Newscast - Monday 1st June 2020
-President Alan Shepard recently released a statement regarding the progression of the fall
semester at university amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic.
He announced that during the term, there is an anticipation that at least 25-30% of the classes will have an on-campus experience. Some clinical programs, undergraduate labs
and seminars and labs for research-based graduate students shall be held in person.
Financial support has also been increased for undergraduate and graduate students,
including a $13.5 million student support fund.
As far as residences are concerned, President Sheppard announced that Western plans to
honour our first-year residence guarantee for students this September.
Planning is underway, in consultation with our local health authorities, to determine how we
can safely accommodate students and implement physical distancing models.’
More details shall be given today at 3 p.m. at the Virtual Town Hall where President
Sheppard and members of Western’s senior leadership team shall discuss the “phased return to campus” approach and the mixed module of courses to be delivered during the upcoming semester. The event can also be accessed via the Facebook page of Western University.
-Western Model United Nations club members proved to be model citizens by organising a donation drive for food and personal protective equipment on Saturday at the St. John Ambulance London office, 742 King St.
Western students Sharon Low and Michael Kalaparambath, club co-presidents, are also two
of three social-media managers behind the national #ConquerCovid19 campaign to control the spread of the disease.
The convergence of global concerns and local need led them to organize the donation drive.
The group collected non-perishable food and commercially manufactured masks, gloves and
hand sanitizer – all designated to the London Food Bank.
To protect everyone and adhere to physical distancing measures, drivers were directed in a one-way pattern through the St. John Ambulance parking lot, where volunteers wearing gloves and masks will receive the donations.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-A showdown with the law has been averted at a Grand Bend drive-in theatre, thanks to the official green-light from the province to reopen outdoor movie screens.
Existing drive-in theatres in Ontario are cleared to resume operations as of Sunday.
It’s a relief for Allan Barnes, owner of the Starlite Drive-In in the Lake Huron beach town, who was planning a free movie night for Saturday evening in protest of not being granted permission to open by the province.
He’d been warned by OPP that such an event would defy Ontario’s emergency laws that prohibit unsanctioned gatherings of more than five people, which are intended to slow COVID-19’s spread.
With the update coming at the 11th hour, Barnes has decided to move his free screening – a double bill of Trolls World Tour and I Can Only Imagine – to Sunday night.
-Plane traffic has been few and far between at London’s International Airport amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but come next month that will change.
Airport officials say Air Canada, which hasn’t flown into or out of London, Ont., for the last several weeks, will begin offering two daily flights to Toronto starting June 22.
The impact of the coronavirus on air travel is evident when you consider that pre-pandemic, nine Air Canada flights left London every day for Toronto, in addition to two Ottawa-bound flights and one to Montreal.
WestJet has continued to operate passenger service out of the airport, albeit with fewer flights — about four a week — all to Toronto.
-After spending a month in an induced coma due to Covid-19, Dom, a 5-month-old Brazilian baby, gets to go home and celebrate his 6-month birthday.
A few months after he was born, Dom was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the Pro-Cardiaco hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Dom will celebrate his 6-month birthday on June 14 at home with his parents, surrounded virtually by relatives.
-On Tuesday, expect a temperature of 28 degrees with cloudy skies. Moving onto Wednesday expect temperatures to be 22 degrees with thunderstorms. It is currently 11 degrees.