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Spending growth slowest in 30 years

TORONTO—Ontario's fiscal watchdog says program spending under the Progressive Conservatives will drop to its lowest level in 30 years as the government tries to eliminate the deficit.

The Tories have said they don't expect to balance the budget until 2023-24—one year past their mandate—and have been announcing a slew of cuts as they chip away at the $11.7-billion deficit.

Former health ministers urge end to cuts

TORONTO—Ten former Ontario health ministers representing three political parties are urging the provincial government to reverse its cuts to public-health funding.

Six former Liberal ministers, three New Democrats and one Progressive Conservative have signed an open letter to Health Minister Christine Elliott, imploring her to stop what they call “drastic” cuts.

Focus on boys' trauma key to equality

TORONTO—Boys in poor urban areas around the world are suffering even more than girls from violence, abuse and neglect, groundbreaking international research published yesterday suggests.

The study in the Journal of Adolescent Health, along with similar new research, suggests an adequate focus on helping boys is critical to achieving gender equality in the longer term.