Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Mehek Mazhar

In Campus News:

  • Western University researchers have developed a rapid test kit for E. coli. The test kit could provide a way to accelerate the time it takes to obtain test results for an E. coli bacteria from days to hours
  • The E. coli O157 bacteria is the culprit of the recent outbreaks occurring within Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. The Public Health Agency of Canada has responded to the outbreak with a recall on romaine lettuce. Major grocery stores, like Loblaws and Sobeys, have removed their supplies of the lettuce from store shelves. On campus, the Spoke and the Wave have also eliminated romaine lettuce from their inventory for the duration of the recall
  • The test kit is supposed to be a faster and cheaper alternative to current tests in the industry. Western researchers incubate the food for a few hours in order for bacteria to grow. Then, they take that fluid and put it in a cassette. The fluid flows through and if two red lines show up, then it is a positive test for E. coli
  • Current tests for potentially contaminated food require days or even weeks for results to be delivered


  • Western faculty members have voted to ratify the tentative agreement reached with university administration, assuring a strike will not be happening this year
  • The collective agreement received a 90 percent vote in favour of the deal from members of the faculty bargaining unit last week
  • After bargaining at the table 25 times since this summer, the faculty association and Western have worked out their collective agreement, which decides crucial employment measures like pay, benefits and job security
  • Each collective agreement lasts for four year
  • Meeting after meeting adjourned with no consensus, but all of campus stood awake until 2:30 a.m. earlier this month, on November 9, the night of a possible faculty strike. This was before the tentative agreement, now ratified, was announced. As the date approached, faculty could have picketed, and faculty members began strike preparations, voicing an increasing concern with how negotiations were preceding. The university administration was quieter throughout the process, and insisted operations would continue as usual
  • In comparison, bargaining in the last cycle, in 2014, resolved more quickly. In 2010, a strike, while ultimately avoided, was an open question


In Local News:

  • The Canadian Pacific Holiday train is making its way across Ontario, and tonight it will be stopping in the Forest City. The train will pull in to the Richmond St. rail line between Oxford St. and Mill St. around 8:15 p.m.
  • This is a special year for the CP Holiday train, celebrating 20 years. The company is releasing 20 festive songs by artists who have toured on the train over the last 20 years
  • Tonight’s performances on the train ride include JoJo Mason followed by Sam Roberts Band. The event will take place from 8:15 to 9 p.m., which is when the Holiday train will be leaving the station
  • If you’re wondering, it’s free, but the company encourages Londoners to support the Holiday Train program by donating non-perishable food. All donations raised tonight will stay in the local community for distribution


  • With the Back to the River project full steam ahead at the Forks of the Thames, the City of London is now working to get input on a riverfront project in the South of Horton SoHo community
  • Last night, the city hosted a community open house for a proposed pathway and park project along the north side of the river between Wellington and Maitland streets. The project includes the Wellington Valley Park
  • According to the city, most of the project site is on the former lands of Victoria Hospital


  • London drivers get to enjoy a short break from downtown road construction over the winter season
  • Parts of York and Dundas streets, that have been closed for the entire construction season, are set to reopen to traffic in time for the holidays
  • The City aims to reopen these streets by a deadline on December 21. Depending on weather conditions, there is a chance the streets could reopen earlier than that, in mid-December
  • Work on phase one of the Dundas Place project, which is the section between Richmond and Ridout streets, is currently on track, after the city implemented a 24-hour, six-day-a-week construction schedule in October. York St. will also reopen to commuters at Talbot St., but the work will resume later in the spring, on April 1, 2019
  • Phase two of the Dundas Place project, which is the section from Richmond Street east to Wellington St., will also get underway next spring


In Sports:

  • Tonight the Western Mustangs men’s hockey team is back in action as they host the Windsor Lancers at Thompson Arena
  • The Mustangs have won their last three games in a row, but find themselves at the .500 mark with a 7 and 7 record. The Lancers on the other hand are on a four game losing streak, but find themselves in the same boat as Western with 7 wins and 7 losses
  • If you can’t make it to Thompson Arena tonight, you can catch the game live right here on 94.9 Radio Western starting at 6:50 p.m. as we set you up for the 7 p.m. puck drop or around the world at



  • Today will be partly sunny in the morning with a few flurries developing in the afternoon. We have an average temperature of 0 degrees with less than a centimetre of snow. You can expect the flurries to continue overnight and the temperature to go down to -2 degrees
  • On Friday, more flurries with a high of 3 degrees
  • On Saturday, it will turn into rain with a high of 4 degrees