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Prime Minister faces a tough crowd in Kamloops, fisheries minister in Victoria to announce funding for killer whale protection and more accolades coming for David Foster at the 2019 Juno Awards in March. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Fiery exchanges during Prime Minister’s visit to Kamloops: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to deal with a tough crowd at a town hall meeting Wednesday night in Kamloops. Trudeau fielded a variety of questions, but fiery exchanges with Indigenous people dominated the event. Trudeau said after Canada’s “long and terrible history” with regards to First Nations, it will take time to improve the relationship. One man said RCMP arrests of members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation suggest Trudeau’s claim to want reconciliation is a lie. Others in the audience raised concerns about climate change. Trudeau will hold another town hall in Regina tonight.
Tensions appear to be easing as Indigenous leaders and RCMP strike a deal in northern B.C.: A deal has been struck between the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and the RCMP — cooling off tensions that had been building over a blockaded pipeline project. After 14 people were arrested Monday, the First Nation’s hereditary leaders say members will abide by a court injunction granting the Coastal GasLink pipeline company access to a bridge that had been blocked. The deal includes the R-C-M-P agreeing to leave a nearby healing camp intact.
Property tax deferrals on the rise for B.C. seniors, report: B.C.’s advocate for seniors says the number of those over 55-years-old deferring their property taxes have jumped exponentially.
A report on seniors services says the number of seniors using property tax deferral has risen 53 per cent over the last four years, with the largest deferral increase last year at 21 per cent. The total deferrals amount to more than $209-million in property taxes.
Fisheries minister to announce funding for southern resident killer whale protection: More funding will be announced Thursday morning in efforts to protect southern resident killer whales. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson will make the announcement at UVic at an event at 10 a.m., which is also celebrating the completion of an infrastructure project.
US President heads to the Mexican border to sell the need for a wall: U.S. President Donald Trump is heading to the U-S-Mexico border today as he continues to sell Americans on the need for a border wall. The big trip comes on the 20th day of a partial U-S government shutdown, which started after Trump’s demands for border-wall funding earned a firm “no” from Democrats.
Daring helicopter rescue in the French Alps: Video shot in the French Alps shows an incredibly daring helicopter rescue. A group of skiers called for help after a member of their party became injured. With amazing precision at roughly 6,500 feet, the pilot was able to hover the rescue chopper mere inches from the mountainside. The injured man was safely hoisted into the helicopter and was flown to the hospital.
David Foster to receive the 2019 humanitarian award at the Juno’s: Victoria’s own David Foster is getting another accolade. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences says the Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter and composer will receive its 2019 humanitarian award for his support of hundreds of charities, including the David Foster Foundation which provides financial help to Canadian families in need of life-saving transplants. The award will be presented to Foster at the Juno Awards in March.
McDonald scores two to lift Royals to victory over the Blazers: Kody McDonald scored his first two goals since being acquired by the Victoria Royals in a trade in a 5-3 win over the Kamloops Blazers. The Royals jumped out to a 4-0 lead en route to their third straight victory. The Royals host the Blazers again Friday night. The WHL Trade deadline is today at 2 p.m. Pacific time.
Canucks try to end scoring drought in first home game of 2019: The Vancouver Canucks will play their first home game of 2019 tonight when they host the Arizona Coyotes, the start of a six-game homestand for the Canucks. The Canucks have been shut-out in each of the last two games and are playing their first home game in nearly three weeks.