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Hockey Canada is at the centre of a devastating sexual assault scandal that has shaken Canadian trust in the sport and its institutions.

The sports organization settled a lawsuit with a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by eight players from the Canadian Hockey League in London, Ont., in 2018 — and several other allegations of group sexual assaults by Canadian hockey players have surfaced.

In July, Hockey Canada’s executives revealed that the organization has paid $8.9 million in settlements to 21 sexual assault complainants since 1989, using a slush fund comprising membership fees from young players across Canada.

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The fallout has been extraordinary. On Saturday, Hockey Canada interim board chair Andrea Skinner submitted her resignation, CBC News confirmed.

As the country’s national self-governing body for amateur hockey, Hockey Canada is responsible for managing and expanding hockey programs across the country at all playing levels — from the local grassroots all the way to the World Championships and Olympics.

“I think this is a pivotal point in Canadian history,” Laura Robinson, a sports journalist and the author of Crossing the Line: Violence and Sexual Assault in Canada’s National Sport, told CBC News on Friday.

But what does that really mean? CBC News explains the organization’s role in the Canadian hockey landscape.

What is Hockey Canada?

Hockey Canada has a range of goals and responsibilities, according to its bylaws and regulations.

For one, it establishes a set of playing rules for amateur hockey games across the country, so that every game and practice under its umbrella is played at the same standard. It promotes the sport around Canada and arranges for national teams to play in international tournaments.

It also provides training to hockey players, coaches and referees, and raises money and redistributes those funds to local hockey clubs and member associations, among other things.

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Laura Robinson, a sports journalist who wrote a book about hazing and sexual assault in Canadian junior hockey, discusses the role Hockey Canada plays in the sport across the country amid ongoing controversy involving the organization.

But it also represents Canada in the wider hockey world as a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation, a worldwide governing body that develops and organizes the sport of ice hockey around the globe.

The Canadian organization has existed in various forms and under different names for 108 years.

“Before Hockey Canada, there was the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association [CAHA] and the Canadian Hockey Association. But in those days you couldn’t have a professional player play in an amateur association,” Robinson said.

In 1998, Hockey Canada — as we know it today — was formed after a merger with the CAHA.

Who are its members?

Two players wearing Canadian Hockey League jerseys are pictured. Many of Hockey Canada’s 13 branch members are now distancing themselves from the organization as its mishandling of sexual abuse claims comes to light. (Peter Power/The Canadian Press)

Hockey Canada has 13 member branches, each of which represent a province or region in Canada, with some exceptions. Ontario is represented by three different branches, for example, while Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon are represented by Hockey North.

All of these member organizations must conform to certain rules and regulations decided by Hockey Canada — it’s a condition they agree to in order to join the club, according to the constitution’s bylaws.

Many of these branch members are now distancing themselves from Hockey Canada, as the organization’s mishandling of sexual abuse claims comes to light.

There are also 12 partner organizations that have a significant stake in the game of hockey in Canada, such as the National Hockey League; U Sports, which oversees university-level sports in Canada; and the Canadian Hockey League, of which the players involved in the alleged 2018 group sexual assault were members.

Money from Hockey Canada’s National Equity Fund was used to pay settlements to some of the alleged victims.

What does that mean for players?

If you compete in a sport at the local level, “you have to belong to your provincial body, which belongs to the national body,” Robinson told CBC News.

“If an athlete has a dream to go to the World [Championships] or the Olympics, they have to belong to that national organization. And in this case, it’s Hockey Canada.”

Local players in Canada who belong to a team or league affiliated with a provincial organization have access to Hockey Canada’s National Insurance Program.

According to Hockey Saskatchewan’s website, the 13 member organizations are “specifically named as an insured, and all sub-associations, leagues and teams which form a part of Hockey Canada.”

So if a player is injured while participating in a game or a practice sanctioned by Hockey Canada, they are covered by insurance. That’s why some of the 13 member groups are withholding $3 membership fees (which go toward what Hockey Canada says are operational costs) but are continuing to pay insurance fees.

How is Hockey Canada’s board of directors elected?

Andrea Skinner, interim chair of Hockey Canada’s board of directors until she submitted her resignation on Saturday, defended the organization during an appearance before the House of Commons heritage committee on Tuesday. (Courtesy

Hockey Canada’s board of directors is made up of volunteers nominated and elected by their peers in the provincial member organizations. The current directors are from Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island.

Skinner — who made a controversial appearance during a meeting of the House of Commons heritage committee on Tuesday, when she defended the organization — was filling in as interim chair of the board after former chair Michael Brind’amour stepped down in August.

Where does Hockey Canada get its funding from?

Until recently, Hockey Canada received funding from the federal government; through membership fees and  provincial grants; and from grassroots fundraising and sponsorships.

Much of that is now up in the air, with major sponsors such as Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire and Nike cutting ties with Hockey Canada.

In June, federal Minister of Sport Pascale St-Onge froze Hockey Canada’s funding from the federal government. The organization received a total of $14 million from Ottawa in 2020 and 2021.

But at the grassroots level, people have bake sales and bottle drives to fund amateur sport in Canada. “Hockey, on the ground floor, it’s volunteers,” Robinson said.

“That’s something Hockey Canada really has to address, in my mind: Have they taken advantage of these volunteers?”

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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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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 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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