Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, August 9th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Researchers hope findings from a new nationwide survey will offer greater insights into trans and non-binary communities where little data currently exist – doing for Canada what a similar survey did for Ontario a decade ago. The findings will inform a near endless string of areas from health care and social services, to public policy and education.
  • The Trans PULSE Canada survey is a “voluntary community census” that seeks Canadian participants 14 years old or older, and have a gender identity that differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. The survey has two versions: a 70-minute long form and a 10-minute short form.
  • The survey includes questions on health and well-being; gender-affirming care; access to primary and emergency health care; social support; gender positivity and distress; identity documents; among others.
  • Other questions specifically target nine priority populations, namely non-binary, living with a disability, Indigenous, rural, sex worker, racialized, immigrant, youth, or elder. That information will be key in informing public policy and practice, as that data is nearly nonexistent nationwide.
  • Trans Pulse Canada, a community-based research project in Ontario, is partnering on the survey with Western, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
  • The current survey grew out of an effort conducted in 2009-10 in Ontario. That was the first large-scale study of its kind. Its success, combined with the current data landscape, led researchers to go larger a decade later.
  • At that time, researchers, health-care professionals and Ontario policy makers were provided with a fuller picture of the trans and non-binary community across a number of areas. For example, “absolutely alarming” numbers related to suicide risks were exposed. Those numbers shifted priorities to addressing issues, including social isolation, feelings of in public, parental support, among other things that contributed to that higher-than-expected suicide risk.
  • The current nationwide survey will remain open through the end of September.
  • The earliest findings will be released this fall, with more detailed findings to be rolled out over several years as the expected depth of data gets explored.


  • The London area’s unemployment rate jumped by almost a full percentage point in July and now sits at 5.8 per cent, just as the total number of people working in the region went down for a sixth consecutive month.
  • According to the latest job numbers from Statistics Canada, the London region, which also includes St. Thomas, Strathroy and parts of Middlesex and Elgin counties, shredded 2,400 jobs in July to continue a stream of job losses that began this year.
  • After going to 5.8 per cent in July from 4.9 per cent in June, a 0.9 per cent jump, the London area’s unemployment rate is now above the national and provincial unemployment rates of 5.7 per cent, which also went up last month.
  • The London region’s labour force participation rate – the share of the working-age population that is working or looking for work – also set a new record low in July, dropping 57.2 per cent from 57.3 per cent in June.
  • It’s the lowest the London-area participation rate has been since 2001, when Statistics Canada started gathering comparable data.
  • London’s low employment rate among people in their prime working years is the focus of the first three parts of Face It, a Free Press series looking at some of London’s most pressing challenges.
  • In Ontario, the jobless rate went up by 0.3 per cent in July, the result of gains in full-time work being offset by losses in part-time positions and of more people searching for work, Statistics Canada said. Over the last 12 months, the province has created about 118,000 new jobs, an increase of 1.6 per cent.


  • It’s playoffs time for the summer sports in the Forest City, with both the London Majors and FC London hosting postseason tilts this weekend.
  • Starting tonight, the Majors will be hosting the Welland Jackfish for Game 3 of the IBL playoffs. London comes in trailing the series 2-0, after dropping Game 2 last night 11-3 in Welland. First pitch for tonight’s ball game is slated for 7:35pm.
  • Saturday, FC London’s women’s team will be hosting the second leg of the League 1 Ontario playoffs against Oshawa FC. London currently leads 4-1 on aggregate after dominating the first leg. London also beat Oshawa in their only regular season meeting. Kickoff for that game will be at 7:30pm on Saturday from German Canadian Field.
  • Then Sunday, Game 4 of the IBL playoffs between Welland and London will take place at Labatt Park with a 1:05pm first pitch.
  • Be sure to keep an eye on for our coverage of all the games!


  • Today will be gorgeous with a high of 25 degrees, and sunny skies all day.
  • It will stay around 21 this evening, then down to 14 overnight with clear skies persisting.
  • Tomorrow will have a high of 24 with clear sunny skies all day
  • Then Sunday will see a high of 27 with a chance of thundershowers throughout the day.