Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Mehek Mazhar

Mehek Mazhar brings you your Thursday morning news:

In Campus News:

- Brescia will begin its International Women’s Day celebrations one day early today at its second annual Dr. Colleen Hanycz Leadership Lecture: Educate a Woman, Empower a Nation
- This evening of empowering dialogue will feature a keynote address by five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally-recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist, Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
- Designed to highlight the significance of women’s education, the event will also feature an interactive panel discussion, moderated by CBC London journalist Kate Dubinski and include panelists: Chair, School of Leadership and Social Change, Dr. Marlene Janzen Le Ber; Brescia alumna and lawyer Leenat Jilani '13 and first-year Foods & Nutrition student Esraa Hassan
- The Dr. Colleen Hanycz Leadership Lecture was created and funded in 2015 by Brescia’s Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and friends to honour Brescia’s 11th Principal, Dr. Colleen Hanycz. Together, donors to the fund raised over $100,000 to establish the annual Lecture series, which is designed to bring outstanding leaders to Brescia on an annual basis to share their knowledge and experience with students and the broader community, and to inform and inspire women leaders of the future
- Educate a Woman, Empower a Nation is the second in a series of lectures under the Dr. Colleen Hanycz Leadership Lecture series. In its inaugural year, the University welcomed registered psychologist and certified Clinical Traumatologist, Dr. Jacqui Linder for her lecture, Understanding Human Trafficking. This year, the event will focus on the change-making effect an educated woman has on our global society

In Local News:

- London city council decided to move forward on a pair of bike lane projects, the first of which would see a bike lane run through Old East Village
- In February, the civic works committee recommended delaying the project, a decision staff warned against, saying it could impact other infrastructure work by a year. They delayed the project it could be years before it is put in place
- City politicians voted 14-1 to go ahead with the project at Tuesday’s council meeting, overturning the committee’s recommendation
- The second project up for debate had to do with putting a temporary protected bike lane along a busy stretch of King Street downtown

- The Thames Valley District School Board has given out notice for potential job cuts to 100 staff
- Uncertainty around funding from the provincial government has led the school board to notify their staff about the change
- The funding expected from the Ford government includes grants for student needs, local priority funding that allows the board to hire support staff like educational assistants, as well as teachers on special assignment, like instructional coaches for in-classroom teachers
- The public school board is waiting until late this month or early April to find out if they will receive the funding. At the same time, the London District Catholic school board is also waiting for the provincial announcement, but has not given any notice of potential layoffs to their staff
- Without funding, the TVDSB will likely look to the 100 staff and avoid the loss through retirements or transitioning into new roles
- The board remains confident that there will not be any job losses
- The notice follows an announcement from the provincial government last week urging school boards to freeze hiring while the education ministry deliberates on class size and hiring practice changes. An update the education minister is expected by March 15

In Sports:

- After a season in which she topped the scoring race nearly the entire year, Mustangs Women’s Hockey forward April Clark was recognized three times as the OUA year-end major awards and all-stars were announced yesterday
- Clark was named OUA Player of the Year, OUA Forward of the Year and a First Team All-Star
- The fourth-year forward totalled 33 points this season, tops in the OUA, which included her lighting the lamp 20 times. The mark set her as the clear leader in the province, five more than the second-ranked goal total, and also placed her at the top of the U SPORTS national ranks as well
- Among the many highlights of Clark's bountiful season were five multi-goal games, including a hat trick in the team's 6-0 win over Laurentian in January live on Radio Western, and nine multi-point games in the 24 she played
- The first-team all-star also suited up for the U SPORTS All-Star team at the Hockey Canada Summer Showcase prior to the season.

- The Western Mustangs Men's Volleyball team had an impressive season and are being recognized for that work as the OUA awards & all-stars were announced Tuesday
- The OUA has recognized the impressive work of first year middle Jackson Bere by naming him not only a first team all-star and to the all-rookie team but also the West Division Rookie of the Year
- Bere picked up 2.22 kills per set on the year thanks to a hefty hitting percentage of .421, first in OUA
- The Mustangs are also represented by Matt Hooker and Nathan Phelps who claim spots on the first and second team, respectively. At the helm of the purple and white's roster is the West Division's Coach of the Year recipient Jim Sage

Weather:

- We are at the tail end of the below average temperatures that have lingered on in southern Ontario
- There will be a significant spring-like storm before the temperature warms up this weekend
- This morning we have a high of -6 degrees with sun and clouds
- Tonight, it will go down to -14 and clear skies
- On Friday, it will be bright and sunny with a temperature of 0 degrees feeling like -3
- Saturday will be back in the positives with 2 degrees and more sun