Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, June 11th

Greg Bowman

In Campus News…
- Western University has dropped in the world rankings of top universities. The Quacquarelli Symonds World University rankings saw Western drop from 201st last year, to 214th this year.
- The highest the school has ever been ranked was 157th back in 2011-12.
- Western joins 17 other Canadian universities who have dropped in the world rankings. The University of Toronto was the highest ranking Canadian institution at #28 and is followed by McGill University at #33.
- For the seventh consecutive year, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was given the top spot in the world rankings.

In Local News…
- There is a battle rising in the Forest City, one that has never been seen before. It’s the attack of the vegans.
- Recently, Jess Spoelstra, the owner of four different London eateries, has come under fire from the vegan community for offering vegetarian options but not vegan. The backlash came in the form of of negative and misleading reviews on Facebook and Yelp.
- Since Spoelstra faced her initial online backlash, five other restaurant owners have reached out to her echoing similar experiences with the vegan community.
- Granted, this is a small part of London’s grander vegan contingency, but their activism is noticed, as they have been seen picketing the London Heart Beer and Bacon Show.
- They have made differences though, as Tim Horton’s locations have now given soy milk options because their customers have asked for them.
- But for restaurant owners like Jess Spoelstra, the line needs to be drawn when negative and misleading reviews are left online. The activist group focuses on animal rights.

- There has been a rise in counterfeit bills circulating around London. According to police, there have been 46 instances of fake $100 bills since April.
- The most recently seized bills look like those in circulation from 1969 to 1979. These bills are currently out of circulation and police advise retailers to be highly suspicious of customers using $100 paper bills from those years.
- They will often make a small purchase with a large bill and then receive real bills as change. Police urge people to look at the bank of Canada website for tips on how to spot the counterfeit tender.

In Sports...
- The London Majors played twice this weekend, first on Friday at Labatt Park where they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 11-8.
- It was a dominant affair for London, who had a five-run fourth inning. Michael Ambrose and Byron Reichtstein both had 3 RBI on the night, and were both 3 for 4.
- It was the Majors seventh consecutive win, and they were looking to continue the hot streak going into yesterday’s game in Brantford against the Red Sox.
- All good things must come to an end, as the Majors fell by a score of 6-0.
- The Majors offense simply dried up, as they only got five hits in the game, while also committing two errors. At 8-3 now on the season, the Majors sit third in the IBL, 1.5 games back of first place Kitchener.

- On Saturday, it was an FC London doubleheader at German Canadian Field as both League 1 teams were in action. First up was the men’s team, who were looking to bounce back from their first loss of the season against Darby FC.
- It was an absolute thriller of a match, which saw both teams exchange goals until the score was tied 3-3. London was able to prevail with a goal in the 85th minute from Belal Halbouni, and another insurance marker from Mohammed Nafar in the 90th to make it a 5-3 final.

- On the women’s side, it was a battle between the top two teams in League 1 as FC London played against second place Vaughn Azzuri. Another back and forth affair saw a late goal from star striker Jade Kovacevic in the 88th minute, which gave her team the 3-2 win.
- The women’s team remains in first place as they have not lost a game in over a calendar year.

In Weather...
- Today will be sunny all day with a high of 24 but no humidity so count your lucky stars on that front.
- That humidity will make its return as it always does tomorrow though, as it will be a high of 25 feeling more like 31, with a chance of showers in the evening.
- Wednesday will be a high of 26 with showers also expected, right now in London it’s 20 degrees.