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Morning Brew: Pearson to fix customs problems, where to get water in Toronto, Nakamura to step down as CEO of TCHC, Charlie Sheen is bringing his tiger blood to Massey Hall, and the Leafs lose a crucial game

Air travellers, you can relax now. Pearson Airport says they have it all under control. Following Wednesday night's bedlam at Canada's busiest airport where travellers faced unsightly three-hour-long lines at customs with too few custom officers, officials say they have a new plan that will relieve overnight backlog at customs. Both the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Canada Border Services Agency say they have extra staff and management present, as well as rotating teams to cover breaks. Scott Armstrong, a spokesman for the GTAA, says Wednesday night's debacle was "entirely unacceptable."

If you're walking through the city, thirsty, and have no idea where to go to fill up your reusable water bottle, simply look for a small, blue "W" sticker on a store's door and you can use their tap water for free. The stickers are a part of project called, Blue W, from Youth4Water, a group of young people who raise awareness about water issues and rights. Over 3,000 businesses are registered in Canada, but apparently Toronto's numbers are very low. And here I thought water was always "free."

We all knew this was coming. Case Ootes, the interim managing director of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, has asked Keiko Nakamura, CEO of TCHC, to step down. Nakamura's tenure will end this week. Her departure is effective March 25. Despite Nakamura's resistance to Rob Ford's call for her to step down, Ootes said a "fresh start is needed in the office of the CEO."

First it was the GTA's school board decision to ban gay-straight alliance, now it's Mississauga's turn. A group of teens were turned down when they approached their St. Joseph's Catholic Secondary School principal Frances Jacques to start a gay-straight alliance recently. The teens were told that "there's already supports in place at the school, such as guidance counsellors. Also, a GSA is premature for your age."

Sick of Charlie Sheen and his rants yet? It doesn't matter because he'll probably sell out his recently announced live show at Massey Hall. That's right, Charlie and his "My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat is Not An Option Show" is coming to Toronto on April14th, with ticket prices ranging from $79.50 to $109.50. That's an awful lot of money for tirades on "winning" and "tiger blood" when you can read that stuff for free on Twitter.


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