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Shall we expect another round of refugees? 4 Hong Kong Protests 5 Justice Not Verdict 8 New Cabinet Sworn in Canada 12 Canadian Leaders Debate Criteria 10 Reyvow a New Drug to Treat Migraine 16 Syria Still Burning 20 Yuan Against the Dollar 24 Team Canada’s Class of 2019 30

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Editor’s Desk

SHALL WE EXPECT ANOTHER ROUND OF REFUGEES? Somebody, punched 4 big holes in Saudi Oil facility, heavily secured, heavily guarded and heavily protected. No one till today is sure who did it and how they did it. All the fingers are turned to Iran who has denied any role to do such a thing. Iran however, has the capability to do so with missiles but not with drones.

conquerors including Turks, all had interest to rule this part of the world.

Since 1979, the year Shah of Iran was deposed, again due to incorrect feed of date, American capacity had been in question and with the latest below is Saudi incident it is confirmed that we have to revisit our processes and if we keep relying on we Saudi Arabia’s security is dependent on were doing we will get the same results Americans and had been since the oil sur- what we were getting, and that is failure faced. Saudis do believe, it’s Iran but why of our global understanding. the intelligence failed and why the attack wasn’t prevented is a question they’re look- If war breaks down in the Middle East, it is ing answers for. likely that the world would see a sea of refugees from Iran and Saudi Arabia. World History perhaps is repeating as once again must press the two countries to remain the Iran, Syria, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iraq calm because the disruption of oil would and other neighbouring nations have be- bring the cost of transportation too high coming focus of the world. Few centuries that would generate an extraordinary hike ago Mongols, Romans, Greeks and other in the consumer goods.



Hong Kong

PROTESTS By C. K Yi – Hong Kong

According to Canadian Encyclopedia, Hong Kong was the first place Canadians fought a land battle in the Second World War. From 8 to 25 December 1941, almost 2,000 troops from Winnipeg and Quebec City — sent to Hong Kong expecting little more than guard duty — fought bravely against the overwhelming power of an invading Japanese force. When the British colony surrendered on Christmas Day, 290 Canadians had been killed in the fighting. Another 264 would die over the next four years, amid the inhumane conditions of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps.



For many years, Hong Kong was run by the UK as a part of the former British Empire. That was until 1997, when control of the city was handed over to China. But a special agreement with China - called “one country, two systems” - was created to make sure that Hong Kong had some independence from China. Today the situation is different. In June 2019 new protests were sparked in Hong Kong against a law that could have seen its citizens tried, or taken to court, for political crimes in China. The law was scrapped but the protesters till fear, the bill could be revived, so demonstrations continued, calling for it to be withdrawn completely.


Protests pause but start again with added demands. Police seems to be weak to control the masses. The police weakness became reality since the days of “Umbrella Movement” in which protesters used umbrella to protect themselves from tear gas. The “Umbrella Movement” started in reaction to a decision made by China that it would allow elections in Hong Kong in 2017, but only from a list of candidates pre-approved by the Chinese government. Tens of thousands of people, of whom many were students, camped in the streets and demanded the right to fully free leadership elections.


On December 24, 2019, the protesters launched online calls for lunchtime marches on Christmas Day and Boxing Day in 6 districts of Central, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Sha Tin to press fresh demands that include launching an independent investigation on the conduct of police and starting a political reform process for universal suffrage.

may inject weapons to fight the police to shatter the Chinese dream of “one country, two systems� that ran well for over two decades. If that happens, the only sufferer would be people of Hong Kong.

China believes that the entire world is behind protesters, love them, sympathise them and would help them to show that poor protesters are facing a super power who is not willing to keep Hong Kong as Observers are scared that the protests independent, they way they want. could go violent because some powers



JUSTICE not VERDICT By Tom Ahlstrom

Most awaited verdict by a Saudi court finally arrived on December 24, 2019, sentencing death penalty to 5 out of 11 suspects in Journalist/Writer/Columnist Jamal Khashoggi murder case. 3 gets 24 years in prison for cover up and 3 were set free. US State Department official hailed the decision as “an important step� in holding the perpetrators accountable. Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had been granted residency status. 8


Saudi public prosecutor said that 11 defendants were presented to him alongside their lawyers at the first session and that the prosecution asked the death penalty for five for their role in the murder, and he accepted the prosecution’s demand.

sentenced to death may not deserve the ultimate penalty,” she added.

