Radio Western News Update

NEWSCAST: Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Shloak Srivastava

CAMPUS:
- New materials engineering research led by Western could translate into significant real-world benefits like greater range for electric vehicles and longer battery life for cell phones.

- Elizabeth Olsson draws inspiration from her mother, her grandfather, and a host of others who have been mentors en route to her journey to Western. Olsson, from Surrey, BC, is enrolled in Engineering and is one of six incoming Western students awarded a prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship this fall. 
- Olsson intends to specialize in biomechanical engineering: combining the life-sciences aspect of the vet clinic with the precision of engineering.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL: 
- At least 10 percent of students in the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) are opting out of in-class learning for the fall semester and will instead take part in remote learning from home, according to early results of a survey filled out by parents.

- Bill Morneau announced his resignation as finance minister and also stepped down as the MP for Toronto Centre, after meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier on Monday.

SPORTS: 
- The CFL canceled its season on Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning the Grey Cup won't be presented for the first time since 1919.

INTERNATIONAL: 
- Michelle Obama delivered a passionate broadside against U.S. President Donald Trump during Monday's opening night of the Democratic National Convention, assailing the Republican president as unfit for the job and warning that the nation's mounting crises would only get worse if he's reelected.

WEATHER
- Expect the temperatures to be around 21 degrees Celsius today. It will be sunny throughout.  Moving onto Wednesday, expect temperatures to be 23 degrees with sunny skies.