The future of Nanaimo tent city residents in question with a deadline to leave approaching, inflated prices at the pump could go even higher and the death toll reaches double digits from hurricane Michael. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Midnight deadline to leave for Nanaimo Discontent City residents: A court-imposed deadline is at midnight tonight for some 300 people in Nanaimo’s Discontent City to leave. The question is where are they going to go? The province has asked Nanaimo to delay any evictions until new modular housing is ready, but that is still weeks away. Mayor Bill McKay says campers won’t be forced out, but the community should see a difference soon in the size of the encampment. Tent city residents say they will hold a media conference at noon Friday demanding clarity from the mayor.
Hurricane Michael death toll reaches double digits: The death toll from hurricane Michael has risen to 11 in the U.S. Four people drowned and a firefighter was killed in Virginia. The now post-tropical cyclone is speeding toward Atlantic Canada with top sustained winds of nearly 100-kilometres an hour.
Analyst says prices at the pump may climb higher because of pipeline rupture: Prices at the pump are soaring as natural gas is in short supply because of the Enbridge Line rupture near Prince George this week. Refineries run on natural gas and prices in Victoria are already at 153.9 cents per litre. Gas Buddy’s Dan McTeague says that could climb even higher and how long prices are elevated depends on when natural gas operations get back to normal.
VIEX loses historic items in devastating barn fire: The Vancouver Island Exhibition is sorting through the rubble of a massive fire Thursday that destroyed a barn it operated, with many pieces of equipment and prized possessions going up in flames. Officials say the barn has been the target of a recent rash of break-ins.
Victoria police recover hundreds of stolen items: A suspect faces more than 50 charges after Victoria Police seized hundreds of stolen items at a Johnson Street building last week. Officers also took away drugs and $25,000 in cash. Police were able to connect some of the thefts from vehicles in both Saanich and Victoria.
Jean loses second-term bid following controversial four-year run: Michaelle Jean has lost her bid for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie. Members of the organization of French-speaking nations today chose Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo to replace Jean. Jean’s four-year term was marked by controversy over expenses, including $500,000 renovations for her rented Paris home.
Coulson gets federal funding to turn 737’s into firefighting tankers: Ottawa is providing $3.4 million dollars to help Coulson Aviation of Port Alberni convert Boeing 737’s into aerial firefighting tankers. The first of the transformed jets has completed its flight testing and will be sent to Australia. Coulson hopes future ones will see action in BC.
Another royal wedding at Windsor Castle: England’s Windsor Castle is holding another royal wedding today. Princess Eugenie, the 28-year-old granddaughter of the Queen and the daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, married Jack Brooksbank.
Fleetwood Mac sued by former bandmate: Another soap opera for Fleetwood Mac. Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former bandmates after he was kicked out of the group. Earlier this year, the guitarist-singer was told the band was going to tour without him.
Hart inks deal with Nickelodeon: Comedian Kevin Hart has a new deal with Nickelodeon. The deal is for Hart and his “Hart-Beat Production Company” to develop and produce live-action shows for the network. Hart says Nickelodeon represents everything that’s fun about being a kid.
World Rowing Coastal Championship continues in Sidney: Action continues in the waters off Sidney today for the World Rowing Coastal Championship. Coastal rowing is a European discipline and it’s the first time the event is being held in North America. Competitors from more than 20 countries are taking part.
Canucks get past Lightning for first road win of the season: Four unanswered goals lifted the Vancouver Canucks to a 4-1 win over Tampa Bay Thursday night. Jake Virtanen had a goal and a helper. The Canucks face the Florida Panthers in Miami Saturday night.
Eagles take down Giants in New York: Carson Wentz threw a season-high three touchdown passes and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the struggling New York Giants 34-13.