Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Four Western research projects recently shared more than $2 million in Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Strategic Partnership Grants.
  • They are among 75 projects, with nearly $45 million in total funding, that will connect Canada’s best and brightest researchers with industry, government and other partners to transform science into tangible benefits for Canadians.
  • The goal of the grants is to increase research and training in targeted areas that could strongly enhance Canada’s economy, society and/or environment within the next decade. Research and training under these grants must be conducted through a partnership between academic researchers and industry or government organizations.
  • Western’s funded projects included:
  • Chemistry professor François Lagugné-Labarthet, for his Development of a super-resolution stochastical optical reconstruction Raman microscope for online nanoscale electronic and photonics devices quality control, which doles out around half a million dollars over three years.
  • Biology professor Mark Bernards, for his study Changes in ginsenosides and soil biodiversity related to management of ginseng replant disease, worth around $660,802
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Abdallah Shami, for his project Smart Virtualized Platform for Cloud Management Systems, $486,000
  • Biology professor Danielle Way, studying Integrating acclimation capacity of tree species into assessments of climate change impacts on Canada’s boreal forest productivity, giving her over $600,000 across three years.


  • It seems as if every time you look online there’s a new allergy someone has developed. Well, a London allergy doctor is trying to decipher what’s fact, and what’s fake news.
  • Dr. Samira Jeimy is an immunologist and allergy expert for St. Joseph’s Health Care, and notes that there has been a big shift in thinking in the field of allergies not only by patients, but by medical professionals.
  • An example of the shift is evident when you consider that as close as ten years ago, it was recommended that parents keep their young children away from allergens such as peanut butter, whereas the exact opposite is being recommended to parents now, suggesting they expose their children to common allergens.
  • These mixed messages have inspired Dr. Jeimy to launch a website that aims to debunk the myths and set the facts straight about food allergies.
  • In addition to the conversation about when to expose kids to allergens, another point of concern for Dr. Jeimy is the expensive tests that are available to patients that have not undergone proper clinical scrutiny.
  • Being the parent of a child with a food allergy is challenging, and often forces them to think that they have to become an expert on the allergy, and take any and all measures to prevent their child from coming into contact with the forbidden food.
  • A new area of study is re-introducing the foods that children are allergic to try and see if early allergens can be reversed.
  • This information, plus much more can be found on Dr. Jeimy’s section on St. Joseph’s Health Care’s website under the “Our Stories” section.


  • The London Nationals are preparing for their final game of the season tonight, as it is Game 7 of the Sutherland Cup Championship series against the Waterloo Siskins.
  • It has been a back and forth series so far, with the teams exchanging back-to-back wins through the first four games of the series, then splitting games five and six to force tonight’s contest back in London.
  • The Siskins are in the big dance as one of the top playoff teams in the GOJHL, losing only a handful of times and knocking out the league’s top team in the Sutherland semifinals. The Nationals are back in the Championship series for the third time in four years, but have not won the title since 2013.
  • They exorcised their demons from last year, knocking out the defending champion Listowel Cyclones in the previous round.
  • Both teams have suffered close losses, and blowout losses in the series.
  • They have both won huge games on the road and at home. It is as even of a playoff series as you can draw up, and it all comes to an end tonight.
  • Game 7 of the Sutherland Cup Championship series will be played at 7pm at the Western Fair District Sports Centre, with tickets available at the door.
  • Be sure to come out for an electrifying hockey atmosphere.


  • Arguably the nicest day of the week today, with a high of 14 degrees this afternoon with a mostly sunny sky.
  • Some showers are expected this evening with the temperature expected to go down to 8 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will be warm and wet, with a high of 20 but 1-3 mm of rain expected throughout the day.
  • Then Friday will be a high of 12 degrees with some more showers expected.