Francine Kopun, TorontoStar

Francine Kopun

TorontoStar

Toronto, ON, Canada

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Recent:
  • TorontoStar
Past:
  • WR Record
  • Hamilton Spectator

Recent articles by Francine:

Gerald Hannon, controversial gay rights activist and journalist, dies at 77

Award-winning writer known for advocacy for LGBTQ rights and freedoms wrote 1977 article about intergenerational relationships, and was later fired from university teaching job after admitting to moonlighting as sex worker. → Read More

More than a dozen abandoned boats litter Toronto’s shoreline. Some on city council want to speed up their cleanup

Toronto council motions tackle abandoned watercraft and more safety rules for the busier city waterfront. → Read More

Photo radar caught city of Toronto vehicles speeding, running red lights. This department was the worst offender

Drivers for Toronto Community Housing Corporation racked up the most speeding tickets — and the most red light camera infractions. → Read More

As COVID-19 rules end, people are coming to grips with the handshake

As the pandemic has changed, so has the way we view the age-old method of greeting. → Read More

Time for Torontonians to lead more normal lives, says city’s public health chief

Mayor John Tory urges ‘consistency’ of rules ahead of province’s decision on mask mandates. → Read More

‘We are on the other side of this pandemic’: Mayor John Tory announces reopening of city buildings

Gradual reopening of city buildings starts next week, with in-person March break camps planned for kids. → Read More

Toronto’s WSIB costs for first responders are expected to soar to $45 million this year. Here’s why

Provincial legislation change presumes that if a first responder is diagnosed with PTSD, then the condition is work-related. → Read More

City should buy two new electric ferries for Toronto Islands — at a cost of $63 million, says staff report

Switching to electric ferries from the cuttent aging diesel fleet would help Toronto achieve its zero carbon goal by 2040, says the report. → Read More

Canada’s top CEOs saw average pay increase of almost $100k in 2020

“Before lunch hour on the first working day of 2022, Jan. 4, Canada’s highest-paid CEOs will have already racked up the same amount of pay that will take the average worker the entire year to accrue,” said an annual report released Tuesday. → Read More

For physicians stressed out from COVID-19, a brush with fine art might be just what the doctor ordered

A program offered by the Art Gallery of Ontario teaches overworked doctors that looking deeply at fine art can be a way of managing stress. → Read More

Video: Watch how your small donation to Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund can make a huge difference to a child’s life

The toys in the box, the books, the warm toque send a message that there are insiders who know what it’s like to be outsiders, who are reaching out to draw them closer to the holiday memories that every child deserves. → Read More

Toronto city council says ‘yes’ to both a major expansion in bike lanes and to a one-per-cent tax on vacant homes, and ‘no’ to delivery robots on sidewalks

Council asked police to find money to re-establish unit to fight car theft, and adopted strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2040. → Read More

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