Radio Western Morning Newscast

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS

  • On Monday, March 4, the University Students’ Council at Western University was proud to launch a Free Menstrual Product pilot program in the University Community Centre on Western’s campus
  • The pilot aims to make menstrual products easily accessible for any student who requires them
  • Students can access the free menstrual products in 11 washrooms throughout the University Community Centre
  • The current pilot project will provide over 13,000 tampons and pads to the Western community and will continue while supplies last
  • An essential component of the pilot is to study usage metrics and user satisfaction to help inform a longer-term strategy and eventually a permanent and sustainable solution
  • The USC is excited study the effectiveness of this initiative and gather feedback from students
  • Any person or organization who wishes to support this initiative are invited to donate menstrual products via the donation boxes in the USC Office (UCC 340) and in the UCC Atrium
  • Free menstrual products are also available for anyone who needs them during the academic year in Food Support Services, the USC’s on-campus food bank, located in UCC 258
     
  • A new western research has tracked the brain activity of compulsive eating
  • The research led by BrainSCAN postdoctoral fellow Cassandra Lowe shows that the level of activity in the prefrontal cortex is directly correlated to the person’s ability to resist the urge of high-calorie foods
  • The research is still open on whether the ingestion of high-calorie foods can affect prefrontal cortex activity
  • If that is the case, then it explains the endless cycle of poor decision making often associated with unhealthy food habits
  • The findings might well have significance in helping change how we view the role of exercise, which dieters sometimes view only as a way to offset caloric intake
  • The research also offers a causal explanation as to why exercise can be beneficial to fighting the fat in more than one way
  • It is well known that exercise increases the activity in the pre-frontal cortex and thus help the brain wrestle more successfully against impulsive food habits  

LOCAL:

  • Naloxone kits will join the ranks of fire alarms, sprinkler systems and automatic external defibrillators as preventive safety tools in dozens of city arenas and community centres in London
  • City council voted narrowly last night to overturn a committee recommendation to slam the brakes on a pilot project, opting instead to stock the drug overdose antidote alongside AED kits in 29 city facilities
  • Council ultimately voted 12-3 to embrace the pilot project
  • The pilot will include two nasal naloxone kits in each facility, at a cost of $160 each, plus training for city staffers on how to use them for a total of $20,000
  • Coun. Phil Squire, a lawyer, was an ardent supporter of the proposal, which originated with an advocacy project from students at Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry — telling his colleagues the chance of being sued for trying to save a life with naloxone is “very slim”
     
  • Facing up to eight months of construction starting in two weeks, some London merchants are concerned about the fallout of the second-phase work on London’s $16 million downtown flex street
  • Work on the second stage of the project to turn a four-block stretch of Dundas into a pedestrian-friendly route will begin March 18, a day after the Juno Awards week wraps up in the downtown
  • Almost 50 business owners and area residents attended a public meeting yesterday morning where city officials provided an update on their plans for the construction of Dundas Place between Richmond and Wellington streets
  • Dundas Place between Ridout and Richmond streets was built in 2018, though some final touches, such as installing permanent lights and street furniture, have to be completed this year
  • After receiving feedback from business owners from Phase 1, changes will include new, larger signs, which can be updated daily, to better inform pedestrians how to navigate the area and access businesses
  • They also will be installing brighter temporary lights to improve visibility and work to keep merchants informed of any new development

SPORTS:

  • The OUA announced their selections for year end major award and all-stars on Monday afternoon and a trio of Mustangs were recognized
  • Fifth year starter Courtney Sestric was named the recipient of the Award of Merit
  • Sestric has been a force on the court during her time with the purple and white, and will go down as the team's all-time leader in career digs
  • Sestric's ability on the court is not the only thing that helps the Mustangs' libero garner the respect and admiration of her coaches and teammates
  • She has also excelled in the classroom, having earned Academic All-Canadian honours in the final three years of her undergrad, as well as the community across a variety of initiatives
  • Other Mustangs receiving recognition were Kelsey Veltman as a First Team All-Star
  • The Western middle was among the league leaders in kills per set with 3.58 (3rd in OUA), total kills with 261 (2nd in OUA), hitting percentage at .344 (2nd in OUA) and blocks per set with 0.88 (t-5th in OUA)
  • As Veltman nears the end of her OUA career, the future is bright for the women's team as Kate Van Camp has stepped into a productive role in her debut season and landed a spot on the all-rookie squad 

WEATHER:

  • Today will be a mainly sunny day, with a high of -9 degrees with some wind gusts at times
  • Tomorrow the mainly sunny sky continues, but it doesn’t get much warmer with -5 as our daytime high
  • Friday brings you into your weekend with a mix of sun and cloud as we reach the freezing mark of 0 as our high