Morning Headlines: February 18, 2020

Matthew Abrey / February 18, 2020

Protestors take a stand in front of the B.C. legislature.
(Grayson Rudzki / BCIT News)

Forestry, pipeline protests set to intersect in Victoria

Several thousand forestry workers and their families will descend upon B.C.’s legislature today for a rally. Over 50 logging trucks are expected to roll through Victoria’s streets, in support of B.C.’s floundering forestry industry.

The forestry rally is guaranteed to have some company, however.

Protestors opposing the Coastal GasLink project in northern B.C. will also be at the legislature, hoping to have their voices heard before the provincial budget is delivered in the house this afternoon. The $40-billion LNG Canada export project in Kitimat, which would help deliver liquefied-natural gas to foreign markets, has been the subject of plenty of controversy in recent months.

Drama on provincial budget day

No dramatic changes are expected to be announced when Finance Minister Carole James tables the provincial budget in the legislature today.

There were some dramatics at Premier John Horgan’s Victoria home this morning, however.

Activists arrived at the premier’s personal residence early this morning in an attempt to detain Horgan, by making what they call a “citizen’s arrest.” The goal was to prevent the premier from attending this afternoon’s budget speech.

The premier wasn’t at home when the protesters showed up, but came home shortly after and was heckled by the crowd.

Carole James is set to table the 2020 budget this afternoon.

(BC Government)

Over 250 Canadians are stranded on a cruise ship off the coast of Tokyo.

(Princess Cruises)

Canadians to be evacuated from Tokyo cruise ship

Over 250 Canadians stranded on a quarantined cruise ship in Tokyo due to coronavirus concerns now have a plane ticket back home.

The exact departure date is yet to be determined, however the Canadian government has confirmed that all Canadian passengers on the ship will be coming home.

Upon touchdown on Canadian soil, the passengers will have to spend an additional 14 days in quarantine in Cornwall, Ontario before returning home.