Province set to make an announcement on the future of salmon farming off Island’s northern tip, B.C. drivers to find out how much more basic auto insurance will cost and the U.S. President’s former lawyer says he’s done lying. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
‘Historic’ fish farm announcement Friday morning: A major announcement is set to be made Friday on changes to the operation of as many as 30 salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago, off the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Those changes may include removing salmon farms in the path of migratory salmon in the Johnstone Strait, while other farms will have to prove they are not a risk to wild stocks. Farm-raised salmon is an estimated $500 million industry annually but has long been a sore point for local First Nations.
ICBC submitting rate application to B.C. Utilities Commission: We should know today how much more we’ll pay for basic auto insurance in B.C. ICBC is submitting its rate increase application to the B.C. Utilities Commission. The public insurer has struggled with rising costs and Attorney General David Eby said ICBC lost $3 billion before making changes in April.
‘Done with the lying’, former Trump lawyer tells ‘Good Morning America’: U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he is done with lying and being loyal to Trump. Cohen said Trump directed him to buy the silence of two women during the 2016 election campaign and says it is sad that he has to “take the responsibility for his dirty deeds.” Cohen has been sentenced to three years in federal prison after pleading guilty to several charges.
Police in Canada and the U.S. say a rash of bomb threats Thursday appears to be a hoax: Authorities across Canada and the U.S. are dismissing multiple bomb threats yesterday as a crude extortion attempt. In B.C., R-C-M-P say there were bomb threats to car dealerships in the Okanagan, demanding bitcoin payment. South of the border, a wave of bomb threats emailed to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings triggered searches and evacuations.
Trip to China postponed by Canada’s tourism minister amid tensions: Tourism Minister Melanie Joly is postponing a planned trip to China amid rising tensions between Ottawa and Beijing over the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Vancouver. The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa has loudly protested the arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, but has not directly linked Beijing’s detention of entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig to her case.
Stats Canada releases third-quarter debt, marginal rise for Canadians: A day after Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation released second-quarter debt-to-income ratios figures, Statistics Canada said Friday morning Canadians owe nearly $1.78 for every one-dollar of disposable income in its third-quarter report. The increase was marginal over the second quarter. CMHC said the DTI in Victoria was 189 per cent, while nationally the ration was $1.70 of debt for every dollar of income.
Swift’s security team used facial recognition to identify known stalkers at a show: At a southern California show in May, Taylor Swift’s security team reportedly used facial recognition technology to try to identify stalkers. Security expert Mike Downing told Rolling Stone a kiosk was set up where fans could view clips of Swift rehearsing and while they watched, image-captures of their faces were sent to a command post in Nashville and cross-referenced with Swift’s known stalkers.
Jazz legend Nancy Wilson dies at 81: Grammy-winning jazz and pop singer Nancy Wilson has died. Her manager told The Associated Press late Thursday night that Wilson died peacefully after a long illness at her home in Pioneertown, California. She was 81. She was best known for such songs as her breakthrough “Guess Who I Saw Today” and the 1964 hit “(You Don’t Know) How Glad I Am.”
Canada hopefuls face USports All-Stars in last efforts to make World Junior squad: Team Canada hopefuls face the USports All-Stars for the final time in Colwood. Some players have been released from the selection camp after a 5-3 loss at the Q-Centre Thursday night. Management aims to trim the squad down from thirty-four players to 22 by Saturday.
Third period comeback earns Canucks a point in OT loss to Nashville: The Vancouver Canucks had their four-game win streak snapped by the Nashville Predators Thursday night, but still managed to get a point a 4-3 overtime loss. The Canucks trailed 3-1 through 40 minutes, but Bo Horvat tied the game with less than a minute to play in regulation time. The Canucks host Philadelphia tomorrow.
Royals host Cougars Friday night: A B.C. division showdown Friday night for the Victoria Royals, who welcome the Prince George Cougars to the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals are looking to turn things around with losses in five of their past six games.