A new report from Ontario's main food bank organization says there has been a dramatic spike in first-time users of food banks. In its annual assessment, the Ontario Association of Food Banks also calls for the governments to provide more money for all social services.
It’s no secret that consumers in Canada often pay higher prices for a product that sells for much less in the U.S. The Canadian government has introduced legislation to address what it calls the U.S./Canada price gap. But many say the new law comes with no teeth.
The city of Toronto's board of health has given the green light for a study on banning the sale of popular energy drinks to minors. If approved, it would eventually mean a ban on the sale of drinks such as Red Bull and Monster to people under the age of 19 at all city-owned buildings and venues.
With Black Friday sales underway, many Canadians, especially those living near the border, are preparing to head south to cash in on some deals. However, the best years of that cross-border shopping may be a thing of the past.
Canada's largest addiction and mental health treatment and research center is calling for the legalization of marijuana. The director of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto says the current system of controls no longer works.
Many analysts will be watching today's vote in Toronto's mayoral election. The spotlight dimmed slightly after Rob Ford dropped out of his re-election bid. But Ford's brother is pressing on with his own spirited campaign to take over as mayor.
The shocking and deadly attack in Ottawa this week, has many Canadians worried about their safety, prompting a review of security measures. Americans who travel to Ontario will likely notice some changes.
"This is going to be a huge wake up call for Canada," said correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, who covers news out of Ontario for WBFO. Karpenchuk offered perspective on Wednesday's gun attack in Ottawa, which claimed the life of a Canadian solider and created turmoil within the nation's capital.
While medical officials across the country grapple with how to prepare for Ebola, there is hope that a vaccine is a big step closer. Last week, north of the border, Canada's health minister announced that clinical trials for an Ebola vaccine, developed by Canadian scientists, is now underway in Maryland.
An unusual coffee war, that has been percolating, has now boiled over. A Canadian coffee roaster recently filed a lawsuit against American coffee giant Keurig over what it claims is an attempt to maintain a near monopoly and keep single-serve coffee prices artificially high.
Municipal elections will held in Ontario at the end of the month and, for the first time in nearly four decades, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion's name won't be on the ballot. Nicknamed "Hurricane Hazel," Canada's longest-serving big city mayor is calling it a career, but the feisty mayor insists she isn't really retiring.
One of the world's biggest space gatherings just wrapped up in Toronto. Thousands of delegates gathered for the 65th International Astronautical Congress for five days of meetings and workshops covering everything from space debris to the law of outer space. But the conference was also marred by modern day politics.
FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, has been in effect for several months. The global tax law is aimed at rooting out Americans living outside of the United States who are not paying their U.S. taxes. But many expatriate Americans in Canada are fighting back.
One of the most watched municipal election campaigns in North America is underway. Residents of Toronto vote next month and, already, it has been a political roller coaster. The main player in the drama is the subject of a new theatrical production that is about to hit the stage.
Doctors in Toronto have provided a medical update on the condition of controversial mayor Rob Ford. He’s been diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive tumor and will undergo chemo therapy over the next few weeks.
The Toronto International Film Festival starts Thursday. Over the years, the festival has become one of Hollywood's most important vehicles for launching new work and this year appears to be no exception.
A growing menace on Ontario's streets, roads, and highways has lawmakers and police scrambling to keep up. For the second time in a year, the provincial government is planning a big jump in fines for distracted drivers.
A recent study on modern slavery finds Toronto has become one of the most common destinations of human trafficking in Ontario. The report looked at more than 500 cases in the province between 2011 and 2013.
A new report from Ontario paints a gloomy economic picture as a result of continued low water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. It could cost the U.S. and Canada more than $19 billion by the year 2050.
There are growing calls for police officers in Toronto to carry an antidote that would counteract the effects of an overdose. Overdoses from some opiates, which include powerful painkillers, have become of the leading causes of accidental deaths in Ontario.
It's the last week of campaigning in Ontario's provincial election with the Liberals and Conservatives are running in a virtual dead heat. Their platforms present voters with a starkly different approach to what each party says the province needs from a new government
More than 2,000 of Canada's mayors and senior municipal leaders will gather in Niagara Falls over the next two days. They're taking part in the annual conference of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. WBFO's Dan Karpenchuk looks at some of the issues that top the agenda.
Toronto is preparing for June's Pride festivities, including the Pride Parade at the end of May. Earlier this month the Pride flag was raised at City Hall and for this year's celebration, the Toronto Health Authority is adding something new.
Another chapter is being written in the Rob Ford saga. Toronto's embattled mayor announced late Wednesday that he is taking a leave of absence to deal with alcohol abuse. Ford is stepping away from his duties as mayor and from his re-election campaign, but the question is: for how long?