Newscast - Wednesday 10th June 2020
-Award-winning author and seasoned stage performer Ivan Coyote has been named the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It is an appointment that will bring to the Western community a new level of engagement for a new generation of artists.
For more than two decades, Coyote has been using the power of telling stories to work toward a better world by grappling with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity, as well as family, class, social justice and queer liberation.
-Roommates, communal showers and buffet-style dining halls — all hallmarks of traditional residence living — are under close scrutiny as Western looks to revamp its first-year housing amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
But in a statement to the Gazette, Western University’s Housing and Ancillary Services confirmed that all incoming first-years who were promised a place in residence are still guaranteed their spot — but that spot may not be on campus.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-The Ontario government is opening a new leading-edge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Communications Centre in London. This new high-tech facility will provide officers and civilian staff with the modern communications technology needed to better serve and protect communities in Ontario.
The new 35,000 square-foot communications centre will house 135 civilian members and officers who handle emergency and non-emergency calls for service. Equipped with advanced technology, the facility will serve an assigned area of more than 170,000 square kilometres and a population that reaches approximately 850,000 people during the summer months. The new centre will also support other OPP jurisdictions as needed and provide the space OPP officers and civilian members need to conduct their work in an improved workplace environment.
-Places of worship in Ontario have been given the green light to resume services as early as this weekend, but many churches in the London area are taking a slow approach to reopening.
In a statement, the Roman Catholic Bishop of London, Ronald Fabbro, said "it's exciting news for us and all other faith communities in Ontario," but the diocese has decided that its churches will remain closed until plans to safely reopen are finalized.
-Add the 2020 Ontario Summer Games to the lengthy list of events cancelled or postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Event organizers announced Monday that the 26th edition of the games, which were set to take place in London from July 30 to Aug. 2, had been officially pushed back a year to 2021 as a result of restrictions imposed due to COVID-19.
-Airlines are set to lose $84 billion as the coronavirus pandemic reduces revenue by half to mark the worst year in the sector’s history, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast on Tuesday.
With most of the world’s airliners currently parked, IATA said revenue would likely fall to $419 billion from $838 billion last year.
The average loss amounts to almost $38 per passenger flown.
In 2021, IATA warned losses could hit $100 billion as traffic struggles to recover and airlines slash fares to win business.
-On Thursday, expect a temperature of 24 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto Friday expect temperatures to be 22 degrees with cloudy skies. It is currently 24 degrees.