Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, June 14th, 2019

Greg Bowman

CAMPUS:

  • Kinesiology professor David Howe was recently named the inaugural Dr. Frank J. Hayden Chair in Sport and Social Impact. The role brings together scholars, graduate students and partner organizations to study the social impact of sport and physical activity, with an emphasis on social inclusion, health equity and mobility.
  • In October 2018, the chair was established through a $1.5-million gift from the Special Olympics Canada Foundation, Special Olympics Canada and their partner chapters, organizations and champions.
  • The position is named after Special Olympics pioneer Frank Hayden. Howe, who came to Western in 2018 from Loughborough University (U.K.), holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from University College London (U.K.) and is a four-time Paralympian, representing Canada in track and field.
  • The opportunity to take on this role has been a long time in the making. He began collecting data on disability in sport more than three decades ago, writing about his experiences, the limitations of opportunities for disabled athletes and how his impaired body shaped his identity, purely out of interest, until his personal and academic lives began to dovetail.
  • Howe sees the creation of this new role and the partnership with Special Olympics Canada as an opportunity to expand the scope of his work and dig deeper into creating a broader understanding of the power of sport and physical activity.

LOCAL:

  • Fanshawe College will receive nearly $2 million over five years from the federal government to boost their research in the agri-food industry, the school announced Thursday.
  • As part of a broader effort to link researchers with local employers, Ottawa announced funding of roughly $73 million to 90 colleges and other post-secondary institutions nationwide.
  • With the funding, Fanshawe will open the Centre for Bioeconomy to support domestic product development and commercialization in the agri-food sector. The centre will be built within the Centre for Advanced Research and Innovation in Biotechnology, a 13,000-square-feet facility that cost the school $10.2 million to build in 2016.
  • While that space is home to research across all science disciplines, the Centre for Bioeconomy is focused on supporting the agri-food sector. It will be dedicated to plant and soil health, food innovation and converting agri-food waste into bioproducts.
  • With the agri-food industry rapidly evolving, Fanshawe officials say they hope the centre will help local agri-food and agri-tech companies become competitive with newer, more developed products.

SPORTS:

  • Have you heard? The Toronto Raptors are NBA Champions for the first time in franchise history after a 114-110 victory over the GOlden State Warriors last night to take the series in six games.
  • Toronto was led by Pascal Siakam who dropped 26 points and 10 rebounds, but it was Kyle Lowry who got things started in the first quarter, scoring the Raptors’ first 11 points, finishing with 26 overall.
  • Then it was Fred Van Vleet late in the game who stepped up, hitting four massive three pointers, finishing with 22 points. The game came down to the Warriors’ final possession, but Steph Curry missed what would have been a game-winning three pointer, as his teammate, Klay Thompson was on the sideline with a torn ACL suffered earlier in the game.
  • Kawhi Leonard was named the NBA Finals MVP for the second time in his career, and is just the third player in NBA history to win the honour with two different teams, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Lebron James.
  • The entire nation was absolute bedlam last night, including here in the Forest City. There was a watch party at Dundas place where hundreds of fans came out to support despite miserable conditions. Then, once the final buzzer went, downtown London was in gridlock, with traffic at a standstill and horns blaring at 12:30 in the morning.
  • There were celebrations coast to coast, from Mosaic Stadium in Regina being filled, to Jurassic Parks being set up from Montreal to Calgary to Halifax.
  • Not to mention the pandemonium happening in the streets of Toronto, where there were still parties in the streets as late as 3am last night.
  • The Championship parade has already been announced in Toronto, taking place on Monday.

 

  • FC London’s men’s team is looking to get back in the win column tonight when they host Vaughan Azzurri at German Canadian field.
  • London is 3-3-0 on the season, coming off a loss to Master’s Futbol, while Vaughan is second in League 1 at 5-1-0. Kickoff will be at 8pm tonight.

 

  • FC London’s women’s team will be playing on Sunday afternoon, hosting the Oakville Blue Devils. London has not lost since the first game of the season, sitting fourth in League 1 at 3-1-2. Kickoff will be at 2:10pm on Sunday from German Canadian Field.

 

  • Then the London Majors will be playing tonight, taking on the Brantford Red Sox in the back half of a home-and-home. London is looking for its third straight win, already beating the Red Sox in Brantford on Wednesday 7-3.
  • First pitch from Labatt Park will be at 7:35pm tonight.
  • The Majors will also be hosting the Barrie Baycats on Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm.

WEATHER:

  • We have a nice one on our hands today, with a high of 22 and mostly sunny skies.
  • Cooling down a little bit this evening to 16 but those clear skies will remain.
  • Tomorrow will see a high of 20 with a chance of showers in the afternoon heading into the evening.
  • Then Sunday, for Brunchfest at the London Brewing Co-Op, will see a mix of sun and cloud with a high of 22.