Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, April 15th, 2019

Greg Bowman


- Western is putting forward an operating budget of $792.2 million, a plan that includes drawing $14 million from reserves to help make up a forecast 2.2-per-cent drop in revenues.
- This two-year budget takes into account the upcoming changes to postsecondary education, expecting lower tuition fees, but higher enrolment in both domestic and international students.
- The lower tuition fees expected in the next couple of years is supposed to be around a 10 percent decrease, which would cost Western around 43-million dollars in tuition revenue.
- It is not yet known how the cuts to OSAP or the optional student fees will affect Western’s revenue.
- Spending in the budget is said to increase by 0.3 percent, a strategy that says they will spend in the short term to reduce costs in the long term. A new, one-time $10-million Efficiency and Innovation Fund will support initiatives that lead to major revenue generation and/or cost savings in faculties and support units.
- The budget hopes to get enrolment of 5,300 first-year students next school year.
- They also aim to increase the number of international students to 15 per cent of the total student body; increase enrolment from out-of-province students to at least 10 per cent of the undergraduate total; and increase graduate enrolment to at least 20 per cent of the total.
- There was also a proposal in the budget to allow for some building improvements through Western’s operating money, but Senators have fought to redirect a portion back to faculties and departments who have had to make cuts.
- In the end, Senate endorsed the original budget document by a 36-13 vote, with nine abstentions. With Senate’s endorsement of the budget, Western’s Board of Governors is expected to approve the document at its April meeting.


- Two London men are expected to appear in court after receiving municipal charges for aggressive street preaching.
- Steven Ravbar, 50, and Matthew Anthony Carapella, 32, were charged last month under city hall’s newly revamped public nuisance bylaw that classifies verbal harassment as a nuisance.
- The bylaw was recently approved by city council to prevent people from interfering with other people’s enjoyment of public spaces by spouting abusive or insulting language.
- The men have risen to notoriety after taking to street corners in downtown London, saying God will judge non-believers, gays and people who dress immodestly.
- City Hall has received over 150 complaints about the duo.
- Ravbar and Carapella were also recently criminally charged by London police with mischief relating to religious property after two men caused a disturbance inside Elmwood Presbyterian Church on April 7.
- The two will appear in court today for the nuisance bylaw, and on May 27th for the church incident.


- The London Nationals lost only their third game of the postseason last night against the Listowel Cyclones 2-1 in overtime in Game 3 of the Sutherland Cup semi-finals.
- London took both games one and two prior to last night’s contest, with the loss making the series 2-1 for the Nats.
- A scoreless first 40 minutes eventually saw Listowel open the scoring in the third period. Later in the frame, Josh Castle batted home a rebound out of mid air.
- After regulation ended 1-1, the game headed to overtime where the Cyclones’ Chayse Herrfort scored three minutes into the extra frame to give Listowel the win.
- London outshot Listowel 47-19 in the contest but still came out short.
- Game 4 of the Sutherland Cup semis will go on Tuesday in Listowel, then Game 5 will be back in London on Wednesday.


- Even though there was some weird precipitation going on this morning, this afternoon will have a high of seven with mostly sunny skies.
- Slight cloud cover overnight with it expected to duck below freezing at minus 2.  
- Tomorrow will be a wet one, 1-3 mm of rain with a high of six expected.
- Double digit temperatures expected on Wednesday, high of 13 with a chance of showers