1.Snowstorm warning for the Fraser Valley
Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning for the Fraser Valley, a long a snowfall warning for mountain passes leading to B.C.’s interior and the Sea to Sky highway. The area is expected to see 30cm of snow and freezing rain. The Fraser Valley area experienced an ice storm only 2 weeks ago.
2.Brother of Premier passes away
Premier John Horgan’s office announced today that his brother Pat passed over the weekend. 71 year old Pat Horgan had been battling with cancer. A memorial service will be held in his home community of Port McNeil next month.
3. Robertson won’t re-election
Mayor Gregor Robertson announced yesterday that this term will be his last. Robertson’s run will be the longest consecutive term served by any Vancouver Mayor. He has received criticism over several issues during his 10 year term, specifically his original and unmet promise to end street homelessness by 2015. His last months will be spent focused on improving transit and housing affordability.
4. The state of Canadian-U.S. Trade
U.S. Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin was optimistic when pressed about the trade situation at the White House. He said that President Trump was pleased about where the NAFTA talks were headed. There has been word that the United States may still leave NAFTA as a new round of talks start in Montreal. The Canadian-American trade relationship is expected to be one of several topics brought up by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the next town hall meeting in Ontario.
5. Gold Fraud Scheme
The RCMP have arrested 2 people in relation to a fake Chinese gold scheme resurfaced in Richmond. The victim reached out to police in late December after realizing that “priceless”gold artifacts he purchased were fake. Officials say this incident is linked to a fraud case that saw 2 Chinese nationals arrested in Surrey for fraud over $5,000. This scheme first occurred in Richmond in 2010 and again in 2015.