Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, November 8th, 2018

John Urban

Campus News:

  • The State of the USC address took place on Wednesday evening from the UCC Atrium
  • With the USC being one of the biggest not-for-profits in the city of London, the evening was a great opportunity for the up to roughly 30,000 Western students to see what those 49 elected representatives have accomplished and stay informed regarding the plans being made that will directly affect them
  • Key Projects that Mitchell Pratt was proud to announce that have been put forth were: Purple Fest, Discovery Credits, Freedom of Expression Committee and Open Office Hours
  • Pratt went on to discuss other accomplishments over the last 6 months such as: the 16,000 club memberships by students, the sexual violence prevention education which was provided to all elected representatives, the revival of governance and the revamp/redesign of the USC webpage “to be more accountable for all students.”
  • Major issues on the horizon include Broughdale Avenue, which Pratt stressed shouldn’t just be a point of discussion around the Fall months
  • That student safety, along with students respecting the community around them go hand in hand with the issue
  • Along with the continual fight against sexual violence on campus and around the community, by approaching local bar managers to discuss what could be done to make students feel safer
  • Finally, building and then maintaining the relationship with Amit Chakma’s replacement, as inevitably the University of Western will soon have a new President
  • The event was livestreamed on the USC’s Facebook Page for those who were unable to attend, as well as an online interaction with those outside of the UCC via Twitter
  • Adding to the flare of the event was an opening musical performance by CAMIE and closing performance from John Muirhead, food was even provided with a complimentary poutine bar and prizes were being given away to audience members at the end of the evening

Local News:

  • Some 2,000 people will climb 472 stairs inside One London Place Thursday during a fundraiser for the United Way of Elgin Middlesex
  • You might even see Superman or Wonderwoman, as they’re urged to complete the workout decked out in superhero costumes, as per the annual event’s superhero theme this year
  • For the average person the stair climb takes about 10 to 15 minutes
  • The United Way has set a $250,000 fundraising goal for this year’s event, after reaching just shy of $225,000 in 2017
  • The local branch of the United Way supports 96 networks and programs across 65 different agencies in London, Elgin County, and Middlesex County
  • The stair climb happens each year, and it’s part of the United Way’s annual fall fundraising campaign


  • Just days before the Mustangs take on Guelph for the Yates Cup, The OUA has announced their list of 2018 OUA All-Stars and the Mustangs have the most players named
  • The first team all-stars includes Cedric Joseph, David Brown, Fraser Sopik, Bleska Kambamba, Daniel Valente Jr. & Marc Liegghio
  • The second team all-stars include Chris Merchant, Harry McMaster, Phillip Dion, Gregoire Bouchard, Andrew Thurston, Mitchell Stadnyk & Marc Liegghio
  • This announcement comes on the heels of yesterday’s all-rookie team where a pair of Mustangs were recognized including Zack Fry & Spencer Nichols
  • The 14 total Mustangs named to the all-star roster is the most in the OUA
  • It is a big weekend for the Mustangs as they battle the Guelph Gryphons at TD Stadium
  • Kick-off is 1pm and you can catch the 111th Yates Cup right here on Radio Western, tune in Saturday at 12:50pm as the pregame show sets you up for football history


  • Today will be mainly sunny with some cloudy periods as we reach our high of 5 degrees, we do go down to -1 overnight and have the potential to see some snow flurries
  • Tomorrow we have an 80% chance of seeing some mixed precipitation with our high of 2, feeling more like -4 throughout the day
  • Saturday and Sunday both hold a mix of sun and cloud, with highs of 1 and 2 respectively