Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Ava Thompson


  • The Business Cares Food Drive launched Friday at Western, with a goal to raise at least one pound more than previous years.
  • Last christmas, 3500 London families received 443 000 pounds from the Western community and local businesses in London. Since its much smaller first donation to the London Food Bank 20 years ago, the initiative is hoping to continue its growth.
  • It is approximated that 38% of recipients are children and Western will be continuing to contribute to the initiative as it has for the past 15 years. The success of the food drive is hoping to emphasize nutritious donations, continuing to support the local community and users of the drive.
  • Western has become a large component of the event by acting as both host and participant. This year’s launch included the Don Wright Faculty of Music with a performance of seasonal songs by a tuba/baritone quartet. 
  • On campus initiatives are a huge part of extra-curricular life at Western. Student involvement with the food drive helps feed families from January to March while also providing healthier food options. 
  • This annual campaign to fight hunger will continue to embrace contributors this year running through December 16th on campus and through to December 20th elsewhere in the city!


  • The Western Greek Community raised $15 000 in one day in memory of a student who passed away as a part of a larger mental illness campaign.
  • The Courage Project is a student run initiative coming out of the university selling t-shirts and raising funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association. These funds being raised in no more than 24 hours signify the success of their mission: to raise awareness and funds for men’s mental health.
  • This past September the University Student Council came into surplus funding after the headlining act at Purple Fest cancelled. Refunds were not offered; however, upwards of $100000 were put towards mental health services on campus. 
  • The recent fundraising by the Greek community is only the latest of on campus initiatives which are reflecting the values of Western’s community.


  • The tight rental market continues in London with rental rates spiking 15% in the past year without showing signs of slowing.
  • Analysts say that the rental crisis is likely to continue in light of strong population growth, rising home prices and a short supply of units.
  • These pressures on the local market leave Londoners waiting for a new supply of homes meant to be developed in the next couple of years. Luckily, a balanced situation is expected to emerge.


  • This weekend Southern Ontario saw a large dose of winter weather which left many out of power and stopping local church services Sunday morning.
  • London Hydro reported that there were no outages but Hydro One has described thousands of customers affected.


  • The Western Mustangs Men’s hockey team took on the Ryerson Rams on Saturday night facing a tough loss 6-5 in overtime. The team is entering the holiday break with a 5-7-3 record but will make their return to the ice in the new year on January 3rd when they face the Waterloo Warriors on home-ice.
  • The Mustangs men’s basketball team also wrapped the 2019 schedule on Saturday night with an 89-78 point win over the Guelph Gryphons! Our own Omar Shiddo dropped 24 points leading us to victory.
  • The Mustang’s women’s basketball team took home their 11th win in a row on Saturday, with a tight finish over the Guelph Gryphons. Becky LeBlanc led the team’s offense with 18 points and 7 rebounds to close out their 2019 schedule as well.
  • The Mustangs will return in the new year to hopefully keep up with these wins and kick off the rest of the schedule.


  • The rest of this week is looking at a mix of wintery conditions with flurries and daytime highs of 1 degree. Expect a temperature of 1 degree on Tuesday with a mix of sun and clouds. Moving into Wednesday, expect a temperature of 1 degree still, but with a high chance of flurries.