Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan


  • In the wake of health care concerns, Western Engineering students tradition of purpling, might be coming into question. 
  • Western recently banned the use of gentian violet, the purple dye, after it was linked to cancer by Health Canada.
  • “Health Canada has completed a safety review of human health products and veterinary drugs containing gentian violet and has found that exposure to these products may increase the risk of cancer. Given the seriousness of this risk, Health Canada is advising Canadians to stop using all human and veterinary drug products containing gentian violet,” the statement read.
  • It continued, “After completing two safety assessments, the Department concluded that, as with other known cancer causing substances, there is no safe level of exposure, and therefore any exposure to these drug products is a potential cause for concern.”
  • The manufacturer has stopped marketing the product in Canada and its product licence has been cancelled.
  • It had been sold primarily as an antiseptic to treat fungal infections. But among engineering students at Western and elsewhere, ‘purpling’ with gentian violet dye has been a long-standing tradition as a signal of the start of studies in their chosen profession.
  • The tradition of purpling dates back to the sinking of the titanic when the engineers aboard the sinking ship wore purple coveralls and remained in the engine rooms to keep the furnaces going so that the smoke would act as a signal to other ships. 


  • If you think Pride London is just a parade, then you’re missing out.
  • The annual festival — which kicks off Thursday and runs until July 28 — is made up of 43 things to see and do this year.
  • While there will be the customary parade to close out London Pride on the last Sunday of this month, not everyone knows about the Shabbat dinner, the four lunch and learns, the gaymer meetup, the bitchy drag-queen bingo, and the intersectionality panel,  just to name a few of the new offerings.
  • Those are in addition to old standbys like drag queen storytime, the Pride picnic and the art show and sale.
  • Pride — which began as a small picnic — is in its 39th year in London this year, which also marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York City, considered the birth of the gay-rights movement.
  • As for the most visible event, the Pride parade, this will be the 25th year it has been staged. More than 120 organizations will take part, the most ever.
  • A two-spirit powwow is in the works for next summer’s event, and there’s a growing sense that Pride should have as small an environmental footprint as possible.
  • Western University marked its participation in the two weeks of events with a flag-raising ceremony yesterday. It will culminate in a Western float and contingent at London’s citywide parade. Other events will include the Western Pride Games at Middlesex College tomorrow and a roving banner that will circulate through campus.


  • The FC London men get back in the win colun after beating the Woodbridge strikers 1-0 on home turf this past weekend.  
  • Our own Etay Kuperman caught up with FC London goalkeeper Anthony Sokalski and head coach Mike Marcoccia. 
  • The win saw London FC improve to 5-6 on the season, passing the Woodbridge Strikers in the standings. They also have a chance to pass North Mississauga SC, depending on how their game goes on Saturday against Toronto Skillz FC.


  • Can you feel the asphalt stick to your shoes? Have you swapped out your espresso for an ice-coffee yet? Or did your windowsill cactus shrivel and die? Cause today will be a ruthlessly hot day with a daytime high of 30 feeling like 37 not to mention the high risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon. 
  • The hot showers will continue on tomorrow and Thursday with daytime highs in the range of low 30s.