Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, August 12th, 2019

Greg Bowman

CAMPUS:

Last year, Hockey Hall of Famer Ken Dryden stood at the podium of See the Line and asked the community to take action on the prevention of concussions.

To answer that call, the annual concussion education symposium this year features experts working towards making change in the concussion realm, including policy implementation, rule changes, and athlete training, all in an effort to prevent the devastating effects of sports-related concussion.

On Thursday, See the Line will include presentations from concussion researchers and experts, including Dr. Dan Cass, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Executive, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Chair, Rowan’s Law Advisory Committee.

Also presenting is Carolyn Emery, Co-Chair or Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre and Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. “The best treatment for concussion is prevention,” she said. “Concussions are predictable and preventable and a multifaceted approach to primary prevention in youth sport includes prevention targets such as rule changes, safety equipment recommendations and training strategies.”

Hosted by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, See the Line is a collaborative, 10-year initiative that seeks to educate athletes, coaches, parents and the broader community about the serious impact of concussions. It aims to shift the culture around concussion in sport, reduce the incidence of concussion and improve care through research.

Since 2013, more than 4,000 medical and health professionals, athletes, coaches and community members have attended See the Line events, which include a continuing medical education session and a Community Symposium featuring an athlete panel discussion, moderated this year by TSN and CTV National News Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead who has been on the forefront of covering stories of concussion in sport

LOCAL:
 

Cities and towns in Southwestern Ontario will soon find out whether they’ll be home to the any of the second wave of cannabis retail stores opening in the fall.

Applicants vying for a shot at one of 42 marijuana retail licences had until Friday to submit an application to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), the province’s pot regulator, with the winners to be announced on Aug. 20.

But one leading cannabis lawyer says the financial requirements placed on applicants may be problematic, because many financial institutions remain skeptical of the marijuana industry.

“Last go-around, the big question was, ‘How many entries are there going to be?’ ” The January lottery drew more than 17,000 expressions of interest.

Lottery applicants were required to, among other things, get confirmation from a bank or credit union that they have the access to $250,000 in cash or short-term investments and the ability to quickly obtain a $50,000 letter of credit.

Some hopeful retailers couldn’t get the necessary documents from their bank or credit union, while others received paperwork that’s unlikely to meet the AGCO’s requirements, Fraser said.

While most financial institutions have shunned the cannabis industry, Ontario-based credit union Alterna has moved in to fill the void.

The AGCO announced in July it would license an additional 50 pot shops, including eight reserved for First Nations communities, to open as early as October.

Unlike the January lottery for the first 25 licences, this one required applicants to provide confirmation they’d secured a lease.

SPORTS:

The London Majors hosted Game 3 of the IBL playoffs on Friday night against the Welland Jackfish, but suffered a heartbreaking loss, 6-3.

London started off on the right foot, with Cleveland Brownlee and Mike Ambrose collecting RBI in the first inning.

Brownlee added one more in the third inning to make it 3-0, which is how the score remained until the eighth.

Then, Vaughn Bryan hit a three-run shot in the eighth, part of a four run stanza for the Jackfish. 

WEATHER:

High of 28 degrees today with a chance of thundershowers throughout the day.

24 expected in the evening with it going to 18 overnight with that risk of thundershowers persisting.

Tomorrow will see a high of 29 with a 40% chance of showers all day.

Then Wednesday will see a high of 24 with some showers expected as well.