Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

  • Yesterday’s City Hall Meeting discussed the new bylaw regarding Western University’s Fake Homecoming or FoCo on Broughdale Avenue. 
  • This new bylaw that was introduced last month, aims to recover costs incurred by the city in responding to these parties. This bylaw places responsibility on the property’s landlord, even if in absentia.  
  • Naturally, the London Property Management Association, which includes more than 400 landlords, has pushed back against this proposed bylaw, saying homeowners can’t be held responsible for their tenants behaviour, or be asked to prevent or end a nuisance party, because of their own legal responsibilities.
  • Last year’s FoCo saw 20,000 people – including some students from out of town – crowd onto Broughdale. The tab for emergency services surpassed $200,000. No criminal charges were laid, but police handed out 134 provincial offences tickets for issues such as carrying open liquor and public urination and dished out another 3,146 warnings.
  • Since then, Western University’s board of governors has approved harsher penalties for serious off-campus behaviour, such as out-of-control partying at FoCo. Students could now face consequences up to expulsion in the most severe cases.
  • If the committee recommendation to review the bylaw is approved by council next month, staff will be directed to bring back a new version in mid-August.

 

  • TAP Centre for Creativity is again hosting the London Visual Fringe, opening Wednesday featuring works by 20 London and area artists as part of the 20th annual London Fringe.
  • The Fringe began Tuesday with the Performers’ Showcase and continues until June 8, with the Visual Fringe running throughout.
  • Photography, paintings, textiles, jewelry, sculptures and drawings are all part of the exhibition and sale, each artist receiving the full value of the work, the same as ticket sales for the Fringe performers.
  • The artists are expected to be on hand for the opening,

 

  • In a huge win for blind people, the CNIB community is installing over 100 wayfinding beacons in local businesses shops. 
  • The beacons pair with an app called BlindSquare to describe a store's layout and help people get around. 
  • Advocated by Ryan Hooey and Larissa Proctor, the pair wish to empower blind people with the independance to navigate local spaces.
  • A similar project has already been done with success in Toronto's Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood where 200 beacons were installed in just two years.

 

  • Last night The Blue Jays fell 3-1 to their AL East Rival, the Tampa Bay Rays 
  • Austin Meadows hit his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot to right field off reliever Thomas Pannone in the seventh inning. He also homered on Monday during an 8-3 victory over Toronto and has nine hits and seven RBIs in the past three games.
  • Avisail Garcia had an inside-the-park homer off Clayton Richard in the third and also scored on a first-inning sacrifice fly.
  • The Blue Jays have dropped six of seven and fell to 0-8-1 in their series against Tampa Bay.

 

  • Today started off with a light drizzle and we will continue to see lot of cloud cover plus high humidity. 
  • Tomorrow will be a similar cloudy day with chance of afternoon showers. 
  • Today’s day time high is 19 degrees and our low of 10 degrees is behind us.