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David Letterman makes his final broadcast in late-night. Maple Leafs spend big to bring Mike Babcock behind the bench. CAA releases Ontario’s Top 10 Worst Roads of 2015. Work to rule for Halton high school teachers. Councillor pushing for Gardiner and DVP study on tolls. +**Air Canada to tag carry-on luggage.**
DAVID LETTERMAN MAKES HIS FINAL BROADCAST IN LATE NIGHT
The 68-year-old veteran of late night TV, David Letterman hosted his final show last night, ending his 33-year career. Show number 6028 opened with four US presidents satirically announcing “The nightmare is over”. The Top 10 list was epic, counted down by big name celebrities including Bill Murray, Jerry Seinfeld, Barbara Walters, & Jim Carrey to name a few. The show ran 17 minutes long as Dave said goodbye to a long list of friends, family and co-workers. Dave started in 1982 on NBC’s “Late Nite” before moving over to CBS in 1993 to host “The Late Show” The latter entity will see Stephen Colbert take over the hosting chair in September.
BABCOCK JOINS MAPLE LEAFS WITH 8-YEAR, $50M DEAL
The Maple Leafs hired Mike Babcock as their new head coach. The former Red Wings coach was one of the most sought after free agent coaches ever and will be reportedly be making $50 million over 8 years. Babcock has led the Red Wings to 2 Presidents’ Trophy’s a Stanley cup and was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2014. He has led his teams to the Stanley Cup Final three times and the Western Conference Finals four times. Babcock also led Canada to gold at the Olympics in 2010 in Vancouver and 2014 in Sochi. He also won gold medals at the at the World Championships in 2004 and in 1997, he led Canada to gold at the World Junior Championships. Babcock takes over a Maple Leafs club that has missed the playoffs 9 of the last 10 seasons. The Leafs fired head coach Randy Carlyle in January and replaced him on interim basis with assistant Peter Horachek. The Leafs will make the hiring official at a news conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday.
CAA RELEASES LIST OF ONTARIO’S WORST ROADS OF 2015
Surprisingly, Dufferin Street did not maintain its stranglehold on the title of Ontario’s Worst Road. It’s held that spot for the past 3-years but this morning, the CAA released its annual worst roads in the province list with Algonquin Boulevard West in Timmins taking top spot. Dufferin had plenty of local company last year with 7 of the 10 worst roads in Ontario being in Toronto. This year however, only two Toronto streets made the top 10.
WORK-TO-RULE STARTS AT HALTON PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS
Halton and Ottawa region high school teachers are starting a work to rule campaign. Teachers with the public board won’t be putting comments on report cards, or take part in staff meetings. The action will also see teachers walk the picket line at lunch. However, other regular school operations will continue as will field trips and other extracurricular activities. Public Elementary teachers will do the same thing across the province for 2 weeks. Meanwhile, the labour board is expected to rule today on whether the full strikes by public high school teachers in Peel, Durham and Sudbury are legal. If deemed illegal, teachers could be forced back to the classroom next week.
COUNCILLOR PUSHING FOR GARDINER AND DVP STUDY ON TOLLS
Looks like the the road tolls debate is moving to city hall. Councillor John Campbell will be asking council to have city staff start studying the idea of putting road tolls on the DVP and Gardiner. The idea would be to raise cash to pay for impending maintenance costs to the two roadways. Mayor John Tory is opposed to the tolls idea, believing it isn’t fair for existing roads to incur tolls. Next month, council will meet to decide on whether to tear down or re-build the Gardiner. Through road tolls are not common in Canada, like they are in the U.S. and other parts of the world. The concept typically works as a traffic deterrent and revenue stream.
Air Canada To Tag Carry-On Luggage
Air Canada will begin tagging carry on luggage, Monday, in an effort to clamp down on bags that don’t meet size and weight requirements. Staff at Pearson will be stationed at both check in and security looking for non compliant baggage. Carry-ons that meet dimension requirements get a red tag representing a pass, while bags that do not will see it’s owner get a card which will allow priority service with a check in service with an agent. However a cost will be incurred by the passenger. Transport Canada rules allow two unchecked bags per traveler.