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After an 11-day hiatus, an Ontario dog is back on Canadian soil, all thanks to the crew aboard the United State Coast Guard Mackinaw.

On Christmas Eve, Kailaan Walker and his partner, Lydia Selin, were visiting family on St. Joseph Island. They decided to take their two dogs for a walk, when Logan ran away.

The couple searched for Logan but couldn’t find him. They put up posters, posted the information on social media and even put out a trail camera to see if they could locate him.

“It was really difficult and I kind of felt hopeless,” Walker said.

“We didn’t have any leads to go on so as you can imagine, it’s a large island and we really didn’t know which way to go to look.”

The couple stayed visiting family for Christmas and New Year’s but Logan didn’t return. Eventually, they had to make the decision to return to their home in southern Ontario.

“It was a really hard thing,” he said.

“I sat at the four-way stop trying to leave and head towards the bridge and I went back and did another lap through the farm and called and called again.”

‘Did you lose your dog?’

The couple went home to Guelph, Ont. and later that night, his phone rang with the caller ID showing a number from Michigan.

“Sure enough, this gentleman was right there ready to talk to me all excited and keen and his first words were ‘did you lose your dog?'” he recalled.

“I was just speechless.”

The call was from the United States Coast Guard aboard an icebreaker, who had Logan.

Logan the dog had plenty of company with members of the US Coast Guard while travelling back to Canada. (Supplied/USCG Mackinaw)

“At that point I didn’t know what to say,” he said.

“My brain just couldn’t even comprehend the fact that after this long, someone had actually found him and he was alive.”

Crossing the border

Logan had run out onto the ice between St. Joseph Island, Ontario and crossed the border towards Lime Island, Michigan.

When the crew realized it was a domestic dog, they knew they wanted to help save him. Walker says about 20 crew members started looking for him on the island, as Logan was very skittish at the time.

Walker says initially, they couldn’t coax him to them, so they set up a bonfire on the island, buillt him a dog house and left some food.

“[They left him] macaroni and ribs,” he said.

“They came back the next day and sure enough Logan was sitting out on the pier, almost waiting for them and hoping they would come back.”

Reunion

The crew then contacted Walker to let him know Logan was safe, and a plan started to be developed how Logan was going to get back to his owners.

Walker and his partner left the next morning and drove about 7.5 hours to Cheboygan, Michigan to meet up with the crew.

Logan the dog has a rest with the member of the US Coast Guard Mackinaw. (Supplied/USCG Mackinaw)

“It was the longest 45 minutes of my life waiting for this boat to turn around,” he said.

Eventually, the reunion happened.

“[Logan’s] eyes were wide and his ears were going every which way,” he said.

“He came over and it was just surreal. He was so happy to see us. The crew had done such a good job feeding him … and giving him all the attention and love that they possibly could.”

As for how Logan was doing? Walker says the crew’s doctor even contacted a vet to help treat his paws which had minor frostbite.

Logan the dog was given a tag from the US Coast Guard as a memory of his time with them. (Supplied/USGC Mackinaw)

“All four paws were wrapped,” he said.

“They had antibiotic cream and they had treated him with antibiotics as well. Other than being extremely hungry, he was in really good health.”

It started as a nice Christmas Eve with family on St. Joseph Island. Kailaan Walker and his girlfriend Lydia were visiting at a family farm for the holidays and took their dogs out for a walk. One of their dogs – Logan – started to follow a deer trail. They live on a farm at home in Guelph so Logan is known to go follow a trail. But this time he didn’t come back. They looked everywhere for him, put up posters, asked locals…and still no sign of Logan. What happened after that is an incredible story. Kailaan Walker tells it all to Morning North host Markus Schwabe. 13:59

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List of Tourist Attractions Open Now in Ottawa

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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

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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

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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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