Dan Karpenchuk

Canada correspondent

WBFO’s comprehensive news coverage extends into Southern Ontario and Dan Karpenchuk is the station’s voice from the north. The award-winning reporter covers binational issues, including economic trends, the environment, tourism and transportation.

Karpenchuk’s long career in public broadcasting began in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He currently works in the Toronto region.

Dan's reports for WBFO have included stories about Toronto's hot housing market, the energy industry and the failure of retail giant Target's foray into the Canadian market. He provides listeners with insights on Great Lakes issues, the arts, health trends and other topics that are important to our audience. His reports help listeners to better understand how residents on both sides of the border are impacted by issues and events. 

The government of Ontario is asking education workers to voluntarily help fill staffing shortages in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. That includes at hospitals, long term care homes, shelters and other congregate facilities.

 


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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has extended the province's state of emergency for another two weeks. At the same time, however, he also announced the slight easing of some restrictions.


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Across Canada this week, provincial governments will begin to relax the restrictions from the COVID-19 lockdown. Ontario is allowing some businesses to reopen Monday.

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General Motors Canada is ramping up production at its Oshawa assembly plant, east of Toronto. It is not to produce cars, but face masks for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A group of protestors demonstrating against COVID-19 retrictions in Ontario drew the anger of the province’s premier.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford has asked Ottawa to send military personnel to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in the province’s long-term care homes. Ford said in a fight like this, nothing is left off the table.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford said he is facing pressure to ease restrictions in the province and reopen the economy. The pressure comes after new data suggests that the community spread of COVID-19 cases may have peaked in the province.


Ontario has passed a new law extending the state of emergency from COVID-19, for another four weeks. Premier Doug Ford says his government is taking other actions, as well.


With the number of COVID-19 cases in Ontario passing the 5,000 mark, premier Doug Ford says the province needs to start testing everyone possible. Ontario is last among all the provinces for the number of people tested.

 


 Ontario premier Doug Ford says half a million N95 masks are to arrive in the province later this week. They were part of a shipment that was blocked from export by a White House order. 

Ontario premier Doug Ford is condemning the practice of price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic and says individuals or businesses who price gouge could face staggering fines.


Ontario has launched e-learning for students stuck at home because of COVID-19. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, the e-learning website will include materials for students to continue their studies.


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The premier of Ontario has declared a province-wide state of emergency because of the coronavirus pandemic.


Ontario is closing all of its schools for two weeks following their March break, which starts at the end of the day Friday.


The number of coronavirus cases in Ontario has more than doubled in the past week, with the greatest number of new cases coming over the weekend. As of Tuesday, there were 20 confirmed cases in the province.


Public health officials in Ontario have confirmed a new presumptive positive case of coronavirus in Toronto. The patient is a woman in her twenties who is now recovering in isolation at home.


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Ottawa says it is moving forward with a ban on single-use plastics across Canada, but the legislation won’t likely come into force until 2021.

Canadian health officials say more cases of the coronavirus north of the border would not be unexpected. On Monday morning, a second presumptive case was reported: the Ontario wife of the first man diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Still, health authorities insist the risk to Canadians remains low.

The Greater Toronto Area, including Hamilton, has very little time to develop a plan to deal with greenhouse gas emissions. That finding comes in a report by an agency tasked with the job of fighting climate change.


Flags have been lowered across the Greater Toronto Area to remember the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines crash in Iran. All 176 people on board were killed and 63 were Canadians. As Dan Karpenchuk reports, more than a dozen were from Ontario.


A new ban on the promotion of vaping products in Ontario is now in effect for convenience stores and gas stations. The regulations were announced by the Ontario government several months ago to try to stem the increase in vaping among young people.

The retail landscape for cannabis in Ontario will start to look much different beginning in January of 2020. The lottery system implemented by the government of Premier Doug Ford has faced widespread criticism.


Union workers in Ontario are more restive than festive in the lead-up to Christmas. A coalition of ten unions is challenging the Ford government’s new law capping public sector wage increases for the next three years.


Hundreds of thousands of Ontario students stayed home one day this week, as teachers set up picket lines across the province. It’s the latest escalation as the teachers and the Ontario government remain far apart in contract talks.


With just days before Canadians go to the polls for a national election, the political parties and their leaders are pulling out all the stops to corral last-minute undecided voters. It has been a short 40-day campaign, and a tough one. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party and the opposition Conservatives began the contest neck-and-neck, and not much has changed.

A strike by 55,000 education workers in Ontario has been averted. A deal was reached late Sunday, just hours before picket lines were set to go up.


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The city of Toronto has voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency. The city joins 800 other communities around the world that have made similar declarations.

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American travelers filling up at gas stations in Ontario will likely see a sticker at the gas pumps. It outlines the cost to Ontario taxpayers of the federal carbon tax.


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Another strategy has been announced in the fight against guns and gangs in Toronto. This time it is coming from Doug Ford, the premier of the province of Ontario.

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A joint $30 million plan between the city of Toronto and the Canadian government has been announced with a goal of bolstering the city’s shoreline against future flooding and erosion.


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