Dan Karpenchuk

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Ebola
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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Science/Technology
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 Mississaugua mayor not ready to retire

Mississaugua Mayor Hazel MacCallion is 93-years-old.
Credit from city of Mississaugua website

Municipal elections will held in Ontario at the end of the month and, for the first time in nearly four decades, Mississaugua 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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Local
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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Art/Theater
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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Politics
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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Cultural
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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Local
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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Cultural
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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Local
10:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Report says Toronto a 'hub' for human trafficking

The logo for the Alliance Against Modern Slavery
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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.

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Politics
10:47 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Toronto mayor Rob Ford back to work after rehab stint

Rob Ford goes back to work today after spending time in rehab.
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Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor returns to work Monday after nearly two months in rehab. Ford comes back to join a mayoral election campaign that is in full swing.

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Environment
10:26 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Report shows dramatic impact of lower Great Lakes water levels

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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.

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Health
5:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Overdose antidote being debated in Toronto

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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.

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Local
8:58 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Ontario voters head to the polls Thursday

Conservative Tim Hudak is pushing for major changes in Thursday's elections.

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

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Local
10:15 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Canadian leaders to tackle issues at weekend conference

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.

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Health
10:41 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Toronto unveils condom campaign ahead of Pride celebration

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.

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Local
8:00 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Controversial bear hunt reinstated in Ontario

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After 15 years, Ontario's spring bear hunt is on again, on an experimental basis. It began on May 1, despite an 11th hour legal bid by animal rights groups to prevent it.

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Local
4:13 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Ontario elections scheduled for June 12

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

An election campaign is underway in Ontario.  Premier Kathleen Wynne called for the dissolution of the legislative assembly on Friday after support for her minority government collapsed. 

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Politics
10:28 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Ford taking leave from mayor's office to deal with alcoholism

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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?

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Politics
6:30 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Rob Ford undeterred in seeking second term as Toronto mayor

Toronto voters will decide whether Rob Ford deserves another term in office following some high-profile embarrassments.
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Toronto’s controversial mayor, Rob Ford, has officially launched his campaign for re-election, despite a scandal-plagued year. The feisty mayor of Canada’s largest city is sticking with his message of keeping taxes low and fighting for the little guy.

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Cultural
9:45 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Canadian oath refusers take their battle to court

Some seeking Canadian citizenship are refusing to swear an oath to Queen Elizabeth II.
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An unusual court case was heard recently in Ontario dealing with citizenship and immigration. Three longtime foreign residents were fighting for the right to become Canadian citizens, but without having to swear allegiance to the British Queen.

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Local
2:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Increase in hazardous rail cargo raising concerns on both sides of the border

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Some municipal politicians in Toronto are urging the Canadian government to lift the secrecy surrounding hazardous cargo hauled by trains. It has become a sensitive issue in both Canada and the U.S. after a series of train accidents in the past year.

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Local
12:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Winter ice delays start of Seaway shipping season

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It's a late opening for the St. Lawrence Seaway this season. In fact, it's the latest start in five years. The reason is, the harsh winter has led to some of the worst ice conditions in the Great Lakes in decades.

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Cultural
9:50 am
Tue April 1, 2014

New Toronto aquarium drawing big crowds

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One of Toronto’s newest tourist attractions is making a big splash. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada opened a few months ago in the city’s downtown.

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Local
7:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Toronto officials mulling casino referendum

The idea of a casino for Toronto has been raised again, this time ahead of a municipal election slated for the fall. One Toronto businessman wants a referendum on the casino to be on the ballot for the election.

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Local
2:51 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Canada may ease marijuana laws

Canada's justice minister describes it as only a small adjustment.  But politically it's a huge  policy shift for a government that's fought any suggestion of easing the country's marijuana laws.  Ottawa is now looking at allowing police to write tickets for illegal possession of small amounts of marijuana.

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Local
2:08 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Lower Canadian dollar could hurt local retailers

The Canadian dollar continues to falter as it has for weeks, hitting lows against the greenback not seen in more than four years.  The downward trend is already having an impact and for many Canadian consumers and American retailers, it's not a good one.  

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