Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, February 8th, 2019

Matthew Chasmar



  • Bardia + Cat 2019 have been elected as the 2019-2020 President and Vice President of the University Students Council
  • The slate, composed of President-elect Bardia Jalayer and Vice-President-Elect Catherine Dunne, ran a campaign focused on their experiences as students with the aim of reflecting real issues on campus
  • They won with 4,277 votes, a 17% margin over rival slate TeamForYe, who received 3,049 votes
  • TeamForYe consisted of Presidential candidate Frank Ye and Vice-Presidential Candidate Jared Forman, presidents of the Science and Social Science students’ councils respectively
  • Once in office, Bardia + Cat have said that they hope to represent students’ voices, in particular when it comes to the cuts to OSAP funding recently proposed by the Province
  • In addition, both of this years’ referendum questions, on the topic of fee increases to both the student health and dental plans, were declared invalid by the USC’s Elections Governance Committee
  • These questions were mandatory for all students who voted, yet did not give voters the option to abstain, in violation of the USC’s election bylaws
  • Had these questions passed, the fee for both plans would have increased by 9% for two years, before returning to the annual cap of 5% increase annually


  • Western’s residence staff unionization is one step closer thanks to a passing motion by the USC that states they support the efforts during a meeting last Wednesday
  • The motion, introduced by University Students' Council president Mitchell Pratt and seconded by science counsellor Victoria Barroso, expressed that the USC has heard from residence staff members and that changes to the culture within residence are required
  • Staff filed for unionization with the provincial government in January, spurring a decisive vote amongst members this Wednesday
  • If 50% plus one member vote affirmatively, staff which work with over 5,000 students across campus’ nine residences will have a recognized bargaining front
  • However, council’s motion is not an endorsement of the proposed union
  • According to the motion, the USC believes that residence staff members are not fairly compensated for their work
  • Barroso, who was a residence advisor in her second-year, highlighted  the "emotional" costs of living in residence as a staff member
  • The issues discussed in council included mental health support for student leaders, cost of living, work-life-school balance, performance appraisals and compensation


  • London’s Parkwood institute has launched a new app which they hope will improve access to mental health care for young people
  • The app, known as Teleprom-Y and being trialled by St. Joseph’s Health Care London, aims to better connect tech-savvy youth to mental health professionals
  • The service will allow patients and doctors to talk via secure video, message back and forth and book appointments
  • Doctors and nurses will also be able to send patients advice and questionnaires
  • The program is being trialled with a group of 120 people between the ages of 16 and 25 years old who are living with anxiety or depression, and currently receiving care from hospital- or community-based mental health programs
  • The two-year study will allow researchers to evaluate the app on a variety of factors, including whether it improves patient access to treatment, aids connectivity between patients and doctors, and accurately monitors changes in patients’ mood and behaviour


  • The Western Mustangs men’s hockey team will kick off a doubleheader against the Lakehead Thunderwolves tonight from Thompson Arena
  • Lakehead comes in with an 11-14-1 record, which is one point out of the last playoff spot in the OUA
  • Earlier this week our own Greg Bowman spoke with the head coach of Lakehead in Chris Wilkins, who talked about the keys to the game for his Thunderwolves
  • Western has already clinched a playoff spot with a 14-11-1 record which gives them the third spot in the OUA right now
  • Although they have clinched a berth in the playoffs, their seeding is yet to be determined, as there are just three points separating third from seventh place in the OUA
  • Yesterday, John Urban spoke with Mustangs coach Clarke Singer who went through the keys to the game for the matchup


  • A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada for strong and gusty winds throughout the day today, as well as blowing snow
  • Southwest winds gusting to as much as 80km/h will continue throughout the morning before diminishing in the afternoon
  • Expect a temperature of -6 tomorrow feeling more like -11, with mainly sunny conditions
  • Moving into Sunday, expect -3 feeling more like -5, with some flurries