Khashoggi, still a Saudi citizen was visiting Turkey and needed some paperwork done to get married with his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. On October 2, 2018, he entered Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul but never exited the building. Cengiz waited outside for him and, when he did not return, got in touch with authorities as he had instructed her to do, “if I don’t come out call the authorities including US embassy”. Authority’s action was late and he was gone forever.

“Today we have been granted justice as the children of the deceased, God willing, Jamal Khashoggi. We affirm our confidence in the Saudi judiciary at all levels, that it has been fair to us and that justice has been achieved,” he said in a Twitter post.

The slain journalist’s son, Salah Khashoggi, said his family had achieved justice, thanks to the verdict of Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor.

Paris-based media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders said that justice was “trampled on” with the death sentences meted out after a trial that did not respect international standards of justice.

In the meantime another woman, last named Atr surfaced in US claiming to be his wife who he kept secret from his family and Turkish fiancée. She showed the wedding documents and photographs to the press. The wedding however, is not registered. Turkish Investigator Agnes Callamard and international rights groups have conThe verdict left Khashoggi’s fiancee Hat- demned the verdict. Earlier this year, Turkice Cengiz unsatisfied, with her saying on ish intelligence agencies concluded that Twitter that the “Saudi announcement not he was killed in a premeditated murder. acceptable”. Khashoggi’s friend and edi- Turkish officials believed that the body of tor at the Washington Post, Karen Attiah, Khashoggi, was cut up then rolled up in a said, “Justice for Jamal Khashoggi’s sense- rug and given to a “local cooperator” for less, horrific death is not more senseless disposal. deaths”. “More anonymous bloodshed is not closure. The ‘trials’ were in secret. For Initially, CIA has reportedly concluded that all we know, these five men who have been Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Sal-



man (MBS) had likely ordered the killing of Journalist Khashoggi that Saudis consistently denied. The Trump administration has said there is no direct evidence of the crown prince’s involvement, and has stressed the vital importance of relations between Washington and Riyadh. According to an Arabian news agency, the latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted. A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate. He also showed testimony from those involved in what he described as the 15-man team’s cover-up, and the initial results of an internal probe. He did not provide proof to substantiate the findings of the investigation and the other evidence. Amnesty International criticised the verdict as a “whitewash which brings neither justice nor the truth for Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones”. Painfully, till today Khashoggi’s son, his fiancée, his friends and everyone else are dying to witness the truth, his body his remains, nothing but truth.





New Cabinet


in Canada By Amir S. Ali

Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada who lost the majority has made success to form the government. He unveiled his new cabinet today, November 20, 2019, one month after elections. Mr. Trudeau‘s Liberals have only 157 seats, short of the 170 needed for a majority, meaning the Prime Minister will have to find common ground with other parties to move his agenda forward.



The most interesting position change is Chrystia Freeland, who becomes the Deputy Prime Minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs. Chrystia Freeland served as the Ministers of International Trade and Foreign affairs before being promoted to the second highest post in the government.

the government House leader in the last Parliament.

In the alphabetical order, here are new cabinet and important positions in the government. There are few new faces in the cabinet, some ministers are given new ministries and some are kept on the old positions.

5. Bill Blair becomes Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. He is entering into the ministerial duties left behind by Saskatchewan MP Ralph Goodale who lost his seat.

1. Ahmed Hussen becomes Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

4. Bernadette Jordan becomes Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. She served as minister for rural economic development in the last parliament.

6. Bill Morneau remains Minister of Finance.

2. Anita Anand becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement. Anand is a rookie MP and a professor in the faculty of law at the University of Toronto. 3. Bardish Chagger becomes Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, who served as



7. Carla Qualtrough becomes Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. In the last government she served as the president of the treasury board and as minister of sport and persons with disabilities. 8. Carolyn Bennett remains minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. Bennett is one of a group of senior Liberal cabinet ministers that is returning to the same role. 9. Catherine McKenna becomes Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. She has held minister of environment portfolio in the last government. 10. Chrystia Freeland is now Deputy PM. 11. Dan Vandal, former city councillor and a boxer becomes Minister of Northern Affairs. 12. David Lametti remains Minister of Justice and Attorney general. 13. Deb Schulte becomes Minister of Seniors. 14. Diane Lebouthillier remains Minister of National Revenue. 15. Dominic LeBlanc becomes President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. Unfortunately he is in the battle with cancer and couldn’t join the cabinet this time. He previously served as House leader, and as the ministers for


