Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, March 15th, 2019

Matthew Chasmar

Campus:

  • On Wednesday morning, Canada’s Minister of Science and Sport, Kristy Duncan, announced $1 million in research funding from the federal government for Western University
  • The funding is part of a $39 million funding package for universities across Canada, which will be spread among 251 researchers on 186 projects at 43 universities
  • Five Western research projects will share the $1 million
  • Among the recipients is Ryan Stevenson, a psychology professor and member of the Brain and Mind Institute here at Western
  • Stevenson conducts research into autism, with a particular focus on the impact of sensory experiences on the brain’s development
  • This funding aims to ensure future research investment, and maintaining the competitiveness of Canadian research on the world stage
  • It is being provided through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, which aims to support Canadian research

Local:

  • London’s city council faces a choice between implementing parts of the city’s plan for a bus rapid transit network, or passing up on over $370 million from the Provincial and Federal governments.
  • On Wednesday, city staff released a list of 19 projects which would be eligible for funding
  • These include a smart traffic signal system, creating more bike lanes, and improvements to transit stops
  • The list also includes “unbundled” portions of London’s original BRT plan, with each of the BRT’s corridors presented as separate options
  • However, only the BRT routes are expected to bring the service improvements, and price tag, to make them eligible for the full amount of upper-level government funding
  • Thus, council would need to approve at least parts of the BRT plan - such as the south corridor from downtown to White Oaks Mall - or else lose out on the funding
  • It is thought that at least two BRT corridors would need to be built for London to receive the full amount of funding
  • The City will be holding a public meeting at Centennial Hall on March 20th, beginning at 3pm, to allow Londoners to offer their opinions on the new options
  • A decision from Council is expected March 26th
     
  • London Hydro officials are warning residents of a phone scam where customers are threatened with having their electricity cut off, unless they pay immediately with a credit card
  • The calls come from a a toll-free 1-800 number and appear on caller ID like they’re coming from London Hydro
  • So far, three people have reported receiving these calls to London Hydro, though the utility worries that the real number of people affected is higher
  • The scam has also been reported in other cities, including Ottawa, Thunder Bay, and Vancouver
  • Anyone who receives such a call is asked to hang up immediately and report it to London Hydro

Sports:

  • Fanshawe didn’t capture only their school’s first Canadian collegiate volleyball championship last Saturday night in Red Deer
  • The top-ranked Fanshawe Falcons put the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons in CCAA history
  • The best team in the country capped their perfect 25-0 campaign by shutting down the host Red Deer Kings in a four-set national final (25-12, 25-13, 22-25, 25-23) in front of a packed house
  • David Gundrum was named player of the match
  • Setter Sebastian Lethbridge was named tournament MVP and also received the CCAA Exemplary Leadership Award
  • Gundrum and Zach Albert earned first-team all-star status while James Jackson was a second-team all-star
  • Fanshawe had been building up to this for several years
  • They settled for silver a year ago and bronze in 2016
  • Their toughest team came in Friday’s semifinal where they needed to mount a comeback to oust the Keyano College Huskies in a five-set thriller (25-19, 21-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-12)
  • The Ontario champs knocked off the Atlantic’s Holland Hurricanes in three sets in the quarterfinals
  • On the women’s side, the fourth-seeded Fanshawe team swept the No. 6 Briercrest Clippers 3-0 to take home a national bronze medal – the highest finish in program history – at Niagara College this past weekend

Weather:

  • This afternoon we can expect up to 5mm of rain with the temperature around 6 degrees and as things cool down to -3 overnight we could see some flurries later too
  • Tomorrow will be a windy one, with wind gusts up to 50km/h from the North/West and some flurries with a high of 0
  • Sunday will be mainly sunny with a high of 1 and Monday will be more of the same with a high of 0