From Kenya to Canada: The Story of Kenya’s Only Ice Hockey Team


In Kenya, there is only one ice hockey team, and they have nobody to play against. Every Wednesday and Sunday, the Kenya Ice Lions take to the first-ever ice rink in East and Central Africa: a 1,400-square-metre rink at the Panari Sky Center Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Located next to Nairobi National Park, is where the Ice Lions take to the rink and play the game they love.

In Canada, it is sometimes taken for granted that Canadians can always find someone to grab a stick, find some ice and play a game. Tim Hortons heard the story about the Kenya Ice Lions and decided to share our love of the game by bringing them to the birthplace of hockey.

“In Canada – and as a company – Hockey is part of our DNA,” says Jorge Zaidan, Head of Marketing, Tim Hortons Canada. “We are so inspired by the story of the Lions. Despite having no other teams to play against, the players on the Kenya Ice Lions’ passion for the game is unwavering. Their shared passion and love of the game knows no borders.”

Moved by their love for Canada’s favourite sport, Tim Hortons flew 12 members of the senior Ice Lions team to Canada to have the opportunity to finally play their first game ever against another team. After dressing in brand new CCM hockey equipment and personalized jerseys, they discovered they were in for an even bigger surprise: Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon were joining them on the ice as teammates.

“I was honoured to be able to join the Ice Lions as they played their first game against another team,” said Sidney Crosby, captain of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. “One of the things I love about hockey is how it’s able to reach so many people from so many countries around the world and bring them together.”

“While we played alongside the Ice Lions for their first game, we know it won’t be their last,” said Colorado Avalanche star, Nathan MacKinnon. “The team’s genuine passion and excitement for hockey is contagious – they were amazing teammates and it was great to play with them.”

“It is a dream to not only have the chance to play in Canada, but to play – for the first time – in full gear alongside two of the greatest players of the game,” says Benard Azegere, captain of the Kenya Ice Lions.” When we first started playing in Kenya, we didn’t even have full equipment, but now not only do we have that, we can say we’ve played a real game with some All-Star teammates.”

Tim Hortons made a donation to Kenya’s Youth Hockey League to help ensure that the Ice Lions’ passion for the sport lives on for the next generation. To see the full video of the Kenya Ice Lions hockey game with Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon, please visit

Google Launches Grow With Google Initiative in Canada


Grow with Google provides small business owners and job seekers with access to free digital training, workshops and events


Today, Google launched Grow with Google, a new initiative aimed at helping Canadians access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. As part of this new initiative, Google announced $2 million in grants from Google.Org to bring digital skills training to individuals across the country. The grant will be used to bring two of Google’s leading digital skills training programs to Canada: Applied Digital Skills and the Professional IT Support Certificate.

Google is partnering with Canada Learning Code to provide Canadians with access to the Applied Digital Skills Program, a blended online and in-person curriculum that teaches digital skills through practical problem solving so learners can be competitive in an evolving job market. To make sure those lessons are available to all Canadians, the entire Digital Skills Training Program is offered in both French and English.

The Professional IT Support Certification Program takes beginner learners to job readiness in eight months with no experience required. Developed by Google and hosted on Coursera, the program has over 64 hours of video lessons, hands-on labs and interactive assessments for adults looking to reskill and start a new career in technology. Google has partnered with leading Canadian companies like RBC and Walmart Canada, and of course Google Canada to get graduates information into the hands of HR departments following course completion.

Google is also bringing workshops, in-person training, and one-on-one sessions to communities across Canada, in partnership with local community groups, businesses and leaders. Grow with Google events will cover topics suited to small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to scale their business and individuals interested in  growing their skills.

“Technology is the key to opportunity, which is why we are launching Grow with Google in Canada,” said Sabrina Geremia, Country Director, Google Canada. “By making our resources available to everyone online, by bringing hands-on training into communities across the country, and by partnering with organizations like Canada Learning Code who are devoted to expanding access to digital tools and training, we can help Canadians grow their skills, their opportunities, and their futures.”

“Digital skills are tools of empowerment,” says Melissa Sariffodeen, Chief Executive Officer at Canada Learning Code. “Our vision is a Canada in which all people have the knowledge and confidence to harness the power of technology to achieve economic and personal fulfillment. Our partnership with Grow with Google puts us one step closer to achieving that vision by allowing us to offer new content and scale our existing coding and digital literacy curriculum to more Canadians.”

