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Newscast Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Emma Amodio

COVID UPDATE
The Middlesex-London health unit is reporting 38 new COVID-19 cases Monday, including one death.
The ongoing outbreak at the University Hospital has prompted Western University to cancel all nursing student placements. At least 80 cases and four deaths are linked to the outbreak.
Meanwhile Ontario reported another 1,700 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. 
700 cases were recorded in Toronto, 370 in Peel Region, 170 in York Region and 70 in Durham Region.
Nearly 35,000 tests were processed in the last 24 hours — which is the lowest number of tests completed in the last week.There is currently a backlog of 34,000 tests that need results
 

CAMPUS
Students are pushing for better racism reporting tools on campus. 
The system in place has students reporting any instances of on-campus racism to the University’s Equity and Human rights services via email. 
Students can expect a response in 48 hours, a wait period that the University Student’s council and ESS are pushing to streamline.
They are also pushing for Western to highlight sanctions for students who commit acts of racism and make equity, diversity, and inclusion training mandatory for faculty and staff.
The USC is asking for Western to prioritize the mandatory training in the next round of negotiations which will take place in fall 2022.
 

INTERNATIONAL
Another metal monolith appears, this time in Romania, then vanishes.
On November 26, a monolith, similar to the one in Utah appeared on a hill in the community of Piatra Neamt in northeastern Romania.
It is 2.8 metres tall and roughly the same shape as the one in Utah. 
Journalists are calling it a “shoddy knock-off” while others are still speculating a link between the two.
The Romanian monolith disappeared today, and local police are investigating the illegally-built structure. So far, no one has confessed to the building of the copy-cat monolith. 
Moving onto some local news - like really really local -  to do with me specifically, I met up with a new friend for lunch. We had bagels from the spoke--a campus classic and a riveting conversation. Thanks Matylda, it made the snowy walk to campus worth it!


WEATHER
Environment Canada reports heavy snow and local blowing snow will continue into this evening. An additional 15 to locally 30 cm of snow is expected. 
Last night London witnessed two separate collisions involving a car and a pedestrian leaving one dead and another critically injured.
Overnight the temperatures will stay near 0 with the wind chill making it feel like -5. The weather is expected to clear up over the next two days.