Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Eight members of the Western community have been named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2019, one of Canada’s most prestigious honours for young leaders. Among the honourees are:
  • Robert Cherun, HBA’04, Chief Executive Officer, Stealth Monitoring;
  • Caitlin Dunne, MD’08, co-Director and Partner, Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine;
  • Justine Janssen, HBA’09, Senior Vice President (Strategic Initiatives), Ceridian;
  • Zachary Laksman, Medical Resident, Cardiologist and Heart Rhythm Specialist, University of British Columbia;
  • Jocelyn Mackie, HBA’03, co-CEO, Grand Challenges Canada;
  • Parag Shah, HBA’04, President, NewAge Products;
  • Frank Spano, HBA’04, Chief Operating Officer, NewAge Products; and
  • Nicole Verkindt, HBA’07, Founder and CEO, OMX
  • Founded in 1995 by Caldwell Partners, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 is a dynamic awards program that identifies outstanding young achievers in Canadian business, visionaries and innovators changing the way things are done. They are inspiring others and already giving back to their communities and to Canada.
  • Honourees have gone on to create remarkable track records of achievement post-award; the ranks of Top 40 alumni include hundreds of nationally and internationally prominent CEOs, CFOs, executives and entrepreneurs.


  • Ontario will introduce a redesigned career studies curriculum this fall that teaches personal budgeting and encourages kids to pursue the “jobs of the future,” Education Minister Stephen Lecce says.
  • There will be a strong focus on careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math, he said.
  • Parents told the government they want their children to develop stronger financial literacy skills, including responsible use of credit and the importance of paying bills on time.
  • Lecce said he also wants students to be able to monetize their skills, leading them to good-paying jobs.
  • Maddie Di Muccio, president of Society for Quality Education (SQE,) said the new minister may mean well but STEM-related courses are increasingly becoming casualties of his government’s higher cap on classroom sizes and budget constraints.
  • Under changes announced by previous education minister Lisa Thompson, the average class size in Grades 9 to 12 will rise to 28, from the current 22.
  • The new minister should give principals more leeway to protect STEM classes that don’t attract large numbers, she said.
  • Lecce said individual school boards decide which courses to offer to students, but he supports specialized programs STEM and music.
  • The government has provided a financial top-up to boards to protect these types of programs.
  • A major hurdle facing the new Minister is the renegotiation of teacher collective agreements which end Aug. 31.
  • The Minister said he wants to expedite those negotiations, and believes a deal is possible without disrupting classroom education.


  • The London Majors had a tough stretch that ended on a high note over the long weekend.
  • On Friday, they hosted the Welland Jackfish at Labatt Park, but got trounced 12-0.
  • That snapped a five game winning streak for London, who dropped their second game of the weekend on Sunday to the Toronto Maple Leafs narrowly 8-7.
  • Things didn’t get much easier on Monday for their annual Canada Day game, as they welcomed the top-seeded and four-time defending IBL Champion Barrie Baycats to town. But the Majors struck early and often, blowing out the Baycats 15-3.
  • Cleveland Brownlee hit his 100th career home run with a solo shot in the third inning. 
  • The Majors now move to 12-12 on the year, and currently sit in sixth but are within a game of third place in the IBL standings.
  • They will be in Brantford tonight to take on the Red Sox, then will host the Kitchener Panthers on Friday evening. 


  • High of 29 degrees today feeling more like 35 with the humidex with a chance of thundershowers this afternoon.
  • It will clear up this evening still hovering at around 26 then down to 18 overnight.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 29 with another chance of thundershowers in the afternoon.
  • Then Friday it will reach 30 degrees, nearly 40 with the humidity, but again with a chance of thundershowers.