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Jimmy Kimmel accepts Rob Ford’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and puts his own twist on it. Leafs Sign First-Round Pick Nylander to entry-level contract. The voice of Saturday Night Live, Don Pardo dies at 96.
JIMMY KIMMEL TAKES THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Many celebrities have taken the Ice Bucket Challenge by being poured with a bucket of ice on their heads but Jimmy Kimmel chose to accept the challenge in a slightly abnormal way. After taking the challenge himself, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called on Kimmel to step up and do the same. Sure enough, Jimmy posted a video of him taking the challenge via “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” YouTube channel. But rather than being poured on the head, the late night host decided to let his wife and cousin dump ice into his fishing outfit.
LEAFS SIGN FIRST-ROUND PICK NYLANDER TO ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed first-round draft pick William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract. Nylander was selected eighth overall by Toronto at the NHL draft. The 18-year-old was selected as the best forward at the 2014 Under-18 World Championship in Finland, leading in assists (10) and points (16) in his seven games. The Calgary born new Leaf is the son of Michael Nylander, who had a 15-season NHL career.
BOARD WANTS BAN ON E-CIGARETTES
At a Toronto Board of Health meeting yesterday, the board unanimously decided to ask the province to ban vapour-cigarettes wherever smoking is prohibited. The board is giving the province six months to put restrictions in place before acting on its own at the municipal level. During the meeting, the board heard a number of deputations from members of the community with polarizing views. One of the main concerns surrounding the products is that they can legally be sold and marketed to minors.
DON PARDO: VOICE OF SNL DEAD AT 96
He was one of the few voice over guys whose name people actually knew. Legendary announcer Don Pardo, best known for his work on Saturday Night Live, passed away yesterday in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 96. Cause of death has not been released at this time, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
TORY CRITICIZES TIMING, FUNDING PLAN FOR TTC SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS
A report calling for TTC improvements is backed by Chow, Stintz and Soknacki but John Tory disagrees. Rob Ford said he supports most of it, but not time-based transfers or rear-door boarding. At a press conference outside Union Station Monday morning, Tory said it’s odd that the report was released just two days before its presentation to Toronto Transit Commission’s board. The TTC report, titled Opportunities to Improve Transit Service in Toronto, makes a number of recommendations geared at increasing and speeding up service. The TTC board will meet today to discuss the proposed changes: implementing all-door boarding on all streetcar routes, expanding the overnight bus and streetcar network, and changing the transfer system to allow riders to travel in any direction within a two-hour time period. If adopted by the board, the report will still need city council approval.
Full list of recommendations the TTC is making as outlined in the report:
1. All-door boarding and proof-of-payment on all streetcar routes
Capital cost: $0
Annual operating cost: $6 million
2. Adding buses and streetcars to reduce wait times and crowding during rush hour and off-peak times
Capital cost: $84 million
Annual operating cost: $18.9 million
3. Providing bus and streetcar service every 10 minutes on key routes all day, every day from 6 a.m. (9 a.m. on Sundays) to 1 a.m.
Capital cost: $13.8 million
Annual operating cost: $13.6 million
4. New express bus services on 20 bus routes during peak periods
Capital cost: $33.6 million, plus an addition $10.2 million for enhanced downtown express bus service
Annual operating cost: $13.3 million, with the enhanced downtown express bus service projected to cost an additional $2.4 million
5. Giving priority to the flow of buses and streetcars at intersections, and creating a “queue-jumping lane” for buses to bypass other vehicles turning right at an intersection
Capital funding needed: $2.4 million
6. Adding buses and streetcars to improve service reliability and punctuality
Capital cost: $34.8 million
Annual operating cost: $5.5 million
7. Restoring bus routes that were eliminated in 2011 because of budgetary constraints and operating all routes all day, every day
Capital cost: $0
Annual operating cost: $6.6 million
8. Introducing a time-based transfer so customers can ride in any direction during a two-hour period
The report says this change will result in an annual revenue loss of $20 million and would need an additional ongoing subsidy to make up for the loss.
9. Expanding overnight bus and streetcar service
Capital cost: $0
Annual operating cost: $2.9 million