Newscast - Monday 15th June 2020
-Western researchers were top in Canada for research output for the second year in a row, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University 2021 rankings released June 10.
Western rose eight spots this year in the overall rankings, placing 203rd among top universities around the globe. At home, the university placed 8th in Canada and 4th in Ontario.
-An interdisciplinary team of researchers have joined forces for a first-time look at family-leave policies across the country in an effort to create more consistent and equitable systems for all Canadian families with children.
Western sociologist Rachel Margolis says disparities in parental leave policies have left some Canadian families behind. She is co-investigator of a $2.5-million grant to examine what policies can best support families and society.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-A community of tents can be spotted across a park near downtown London, Ont., and the city says they’re letting them stay — for now.
Since the coronavirus pandemic made its impact in mid-March, the City of London paused its ban to allow homeless encampments.
-A new analysis of the country's stock of affordable housing suggests the Liberals' decade-long strategy to provide more of it is starting in a deeper hole than previously thought, and may be further behind once the COVID-19 pandemic passes.
But the pandemic could also mean an opportunity for governments to pick up rental units cheaply.
Carleton University researcher Steve Pomeroy, whom housing groups and governments both rely on for advice, found a decline of 322,600 affordable rental units in the private market between 2011 and 2016.
-Lionel Messi and Barcelona looked sharp in their La Liga return on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 win at Mallorca to move five points clear atop the table. Messi had been dealing with a thigh injury in recent weeks but had trained with the first team since Monday and didn't look a step slow in his first 90 minutes back. Barca got off to a fast start and actually grabbed the winning goal just two minutes in when Jordi Alba found the head of Arturo Vidal in the box.
-International students are expected to begin returning to Australia next month despite Chinese warnings of coronavirus pandemic-related racism, the Australian prime minister said on Friday.
International students would be allowed to come to Australia under approved plans to study at nominated institutions, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said after a pandemic meeting with state leaders.
-On Tuesday, expect a temperature of 27 degrees with sunny skies. Moving onto Wednesday expect temperatures to be 28 degrees with cloudy skies. It is currently 19 degrees.