Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Greg Bowman

Campus News:

- Western University will close University Drive Bridge to all motorized vehicles effective next Thursday October 18, 2018 for the next few months. It will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists
- The decision to close the bridge is based on recommendations from an outside structural engineering firm commissioned to conduct a routine inspection. The inspection found that the structure of the 95-year-old bridge requires repair

- Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Science and Sport, on behalf of the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, will announce an investment in science and research at Western University. Today at 11am at the Physics and Astronomy Physics and Astronomy Building – Atrium

- Marie-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau, Bruce Kidd, Beckie Scott and Josh Vander Vies have all represented Canada at the world’s biggest sporting event: The Olympic and Paralympic Games
- These four superstar athletes will share their valuable views and insight with fellow athletes, academic researchers and sports industry leaders today when Western University’s Sport and Social Impact Research Group hosts an all-day symposium focused on Canada’s Contribution to Social Impact and Human Rights in Sport
- And four superstar sport scholars from Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences and the Sport and Social Impact Research Group will lead targeted panel discussions throughout the day including: Indigenous/Aboriginal in Sport led by Karen Danylchuk, Gender in Sport led by Alison Doherty, Parasport led by Laura Misener, Clean & Fair (Anti-Doping) Sport led by Angela Schneider, Western award-winning researcher and Olympic silver medalist
- Media are welcome to attend the symposium, which will be held today from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences in the Arthur & Sonia Labatt Building, Room 240

Local News:

- The city of London has set out the rules for its workers when it comes to cannabis use, as the country prepares for legalization one week from today
- While certain companies and other Canadian municipalities are outright banning employees from using cannabis while off-duty, the city of London will not prohibit cannabis use within a certain number of hours or days prior to an employee’s shift
- The new substance-use policy was created in September and distributed to employees on Thursday. It treats cannabis similar to alcohol and prescription drugs in that employees are instructed not to come to work impaired by any substance
- The new rules cover all employees, volunteers, students on placements and contractors. Managers have been instructed on the signs of impairment, and if an employee is thought to be impaired, a manager may respond in a number of ways, from arranging for safe transportation home to taking them to hospital
- The RCMP and Toronto police are prohibiting employees from using cannabis within 28 days of a shift, but it remains unclear what rules will be put in place for employees of the London Police Service. A spokesperson says their cannabis policy is in the final stages of approval
- As of Oct. 17, Ontarians will be allowed to smoke cannabis wherever the smoking of tobacco is permitted. It will only be available for purchase online with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year

Sports:

- The Western Mustangs men’s lacrosse team hosted the Laurier Golden Hawks at Mustang Field last night, looking to remain a perfect 6-0 to start the 2018 season. The purple and white would trounce the Golden Hawks, beating them 21-6
- The Stangs scored 8 unanswered goals to start off the game, which effectively buried Laurier after the first quarter of play
- Tristan Simeoni had four goals and an assist in the blowout, while also earning the game ball from his coach
- Cody Ward also had a four goals and one assist night, to give him 13 goals over his last four games
- The Mustangs will have another home game tomorrow night when they host the Toronto Varsity Blues at Mustang Field, with the game starting at 8pm. Mustangs sports going on tonight, be sure to check out some water polo, as Western will be hosting McMaster at 7:30 from the Recreation centre

Weather:

- This afternoon will see a high of 15 with a mix of sun and cloud before it cools down to six degrees overnight
- Gone are the humid days of October, as tomorrow will see a high of 9 also with a mix of sun and clouds. Saturday will be mainly sunny with a high of 9, Sunday will reach double digits with a high of 13 in the afternoon, but rain expected in the forecast in the evening