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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.

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As we bear down on the last long weekend of the summer, many American retailers near the Canadian border may be getting a bit anxious about their bottom lines. The Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year, but this year could be more than just a disappointment.  

It's being called one of the biggest online data breaches in the world. The infidelity website Ashley Madison was hacked in July, but in the last week, email addresses for some 30 million users of the site were made public online by the hackers. Toronto police say the fallout from the hack is enormous and is being felt worldwide.

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Canadian officials have moved quickly after an invasive species of fish was spotted in ponds in Toronto. It's one of the largest responses ever against Asian carp.

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The city of Toronto will soon have to inform the public when it is forced to send untreated sewage into Lake Ontario. The decision comes from Ontario's ministry of the Environment, after a complaint from a group known as Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.

Toronto may be edging closer to making another bid for the Olympic Games. Mayor John Tory met with the head of the Canadian Olympic Committee this week.

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A major regional climate summit has wrapped up in Toronto. The Climate Summit of the Americas brought together more than 60 Pan American jurisdictions along with environmental groups and industry.


The controversial police practice of "carding" is again making headlines in Toronto. Now, mayor John Tory  is coming out against the practice and says he'll take it up with the police services board.

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A showdown is looming in Ontario between beekeepers and some farmers and seed companies over the use of a controversial pesticide.

This month, some police officers in Toronto began wearing body cameras. The controversial pilot program has been in the works for more than a year.


A Canadian government review panel has approved a plan from the Ontario electricity utility to store nuclear waste deep underground near the Great Lakes. Critics are angry over the decision.

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Anyone planning to vacation in Toronto and hoping to drive while they're there, may want to think twice. Toronto has been named among the 50 most traffic-congested cities in the world.

It's too soon to tell just how successful Ontario's entry into online gambling has been. But it could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a province that is in dire need of cash. 

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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.

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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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.

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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.

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.