 from pancreatic cancer. She began her career in her hometown of Detroit in the late 50s, just as her city became internationally renowned for its music scene. Many decades later, she still called Detroit home, living at the Riverfront Towers, which faced Windsor on the other side of the Detroit River. We spoke to Robert Smith Jr., the pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church, where Aretha Franklin was a longtime member.
    Aug 16, 2018
  • 05:33
    The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is joining Six Nations in banning Peter Khill from its territory for life. Khill is a white man from Hamilton who was found found not-guilty of second-degree murder after he shot and killed Jon Styres, a First Nations man. Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Myeengun Henry joins us.
    Aug 15, 2018
  • 06:22
    Ottawa announced plans today to ban the outdoor use of two pesticides used extensively in the agricultural industry.The two neonicotinoids have been blamed for severe declines in bee populations. We speak to Nigel Raine, a bee researcher and Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at University of Guelph.
    Aug 15, 2018
  • 05:38
    Two years after voting to ban them them, urban chickens could be allowed once again in Tecumseh. Yesterday, the town's policies and priorities committee directed staff to come up with a licencing system that would allow residents to have chickens. We spoke to town councillor Rita Ossington.
    Aug 15, 2018
  • 07:39
    Zamir Khan's son has been on the no fly list for nearly 4 years...and he's only 4 years old. It's made the prospect of travelling a nightmare for the family. Today, the London father met with the federal government to resolve the issue for his son and roughly 200 other Canadian families with children on that list.
    Aug 15, 2018
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