Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Matt Graves


  • In a time when democracy and transparency are marred by political misinformation, a Western-led nation-wide partnership is seeking to improve the Canadian democracy. 
  • The Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem) is a nationwide research network addressing issues such as political engagement, representation, and public opinion - factors that shape and make policy.
  • Western is taking the lead with 97 projects that received a collective funding of 8.4 million dollars courtesy of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Western’s Political Science professor Laura Stephenson is principal investigator of the project. She was awarded $2.5 million from SSHRC.
  • The project aims to understand more about the attitudes of Canadians so as to better prescribe programs and get more people involved. 
  • C-Dem collects and analyzes survey data and works with 23 partners to study electoral democracy, during and between elections. The research will be some of the most comprehensive of its kind ever undertaken in Canada.
  • Over the next 7 years, C-Dem will conduct more than 10,000 surveys at the provincial and federal level and find out Canadian thoughts on important issues such as democractic satisfaction, public engagement, public opinion on taxes and immigration, and the influence of social media. 
  • This project is in collaboration with three other leading canadian universities - University of Toronto, Ryerson University, and the University of Quebec at Montreal. 


  • The London Health Sciences Centre lands a new pancreatic cancer treatment and research hub. Rick and Shelly Baker donated $1.5 million to create the Baker Centre for Pancreatic cancer.
  • The facility will help improve patient care, diagnosis, and treatment options for the condition. 
  • Baker, a partner at Southwest Sungroup, and his wife became self-advocates after Rick was diagnosed with stage-four cancer three and a half years ago. 
  • By providing enhance cancer treatment and research in London, Baker hopes others with the disease will have an easier go than he did. 
  • Pancreatic cancer is fast-growing and aggressive, with the disease being the fourth-leading cancer in Canada. The addition of the centre comes at a time when widespread provincial cuts to health care are ongoing. 



  • The London Majors look to get back into the win column with back-to-back games. Tonight, they’re on the road as they face the Kitchener Panthers at Jack Couch Park. Tomorrow night, the Majors return home to Labatt Park to take on the Brantford RedSox. Both games start at 7:30PM.
  • Both the men and women London FC teams are in action this weekend. On Saturday, the women play host to the Woodbridge Strikers at German Canadian FC Stadium Field at 7PM. On Sunday, the men will head out to Oakville to take on the Blue Devils at Sheridan Trafalgar Campus at 5PM.


  • This week has been a balmy steamy show for the forest city but, today we will see some respite from the rain. Daytime highs can touch 40 with the humidex at 90%. Tomorrow we can expect the mercury to climb an all time high of 33 which will feel like the 40s. 
  • The thunderstorm might bring some respite from the heat but Home County festive-goers are cautioned to use sunscreen, carry plenty of water, and stay in the shade as much as possible. Children and senior citizens should watch out for the symptoms of heat stroke which include throbbing headache, dizziness, lack of sweating, red skin, muscle weakness, nausea, and shallow breathing.