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Extra, Extra: Black Lives Matter To Call on Politicians, Teacher Sick Days Add Up, and Rabies in Hamilton

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  • Members of Black Lives Matter are planning to address politicians in their second week of protest. In a press release, the group said that decision makers have largely ignored their questions and demands—particularly Mayor John Tory, who has yet to read the one-page Special Investigation Units’ report on the death of Andrew Loku. BLM plans to “zero in” on Tory, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and Police Chief Mark Saunders, though how is still a mystery. The group has been protesting outdoors since last Sunday.
  • It may be fun for the kids who love substitute teachers, but the cost of instructors calling in sick is adding up. A new report found that teacher sick days are setting school boards back nearly $1 billion every year. That’s thanks to new policies that don’t allow teachers to bank their sick days for a payout at retirement, leading many to call in *cough cough* “under the weather.” At present, teachers can take as many as 11 sick days.
  • We advise you steer clear of raccoon overlords if you plan on visiting Hamilton any time soon. Sixty-five animals have tested positive for rabies in the Hammer since December, a majority of which are fuzzy trash pandas. Public health officials are warning Hamiltonians to stay away from rabid animals that could infect them with bites. Raccoons ain’t so cute after all.

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