WATCH: Morning CHEK with Andy Neal
Evicted homeless campers move to Goldstream Park, Saanich approves rezoning for a major housing and social development project and the Canucks fall to the Oilers in pre-season play. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Homeless campers move to Goldstream Park, residents frustrated in Cedar of Nanaimo River encampment: Goldstream Park is the new home this morning of some of the homeless campers evicted from provincially-owned land Tuesday. About two dozen people made the move last night from Ravine Way in Saanich and plan to stay at Goldstream for two weeks, which is the maximum time allowed. Meanwhile, south of Nanaimo in the rural community of Cedar, residents say they are frustrated with no action from authorities of a homeless encampment along the Nanaimo River that has been growing since June. More than a dozen campers and tents occupied by homeless people are on a lot owned by the Ministry of Transportation. The ministry issued a trespass notice last Thursday.
Rezoning of housing project approved in Saanich: Saanich council voted unanimously last night to approve rezoning for a major housing and social-programs development. The $250-million Nigel Valley project will see hundreds of new housing units built in an area along Vernon Avenue, right beside Saanich Municipal Hall.
Cyclist struck by a vehicle in downtown Victoria Tuesday night: Victoria police say a cyclist was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle downtown around 8:45 p.m. last night. The driver was making a right turn onto Fisgard Street off Blanshard after being stopped at a red light when the cyclist approached on the inside and was hit.
Ontario government successful in a bid to cut Toronto council size: The Ontario government has won a stay of a court ruling to scrap a plan to cut the size of Toronto council from 47 to 25 seats in the middle of a municipal election campaign. An Ontario judge ruled the province’s Bill 5 violated freedom of expression rights for candidates and voters last week. Premier Doug Ford invoked a constitutional provision known as the notwithstanding clause to reintroduce the bill, arguing the stay was necessary to eliminate uncertainty surrounding the Oct. 22 vote and allow the city to move forward with its preparations.
Province named in a lawsuit stemming from daycare death in Vancouver: The mother of a 16-month-old child that died last year at a Vancouver daycare is suing the daycare’s landlords, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority and the provincial government. Shelley Sheppard alleges they failed to ensure the Olive Branch Daycare, an unlicensed facility, was operating legally and safely, despite several overcrowding complaints. Sheppard’s son died after being left alone and choking on an electrical cord.
Freeland continues NAFTA talks: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is back in Washington as NAFTA talks continue again. Yesterday, Republican Congressman Steve Scalise said American politicians are growing weary of what they see as Canadian stubbornness.
Haida Gwaii Barge removal may take several days: A unified command working to recover a barge that grounded off Haida Gwaii September 8 says it will take several more days to finish transferring cargo from the barge onto another vessel. A statement says crews have to consider safety, hazardous waste and contaminants disposal and how to protect areas of cultural significance.
U.S. President heads to North Carolina: About 10,000 people remain in storm shelters in North Carolina because of Hurricane Florence, and the governor is urging people evacuated not to return home. The storm’s death toll is now at least 37. U.S. President Donald Trump says he’s going to North Carolina today.
Sesame Workshop says Bert and Ernie are best friends, have no sexual orientation: The producers of Sesame Street are disputing former writer Mark Saltzman’s claim in an interview with the news-outlet “Queerty” that Bert and Ernie are gay. Saltzman said when he was writing, he always felt the two characters were lovers. Sesame Workshop Tweeted Bert and Ernie are best friends, but quote — “remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Cooper angry at Trump Jr’s claim hurricane coverage is overdramatic: CNN Host Anderson Cooper has spent a chunk of airtime responding to Donald Trump Jr’s claim that Cooper has been faking or overdramatizing a natural disaster. Cooper says he is angry and sad someone would accuse him of doing so, and notes images the president’s son posted weren’t from hurricane Florence in North Carolina, but from hurricane Ike in Texas more than a decade ago.
Canucks drop pre-season opener to Edmonton: Ty Rattie scored two goals to lead the Edmonton Oilers to a 4-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night. Sven Baertschi and Nikolay Goldobin both scored for Vancouver in the team’s first pre-season game. Vancouver hosts a split Calgary Flames’ squad tonight. Earlier today, the Boston Bruins defeated the Flames 3-1 in China.