Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

 

CAMPUS:

  • Social Sciences student Sasha Doxtator and Physics and Astronomy professor Robert Cockcroft, along with fellow undergraduate student Brianne Derrah, have created an Indigenous astronomy for this fall. It would be the first such course offered at a Canadian university.
  • The new course, Two-Eyed Seeing and Astronomy, will share the principles of astronomy through traditional Indigenous sky stories. The course will also feature indigenous guest speakers - be it Indigenous members of the campus community or elders in local communities.
     
  • Following its legalization last October, the effects of Marijuana on fertility is still an open question. 
  • Fertility specialists at Western University are looking into the potential effect of marijuana on sperm count and ovulation. In a practice article and podcast for CMAJ, Drs. Sara Ilnitsky and Stan Van Uum, discuss the key aspects of marijuana and how it affects fertility. 
  • For couples trying to conceive, some of the key points the researchers highlight in their paper are 

    1. Marijuana use can decrease sperm count. Smoking marijuana more than once a week is associated with a 29 per cent reduction in sperm count.
    2. Marijuana may delay or prevent ovulation.
    3. Marijuana may affect the ability to conceive in couples with infertility but does not appear to affect couples without fertility issues.
  • Dr. Ilnitsky is a clinical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry who practises at The Fertility Clinic at London Health Sciences Centre. 
  • The authors hope this paper will provide an evidence-based source of information for marijuana users and health care providers, and say they hope it will also help prompt more rigorous scientific study in this area.

 
LOCAL:

  • After the Provincial govt refused to fund London's permanent safe-injection site on King Street, Mayor Ed Holder will be meeting with Health Minister Christine Elliot. 
  • The meeting comes a day after two representatives from Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-term Care toured the proposed site at 446 York St., a former music store across from the Men’s Mission.
  • Originally, the provincial government committed to funding at least one permanent supervised drug-use facility but, concerns from neighbors and stakeholders prompted the province to decline funding this site.
  • Among the site’s most vocal opponents is London developer Drewlo Holdings, who retained public relations consultancy Blackridge Strategy to lobby against the project at Queen’s Park.
  • This comes at a time when Blackridge principal strategist and co-owner Amir Farahi has been linked to a pair of smear-campaign websites targeting two female councillors seeking re-election in last fall’s civic election.
  • Christine Elliott will be making an announcement at the Middlesex London EMS headquarters in south London at 11 a.m.

SPORTS:

  • Western’s middle blocker Kelsey Veltman has signed a professional contract to play volleyball in Italy next season.
  • The five-time Ontario university first-team all-star will join Volley Millenium Brescia for 2019-20 shortly after competing for Canada in Italy at the FISU Summer Universiade in July.
  • The 23 year old Brampton native will be a unique addition to the Italian SuperLega, one of the top women’s circuits in the world. The majority of the Brescia roster is made up of home-grown talent.

 
WEATHER:

  • The day started off with dark gloomy skies and some showers that will tun into a full-blown thunderstorm in the afternoon. 
  • Things will dry up overnight to welcome tomorrow’s mainly sunny skies. Perfect for the soccer and baseball games.