Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Greg Bowman

CAMPUS:

  • This upcoming academic year may be one of the most unique to date at Western University. Between the change in University leadership, to non-essential fees being optional, it will be a year full of firsts.
  • Students Council President, Bardia Jalayer says that those who opt out of the student fees are not only risking their student experience, but also other students' as well. 
  • For the full interview with Bardia Jalayer, check out our article!

LOCAL:

  • Considered too controversial for most markets, a new anti-abortion movie will begin a one-week run Friday at London’s SilverCity, one of only a handful of cinemas across Canada to screen the film.
  • The film, Unplanned, which many critics are rejecting as anti-abortion propaganda, has incited fierce debate throughout the country and in the local community. A protest is being co-planned by Pro-Choice London at the Masonville Place mall’s SilverCity when the movie opens Friday.
  • The occupation intends to be a  “positive protest” will aim to provide resources and factual information to those who might be unsure about abortion.
  • Unplanned is an American drama based on the experiences of Abby Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, and her turn to anti-abortion activism. In the United States, the movie sparked similar controversy during its March release.
  • Cineplex, one of Canada’s largest network of theatres, is screening the movie in only 14 of its 164 theatres across the country.
  • On Monday, Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob issued an explanation on Twitter of the decision to screen the movie amid calls for a boycott of the movie giant.
  • In Southwestern Ontario, London’s SilverCity in Masonville and Windsor’s SilverCity are the only two cinemas playing the movie for a one-week run that starts Friday.
  • Cineplex spokesperson Sarah Van Lange said the selection of the 14 locations was based on “anticipated demand.”
  • London has a strong anti-abortion group in the city, which could be why the film is screening in the Forest City.
  • Southwestern Ontario, its rural areas marked by a socially conservative streak, has often been on the front lines of the reproductive rights debate over the decades, with protests against abortion frequent in the area.
  • Unplanned’s producers encouraged groups who wanted the film in Canada to petition movie theatres for its release. 
  • Cary Solomon, who co-wrote, directed and produced the movie, said it was a “fierce battle” to get the film to Canada. He said Unplanned was originally turned down by both of the two largest film distributors and exhibitors in Canada.
  • Between independent cinemas and a small run with Landmark Cinemas, Unplanned distributor Cinedicom estimates the movie will play in about only 50 theatres nationwide.
  • But Cinedicom president BJ McKelvie said two cinemas have already backed out of screening Unplanned because of threats of violence.

SPORTS:

  • The London Majors suffered their second loss in as many nights yesterday evening, falling to the lowly Brantford Red Sox 6-5 in the Telephone City.
  • Cleveland Brownlee started the game off with a three-run home run in the top of the first inning, his eighth long ball of the season.
  • Brantford responded in the second inning, putting up three runs of their own to tie the game.
  • London took the lead in the eighth inning, scoring two runs, but they couldn’t hold onto it, allowing the Red Sox to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, with Chris Iltshishin clearing the loaded bases with a double to give his team their third win of the season.
  • Things won’t be getting much easier for the Majors, as they’re going up against the top two teams in the IBL in their next two games, hosting the Kitchener Panthers on Friday night, then taking on the defending champion Barrie Baycats on Sunday. 

WEATHER:

  • Do you enjoy being able to chew the air? Me neither, but that’s what we’re going to have to do today, as it’s an expected high of 27 this afternoon with a humidex of 35 with the sun blaring all day long.
  • It will be 24 this evening dropping to 16 overnight.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 24 feeling like 28 with clear skies.
  • Then Saturday will have a high of 28 with a risk of thundershowers throughout the day.