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Canadian police say they haven’t seen a change in driver behaviour since cannabis became legal, Victoria mayor proposes a referendum on the new Crystal Pool and a home for sale in Genoa Bay features a sailboat hanging from the ceiling. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Law officials don’t see spike in cannabis-impaired driving: Canadian police say they have not seen a spike in cannabis-impaired driving one month into its legalization. Vancouver and Toronto police among agencies canvassed that say they haven’t noticed a significant change in driver behaviour since Oct. 17. Police say most traffic-related tickets were issued because cannabis was not properly stored or passengers were consuming cannabis in the vehicle.
New Crystal Pool referendum proposal: Victoria City council will be looking at the future of the Crystal pool development today and Mayor Lisa Helps is proposing a 2020 referendum on two possible sites. Neighbourhood associations don’t like the plan to build next to the current Crystal Pool and suggest a facility in the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre parking lot. So Helps is asking staff to finish plans for the existing site, and draw up plans for a second.
Trudeau wants answers from Saudi regime on writer’s murder: Still talking trade in Singapore, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is looking at the fate of future deals with Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trudeau says his government wants answers from Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi’s death renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s 15-billion-dollar arms deal with the Saudi regime.
Town hall meeting in Esquimalt discusses resurrecting Island rail line: Although it hasn’t made traction convincing the provincial government, the Island Corridor Foundation is still committed to resurrecting the E&N rail line from Courtenay to Victoria. Last night, the group hosted a town hall meeting in Esquimalt. The foundation presented a $42.7-million proposal to the NDP government last November, without success.
Crews continue to search for fire victims in California: A Northern California sheriff says more than 450 people and 22 cadaver dogs are combing through the charred remains of two towns searching for more bodies after a wildfire swept through last week. At least 56 people are dead and 130 others are still missing, many of them elderly people. There are three fatalities from separate blazes in Southern California.
Judge to hand down a decision on CNN legal challenge against President Trump: A U.S. district court judge will release his decision this afternoon in the case of C-N-N versus President Donald Trump. The cable news network and more than a dozen other news outlets are challenging the decision to revoke journalist Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials after a combative news conference last week.
Sailboat hangs from the ceiling of a house for sale in Genoa Bay: If you’re in the market for a home in the Cowichan Valley, this luxury home in Genoa Bay is available with an interesting feature. A sailboat hanging from the roof. The racing hull survived a fire at Cooper Industries, one of only 20 boats left behind. The house is listed for $2.25 million.
‘Avatar’ sequels in the works: Director James Cameron says he’s completed principal photography with the main cast, which began more than a year ago. “Avatar Two” is due in theatre in December 2020, with “Avatar Three” following a year later.
Billy Idol gets American citizenship: Billy Idol is now an American. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services tweeted a photo of Idol’s naturalization service Wednesday in Los Angeles. Idol is holding a small American flag. The caption: “It’s a nice day for a naturalization ceremony.”
Hockey Canada announces World Junior pre-tournament games on the Island: Hockey Canada announced pre-tournament games for the 2019 World Juniors championship in Victoria and Vancouver. Games will be played in Nanaimo and Port Alberni. Team Canada will play two exhibition games in Victoria.
Canucks end trip in Minnesota: The Vancouver Canucks will try to snap a three-game road trip in Minnesota Thursday, the final game in their six-game road trip. Despite one win in their last five games, the Canucks are just a point back of San Jose for the Pacific Division lead.
Seahawks host Packers in the NFL: With losses in their last two games, the Seattle Seahawks will look for a big win at home against the visiting Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks are 4-and-5 on the season. The Packers are 4-4-1 but are winless in four road games.