For the first time in Canadian history, there are more people that are 65 years and older than those that are 15 and under living in the country, according to Statistics Canada. Michael Haan, a new faculty member in the Department of Sociology and the Canada Research Chair in Population and Social Policy, provided analysis to The Exchange with Amanda Lang and Radio Canada International. Social demographers Roderic Beaujot and Don Kerr spoke to The Globe and Mail and Canadian Press respectively while Mike Moffatt from the Ivey Business School was interviewed by CBC News.
When NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) had provided the strongest evidence to date that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars, Twitter exploded and the news pretty well broke the Internet. Gordon Osinski from Western's Centre for Planetary Science and Exploration was featured at the top of the newscast on CTV London while newly named Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar Tanya Harrison (AKA @tanyaofmars) contributed an op-ed to The Globe & Mail. Livio Tornabene from the Department of Earth Sciences was also interviewed by The Weather Network, CanadaTalks (SiriusXM 167) and 610 News Talk.
Western started a new tradition for its annual Homecoming celebrations by launching #HOCOonthehill this year in the collaboration with the University Students’ Council, Western Alumni and PremierLife. Media was briefed about Western's initiatives to bring more student and alumni celebrations to campus at a special event, which outlined the full day of programming including concerts headlined by DVBBS and Our Lady Peace. CTV London, the London Free Press, AM 980, CJBK and Blackburn News covered the briefing while the London Free Press, SCENE Magazine and Fresh FM delivered a number of advance features.
With the 42nd Canadian federal election now just days away, Western's Department of Political Science continues to be the place for local and national media to expert analysis. Cristine de Clercy was interviewed by Global News, the London Free Press and The Western Producer – a leading agricultural publication. Laura Stephenson provided commentary to CBC News and CTV News. Steven Laviolette from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, who researches the effects on the brain of nicotine and cannabis, was also quoted in a Canadian Press story following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's comments about marijuana and tobacco.