Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, September 10th, 2018

Mehek Mazhar


In Campus News:

- Western Libraries is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the library
- It was In 1918 when a visionary bibliophile, John Davis Barnett gave Western 40,000 books and other items. It transformed our previously 3000 volume collection into an academic library. His only condition was that every page be made accessible to “any earnest seeker of knowledge”
- In honour of that pledge, this fall, Western Libraries will be digitizing the Barnett collection. Our libraries are internationally recognized for its rare books, and other special collections, but most of these resources are only available in person. The Barnett Legacy Project will spread the collection around the world
- Western Libraries will be raising funds towards purchasing a high-resolution rare-book scanner to begin the digitization process. Starting with the Barnett collection, the library staff will work towards complete digitization of the university’s rare books and other special collections
- There will also be a co-op opportunity for a Master of Information and Library Science student to coordinate the project

- A newly published study shows London-area paramedics are spending at least a month’s worth of time each year literally picking up seniors who have called emergency services for help in getting up, usually after a fall, but who refuse transport to hospital for further care
- The authors – who include a Western University gerontologist and five Health Studies students – suggest those numbers will increase, unless better ways are adopted both to help fall-prone seniors and to prioritize emergency resources
- The peer-reviewed study was published in the journal Prehospital Emergency Care, examining only instances in which patients did not need medical care and chose not to go to hospital – the seniors’ only pressing need was help to get up to a sitting or standing position
- The majority of patients they interviewed said they would have preferred not to call, but said there was no other resource available to them
- Some calls also came from home-care staff and long-term-care facilities with do-not-lift policies. The study authors say the lift-assist calls aren’t necessarily the most timely, cost-effective or medically appropriate use of paramedics’ expertise
- Before this study, the Middlesex-London Paramedic Service hadn’t been able to quantify the number and demographics of lift-assist calls: because they aren’t covered under provincial funding envelopes, they are “uncoded” and their cost of about $200 per visit must be absorbed by the service
- The authors recommend early referrals by paramedics for fall-prone seniors because falling can be a marker of diminishing health or medication issues; they also recommend stronger collaborations with home-care, retirement care and long-term care organizations that call 911 because of the agencies’ do-not-lift policies; and they recommend specifically targeting naturally occurring retirement communities with lift-assist management and education programs

In Local News:

- A 70-year-old cyclist from Michigan stopped in London yesterday, in the middle of a cross-continental bike ride to raise money for his grandson
- Ken Smith stopped in his hometown on his way from the Pacific to the Atlantic. This is a trip that started in July, to put together a fund for his grandson Jakob’s future in case anything were to happen to his primary caregivers, his parents
- When his grandson, Jakob, was two months old, neurologists predicted that he wouldn’t be able to walk, and that he wouldn’t make it to the age of two. Sixteen years later, Jakob is alive and walking, but he is unable to speak
- The cyclist has set up a GoFundMe page for his grandson, having raised over $9000 of his total $100,000 goal for long term care
- On Friday, Smith crossed the border into Canada and stayed overnight at the Wallaceburg firehall. He made a stop at the Byron firehall yesterday afternoon before visiting Jakob and his parents

- Dziadzio, a short film by London native Aaron Ries, made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival
- He captured the story of children or grandchildren of immigrants and their unique relationships with family. While he calls it a work of fiction, it’s inspired by his own experience living with his Polish-immigrant grandfather the summer after graduating from university in Sherbrooke, Quebec
- Ries is a graduate of Catholic Central secondary school and an alumna of the Grand Theatre’s High School Project, where he performed in Fiddler on the Roof in 2002 and Oklahoma in 2003. He was also a member of the CCH jazz band, playing trumpet
- His parents are Steven Ries, a professor at Fanshawe, and Teresa Janik, who works in administration here at Western
- The short film is set in North York, which is where the filmmaker and his grandfather spent that one, inspiring summer
- Ries’ short film is not the only one with a London connection that is being screened at TIFF. The other film is Firecrackers, in which London actor Callum Thompson has a role. Some of the scenes from Firecrackers were also shot here
- You can catch both films next month in London, at the Forest City Film Festival, October 25 to 28

In Sports:

- On Saturday afternoon at TD Stadium, a healthy crowd of freshman students, along with devoted alumni, came out to cheer on the defending Vanier Cup Champions in the Western Mustangs. They would not disappoint, putting a few questions to rest after their Week #1 performance in the process by stomping out the McMaster Marauders 44-6
- Last year’s Dalt White Trophy winner Cedric Joseph led all Mustangs in scoring gathering 3 rushing touchdowns on 103 yards, while Alex Taylor added to a lethal ground game with his first rushing touchdown of 2018
- Mr. Automatic for the Mustangs Marc Liegghio who went 4/4 for field goals in Week #1, continued to display perfect kicking hitting all three field goals and nailing 5 extra-points, for a 14 point contribution
- The game was put away when Harry McMaster caught his second touchdown of the season on a 55-yard bomb thrown by Chris Merchant with 46 seconds left in the first half to give the Mustangs a 27-3 lead. Merchant finished the day as Radio Western Player of the Game completing 78% of his passes for 351 yards, 1 touchdown throw and 0 interceptions.
- The Western Mustangs will look to push their undefeated streak to an astonishing 15 games next week when they play the York Lions at TD Stadium with a 1pm kickoff scheduled for Saturday.    

In Weather:

- Environment Canada is calling for five days of sunshine following a rainy start to week in London
- Today’s forecast isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than originally expected
- The London area was under a special weather statement that warned the region could be soaked by rain from the remnants of tropical storm Gordon. The statement was lifted early this morning. The worst of the rain is east of London over the Niagara area where residents could see 20 to 35 millimetres of rain