BC Hydro expects near-record electricity demands during cold snap, Transportation Safety Board providing an update in deadly train derailment near the B.C.-Alberta border and the final count begins Tuesday in the Nanaimo byelection. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

BC Hydro forecasts peak electricity demands near record levels in first cold snap of 2019: BC Hydro said Tuesday it is expecting near-record breaking demand for electricity as people try to stay warm during the first cold snap of the year. Some regions of Vancouver Island were at -10 Celsius this morning. BC Hydro says cold temperatures helped bring peak electricity demand up 13 per cent the last two days compared to the same days last week. The Crown corporation forecasts loads to be just shy of the highest recorded peak demands set on January 3, 2017.

Update from TSB Tuesday in train derailment that killed three CP crew members: Officials with the Transportation Safety Board will provide a briefing in Calgary Tuesday morning on the train derailment near Field, B.C., that killed three Canadian Pacific crew members. The westbound C.P. freight jumped the tracks early Monday, and a union representative says it fell more than 60 metres from a bridge and into the Kicking Horse River.

Saanich votes unanimously to restrict cannabis production in the Agricultural Land Reserve: Saanich council voted unanimously last night to ban certain types of cannabis production in buildings or bunkers with concrete floors on farmland in the agricultural land reserve. The move is in line with new provincial regulations. Cannabis in the ALR can only be grown in an open field or in a structure with a soil base.

Final count begins of Nanaimo byelection absentee ballots: Elections BC says nearly 2,900 absentee ballots will start to be counted Tuesday in the final count for the Jan. 30 provincial byelection in Nanaimo. Sheila Malcolmson claimed victory of the Nanaimo seat in the B.C. Legislature for the NDP with more than 49 per cent of last Wednesday’s vote.

Researchers say more exercise makes you less likely to have depression: Strong evidence that exercise helps prevent depression. Researchers at  Massachusetts General Hospital studied the genetic data of about 300,000 adults. They found replacing sitting with just 15 minutes of vigorous activity was enough to lower depression risk.

Trump gives State of the Union address Tuesday: U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to use Tuesday’s State of the Union address to call for optimism and unity, showcase a growing economy and announce a major milestone in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria. Administration officials say the White House has also been weighing several “moonshot” goals for the address, including the announcement of a new initiative aimed at ending transmissions of HIV by 2030. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has previewed the Democrats’ message for countering Trump, declaring quote — “The number one reason the state of the union has such woes is the president.”

ENTERTAINMENT
Oscar nominees come together for class photo:
A who’s who of Hollywood stars got together Monday for the Oscar Nominees Luncheon. It celebrated the 212 nominees, who took part in the 2019 Oscars class photo. The Oscars ceremony is February 24.

SPORTS
Canucks’ Edler taken to hospital for x-rays in loss to Flyers: Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler did not fly with the team for their game against Washington Tuesday after his face slammed into the ice Monday night in Philadelphia. Edler lost his balance when his stick got caught up with the Flyers’ Jakob Voracek. Edler was dazed and bloodied and was stretchered off the ice, and went to the hospital for x-rays. Flyers’ goalie Carter Hart made 41 saves and Philadelphia held on for a 2-1 win.

Royals host Thunderbirds in Victoria: The Victoria Royals will square off with the Seattle Thunderbirds Tuesday night, starting at 7:05 p.m. at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Royals have points in four straight games.

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