intergovernmental affairs and fisheries and oceans. 16. Filomena Tassi becomes Minister of Labour. 17. Francois-Philippe Champagne who held the international trade portfolio now becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs. 18. Harjit Sajjan remains Minister of National Defence. 19. Jean-Yves Duclos becomes President of the Treasury Board. 20. Jonathan Wilkinson becomes Minister of Environment and Climate Change. He served as the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard in the last Parliament. 21. Joyce Murray becomes Minister of Digital Government. 22. Karina Gould who was responsible for democratic institutions in the last Parliament now becomes Minister of International Development. 23. Lawrence MacAulay remains Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. 24. Marc Garneau remains Minister of Transport. 25. Marc Miller becomes Minister of Indigenous Services.


26. Marco Mendicino becomes Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. 27. Marie-Claude Bibeau remains Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food and will see her navigate ongoing food safety issues with China. 28. Mary Ng becomes Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. 29. Maryam Monsef becomes Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. 30. Melanie Joly, former minister of heritage, minister of tourism, official languages and La Francophone now becomes Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages. 31. Mona Fortier becomes Minister of Middle-Class Prosperity and Associate Minister of Finance. She was a spokeswoman for La Cité collégiale, a French-language college in Ontario. 32. Navdeep Bains becomes Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. His ministry has been restructured to include ‘industry’. 33. Pablo Rodriguez becomes Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. 34. Patty Hajdu becomes Minister of Health.

35. Seamus O’Regan becomes Minister of Natural Resources. He did serve as the minister of veterans affairs and the minister of indigenous services in the last cabinet. 36. Steven Guilbeault, an environmentalist becomes Minister of Canadian Heritage. Interestingly, excluding Prime Minister, there would be 18 male and 18 female members of the cabinet. A promise he kept in forming the last cabinet as well despite criticism to appoint the right people for the right job not on the basis of gender, religion or color. Despite the losses in Western Canada due to crude oil transportation crisis, a B.C. MP, Jonathan Wilkinson is the new minister in charge of those files. Catherine McKenna is shuffled to Infrastructure and Communities.

Historically, the minority governments last 18 months to 24 months, the opposition parties have started campaigning from the day the results came in their hands. Pundits are forecasting that 2021 would be the election year but if the Liberals solve 15



to treat


Unlike Canada, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Reyvow (lasmiditan) to treat acute migraine. The drug is for active, shortterm migraine. It isn’t intended to prevent migraine. Side effects can include driving impairments, so patients shouldn’t drive or operate machinery for at least 8 hours after taking Reyvow. Other side effects include dizziness, fatigue, a burning or prickling sensation in the skin known as paresthesia, and sedation. About a billion people suffer with Migraine worldwide. 16


Citizens always have questions why some drugs that are approved south of the borders are not available here in Canada. Health Canada’s Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) is the national authority that regulates, evaluates and monitors the safety, efficacy, and quality of therapeutic and diagnostic products available to Canadians. These products include drugs, medical devices, disinfectants and sanitizers with disinfectant claims. The drugs go to a clinical trial. The intent of a clinical trial is to research and gather information on a drug’s dose, effectiveness and safety in humans. Trials are undertaken with informed and consenting human subjects according to good clinical practices. This provides a controlled envi-

ronment where the procedures for drug administration and the evaluation of the results are closely monitored. Six steps are normally adapted in a clinical review. 1. When a sponsor decides that it would like to market a drug in Canada, it files a “New Drug Submission” with HPFB. This contains information and data about the drug’s safety, effectiveness and quality. It includes the results of the preclinical and clinical studies, whether done in Canada or elsewhere, details regarding the production of the drug, packaging and labelling details, and information regarding therapeutic claims and side effects. 2. HPFB performs a thorough review of the submitted information, sometimes using external consultants and advisory committees. 3. HPFB evaluates the safety, efficacy and quality data to assess the potential benefits and risks of the drug. 4. HPFB reviews the information that the sponsor proposes to provide to health care practitioners and consumers about the drug (e.g. the label, product brochure). 5. If, at the completion of the review, the conclusion is that the benefits outweigh the risks and that the risks can be mitigated, the drug is issued a Notice of Compliance (NOC), as well as a Drug Identification Number (DIN) which permits the spon-



If HPFB decides not to grant a marketing authorization, the sponsor has the opportunity to supply additional sor to mar- information, to re-submit its submission ket the drug in at a later date with additional supporting Canada and indicates the data, or to ask that HPFB reconsider its drug’s official approval in Canada. decision. 6. In addition, Health Canada laboratories may test certain biological products before and after authorization to sell in Canada has been issued. This is done through its Lot Release Process, in order to monitor safety, efficacy and quality.

