WATH: Morning CHEK with Andy Neal
Saanich tent city back on provincial land, a personal trainer is touting the potential of cannabis-fuelled exercise and a new poll says Canadians are widely unaware of the country’s historic women. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Tent city asked to leave provincial land soon: Saanich’s roving tent city will be asked to leave soon, after landing back on Ministry of Transportation land again. About 15 tents were in place by Sunday afternoon on property near the Saanich Fire Hall that had been offered for modular housing but was rejected by the province. The Ministry of Housing says the new location near the highway is not a safe one.
Fitness buffs turn to cannabis to aid workouts: Marijuana legalization is just a couple days away and one fitness buff is among those touting the potential of cannabis-fuelled exercise. Toronto-based personal trainer Paul Landini says different strains of marijuana can offer energy or be more like a sedative and relieve pain. Medical experts say specific studies involving the impact of cannabis on athletic performance are largely unavailable.
Kensington Palace announces a royal baby is on the way: Kensington Palace confirmed early Monday morning Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex — Meghan Markle — are expecting their first child in the spring. The news comes five months after their wedding.
Coombs’ woman with terminal cancer has her wish comes true: Motorbikes from up and down the Island were in Nanaimo for a special reason Sunday; fulfilling the wishes of Corinna Pitney of Coombs who has terminal cancer. Friends helped organize a day of bikes in the parking lot after she said it would be cool to see. More than 50 motorcycles made the trip, many driven by complete strangers.
Injured man meets son for the first time: A special meeting on the weekend in Vancouver for Jonathan Sedman, who was in a coma when his son was born following a crash that left him badly injured at Saratoga Speedway in Black Creek September 29. His wife went into labour the next day, and on Saturday, Jonathan finally met his baby boy.
Ipsos poll suggests Canadians widely unaware of historic women: The organization behind Canada’s Heritage Minutes says provincial education systems need to do a better job of teaching students about the country’s most historically significant women. An Ipsos poll, for Historica Canada, posed a dozen true or false questions about Canadian women’s history. The results showed 55 per cent who took the quiz failed, with only three per cent answering well enough to score an A.
Trump to send Pompeo to Saudi Arabia on the fate of Washington Post writer: U.S. President Donald Trump says he has spoken with Saudi King Salman, who denies any knowledge of the fate of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago, Turkish authorities have said they believe he was murdered there. Trump tweeted this morning that he is immediately sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the Saudi ruler.
Deadly flash floods in France: At least 13 people are dead, five seriously injured and another is missing after flash floods tore through southwest France. Overnight storms dumped several months of rain in just a few hours, causing water levels to rise so quickly, people were stranded on the roofs of their homes and had to be helicoptered to safety. In some towns, river levels climbed by more than six metres.
‘A Star Is Born’ tops Billboard chart: “A Star Is Born” may be number two at the box office, but it’s number one on the Billboard chart. The soundtrack for the musical drama debuted atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. It’s familiar territory for Lady Gaga. This is her fifth album to top the list.
Baseball’s championship series tied at 1, NLCS resumes tonight: The National League Championship Series continues tonight in LA, with the Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers tied one-all. Sunday night in Boston, Jackie Bradley Junior banged a go-ahead, three-run double off the Green Monster to lead the Red Sox to a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros and tie the ALCS at one win each. The series resumes in Houston tomorrow night.
Patriots win a shoot-out with Chiefs: A 49-yard completion from Tom Brady to Rob Gronkowski led to a last-second, game-winning field goal for the New England Patriots in a thriller over Kansas City, 43-40. Brady becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to win 200 games. That’s the first loss for the Chiefs this season, now 5-and-1. The Patriots improve to 4-and-2.
Royals suffer first loss of the season: After winning their first seven games of the season, the Victoria Royals lost 3-2 Sunday afternoon to the Vancouver Giants. The Giants have won eight of their first 10 games of the season. The Royals will host the defending WHL champion Swift Current Broncos Wednesday.