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Morning Brew: Ford dumps TCHC board, Liberals want Hudak to apologize for Sheen comment, Air Canada threatens NHL, TTC to begin work on Ashbridges storage facility, Raptors lose

Let this be a lesson to us all: persistence is key. Or maybe it's just that Mayor Rob Ford gets whatever he wants in the end. Anyway, he succeeded in getting rid of the last four members of the TCHC board yesterday. In his most contested challenge yet from his left-winged opponents, council eventually voted 25 to 18 to temporarily replace the housing agency's board with retired councillor and Ford ally Case Ootes after a marathon special meeting that clocked in at 6 1/2 hours before finally ending at midnight Wednesday. Or maybe all we need is to add the word "special" to everything and victory is ours.

Maybe he was just letting us know he's "hip". But the Ontario Liberals still want Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak to apologize for a wisecrack he made in the legislature Wednesday about troubled actor Charlie Sheen. The quip in question: "Premier McGuinty trying to convince us that he's got his spending habit under control is like Charlie Sheen trying to convince us that he's finally kicked his drug habit," said Hudak. "I'm more likely to bet on Charlie Sheen than Dalton McGuinty." But I think McGuinty said it best when asked about Hudak's comments: "I think we should all make a commitment to stop talking about Mr. Sheen."

These concussions sure are turning out to be a real headache for the NHL. Now it's being reported that Air Canada is threatening to pull its support if action isn't taken to prevent what it calls "recent career- and life-threatening headshots" during games. The airline, one of the league's biggest backers, is "very concerned with the state of hockey today," and is having difficulty rationalizing its sponsorship "unless the NHL takes responsibility to protect both the players and the integrity of the game," wrote Denis Vandal, the airline's director of marketing/communication, to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

Beginning this April, the TTC is going forward with preliminary work on a new Ashbridges Bay Maintenance and Storage Facility despite some city councillors requesting that the project be delayed because it will wreak havoc on Leslieville. The TTC is building the facility for the 204 new and accessible streetcars set to be delivered starting in 2013.


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