Canada Post strikes continue with Black Friday online sales expected to rise, inflation goes up in October in Canada and Victoria and Island police officers among those recognized for their bravery Thursday night. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.

Rotating postal strikes continue Friday, union condemns back-to-work legislation: With a storm of Black Friday online sales anticipated, more rotating strikes by Canada Post’s unionized workers as mail backlogs mount. Strike action in Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River hit 24 hours at 7 a.m. this morning. Debate in Ottawa on a bill introduced to end rotating strikes was held back to give a special mediator time to settle the labour dispute. Friday morning, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers condemned the legislation put forward by the Trudeau government, saying they will continue to fight for free collective bargaining.

Deadline strikes midnight to request electoral reform ballot: Tonight at midnight is the deadline to request an electoral reform ballot if you haven’t already received one. Elections BC says it may extend the deadline to get your vote in if rotating strikes have an impact on the referendum process. The deadline remains 4:30 p.m. next Friday.

Black Friday shoppers line-up for deals: Canadians hungry for a bargain have flooded stores coast-to-coast for the big sales day dubbed Black Friday. Black Friday Global research estimates 71 per cent of Canadians will take part, with an average of $640 forecast to be spent per Canadian.

Inflation climbs to 2.4 per cent nationally, 3.0 per cent in Victoria: We’ve seen gas prices go down recently on the Island, but Stats Canada says this morning higher prices at the pump fuelled Canada’s inflation rate in October to hit 2.4 per cent compared to a year ago. The number is up from 2.2 per cent in September. Year-over-year, the consumer price index is 3.0 per cent in Victoria, up from 2.4 per cent the previous month. The Stats Canada report says gas is up 12 per cent from the same time last year, air transportation prices were up 9.4 per cent and mortgage interest costs climbed seven per cent.

Second special advisor to speaker appointed at the B.C. Legislature: Former attorney general Wally Oppal has been appointed as a second special adviser to Speaker Darryl Plecas amid ongoing upheaval at the B-C legislature. Plecas hired his friend Alan Mullen to be his first special adviser in January to look into concerns Plecas had about the legislature’s sergeant-at-arms and clerk, who were suspended Tuesday. But, the B-C Liberals revealed that Plecas proposed making Mullen the acting sergeant-at-arms, but the proposal was rejected.

Cyclist taken to hospital after collision with a car in Victoria: A cyclist was struck by a car Thursday night and was taken to hospital in Victoria. There’s no word on the woman’s injuries but she was conscious. It happened around 8:30 at the intersection of Bay and Fernwood.

Car hits gas metre and causes leak in Oak Bay: Fire and Fortis BC crews were called to a home on Bowker and Beach Drive in Oak Bay after a car hit a gas meter on the side of a home, causing a leak. no word on the exact cause of the crash.

B.C. police recognized for bravery in Victoria: More than 100 B.C. police officers were recognized for their bravery and dedication at Government House Thursday night. A number of Island officers were among the recipients, including Jack McNeill of North Cowichan Duncan RCMP and his daughter Cydney MacNeill of Nanaimo RCMP.

Victoria council approves residential unit where a fire destroyed the previous structure: Victoria council approved a multi-unit residential, affordable rental building, which will be on the same site as where a fire destroyed several units at the Evergreen Terrace social housing complex two years ago. The 21 units will be operated in partnership with the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness.

ENTERTAINMENT
Trailer released for new version of ‘The Lion King’: Disney released the first trailer for the remake of “The Lion King”. It features James Earl Jones reprising his role as the voice of Mufasa from the 1994 animated original. Other stars lending their voices to the new movie include Donald Glover, Beyonce, Seth Rogan and John Oliver. The new version is in theatres next summer.

Keanu Reaves will be in ‘Toy Story 4’:  In an interview with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, Tim Allen revealed that Keanu Reeves will play a mystery role in the upcoming “Toy Story 4”. Allen revealed that Reeves has a role as a tiny toy in that could rival Buzz Lightyear. “Toy Story 4” is in theatres in June.

SPORTS
Royals head to Kelowna to face the Rockets: 
The Victoria Royals, winners of three of their last four games, are in Kelowna tonight to square off the with the Rockets. Victoria is in Langley to take on the Giants tomorrow night.

Canucks try to snap skid in San Jose: The Vancouver Canucks are in San Jose tonight and will try to end a six-game losing streak. The slide has dropped the Canucks out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.

Buono recognized at CFL awards banquet: At the CFL Awards last night in Edmonton retired B.C. Lions Head Coach Wally Buono received the Commissioner’s Award for outstanding contribution to Canadian football with the Hugh Campbell Distinguished Leadership award. The Most Oustanding Player Award went to Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, who will play for the Grey Cup Sunday against Ottawa.

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