Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, July 19th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • Acting academic vice president, Sarah Prichard, says that she feels ready to set the table for the next permanent research leader after her one year tenure.
  • Although transitioning to a new city and work environment is difficult, she aims to work alongside new President Alan Shepard to maintain Western’s reputation as a research hub. Prichard started her position on July 1st, and will hold it for one year, laying down the groundwork of a long-term research plan.
  • She herself will not be a candidate for the full-time, permanent position. She will investigate the university’s past, see what worked and see how it can be implemented in today’s landscape. Some of the research areas she has had her fingerprints on in the past include brain and mind research, joint and mobility, and even severe weather.
  • She will look to collaborate with the high powers of the university, hoping to navigate budgets and restrictions the best that she can. Governmentally, schools are getting a lot of funding towards the STEM research fields, meaning that she can take a look at the other areas of study and see how she can best bolster them.
  • Prichard was a member of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine for over 25 years, serving as a professor of medicine and was the associate dean of inter hospital affairs. She has also sat as a board member in other government research groups.
  • Prichard joins John Capone as the ones who will be responsible for laying out the research future of Western University for the next 11 and a half months. 


  • Yesterday was the first day of the London Pride Festival, which will run for 11 days until July 29th.
  • There will be no shortage of opportunities for Londoners to show off their colours with over 40 events taking the place throughout the next week and a half, all culminating into the 25th Pride Parade. 
  • With countless events going on over the next little while all over the Forest City, be sure to get out and show your pride!


  • The London Majors snapped a four game losing streak last night with a nail-biting 1-0 win over the Kitchener Panthers down the 401 at Jack Couch Park.
  • The only run of the game came from Jonathan Thibodeau, who crossed the plate on a passed ball in the fifth inning.
  • It was a collaborative pitching effort by the Majors, with Owen Boon pitching 6.2 amazing innings, giving up just three hits while striking out six, then Juliandry Higuera closed it out with 2.1 innings, where he gave up just two hits while fanning one.
  • The Majors move to 14-16 on the year with their first win against Kitchener, and will be in action again tonight when they host the Brantford Red Sox at Labatt Park. First pitch will be at 7:35. 


  • Southern Ontario is in a heat warning for the entire weekend.
  • Today will be 33 degrees with a risk of thundershowers all day and a humidex of 46.
  • That risk of thunderstorms will persist throughout the evening into the overnight with the humidity keeping things feeling like they’re 31.
  • Tomorrow will reach a high of 34 with a humidex making it feel like 47.
  • Then Sunday will cool down to 25 with a humidex of 31, with thunderstorms threatening the entire weekend.