Thousands of Canadians to tackle plastic pollution across the country

Governance, World

Around the world, people and companies throw away more than $100 billion worth of plastic packaging each year. Plastic waste and marine litter, including microplastics, pose a serious threat to the health of our ecosystems, wildlife and economies.

In fact, 8 million tonnes of plastic flow into our oceans every year—the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into our oceans every minute. This reality is alarming.

Keeping all of our waters and shorelines clean of debris is important for a healthy environment for Canadians, today and tomorrow. This is why the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, travelled across Canada this summer to encourage Canadians to beat plastic pollution. Now she is launching the Community Cleanup, a call for Canadians to clean up plastics from their local shorelines, parks and neighbourhoods.

The Community Cleanup will start on September 8. Canadians are encouraged to connect with their local MPs to organize community plastic cleanups. Throughout the week, schools, businesses and citizens can organize their own cleanups. On September 15—International Coastal Cleanup Day and World Cleanup Day—there will be three major events, in VancouverToronto and Halifax, through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, supported by the Government of Canada. People from around the world will come together to collect and document the trash on shorelines. You can join or lead a cleanup, on your own or through the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, anytime and anywhere in Canada. It is important to register with the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to contribute to global and Canadian data by recording what you find.

Halifax will also be the location of this year’s G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers Meeting, on September 19 to 21. The Canada-led Ocean Plastics Charter was signed during the G7 leaders summit in Charlevoix, where international partners committed to removing debris from coasts and shorelines. Canada is determined to lead in this effort. And together, we can eliminate plastic waste and reduce marine litter in our own country and around the world.

“Our lakes, rivers, oceans and waterways are a big part of Canada’s natural legacy. And it’s important that we protect these spaces from the growing plastic-pollution problem. On September 8, I encourage Canadians across the country to do their part and take action in their communities,” says Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change.


Quick facts

  • Throughout 2018, Canada has served as president of the G7, a group of the world’s largest advanced economies.
  • About half of all the plastics ever manufactured were made since 2000. The global production of plastics has been faster than most man-made materials.
  • As of 2015, about 6.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste have been generated globally, with about 79 per cent of that amount ending up in landfills or the environment.
  • Only about 11 per cent of plastics are recycled in Canada. In 2010, Canada released into the oceans from land 8000 tonnes of plastic—the weight of 75 blue whales.
  • Over 90 per cent of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.

Expedition finds evidence of first known whaling wreck in Canada’s High Arctic

Animals and Pets, Earth, World

Two Canadian researchers have found evidence of a Scottish whaling wreck in the High Arctic, thought to be the first discovery of its kind in the world. Michael Moloney and Mathew Ayre, post-doctoral fellows with the University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, made the find last week. The wreckage is from Nova Zembla, a whaling vessel that sank in a fjord near Baffin Bay in September 1902. The discovery is significant because the British fleet lost over 200 vessels and none have ever been found until now.

“Most Canadians are not aware of the important role that whaling played in opening up the Canadian Arctic,” says Ayre. “These sailors formed strong partnerships with the Inuit to learn how to navigate Arctic waters for close to 300 years.” The knowledge gained from each whaling trip became extremely helpful to subsequent voyages of Britain’s Royal Navy in their quest to explore the planet’s polar regions and discover the Northwest Passage.

“This is a previously unidentified archaeological site, and the first High Arctic whaling ship ever discovered,” says John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. “It is a remarkable story of historical sleuthing supported by fieldwork and adds considerably to the historical record by shedding new light on that treacherous, once great industry.”

The team that made the discovery relied on drone footage and sonar imaging. Working off One Ocean Expedition’s Akademik Sergey Vavilov ship, they deployed a remote-operated underwater vehicle in a targeted five-square-kilometre search area, which they had narrowed in on through months of research. The pair still needs to further study the sonar imagery to examine some promising shapes, including what appears to be one of the anchors of the ship — straight lines and right angles are indicative of man-made materials. Moloney and Ayer plan on resuming their research next year and will work with local Inuit communities to learn more about the history of Nova Zembla.

“Grassroots underwater archeology on a budget takes time,” says Moloney. “This will be a multi-year project that helps Canadians learn more about our maritime history.”

The Search for Nova Zembla expedition was supported by the Expeditions Program of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, One Ocean Expeditions, Mountain Equipment Co-op, University of Calgary’s Arctic Institute of North America, Deep Trekker: Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles & Drones, and Lens Lenders.

