Radio Western Morning News

NEWCAST - Thursday August 30th, 2018

Nur Watad

Campus news…

-As Brescia University College prepares to welcome students for the new school year, the school has opened its doors to a new student and community resource space, called Christina’s Closet

-The initiative, spearheaded by Brescia’s International Co-ordinator Christina Lord, is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain free clean, new and gently-used clothing, accessories and household items that have been donated by Brescia’s students, faculty, staff and local community members

-Through Christina's closet, Brescia is hoping to limit financial barriers, and provide easy access to basic needs

-The ‘closet’ was established after recognizing a need especially among international students for seasonal clothing during London’s winter months, some who never experienced temperatures of a typical Canadian winter

-The idea evolved to become a warm and safe space for all Brescia students who may be experiencing financial barriers

-Donations are always accepted and can be made by dropping off items in a designated bin, located in Brescia’s St. James Building foyer

-Christina's closet is located in Room 231 in Ursuline Hall, and is open year-long to Brescia students, on a by-request basis

-Appointments to gain access to Christina’s Closet can be made by contacting Cristina Lord at


Local news…

-A new technology business accelerator has opened its doors in London

-While London has its share of new business incubators, there are few spaces for those startups to move to when they are in growth mode – until now, David Billson, president of London technology firm rTraction, announced yesterday

-Billson has hatched RH Accelerator in rTraction’s space in the Roundhouse building on Horton Street, and is now working with three new, small businesses to advise on the next steps in their growth

-Factory Bucket is one of those new businesses. It employs 14 and will move to Horton Street mid-September. It makes shipping, billing and customer-tracking software for industry

-There are publicly funded accelerator spaces at Western University (the Propel Entrepreneurship Centre), and Fanshawe College (Leap Junction)

-The accelerator has also landed Curling Zone, with one staff person

It creates analytics and data around the game of curling

-It will also work with VisitorQue, a software company working with sales and marketing teams using Google analytics to track customers

-It has about four staff

-For the incoming businesses the decision to work with the accelerator was simple

-It offers them a chance to work with tech entrepreneurs with a successful track record, which will be huge for the more than 20,000 entrepreneurs fuel the London economy


-Saudi medical students at Western University have had their deadline extended

-The last day originally was tomorrow, August 31st, however, the deadline for the 91 medical students extended until September 22nd

-The 75 other Saudi students at Western and the 21 at Fanshawe, however, have until tomorrow to leave the country, with no extension given

The Saudi students are hoping to be able to transfer to universities elsewhere, and maintain their credits and continue their education, without restarting all over again, through Western’s global network of 125 universities across the world

-Many of them would most likely end up spread across the US, Europe, Middle East, and Australia

-Radio Western wishes the Saudi former Mustangs all the best


-Lucan-Biddulph beat three other Canadian communities vying for the grand prize of Kraft Hockeyville 2018

-As a result, the township has received $250,000 in arena upgrades in anticipation of the upcoming preseason NHL game

-In a video published to the event’s Facebook page yesterday, Mayor Cathy Burghardt-Jesson provided details on how tickets will be distributed for the preseason match between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators being held on Sept. 18 at the Lucan Community Memorial Centre

-A number of tickets have been allotted to the township for the event, all of which will be free-of-charge

-However, the lottery will favour the township’s residents with 80 percent of tickets going towards those from Lucan-Biddulph

-Registration for the lottery will be done in-person at the Lucan Community Memorial Centre on Sept. 5, 7 or 8, with a draw being held on Sept. 10

-Those with lucky ballots will receive a pair of tickets to the game on Sept. 18

-Remaining ballots will be entered into a secondary draw for tickets to watch the practice on the morning of the 7:30 p.m. game

-Ticket pickup will take place on Sept. 13 and 15

-Officials say they expect tickets to also become available on game day


-This afternoon will be beautiful, as we reach our high of 22 degrees with nothing but sunny skies

-We get more relief from the heat tonight, as we drop down to 14 overnight with a clear sky  -Friday will be more of the same with a predicted high of 24 degrees and mainly sunny skies

-Unfortunately your weekend welcomes you with a slight risk of Thunderstorms from Saturday until Monday