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Mike Babcock officially introduced in Leafs Land. Price of gas jumps two cents. Mayor Tory plans to meet with event organizers in regards to weekend closures. Wynne says back-to-work legislation a possibility. Missing 10-year-old girl found. +**David Letterman finale draws almost 14 million viewers in ratings.**
BABCOCK SET TO PUT LEAFS ‘BACK ON THE MAP’
Mike Babcock, has been formally introduced as the 30th Head Coach in Toronto Maple Leafs history. The 52-year old was introduced by Team President Brendan Shannahan at the Air Canada Centre, Thursday morning. Babcock, who signed an eight year, $50-million contract admitted the job ahead will be a challenge but said he is excited about the opportunity. Whether you think so or not, I believe this is Canada’s team and it is time we put Canada’s team back on the map.” Babcock told a large crowd of reporters. He cautioned the journey will be a long one, however. “There will be pain ahead.” Babcock also dismissed suggestions from American reporters who accused Babcock of lying to Buffalo Sabres ownership in a bid to squeeze more money out of Toronto. “Did we work on term and salary, absolutely”. Babcock said regarding talks with the Sabres. But his answer was a simple “no” when asked if there was ever a deal in place with that club. Babcock also told reporters that there is nothing in his contract that gives him power over player personnel decisions. The former Detroit Red Wings bench boss, who won a Stanley Cup back in 2008, takes over a Leafs team that finished 27th in the league this past season.
So the Leafs have a new coach. TFC has a refurbished stadium, the Argos have a new owner and next up for MLSE is to name a new president. With Tim Leiweke set to leave next month, company chairman Larry Tanenbaum says they’re close to having their CEO. There are suggestions that John Cassiday, the former boss here at Corus Entertainment is on the short list.
PRICE OF GAS JUMPS BY 2 CENTS
The price of gas has increased at the pumps by two cents. That now brings the price to 116.9 per litre at most stations across Toronto and the GTA. It’s the highest price motorists in the area have paid for gasoline since in November 2014.
TORY TO SUMMON ROAD-CLOSING EVENT ORGANIZERS
In a continued effort to erase gridlock in Toronto, Mayor John Tory would like to meet with those who organize Sunday marathons and other events that tie up traffic on weekends. The mayor is looking to sit down with organizers for all Sunday events and marathons that land on the city’s major streets during some of the busiest weekends through the spring and summer. Tory indicates that he has received numerous complaints from a number of residents and he has plans to call a meeting with all event organizers in regards to retaining information with locations, times and dates of weekend closures.
WYNNE SAYS BACK-TO-WORK LEGISLATION A POSSIBILITY
More than 70, 000 high school students remain out of their classrooms as teacher strikes continue in Peel Region, Durham Region and Sudbury-area Rainbow District. But that may not be case for much longer. The Premier, Kathleen Wynne, says she would bring in back-to-work legislation, if that’s what it takes to get students back to a regular schedule. She has maintained the best way to end strikes is through negotiated settlements, but she’s willing to do what needs to be done in this case. The 3 boards have been arguing to the Ontario Labour Relations Board the strikes are illegal; a ruling from the board regarding that is expected next week., and it appears the board will decide on that next week.
MISSING 10-YEAR-OLD-GIRL FOUND
A missing 10-year-old girl has now been found after a search that lasted more than 12 hours. Saquanna Duncan was last seen on Thursday evening near Trethewey Drive and Eglinton Avenue around 5:30 p.m. and located within the same area. According to police she wasn’t too far from Charles E. Webster Junior High School where a command post was setup.
David Letterman Finale Draws Almost 14 Million Viewers in Ratings
A pile of people turned in to watch David Letterman’s last show; 14 million in the US. That’s roughly the same number who watched Jay Leno’s final Tonight Show appearance last year. However, Johnny Carson’s last show back in 1992 drew 3-times as many viewers as Letterman’s show did with 42 million.