B.C. house speaker meets with legislative committee for the first time since officials were suspended, Canada caught in a diplomatic tight spot in the arrest of tech giant CFO and Songhees girls group use honorarium to help the less fortunate. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

Speaker to chair an all-party committee meeting Thursday following suspension of top officials: BC’s Speaker of the House Darryl Plecas says he’s confident that at the end of day — quote — “it’s all going to be good” — as he prepares to chair an all-party committee meeting for the first time since the clerk and the sergeant-at-arms were suspended amid a criminal probe. The committee oversees financial management of BC’s legislature. Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz and clerk Craig James were placed on administrative leave Nov. 20. Both have denied any wrongdoing.

Horgan set to meet PM, other premiers in Montreal: B.C. Premier John Horgan says he’s looking for assistance from Ottawa on a range of issues when first ministers meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday in Montreal. Horgan announced a new climate-change plan Wednesday and says it’s imperative for all provinces to have their own strategies, including carbon pricing. Horgan said that idea, though, wasn’t met with much enthusiasm during a premiere’s conference call Tuesday.

China demands and answers after Huawei CFO’s arrest in Vancouver: China’s foreign ministry is demanding Canada release Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom giant Huawei Technologies, who arrested Saturday in Vancouver as she was changing flights. The U.S. says she is wanted on suspicion of trying to evade American laws on trade with Iran. China is also demanding an explanation from both Canada and the U.S., adding arresting her without providing that information violates her human rights. Asian markets tumbled on the news, fearing renewed U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

New study says more than three-quarters of domestic homicide victims are female: A new study from the Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative suggests more than three-quarters of domestic homicide victims are women, tracking data between 2010 and 2015. Of the 476 people slain in a domestic homicide during that time, 76 per cent of them were women or girls.

UVic researchers conducting pilot concussion testing: University of Victoria researchers are holding pilot testing Thursday to examine the long-term impacts of multiple concussions from contact sports. It’s part of an international study, which has called for men between 40 and 80-years-old who have had concussions from playing sports at any time to take part, and for those who haven’t. The study aims to establish new guidelines related to return-to-play protocols and greater knowledge about the relationship between brain injury and dementia.

Songhees girls group uses honorarium to help keep less fortunate warm: A very good deed was carried out by the Songhees girls group Wednesday night at Centennial Square in Victoria. They got a $500 honorarium for taking part in an event and decided to use that towards helping the less fortunate. The group handed out gloves and toques, socks, as well as food, to help keep those who need those items warm.

Homeless Seattle-area man finds a bag filled with $17,000 and returns it to local food bank: A Seattle-area homeless man has been given a citizens service award after he returned a bag filled with $17,000 to the Sumner Food Bank. Staff says Kevin Booth has been coming to the food bank for years and the organization is going to use the money to expand.

ENTERTAINMENT
Canadian Sandra Oh to co-host the Golden Globes
: More awards hosting announcements as Canadian actor Sandra Oh is joining Andy Samberg to host the 2019 Golden Globes. Nominees are being announced today and the awards show goes January 6. Oh, along with Jim Carrey, Stephan James and Jean-Marc Vallee were among the Canadian Golden Globe nominees announced Thursday.

Song from ‘The Little Mermaid’ pulled from Princeton a capella group’s act: An all-male a cappella group at Princeton University has yanked the song “Kiss the Girl” from its repertoire. The Princeton Tigertones have done the song for years and during shows at the Ivy League school, a female audience member is brought onstage to decide whether a man from the crowd could kiss her. A columnist calls the song’s message misogynistic and complained women were being called on stage for unwanted encounters. The group has apologized says it won’t do the song again until it can find a way to do so without causing offence.

SPORTS
Royals give up the lead in a loss to the Blazers in Kamloops: 
The Victoria Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Kamloops Wednesday night, but the Blazers scored three unanswered goals in a 3-2 decision in a battle of B.C. division rivals. The Royals have lost five of their last six games. Victoria is in Kelowna tomorrow night.

Canucks face NHL’s top team in Vancouver: The Vancouver Canucks have a tough test ahead of them in trying to snap a four-game losing streak Thursday. The Canucks host the Nashville Predators, the NHL’s top team.

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