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Tories 'may' balance budget in last year: Ford

TORONTO—Days after his government delivered its first major fiscal update, Premier Doug Ford said his government “may” balance the province's budget in the final year of its mandate.

Ford made the comments during a “fireside chat” with Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra at the Ontario Progressive Conservative policy convention in Toronto on Saturday.

Labour bill prompts death threats, vandalism

TORONTO—The premier of Ontario received death threats and his labour minister had her constituency office vandalized hours after a sweeping labour reform bill was introduced in the legislature, the Progressive Conservative government said yesterday.

Government House leader Todd Smith said the incidents were an attempt to bully and intimidate the government and would not be tolerated.

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.