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Southern resident killer whale pods come together near Victoria, Statistics Canada says household debt rose in the second quarter and the Vancouver Canucks open training camp in Whistler. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Video captures killer whale pods gathering near Race Rocks: On the heels of a sad update on ailing killer whale J50 Thursday, Puget Sound Express naturalist Bart Rulon has shared incredible images of southern resident killer whales just off Race Rocks near Victoria Thursday. Puget Sound Express is a whale watching tour company and says in a Facebook post that Rulon’s pictures show virtually all members of the three southern resident killer whale pods came together for what appears to be a “greeting ceremony”. Scientists declared J50 missing and say the chances of finding her alive are slim.
Hurricane Florence makes landfall and packs a punch: Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning and hundreds of thousands of people are without power, mostly in North Carolina. Florence is making conditions too dangerous for crews to respond to calls of help from hundreds of people who ignored evacuation warnings. The barrier island of Emerald Isle is underwater and because of the hurricane’s slow pace, it is drawing energy from the ocean and is forecast to bring catastrophic freshwater flooding along inland waterways.
Mass evacuation in the Philippines for super Typhoon Mangkhut: More than five million people are in the path of super Typhoon Mangkhut in Asia. The storm, with winds equivalent to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane, has shifted slightly toward more densely populated coastal provinces as it barrels closer to the northeastern Philippines.
Stats Canada says household debt rose last quarter: Statistics Canada says the amount households owe, measured as a proportion of their income, rose in the second quarter. The agency says Canadians owe $1.69, or 169.1 per cent, in credit market debt for every dollar of disposable income. The ratio increased from 168.3 per cent in the first quarter.
Man accused of murdering Burnaby teen in court Friday: The man charged with first-degree murder in the death of Burnaby teenager Marrisa Shen is due in court today. Police charged 28-year-old Ibrahim Ali with Shen’s death last week. The 13-year-old girl’s body was discovered in a park in July 2017 near her home and police say their investigation into the case is one of the largest in the homicide unit’s 15-year-history.
Tent city residents spend the night in Rudd Park in Saanich: Regina Park tent city residents are expected back Friday morning to pick up their belongings from the park that was empty last night for the first time in nearly five months. Some of the campers moved over to Rudd Park on Boleskine to spend the night. Police say Regina Park is now fenced off for remediation to begin.
Alberta says pipeline delay costing $40 million per day in newspaper ad: The Alberta government has taken out newspaper ads across Canada saying the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion delay is costing the country 40-million dollars per day. The ads come two weeks after the Federal Court of Appeal squashed Ottawa’s approval of the project.
Canadian Actor Eric McCormack gets his star on Hollywood Boulevard: Canadian Actor Eric McCormack is now a Hollywood Walk of Famer. His star was officially unveiled Thursday on Hollywood Boulevard. McCormack, who was born in Toronto, is best known for his role as Will Truman in the hit series “Will and Grace”.
John Legend to join ‘The Voice’ coaching cast: The NBC hit singing contest show “The Voice” will have a new coach. John Legend will join Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson when the show begins a new season in the spring. Jennifer Hudson will coach alongside Shelton, Levine and Clarkson for the upcoming season that begins Sep. 24.
Canucks start training camp in Whistler: Vancouver Canucks’ training camp opens Friday in Whistler, the first time since 1998 that the Sedin twins are not taking part after their retirement at the end of last season. The Canucks have said there’s no rush to replace Henrik Sedin as captain. Head Coach Travis Green says the role comes with a lot of responsibility, especially in a Canadian market.
Bengals hang on for division win over Ravens: The Cincinnati Bengals had a 21-point lead and nearly let it slip away, but held on to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 34-23. The Bengals are 2-and-0, the Ravens are 1-and-1.