Newsstand: April 6, 2016

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Newsstand: April 6, 2016

In the news: BLM co-founder under fire for alleged racist remarks, Jays lose after falling ill to controversial "no-slide" review, and your children are not walking enough.

A two-month-old tweet by a Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder is causing outrage on social media. On February 9, Yusra Khogali tweeted, “Plz Allah give me strength to not cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.” The tweet, which has since been deleted, was posted online as a photograph of a printout by Newstalk 1010 host Jerry Agar on Tuesday. Though Khogali has not yet commented, BLM activist Sandy Hudson said in response, “This is extremely frustrating and emotional for me because we slept outside for two weeks to get somebody to care about death in our community and this is what you decided to focus on? It’s very, very, very irresponsible.” The group has just ended a two-week-long protest into the inquest of David Loku, who was shot and killed last summer by police.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Blue Jays 3-2 last night following a controversial double-play review. Under the newly implemented “Chase Utley rule” which states a “no slide” rule on potential double-plays, umpires ruled that Jose Bautista did not “make a bona fide attempt to reach and remain on the base,” and ruled out the player as well as Edwin Encarnacion. The two teams will face off again today at 1:10 p.m.

A study conducted by U of T professor Ron Buliung has found a decline of students walking to school over a 15-year period. The report, which was released by SmartCommute of Metrolinx, found that between 1986 and 2011, those aged 11 and 17 who walked or biked to school declined by 12.9 per cent, while those who rode in a car rose 14 to 33 per cent. Chris Burke, director of Planning and Policy, said, “It’s consistent with some of the national trends but we definitely see it as a serious problem,” adding that the behaviour gets worse over time if started early. Metrolinx has since created the GTHA Active and Sustainable School hub aimed at promoting programs that will help keep kids walking and biking to school.

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