The Special Access Program, administered by HPFB, allows physicians to gain access to drugs which are not currently available in Canada. Following approval by the Special Access Programme, a physician may prescribe such a drug to specified patients, if it is the physician’s belief that If there is insufficient evidence to support conventional therapies have failed or are the safety, efficacy or quality claims, HPFB inappropriate. The drug is only released will not grant a marketing authorization after HPFB has determined that the need for the drug. All drugs granted marketing is legitimate and that a qualified physician authorization in Canada are reviewed to is involved. The drug’s manufacturer must ensure that they meet the requirements also agree to release the product to the of the Food and Drugs Act. qualified physician.






By Ali Al-Ahmar – Syria

Syria is the name that was given to the region by the Greeks and Romans and is believed to have derived from the Babyloniansuri. Arabs traditionally referred to Syria and a large, vaguely defined surrounding area asSham, which translates as “the northern region,” “the north,” “Syria,” or “Damascus.”



On November 13, 1970 General Hafiz Al Assad, father of current Bashar Al Assad, toppled the government of Salah Jadid, arrested him, put him in jail till he died. Assad’s Ba’athist predecessors had restricted control of Islam in public life and government. Assad is Alawi, a sect of Muslims tilted to Shias. Alawis are only 12% of the population and the rest are Sunnis and that is the main problem in Syria. Alawis though in minority are ruling the majority. Assad inclined towards United Soviet Republic of Russia (USSR). On 8 October 1980, Syria and the Soviet Union signed a Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation. The treaty would run for twenty years and has automatic five-year extensions, unless one of the parties terminates the agreement. It provides for regular consultations on bilateral and multilateral issues of interest, coordination of responses in the event of a crisis, and military cooper-

ation. The treaty remains in force to this day. In January 1992, the Syrian government recognized the Russian Federation as the legal successor to the Soviet Union. This is the reason US President Trump withdrew from Syria. In December 2018, President Trump ordered the withdrawal of 2,000 American troops from Syria, bringing a sudden end to a military campaign that largely vanquished the Islamic State but ceding a strategically vital country to Russia and Iran.

“We have won against ISIS,” Mr. Trump declared in a video posted Wednesday evening on Twitter, adding, “Our boys, our young women, our men — they’re all coming back, and they’re coming back now.” 21


Yuan Against the Dollar By Brian Crombie

The world’s largest exporter China and the U.S. appear to have a strangely symbiotic relationship. China finances the massive debts that America has taken on, while America buys most of what China produces, allowing China to benefit from urbanization, industrialization, and income and economic growth. And without those low cost goods, the U.S. standard of living would be substantially worse.






Most Americans, and most Westerners, don’t understand comparative advantage, and if they are being out competed, they believe it has to be because Chinese are doing something unfairly, manipulating exchange rates or subsidizing their products or selling product below costs. Many have called for currency appreciation in China. Many members of Congress believe that a sizeable RMB appreciation relative to the dollar would be an effective way to ease the plight of American’s beleaguered middle class. Global traders believe that a fixed currency within the Eurozone and even within the United States had led t o economic dislocations and to a boom-bust cycle, versus the floating rate in Canada which has allowed Canada to adjust more easily to shocks and flatten the impact of the economic ups and downs. In Europe, after the financial crisis of 2008-9, some countries such as Spain, Portugal and Greece, if they had their own floating currency, would have devalued it, making their currency, goods and labour cheaper, and improving their economy and lessening the impact of the Great Recession.

York and Los Angeles would have appreciated which would have dampened the boom in 2006-7, making the coming bust less likely or severe. In Canada. The Canadian Dollar appreciated dramatically from $0.60 USD in the nineties, to above par in 2007-8, which slowed the economy just as the boom was finding stratospheric heights in the U.S.. Then, when the financial crisis hit, the Canadian Dollar depreciated to the mid $0.80’s to the USD, which provided an economic stimulus to the Canadian economy, just when it was most needed.

