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Case managers warn veterans’ lives at stake as Ottawa presses ahead on rehab contract



OTTAWA — Case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada are warning that lives could be at stake as the government presses ahead with plans to change the way rehabilitation services are provided to ill and injured ex-soldiers.

The warnings were delivered in emotional testimony before the House of Commons veterans affairs committee today, where three case managers said they and their clients were not ready for the planned changes.

Those changes revolve around a $570-million contract recently awarded to an outside organization to provide physical and mental support services for Canada’s most at-risk veterans.

While that contract comes into effect on Tuesday, the three case managers told the committee that they had not been properly trained or prepared for the transition.

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They also testified that veterans have been largely left in the dark about what will happen to them as their files are moved from the department to the company that won the contract, Partners in Canadian Veterans Rehabilitation Services.

Veterans Affairs Minister Lawrence MacAulay, who faces calls to resign over the issue, has defended the contract as critical to improving services for former service members struggling with service-related injuries and illnesses.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 21, 2022.


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Google releases Canada's top searches of 2022 | – Global News



From serious news stories to fun diversions, Canadians have done a lot of Google searches this year.

The internet search engine released its list of the most viral web searches in Canada for 2022.

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Here are the Top Search Trends this year: 

  1. Wordle
  2. Ukraine
  3. World Cup
  4. Queen Elizabeth
  5. Betty White
  6. Bob Saget
  7. Anne Heche
  8. Canuckle
  9. Johnny Depp
  10. Will Smith

“Over the last couple of years, Canadians were facing a lot of uncertainty. This year was all about supporting each other and embracing the new normals,” said Google trends expert Habiq Ali.

“Wordle was the number one top trending search term in Canada. But it was also the number one top trending search term around the world, so this web-based word game has really taken the world by storm.”

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Top Canadian News Search Trends:

  1. Ukraine
  2. Rogers outage
  3. Monkeypox
  4. Lisa LaFlamme
  5. CNE
  6. U.S. Midterm Elections
  7. Saskatchewan stabbings
  8. World Cup 2022
  9. Oscars 2022
  10. Freedom Convoy 2022

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy named Time magazine’s person of the year

Canadians weren’t just Googling games and current news events, they were also asking ‘Why?’


  1. Why is Russia attacking Ukraine?
  2. Why is Rogers down?
  3. Why did Will slap Chris?
  4. Why is Ukraine not in NATO?
  5. Why is there a formula shortage?
  6. Why is gas so expensive right now?
  7. Why are truckers protesting?
  8. Why is there a Tylenol shortage?
  9. Why is cryptocurrency going down?
  10. Why did Liz Truss resign?

Another question they asked was ‘how:’

How to…

  1. How to watch the World Cup
  2. How to do a rapid COVID test?
  3. How to help Ukraine?
  4. How to get a vaccine QR code?
  5. How to create an NFT?
  6. How to pronounce Kyiv?
  7. How to evolve Charcadet?
  8. How to “respec” in Elden Ring?
  9. How to evolve Cosmog in Pokémon Go?
  10. How to pronounce Qatar?

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Canadians were also heavily plugged into pop culture and entertainment. From the infamous Will Smith Oscars slap to the Johnny Depp defamation trial, here were the top celebrities, movies and shows of the year:

Top Celebrities

  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Will Smith
  3. Amber Heard
  4. Chris Rock
  5. Adam Levine
  6. King Charles
  7. Jada Pinkett Smith
  8. Julia Fox
  9. Bruce Willis
  10. Mary J. Blige

Top Movies

  1. Encanto
  2. Top Gun
  3. The Batman
  4. Thor: Love and Thunder
  5. Turning Red
  6. Black Adam
  7. Everything Everywhere All at Once
  8. Morbius
  9. Uncharted
  10. Don’t Worry Darling

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Top fashion looks inspired from Holiday classic films

Top TV Series

  1. Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story
  2. Euphoria
  3. Stranger Things
  4. Inventing Anna
  5. The Watcher
  6. House of the Dragon
  7. Moon Knight
  8. Yellowstone
  9. The Boys
  10. The Summer I Turned Pretty

It was also a very busy year for sports fans with the Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup.

Top Sports Searches

  1. World Cup
  2. Olympic medal count
  3. Calgary Flames
  4. Olympics
  5. CFL scores
  6. T20 World Cup 2022
  7. Asia Cup 2022
  8. Canada Soccer
  9. Golden State Warriors
  10. Indian Wells tennis

Top Athletes

  1. Guy Lafleur
  2. Novak Djokovic
  3. Antonio Brown
  4. Serena Williams
  5. Eileen Gu
  6. Kamila Valieva
  7. Felix Auger Aliassime
  8. Mitchell Miller
  9. Johnny Gaudreau
  10. Kirby Dach

“It’s a really interesting way for us to look back at the year and see what inspired us and what intrigued us,” Ali told Global News.

“From a social perspective and from a political perspective, it kind of just shows us what’s top of mind for Canadians this year.”

