As the Canadian federal election came to a close this month, the political battle to become the next president of the United States is just heating up. Donald Abelson, founding director of the Canada-US Institute, delivered expert commentary to NPR, the Washington Post and the National Post about Justin Trudeau's majority win and the differences between Canadian and American elections. Abelson, considered the foremost authority on think tanks in Canada and the United States, also discussed the possible "demise" of policy/research institutes with The Washington Post.
Department of Geography professor Adam Yates and his colleagues constructed the Thames River Experimental Stream Sciences (TRESS) centre, an innovative outdoor facility aimed at protecting aquatic ecosystems, water quality and ecological health that is strategically located at the Adelaide Pollution Control Plant. London Mayor Matt Brown, Western President Amit Chakma and representatives from the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and Thames River Clear Water Revival attended a launch on October 16 that was covered by Rogers TV, the London Free Press and the Londoner.
Western has taken a significant step towards becoming a global leader in the field of early childhood development research and intervention. The Faculty of Education has partnered with the Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre and the family of the late Mary J. Wright to establish the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount. With participating researchers from Education, Social Science and Health Sciences, as well as Western's Brain and Mind Institute involved in the interdisciplinary team, the centre was positively received by local media including CTV London, Rogers TV, the London Free Press and the Londoner.
After an 11-week campaign, the federal election came to an end this month and faculty from the Department of Political Science provided expert analysis to local and national media before, during and after election night. Cameron Anderson connected with CTV News about the long-held Conservative riding of Huron-Bruce and CBC News about whether or not the the long election campaign was good for Canadian voters. Laura Stephenson discussed strategic voting with CBC News and polling with the National Observer. Cristine de Clercy was an in-studio commentator on AM980/Roger TV's election night coverage.