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NEWSCAST - Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

Taniya Sheikh

Campus News:

  • In the midst of a national opioid crisis, some Canadian school boards have implemented school-based naloxone programs in order to provide secondary school administrators, teachers and students with access to naloxone kits, which can reverse an opioid overdose
  • Recognizing that school boards have limited budgets for public health interventions, researchers at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Ivey Business School have used the principles of cost-effectiveness in order to determine whether or not naloxone programs are the best use of resources
  • The study determined that in order for the naloxone program to be cost-effective, there would need to be at least one overdose per year across the whole school board, and they would need to reduce mortality by about 50 per cent
  • The researchers argue that if the risk of an overdose in a high school is low, then other programs aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of students may be better use of limited resources.

Local News:

  • Maple Leaf Foods says it plans to construct a state-of-the-art 640,000 square-foot fresh poultry facility in the city’s southeast at a cost of $660 million
  • Construction on the poultry-processing plant is set to begin in the spring on Wilton Grove Road at Highbury Avenue, with an opening date set for early-to-mid 2021, the company said in a statement
  • When it opens, the facility will directly support more than 1,450 full- and part-time jobs — a number the company says it expects to grow as production volumes rise — and indirectly support a further 1,400 jobs
  • Construction on the plant itself is set to generate 300 jobs
  • The project, coming at a total cost of around $660 million, is being funded largely by the company, with $34.5 million coming from the province, $20 million from the federal government, and $8 million from an AgriInnovate Fund loan
  • Three ageing Maple Leaf plants across Ontario — in St. Marys, Toronto, and Brampton — will close and have their operations consolidated into the London facility, the company said. The St. Marys facility will shut down by late 2021, while the others will be closed by mid-to-late 2022
  • Maple Leaf Foods said the location was chosen for its close proximity to chicken farms, contract growers, and major transportation corridors, including Hwy. 401.According to the London Economic Development Corporation, more than 60 food and beverage companies — including Labatt, McCormick, Dr. Oetker, Cargill, Nestle, and others — employ more than 7,000 people in London


Sports:

  • The Western Mustangs lost to the Brock Badgers 4-3 in a shootout back on Friday night at Thompson arena
  • It was a special night at Thompson arena, as Eddy Lefrancois came to centre ice for the puck drop. He was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's in 1992 and was only expected to live until 1997, the year his nieces, Evra and Edie Levesque were born. Edie was named after him, and she helped wheel him to the centre ice red carpet to drop the puck for Evra and Brock's captain Brenna Murphy
  • After the game couldn’t be decided in 60 minutes or overtime, Alyssa key-iarello and April Clark were the Mustangs' shooters, but both shots were saved by goaltending star Murphy. Maplethorpe and Ieradi got past Webster to secure their team's 4-3 win
  • The Mustangs face the York Lions this Friday night in Toronto at 7:00pm and you can catch all the action live right here on Radio Western starting at 6:50pm as our pre-game show sets you up for the 7pm puck drop 

Weather:

  • Chilly start to the morning at -2 degrees with light snow grains and travel advisory is in effect as Strong gusty northwest winds will generate flurries and a risk of snow squalls all of today and tonight, which could produce local snowfall amounts of 10 to 15 cm
  •  Light snow can be expected all through this week to friday and on Saturday we might have light showers occuring every 2-3 hours and a little sun on sunday with a high of 8 and low of 3