NEWSCAST - Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
- There has been a federal initiative to improve equity, diversity and inclusion amongst postsecondary educators, and Western University backs this effort in full.
- The Dimensions: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Canada Program investigates fair hiring practices and promotion opportunities for women, Indigenous Peoples, visible minorities, those with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2 community.
- This is not a mandatory program, but the Western is still looking into how to take part in its implementation, as one of the several universities who are backing the program. The initiative is based on the UK’s SWAN Program, which has seen results in improving gender equality in universities in science, math and engineering programs since its implementation in 2005.
- The Canadian version of the program broadens the scope, focusing on other marginalized groups in all disciplines. The Athena SWAN program was the first to reward postsecondary institutions for their improvement of gender hiring, promotion and support staff. Schools receive funding bonuses depending on how successful its implementation of the program is.
- The program simply aids to guarantee successful numbers of a goal that universities had set out, but weren’t seeing any tangible results.
- The announcement of the Canadian program took place in Waterloo, and it includes an initial $5.3 million investment towards 15 smaller institutions to help in their equity, diversity and inclusion practices.
- Major postsecondary institutions will soon be able to apply for the pilot versions of the Dimensions project, which Western University intends to do.
- If you were planning on getting away and camping this long weekend, you may have to rethink your plans, as the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority has announced that they will be cancelling all reservations at Dalewood and Lake Whittaker Conservation areas until after this weekend due to wet ground conditions.
- A spokesperson for the conservation authority says that it was a difficult decision to cancel reservations on one of the busiest weekends of the year, but the grounds simply need time to dry out.
- They hoped that the grounds would have been dry enough by this past weekend, but the persistent rain and cool weather made it difficult for the grounds to dry out in time.
- Last week alone, the grounds received 50mm of rain, which completely saturated the ground.
- They fear that vehicle and trailer damage may be irreparable if they were to go through with this weekend. The conservation sites will be contacting those with reservations and issuing full refunds, and the campsites will still be open to day use.
- The Thames Valley District School Board is expected to see over 300 teaching jobs lost in the next four years due to the recent education cuts by the PC government.
- While current teachers will not lose their job, the increased student to teacher ratio will force many instructional positions to change within the board, which will also limit the number of programs available for students.
- These numbers are included in a recent report designed to have a high-level review of grants for student needs.
- The increased class sizes, and the new mandate that high school students must now take at least four online courses, is expected to eliminate the need for around 3500 teaching positions across Ontario this year alone.
- The Thames Valley Board is the largest in the region, and already has 42 positions whose funding will run out at the end of August.
- In the MLB, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit the first two home runs of his major league career last night in the Toronto Blue Jays’ 7-3 win over the San Francisco Giants last night.
- Guerrero is the youngest Blue Jays player to ever hit a home run at 20 years and 59 days, 18 days younger than the previous player, Danny Ainge who did so in 1979.
- Vladdy is also the third youngest player to ever hit his first two career home runs in the same game.
- Guerrero also hit his first two home runs in Oracle Park in San Francisco, the same park that his father won the 2007 home run derby.
- Trent Thornton also got his first career win on the mound for Toronto, who will take on the Giants again this afternoon at 3:45pm.
- In hoops action, the Toronto Raptors are set to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals tonight in Milwaukee.
- The Bucks finished first in the NBA and in the East with a 60-22 record, two wins better than the second-place Raptors in the regular season.
- Milwaukee is led by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is an MVP favourite this season after averaging over 27 points per game during the regular season, and maintaining that average in nine postseason games as well.
- The Bucks have lost only once in the playoffs, sweeping the Detroit Pistons in round one, and knocking of the Boston Celtics in the semis.
- The Raptors are in this series after taking out the Orlando Magic in five games in round 1, then edging the Philadelphia 76ers in seven games, with Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating game-winning shot on Sunday proving to be the difference.
- Tipoff for tonight’s Eastern Conference Final Game 1 is at 8pm.
- High of 22 degrees today with sunny skies but a 40% chance of thundershowers later this afternoon into the evening.
- Dropping to six overnight with clear skies before tomorrow’s expected high of 17 with a mix of sun and clouds.
- Some rain is expected tomorrow evening though.
- Friday will see a high of 15 with some sun and possible a rain shower as well.