Newscast - Wednesday 17th June 2020
-On June 19, Sarah Fogh, Samantha Lanooy, Dorothy Lin and Vanessa Tran (with Darren Mak close behind) will join more than 300,000 Western alumni living around the world as a newly minted graduate and member of the Western Class of 2020.
Lin, Mak and Tran knew each other before arriving at Western, often crossing paths at the same Toronto music festivals and competitions. Lin and Mak also had a shared history as members of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) of Canada in 2017.
-To accelerate 5G innovation in Canada, Western has partnered with Bell Canada to create an advanced 5G research centre – turning the campus into a ‘living lab’ that will help shape smarter cities and communications systems, boost drone security, better manage business continuity, and more.
Bell will invest $2.7 million and deploy 5G network equipment and infrastructure throughout the Western campus. The partnership will also fund research and development initiatives, training opportunities, and technological innovations.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL:
-Great news for campers, as nightly camping reopens at several conservation areas in the region, the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) has announced.
As of June 29, nightly camping at Fanshawe Conservation Area in London will reopen, while Pittock Conservation Area in Woodstock and Wildwood Conservation Area is St. Marys will reopen on July 6.
-The $500 per week Canada Emergency Response Benefit program will be extended by eight weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday, meaning those who will soon run out will have until the end of the summer to keep claiming the benefit while they try to find work.
Three months after the program rolled out, Trudeau said that while a gradual economic reopening is underway, there’s “a long journey ahead” before all sectors bounce back and all who have been laid off find jobs.
-Canadian international Liam Millar made his first-team debut for Liverpool in February in a young Reds side against third-tier Shrewsbury Town in FA Cup play.
The 20-year-old from Brampton, Ont., whose preferred position is left winger although he can also play on the right or up front, impressed during two loan spells at Scotland’s Kilmarnock and hopes to go out on loan again to get playing time while moving up the ladder.
-Air Canada's chief financial officer echoed on Tuesday his boss's recent call to ease travel restrictions as the airline continues to bleed cash, despite concerns over a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the airline is starting to see "some improvement" in domestic bookings, international flights will only pick up when governments begin to remove barriers such as quarantines, Michael Rousseau told investors at a virtual National Bank event.
-On Thursday, expect a temperature of 30 degrees with sunny skies. Moving onto Friday expect temperatures to be 28 degrees with a chance of showers. It is currently 19 degrees.