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TORONTO - "Well, that was a quiet four years."

And, with that tongue-in-cheek comment from Coun. Josh Colle, Toronto city council wrapped up its final tumultuous session Thursday ahead of the Oct. 27 elections.

The session was rarely quiet with Mayor Rob Ford being stripped of most of his powers last November for admitted misdeeds centred on his drug and alcohol use.

Ford, in a trembling voice, admitted in council that he presented it with ”some challenges” and said he had embarrassed council.

MERRITT, B.C. - Dozens of tourists were injured, at least five of them critically, when a bus carrying them through a picturesque British Columbia mountain pass rolled over Thursday.

RCMP Sgt. Norm Flemming said 56 passengers suffered some sort of injury when the southbound bus crashed at about 3 p.m. on the Coquihalla Highway, about 30 kilometres south of Merritt. The area is about a three-hour drive northeast of Vancouver.

CHARLOTTETOWN - Canada's premiers have agreed at their annual meeting that they need more money from Ottawa to pay for health-care and infrastructure — a familiar refrain at these gatherings — but there was no consensus Thursday on how much cash they want to deal with crumbling roads and an aging population.

Premier Robert Ghiz, host of Council of the Federation conference in Charlottetown, said those numbers would be released in January, when the premiers have scheduled another meeting.

WINNIPEG - A Winnipeg man who was lost in the wild for three days says he survived on rain water and all-dressed chips.

Christopher Cloutier was camping with friends in Nopiming Provincial Park in southeastern Manitoba when they got separated.

He decided to try to walk to their launching point, but got turned around.

Cloutier’s friends reported him missing on Sunday when they returned to their campsite and couldn’t find him.

Search and rescue crews searched for him on foot, by boat and by air, but didn’t find him.

TORONTO - Canada is sending a charter plane to repatriate scientists who have been operating the country's mobile Ebola laboratory in Sierra Leone.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says the three scientists remain in good health and appear to be at low risk of having contracted the often deadly virus.

The agency announced late Tuesday that it was pulling the team from a World Health Organization outpost at Kailahun, in eastern Sierra Leone, after learning three people at their hotel complex tested positive for Ebola.

EDMONTON - A dozen northern Alberta chiefs say they will boycott the province's attempt to implement legislation to regulate consultation with industry over development on their lands.

"We're sick and tired of someone telling us what to do and thinking for us," Rose Laboucan, chief of the Driftpile First Nation, said Thursday. "We can think for ourselves."

Laboucan is one of 12 chiefs who hand-delivered their message to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Frank Oberle as he waited for them to show up at a meeting to discuss the Alberta Consultation Levy Act.

GATINEAU, Que. - Canada's big telecom companies have agreed to exempt some, but not all, of their customers from fees they charge for producing and mailing invoices.

But regulators say the agreement doesn't go far enough, and are calling for another round of public consultations on the so-called "pay-to-pay" policies.

Executives from nearly a dozen companies, including giants Bell, Rogers and Telus, met behind closed doors in Gatineau, Que., on Thursday at the invitation of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

MONTREAL - The union and lawyers representing two railway employees accused in the Lac-Megantic disaster are urging the Crown to drop the charges in light of recent findings by the Transportation Safety Board.

Engineer Tom Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, the manager of train operations, each face 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death — one for each victim of last summer's oil-train derailment in the Quebec town.

A conviction carries a maximum life sentence.

SHERWOOD PARK, Alta. - Florence Storch held the javelin high with her right hand and balanced herself with the other by gripping her walker.

After two throws, the 101-year-old athlete called it quits for the day but still took home a silver medal.

"I didn't put that much energy into it," the centenarian said Thursday at the Canada 55-Plus Games in Strathcona County, east of Edmonton.

Still, she said, it "felt good" being out on the field.

"Better than sitting in my room doing nothing."

TORONTO - The company that has licensed a Canadian-made Ebola vaccine says it hopes to start a Phase 1 trial on the serum within the next few weeks.

The safety data the trial produces could allow the World Health Organization to start using between 800 and 1,000 doses of the vaccine which Canada has donated for the Ebola outbreak response.

The vaccine was developed at the Public Health Agency of Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg and the Public Health Agency owns the intellectual property.

It has been licensed to NewLink Genetics of Ames, Iowa.

OTTAWA - 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.

Four of the six CF-18s sent overseas by the Harper government earlier this year have arrived at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where they will fly armed air policing missions over the Baltic states.

The formal handover of responsibility is expected to take place early next week and the mission is expected to last until the end of the year.

TORONTO - 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.

Ashley Madison's Korean site was shut down this spring shortly after its launch, with authorities there alleging it incited immorality, according to media reports at the time. Adultery is illegal in South Korea.

TORONTO - A 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.

