Ontario

Petty Officer 2nd Class William Lawson / U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard has ended its search for Giusseppe Reinhart, who disappeared Tuesday after departing for a fishing trip on Lake Erie.  The search for the 37-year-old Niagara Falls, ON man was one of the largest in recent years for the Coast Guard.

File photo

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."


#PutDownThePhone

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


marriott.com

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.


A popular Niagara Falls, Ontario attraction reopened it's doors this weekend.

alcoholtest.com

A court ruling in Ontario could have wide implications for drivers across the country and in the United States. A judge has ruled that a common type of breathalyzer test is inaccurate.


File photo

Ontario is backing the use of electric cars and it's offering incentives to people who buy them. Current subsidies, in effect since 2010, could, in many cases, double.


niagara parks.com

The push is on to install brighter lights to shine on Niagara Falls.  The move would replace the current lights which are nearly 75-years-old.


nysmaple.com

A recent report warned of another poor year for maple syrup producers in Canada and the northeastern U.S., but some producers in Ontario aren't so sure.


NYS Department of Health / WBFO News

Toronto (CP) — Chief Medical Officer of Health Doctor David Williams says a person who travelled to Colombia has tested positive for the Zika virus.

Ontario job creation up by close to 20,000

Feb 6, 2016

ONTARIO (CP) — Provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa says most of the jobs being created in Ontario are good paying, full-time positions.

Twitter

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.


This weekend marked the start of the 21st annual Ice Wine Festival across Ontario’s Niagara region. The festival comes after a winter that began with unseasonably warm temperatures.

Internet Photo / WBFO News

A potential strike by corrections officers and staff throughout the Ontario Province has been averted.

WBFO News File Photo / WBFO News

Strong winds that swept across the Ontario Province Thursday morning knocked out power to a number of residences throughout the region.

Google Maps

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. 


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.


Google Maps

An Ontario judge has approved a plan to sever U.S. Steel Canada from its parent company, suspend health benefits and pension payments, and get a reprieve from paying property taxes. It's part of a transition plan which will allow U.S. Steel Canada to form and manage its own company.


Steve Jurvetson/Wikimedia Commons

Ontario will become Canada's first province to allow testing for self-driving cars. The project will begin on January 1.


Google Maps

A major change in beer retailing in Ontario will bring the province closer to the American model. Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne says beer will be available in some grocery stores by Christmas, with more stores being added in the coming years. 


dailybread.ca

There is a new twist to the problem of hunger in Toronto. The demands placed on food banks in the city's downtown has dropped by about 16 percent. But that number doesn't reflect an improvement.


WBFO / WBFO News File Photo

The international ride sharing company Uber has won a legal judgement in Toronto.

Wikimedia Commons/Alvesgaspar

A showdown is looming in Ontario between beekeepers and some farmers and seed companies over the use of a controversial pesticide.

This month, some police officers in Toronto began wearing body cameras. The controversial pilot program has been in the works for more than a year.

brucepower.com

A Canadian government review panel has approved a plan from the Ontario electricity utility to store nuclear waste deep underground near the Great Lakes. Critics are angry over the decision.

It's too soon to tell just how successful Ontario's entry into online gambling has been. But it could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a province that is in dire need of cash. 

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.

ontario.ca

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.

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. 

Pages