Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, December 11th 2018

Emily Renneberg


- Innovation is what drives us forward, so it’s good news that every faculty at Western now has at least one innovation Ambassador whose job is to help share and cultivate all ideas and values.
- It’s not just about commercialization or entrepreneurship, it’s also into knowledge mobilization, information-sharing and interdisciplinary research, so innovation ambassadors are charged with the mission to connect great ideas from the multiple areas of their faculty.
- They also connect with other faculties around campus to open up new avenues for innovation.
- Having innovation ambassadors throughout campus helps entrepreneurship and culture change take place among teams.
- Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Les Kalman said the Innovation Ambassador program is such a great initiative that he knew he wanted to be part of it to interact, collaborate and share his experiences.
- Each faculty has a very distinct landscape. By having an ambassador in each, it broadens and adds to the knowledge and experience base. If every department had one it would indicate Western is developing more and more faculty comfortable in the commercialization and entrepreneurship space.
-The university hopes that the impact of translating research to a commercialized product, or an entrepreneurship, will have a profound effect on students and colleagues.
-Gatherings, such as the recent faculty interdisciplinary networking event, with another tentatively scheduled for Reading Week in February, allows faculty members to share their experience and insight with others they may not normally interact with.
-For example, the Graduate Student Innovation Scholars program, run twice a year, offers students in-class training on everything from intellectual property, business plans, and to how to make pitches.
-Western Entrepreneurship team member Lisa Cechetto said “It’s not just administrative people who are trying to create this culture, but well-respected faculty members who have the experience and can be recognized as go-to people within their department and faculty to help spread the word.”

-The online “knowledge centre” unveiled by federal government officials in London on Monday, could help create new policies and programs to curb gender-based violence, experts on women abuse say.
- Named the Gender-Based Violence Knowledge Centre, the new Internet-based hub was launched by Maryam Monsef, the federal government’s status of women minister. It will work as a centralized “information hub” that compiles federal activities, statistics and up-to-date information related to gender-based violence, and can be accessed by both citizens and agencies.
- Barb MacQuarrie, community director at Western University’s Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children noted that the hub is not just for government research, but gives a platform for the country to share work and shows that gender violence issues are being taken seriously.
- The hub was created after a consultation process that started in 2016, coming from requests by frontline workers and agencies working with victims of gender-based violence.
- In a recent study, led in part by Western University researchers, is was determined that four groups are affected by more than half the domestic homicides in Canada: Indigenous populations; immigrant and refugee populations; rural, remote, and northern populations; and children killed in the context of domestic violence.
- At the hub’s launch, Monsef also announced up to $5 million in new funding to support research projects on gender-based violence and gender equality that may aid certain groups, including Indigenous popualtions, people with disabilities, men and boys, newcomers, people living in rural and remote communities.
- Western University faculty believes that this announcement, as well as three government commissioned surveys that will explore how violence is experienced by different groups, will be fundamental in creating more effective programs and policies by providing more data across genders, that will allow researchers to understand different experiences and curate better messaging.


- Southwestern Ontario’s largest hospital is apologizing for a holiday door decoration showing an elf in patient bed restraints – devices most often used on agitated patients or ones with mental illness.
- The handmade paper decoration at London Health Sciences Centre says “4 point restraints for Santa’s snitch” and shows a smiling elf with its arms tied to rails. A photo of the door was posted on social media Sunday afternoon by a concerned member of the public.
- London Health Sciences Centre responded on Twitter on Monday just after 11 a.m. to say the decoration had been taken down, and they apologize for the insensitivity.

- Less than a year after discounted bus tickets for seniors were taken out of circulation in London, Counsellor Michael van Holst is joining the fray to advocate for restoring the discount – and the city hall subsidy.
- The seniors’ discount was phased out in early 2018, when city hall instead introduced a $52 monthly bus pass for low-income Londoners of any age. Monthly passes regularly sell for $81.
- van Holst points out that many seniors who are above the low-income cuttoff still face financial challenges. He also recognizes that seniors take the bus less frequently, and just want to buy the number of individual tickets that makes sense for their schedule.
- He’s written a letter to the civic works committee suggesting politicians should immediately reinstate the senior discount, or refer it to the next budget debate.
- In 2017, the last year the program was available, it cost city hall $380,000. That’s the difference between the full price of a bus ticket and the discounted rate – city hall filled in the gap, subsidizing that discount for senior riders.
- van Holst said the price argues it’s worth it.
- Council will likely reassess a seniors’ discount when other pilot projects and rider subsidies are examined by council and transit commissioners at the end of 2019.
- A couple of months would likely be enough time to add the seniors discount back into the smart card system which they currently have.
- Van Holst is not the first to raise the issue. As city politicians debated a 2018 budget update, Councillor Josh Morgan made a last-ditch plea to bring back the discount for seniors before it was officially phased out in January 2018.
- That motion was narrowly defeated in a 6-5 vote, with van Holst, Bill Armstrong, Phil Squire and Harold Usher backing Morgan’s pitch.


- The Nationals started this season as London’s hottest hockey team until the Knights took over the torch up until Saturday’s 5-1 loss against the Owen Sound Attack. But now, it’s the Junior Devilettes, who won Provincial Women’s Hockey League games in Aurora and Barrie this past weekend to push their current winning streak to 11 straight.
- The team has come a long way since the beginning of the season with a couple of bumps along the road. This stretch included a perfect 5-0 run through the USA Canada Cup in Kitchener, earning them a only bronze medal.
- London is seventh in the PWHL, but that ranking is misleading, as first-place Nepean has played eight more games than the Devilettes and they’re only 10 points ahead of them.
- Jamie Johnson, brought in from British Columbia to be a key stopper, and Rachael Bentley have handled the crease duties.
- Maggie McKee leads the team in scoring and Julia Gosling has scored 12 goals in 12 league games. She missed two weeks recently with a wrist injury and the Devilettes kept winning despite losing a key goal scorer.
- The Devilettes will lose both Goslings – Julia and younger cousin Nicole – to international duty for a couple of weeks in early January as they were both named to Canada’s roster for the U18 world championships in Japan.
- They also have been forced to cope without veteran forward Kyra Minoletti, who is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. It’s the second major injury during the past few seasons for the 18-year-old from Melbourne.
- With a couple of games coming up against teams that are ranked ahead of the Devilettes, including Kingston on Friday, they have an opportunity to pick up ground and move up the standings quickly.  


- Today will see a high of -1 with a bit of sun in the early afternoon but some flurries expected later on today.
- -3 expected overnight with some light flurries before it warms up to two degrees tomorrow afternoon with mix of sun and snow.
- High of three with a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday, and four degrees with rain expected on your Friday. Right now in London, it’s -3.