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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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Business
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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Health
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
2:51 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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Environment
2:52 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Environmental groups claim they are being targeted

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.

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Local
2:28 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Washington and Ottawa reach tax deal

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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Local
9:28 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Border info sharing program raising privacy concerns

Buffalo's Peace Bridge from the I-190.
Credit WBFO News file photo

The Toronto Star is reporting that by this summer, Washington and Ottawa will be sharing information on people traveling across the border. The report is raising privacy concerns.

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Local
8:40 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Higgins says Peace Bridge still needs to be replaced

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A pilot project designed to reduce congestion on the Peace Bridge got underway last week, but Rep. Brian Higgins says pre-inspection is not enough. Higgins is once again calling for a new span between Buffalo and Fort Erie.

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Local
1:28 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal budget includes funding for more border agents

Delays at the Peace bridge have gotten worse, according to federal lawmakers.
Credit File photo

A federal budget bill released late Tuesday night includes funding to hire more border agents in Western New York.

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Local
3:23 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Schumer says loss of border agents slowing bridge traffic

Sen. Charles Schumer says long wait times on the bridge are becoming a major problem.
Credit Mike Desmond/WBFO News

Senator Charles Schumer says increasing delays at the Peace Bridge are a threat to the economic recovery of Western New York.

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Local
6:30 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Expansion plans for Lewiston bridge plaza made public

The current layout of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge U.S. Plaza.
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The process has started for a major expansion of the U.S. side of the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

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Legal
5:45 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

You & The Law: Crossing the border with a DWI

If you have a DWI on your record and you want to cross the Niagara River bridges into Canada, is that a problem? This week on You & The Law, attorney Kelly Carr says it can be, although there are potential solutions.

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Local
10:45 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Cuomo & Canadian officials reach agreement on Peace Bridge

Governor Andrew Cuomo & Canadian Ambassador to the United States Gary Doer
Credit WBFO News file photo by Chris Caya

New York State and the Canadian government have reached an agreement on millions of dollars worth of improvements at the Peace Bridge. In a news conference heard live on WBFO Wednesday, Governor Cuomo and Gary Doer, the Canadian ambassador to the United States, announced a deal that ends a bitter dispute over operation of the bridge.

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Future talks toward agreement are expected
10:36 am
Sun June 23, 2013

No deal from Peace Bridge talks, yet

Peace Bridge
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Meetings in New York City on Saturday between officials from Canada and the US did not result in a resolution to the disputes over the Peace Bridge.

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Ambassadors from both countries meet in NYC today
11:29 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Peace Bridge dispute could soon be resolved

Peace Bridge
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As a dispute between the Cuomo Administration and Canadian officials over the Peace Bridge drags on, Congressman Brian Higgins believes a settlement can be reached without a long legal fight. 

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Local bridge management would fall to NFTA
10:27 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Lawmakers propose end to Public Bridge Authority

Peace Bridge
Credit WBFO File Photo / WBFO News

State Assemblyman Sean Ryan was joined by State Senator Mark Grisanti on Saturday, as the pair announced legislation that would dissolve the bi-national entity that manages the Peace Bridge.

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Business
10:24 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Effort to bring Canadian companies to WNY paying off

Not only are shoppers from southern Ontario a familiar sight in western New York, recently there has been a growing list of Canadian companies moving to the region, as well.

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Business
2:39 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Canadian Consulate to maintain smaller presence in Buffalo

The Canadian Consulate is set to vacate HSBC Tower on Monday.

The Canadian government says it will maintain a consular presence in Buffalo, even though the downtown Consulate in the HSBC Tower is slated to close. 

Senator Charles Schumer says he has been in contact with government officials, trying to get them to reverse what he calls a "poor decision."  Around 75 people worked on two floors in the tower. The Consulate's immigrant section closed in June.

While its still on track to close next week, Schumer says Foreign Minister John Baird has agreed to keep a consular presence in the Queen City through a smaller liaison office. 

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Local
5:13 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Officials discuss economy and security along the northern border

File photo

Economic opportunity and security challenges along the northern border were among the issues discussed during an Congressional Field Hearing in Buffalo today. 

Representative Brian Higgins, the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence arranged the hearing.  Erie County Emergency Management Commissioner Dan Neaverth and Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour were among the witnesses called to testify at Buffalo's Federal Courthouse. 

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Local
9:32 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Federal official pledges border crossing improvements

Though it seems Washington doesn't always appreciate problems along the border with Canada, the director of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement says his agency is constantly monitoring the many sensitive cross-border issues.

John Morton passed through Buffalo from Washington and then down to the Mexican border later that afternoon.

He says there is nothing on his desk about changing border crossings in this area, although he preached joint border inspections like those long proposed for the border with Canada.

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Crime
7:01 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Feds crack down on cross-border fraud

U.S. Attorney William Hochul joined by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton to announce fraudulent loans
WBFO News by Mike Desmond

Federal prosecutors are seeking to bring nearly two-dozen Canadians here for trial, as they announced a series of arrests in a cross-border computer-based scam.

At a late afternoon news conference Tuesday in Buffalo, U.S. Attorney William Hochul said the scam went right across the U.S. targeting people in need of some cash to deal with the financial crises of hard times.

"There was a request for an upfront payment," said Hochul.         

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