Dan Karpenchuk


Canadian Affairs
11:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ontario to allow beer sales in grocery stores

The Beer Store, like this one on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie, will soon lose its monopoly on beer sales in Ontario.
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It's a huge shakeup to Ontario's liquor laws, some say the biggest since the end of  prohibition nearly 90 years ago. Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that beer would now be for sale in hundreds of grocery stores across the province. Most people favor the decision.

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Pan Am Games
9:42 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Construction on track for Toronto Pan Am Games

With less than three months to go before the start of the Pan Am Games in Toronto, construction in the city has reached a fever pitch. Despite some skepticism, organizers say construction is on schedule.

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Cap and trade
9:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Ontario signs cap and trade deal to reduce emissions

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
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Ontario's premier, Kathleen Wynne, has signed a cap and trade deal on emissions with the province of Quebec. The deal brings about 75 percent of Canada's population living in jurisdictions with a price on carbon emissions.

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Canadian Affairs
9:35 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mourners lament the 'death' of Target Canada

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The last Target stores in Canada closed over the weekend, after the retail sought bankruptcy protection north of the border in January. As WBFO's Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, a mock funeral was held at one store in Toronto which shut its doors for good this past weekend.

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8:26 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Concussion concerns cause hockey league to ban body checks

Checking is allowed at the Bantam Level for boys teams in Western New York, at least one league in Canada is considering a ban on checking.
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It's something that many hope could lead to a gradual and fundamental change in Canada's national sport: Canada's largest minor hockey league is phasing out body checking at the Bantam level. The move is being made in the face of growing medical evidence about concussions.

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Housing costs
6:00 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Toronto housing bubble showing no signs of bursting

Housing costs are rising at an unsustainable pace for many Torontonians.
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A recent survey by one of Canada's big banks suggests that the cost of renting or owning a home in the city of Toronto is climbing out of reach of most residents.

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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Ontario officials warn of measles exposure at Toronto youth event

Center for Disease Control stresses the importance of the measles vaccine.
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A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

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5:00 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Toronto trial examining alleged train attack plot

Courtroom sketch of Jaser being arraigned on special terrorism-related charges
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The Toronto trial of two men accused of a terrorist plot to derail a passenger train between New York City and Toronto is now in its second week. 

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Canadian Affairs
6:30 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Battle over captive marine mammals brewing in Ontario

Ontario may soon ban the acquisition of killer whales, like the one seen here.
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The Ontario government says it will introduce a new law to protect marine mammals, including a ban on the acquisition and breeding of killer whales. While animal rights activists are cautiously optimistic, Niagara Falls' Marineland says Ontario may be overstepping its bounds.

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Canadian Affairs
9:33 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Mayor calls for free alcohol at reeling Ontario casinos

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The mayor of Niagara Falls isn't getting very far with his call to offer free booze to gamblers in order to boost the number of visitors at Ontario casinos. The proposed moved was a bid to stem the continuing loss of gambling revenues.

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Canadian Affairs
6:00 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Food bank reliance rising in Ontario

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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.

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10:26 am
Mon December 15, 2014

New bill seeks to level U.S./Canada price gap

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.

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6:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Toronto considering ban on energy drink sales to minors

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.

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11:48 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Canadian shopping may slow in Western New York

Canadian shopping has traditionally been a boost to Buffalo-area retailers.
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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.

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Canadian Affairs
6:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Canadian mental health center calls for marijuana legalization

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.

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Canadian Affairs
12:24 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Ford name remains on Toronto mayoral ballot

Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford hopes to carry his brother's mantle in Monday's election.
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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.

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Canadian Affairs
8:52 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Ontario travelers should prepare for security changes

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.

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Canadian Affairs
8:17 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Canadian leaders respond to Ottawa attack

"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.

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8:00 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Canadian Ebola vaccine proceeds to clinical trials

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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. 

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10:47 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Coffee war over single-serve cups heats up

Keurig is facing competition for its single-serve coffee cup technology.
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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. 

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Canadian Affairs
12:25 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

At 93, departing Mississauga mayor not ready to retire

Mississaugua Mayor Hazel MacCallion is 93-years-old.
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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.

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Canadian Affairs
11:31 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Toronto space convention exposes issues on Earth and beyond

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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.

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Canadian Affairs
10:33 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Toronto police to begin wearing body cameras

A pilot project is set to begin for police in Toronto. Advocates say body cameras could improve police accountability and reduce the use of force.

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3:16 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

American expats living in Canada fighting U.S. tax law

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.

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8:45 am
Thu September 18, 2014

'Rob Ford The Musical' takes the stage in Toronto

Sheldon Bergstrom stars as Rob Ford in a musical about to hit the stage in Toronto.
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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.

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Toronto Mayor
6:53 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Ford being treated for aggressive tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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.

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1:56 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Rob Ford pulls out of Toronto mayor's race due to health concerns

Rob Ford is exiting the Toronto mayoral race after an abdominal tumor was discovered this week.
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There is another twist today in the municipal election in Toronto. Scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford has quit the race, and will be replaced on the ballot by his brother. 

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6:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Stars, fans converge in Toronto for annual film festival

The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, is one of the most anticipated films at this year's Toronto film festival.
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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.

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9:48 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Stiffer penalties mulled for distracted driving in Ontario

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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.

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6:00 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Toronto ranks 4th on list of best places to live

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The annual ratings are out from The Economist Magazine on the best places to live in the world. Three of them are in Canada and Toronto ranks fourth.

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