Derek Spalding

Derek Spalding is a journalist and web writer for CBC Windsor. Email derek.spalding@cbc.ca.

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Chatham, Ont. mother pleads for return of children husband took to Lebanon

A Chatham, Ont. mother expected to see her two sons again after a month-long visit with their father in Lebanon, but two-and-a-half years later, she finds herself in the middle of a complex international child abduction case.

Residents give Windsor police tour of downtown's dirty underbelly

Windsor police say solutions to the urban nuisances in the downtown core have to come from everyone living in the neighbourhood: businesses, residents, police and the charitable organizations who support the city's homeless population.

Caldwell graduation ceremony inspires First Nation success

Trinity Fletcher was one of five graduating students honoured during a special ceremony Thursday at the Caldwell First Nation office in Leamington.

Uber's driver-tipping feature rolls out in Canada

Uber passengers in a handful of Canadian cities can now tip their favourite drivers as the ride-hailing company rolls out its new gratuity feature.

Windsor, Ont. pharmacist uses pool cue to fight off knife-wielding man demanding opioids

Instead of handing over a stash of fentanyl patches and other opioids, pharmacist Sara Etemad-Rad emerged from a back room with a pool cue and repeatedly hit the man over the head until he ran off.

'She should have been safe': Family searching for answers after woman dies in Windsor, Ont. jail

Delilah Blair is the first woman to die at South West Detention Centre since it opened in 2014. Her family is wondering why corrections staff couldn't keep her safe and is asking for help to get her home.

Day of Mourning honours workers who died on the job

Silver Kuris and her mom, Shelly, attended this year's Day of Mourning ceremony held at St. Augustine church Friday evening. Silver's dad, Sam, died in a forklift accident in 2011.

Fentanyl addiction rocks Amherstburg family to its core

Patty MacLellan arrived home from her shift at the casino and walked through her front door when, straight ahead of her, she saw a body stretched out motionless on the bathroom floor.

Experience with severe depression helps Windsor student embrace mental health

Rates of mental health issues among post-secondary students has reached a crisis level, according to a recent study that shows a rise in anxiety, depression and suicide attempts on school campuses all around Ontario.

Backlog of rundown rental complaints in Windsor nearly eliminated

Building inspectors have long been overwhelmed with the rising number of complaints from residents living with issues like sewage backups and leaky ceilings.

Slow reaction to animal mutilations in London, Ont. allowed killer to escalate: criminologist

At least 17 dead and mutilated animals have been found in public places around the city, including the latest incident of a skinned and beheaded dog that was missing several of its organs. Many of the animals are found in groups and placed in specific patterns.

Father and 4 children die in house fire on Oneida reserve near London, Ont.

A father and four of his children, including an infant son, died in a house fire on the Oneida reserve, near London, Ont., Wednesday morning.
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Online assault on Windsor girl resulting in charges

Windsor police are investigating an incident recorded on video, which shows several youth yelling at and punching a girl.

Residents shocked by damage after Windsor, Ont., flood

After record rainfalls in Windsor and Tecumseh, Ont., work crews were overwhelmed with calls from homeowners with flooded basements.

Worst of the rain over, but state of emergency continues in Windsor, Tecumseh, Ont

Environment Canada says the storm system that drenched Windsor and Tecumseh, Ont., over the past three days is finally starting to weaken.