Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Western University is celebrating its 313th convocation over the next few weeks to honour the graduating class of 2019. The accomplishments of the graduating students will be honoured, along with 19 distinguished people over the course of the two and half weeks who will be receiving honourary doctorates.
  • Yesterday, Maggie MacDonnell was honoured for her work teaching Congolese refugees, Tanzanian HIV/AIDS activists and Inuit children in Northern Canada over the past decade. She was the winner of the 2017 Global Teaching Prize, which is a $1million contest with over 20,000 applicants.
  • At today’s convocation ceremony, Peter McPherson will be receiving his honourary doctorate. McPherson is the President of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, the oldest higher education association in the United States.
  • Before serving as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1987-89, McPherson was Administrator of the U.S.
  • Agency for International Development from 1981-87, leading American efforts for famine relief in Africa.Western’s 313th Convocation will be running on campus every day until June 21st.


  • Dogs from across london suited up for bark in the park - It was a chance to set a new Guinness World Record. This event happens annually and also includes an Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show and Cruisin’ Paws Agility with a dock drive challenge, where dogs raced for longest swim and agility. Checkout Elijah's article on
  • Bandanas were for sale at Pet value locations and Humane Society London and Middlesex at 624 Clarke Rd. Each bandana covered the $20 admission fee to Bark the Park.
  • All monetary proceeds raised went to support for neglected animals in Middlesex County.


  • The number of Londoners receiving Ontario Works payments dipped slightly in 2018, and so did the cost of serving them. But the average time people are on welfare continues to climb. New city hall figures – released in a report that goes to council Tuesday – give a snapshot of the city’s Ontario Works cases last year.
  • Some notable figures that came out of the report include nearly 12,000 people in the Ontario Works Program, a slight increase of families with five or more members in Ontario Works, an increase in the amount of time people need the program, averaging about three years, and nearly half of people in the program called Bridges out of Poverty gaining meaningful employment through its channels


  • FC London’s men’s team lost a thriller of a game on Sunday afternoon against Master’s Futbol 4-3.
  • Master’s was up 2-1 at halftime, then both teams notched two more goals in the second half, including two goals in three minutes by Reshaune Walkes on Master’s, who finished with a hat trick in his team’s win.
  • Connor Wilson and Reza Nafar both had goals for London, who now move to 3-3-0 on the season.
  • They will be at home this Friday when they host Vaughan Azzurri at German Canadian Field.


  • Today will be absolutely gorgeous with clear, sunny skies and a high of 22 degrees.
  • It will remain clear overnight, dropping down to 12 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will have similar conditions with some more sunny skies and 22 degrees again.
  • Thursday will have a high of 17 but a risk of thundershowers in the afternoon.