Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Jessica Singer

CAMPUS:

  • More than 100 Western students on yesterday to protest against changes to the funding for post-secondary education — part of a province-wide rally organized by the Canadian Federation of Students’ Ontario chapter
  • Among the most contentious moves made by the government of Premier Doug Ford is the elimination of free tuition for low-income students
  • The government is also proposing a 10 per cent cut to tuition fees, resulting in a loss of revenue to schools, and allowing students to opt out of some student fees used to support things like student clubs and unions
  • Western’s rally was one of more than a dozen held at universities and colleges across Ontario
     
  • London police say a local speedster wound up going nowhere fast after they were nabbed allegedly travelling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit
  • It was Monday morning when officers say they clocked a driver travelling 105 km/h in a 50 km/h zone
  • The incident happened on Western Road near Ambleside Drive, north of Western University
  • The male driver was charged with stunt driving/racing while his vehicle was impounded and driver’s licence suspended, each for seven days

LOCAL:

  • Hundreds attended a public meeting last night to discuss the BRT Project at Centennial Hall
  • Dozens of proponents urged politicians not to kill the plan, but they also heard from Londoners who opposed the $500 million BRT network, which has now been split up into five different routes as part of a tentative project to improve Transit in London
  • While last evening was for public commentary, but political debate on the subject will arrive next week on March 25th, as council will analyze the list of 19 transit projects and choose which should be pitched to Queen’s Park and Ottawa for transit funding
  • A more thorough financial breakdown outlining the costs of proposed transit alternatives is expected to be released to the public tomorrow

SPORTS:

  • After sweeping Whitby in the opening series 3-0, the London Jr. Devilettes women’s hockey team is ready to take on the Durham West Lightning in round #2
  • The series kicks off Friday evening at the Sports Park on Adelaide St. with Game #1’s puck drop at 8pm
  • Game #2 is a quick turnaround, as the young ladies will be back in action at the Sports Park Saturday afternoon for a 3:15pm puck drop
  • Best of luck to the ladies on continuing their playoff push


WEATHER:

  • It seems like Spring hasn’t fully made its way to London
  • Temperatures are expected to drop overnight, with Environment Canada forecasting a high of 1 C Friday with a 60% chance of flurries
  • Things start warming up on Saturday with a temperature of 2 degrees and some sun