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A pilot project in Ontario could have big implications for the social welfare system. Three cities, including Hamilton, will begin an experiment providing a basic income for low-income residents.


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Cross-border travelers have more than Canada's sesquicentennial to celebrate this summer. Canada's history is going to change recent history on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission's three crossings this summer.


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Several aid organizations and pro-immigrant groups are pressuring the Canadian government to pull out of a controversial program which turns away almost all refugees coming in through the United States.

A consumer advocate group has issued a warning about New Leaf Travel, a low-cost airline based in Winnipeg. The discount carrier flies out of eleven mid-sized Canadian cities, including Hamilton, but it continues to run into problems.


Toronto police will not march in this year's Pride Parade, one of the biggest events in North America. The police chief, Mark Saunders, says he knows the LGBTQ community is divided and his decision will enable those differences to be addressed.

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Garbage collection and disposal for a large area of Toronto will remain in union hands. The city's mayor had been advocating for it to be turned over to the private sector, but he has basically shelved the idea, for now.


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The city of Toronto is moving to address an opioid crisis that is crossing Canada. In the United States, it has already been described as the greatest drug crisis in American history, fueled by opioids like fentanyl. Across the continent, thousands of people are dying from overdoses. Recently in Vancouver, the city had the equivalent of nearly 130 overdose deaths in one month, the equivalent of four a day. That prompted the city's mayor to issue a warning to his counterpart in Toronto.


Two suspects have been charged after police say a dog was dragged by a car for nearly a half-mile in Welland, ON.

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The controversial immigration executive order signed Friday by President Trump does more than ban visitors from some Muslim-majority countries. It also requires a new tracking system for every traveler, including U.S. citizens, that could cause the Peace Bridge and local economy to suffer.  

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggests his nation's peacekeeping decisions will be made with the Trump administration's particular world view in mind.

New figures show that the real estate market in Toronto and its surrounding areas continues to climb rapidly, making it the hottest in North America. Toronto has enjoyed a housing boom for several years, with no end in sight. Now, communities outside the city are starting to feel the effects as Toronto buyers look farther afield for affordable housing.


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Canada recently took the long-awaited step of banning asbestos products. The ban will go into effect by 2018 and critics say it's long overdue.


Police in the Toronto area are employing a new tactic in what has so far been a losing fight against distracted driving.

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A complaint that led Ontario's animal welfare agency to investigate Marineland accuses the tourist attraction of cruelty against several species.

For years, some have argued that New York State's convenience stores are at a disadvantage when it comes to cigarette sales because Native American shops need not charge the same taxes as non-Natives are required to do. Across the border in Ontario, a convenience store advocate says their problem with "contraband cigarettes" is similar, skyrocketing and will only get worse.


With the Trump Administration likely to push for Public-Private Partnerships for its trillion-dollar infrastructure plans, around 1,200 people are gathered in Toronto starting Monday for a conference on those partnerships and how they have worked around the world.

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The election of Donald Trump has some Americans looking north, perhaps to make a new home in a country removed from Trump's style of Republicanism. Many said jokingly if Trump were elected, they would move to Canada. For some, it's no longer a joke. But moving north might not be so easy.


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Canada now has a new trade deal with the European Union that can hurt American companies trying to compete in Europe.

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Real estate prices in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have skyrocketed to such an extent that the Canadian government has raised concerns. In Vancouver, the British Columbia government has imposed a tax on foreign buyers. The Bank of Canada is also concerned about the overheated real estate markets. One sector that's been feeling the pressure for a couple of years is golf courses.


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Canada's federal government watchdog is calling for the country's nuclear regulator to beef up inspections of the country's nuclear power plants. In a recent report, the commissioner of the environment found several serious issues.


Ontario is proposing new rules for the bottled water industry. The move comes after a water bottling company outbid a small community in its attempt to buy a well to secure a water supply for its fast-growing population.


An Ontario judge has dismissed a challenge to force the Cleveland Indians to change their name and logo. Cleveland is playing the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball's American League Championship Series.


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Two centuries after the British and United States squared off at the War of 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights, the Native American allies of the two sides were remembered Sunday as the Landscape of Nations was unveiled in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Mike Desmond was there for the first viewings of the Six Nations and Native Allies Commemorative Memorial.


Canada's public safety minister says he will push the United States to change some of its border policies when it comes to marijuana. Some Canadians have been barred for life from entering the U.S. after admitting to American border guards that they have smoked marijuana in the past.


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Canada's largest city is having a rat problem, and it's growing. Pest control companies in Toronto are reporting a huge spike in the number of rat calls and the root cause of the increased numbers could be environmental.


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A southern Ontario county near the north shore of Lake Erie has an unusual problem and it's causing divisions among advocates for animal rights. As WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports, many are calling it a "cat-astrophe."


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Ontario has unrolled a new ad campaign highlighting the dangers of distracted driving. The message is: "It happens fast. Put down the phone."


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Recently, police in Toronto swooped into a downtown market area and raided dozens of so-called unregulated medical marijuana dispensaries. Nearly 100 people were arrested and more than 250 charges were laid. The raids have unleashed a storm of controversy.


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There is a new push underway in Ontario for a hotel tax, the latest call coming from the mayor of Niagara Falls. Any such tax would need the approval of the provincial government. Toronto's mayor has already had talks with the province and a hotel tax could be just months away.


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says critically ill people in the province can seek a doctor's help to end their life even before the federal government comes up with new legislation on assisted dying. It is an issue being watched on both sides of the Canadian-U.S. border.

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