Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, May 6th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • King’s University College professor Pamela Cushing has been named recipient of the Canadian Disability Studies Association award for outstanding leadership.
  • Cushing founded the King’s Disabilities Studies program. She has devoted her career to Jean Vanier’s L’Arche communities, which is a vision where those with and without disabilities live together and recognize each other’s intrinsic values.
  • Her studies led to her founding the disability studies program at King's College seven years ago, which surpassed its four year trial run and now offers over 25 courses. The program’s key is developing case studies with multiple perspectives on disabilities, which helps students gain insights and changes their context to come up with more sustainable change.
  • It forces students to ponder the structural, economic, political and cultural effects of disabilities.  Part of the goal of the program is to shift the dialogue around disabilities, not approaching it as something that can be beat, or posing those who are disabled as ‘wounded’ and can ‘overcome’ it.
  • Professor Cushing actually started in marketing, earning a degree from Queen’s University, but soon became interested in anthropology and what makes people change their behaviours. While she was studying for her doctorate was when she delved into the works of Jean Vanier.
  • The Jean Vanier Research Centre at King’s College was founded by Cushing and aims to change the attitude towards those who live with disability and how to further empower them. Cushing will receive the Canadian Disabilities Studies Association’s Award Tanis Doe Award in June in British Columbia at a symposium that brings together disability scholars.


  • A local dispensary has committed to providing public lessons about all things cannabis.
  • Central Cannabis, London’s first legal dispensary, is going to run a bi-weekly seminar that will feature guests from the cannabis industry to educate the public on the how it’s grown, and some new products coming down the pipe.
  • The seminar will focus on the store’s three main pillars of education, community and the environment. Central Cannabis is hoping to launch the series next month once it gets the okay from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission. One of their first guests is slated to be a master grower from British Columbia.
  • London’s first dispensary was one of the 10 to open up on April 1st as part of the lottery, and has enjoyed incredible success, welcoming up to 3000 customers in on a typical Saturday.


  • London’s real estate market could be pricey for those looking to buy a home for the first time.
  • The recent spike in the market is good for current homeowners, but complicates things for single home-buyers. According to Zoocasa, London is now the 10th least affordable city in Canada for single people to live in.
  • Home prices jumped up over 11% in March compared to last year, which is notable considering the Toronto market did not see any movement, and Vancouver’s took a drop.
  • The average home price in London during the month of March was just over $400,000, which is less than half of the price of a home in Vancouver, making the Forest City an attractive market.
  • The most affordable market in Canada according to Zoocasa is Regina, with the average home costing around $280,000.


  • The London Nationals have had an absolute battle with the Waterloo Siskins in the GOJHL Sutherland Cup Championship series.
  • On Saturday, they hosted the Siskins in Game 5 of the series, tied at two games apiece.
  • Trailing 3-2 going into the third period, the Siskins scored three unanswered goals to win 5-3. 
  • The teams had a quick turnaround, with Game 6 scheduled in Waterloo about 15 hours later. The Nationals were able to force a Game 7 with a 5-1 win.
  • Christian Polillo, Max Vinogradov, George Diaco, James Turner and Noah Tooke all had goals for the Nationals, while Zach Springer stopped 36 of 37 between the pipes.
  • Game 7 of the series will take place on Wednesday night from the Western Fair Sports Centre.


  • High of 22 degrees today but expect some thundershowers in the late afternoon into the evening with the rain continuing through the night.
  • Tomorrow will see some sun with a high of 14 degrees.
  • Wednesday you can expect some sun with a high of 12 degrees with a chance of showers.