Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • If you think the debate over the role of higher education is new, think again. You’ll need to look deeper than today’s headlines for answers – perhaps as far back as the Middle Ages.
  • To help in that understanding, English and Writing Studies Professor Jane Toswell will teach This University, a new online/in-class course for Winter 2020 intended to be an academic look at what universities are – and are not – against the backdrop of Western.
  • Despite the importance of the institutions, Toswell sees students who do not know much more about Western, or any university, beyond the school song or location of their classrooms. She says that we are a part of a long sweep of history about the purpose of this university. 
  • The course is not an introduction to Western so much as it is a guide to thinking critically about the university, its evolving role in society and students’ place in it.
  • The discussion includes learning about the physical space Western occupies, with a total of 101 buildings that collectively have a value of more than $9 billion. They range from the gothic-style University College to the brutalist architecture of The D.B. Weldon Library to utilitarian sheds and labs.
  • That also includes Western’s governance structures, rituals and cultural and academic presence – some of which have roots in medieval Europe, some with roots in the British structure and others that are Western’s alone.
  • Along the way, students will read The Beggar Maid by Nobel Prize-winning alumna Alice Munro, LLD’76.
  • Students will also learn how different aspects of the university – student health services, codes of conduct and athletics, for example – stem from the structure and philosophy of the institution.


  • Researchers at Fanshawe College are trying to find out more about the healing properties of different types of raw Ontario honey.
  • Earlier this year, three bee hives, built and painted by Fanshawe students, were installed in the Oxford Street campus’s garden.
  • The honey bees were purchased from Clovermead Honey Shop in Alymer.
  • The research project is a collaboration between Fanshawe and the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland, where they have developed a product known as SurgihoneyRO reactive oxygen.
  • SurgihoneyRO, made from honey produced in Ireland, is considered a low-cost alternative to harsh antiseptics used to treat wounds, diabetic ulcers, sore throats, burns, digestive issues, and even flesh-eating disease.
  • Manuka honey, produced in Australia and New Zealand, by bees foraging among manuka flowers, is used for the treatment of infections and wounds.
  • Fanshawe College researchers received a federal grant of $25,000 in 2017 to begin assessing which honey in Ontario produces the highest levels of hydrogen peroxide from an enzyme introduced by the bees and whether high peroxide-producing honeys has the best healing properties.
  • More than 80 beekeepers have contributed honey, which gets graded by colour and peroxide measure.
  • Fellow researcher Cheryl Ketola, also a professor of biotechnology who started studying honey nine years ago, said uses for non-pasteurized, healing honey, are very diverse.
  • The researchers also studied how the storage of honey affects how much peroxide the honey will produce.
  • Ketola said the honey research now will be extended into the classroom with microbiology students working on assessing high-peroxide honey against different bacteria and fungi.
  • In chemistry classes, students will be doing an analysis of a variety of chemical properties of the honey.


  • The Baseball Canada 18U National Championship was held in London this past weekend.
  • 10 teams across nine provinces played a slew of games all over the city to decide who the best youth baseball team in the nation is.
  • The London Badgers were two-time defending champions of the tournament, but fell to Team BC represented by the North Delta Blue Jays in the bronze medal game by a score of 8-2.
  • In the Gold medal game, Team Quebec used a five run fourth inning to top the Etobicoke Rangers representing Team Ontario by another 8-2 score.
  • Congratulations to all the players who came to the Forest City this past weekend, and best of luck in your future endeavours! 


  • High of 28 today feeling more like 36 this afternoon with mostly sunny skies.
  • 40% chance of thundershowers this evening which will continue overnight with the temperature hovering around 20 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 27 degrees with a chance of thundershowers throughout the day.
  • Then the heat will break on Thursday, with clear skies and a high of 21 expected with no humidity.