Ont. rolling out rapid tests at high-risk schools & daycares, Throne speech analysis & Facebook outage shows we need antitrust action now

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The Bill Kelly Show Podcast:

Ontario will offer rapid COVID-19 tests to some schools and child-care settings to help ensure students can continue with in-person learning as much as possible, the province's chief medical officer of health said this morning.

Tests will only be provided to unvaccinated, asymptomatic children who are not considered high-risk contacts of a positive COVID-19 case, Moore said. In Ontario, children 11 and under are not yet eligible to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.

GUEST: Ryan Imgrund, Biostatistician

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Avoiding future lockdowns is Ontario’s “ultimate goal,” as laid out Monday in a throne speech that emphasized recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but made no mention of child care or education.

Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell delivered Premier Doug Ford’s throne speech, marking the start of a new legislative session and the opportunity to present a renewed agenda eight months ahead of the next provincial election.

The speech, which the Opposition critics slammed as short on details and vision, focused largely on what the government has done – or has already promised to do – to support the health-care and long-term care systems during the pandemic.

GUEST: Andrew Brander, Senior Consultant with Crestview Strategies and former Director of Communications for the Ontario Government

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On Monday, a global service outage hit Facebook and took down the world’s ubiquitous social network , along with Instagram and WhatsApp. The outage, which affects billions of people, occurred just as Facebook filed a motion to dismiss the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's amended antitrust complaint against the company accusing it of acquiring Instagram and WhatsApp to consolidate anti-competitive market power.

The day before the outage, on Sunday, the Facebook whistleblower behind devastating leaks that have roiled the company for weeks revealed themselves on "60 Minutes": Frances Haugen, a former product manager. In profiles of Haugen that followed immediately after, one thread constantly revisited was that Haugen did not want to harm Facebook, only fix it.

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GUEST: Edward Ongweso Jr, Tech and Labour Journalist for Vice

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