B.C. government to announce climate plan Wednesday, Bank of Canada leaves interest unchanged and a state funeral in Washington for former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

Province set to unveil a long-term strategy for greenhouse gas reduction: B.C. Premier John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver are set to announce the government’s long-term strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions Wednesday. The plan is expected to be designed to meet legislated targets, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 and up to 80 per cent by 2050. Critics claim LNG Canada’s plan to operate a $40 billion export terminal in Kitimat will make it hard to meet those targets.

WHO releases climate report in Poland: The World Health Organization has released a report at the UN climate summit in Poland that concludes curbing climate change will save one million lives each year by 2050. It says meeting the 2015 Paris accord’s goals would significantly cut global air pollution. The WHO says climate change will also affect drinking water supplies, the level of nutrients in staple foods and the likelihood of natural disasters.

Central bank makes no change to its trend-setting interest rate: The Bank of Canada left its trend-setting interest rate unchanged today at 1.75 per cent. The central bank says the timing of future hikes will depend on factors such as how long the oil-price slump lasts, increased business investment and how much room the economy still has left to grow.

World dignitaries gather at a state funeral for former U.S. President: The U.S. and the world say their final goodbyes to the 41st president of the United States. George H.W. Bush is being honoured at a state funeral in Washington. Former Canadian prime minister and longtime friend Brian Mulroney will deliver one of the eulogies.

Prosecutors recommend no jail time for Flynn’s ‘substantial’ cooperation in Russia probe: Former Trump adviser Michael Flynn’s cooperation with U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be a game changer in the Russia investigation. Court filings last night describe Flynn’s assistance as “substantial,” and prosecutors are recommending that Flynn receive no jail time in his plea deal. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Christmas duet gets yanked from Canadian airwaves: A Christmas holiday-song staple has been pulled from much of Canada’s airwaves. CBC Radio said it’s joining Rogers and Bell in ridding their music rotations of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The move comes as the duet, written back in 1944, faces renewed scrutiny over what some say are inappropriate lyrics about attempts at persuasion.

Champion figure skaters help launch the kettle campaign in Victoria: Canadian sporting royalty paid a visit to Victoria Tuesday. Figure skating Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir helped launch the Salvation Army’s annual kettle campaign. You can also help fill the kettle by donating to CHEK’s online kettle, and our CHEK Charity Drive Thru is coming up Friday night.

Island mountain biker shows off daring ride: A daring mountain bike attempt by Vancouver Island rider Jordie Lunn is getting plenty of Youtube views. Lunn has a Youtube video series showing off his mountain bike talents, and a video last week shows the former mountain bike course designer at Bear Mountain in Langford flying down a huge tree in a near free fall on a track he created. Other than a bit of bleeding, Lunn was okay from the attempt. The video has had over 400,000 views.

PETA calls for an end to ‘speciesism’: PETA has released a list of animal-friendly sayings to avoid “speciesism”. The animal rights organization said on Twitter phrases that trivialize cruelty to animals will end when people start saying ‘bringing home the bagels’ instead of the bacon. Other changes the organization would like to see include “feed two birds with one scone” and “take the flower by the thorns”.

ENTERTAINMENT
Comedian Kevin Hart will host the 2019 Oscars: Comedian Kevin Hart announced on Instagram Tuesday that he will be hosting the 91st Annual Academy Awards.” Hart told fans he’s “blown away” by the honour and promises to make the 2019 Oscars “a special one”. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 24.

SPORTS
Olympic champion from Comox begins ski halfpipe World Cup qualifying: 
Olympic gold medallist Cassie Sharpe of Comox is in qualifying for the first ski halfpipe World Cup of the season today in Colorado. Sharpe is one of two Canadian women in qualifying.

Canucks drop fourth straight in a loss to the Wild: Minnesota scored two goals less than a minute apart in the second period and held on for a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. The Canucks, who have now dropped four straight, host Nashville Thursday.

Royals face Blazers in Kamloops Wednesday: The Victoria Royals’ five-game road trip continues Wednesday in Kamloops in a date with the Blazers in the Western Hockey League. The Royals started the trip with a weekend split in Prince George against the Cougars.

Worst beats first in end to Raiders’ 19-game win streak: The best team in the WHL lost to the worst Tuesday night. The Prince Albert Raiders, winners of 19-straight games, fell 3-2 in a shoot-out to the Swift Current Broncos, just their fifth win of the season. Broncos’ goalie Joel Hofer was the hero making 52 saves and stopping all three Raiders’ shoot-out attempts. The WHL single-season consecutive wins record is 22, set by the Estevan Bruins in 1967. The Victoria Cougars hold the longest overall regular season win streak record of 24, overlapping from the 1980-81 and 81-82 seasons.

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