October 21, 2017 9:00 am
Updated: October 21, 2017 11:06 am

Canada mourns death of 2 Canadian icons; amazing dog rescues caught on camera

WATCH: John Dunsworth aka Mr. Lahey of ‘Trailer Park Boys’ dies at 71


It was a whirlwind week where Canada lost two great entertainers.

The tributes and memorials were incredible and showed the impact that Gord Downie and John Dunsworth had on people.

Meanwhile, dogs from all over the world needed a little help. And their human counterparts were more than happy to provide it.

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John Dunsworth aka Mr. Lahey of ‘Trailer Park Boys’ dies at 71

Global News broke the story of John Dunsworth’s death, and the news quickly made its way across the internet (including the top three posts for a few hours on Reddit). They got more than 40K interactions each on the news and television subreddits.

In fact, this story has the most social engagements for Global News ever, with more than 917,000 and counting. And the Facebook video commemorating Dunsworth’s life was viewed over a million times, reaching 1.5 million in total.

It wasn’t long before tributes for the Trailer Park Boys actor started rolling in.

The next day, Trailer Park Boys co-star Jonathan Torrens joined Global News Morning Show to remember his friend.

WATCH: Trailer Park Boys co-star Jonathan Torrens remembers ‘Mr. Lahey’, actor John Dunsworth

Fun fact: Even though Dunsworth famously played a drunk, he actually didn’t drink.

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dies, Canada mourns

The news of beloved Canadian singer Gord Downie touched Canadians and fans from all over the world.

The initial story got more than 128,000 people reacting, commenting and sharing.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s extremely emotional reaction to the death of the Tragically Hip frontman was viewed more than 1.4 million times, and reached close to 3-million people.

WATCH: Prime Minister Trudeau fights back tears remembering his ‘buddy Gord’

Canada’s Toxic Secret

Videos about Global News’ #ToxicSecret investigation into Canada’s Chemical Valley — and Ontario politicians’ reactions — were viewed more than 1.2-million times.

While Instagram Story slides highlighting the people affected by polluters in the region were viewed roughly 20,000 times.

Amazing dog rescue videos

Man’s best friends needed a little help this week, and people stepped up to restore our faith in humanity.

This frail dog fell into a 70-foot-deep well in India and was on the verge of giving up, when kind humans came to the rescue.

In just 24 hours, viewers watched this clip more than 345,000 times. And this one post already has more than 5,000 interactions.

Back in North America: This family had to flee their home as wildfires swept through parts of California.

They didn’t know where their dog Izzy had gone.

When they went back to record footage of their house — which was destroyed — they got a very welcome surprise!

WATCH: California family reunites with pet dog presumed dead in wildfire

This dog unfortunately got swept out to sea in Scotland.

But luckily, a coastguard helicopter on a training exercise spotted the Cockapoo.

Watch the rescue below:

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