Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday - February 13th, 2018

John Urban

Campus News: 
-A Western University student team is actively promoting the 1000 Acts of Welcome challenge, which is an online campaign that recently launched in efforts to engage London residents in creating a welcoming community for newcomers 
-The London & Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership initiated the campaign on Feb. 1  to end racial, religious and ethnic discrimination in the London community by inviting residents to engage in welcoming acts and to share them through the campaign's social media platform
-The goal is to share 1000 acts of welcome by March 21.  An act of welcome is defined as a mindful and respectful interaction with individuals from a variety of racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants and refugees
-The campaign is building on a similar campaign from last December, where close to 1,000 free lawn signs featuring the hashtag #AllAreWelcomeHere were handed out throughout the city

Local News:
-Growth throughout the Forest City this past year could save Londoners a few bucks on their property taxes 
-An $8.2 million boost to the city’s bottom line from the growing tax base in London will pay for the services an expanding city needs 
-City Council decided to use $1.5 million of that assessment growth to reduce the tax hike Londoners will face this year 
-The city only needs about $6.7 million to cover the costs of a growing city
-That cash from a growing tax base helped to lower the 2018 tax hike from 3.3 per cent to 2.8 per cent

-London’s Wharncliffe Road will be shut down for more than five months for a massive road reconstruction project
-The rebuilding of the rail bridge at Horton Street and Wharncliffe roads, will close Wharncliffe at that intersection in 2020, a route now travelled by about 31,000 vehicles a day  
-It also will see Horton Street, which sees 20,000 cars and trucks daily driving east and west at that intersection, closed for about three months at the same time
-The Wharncliffe Road work from Springbank Drive (including Horton Street) to Stanley Street is budgeted at $39 million and the rail bridge rebuild alone will cost $16 million

-The streak continues for the Western Mustangs as the men's squash team captured their 35th consecutive OUA Championship back on Sunday afternoon at the Queen's Athletics and Recreation Centre 
-Western ran the table on the men's side winning all five of their games while going an impressive 45-0 in their matches to extend a championship streak that began during the 1983-84 season
-The Mustangs took bronze on the women's side, claiming third place with 21 match wins
-Leading Western to their 45th overall men's banner were Matt Henderson and David Mill who were named OUA All-Stars for their efforts
-Western's Amy Commisso was recognized for her efforts at the championship, earning a spot on the OUA All-Star team

-Expect a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon with a high of -3 
-Tomorrow is supposed to warm up to 4 degrees and be a sunny day 
-Thursday will be a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 5 degrees and Friday we drop down to -2 with more mixture of sun and cloud

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