Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday July 10th, 2018

John Urban

-If you’re looking for the latest copy of the Western News, but can’t find one, there is a reason
-After an historic 46-year run, Western News published its final print edition back on June 21
-Western News traces its roots to The University of Western Ontario Newsletter, a one-page leaflet that debuted on Sept. 23, 1965
-The first issue of the newspaper was published on Nov. 16, 1972, merging the UWO Times and Western Times newsletters
-For years, Western News saw fewer and fewer people pick up the print product every week, while more and more consumed content in its digital forms
-Each week, the Western News team works to feed more than a print edition, by providing dozens of stories and photographs for the university homepage; Inside Western; faculty, department and unit websites; social media channels; alumni magazines and faculty publications; press releases; and so on

-The first woman fire chief in London’s history, is Lori Hamer
-Hamer, who’s been with the London fire department since 2016, when she was hired as a deputy chief of communications, has made it a central goal to meet with fire crews and hear directly from employees about concerns since she took over as acting chief in March
-Hamer was appointed acting chief as the fire department became embroiled in workplace harassment allegations, and after former chief John Kobarda’s retirement was suddenly announced
-She’s the first woman to lead the city’s fire department, and one of only a few female fire chiefs in Ontario
-For Hamer, her experience includes two decades in fire communications and management roles at the Kitchener and London fire departments
-She began her career as a 911 dispatcher in Kitchener — gives her a unique perspective and a different approach
-Hamer is waiting for recommendations from the Toronto-based firm hired by city hall to conduct a harassment investigation and review

-Women and girls now have access to a digital mapping tool that lets them tag places in the city where they feel unsafe
-The website, launched Monday, is part of the Safe City London initiative which was created through a worldwide United Nations Women program aimed at enhancing safety for women and girls in public spaces
-According to local women’s shelter and support centre, ANOVA, the site is the first step in a five-year plan that aims to identify the scope of local experiences of violence and harassment
-Users are then asked to explain why they feel safe or unsafe
-From there, a few follow up questions are asked to gather additional details about the context of the experience
-That information will then be used by ANOVA and the Safe Cities Advisory Committee to identify patterns and trends that will help shape recommendations to council
-Along with the website, there will also be four or five focus groups
-They add groping, catcalls, leering, and whistles are all forms of sexual harassment and can prevent women and girls from feeling safe to move about their city
-Early data from the study will be shared with Council in January 2019
-After Winnipeg and Edmonton, London is the third city in Canada to become a United Nations Safe City

-London Majors veteran Cleveland Brownlee broke the team’s all-time regular season home run record on the weekend
-Friday night he tied the record with a dinger that helped seal an 11-3 win over Toronto. Brownlee’s 69th career homer in a Majors uniform was one of 15 London hits on the night against the Maple Leafs
-He tied Dave Byers for the all-time mark
-Joan Montero got the win for London at Labatt Park, as he was dominant, striking out 10 through the first five innings
-Eventually Cleveland would break the record the next game against Brantford, and recently hit his 71st homerun on Sunday in Hamilton

-This afternoon it will be 28 degrees with mainly sunny skies with cloudy periods
-The rest of your work week is a Sunny one; Wednesday 28 mainly sunny, Thursday 28 nothing but sun and Friday 29 with a mix of sun and cloud