Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

John Urban

In Campus News:

  • The preliminary results of an ongoing study at Western University indicated that consumption of low doses of THC, the principal psychoactive component in cannabis, during pregnancy results in significant deficits to fetal development
  • Led by Daniel Hardy, a professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, the study administered low daily doses of THC to pregnant rats throughout the course of the pregnancy until birth
  • The amount of THC administered was equivalent to amounts present in the human body from 30 minutes to 22 hours post-inhalation
  • Hardy explained the low doses are meant to mimic those pregnant human mothers may turn to on a daily basis to reduce anxiety, reduce nausea or help with decreased appetite issues
  • The results indicated the THC had no significant impact on the rat mothers
  • THC did not affect the length of the pregnancies, the mothers’ food intake, weight gain or litter size — the number of babies an animal carries in one birth
  • However, THC exposure resulted in an eight per cent decrease in offspring’s overall weight at birth
  • The study is ongoing to examine effects at six months of age
  • Hardy explained these deficiencies are expected to persist, because no recovery was observed during the earlier stages, although THC was no longer present
  • The study began last January and will be completed in March. Hardy explained the next important question is examining the effects of Cannabidiol (CBD) — a component of marijuana that has been shown to counter some effects of THC — on fetal development

In Local News:

  • London police responded to a break-in in progress on Tuesday shortly after 6 a.m. at the LCBO store at 348 Clarke Rd., just south of Dundas Street, where a vehicle had reportedly been driven into the front of the building
  • Officers arrived at the scene, but found nobody in the area. Police estimate the damage to the building at $100,000
  • Store management confirmed product had been taken, but police didn’t have an estimated value on the stolen alcohol
  • The store was closed at the time of the incident
  • 12 window panes beside main entrance were smashed
  • Restoration workers used a wheel-loader to remove the large pile of debris before boarding up the gaping hole in the building with plywood yesterday afternoon
  • Anyone with information is asked to call London police at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • With London’s downtown flex street roughly half completed, the question for the 2019 is how to use it
  • The rebuilt $16-million stretch of Dundas Street, being turned into a pedestrian-friendly zone able to be closed to traffic for street events, will run from Ridout to Wellington streets
  • Crews scrambled toward the end of the year to complete the first phase, from Ridout to Richmond Street, which included a lot of underground work not originally anticipated
  • Now the city is looking to business owners, civic groups and ordinary Londoners to help define how the street, called Dundas Place, will be used
  • Some work will be done on smaller Dundas Place projects beginning tomorrow
  • However, construction on the second half of the street won’t ramp up again until after the Juno Awards are held at Budweiser Gardens on March 17
  • Any kind of grand opening for the fully-completed project would take place in winter of 2019 or spring 2020

In Sports:

  • The Western Mustang Winter Recruiting Showcase is a great opportunity to be seen by Mustangs Head Coach Mike Lumley
  • Each prospect will have the opportunity to participate in an extensive workout including a speed and Agility evaluation, Positional workout, and batting practice. Pitchers only prospect will throw bullpen in front of the coaches
  • Every prospect will receive an individual evaluation as well as a Mustang shirt
  • The Winter Recruiting Showcase is open to all 11th & 12th graders as well as junior college prospects
  • Spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis
  • The camp will be held at The Batters Box indoor baseball facility, located at 1480 Dundas St
  • Each athlete must bring their own baseball equipment
  • Players will need their own bat, glove, batting gloves, turf shoes, and catchers must bring their own gear

In Weather:

  • We have a 60% chance of some flurries developing in the afternoon as we reach our high of -1 and into the evening we could see anywhere from 2-4cm of snow with some flurries overnight
  • Tomorrow will have a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 0 and Friday looks beautiful to end your short work week, with a mainly sunny sky and a high of 4 degrees