Newscast - Monday May 18th 2020
- Recently retired Hospitality Services staffer Janet Smith has been honoured with the Changemaker Lifetime Achievement Award from United Way Elgin Middlesex. The award recognized extraordinary volunteer service and commitment to building a stronger community throughout a career.
- Research, community involvement and technology are at the heart of a $5-million gift to Western from long-time donors and Western supporters Arthur and Sonia Labatt.
The gift to the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing is designed to help researchers explore health inequities to better understand and respond to determinants of health, including violence and trauma, poverty and homelessness, mental health, racism, stigma and discrimination, and access to technologies that support health.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-An Aylmer, Ont. church who was relentless in its fight to hold a drive-in service has won the month-long fight.
Saturday night 'The Church of God' announced that Ontario Premier Doug Ford signed an amendment to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) that provides guidelines and clear permission for all churches to hold drive-in or parking lot services.
- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the first Canadian clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine have b een approved by Health Canada, and will be conducted out of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology at Dalhousie University.
Speaking from Rideau Cottage on Saturday, he said the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) will be working with the drug’s manufacturers in order to produce and distribute the vaccine “here at home” — if the trials are successful.
- In separate, stark warnings, two major European leaders bluntly told their citizens that the world needs to adapt to living with the coronavirus and cannot wait to be saved by the development of a vaccine.
The comments by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came as governments worldwide and many U.S. states struggled with restarting economies blindsided by the pandemic. With 36 million newly unemployed in the U.S. alone, economic pressures are building even as authorities acknowledge that reopening risks setting off new waves of infections and deaths.
-On Tuesday, expect a temperature of 19 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto wednesday, expect temperatures to be 19 degrees with sunny skies. It is currently 11 degrees with heavy showers.