Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Greg Bowman

Campus:

- A second draft of Western’s proposed freedom of expression policy, originally dated Oct. 23, received unanimous approval from the Board of Governors last week.
- Students received a letter from the President to student groups and other university stakeholders to outline the policy, which applies to all activity on campus.
- Earlier this month, at the Senate meeting, Senators unanimously recommended and approved the freedom of expression policy. At the same time, some voiced concerns that Western’s structure of governance might mean the board could make changes that wouldn’t come back to Senate for approval.
- The Board sought input from internal and external counsel and determined the policy was a “Board matter of approval.
- The Ad Hoc Committee on Freedom of Expression comes in response to a directive issued by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on Aug. 30 that requires all publicly assisted postsecondary institutions to develop and publicly post their own free speech policy by Jan. 1, 2019

- The First 10- Linamar scholarship winners for Women in Engineering and business were named last week.
- Through a $5-million gift from auto-parts giant Linamar Corp. and the Hasenfratz and Newton families, scholarship winners get half the cost of tuition, a guaranteed co-op placement at Linamar and the opportunity for a full-time job at Linamar when they graduate.
- At the scholarship ceremony, award winners met and talked with their benefactor, Linamar CEO Linda Hazenfratz, one of Canada’s top business leaders and an advocate of building a bigger base of women equipped for leadership in industry and business.
- Congratulations to Kitan Ademidun, Laura Bozzo, Raya Kassam, Tharmiga Loganathan, Kathleen McGarrell, Maral Mohagheghi Samarin, Sarah Simmons, Mathumitha Sureshkumar, My-Linh Yee & Jenny Zhou

Local:

- St. Thomas police are asking for the public’s help after officers responded to two high-risk calls that ended up being hoaxes.
- The first call happened at about 8:30 a.m. Monday morning when police received a call indicating a family was being held hostage. When officers arrived at the address they located a family asleep inside who were unaware of the report according to police.
- The second called was made to Arthur Voaden secondary school, indicating a man with a weapon was inside the school. The school called 911. Officers inspected the school and did not locate a suspect, police said.
- Officers determined that in both scenarios no threat ever existed and there is no threat to public safety.
- The reports are what is known as “swatting,” which is a prank call to emergency services activating a large response of police resource to a particular area. This causes unnecessary use of resources, and false panic in the area where the emergency services were called.
- Police continue to investigate the origin of the phone calls and are working to determine the identity of the caller, but are asking the public for any help in the investigation.

- Elgin County’s back-to-the-future move to look at the idea of creating its own school board may be a long shot, but some say it’s worth considering.
- Bucking the creation of giant regional school boards in 1997, county politicians were recently persuaded by an advocate for rural schools to study the possibility of taking a step back in time to a separate county board of education.
- Ontario school boards were halved in number in the late 1990s, part of a cost-cutting drive by the province under the Mike Harris-led Tories that also saw wholesale consolidation of hospitals and municipalities, drastically cutting into their numbers as well.
- The former Elgin County board of education was swallowed up in a merger that included school boards in London, Oxford and Middlesex counties that created the Thames Valley District school board, which is one of the largest in Ontario.
- Some city officials are hopeful that this model may be used in other areas of the province

Sports:

- The Western Mustangs volleyball teams played their final games of 2018 last week when they hosted the McMaster Marauders.
- The women’s team played a hard-fought match that went the distance, but would fall in five sets to move to 5-4 on the season. Kate Van Camp led the Mustangs with nine kills in the match
- The men’s team were in even tougher, as the Marauders came in having only lost once all year. That would change on Friday night, as Western was able to come away with a five-set victory
- The men’s team is now 6-3, battling for the top spot in a tightly contested OUA West division. The volleyball team’s play will resume on January 12th to kick off 2019

Weather:

- After the month of November gave us a grand total of two days of sunlight, the fourth day of December already has some in your forecast.
- Mix of sun and cloud today with a high of 1, that’ll cool down to -3 this evening with a low of -6 overnight, all with partial cloud cover.
- More of the same for Wednesday, a mix of sun and cloud with a high of zero expected.
- Thursday expect some flurries with a high of zero, and a partly cloudy Friday with a high of zero expected there to round out your week