Island property owners in speculation tax regions will need to register for exemption, police investigate two fatal crashes in the Alberni Valley Tuesday and an Angus Reid poll shows six-in-10 Canadians say lack of pipeline capacity constitutes a “crisis”. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

Province starts speculation tax exemption process: All residential property owners in Greater Victoria, Nanaimo and Lantzville should see letters soon in the mail to opt out of B.C.’s new speculation tax. The government announced people who own residential property in the taxable areas will need to complete a declaration and register for exemption by March 31. Property owners who do not complete their declaration before that deadline will get a tax notice of assessment, with the bill due July 2. Salt Spring Island, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area and the Southern Gulf Islands are excluded from the speculation tax.

Fog believed to have been a factor in two fatal crashes in the Alberni Valley: Police are investigating two separate and fatal vehicle crashes in the Alberni Valley, where they believe dense fog may have played a role. Two vehicles collided and wound up in a ditch on Burde Street in Port Alberni Tuesday morning. A car landed on its roof and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The pick-up driver had non-life threatening injuries. Around 4:30 p.m., a dump truck collided head-on with two other vehicles on Highway 4, eight kilometres west of Port Alberni. The driver of one of the vehicles was killed, the two other drivers suffered minor injuries.

Ottawa to appoint management advisory board to help R-C-M-P employee well-being: A management advisory board will soon be in place to help the RCMP focus on priorities of employee health and well-being. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki say an interim board will be in place by April 1st. Following years of sagging morale over internal bullying and harassment, the board will support the development of a strategy that puts people first.

Fire damages Oak Bay home Tuesday night: Firefighters were called to an Oak Bay home on Larkdown Road around 5:30 p.m.last night. They managed to contain the flames to the living room. The homeowner says an elderly woman and her son live at the home and there were concerns that someone was inside when the fire broke out. There’s no word on the extent of damage or a cause.

Angus Reid poll says six-in-10 Canadians consider lack of pipeline capacity a ‘crisis’:  An Angus Reid poll this morning says 6-in-10 Canadians say the lack of new pipeline capacity constitutes a “crisis”, with 53 per cent of British Columbians sharing that view. The survey asked respondents to choose the top economic industries most critical to Canada, with 65 per cent saying oil and gas is the most critical.

First Nations summit to discuss ownership of major energy projects: Possible First Nations ownership of major energy projects, including the Trans Mountain pipeline, will be on the agenda today at the Indigenous Energy Summit in Calgary. One of the sessions will feature presentations on financing models. When Ottawa bought Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan Canada last year it indicated potential buyers included Indigenous groups.

Cyber thieves steal hundreds of thousands from Coast Capital clients: Coast Capital Savings says over 120 clients had money stolen after thieves gained account numbers and passwords through phishing scams and other methods in November and December. The bank said the loss to each victim was between $3,000 and $6,000, meaning thieves got away with hundreds of thousands of dollars. Coast Capital has 52 branches, including on Vancouver Island.

Viral video prompts reminders to parents to properly install child car seats: A viral video of a toddler falling out of a moving car in Mankato, Minnesota has experts warning parents about the need to install child safety seats correctly. The dashcam shows the car seat go flying out the back door as the child’s mother made a right turn and then kept going. The little girl is OK. A recent Consumer Reports study found 73 per cent of parents thought their car seat was attached correctly, but in reality, less than half were.

ENTERTAINMENT
Keys to host Grammys: 
Alicia Keys announced she will be the host of this year Grammy Awards. The singer-songwriter made the announcement with a special youtube video. Keys has won 15-Grammys in her career and this will be the first time she will MC the event, which takes place Feb. 10.

Corey Hart gets Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction: The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has selected Corey Hart as the 2019 inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Hart has sold more than 16-million albums, shooting to fame in the early ’80s with his first big hit “Sunglasses at Night.” He will be inducted and is slated to perform during the Juno Awards in London, Ontario in mid-March.

SPORTS
Canucks could have star rookie back in the lineup Wednesday against the Oilers:
The Vancouver Canucks could have Elias Pettersson back in the lineup tonight when they host the Edmonton Oilers. The star rookie has missed three games after suffering a knee injury against Montreal January 3rd.

Rowing Canada expected to announce a move to North Cowichan: Rowing Canada is expected to announce Wednesday it will be moving its training centre from Elk Lake, which has become too crowded, to North Cowichan and Quamichan Lake after the 2020 Olympics. The location is already used by the national team for training on a part-time basis.

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