Doug Ford hits the reset button, Merck's C-19 pill could be saving grace & Step forward for First Nations kids as Federal Court dismisses Canada’s appeals

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The Bill Kelly Show Podcast:

Premier Doug Ford is hitting the reset button for the first time since the Progressive Conservatives were elected more than three years ago.

After proroguing the legislature last month, Ford’s government will table a throne speech Monday morning outlining its agenda for the home stretch before next June’s election.

ALSO: Supreme Court of Canada sides with Ontario government in battle over Toronto council cuts

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

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Health Canada says it is working with international counterparts to review an experimental pill from drugmaker Merck, which the company reports can reduce hospitalizations and deaths by half in patients sick with COVID-19.

During a news briefing Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) said Merck first submitted an approval request for molnupiravir, a twice-daily oral antiviral agent taken within five days after the onset of symptoms, as a potential treatment for COVID-19 on August 13.

According to PHAC, the submission was accepted under the Minister of Health's Interim Order, which allows for the review of "early safety, quality and efficacy data" while later-stage clinical trials take place

GUEST: Dr. Brian D. Lichty, Associate Professor in Pathology and Molecular Medicine with the McMaster Immunology Research Centre

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The Federal Court dismissed an application for a judicial review of a landmark human rights tribunal compensation order for First Nations children — leaving the federal government on the hook for billions of dollars in compensation related to the child welfare system.

Justice Paul Favel said that the Attorney General of Canada, who had filed the application for a judicial review and a stay of the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal, had "not succeeded in establishing that the compensation decision is unreasonable."

The federal government had argued that the tribunal overreached and was wrong to order Ottawa to pay $40,000 — the maximum allowed under the Canadian Human Rights Act — to each child affected by the on-reserve child welfare system since 2006.

GUEST: David Taylor, One of the lawyers representing the First Nations in this case

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