Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, May 24th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Western University has named Linda Hasenfratz its 23rd Chancellor, taking over for Jack Cowin who will give up the position on June 28th. Hasenfratz is the President and CEO of Linamar corporation, which is one of the world’s top manufacturing companies.
  • Hasenfratz took over the company her father had started the business in 1964. She worked as a machine operator for over a decade before taking over business operations in 2002. Linamar now has 60 manufacturing plants in 17 countries, employing over 29,000 people.  
  • Hasenfratz is a Western Graduate with Bachelor’s in Science in 1989, and a Master’s in Business Administration in 1997.
  • She is a member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, working on a board that oversaw enhancements on the NAFTA terms.
  • Hasenfratz and Linamar are responsible for starting the Linamar Scholarships for Women in Engineering and Business, which annually gives 10 students financial support for the Engineering/Ivey Business School program.
  • All four of Hasenfratz’s children also attend Western University.
  • Her responsibilities as Chancellor will involve giving out degrees, diplomas and certificates at convocation, and provides a vote for Senate and Board of Governors meetings.
  • Hasenfratz will be officially installed at the convocation ceremonies in October.


  • An apartment complex in London is coming under fire for a lawn ornament which is said to be a racist symbol. The decoration depicts a man, with dark skin dressed as a jockey which resembles a figure from the time of blackface performers.
  • The lawn ornament was on full display at a meeting that had over 50 people attend yesterday morning. The complex, which is run by the London Middlesex Housing Corp, is investigating the origins of the questionable piece after much public outcry to both the corporation, and city councillors.
  • Black lawn jockey ornaments have an unclear origin. Some trace the statues, often holding lanterns, to the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves in the U.S. make their way to freedom. The outdoor sculptures would mark safe houses for fugitives fleeing the American south.
  • Others contend the lawn statues were meant to depict hurtful racial stereotypes or black people in subservient roles.They diminished in popularity after the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and ’60s.
  • The corporation says that it was likely donated by a resident, and they are currently looking at a replacement for it.


  • The London Majors are back in action tonight, looking to rebound from a 22-5 loss to the Kitchener Panthers last night.
  • Tonight, the 1-4 Majors will be hosting the 1-2  Guelph Royals at Labatt Park. First pitch will be at 7:35pm tonight from Labatt Park.
  • Then on Sunday, the Majors will be at home again for some Sunday afternoon action, hosting the IBL’s newest team, the Welland Jackfish.
  • London has already lost to the Jackfish once this season, 9-1, but are hosting them for the first time on what will be Superhero Day at Labatt Park.
  • First pitch for that game will be at 1:05pm.


  • The Toronto Raptors are now up 3-2 on the Milwaukee Bucks after a 105-99 win on the road last night.
  • Toronto was led by Kawhi Leonard who had 35 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists, including 5 for 8 from three point range.
  • Fred Vanvleet also continued his hot play as of late for the Raptors, scoring 21 points on seven three point shots.
  • Toronto now has the chance to win the series and reach their first Finals in franchise history at home tomorrow night with an 8:30pm tipoff from Scotiabank Arena.  


  • Today will have a high of 19 degrees with some light cloud cover. It will go down to 13 overnight with a risk of thundershowers that will carry into tomorrow morning.
  • Saturday’s high is 26 with thunderstorms expected throughout the day.
  • Sunday will clear up with a high of 22 with a mix of sun and cloud.