Province to announce annual max rent increase this afternoon, scientists raise concerns for the health of another southern resident killer whale and the federal government reviews risks of virus from farmed to wild salmon. Those stories and more on Morning CHEK.
Max rent increase announcement Wednesday: The province is announcing what the annual allowable rent increase will be Wednesday. The 2019 maximum rent increase had been set at 4.5 per cent, based on inflation plus 2 per cent. But the B.C. Rental Housing Task Force has recommended a 2.5 per cent increase based on inflation alone. Under the recommendations, landlords can apply to take in more rent if costs and maintenance exceed inflation.
Advocates say a man’s denial of cancer treatment highlights difficulties homeless face: Health and housing advocates say the plight of Terry Willis, who is fighting cancer and told he can’t get treatment in temporary housing, highlights the difficulties homeless people face while recovering from illness. Willis says his doctor told him he can’t fight non-Hodgkin lymphoma while living in the Johnson Street Community building because it’s not a suitable recovery environment. But Island Health and the B.C. Cancer Agency both took the position that the building is suitable for chemo patients.
Researchers keep watch of 27-year-old orca’s health: Researchers are concerned for the health of a 27-year-old male orca from the Southern Resident Killer Whale population, who they say has been losing weight for the past year. Scientists say the changes in K25 coincide with the loss of his mother last year. But there is hopeful news, as researchers say at least one female in each of the three pods is pregnant.
Ottawa launches fish virus review: The federal government is launching a science review to assess the risks associated with the transfer of a virus from farmed Atlantic salmon to wild salmon. Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says the results of the assessment of piscine reovirus early next year will guide decisions on aquaculture in Canada.
Victoria police search for a teen’s stolen specialized bike: Police in Victoria are asking the public’s help in finding a stolen tricycle that was specialized for a teen girl with mobility challenges. They say the customized tricycle, stolen from an Oaklands home Saturday, was the girl’s main source of transportation as she is unable to ride a two-wheel bicycle.
Prime Minister to meet New Zealand and Chile leaders: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will meet with New Zealand’s prime minister and Chile’s president this morning at the United Nations in New York. Much of the focus will be on U.S. President Donald Trump, who will chair his first Security Council meeting, expected to discuss the non-proliferation of weapons.
Bill Cosby spends his first night in jail: Bill Cosby woke up in prison this morning after the first night of his three to ten-year sentence. The 81-year-old is in a Pennsylvania corrections centre after being sentenced for drugging and molesting Canadian Andrea Constand at his home in 2004. Cosby’s lawyers are vowing to appeal.
Will Smith celebrates 50th birthday jumping out of a chopper: It looked like a scene of a movie that might star Will Smith. But it was really a way for the actor to celebrate his 50th birthday. Smith executed a bungee jump from a helicopter near the Grand Canyon. Smith was accompanied to the site by his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and his three children.
Oilers’ Rattie with a hat-trick in Edmonton win over Vancouver: If the pre-season is any indication, the Vancouver Canucks will have their hands full with Edmonton’s Ty Rattie. The Oilers’ forward had a hat-trick Tuesday night giving him an NHL pre-season leading seven goals, five have come against Vancouver, after 6-0 Oilers’ win.
Victoria’s Michael Simmons takes Jiu-Jitsu world title: Victoria’s Michael Simmons is a world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion. Simmons, who has only been in the sport for three years, took the masters division in Las Vegas. The 51-year-old stockbroker hopes his result can inspire other Island athletes interested in taking up the sport.