Sodexo Canada achieves Women in Governance Parity Certification

Awards, Business, Society

A  focus on gender balanced teams for operational excellence earns Sodexo recognition as a Parity Certified employer


Sodexo Canada’s commitment to supporting a gender balanced workplace has earned recognition by Women in Governance with 2018 Parity Certification.

Sodexo will join 30 other Parity Certified organizations to be honoured at the annual Women in Governance Gala on September 11th at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal.

The Women in Governance Parity Certification helps Canadian organizations increase the representation of women, especially in decision-making and senior management positions. This innovative standard not only assesses parity at the decision-making level but also assesses an organization’s commitment to implementing mechanisms that enable women at all levels to achieve career advancement and create a pipeline of female talent.

The Parity Certification Committee thoroughly researched trends across sectors and formulated a questionnaire with the support of McKinsey & Company and the Quebec Order of Certified Human Resources Professionals (CRHA).

Sodexo in Canada
Sodexo has been delivering On-Site Services in Canada for over 40 years. Recognized as a strategic partner, Sodexo Canada is dedicated to providing Quality of Life Services for clients, their employees and visitors in the corporate, education, healthcare and energy and resources segments. These Quality of Life Services create healthy, safe, and efficient environments allowing individuals and organizations to grow and succeed. Delivering food and facilities management services for over 175 clients, Sodexo is a market leader in Canada in terms of revenue and consumers served, and has been recognized as a top employer for the past six consecutive years. Sodexo Canada is proud to have created the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated more than 1 million meals to at risk youth in Canada since it was founded in 2000.

Canada’s Corporate Tax Cut Success: A Lesson for Americans

Business, Governance

In December 2017, President Donald Trump cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, effective immediately. While certain critics quickly lamented this policy decision, the President is currently mulling a second round of tax cuts. In this context, the Canadian experience with corporate tax reduction provides a useful comparison, shows a new study released today by the Montreal Economic Institute.

Between 2001 and 2012, successive Canadian governments of varying political stripes systematically reduced the corporate tax rate, which went from 28% in 2000 to 15% in 2012. The government also modified capital cost allowances and either harmonized or phased out other taxes affecting capital during this period.

The study, co-authored by Mathieu Bédard, economist at the Montreal Economic Institute, and Adam Michel, policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, shows that the tax cuts had widespread beneficial effects.

While Canada’s corporate tax rate was virtually halved, government revenues remained fairly constant between 3% and 4% after an initial dot-com bubble-induced drop in 2001. “The notion that a major corporate tax rate reduction automatically leads to shrinking government revenues has been completely discredited by the Canadian experience,” notes Mathieu Bédard.

As pointed out by American economist Arthur Laffer in the context of the 1980s Reagan tax cuts, high tax rates can discourage economic activity which, in turn, means less corporate income to tax. “Investors increasingly shop all around the world for promising projects, and high corporate taxes can push both foreign and domestic investors to look abroad,” explains Adam Michel.

If corporate income tax reduction had broad bipartisan support in Canada, it is because it was widely understood that although corporations remit the tax, workers pay a large share of it. “Workers have everything to gain from corporate tax cuts,” says Mathieu Bédard.

The evolution of Canadian wages show that they increased faster between 2001 and 2012 than they had in the previous decade or than wages did in other industrialized countries during the same period. In fact, industrial sectors such as construction, finance, and some service industries experienced real wage growth ranging from 9.8% to 15.8%.

The Canadian experience shows that corporate tax reform can be a tremendous success and help grow the economy and hike wages for workers. There is every reason to believe that American workers, businesses, and the federal government will reap similar benefits from the recent corporate tax cuts.

The Economic Note entitled “Canada’s Corporate Tax Cut Success: A Lesson for Americans” was prepared by Mathieu Bédard and Adam Michel, respectively economist at the MEI and policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation. This publication is available on our website.

Canada’s brightest minds collaborate on bold ideas for a better future


Government of Canada invests more than $78 million to create jobs and training for Canada’s scientists and engineers


With bright people and collaboration, bold ideas can be realized. When researchers, companies and other partners work together, they create jobs, support hands-on training and develop technologies and services to benefit all Canadians.

Today, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced funding of more than $78 million to recipients of the Strategic Partnership Grants (SPG) for Networks and Projects, supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Funding will go to six networks and 80 projects from across the country.

