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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.

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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Many analysts will be watching today's vote in Toronto's mayoral election. The spotlight dimmed slightly after Rob Ford dropped out of his re-election bid. But Ford's brother is pressing on with his own spirited campaign to take over as mayor.

The shocking and deadly attack in Ottawa this week, has many Canadians worried about their safety, prompting a review of security measures. Americans who travel to Ontario will likely notice some changes.

Canadian leaders respond to Ottawa attack

Oct 23, 2014

"This is going to be a huge wake up call for Canada," said correspondent Dan Karpenchuk, who covers news out of Ontario for WBFO. Karpenchuk offered perspective on Wednesday's gun attack in Ottawa, which claimed the life of a Canadian solider and created turmoil within the nation's capital.

Officials and business owners from both sides of the border were in Buffalo Thursday discussing ways to boost the economy.

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Municipal elections will held in Ontario at the end of the month and, for the first time in nearly four decades, Mississauga 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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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.

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.

The man the US Government once accused in an international incident at the Rainbow Bridge will now be their star witness in the case.

Robert Rhodes was accused of beating Chinese tourist Zhao Yan during her arrest in 2004. Rhodes was later acquitted of any charges, but only after he lost his job, his health and his savings. He has returned to work and is now being identified as a key witness for the government as they pursue a case against Yan.

For Rhodes, he believes his testimony could represent his complete exoneration in the case.

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