Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

John Urban

Campus News:

  • As obesity continues to be the leading cause of deaths world-wide, researchers are working to understand what role genetics play in a person’s predisposition for obesity
  • New research is shedding light on the fact that while exercise and diet are important, sometimes there are underlying genetic factors at play
  • A new study from Western University showed that regardless of diet, a protein called Pannexin 1 (Panx1) significantly regulates the accumulation of fat in mice 
  • Panx1 is a glycoprotein involved in cell signalling which plays an important role in early development
  • The study, published in Scientific Reports, suggests that a deletion of the Panx1 gene in the early stages of development of mouse fat cells increases the amount of fat accumulated, leading to a higher risk for obesity later in life
  • The study also demonstrated that the absence of the glycoprotein led to increases in insulin and blood glucose levels, increasing the pathway Type 2 Diabetes
  • The research team which includes Lauren Flynn, PhD, and Rob Gros, PhD, also from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Local News:

  • Canada Post’s rotating strikes are putting mail service in London and the surrounding area on hold for a second day
  • The job action impacts surrounding areas, including Dorchester, St. Mary’s, Aylmer, and Lambeth
  • Dozens of people attended a rally at City Hall yesterday afternoon as a work stoppage by local postal workers puts a halt to mail service across city
  • The union, which represents 50,000 postal employees, is demanding improvements in health and safety, gender equality, and service expansions including postal banking
  • It’s unclear exactly when the strike will end, the strike was originally expected to last just one day
  • CUPW members have been striking on a rotating basis since Oct. 22, in an effort to put pressure on Canada Post as the two parties try to negotiate new collective agreements for unionized urban and rural workers
  • The crown corporation said it has made “significant offers” to the union, including “increased wages, job security and improved benefits,” without asking for any concessions

  • Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 741 voted in favour of asking president John Smith to resign at the last union meeting, members told The London Free Press
  • Only a small portion of the unionized employees attended the meetings to vote on the motion, but 84 per cent of those voted in favour of asking Smith to step down
  • If he hasn’t resigned by Dec. 1, some members say they plan to raise a motion to legally remove Smith from his role at the December union meeting
  • After claims of a “toxic” environment and workplace harassment erupted in the spring, the LTC opted to hire the same outside law firm tapped by city hall to investigate harassment complaints and review its corporate culture
  • A pilot program also is underway, testing the effectiveness of barriers between drivers and customers
  • Three buses are equipped with those barriers, and the program will run for a year to give all drivers a chance to use those buses


  • Alex Taylor tallied 127 rushing yards, 50 receiving yards, and one touchdown to help lead the Mustangs football team to a 39-13 victory over the Carleton Ravens in the OUA semifinals
  • Quarterback Chris Merchant and running back Cedric Joseph each tallied two touchdowns to help Western build up their lead
  • The fourth quarter belonged to Taylor, as he dominated the Ravens' defensive line and marched the Mustangs downfield to put the purple and white in position for yet another field goal
  • Carleton scored their first touchdown of the game late in the fourth, but an incredible reception from Western's Harry McMaster over the Carleton defence for a touchdown allowed the Mustangs to ultimately walk away with the 26-point victory
  • With the win, the Mustangs will move on the take on the Guelph Gryphons in the Yates Cup in what will be their first meeting of the season
  • The Mustangs will be back in action this Saturday to kick off at 1:00 P.M. EST at TD Stadium and you can catch the game live right here on Radio Western, tune in Saturday at 12:50pm for the pregame show


  • We have a 90% chance of seeing some more showers this afternoon as we reach our high of 12 degrees
  • The showers continue into the evening and overnight as we drop back down to 4 degrees
  • Tomorrow will be a mix of sun and cloud and Thursday mainly sunny with both days having a high of 5 degrees