Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Mehek Mazhar

In Campus News:

- Rez staff at Western took a vote and found their plans for unionization fail, just narrowly, by three votes
- 127 out of the 144 total residence staff voted in the decisive election, affecting those who work on campus as residence advisors, dons and academic leadership programmers
- The Residence Staff for Unionization Organizing Committee called for unionization in late January, which was followed by a vote on February 11
- They had filed with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a labour organization, which also represents hundreds of hospitality workers and Facilities Management employees across campus
- The committee fought with Western University for the right to unionize after the February vote. As staff cast their ballots, Western's Housing and Ancillary Services argued to the Ontario Labour Relations Board that the staff are not "employees" and thus have no right to vote
- A mediation session on February 27 failed and the Ontario Labour Relations Boards began holding hearings to determine whether this was true. Between the vote and Feb. 27, the already-cast ballots had been frozen and kept separate
- Although the vote failed 62 to 65, the results have the rez staff organizing committee looking forward to discussing the issues further with the university’s top administrators

- Eleven staff across three different faculties have been awarded Western’s highest honours for teaching
- The University Awards for Excellence in Teaching is a tradition that goes back to 1980, each year awarding staff who inspire lifelong learning and problem solving, outstanding contributions in classroom, lab and clinical instruction, collaborative teaching as well as online teaching
- The professors being celebrated by Western University this year come from the faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering, and the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry
- In the Faculty of Health Sciences, the top teaching awards go to health studies professors Daniel Belliveau, Tara Mantler and Richard Booth from the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing
- In the Faculty of Engineering, chemical and biochemical engineering professor Jose Herrera
- At Schulich, anatomy and cell biology professors Charys Martin, Michele Barbeau, and physiology and pharmacology professors Nicole Campbell, Sarah McLean and Anita Woods, Tom Stavraky and Angela Beye

- Building on established excellence in medical imaging, Western University and London’s academic teaching hospitals, London Health Sciences Centre, and St. Joseph’s Health Care London announced today a unique partnership with Canon Medical Systems Canada in advanced Computed Tomography (CT) that will advance patient care, research and teaching in southwestern Ontario
- This new partnership includes the investment of a $4.5 million dedicated research CT, Angio Suite and portable ultrasound machine to be used for medical imaging research. London will also become home to the world’s largest installation of the most advanced CT platform from Canon Medical
- CT is used to provide critical diagnostic information through combination of thousands of ultra-low dose, high resolution X-ray images to create cross-sectional images of the brain, the heart, lungs, abdominal and pelvic organs, and of the blood vessels. CT provides essential imaging for most medical and surgical emergencies and is the standard of care for routine assessment and evaluation of patients with a wide range of conditions including many cancers
- The partnership with Canon Medical also provides the opportunity to establish a training academy and a Canon Medical National Centre of Excellence in London. As new advanced CT protocols are developed and validated here, hands-on training will be provided for medical imaging teams from across the province, the country and the world
- In addition, London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s are acquiring six clinical CTs to be used for patient care, which will standardize all of the CT equipment at London’s hospitals. Two will be installed at University Hospital, three at Victoria Hospital and one at St. Joseph’s.

In Sports:

- The Carleton Ravens shutout the Western Mustangs 3-0 to snag the OUA bronze medal and a ticket to nationals Friday night at the Ice House in Ottawa
- The Ravens' goals were scored by some of their top playoff offensive providers, Dalen Hedges and Jared Steege, along with an empty-netter that marked Jacob Smith's first of the series.
- Carleton will be heading to nationals in Lethbridge, Alberta on Thursday for the first time since 2016
- The Mustangs' 2018-2019 season has come to an end with the loss.

Weather:

- This afternoon we should reach our high of 4 degrees with a partly sunny sky
- Things remain clear overnight, as we drop back down to -4 degrees
- Tomorrow we have a 40% chance of seeing some freezing drizzle, with a daytime high of 6 degrees and Thursday is supposed to warm up to 13 degrees with a chance of showers