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United States Coast Guard helps Canadian dog get back home





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.”


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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Students call on University of Ottawa to implement pass/fail grading amid pandemic





OTTAWA — The University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) is calling on the university to introduce optional, one-course-only pass/fail grading for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 semesters amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students’ union said nearly 5,000 uOttawa students have signed its petition supporting the grading system.

In a letter to the university, the UOSU said it is asking the school to make changes to the grading structure, including allowing one course per semester to be converted to the “pass” or “satisfactory” designation.

The UOSU also made recommendations regarding a reduction of workload and course delivery.

“The adaptation to online learning during the pandemic for students has created unique challenges and disruptions that could not have been anticipated,” wrote Tim Gulliver, the UOSU’s Advocacy Commissioner. 

“The use of flexible compassionate grading options has been introduced in other universities, such as Carleton University which includes a use of Pass/Fail which we feel could be implemented at the University of Ottawa.”

Carleton University approved the use of flexible and compassionate grading for the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms in early November.

The UOSU also called for all grades that constitute a fail to appear as “Not Satisfactory” on their transcript, which would not be included in grade point average calculations. 

The union represents more than 38,000 undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa.

In a response to CTV News, the University of Ottawa said it is aware of the petition.

“Last spring a decision was made by the (University) Senate to allow the Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory mark to be used, given the unique circumstances of the pandemic, which hit us close to the end of the Winter 2020 semester. The University is aware of the petition and is looking into the matter.”

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OPP warn of phone scams in Ottawa Valley





Upper Ottawa Valley OPP warn residents of a phone scam that’s been making its way through the region recently. 

Police say a scammer pretends to be from a local business and tells the person their credit card didn’t work on a recent purchase before asking the person on the phone to confirm their credit card number. 

The victim may not have even used the card at the store, but police said the scammer creates a sense of urgency. 

Police remind residents to verify the legitimacy of any caller before providing any personal information over the phone. 

Similar scams have been reported recently in the region, according to police, with scammers posing as police officers, Revenue Canada or other government agencies demanding payment for a variety of reasons. A Social Insurance Number scam has also been reported recently, where a victim is asked for their SIN number under threat of being arrested. 
If a scam artist contacts you or if you have been defrauded, you’re asked to contact police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website at

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The human history of Ottawa Valley is thousands of years old. Archeologists may have found a piece of it on Parliament Hill





OTTAWA—Archeologists working on Parliament Hill have discovered a relic of Indigenous life that one Algonquin leader sees as a symbol of his people’s long history in what is now the heart of Canadian political power.

The jagged stone point was unearthed last year on the east side of Centre Block, but its discovery was not publicized as officials worked with Algonquin communities to authenticate the object, the Star has learned.

Stephen Jarrett, the lead archeologist for the ongoing renovation of Parliament’s Centre Block, said this week that while such an object is “not an uncommon find,” the stone point joins just a small handful of Indigenous artifacts ever discovered on Parliament Hill.

“It’s about the size of my palm, and it could be used as a knife or a projectile,” Jarrett said this week in response to inquiries from the Star.

He said the point is made of chert, a type of sedimentary stone most often used for implements of this type. And while the point was unearthed in what Jarrett calls “disturbed soil” — earth that has been dug up and moved, most likely during construction of Parliament — the soil it was in “is natural to the site.”

That means “it came from a source nearby, but finding exactly where it came from is impossible,” Jarrett said.

For Douglas Odjick, a band council member responsible for education and culture with the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, this artifact of “an original world” is a testament to the longevity of his Algonquin nation in an area they still claim as unceded and unsurrendered territory. Based on the assessment of Ian Badgley, the top archeologist with the National Capital Commission, Odjick said the stone point is likely 4,000 years old and dates to a time when the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau and Rideau Rivers — along with all their tributaries that stretch out into the surrounding area — served as a great hub of regional trade activity.

“It symbolizes who we are and how long we’ve been here,” Odjick said, comparing the area to an ancient version of a busy hub like New York’s busy Grand Central Station.

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