Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, April 12th, 2019

John Urban


  • Astronauts, planetary scientists, engineers and industry partners will be discussing all things space today when Western University hosts Space Day
  • Today’s day-long event will be held in Western’s Physics & Astronomy Building with retired Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams delivering a keynote public talk at 5 p.m. to close the festivities
  • Williams was a space mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in 1998 and served in the same capacity aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2007, which was the 22nd flight to the International Space Station (ISS)
  • During the 2007 mission, Williams participated in three of the four spacewalks, the highest number of spacewalks performed in a single mission
  • He also spent 17 hours and 47 minutes outside ISS, a Canadian record
  • Panel discussions dedicated to Space Resources: The Next Frontier in Exploration and The Return to the Moon and Canada’s Role, featuring experts from Western’s Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration, the Canadian Space Agency, Natural Resources Canada, MDA Maxar, and several other organizations, are also highlights of Space Day
  • An average household in London throws out food almost daily, the equivalent of $600 per year, a new Western-based study shows
  • And if that’s the case in a mid-sized city like London, it’s not a stretch to suggest similar avoidable waste costs are echoed in homes across Canada, the paper’s lead author says
  • Canadian Geographer has recently published Food for Naught, an examination of how much food an average household throws out, and why – and what would motivate residents to stop
  • In the survey of 1,300 London households, residents said they had discarded food on average 4.77 times the previous week for a total of 5.89 food portions
  • Most often, they said they’d bought or prepared more than they could eat before it spoiled
  • So what might make people buy less, and consume more of what they buy? Not their best intentions, or a sense of waste’s environmental or social cost; it’s the cash
  • The study is co-authored by HEAL Lab director and professor Jason Gilliland and Brescia University College professor Jamie Seabrook of the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, and took place in co-operation with the City of London


  • Ontario’s pot regulator is penalizing the owners of a dozen cannabis retail stores, including two in London, for not opening by its April 1 deadline
  • Ranjit Basra, the owner of J. London at 691 Richmond St., and the Ontario numbered company behind Tweed, located at 1025 Wellington St. S., must forfeit $12,500 apiece to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), a spokesperson for the regulator confirmed Wednesday
  • Tweed still is waiting for its retail store authorization from the AGCO – the second last step before it can start serving customers – while J. London officially opened on Wednesday
  • The 25 individuals and companies selected through the AGCO’s lottery to apply for the first cannabis store retail licences were required to submit a $50,000 letter of credit to the regulator as part of the application process
  • Stores not up and running by April 1 – the first day the brick-and-mortar businesses were allowed to open – will forfeit $12,500, the AGCO said
  • In addition, stores not open by mid-month, Monday, April 15, must pay another $12,500
  • Outlets still not operating by the month-end will be penalized a further $25,000, bringing the maximum penalty to $50,000
  • Just 10 of the first 25 stores managed to open by April 1, including Central Cannabis at 666 Wonderland Rd. in London


  • The last time Dale Hunter stood behind a Team Canada bench, he led Canada’s Under-18 Team to a win at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia in 2013
  • It is expected that the Head Coach of your London Knights will be named the head coach of Team Canada’s 2020 entry at the World Junior Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic, beginning on December 26 of this year
  • He was the fastest OHL coach to win 500 games and if he keeps up his current pace, he will soon be the fastest to reach 800
  • Team Canada is coming off a quarter-final loss at the 2019 World Juniors in Vancouver. Canada was eliminated after an overtime loss to Finland
  • In Trinec and Ostrava in 2020, Canada will be in a tough Group B that features the host Czech Republic, Russia, the United States and Germany
  • Speaking of Dale Hunter and the London Knights, they are in action tonight at Budweiser Gardens, as they take on the Guelph Storm in Game #5
  • With the Knights holding a 3-1 series advantage, they’ll look to advance to the OHL Western Conference Finals with a win
  • Puck drop is slated for 7:30pm


  • We have a 60% chance of seeing some thunderstorms this afternoon as we work our way up to 16 degrees, but the sun will come back before it sets
  • By the evening things will get clear as we drop back down to 5 degrees
  • The weekend gives us the best of both worlds that Spring has to offer
  • Saturday is supposed to be sunny with a high of 13, but with wind gusts up to 50km/h
  • Sunday though we have a 90% chance of us getting wet, with us expecting to get 25-35mm of rain with a high of 4