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Godfather Of Canadian Hip Hop Maestro Fresh Wes Takes You Into The Kitchen With TV Series “MAESTRO CHEF WES”



Saint John, N.B. – Canadian hip-hop artist, actor and Author Wes Williams is taking you on a road trip and into the kitchen.  The artist known as The Godfather of Canadian Hip-Hop is adding “chef” to his long list of talents. The upbeat cooking show Maestro Chef Wes premieres on January 26, 2022, on Bell Fibe TV1.  The six-episode series promises to show Williams’s cooking skills, conversations, and mouthwatering recipes from celebrity guests, wrapped in the boundless energy that makes him the performer he is. From performing on stage to inside the kitchen, Williams keeps it moving and exciting.  Maestro Chef Wes was created, written, and produced by Williams and Lauchlan Ough, with Chet Wesley as Executive Producer. 

Maestro Chef Wes follows the Canadian hip-hop legend as he travels the Maritimes with his new moniker as “Chef”. Sourcing local ingredients, culture and hanging with celebrity chefs and musicians, he turns each episode into a classic East Coast kitchen party.  Williams puts his unique take on everyone’s favorites.  Chef Wes doesn’t make burgers, he makes Backbone Sliders!  In each episode, Williams and his celebrity guests come together to fish, farm, talk about life and chop it up in the kitchen before their company arrives.  Then, everyone gathers together to eat the delicious food followed by a live performance by the Godfather of Canadian Hip Hop himself and fellow artists.    

 “I’m very proud of this project and working with Lauchlan Ough and Chet Wesley makes it easy.  They get it.  There’s something about meeting different people, learning about each other and cooking together that bonds people.  Having conversations around the table is what family does.  We wanted that feel.” 

                                    Maestro Fresh Wes 

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In Season One of Maestro Chef Wes Williams takes in the flavor of the Maritimes. 

Episode 01– Fresh For Myles 

Chef Wes travels to Fredericton, NB, to make a culinary collaboration with singer David Myles. The two music makers cook up a storm in this special vegetarian throwdown that ends with an acoustic version of one of Maestro’s classic bangers. 


Episode 02 – Surf N’ Slide” 

Maestro may know Hip-hop but rockin’ hip-waiters while picking oysters in PEI is a different tune. He connects with Chef Charlotte Langley, who laces us with lobster rolls while Maestro hits us up with his BACKBONE SLIDERS. 


Episode 03 – Soul Food” 

Chef Wes goes to North Preston, NS, to visit some old friends. Chef Karen Provo and family invited Maestro to R&B Kitchen to prepare Jerk Chicken, Oxtail and Corn Bread. In this special episode, singers Kaleb Simmonds and Cyndi Cain circle Maestro for a magical music moment. Learn about Black Canadian history and the love of SOUL FOOD. 


Episode 04 – Stick To Your Fishin’” 

Maestro joins Celebrity Chef Jesse Vergen.  The two men go fishing in Quispamsis, NB, for yellow perch. Later, they go to Kingston Peninsula to cook up a feast, sip some Yip Cider, and share stories with the Mackay family and friends. The Guyanese-inspired fish tacos are dope, only made better with some freestyle by Maestro 


Episode 05 – Cookin’ With Class” 

Maestro visits Dartmouth, NS, to sit and talk with Hip-hop veteran Classified.  The two talk about their classic track Hard To Be Hip-hop and make some new music. Feisty Chef Renée Lavellée joins the two legends to show them how to make a Canadian Lobster Asian-inspired Noodle Salad for a backyard blowout. In memory of Pat Stay. 


Episode 06 Scorchin’ In Bay Fortune” 

Maestro returns to PEI to cook with Celebrity Chef Michael Smith on his culinary farm at the famous Inn at Bay Fortune. In the grand finale episode, Chef Wes tackles a freshly line-caught bluefin tuna turning it into wood-fired skewers blazed with a maple miso glaze. Michael Smith gives Maestro the thumbs-up and graduates him in his kitchen. 





Watch all six episodes beginning, January 26, 2023, on Bell Fibe TV1. 


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Yanmar to Exhibit at TULSA Farm Show



TULSA Farm Show – booth 0929


Adairsville, GA (December 7, 2022) – Yanmar America Corporation will be teaming up with Yanmar dealer, Jenson Tractor Ranch at the TULSA Farm Show to showcase Yanmar products at booth 0929. The TULSA Farm Show runs from December 8th to 10th at the Expo Square’s, SageNet Center in Tulsa, OK. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day event.

Together with our Oklahoma dealer Jenson Tractor Ranch, Yanmar will be showing Yanmar’s SA tractor loader package, including rotary cutter, box blade & trailer, its YT235 TL, YM342, and YT359C TL tractor models, as well as Yanmar’s Bull UTV and Longhorn UTV.


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Models on Display



SA425TL package with box blade and rotary cutter & trailer


YM359 TL




Utility Task Vehicles


Longhorn UTV


Visit Yanmar at booth 0929 or contact Brad Kruger for any inquiries.


Darrell Pool,

Regional Sales Manager, Rural Lifestyle Division, Yanmar America Corporation


C: 678-276-6780

About Yanmar America Corporation

Yanmar America Corporation, located in Adairsville, GA, is the regional headquarters of Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. a global company based in Osaka, Japan. Yanmar was established in 1912, and in 1933 became the world’s first manufacturer to develop a practical small diesel engine. Today, Yanmar is a recognized leader in the design and manufacturing of advanced performance diesel engines and diesel-powered equipment, as well as gas engine-based energy systems. Yanmar America Corporation is located at 101 International Parkway, Adairsville, GA 30103. For more information, please visit

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