Mainstreet poll has Liberals leading in Wednesday’s Nanaimo byelection, Green party leader accuses NDP of byelection “fear-mongering” and a scientist says work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in Chilliwack has destroyed salmon habitat. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Liberals lead in latest Nanaimo byelection poll, Mainstreet Research: The Nanaimo seat in the B.C. Legislature has been for years an NDP stronghold, but a Mainstreet Research poll Morning morning shows the Liberals leading with the crucial byelection Wednesday. Poll results show Liberal candidate Tony Harris has 43.5 per cent backing from leaning or decided voters, while the NDP’s Sheila Malcolmson has 35 per cent. A Liberal victory Wednesday would give the party 43 seats, tying it with the N-D-P-Green alliance.
Green leader says an NDP byelection ‘by no means ensures’ his party’s support: The partnership between the Greens and NDP appears to be on shaky ground. On Twitter late Sunday afternoon, Green leader Andrew Weaver accused the NDP of “fear-mongering” in a message of vote splitting and an NDP byelection victory would not ensure an alliance with the Greens, saying “an election could be sooner than residents of Nanaimo think.” There has been no response from the NDP.
‘Amateur hour’, scientist says Trans Mountain pipeline work destroying salmon habitat in Chilliwack stream: Scientist Mike Pearson says quote “amateur hour” work on a Trans Mountain pipeline on the Stewart Creek crossing in Chilliwack has destroyed salmon habitat, reducing sources of coho and chum salmon, part of the southern resident killer whale diet. But Trans Mountain says the BC Oil and Gas Commission approved its Stewart Creek work and found no issues in site inspections during or after construction.
Sentencing hearing starts for truck driver in Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash: A sentencing hearing is to begin today for Jaskirat Singh Sidhu of Calgary, the truck driver who caused the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash. Sidhu has pleaded guilty to all 29 counts of dangerous driving laid against him. He faces a maximum of 14 years for each charge of dangerous driving causing death and 10 years for each dangerous driving causing bodily harm offence.
China expected to be the main focus as MPs return for the last session before the next election: MPs are back in Ottawa Monday for the last session of Parliament before the next federal election. Much of the government’s business over the coming weeks is expected to revolve around China. Over the weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired ambassador to China John McCallum following repeated remarks about the extradition case of a Chinese executive wanted in the U-S on fraud charges. Canada’s economy could also be affected by a continuing trade war between China and the United States.
Port Hardy set to be home to Vancouver Island’s first legal pot shop: Stellar Jay Organics OF Port Hardy is poised to become one of the first licensed cannabis retailers on Vancouver Island. The store says it got approval in principle from the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch and plans to open its doors by February if a final inspection from the province is passed.
Washington baker under fire for a politically-charged message on Valentine’s cookie: A Washington state baker is apologizing for a politically charged Valentine’s Day cookie that generated an uproar on social media. Ken Bellingham, who owns Edmonds Bakery, says the cookie with “Build that Wall” in frosting letters, in reference to President Trump’s signature campaign promise, was a joke and not meant as a political statement.
Hollywood meets for Screen Actors Guild awards: Host Megan Mullally hosted off the 25th Screen Actors Guild awards. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” swept the TV comedy categories. TV drama honours went to Canadian star Sandra Oh in “Killing Eve”, Jason Bateman of “Ozark”, and the ensemble cast of “This is us.”
Family of Michael Jackson condemns documentary of men who accuse pop star of sexually abusing them: Michael Jackson’s family members said Monday that they are “furious” that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary about them. The family released a statement denouncing “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary film featuring Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck that premiered last week at the Sundance Film Festival and is set to air in the spring on HBO and the U.K.’s Channel 4.
Former Royal scores two to lift Vernon over the Grizzlies: The Victoria Grizzlies struck first at home to the Vernon Vipers, but the visitors scored four unanswered, including two from former Victoria Royals’ forward Lane Zablocki in a 4-1 Vipers’ win. The Grizzlies lead the Island division by one on Powell River. In other BCHL games, the Nanaimo Clippers were 4-2 winners over Penticton, and the Alberni Valley Bulldogs fell 3-1 at home to Surrey.
Andreescu moves past Bouchard as top-ranked Canadian on the WTA circuit: There’s a new Canadian number-one in the W-T-A rankings. Bianca Andreescu is up 38 spots to 68th on this week’s list after winning a 125-K Series event last week. She leapfrogs Eugenie Bouchard, who’s up three spots to number 76. Naomi Osaka, who won the women’s Australian Open on the weekend, tops the overall list.