Canadian Affairs
11:33 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Ontario to allow beer sales in grocery stores

The Beer Store, like this one on Garrison Rd. in Fort Erie, will soon lose its monopoly on beer sales in Ontario.
Credit Google Maps

It's a huge shakeup to Ontario's liquor laws, some say the biggest since the end of  prohibition nearly 90 years ago. Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that beer would now be for sale in hundreds of grocery stores across the province. Most people favor the decision.

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Cap and trade
9:15 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Ontario signs cap and trade deal to reduce emissions

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
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Ontario's premier, Kathleen Wynne, has signed a cap and trade deal on emissions with the province of Quebec. The deal brings about 75 percent of Canada's population living in jurisdictions with a price on carbon emissions.

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6:00 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Ontario officials warn of measles exposure at Toronto youth event

Center for Disease Control stresses the importance of the measles vaccine.
Credit Photo from the Center for Disease Control website.

A sixth case of the measles was confirmed last week in Ontario's Niagara region. Officials believe it is connected to the other five and to a youth gathering in Toronto earlier this month. 

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Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35
5:09 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Former Sabre, Montador, dead at 35

Steve Montador, former Buffalo Sabres defenseman
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Former Buffalo Sabres defenseman, Steve Montador, has died at age 35.

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Canadian Affairs
6:30 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Battle over captive marine mammals brewing in Ontario

Ontario may soon ban the acquisition of killer whales, like the one seen here.
Credit Public domain

The Ontario government says it will introduce a new law to protect marine mammals, including a ban on the acquisition and breeding of killer whales. While animal rights activists are cautiously optimistic, Niagara Falls' Marineland says Ontario may be overstepping its bounds.

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Canadian Affairs
4:44 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Target closing all Canadian stores

Retail giant Target is closing all 133 stores in Canada and is seeking creditor protection. More than 17,000 jobs will be lost.

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Canadian Affairs
9:33 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Mayor calls for free alcohol at reeling Ontario casinos

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The mayor of Niagara Falls isn't getting very far with his call to offer free booze to gamblers in order to boost the number of visitors at Ontario casinos. The proposed moved was a bid to stem the continuing loss of gambling revenues.

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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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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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10:57 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Report says Toronto a 'hub' for human trafficking

The logo for the Alliance Against Modern Slavery
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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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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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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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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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2:58 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Crystal Beach ‘ice caves’ off limits

Crystal Beach ice cave.

Amazing ice formations along a section of Lake Erie at Crystal Beach could collapse at any point. Public access to those ice caves has been closed due to safety concerns.

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11:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Video of drunken Toronto mayor renews calls for resignation

Mayor Rob Ford is again being criticized for his off-duty activities
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Toronto's colorful and controversial mayor Rob Ford, is again in the news. A new video has surfaced showing an intoxicated Ford slurring his words and speaking in Jamaican slang.

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11:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Bell TV to broadcast Sabres games in Ontario

The Buffalo Sabres are expanding their television reach into Canada. The team announced Wednesday that Bell TV has agreed to broadcast 50 Sabres games this season to its customers in southern Ontario.

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9:40 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Ontario's Niagara Region reviewing wind power

Wind turbine in Buffalo
Credit WBFO News file photo

There may be debates about the value of generating electricity from the wind, but two major privately financed wind farms are starting a $50 million construction project any day just across the border in Ontario's Niagara Region.

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4:57 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Ontario officers add Tasers to arsenal

Every police officer in the Province of Ontario may soon be carrying a Taser as well as a service revolver and a billy club.

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9:16 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Ontario legislation targets Great Lakes

Across the border, officials are growing concerned over the reversal of the environmental health of the Great Lakes.

Ontario Provincial Environment Minister Jim Bradley says the problems are increasingly obvious, whether overseas migrant problems like the zebra mussel or the return of smelly algae which threatens the fish.

He says the province has made some progress from past actions like banning cosmetic pesticides which damaged water in streams flowing into the lakes.

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BTRG opens in Buffalo
3:57 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

Canadian company BTRG opens U.S. headquarters in Buffalo

Mayor Byron Brown (second from right) joins in the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening Business Technology & Resource Group's U.S. headquarters in downtown Buffalo.

Business Technology & Resource Group, or BTRG for short, was established in 1993 and is headquartered in Mississaugua, Ontario.  Already having done business with some major employers in Buffalo, including Delaware North Companies, BTRG has chosen the Queen City for its U.S. headquarters. 

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