Ramping up 2nd doses for Delta Hotspots, Moves to invoke Notwithstanding Clause & Why is the gov’t fighting Indigenous compensation claims?

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The Ontario government is accelerating second COVID-19 doses for people living in hot spot areas where the Delta variant is of concern, and depending on when their first shot was received.

Starting at 8 a.m. Monday, people in Toronto, Peel, York, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Porcupine health units will be eligible for their second shot, if they got their first shot on or before May 9, according to documents released Thursday.

As well, anyone in the province who is aged 50 or older, or with high-risk health conditions, can also book a second shot beginning Monday.

GUEST: Ryan Imgrund, Biostatistician

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Ontario legislators interrupted their summer break to kick off a marathon sitting Thursday as the government prepared to invoke the notwithstanding clause to restore parts of a law that restrict third-party election advertising.

A judge struck down sections of the law earlier this week but the Progressive Conservative government said it would restore them through new legislation that includes the clause, which allows legislatures to override portions of the charter for five years.

Critics have called the government's move an abuse of power meant to silence opponents ahead of the election. Opposition parties said they'd do their best to stall progress of the new bill, which was introduced Thursday, setting the stage for a lengthy weekend session.

GUEST: Richard Brennan, Former Journalist with The Toronto Star covering Queen’s Park and Parliament Hill

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The Liberal government’s continued signals that it won’t drop its legal battles against residential school survivors and First Nations children show that the politicians tasked with handling reconciliation in this country aren’t taking it seriously, says one of Canada’s most prominent advocates for the welfare of Indigenous children.

“I can’t make sense of it,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.

Blackstock’s comments come as members of Parliament voted on Monday to pass a non-binding NDP motion calling for Ottawa to drop its “belligerent and litigious” legal battles against groups affected by Canada’s residential school and child welfare systems.

The motion also asked the federal government to further investigate the deaths and disappearances of children at the schools.

While no one voted against the motion, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t participate in the vote — and members of his cabinet abstained from voting. Some members of the Liberal caucus, and all opposition MPs, supported the motion.

GUEST: Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada

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