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RCMP say they have footage of B.C. tour bus crash; speed likely not factor

MERRITT, B.C. — Video footage from a dashboard camera has allowed investigators in British Columbia to rule out speed as a potential factor in a bus crash on a mountain highway where dozens of tourists were injured as they were returning from a trip to the Rocky Mountains.

The RCMP has yet to determine why the bus lost control Thursday afternoon on a section of the Coquihalla Highway, south of Merritt, sending the vehicle skidding across several lanes and rolling into a ditch, ejecting numerous passengers. Police have said 56 people, many of them from East Asia, were on the bus. READ

Canadians spend economy to 3.1 per cent annualized pace in second quarter

With last winter’s harsh weather behind them, Canadians opened their warmed up wallets in the second quarter, spending the economy to an annual growth rate of 3.1 per cent, beating analyst expectations. READ

Federal legislation will end fees for getting monthly bills on paper: minister

The big telecom companies may have agreed to exempt some customers from fees charged for paper invoices, but the federal government says it’s going to end the whole practice. READ

Premiers conclude annual meeting, agree to move forward on energy strategy

Canada’s premiers agreed to move forward on a national energy strategy Friday after years of trying to reach a consensus on the plan. READ

Federal Liberals ponder mandatory voting, testing grassroots reaction

With voter turnout plunging to new lows, Liberal MPs are pondering the idea of legally requiring Canadians to cast ballots in federal elections. READ

Calgary imam urges feds to do more to fight terrorist recruiters in Canada

The federal government must step up its efforts to counter the radicalization and recruitment of young Canadians by extremist Islamic groups, a Calgary imam said Friday. READ

Booze-fuelled fracas forces Cuba-bound flight to turn back; two women charged

booze-fuelled fight between two women who were allegedly drinking and smoking in an airplane bathroom prompted Sunwing to turn a Cuba-bound flight back to Toronto, the airline said — along with a brief military jet escort. READ

Canadian dating site for married people seeking affairs sues South Korea

A dating website for married people seeking affairs is suing the government of South Korea after being blocked in that country over what it says are false allegations of illegal activity. READ

Magnotta case: victim’s family wants exhibits kept from public eye during trial

The family of the man allegedly murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta is asking for certain exhibits it says are obscene to remain under wraps permanently. READ

Lawyers for Lac-Megantic accused want charges dropped

Criminal charges against two men accused in the Lac-Megantic tragedy should be dropped, their union and lawyers argued Thursday. READ

Brad Wall says time to scrap ’dumb’ trade rules as West launches review

The premiers of Canada’s three western provinces announced Thursday they’re going to review the remaining trade barriers between them as part of their New West Partnership. READ

Canada’s jets, part of NATO mission, edge closer to Russian airspace

Canadian fighter jets will be patrolling the edge of Russian airspace next week as part of NATO’s response to the unravelling situation in Ukraine. READ

Slain RCMP officer’s police dog to return to work soon

The memory of Const. Dave Ross still looms large over the grounds at the RCMP Police Dog Services Training Centre south of Innisfail, especially this month as his former canine partner Danny has returned to retrain and bond with a new handler. READ

Vancouver Aquarium seeks judicial review in fight against cetacean bylaws

The Vancouver Aquarium is taking the city’s park board to court, challenging four bylaw resolutions that would almost eliminate whale and dolphin displays at the popular tourist attraction. READ

Halifax university changes frosh week, a year after incident shone spotlight

Keeping frosh week activities fun and engaging for students while at the same time respectful and inclusive is a pressing challenge facing Canadian universities, says a leading expert who helped a university last year in the aftermath of a chant that glorified non-consensual sex with underage girls. READ

Canadians pay more than $500M in fees a year for paper bills, statements: report

Canadians are probably paying more than half a billion dollars a year to receive printed bills and bank statements by mail, according to the Public Interest Advocacy Centre. READ

Parti Quebecois leadership hopefuls jockey for position as caucus meets

All signs are pointing to a crowded race for the Parti Quebecois leadership. READ

B.C. man says accomplices killed three women, teen killed herself

A young British Columbia man accused of killing three women and a 15-year-old girl says he was present when each of the victims died, but he told his trial that other people murdered the women and the girl killed herself. READ

Canada pulling 3-member lab team back from Sierra Leone over Ebola fears

Canada is bringing three scientists home from Kailahun, Sierra Leone, a post which the World Health Organization has temporarily closed to investigate the infection of an international medical responder working there. READ

Premiers, native leaders call for forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women

Canada’s premiers and aboriginal leaders are inviting the federal government to participate in a roundtable to address the high number of native women who are missing and murdered. READ

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