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.
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.
The roar of race car engines is still a couple years away. However, Fort Erie's mayor says some major announcements are expected very soon on the $300 million Canadian Motor Speedway project being developed.
WBFO's Marian Hetherly talks the latest on the Canadian Motor Speedway with Fort Erie Wayne Redekop.
A recent study by anti-poverty groups in Toronto suggests the city is lurching toward a breakdown because of overcrowded homeless shelters. Activists say the city is failing to meet the basic requirements of its homeless population.
Toronto's most famous mayor has died. Rob Ford passed away this/Tuesday morning after losing his battle with a rare form of cancer. The former mayor made headlines around the world with his controversial admission of having used crack cocaine.
There is a new push for Toronto to have safe injection sites and it's coming from the city's chief medical officer of health. But before it can get federal approval, there must be a consultation process in the communities where sites are proposed.
It's an election year and, as often is the case, healthcare is a high political priority. That inevitably leads to a comparison of healthcare between the U.S. and Canada, where universal government-funded healthcare has been around for more than half a century. WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk has more on one upstate New York doctor who moved north.
A new ultra low-cost airline is being launched in Canada. It will offer cheap fares for travel across Canadian destinations. But it's not good news for some airports in mid-size American cities near the border. Now, those airports have been given a temporary reprieve.
The Art Gallery of Ontario has brought in an art exhibition that some visitors have described as "thrilling" and "inspirational." It's the work of British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner. The exhibition is called "J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free" and focuses on the artist's late work, made after the age of 60. It comes to Toronto after having been shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk reports...
Ontario's premier Kathleen Wynne was on hand at a Toronto supermarket this week to buy a small case of beer, the first to be sold in grocery stores in the province. At the same time, she is also being criticized for a comment she made about Ontario government liquor stores being the best place to one day sell legal marijuana.
North America's first fully digital hospital is now open for business in Toronto. Humber River Hospital features some of the latest medical technology and patient comforts. As we hear from WBFO Canada correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, the modern facility has robots and digital records aimed at improving efficiency, as well as extra beds for families to stay overnight.
Canada has pledged to take in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. That means in December, hundreds will arrive every day. But since the militant attacks in Paris, some political leaders in the country have voiced concern and, in some regions, there has been a backlash against Muslims.
The issue of carding, which has been a subject of much debate in the City of Toronto, may be over. It appears that the Ontario government has taken its own steps on carding and out of the hands of Toronto’s lawmakers.