Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Mehek Mazhar


-We now have two new, Acting Deans, for the largest faculties on campus: Engineering professor Greg Kopp and Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry professor Davy Cheng
-Both will serve the role of Acting Dean for their departments throughout this next year, as the university begins searching for new deans
-In the engineering department, former dean Andrew Hrymak moved on to the role of provost and vice president (academic) last month
-Professor Greg Kopp will now serve as Acting Dean until June 30, 2019
-Kopp started teaching at Western in 1997 in the department of civil and environmental engineering. he’s served as associate dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies. Kopp has made moves in research, too, as the director of the boundary layer wind tunnel lab and lead researcher for the Three Little Pigs Project at the Insurance Research Lab for Better Homes
-Kopp is a former Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering
-Kopp’s research projects have been about reducing damage to structures during extreme wind storms like tornadoes and hurricanes
-His research has provided affordable measures to make resilient homes all the way from Canada to the Caribbean
-At Schulich, former dean Dr. Michael Strong is transitioning into his new role of President of the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. Davy Cheng, a professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative medicine, will be Acting Dean as of October 1st until June 30th, 2019
-Cheng is a Distinguished University Professor who is currently Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs within Schulich
-He is recognized as a world expert in perioperative outcomes and resource utilization in cardiac surgery and anesthesia, critical care medicine, and perioperative evidence-based medicine
-Prior to his current role, Cheng served as the Chair and Chief of the Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine for more than 15 years

-As tensions escalate between the Canadian government and Saudi Arabia, locked in a human rights standoff, there are growing fears about the future of a $15-billion arms deal — the largest industrial contract in London’s history — to supply light armoured military vehicles for the desert kingdom
-The deal between a federal Crown corporation and the Saudi government is being supplied by the Canadian division of a giant American defence contractor, General Dynamics, which operates a sprawling manufacturing plant in London
-Besides expelling Canada’s ambassador, Saudi Arabia says it’s freezing all new trade and investment transactions with Canada and ordering the return of 18,000 Saudi students in Canada, including 131 attending Western University
-The worry is that further provoking the Saudis could prompt them to back out of the deal involving General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS)
-GDLS, which in London operates one of the world’s largest factories producing wheeled armoured military vehicles, has become a heavy hitter in the regional economy, employing nearly 500 production workers alone in London and building vehicles for Canada, the United States and major allies
-But while the business freeze the Saudis imposed shouldn’t affect the GDLS deal, signed in 2014, the local president of the union representing the workers calls the Saudi response a “huge overreaction” and notes there are fears on the shop floor that the feud could escalate further
-GDLS Canada officials wouldn’t comment on the issue, a stance they’ve maintained for some time

-The London Majors couldn’t catch those Barrie Baycats in the 2018 IBL Standings, finishing 7 ½ games back of the pennant winners
-London’s 20-16 record was good enough for 3rd place, with the Kitchener Panthers finishing in second place
-As a result the Majors will take on the Hamilton Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs in a best of five series starting tonight with home field advantage
-First pitch is slated for 7:35pm from Labatt Memorial Park

-Last weekend the 2018 Ontario Summer Games took place in the Forest City, with many of the events taking place right here on campus
-Popular sports such as basketball, baseball and ice hockey took place, but as well as lesser known sports like field hockey, table tennis and beach volleyball
-Dylan Villanueva is a rising star in the world of archery. Despite his young age, he is entering Grade 9 this fall, Dylan has proven that he belongs among the elite for his age group
-While in London for the Ontario Summer Games he claimed the Gold in both the male cadet compound Double-720 competition and Flight A of the male cadet compound match elimination competition
-Prior to this tournament Dylan claimed his ever Gold in the male cub compound competition at the Canadian Indoor Regional Championships, adding to his total of 6 Silvers and 1 Bronze from various Provincial tournaments
-Good luck to Dylan as he represents Ontario in Truro, Nova Scotia at the 2018 Canadian Target and Field Championships August 7-12

-This afternoon we do have a 60% chance of seeing some thunderstorms roll through the area as we reach our high of 24 degrees, with it feeling more like 33 with the humidex
-We could see more of the sun though before it sets this evening
-Tomorrow will be much of the same with a high of 28, feeling like 36 with humidity and more chances of thunderstorms, although a slightly less chance at 40%
-Friday though should be beautiful with a high of 27 and nothing but sunny skies