Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, July 15th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • While we expect to see scientists publishing in journals aimed at peers, a pair of Western researchers recently targeted a younger audience for their work – a lot younger.
  • Reviewers for their newest scholarly paper, Developmental Language Disorder: The Childhood Condition We Need to Talk About, are ages 8, 10 and 13. When not reviewing science papers for Frontiers for Young Minds, young Amelie feeds elderly elephants in Thailand, while co-reviewers Ari and Elliot describe themselves as “book hounds and lifelong neighbours.”
  • Frontiers for Young Minds is an open-access science journal written for kids, reviewed and edited by kids. Recent articles included an exploration of star formation, innovations in brain-computer interface and parenting in invertebrate animals. The author for the paper, Alyssa Kuiack, who’s a Western Grad student, says that it’s a good opportunity for highly educated people to put their work in simple terms, for an audience who’s not afraid to tell you they don’t understand.
  • Papers for the publication are all written by academic researchers and follow scientific method, including abstract, conflict-of-interest statement, references and citations.
  • People with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) struggle to learn and understand oral and written communication, despite their normal or above-normal intelligence. Their vocabulary and grammar fall below their classmates – with the result that they have difficulty grasping new material if it’s taught in conventional ways, or showing in written form what they’ve learned.
  • DLD is a relatively recent term, having been endorsed in 2017 by a panel of experts out of concern that a wide range of alternate terminologies was hampering diagnosis and treatment.
  • The reason Kuiack and her mentor Lisa Archibald wanted to reach younger readers is that roughly two out of 28 students suffer from DLD.
  • The article identifies what the disorder is, who has it and how children, their families and teachers can work through it.
  • Kuiack said the review process was similar to that of other journals, with questions and suggestions shared among reviewers and authors through a message board. She found the process all positive and said it’s encouraging to be part of a journal that inspires a new generation of scientists.


  • The waiting list for affordable housing in London just got a little shorter.
  • Thanks to Indwell, a Hamilton-based affordable housing agency, 67 people struggling with mental health issues, homelessness or a disability will move into ready-made, one-bedroom downtown apartments Monday.
  • Tenants of Woodfield Gate, located at 356 Dundas St., will pay $550 in rent per month – about 90 percent of average market rates.
  • More than half the units in the building are furnished, an effort Indwell project director Graham Cubitt said is key to ensuring tenants integrate smoothly into their new surroundings.
  • Cubitt and more than 100 volunteers spent the last week putting finishing touches on the apartments.
  • As if the affordable housing crisis in London wasn’t clear enough (more than 4,700 people are on the city’s social housing waiting list), Cubitt said units at Woodgate reached rent capacity in just “a few weeks.”


  • If you saw futuristic sci-fi warriors wielding lasers and blasters downtown this weekend, don’t be alarmed.
  • TennoCon, an annual gaming convention, brought thousands of gamers to the Forest City on Saturday to celebrate the London-developed video game Warframe — many of them dressed as their favourite characters.
  • The convention, now in its fourth year, was held by London company Digital Extremes, the developer behind the wildly popular co-operative online game.
  • Nearly 50 million people around the globe play Warframe.
  • Fans attending the convention met with game developers, competed in Cosplay costume competitions, tried out escape rooms and tested their gaming skills against other Warframe players.
  • More than 2,000 of the game’s most diehard fans attended the event.
  • The lineup to get inside stretched outside the entrance of RBC Place, formerly the London Convention Centre, up Wellington Street, and back around King Street.


  • The London Majors dropped their third game in a row on Friday amid their toughest stretch of the season, falling 8-2 to the Kitchener Panthers.
  • It was the second time the Panthers had beaten the Majors that week, and have won all four meetings with them this year, outscoring them by a combined 55-20.
  • After a scoreless first inning, the Panthers struck in the second, with Tanner Nivins launching a solo-shot over the left field wall to give Kitchener the 1-0 lead.
  • Kitchener tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning. After a sac fly, Zach Johnson smacked a ball over the left field fence, almost identical to Nivins’ in the second inning, for a two-run shot.
  • Kitchener starting pitcher Yoen Socarras was perfect through five innings of play, and finished with seven innings pitched, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out eight. 
  • The Majors were also in tough in their game yesterday, falling to the Barrie Baycats in a tight one 2-1.
  • London now moves to 13-16 on the season, sixth in the IBL.
  • They will have to play Kitchener again on Thursday, then will host the Brantford Red Sox on Friday. 


  • A nice one to start your week off, high of 28 with mainly sunny skies with a slight humidex making it feel like 32.
  • Chance of showers this evening then clearing up overnight with clear skies and 21 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 31 feeling like 38 with a mix of sun and cloud.
  • Then Wednesday will have a risk of thunderstorms and a high of 28 feeling more like 38.