Dan Karpenchuk

Canada correspondent

WBFO’s comprehensive news coverage extends into Southern Ontario and Dan Karpenchuk is the station’s voice from the north. The award-winning reporter covers binational issues, including economic trends, the environment, tourism and transportation.

Karpenchuk’s long career in public broadcasting began in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He currently works in the Toronto region.

Dan's reports for WBFO have included stories about Toronto's hot housing market, the energy industry and the failure of retail giant Target's foray into the Canadian market. He provides listeners with insights on Great Lakes issues, the arts, health trends and other topics that are important to our audience. His reports help listeners to better understand how residents on both sides of the border are impacted by issues and events. 


Canada's federal government watchdog is calling for the country's nuclear regulator to beef up inspections of the country's nuclear power plants. In a recent report, the commissioner of the environment found several serious issues.

Ontario is proposing new rules for the bottled water industry. The move comes after a water bottling company outbid a small community in its attempt to buy a well to secure a water supply for its fast-growing population.

An Ontario judge has dismissed a challenge to force the Cleveland Indians to change their name and logo. Cleveland is playing the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series.

Canada's public safety minister says he will push the United States to change some of its border policies when it comes to marijuana. Some Canadians have been barred for life from entering the U.S. after admitting to American border guards that they have smoked marijuana in the past.

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Canada's largest city is having a rat problem, and it's growing. Pest control companies in Toronto are reporting a huge spike in the number of rat calls and the root cause of the increased numbers could be environmental.

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A southern Ontario county near the north shore of Lake Erie has an unusual problem and it's causing divisions among advocates for animal rights. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, many are calling it a "cat-astrophe."


Ontario has unrolled a new ad campaign highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. The message is: "It happens fast. Put down the phone."

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Recently, police in Toronto swooped into a downtown market area and raided dozens of so-called unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly 100 people were arrested and more than 250 charges were laid. The raids have unleashed a storm of controversy.


There is a new push underway in Ontario for a hotel tax, the latest call coming from the mayor of Niagara Falls. Any such tax would need the approval of the provincial government. Toronto's mayor has already had talks with the province and a hotel tax could be just months away.


A court ruling in Ontario could have wide implications for drivers across the country and in the United States. A judge has ruled that a common type of breathalyzer test is inaccurate.


A recent study by anti-poverty groups in Toronto suggests the city is lurching toward a breakdown because of overcrowded homeless shelters. Activists say the city is failing to meet the basic requirements of its homeless population.

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Ontario is backing the use of electric cars and it's offering incentives to people who buy them. Current subsidies, in effect since 2010, could, in many cases, double.

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Toronto's most famous mayor has died.  Rob Ford passed away this/Tuesday morning after losing his battle with a rare form of cancer.  The former mayor made headlines around the world with his controversial admission of having used crack cocaine.

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There is a new push for Toronto to have safe injection sites and it's coming from the city's chief medical officer of health. But before it can get federal approval, there must be a consultation process in the communities where sites are proposed. 

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More than six months after a report called for action to protect and clean up the Great Lakes, very little has changed. That's the assessment of the Canadian Environmental Law Association.


A recent report warned of another poor year for maple syrup producers in Canada and the northeastern U.S., but some producers in Ontario aren't so sure.


It's an election year and, as often is the case, healthcare is a high political priority. That inevitably leads to a comparison of healthcare between the U.S. and Canada, where universal government-funded healthcare has been around for more than half a century. WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk has more on one upstate New York doctor who moved north.


A new ultra low-cost airline is being launched in Canada. It will offer cheap fares for travel across Canadian destinations. But it's not good news for some airports in mid-size American cities near the border. Now, those airports have been given a temporary reprieve.


The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought in an art exhibition that some visitors have described as "thrilling" and "inspirational." It's the work of British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. The exhibition is called "J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free" and focuses on the artist's late work, made after the age of 60. It comes to Toronto after having been shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

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Ontario's premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand at a Toronto supermarket this week to buy a small case of beer, the first to be sold in grocery stores in the province. At the same time, she is also being criticized for a comment she made about Ontario government liquor stores being the best place to one day sell legal marijuana. 

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There's an uneasy truce at the Toronto Zoo after a baboon war that lasted for nearly a year. Some people have compared it to the television series 'Game of Thrones' and it's been almost as brutal.


North America's first fully digital hospital is now open for business in Toronto. Humber River Hospital features some of the latest medical technology and patient comforts. As we hear from WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, the modern facility has robots and digital records aimed at improving efficiency, as well as extra beds for families to stay overnight.

Canada has pledged to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. That means in December, hundreds will arrive every day. But since the militant attacks in Paris, some political leaders in the country have voiced concern and, in some regions, there has been a backlash against Muslims.

The issue of carding, which has been a subject of much debate in the City of Toronto, may be over. It appears that the Ontario government has taken its own steps on carding and out of the hands of Toronto’s lawmakers.

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An Ontario judge has approved a plan to sever U.S. Steel Canada from its parent company, suspend health benefits and pension payments, and get a reprieve from paying property taxes. It's part of a transition plan which will allow U.S. Steel Canada to form and manage its own company.

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Ontario will become Canada's first province to allow testing for self-driving cars. The project will begin on January 1.

Baseball fans in Toronto finally have something to celebrate. The Blue Jays are in the playoffs after a drought of more than 20 years, after having clinched first place in the American League East and fans are ecstatic.

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A major change in beer retailing in Ontario will bring the province closer to the American model. Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne says beer will be available in some grocery stores by Christmas, with more stores being added in the coming years. 


There is a new twist to the problem of hunger in Toronto. The demands placed on food banks in the city's downtown has dropped by about 16 percent. But that number doesn't reflect an improvement.

The City of Toronto will not be bidding for the 2024 Olympics. Toronto had until last week to enter a bid, but mayor John Tory decided it wasn't the right time. Many people in the city support the move as the right one.