This investment will bring together and support some of Canada’s brightest researchers to address challenges in areas including environment and agriculture, information and communications technologies, natural resources and energy, and advanced manufacturing.

Minister Duncan made the announcement during a visit to Promation, an industrial partner with the University of Waterloo, and member of the Network for Holistic Innovation in Additive Manufacturing, one of the six networks that received funding today. This network brings together leading researchers in Canada and abroad, government, and aerospace and automotive industry players to accelerate the use of 3D printing in Canada’s manufacturing sector.

With the global market for 3D printing expected to grow fivefold by 2020, this is an important investment in Canada’s innovation economy which will boost our competitiveness, and prepare our workers for the jobs of tomorrow.

“I commend today’s recipients for the important work they are doing to contribute to Canada’s competitiveness. We are investing in you today because we know that when we invest in science and research we are investing in Canadians. The bold ideas your innovative partnerships will generate will have an important impact on our economy, creating good jobs and unique training opportunities for scientists and engineers here in Oakville and across the country.”
– The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport

“Congratulations to all recipients and their partners. NSERC is proud of its role in convening Canada’s top scientists and engineers with a wealth of partners from industry, government and other organizations. These fruitful collaborations are a testament to the power of great minds and expertise coming together to tackle challenges in targeted areas where Canada can be a world leader.”
– Dr. Marc Fortin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC

“This investment will enable the team led by the University of Waterloo to increase our collaborations and partnerships with industry in Canada and abroad to help ensure that our country plays a major role in integrating the transformative impacts of Additive Manufacturing globally, thereby securing Canada’s leadership in the realization of Industry 4.0.”
– Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani, Professor of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo

“Innovation and R&D has always been the basis of Promation’s historical growth and will certainly drive our future. Federal programs like the Strategic Partnership Grants will help Canadian industry to leapfrog into the future with support for Advanced Manufacturing technologies and the highly skilled people required to develop and use them effectively.”
– Mark Zimny, Chief Executive Officer, Promation

Quick facts

  • The total funding for the six networks is $33 million and the total funding for the 80 projects is just over $45 million.
  • NSERC conducts extensive evaluations to ensure that these projects remain relevant for Canada. An extensive network of peer reviewers meets annually to select the winners for each competition.

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Communities in New Brunswick to benefit from improved water and wastewater infrastructure

Governance, Health

The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are investing in local infrastructure that ensures Canadians and their families have access to modern, reliable water and wastewater services that meet their needs. These investments safeguard the health and well-being of residents, protect waterways and preserve local ecosystems.

René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for Madawaska–Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and the Honourable Gilles LePage, Minister of Labour, Employment and Population Growth, today announced more than $3 million in funding for three water and wastewater infrastructure projects for the Town of Dalhousie, the Village of Kedgwick and the Town of Saint-Quentin.

The Government of Canada is contributing more than $1.5 million to these projects through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund and the Government of New Brunswickis providing more than $750,000. The communities are responsible for the remainder of the project costs.

Thanks to this investment, residents in Dalhousie will benefit from improved water and wastewater services. This project involves the separation and renewal of the combined sanitary and storm sewer located along Adelaïde Street, from Brunswick Street to Renfrew Street. In addition, two clean water improvement projects will soon be underway in Kedgwick and Saint-Quentin, which will see the replacement of drinking water, wastewater, sewage and stormwater sewers. Projects like these will keep the waterways in New Brunswick clean and the communities healthy for years to come.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and New Brunswick for clean water and wastewater.


“By investing in modern and efficient water and wastewater infrastructure, the Government of Canada is supporting Canada’s ongoing transition to a clean, sustainable growth economy and creating well-paying middle class jobs. The improvements to water infrastructure in DalhousieKedgwick, and Saint-Quentin will ensure residents continue to have access to safe drinking water while protecting the local environment.”

René Arseneault, Member of Parliament for MadawaskaRestigouche, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“The Government of New Brunswick recognizes the importance of investing in essential services like clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services. These investments will have a lasting positive impact on the quality of life for New Brunswickers, as well as contribute to economic growth, a clean environment and stronger communities.”

The Honourable Gilles LePage, Minister of Labour, Employment and Population Growth, on behalf of the Honourable Andrew Harvey, Minister of Environment and Local Government

“This investment will go a long way helping our citizens have a better quality of life. We are thankful to both the provincial and federal governments in joining hands with us to make this happen.”