The women also made a threat against the aircraft, but "it was considered non-credible given their condition," Sunwing's Janine Chapman said in a statement.

MONTREAL - The family of the man allegedly murdered by Luka Rocco Magnotta wants certain exhibits that are evidence in their son's death to remain under wraps permanently.

Lawyers and the judge who will oversee Magnotta's first-degree murder trial sifted through various legal motions on Thursday.

Magnotta is accused of killing university student Jun Lin, 33, in May 2012.

Diran Lin, the victim's father, wants the court to ensure some exhibits are not made public in any way.

MONTREAL - Federal Conservatives are capping off their summer with a pre-electoral push in Quebec, a charm campaign to help the party rebound in what has proven to be challenging terrain.

Denis Lebel, the prime minister's Quebec lieutenant, is banking on his 12-day "End of Summer Tour" to court a province where the Conservatives hold only five seats and recent polls have suggested they trail the New Democrats, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois in popular support.

OTTAWA - Canada's public sector integrity watchdog and protector of civil service whistleblowers is quitting.

Mario Dion says he will leave his post as integrity commissioner in December after four years,

Dion cites personal reasons for leaving.

He tabled his first report on wrongdoing in March 2012 and has since tabled eight more, referring six cases to the public servants disclosure protection tribunal.

In April 2013, he established a set of standards setting out specific deadlines for dealing with claims of wrongdoing or complaints of reprisals.

JASPER, Alta. - Parks Canada is being challenged in court over its decision to consider a proposal for overnight accommodation at a popular lake in Jasper National Park.

By not ruling out a plan for 15 tent cabins at Maligne Lake, the superintendent has rewritten the park's management plan, say two environmental groups behind the lawsuit.

TORONTO - Students who worry too much about picking the "perfect" major as they enter university aren't necessarily setting themselves up for success, say experts who caution that school should be seen as time to learn, network and explore different career paths.

"Sometimes university is about more than getting it perfectly, it's often about the journey," said Eileen Chadnick, a career coach with Big Cheese Coaching in Toronto.

CALGARY - A psychiatric assessment for a man accused of stabbing five young people in Calgary's worst mass murder is complete but its results won't be known for another month.

Matthew de Grood, 23, has already been found fit to stand trial, but the Crown wanted a mental review to determine if he could be found criminally responsible if convicted.

Court heard Thursday that the report will be ready by de Grood's next court appearance set for Sept. 26.

De Grood, who appeared via closed-circuit TV from Edmonton, said nothing.

VANCOUVER - Royalty is set to arrive in British Columbia in September before visits to Saskatchewan and Ontario.

The Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and his wife, the Countess of Wessex, Sophie Rhys-Jones, are scheduled to tour B.C. between Sept. 12 and 16.

They will participate in various activities in Victoria, Vancouver and Kelowna, as well as visit the Ditidaht and 'Namgis First Nations on Vancouver Island.

CHARLOTTETOWN - British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says there's little chance Canada's premiers will talk about bringing Quebec into the Constitution at their annual meeting in Charlottetown.

The meeting, which officially started today, includes Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, whose federalist Liberal party defeated the separatist Parti Quebecois in April.

Clark says she has no plans to talk about the Constitution and she stressed that the premiers around the table are focused on creating jobs and expanding the economy.

CHARLOTTETOWN - Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is a half century behind when he says there should be greater scientific study before the shale gas industry expands, Premier David Alward said Thursday.

Alward leader took an unprompted shot at Trudeau's position at the end of a news conference about a labour mobility agreement with British Columbia.

"Justin Trudeau is 50 years late," the Progressive Conservative leader said in Charlottetown.

OTTAWA - A report into an error in the July jobs report by Statistics Canada has made five recommendations to prevent future mistakes, including improved governance, testing protocols and diagnostics.

The report released Thursday also called for improved documentation that can be reviewed when system changes are made and better communication between staff.

Statistics Canada was forced to correct its July employment report after a mistake the agency chalked up to human error resulted in the number of full-time job losses being overstated.

TORONTO - Canada ranks higher than 10 other developed nations in scientific literacy, or the ability of citizens to read and fully comprehend a lengthy article about science in a newspaper, according to a report released Thursday by the Council of Canadian Academies.

The report said 42 per cent of Canadians "grasp basic concepts and understand general media coverage of scientific issues."

That is higher than Sweden at 35 per cent and the U.S. at just under 30 per cent. Japan was last at about five per cent, it said.

TORONTO - Two women are in custody after a disturbance on a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba was forced to return to Toronto's Pearson International Airport under a military escort on Wednesday evening.

The airline said the flight had left Toronto at 4:30 p.m. en route to Cuba when it was disrupted by "two unruly female passengers."

Sunwing vice-president Janine Chapman said the passengers had consumed a "significant quantity of their duty free alcohol purchase in the lavatory."