Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Greg Bowman


  • A new pilot project looks to increase the resilience of 100 new-build homes against high winds, even tornadoes, in St. Thomas, Ont., putting into practise more than two decades of Western research.
  • The partnership, between Doug Tarry Homes, Western and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, will see the homebuilder incorporate two Western-led research findings into its new construction, one involving longer nails for roof sheathing, a second involving a special screw connecting roof framing to the walls.
  • Doug Tarry, Director Of Marketing and Lead Designer at Doug Tarry Homes, says the improvements will not only make a huge difference in building resilient homes but they are also relatively inexpensive to implement and save time during construction.
  • These recommendations and changes are intended to protect both individual building structures and neighbouring buildings, through reduction of flying debris during high wind and tornado events, Kopp said. The measures will further serve to increase resilience of the community, through reduction of time and resources required to recover in the event of a wind-related disaster.
  • High winds contributed to nearly all of the natural catastrophes recorded by the Insurance Bureau of Canada between 1983 and 2016. Last year alone, windstorms in southern Ontario and Quebec in May and a series of tornadoes in the Ottawa region in September caused close to $1 billion in insured losses.
  • This is not the first partnership Tarry and Western have joined forces on. Western researchers and students joined the St. Thomas builder’s Hope Agua Vita team in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, to rebuild homes after Hurricane Maria. Installing hurricane straps and extra nails, they explored how resilience measures could be adapted back home.


  • A long-brewing push to see London take advantage of economic opportunities in the film industry got a boost at city hall Tuesday, as a film buff gave politicians a stark choice.
  • Kelly Peckham, who is a board member with the Forest City Film Festival, pointed to the ripple effects of becoming a regional centre for movie and television production, including business for caterers, hotels, restaurants and antique shops and opportunities for young graduates currently fleeing London.
  • The pitch seemed to gain traction.
  • Mayor Ed Holder suggested it may be “the business we can’t afford not to be in.”
  • The demand is already growing for London shoots. City hall typically issues about half a dozen permits for shoots on public property each year. But since spring, when a database of London locations prime for filming was updated, a dozen requests have come in.
  • Peckham also said London needs to add more practical and picturesque locations for shooting — not just a “main street” look but also houses, storefronts, and corn fields.
  • And with more traditional film production areas already saturated — studio space in Toronto has filled up sometimes years out, Peckham said — there is an opening for London.
  • The fee for a day of filming — $685 in London, though it’s less than $100 in other cities — was recently reviewed and will be reduced.
  • And city staff are investigating a possible film office or film commissioner post, a kind of ambassador who could liaise with production crews and industry reps considering London for their film shoots or other investments. That’s a result of a push from Coun. Michael van Holst to develop a film strategy for London.
  • There’s no price tag yet for a film champion at city hall — and the position could even fall outside city hall, perhaps under Tourism London, the London Economic Development Corp. or a private entity — but staff pegged the cost of a “film strategy” at $60,000 to $70,000.
  • The committee voted unanimously to recommend staff bring a business case to the multi-year budget, which will be tabled in December and discussed in the early months of 2020. The issue goes to council at the end of the month.


  • The London Majors season is now over, as they lost Game 5 of their IBL playoff series last night against the Welland Jackfish 11-7. Welland wins the best of seven series 4-1.
  • The Jackfish got out to a roaring start, scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Majors responded in the third though, putting up a four spot of their own thanks to RBI from Yuki Yasuda and Ismael Pena. In the sixth inning, Welland put the game, and, ultimately the series away with a six run inning.
  • The Majors get knocked out of the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row.
  • Regardless, hats off to the London Majors for another great season, it was a pleasure covering your games here at Radio Western, and best of luck to all the players in their future endeavours. We can’t wait til 2020. 


  • High of 26 this afternoon with some slight cloud cover but little humidity.
  • Those mainly clear skies will continue until tonight with the temperature hovering around 16 degrees.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 24 with a chance of showers in the afternoon.
  • Then on Friday you can expect a high of 25 degrees with sunny skies.