05/21/2015 06:24 EDT | Updated 05/21/2016 05:59 EDT

Toronto Daystarter: Thursday, May 21, 2015

Here's what you need to know on Thursday, May 21. 


Its been a chilly week in the GTA, with temperatures below seasonal average. Some relief is on the way for the weekend, but not before a dip to 12 C on Friday. Today, clouds are expected to clear in the late morning, with a high of 18 C expected on the day.


TTC service is running mostly on time so far this morning. The elevator on the eastbound platform at Dundas West station is out of service. The 95 York Mills westbound stop at Scarsdale has been temporarily removed due to construction. Commuters can walk to Lesmill or Leslie stops as an alternative. 

GO Transit trains and buses are running on time. At Burlington station, there will be no elevator access from the south side of the station until fall 2015 because of construction.

Toronto Pearson airport and Billy Bishop airport downtown are reporting that air traffic is moving on time. ​

New coach in town

The Leafs announced yesterday that Stanley Cup winner and former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock will helm the team. Considered on the best coaches in the NHL, Babcock will get $50-million over eight years with the Buds.

The team will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to formally introduce Babcock. CBC Toronto and CBC Sports will bring you full coverage of the new coach's first day in front of Toronto's notoriously harsh sports media. 

Safe schools report

CBC Toronto obtained a copy of a new report examining safety in Catholic schools early. The report, set to be released this evening at a TCDSB meeting, was commissioned after two students were shot to death across the road from Don Bosco last year. The report offers 33 recommendations to improve safety, though the implementation of metal detectors is not among them. 

Teachers' strike

High school teachers in Halton Region are set to begin an administrative strike today. They will partially withdraw services, which means teachers won't add comments to report cards or attend staff meetings or school board meetings, and will hold some picket lines over the lunch hour.

Regular school operations will continue, as will field trips and extracurricular activities.

Meanwhile, the Ontario Labour Relations Board is expected to continue hearing arguments on the legality of a full strike by teachers in Peel, Durham and the Sudbury-area Rainbow District