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Three Red Deer men on snowmobile trip missing in Revelstoke, B.C.





A search and rescue mission is underway to find three missing snowmobilers from the Red Deer area last seen in Revelstoke, B.C., family members have told CBC.

Ryan Pyper, 40, went on a weekend snowmobile trip with friend Todd Kennedy, 45, and Todd’s son Braydon, 21, according to Ryan’s brother-in-law Ryan Davidson.

The trio left central Alberta on Thursday and were expected to return home Saturday or Sunday, said Pyper’s wife, Rozanne.

When she didn’t hear from her husband Saturday morning, Pyper began to worry.

“Your mind goes through all the different scenarios,” she said. “Honestly we’re trying to just keep things positive and hope for the best today that all three of them come off the mountain alive and well.”

The trio were last heard from Friday morning at 7:40 a.m., when Braydon posted on Snapchat a photo of one of the snowmobiles, she said. Ryan was also in contact with his mother-in-law, said Pyper. 

A screenshot from Braydon Kennedy’s Snapchat account. The photo was posted on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018 (Rozanne Pyper)

When hotel staff confirmed they weren’t in their rooms Saturday morning, Pyper reported her husband missing to B.C. RCMP.

She also notified the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, who confirmed to Pyper that Ryan’s truck was still in the parking lot at the base of Boulder Mountain in Revelstoke on Saturday.

Search and rescue

A search and rescue operation, including a helicopter and an unknown number of “boots on the ground” was underway Saturday afternoon in the area, Pyper said.

Poor visibility because of heavy snow has made it difficult for the search and rescue mission, said Davidson.

Revelstoke was under a winter storm warning as of 2:30 p.m. MST Saturday and “hazardous winter conditions” were expected in the area, according to Environment Canada’s website.

B.C. RCMP have not responded to multiple calls and emails sent by CBC News.

A member of the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club declined to comment but confirmed to CBC News Revelstoke Search and Rescue is involved in a search.

The club also posted to their Facebook page, saying “again we have missing riders. [Search and rescue] has been contacted, we may have to shut down Boulder for the search.”

The organization also shared Pyper’s Facebook post in the comments section.

Pyper, along with her sister and mother-in-law, were travelling to Revelstoke Saturday afternoon to help with the search.

Avid outdoorsman

This wasn’t the first snowmobiling trip for Ryan, who is described as an avid outdoorsman by his wife.

Both Ryan and Todd have travelled on similar trips together in the past, and both families would often camp together in the summer.

Pyper believes Braydon is not as experienced with snowmobiles as the other two men.

A file photo of Boulder Mountain in Revelstoke, B.C. (Scott Magnusson)

She said her husband always travels prepared and this trip was no different. She said the men had four snowmobiles with them, with the fourth being used as a spare in case something went wrong, Pyper said.

As they await news of their family members and keep in close contact with Todd and Braydon’s family, Davidson said everyone is trying to keep positive.

“I, and all of our friends and family, are trying to not think about the worst. Just hoping for the best right now,” he said.  


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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa





With Ontario now in Step 3 of 2021 three-step plan for reopening, museums and other indoor attractions are allowed to reopen with capacity limited to not exceed 50 per cent capacity indoors and 75 per cent capacity outdoors.

Here is a list of Ottawa attractions you can visit starting July 16th.

Do remember to wear masks and buy tickets in advance.

Parliament Hill

Parliament’s Centre Block and Peace Tower are closed for renovation.

You can join for tours of the Senate of Canada Building (2 Rideau Street), House of Commons at West Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill, and East Block at East Block (111 Wellington Street) on Parliament Hill.

When: Grounds open; guided tours of Parliament are suspended through the summer of 2021.
Where: 111 Wellington Street, Downtown Ottawa

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Ottawa performer leapfrogs from gymnastics to Broadway to TV





A new AppleTV+ series set in a magical town that’s stuck in a neverending 1940s musical includes a pair of Ottawa siblings in the cast. 

Warren Yang and his sister, Ericka Hunter, play two of the singing, dancing residents of the village portrayed in Schmigadoon!, a small-screen series that takes its cues from classic musicals like Brigadoon, Wizard of Oz and Sound of Music, and skewers them with the offbeat comedic mastery of Saturday Night Live. 

In fact, you’ll recognize many of the names from SNL, starting with executive producer Lorne Michaels, creator of the late-night, live-comedy sketch show. Schmigadoon! also stars SNL cast member Cecily Strong and comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who hosted SNL in May. They play a New York couple who get lost on a hike and stumble into a strange town where everyone sings and dances. 

For Yang, a relative newcomer to show-biz, the series marks his television debut. For Hunter, the younger of his two older sisters, it’s the latest in a career path that began with dance lessons as a child more than 30 years ago. She attended Canterbury High School, Ottawa’s arts-focused secondary school. 

“Her dream was always to perform,” said Yang, 34, in an interview. “But that was never the path I thought was an option for me.” 

While his sister studied dance, Yang did gymnastics. He was an elite gymnast throughout his youth, ultimately leaving Merivale High School at 16 to train in Montreal, finishing high school through correspondence courses. He was a member of the Canadian National Team and received a scholarship to study at Penn State, majoring in marketing. 

A few years after graduation, Yang was working at an advertising agency in Toronto when he got a call from a Manhattan number. To his astonishment, they asked if he would be interested in auditioning for a Broadway revival of Miss Saigon.

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COVID-19: uOttawa to require vaccination for students living in residence





Vaccination will be mandatory for students who want to live in residence at the University of Ottawa this year, with proof of vaccination and at least one dose required before move-in, or within two weeks of doing so if they can’t secure a shot before arriving.

Those who can’t receive a vaccine for “health-related reasons or other grounds protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code” will be able to submit a request for accommodation through the university’s housing portal, according to information on the university’s website.

Students with one dose living in residence will also have to receive their second dose “within the timeframe recommended by Ottawa Public Health.”

People who haven’t been granted an exemption and don’t get vaccinated or submit proof of having done so by the deadlines set out by the school will have their residence agreements terminated, uOttawa warns.

“Medical and health professionals are clear that vaccination is the most (effective) means of protecting people and those around them,” reads a statement provided to this newspaper by uOttawa’s director of strategic communications, Patrick Charette.

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“It is precisely for this reason that the University of Ottawa is requiring all students living in residence for the 2021-2022 academic year to be fully vaccinated. The University recognizes that some students may require accommodations for a variety of reasons and will be treating exceptions appropriately.”

Faculty, staff and students are also strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, the statement notes.

“Ensuring a high vaccine coverage in all communities is critical to ensuring an ongoing decline in cases and ending the pandemic. This will be especially important with the return of students to post-secondary institutions in our region in the fall of 2021.”

Neither Carleton University nor Algonquin College is currently mandating vaccination for students living in residence, according to the websites for both schools. But uOttawa isn’t alone in its policy – Western University, Trent University, Durham College and Fanshawe College have all implemented similar requirements. Seneca College, in the GTA, is going even further, making vaccination mandatory for students and staff to come to campus, in-person, for the fall term.

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