Francine Kopun, TorontoStar

Francine Kopun


Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent articles by Francine:

Why the Toronto Zoo wants you to get its lion Axe body spray for Christmas

The zoo’s annual toy fundraiser give playthings to animals to keep them interested in their environment and to stop them from getting bored. → Read More

Don Mills residents signed a deal for a new community centre more than a decade ago. Now the city and the developer are telling them to settle for less — or nothing at all

Local residents dropped their opposition to condo towers in exchange for promises of a full-size community centre, which now may never be built. → Read More

Toronto has been learning to ski at Centennial Park for more than 50 years. Climate change may be about to end that

Downhill skiing should be phased out as part of a move to upgrade Centennial Park, according to a master plan approved by a city committee Tuesday. → Read More

Toronto Public Library Board approves $2 million for security guard resources

The additional funds in 2022 will help hire additional security personnel to deal with pandemic-related issues. → Read More

City postpones decision on whether to allocate parking for proposed Cabbagetown daycare

Robert Ulicki, owner of Celeste Wealth Management Inc., wants to transform two semi-detached historical homes at 459-461 Sackville St., at the corner ... → Read More

Ontario’s new vaccine certificate will be enforced with education and warnings at first; police won’t be involved

The new vaccine certificates will be enforced by bylaw officers and Ministry of Labour inspectors. → Read More

102 nurses will help keep Toronto schools open in Wave 4; TTC plans service boost

“All kids need to be in school,” said Mayor John Tory, speaking at a mobile vaccination clinic held Monday at Albion Heights Junior Middle School in E... → Read More

Snakes at Harbourfront? Reptilia looks for city’s OK for new waterfront zoo

Reptile zoo needs exemption from the Toronto’s municipal code, which forbids alligators and large snakes and lizards within city limits. → Read More

More Torontonians are willing to hire animal law lawyers to fight ‘dangerous dog’ orders

In a world where plants are the new pets and pets are the new children, more people are hiring lawyers to defend their canine companions against restr... → Read More

Mayors of Ontario’s largest cities ask the federal and provincial governments to decriminalize controlled substances

Governments have to move quickly to address the opioid crisis, says Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. → Read More

If you visit the newly reopened Toronto Zoo the animals might watch you as keenly as you watch them

The zoo staff are taking care to acclimatize the inhabitants to visitors again as the zoo opens to the public on Saturday. → Read More

Hang on to your face masks until fall: Toronto city council votes to extend bylaw

City bylaws requiring people in Toronto to wear masks in public and keep a six-foot distance from others will be extended to October, council voted on... → Read More

‘We live in a very diverse city’: As cremations increase, Toronto eyes a designated site for the scattering of ashes

As Toronto city council considers whether to designate a specific spot in the city for scattering funeral ashes in water, other GTA regions already ha... → Read More

‘A very euphoric moment’: Families thrilled to visit loved ones in long-term care after months of isolation

Relaxed rules allow friends and family to visit long-term-care residents outdoors, but some homes say the sudden announcement Friday gave them little ... → Read More

‘Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?’: Restaurant owners fear the future, as province keeps patios shut amid falling case counts

Toronto has started setting up CafeTO locations in curb lanes and sidewalks at thousands of restaurants and bars, even though the stay-at-home order w... → Read More

‘There were tears’: Death of newborn tiger cub a painful loss for Toronto Zoo staff

The entire Toronto Zoo staff came together to welcome the first tiger cubs to be born there in 14 years. The loss of one cub took an emotional toll on... → Read More

The other lobbyists: It’s not just big players who pitch city hall — it’s those with big ideas

Baby lounges and pedal-powered pubs are just two unique concepts among the thousands lobbying city hall in 2021. → Read More

‘A long way from the best’: Toronto’s COVID-19 fight shows some positive signs but still requires caution, says city’s medical chief

Dr. Eileen de Villa warned that case counts remain at a high level. → Read More

Toronto’s top doctor joins call for paid sick leave

Resistant Premier Doug Ford, for his part, laments prospect of vaccine delays. → Read More

‘It’s like we’re not here at all’: Homebound seniors feel like COVID-19 vaccination rollout has failed them

Advocates say a plan for homebound seniors should have been made months ago if officials were serious about health equity. → Read More