Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

John Urban

CAMPUS:

  • To stop dangerous and illegal activities during Western’s “fake homecoming,” City of London staff are speaking with YouTube about the dangers of posting videos of students climbing and jumping off of roofs
  • YouTube recently changed their policies on posting content that is dangerous in nature
  • The site has removed videos of the Birdbox Challenge, which urges people to post videos of themselves performing unsafe or difficult tasks while blindfolded, and the Tide Pod Challenge, where people would bite into laundry detergent capsules
  • The city has discussed with YouTube that videos of students performing reckless activities in an inebriated state may also encourage dangerous and illegal behaviour
  • While banning YouTube videos will not solve every problem, the city is looking at all of their options to ensure students will not be injured or killed from something they did in an inebriated state
  • No decision has been made by YouTube to take down the videos
  • The city is continuing to meet with Western administration, emergency management staff, student leadership and communications officials to look for solutions to this issue

LOCAL:

  • Organizers say the annual International Women’s Day breakfast, scheduled for Friday morning at the London Convention Centre, is already sold out
  • This is the earliest the tickets have sold out for the event, now in its 19th year, as 730 tickets were sold
  • Some of the other events happening in London to mark International Women’s Day include: Western Engineering is hosting a movie night Friday at the Amit Chakma Engineering Building. Keynote speaker for the evening is PhD student Jessica Rodgers and a march and rally, organized by the Women’s Events Committee, took place Saturday in downtown London, featuring a number of speakers
  • The International Women’s Day breakfast kicks off at 7 a.m. Music is to be supplied by Sarah Smith
  • There will be a silent auction, which Haller calls the largest in London
  • Later, there will also be a live auction with a sports theme
  • Two of the items include dresses donated by London gold medal figure skater Tessa Virtue
  • The keynote speaker is Julie Young, who will address the “systemic failures that threaten not only women’s ability to thrive, but their very survival,” according to the event’s website
     
  • Students at a London Catholic elementary school got quite the surprise when they came to class on Monday
  • Not only did they learn that their music program would be receiving thousands of dollars worth of new instruments, but students were also treated to a live performance from a multiplatinum, Juno-nominated artist
  • It was all part of an announcement and event put on by the music education charity MusiCounts at St. Paul Catholic Elementary School
  • The school is receiving $15,000 worth of new musical instruments through the charity’s MusiCounts Band Aid Program
  • The London Juno Host Committee and the City of London were instrumental in raising $130,000 for MusiCounts, and that number is growing through a dollar-per-ticket campaign that they’ve been running since the Junos were announced
  • That money will go toward supporting schools across the country with musical instruments, something the charity has been doing since its founding in 1997
  • According to the charity, the purpose of MusiCounts has been to ensure that Canadian kids have access to music programs in their schools and communities
  • So far, the organization says, nearly 1,000 schools have been helped and more than $11 million has been awarded
  • MusiCounts, which is associated with the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Junos, was formed in large part to address and alleviate budget cuts made to music education

SPORTS:

  • The Mustangs gave up their ticket to the Queen's Cup after falling 4-3 to the Guelph Gryphons in double overtime Sunday night at Thompson Arena
  • Guelph had all the momentum coming into this do-or-die match after crushing Western 6-1 last night in game two
  • It would be the final game of the series for the OUA West competitors - whichever team came out on top would punch their ticket to the Queen's Cup OUA final in Kingston
  • With one minute and 40 seconds to play in the game, with the Mustangs down 3-2, Defenseman Stephen Desrocher saved the day
  • He scooped up the puck after a scramble in front and netted the puck on Masters, tying up the score and sending the game into overtime
  • With five minutes left in the second overtime period, Mikkel Aagaard scooped up the puck in the high slot and placed it below Peressini's blocker to snag a 4-3 win for the Gryphons
  • The Mustangs will head to Ottawa to play the Carleton Ravens for the OUA bronze medal this Friday night, you can catch all the action from the Ice House live on 94.9 Radio Western ‘Your original voice of the Western Mustangs’ starting at 6:50pm as we set you up for the 7pm puck drop
  • The winner of this game will still get to go to Nationals in Albert

WEATHER:

  • The flurries will turn into light snow this afternoon as it will remain cloudy with our high today of -9
  • We could see a few more flurries overnight, as we drop back down to -15
  • Tomorrow will have a mix of sun and cloud, while containing wind gusts up to 40km/h with a high of -9
  • Then Thursday is mainly sunny with a high of -5