Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS

  • Western allumna Christy Bacik was tapped as the Chair and Chief ChangeMaker for the 2019  United Way Elgin Middlesex campaign.
  • The BA’92 (Political Science) is the Managing Director of Freedom 55 Financial. In the past the St.Thomas native has led the United Way Campaign in Windsor as well.  
  • Bacik’s roots in volunteerism go back to her childhood when her mom, was part of the United Way board in London. 
  • The United Way campaign funds 56 partner agencies and 96 programs focusing on poverty, mental health and beginnings and transitions (children and immigrants) in the Elgin-Middlsex County. 
  • With the $611,866 raised last year, the university has now contributed more than $7 million to the overall effort in the last nine years alone. The university has consistently been one of the largest single donors and the largest employee-only donor to the overall campaign.

LOCAL:

  • A 51y/o peronal support worker is challenging the London Health Sciences Centre decision to suspend him from work. The reason being his refusal to shave his beard. 
  • Mahon, who has worked at LHSC for 4 1/2 years. As per regulations he is required to wear a N95 face mask that protects wearers from airborne pathogens. The masks need to make a seal with the skin to work properly, meaning his beard gets in the way.
  • Mahon says he draws personal inspiration from the Old Testament story of Samson. The biblical figure was known for his tremendous physical strength, a feature he credited with never cutting his hair.
  • Mahon travels for and competes in beard competitions, raising money for charities. He’s also a brand ambassador for a Canadian beard products company. 
  • Mahon is planning to submit his complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, the agency that adjudicates discrimination and harassment claims in the province.

 SPORTS:

  • The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed four new members on Saturday during the 2019 induction ceremony held in St. Mary’s. 
  • The four, former major leaguers Jason Bay and Ryan Dempster, along with current coach Rob Thomson and current Milwaukee Brewer executive Gord Ash, became the first group of inductees in 21-years to all be born and raised in Canada. 
  • Radio Western’s own Steve Kopp caught up with all four inductees. 
  • The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame was founded in 1982 and has been inducting former players, coaches, managers and those associated with baseball in Canada since 1983. 

WEATHER:

  • Today started off on a bright sunshiny note and we will some showers in the afternoon or evening. Today’s high will be 25 in the afternoon. 
  • Tomorrow will be the beginning of a great weekend with plenty of sun and the mercury coasting in the low 20s. Perfect for the Majors baseball games on Friday and Sunday.