Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Greg Bowman

Campus:

- Every day 40,000 children spend most or all of their day outside the traditional classroom in Ontario. The reason – their intellectual ability.
- February is Inclusive Education Month in Canada. Western University’s Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education is raising awareness about how inclusive schools help provide quality education to students with an intellectual disability. Based in Western’s Faculty of Education, researchers at the Centre are also stressing that more work needs to be done to ensure inclusion takes place in the school system.
- As part of raising awareness, the Faculty and Centre are hosting a film screening of Intelligent Lives on Wednesday, February 13 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce
- After the screening, there will be a  Q&A session about how teachers and school administrators can enhance inclusion in the classroom.
- Intelligent Lives was directed by documentary filmmaker Dan Habib. Nominated for Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2013,  Habib has been featured by ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘The Washington Post’ and ‘Exceptional Parent Magazine.’

- 234,000 Ontario students received tuition grants for 2017-18 from a program the provincial government is looking to axe, according to a CBC report.
- 40% of the province's domestic, full-time students received non-repaid grants for some of their tuition fees, which aided up to half of some university's student populations. 7,903 students at Western University, one-in-four of its domestic full-time enrolment, were part of the program.
- Last month, the PC Provincial Minister for Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton announced the ministry's new tuition framework: the free-of-charge grants would be replaced by loans, and an old six-month grace period before the loans accrue interest would be removed.
- The province offered a 10%cut to overall tuition costs as an alternative, which would cause a $43 million loss for Western by 2021.
- Also included in the announcement was an opt-out of previously mandatory ancillary fees, which fund student government services like health insurance.
- The announcement has seen widespread condemnation from student protests — including demonstrations on Concrete Beach — and an impromptu alliance of 76 student unions across Canada.

Local:

- Officials with the Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board announced that all schools and administration offices are going to be closed due to road conditions caused by freezing rain hitting the region overnight.
- Schools in the French Catholic School Board in London and Woodstock as well as all locations of the Montessori Academy of London are also closed Wednesday, officials said.
- Earlier the school bus authority announced all school transportation was cancelled.
- Both Western University and Fanshawe College are open.
- More than just schools are affected by the weather. The London International Airport is advising travellers to check the status of their flights as there have been some cancellations and delays.

Sports:

- Mustang Softball Senior, Captain Claire Linton has won the 4th Annual Jeffrey Reed Courage Award (est. October 2015).  This award is presented annually to a Southwestern Ontario athlete – amateur or professional – who inspire others by demonstrating courage on and off the playing field.
- Claire plays first base for the Western Mustangs softball team.  Her major is Medical Sciences and she is a 4 time Academic All Canadian.  Next year, she plans to continue her education in medical or graduate school.  She overcame a severe calf injury in her second year here to become a starter in years 3 and 4.  
- She is an unselfish leader who sets a great example for her teammates and the young softball enthusiasts who attend the team’s weekly winter youth skills clinics.  During Claire’s tenure here, the Mustangs have won the Conference and Provincial titles 4 times as well as playing in 3 National finals (winning the Championship in 2017).  
- In 2018, Claire batted 0.424; had an on base percentage of 0.486, and a 1.138 on base plus slugging average.  

Weather:

- There is still a Freezing Rain alert issued by Environment Canada for the Southwestern Ontario region and we have a high percentage of seeing some more freezing rain this afternoon.
- There is some drizzle expected overnight with some foggy patches, as we drop down to -1.  
- Tomorrow we have an 80% chance of some light rain, between 5-10mm, with a day time high of 8 degrees.