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Province to grant helmet exemption to Sikh bikers

TORONTO—Ontario soon will allow turban-wearing Sikhs to ride motorcycles without helmets, joining three other provinces in providing the exemption.

The Progressive Conservative government said yesterday that the exemption, which goes into effect Oct. 18, will recognize Sikh motorcycle riders' civil rights and religious expression.

Province set to launch pot campaign

TORONTO—Ontario is launching a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of using recreational cannabis and promote social responsibility ahead of the legalization of marijuana next week.

Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said the ads will emphasize the province's rules around the sale and consumption of pot, as well as measures to protect children and the community.

'Pick-six' sparks Roughriders to victory

REGINA—Willie Jefferson made the big play when it mattered most.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' defensive end soaked up spotlight as only he could in his team's thrilling 19-12 victory yesterday over the Edmonton Eskimos after snagging a Mike Reilly pass attempt and returning it 49 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes left in the game.

Hospital beds funded ahead of 'flu season

TORONTO—Ontario will spend $90 million this year to fund hundreds of hospital beds ahead of flu season, a measure the province's health minister said will help address the issue of so-called hallway medicine.

Christine Elliott said the funding will help Ontario's hospital system deal with overcrowding that has resulted in patients being treated in unsuitable spaces.