Fully vaccinated Canadians need guidance, Return to Play Rollout & Two-thirds of Canadians knew little to nothing about Residential Schools before Kamloops

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The Bill Kelly Show Podcast:

As eligibility for second COVID-19 vaccine doses starts to open up across the country, many Canadians are quickly joining the “fully vaccinated” group. Just as quickly, however, they are finding themselves in new, confusing territory.

It’s not yet clear what fully vaccinated citizens in Canada can and cannot do. That’s because the federal government says there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” approach.

To date, federal health officials have not rolled out guidelines detailing which behaviours are considered safe for fully vaccinated adults.

Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, said it’s because individuals need to take a personal risk assessment.

ALSO: Canada, U.S. to start talks on eventually lifting border restrictions

GUEST: Moshe Lander, Senior Economics Lecturer with Concordia University

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Ontario said it has accelerated its return-to-play plan for professional and elite amateur leagues as the province loosens COVID-19 restrictions. Sports Minister Lisa MacLeod said on Monday that high-level teams can now hold full-contact practice and dry-land training as long as it’s in accordance with provincial guidelines. Leagues will be allowed to resume games as soon as August.

The province’s return-to-play plan applies to 18 leagues across six sports including the Canadian Football League, the Ontario Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and the National Basketball Association among others. International and single-sport athletes may also resume training.

What about organized youth sports?

GUEST: Lisa McLeod, Provincial Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

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Before the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found in British Columbia last month, two-thirds of Canadians say, they knew a little or nothing about the history of this country’s residential school system.

It’s one of the findings in a survey commissioned by the Canadian Race Relation Foundation and the Assembly of First Nations.

They polled Canadians the week after the discovery at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., was announced.

For many Canadians, it seems to have been a moment of shattered ignorance.

In the survey, 93 per cent of those polled said they were aware of the grave site discovery — almost 60 per cent said they followed the story quite closely. More than three-quarters of those surveyed said the events had prompted them to consider how the country treats Indigenous people.

Before the discovery, respondents said, 47 per cent of them knew a little about residential schools while 20 per cent knew nothing.

ALSO: Ontario government spending $10M to identify residential school burial sites

GUEST: Dr. Paulette Steeves, Cree-Metis Indigenous Archaeologist, Associate Professor of Sociology, Canada Research Chair in Healing & Reconciliation at Ontario’s Algoma University

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