Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Roger Cumberbatch



  • The Gazette won three John H. McDonald awards for excellence in Canadian student journalism earlier this month
  • NASH, the annual conference and awards gala tailored to Canadian student journalists, saw its most recent rendition, NASH81, happen in Calgary from Jan. 3-6
  • Attendees received education through panel and classroom sessions from industry professionals, before an awards banquet
  • The Gazette won in each of the three categories it was nominated in
  • The award winners were the following: Investigative Reporting Award and Humour Award by Richard Joseph and  Photo of the Year by Michael Conley
  • The University Students' Council’s elections for the positions of president and vice-president are now open for student slate nominations
  • The nomination period is running from Jan. 8 to 18. Approved slates will then be able to start campaigning on Jan. 21
  • A three-hour debate between presidential slates will take place on the evening of Jan. 28, with the media debate planned for earlier that week
  • Ballots will feature two referendum questions regarding the university health and dental plans
  • The questions will ask if students support a nine per cent increase per year for two years for each of the health and dental plans
  • After two years of increases, the health and dental plans will return to the existing five per cent cap on increases
  • If the referendum passes, the health plan fee will increase from $138.47 to $150.93 during the first year and then up to $164.52 in the second year
  • The dental plan will increase from $141.50 to $154.24 in the first year and then up to $168.12 in the second year
  • The motion for presenting the referendums was carried forward with a 77 per cent vote at a November USC council meeting
  • Presenters cited upcoming changes to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan and other problems facing the Campus Trust fund
  • The voting period will run from Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. to Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., with results being announced on the evening of Feb. 6. Full-time or part-time undergraduate students may vote by logging in online using their university user information
  • To run for a slate, students can fill out a nomination form, accessed through or the USC main office, and submit it to the USC main office by 4 p.m. on Jan. 18


  • A fire forced the evacuation of a west London high school Monday afternoon
  • A small fire in the facilities area of Saunders secondary school prompted the evacuation, school officials said on a statement posted on its website
  • Nobody was injured and students and staff were able to return to the building a short time later
  • An alert was published on the homepage of the school’s website Monday afternoon
  • It read, in part, that “all community use/rental agreements are cancelled” for Monday evening as a result of the fire


  • The Mustangs got their much needed sweep of the Algoma Thunderbirds this weekend, winning the second of back to back games at home versus the Thunderbirds, 51-45
  • Although the effort was collective as a team, the win was fueled largely by the 15 points by fourth year guard, Laura Graham
  • Western turned up the pressure in the second half, and it seemed to work for the most part, although they did at times have breakdowns in the defence, giving Algoma wide open looks from the land beyond
  • In the end, the return to the lineup of key players injected some sorely missed team chemistry and leadership, which proved to be too much for the visiting Thunderbirds
  • The win, improves the record of the purple and white to 3-11
  • The Thunderbirds drop to 4-10, inching the Mustangs closer to climbing out of the OUA West division basement
  • Western hosts their rivals from Waterloo, as the Warriors visit Alumni Hall on Friday January 18th at 6pm live here on Radio Western


  • We could see some flurries this afternoon as we reach our high of -1 and the chance of a few flurries continues overnight as we drop down to -3 degrees
  • Tomorrow will be a little windy with gusts up to 30km/h from the North/West, with a high of -1
  • Thursday, more scattered flurries in store with a high of -3 degrees, feeling more like -5 with the wind chill