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. 

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.  

Police forces in the U-S, Britain and Canada have experimented with the use of body worn video cameras.  And they have the support of civil libertarians.  Now, police in Toronto will roll out a pilot project this year to test the use of body worn cameras on all front-line officers.
 

Some of the Canadian government's fiercest critics say they are being targeted.  The Canada Revenue Agency is auditing more than half a dozen environmental groups to see if they are complying with guidelines that limit political advocacy.

Washington and Ottawa have signed a deal that means Canadian banks won't have to report on their American customers to the I-R-S.  But that doesn't let those American customers living north of the border, off the hook.  The deal means Canada's Revenue agency will collect the information, and then pass it on to its U-S counterparts.  And that's not sitting well with many.  

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