Two-vehicle crash in Nanoose Bay sends two people to hospital, a housing price survey says the median cost of a two-story home is closing in on a million dollars in Victoria and a tennis great announces retirement plans on the eve of the Australian Open. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

Early morning crash in Nanoose, police respond to call of a car going in the wrong direction: Oceanside RCMP responded to a call of a vehicle going in the wrong direction on Highway 19 in Nanoose Bay early Friday morning and led to a two-vehicle crash at NorthWest Bay road. It happened just after midnight. The driver and lone occupant of the northbound car travelling in the southbound lanes was able to walk out of the vehicle and was taken to hospital. The other driver had more serious injuries, and police expected he would be flown by air ambulance to a larger hospital. The southbound lanes of the Island Highway were closed until around 3 a.m. this morning and investigators are looking at speed and alcohol as potential factors.

Royal LePage says the aggregate cost of a Victoria home increased 8.4 per cent year-over-year: The median cost of a two-story home in Victoria is closing in on a million dollars. A fourth-quarter housing survey released this morning by Royal LePage says year-over-year, a two-story home is up 13.2 per cent to nearly $967,000. The median cost of a condo in Victoria went up 10.3 per cent compared to the same time last year, to more than $512,000. Bungalows increased seven-tenths of a per cent to $724,000.

NEB lays out Trans Mountain marine protection plan: The National Energy Board says it would require the creation of a marine mammal protection program for the Trans Mountain pipeline. It is one in a series of draft conditions the board has laid out before it considers the project. It also recommends a number of measures be taken to offset the increased underwater noise and potential risk of ship strikes to marine mammals.

Restoring salmon population discussed in Colwood: Premier John Horgan was in Colwood Thursday night attending a gathering where the Wild Salmon Advisory Council presented a list of options for restoring the wild salmon population for feedback. It is part of efforts to save the endangered southern resident orcas. Council will make final recommendations to the government and Horgan expects to have them in time for the February budget.

Trudeau faces more heat in Regina: A crowd of nearly 1,000 people gathered at the University of Regina for a town hall with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Those in attendance held the prime minister’s feet to the fire, challenging him on issues such as immigration, trade agreements and the carbon tax. Some protesters gathered outside held signs with slogans such as “Canada Needs Pipeline Jobs” and several tractor-trailers honked their horns as Trudeau started the event.

Law restricting long-term expats voting rights deemed unconstitutional, Supreme Court of Canada: A law that had restricted voting rights for long-term expats for the last 25 years has been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Canada. The 1993 law, which was scrapped last month by the Liberal government, stipulated that Canadians living abroad for more than five years were not eligible to vote. The case was brought by two Canadians who have lived in the U-S for years, who argued that the law violated their charter rights to vote.

ENTERTAINMENT
Scrapped Paul McCartney concert film finally hitting select theatres: 
A never-before-seen concert film from Paul McCartney is finally hitting theatres. “The Bruce McMouse Show” combined animation with concert footage from Paul McCartney and wings. The movie was shelved after it was completed in 1977 but will be screened in select theatres Jan. 21.

SPORTS
Canucks fall in overtime to Coyotes:
The Vancouver Canucks ended a two-game goalless drought last night in their first home game of 2019, but the losing streak runs to three. Richard Panik scored in overtime to lift the Arizona Coyotes to a 4-3 win. Vancouver hosts Florida Sunday.

Rick Nash retires due to concussion: Rick Nash is retiring after a 15-season NHL career. His agent released a statement Friday saying Nash is retiring as a result of a concussion he suffered last March. Nash scored 437 goals over his career and was a six-time all-star.

Murray looks at ending career at Wimbledon: Three-time grand slam winner Andy Murray announced on the eve of the Australian Open that he will retire at Wimbledon due to
a hip injury. Murray fought back tears as he told media the hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years has been too painful to play through.

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