Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, May 8th, 2020

Jacob McCourt

CAMPUS:
-A program is being launched at Western to capture the local experience of living in a pandemic.
-The project launched by the Western Archives and Special Collections is entitled 'COVID-19 in London, Ontario: Capturing the Local Experience'.
-The newly launched site captures historic photos, videos, writing, social media posts and more that can be reviewed at a later date.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-London-area researchers have become the world’s first to treat COVID-19 with dialysis.
-The procedure, which utilizes a specialized form of dialysis, was developed by scientists at the Lawson Health Research Institute. This treatment reprograms the white blood cells of a patient to fight hyper-inflammation caused by COVID-19.

-Premier Doug Ford has rejected the idea of opening the province region-by-region.
-The Mayor of Kingston, Bryan Paterson penned a letter to Doug Ford requesting a different reopening plan in the region compared to the province. This plan was openly rejected by Premier Ford, despite Kingston’s low case number.

-In data released early Friday morning by StatsCan, the impact of COVID-19 is shown to be unprecedented as another 2 million Canadians lost their jobs in April.
-This brings the total number of Canadians to have lost their jobs to about 3 million since this crisis began.

WEATHER:
-Today, the high is 4 degrees with a chance of flurries and snow.
-Tomorrow, expect flurries and a temperature of 4 degrees again.