His worship Normand Pelletier, Mayor of Dalhousie

Quick facts

  • For the Adelaïde Street Sewer Separation and Watermain Renewal project in Dalhousie, the Government of Canada is contributing $274,792. The Government of New Brunswick and the Town of Dalhousie are each contributing $137,396.
  • For the Infrastructure Improvement Monseigneur Martin Street West project in Saint-Quentin, the Government of Canada is contributing $528,409. The Government of New Brunswick and the Town of Saint-Quentin are each contributing $264,204.
  • For the Rehabilitation and Infrastructure Update Project in Kedgwick, the Government of Canada is contributing $704,772. The Government of New Brunswick and the Village of Kedgwick are each contributing $352,386.
  • The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
  • $26.9 billion of this funding will support green infrastructure projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Regulations for trucks, buses, and large vehicles cut pollution, improve air quality, and boost competitiveness

Earth, Governance

The Government of Canada is delivering on its promise to fight climate change, reduce pollution, and make investments to improve the health of communities while growing the economy.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced new carbon-pollution regulations for heavy-duty vehicles, starting in 2020, and the regulations will become increasingly stringent in the years ahead. By reducing emissions from school buses, transport tractors and trailers, garbage trucks, delivery vans, and larger pick-up trucks, these regulations will make our air cleaner and our communities healthier while helping transportation companies save money. The regulations will promote clean innovation and support good middle-class jobs.

The regulations will also reduce trucking costs for moving goods in Canada, helping the transportation sector become more competitive by saving new vehicle owners approximately $1.7 billion in fuel costs annually, by 2030, and by reducing the cost of transporting goods and materials to customers in Canada and in international markets. The approach will keep Canada globally competitive while protecting the environment.

In Canada, carbon pollution from heavy-duty vehicles has almost tripled since 1990. Today, it is comparable to emissions from coal-fired electricity. These regulations will decrease the growth of carbon pollution from this part of our transportation sector.

Reducing pollution from heavy-duty vehicles is also an important part of Canada’sclean-growth and climate action plan. The new standards for heavy-duty vehicles will reduce carbon pollution by approximately 6 million tonnes a year by 2030, which is comparable to taking about 1.5 million passenger vehicles off the road for one year.

Canada’s regulations are designed to promote innovation and provide flexibility to industry to choose the most cost-effective compliance options. Heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers will have the flexibility to choose the clean technologies that will increase their fuel efficiency and reduce emissions and operating costs.


“The environment and the economy go hand in hand. Large vehicles are an important part of Canada’s economy—we rely on them to get kids to school, move goods to customers, and keep our neighbourhoods clean. They also contribute to smog and carbon pollution, which harm our health and our environment. With these new regulations, we are making the air cleaner and fighting climate change while helping businesses compete and grow and supporting jobs for middle-class Canadians.”
– Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Quick Facts

  • Currently, heavy-duty vehicle emissions account for 9 percent of Canada’s total emissions.
  • Introducing new heavy-duty vehicle regulations and making investments in low-carbon transportation are important parts of Canada’s climate action plan to meet its Paris Agreement commitments.
  • Canada is also phasing in the implementation of regulations to provide more lead time for industry to maximize investments in new technology and upgrade existing facilities.
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada has consulted with Canadians and industry stakeholders on the development of new heavy-duty vehicle emissions regulations, since 2014.
  • The Government of Canada is also supporting the transportation industry through Budget 2017’s investment of $10.1 billion in trade and transportation projects over the next decade. This investment will help build stronger, more efficient transportation corridors to international markets and will enable Canadian businesses to compete and grow while creating more jobs for Canada’s middle class.

Cell Phone Alerts To Provide “Get Out And Vote” Message


Citizen suggests using cell phone and media notifications to get the message out on voting days

Evan Kosiner, recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal For Volunteers, Caring Canadian Award and a House Of Commons Award, is calling on the Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use their power regarding the National Alert Aggregation & Dissemination System (NAAD System) to get the message out to Canadians to go out and vote.

Within his letter to the above parties, the suggestion was made, “If due to government bureaucracy it doesn’t fall into the “emergency” category, the innovator in me suggests it perhaps it could be conveniently another test day that happens to mention to “Get out and vote!””

With forthcoming provincial and municipal elections, using this system to get Canadians into the voting booth is a viable means and in the public interest.