Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan


  • A recent study out of Western researchers discovere that depression is the single largest driver of substance use during pregnancy – more important than education, income, or age – highlights the need for greater supports for the mental health of mothers-to-be. 
  • According to Jamie Seabrook, professor at Brescia University College and Schulich school of medicine and dentistry, and MSc Candidate Rachel Brown, pregnant women who were depressed were 2.6 times more likely to use cannabis and twice as likely to smoke cigarettes and use alcohol while pregnant,. 
  • Stacks of previous research has established that tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis use during pregnancy is associated with poor birth outcomes, yet many women continue to use these substances during pregnancy.
  • For this Western study, the largest of its kind ever in Canada, the research team analyzed health and geographical data from more than 25,000 pregnant women in Southwestern Ontario.
  • The research shows that there is an effect later on in life as well with infants that are born preterm or low birth weight. To intervene or advocate for mental health programs for the mom, the idea is that it sets up the health of the infants later on in life.
  • The research team points out that this research is especially important in Canada with the recent legalization of recreational cannabis.


  • A plan to stick raucous Fake Homecoming party hosts with the bill is back on the table at city hall, fresh from a legal rejig after London landlords balked at the proposed “nuisance party” bylaw.
  • The result of the revisions is that fines for out-of-control parties that suck up police, fire and city hall time can’t be levelled against property owners whose tenants get out of control, city staff say in their latest report.
  • The revised bylaw – which is meant to target wild parties, especially in the Broughdale Avenue area around Western University during the so-called FoCo celebrations each fall – still includes fines for those who “sponsor, conduct, continue, host, create or cause” a nuisance party.
  • The revised bylaw will be debated by politicians at next week’s community and protective services committee meeting.
  • Last year’s FoCo saw 20,000 people – including some students from out of town – squish onto Broughdale, and the bill for emergency services eclipsed $200,000. No criminal charges were laid, but police handed out 134 provincial offences tickets for issues such as carrying open liquor and public urination and dished out another 3,146 warnings.
  • Since then, Western University’s board of governors has approved harsher penalties for serious off-campus behaviour, such as out-of-control partying at FoCo. Students now could face consequences, including expulsion in the most severe cases.


  • London Native Damian Warner is the Pan Am Games decathlon champion – again.
  • The 29-year-old defended his crown in dominant fashion Wednesday at Lima, Peru with 8,513 points – 273 more than runner-up Lindon Victor (8,240) of Grenada.
  • The 2016 Olympic bronze medalist fell shy of his Games record of 8,659 points from four years ago at Toronto and was nearly 200 points shy of his season-best 8,711 at Gotzis, Austria, in May
  • Warner led the competition from pillar to post, pulling ahead Tuesday with a 10.32-second 100-metre dash and finishing it off in with a second-best time of 4:38.31 in the gruelling 1,500m run Wednesday night.
  • The Canadian star and Montcalm secondary school grad won three of the 10 disciplines (100m, a season’s best 7.74m long jump and kicking off the second day with 13.68 in the 110m hurdles) and was second in three others (the 1,500, the 400m run in 47.77 and discus with a season’s best throw of 48.82m).
  • He finished fourth in shot put (15.01m), fifth in javelin (59.48m), and was good at 1.97m in high jump


  • Environment canada forecast for today is medium risk ofthunderstorm all day with an afternoon high of 25. The evening will be partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers and pvernight the skies will be clear with a low of 13. The forecast for the weekend is clear sunny skies.