If the U.S. still had thirteen different currencies it once had, Detroit and the hard hit industrial belt would have depreciated, making their economies more resilient to the downturn. On the other hand, New

Canada and China both have substantial trade with the U.S., 80% of Canada’s and greater than 60% of China’s. Both enjoy trade surpluses, Canada’s of both manufactured goods and commodities, Chi-



na’s of manufactured goods. Both Canada and China have come out of the financial collapse of 2008-9 better than their U.S. trading partner. Both Canada and China have been criticised for having real estate bubbles with the risk of a coming bust. Canada is more developed than China, slower growing with a higher per capita income, but is far smaller in population, GDP and economic power. China has a currency that many think is 20-40% lower than it should be. Canada has a currency that floats, and which has been greater than the USD as recently as early 2008, then fluctuating to almost 20% below in 2009, and rebounding to within 5 cents in 2010 and now 20 to 30 cents below for the past several years. China’s extraordinary growth is unparalleled in history and in the world. One of the poorest countries with an eightfold increase in its GDP per capita, increasing from $175 in 1978 to $2000 in 2005, and is continuing to grow GDP at above 9.5% annually until the financial crisis of 20089, higher growth than any other country other than Korea and Botswana. China’s economic transformation has lifted 500 million people out of poverty and that is a great achievement, never happened anywhere in the world unless they hit oil. A fixed exchange rate became a political topic in Canada because of the strong appreciation of the Canadian dollar during the first eight years of the new century based on the rise in oil and other commodity prices. The high CDN negatively impact-


ed Canadian manufacturing, exports and jobs. Many commentators started saying that Canada had caught Dutch Disease, which originally referred to Holland in the 1960’s when based on North Sea Gas, the gilder appreciated dramatically leading to a downturn in a now uncompetitive manufacturing sector.

Conclusively, China is the fastest growing major economy in the world, and the third largest headed for second later this year, and equal size to the U.S. economy in ten years (Roach June 2010). China has almost $2.5 trillion of foreign reserves, by far the largest in the world and possibly, in real terms, the greatest one country has ever held in history. We need to learn from history, not repeat it. Canada feared free trade with the U.S. and floating exchange rates, yet both have been critical to Canada’s current prosperity and its adjustment to economic shocks. I’d recommend the same for China. A global rebalancing including reduced debt and consumption in the U.S. and increased consumption and decreased savings in China, along with an appreciated floating Yuan will lead to a prosperous, growing and harmonious global future.




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Team Canada’s

2019 C L A S S



Since 1949, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame has inducted 429 athletes, teams, coaches, and builders in recognition of their outstanding Olympic achievements and their embodiment of the Olympic values.



This year, The Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, presented by RBC inducted its Class of 2019. Inductees consist of four athletes, Émilie Heymans, Alexandre Despatie, Christine Girard and Simon Whitfield, two teams, Vancouver 2010 women’s hockey team and London 2012 women’s soccer team, two builders, Jack Poole and Randy Starkman, and one coach Hiroshi Nakamura. Here are some recipient’s comments.

Darlene Poole

(Jack Poole’s wife) – On behalf of builder Jack Poole: “Jack believed in people and revelled in inspiring them to do impossible things. The 2010 Olympic Games was always a journey against the odds, but Jack believed to the very end that Vancouver would prevail, that the confidence of British Columbians’ would soar and that Canada would be changed forever – and in true Jack form he would deflect the credit to others. He would be deeply humbled by this recognition.”

Hayley Wickenheiser –

like there were seven players on the ice at all times, the 7th was the Canadian crowd and all the fans cheering us on to gold. Thank you Canada!”

Diana Matheson –

On behalf of the London 2012 Women’s Soccer Team: Induction into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame means the world to the players and staff that made up the London 2012 Women’s Soccer Team. We were a group that had spent over a decade trying to break into the world’s best, and after finishing dead last in a World Cup in 2011, and with a new coaching staff that reinvigorated our passion to change Canadian soccer for the better, we managed to do just that. None of that team’s success in 2012 would have been possible without the belief and support of Canada Soccer and the Canadian Olympic Committee, as well as the private supporters and donors that helped fund our team and players financially before we had achieved any meaningful success. This honour is especially due to the millions of Canadians that embraced our team with such love and support during the summer of 2012. Thank you.

On behalf of the Vancouver 2010 Women’s Hockey Team:

Émilie Heymans –

“Winning a gold medal on home soil is something that few athletes get a chance to do and it’s not easy! Vancouver 2010 was a special Olympics for all of us. Our team rose to the challenge of playing under the pressure of competing at home. We felt

“I am very happy and honoured to be among the inductees of the 2019 Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame. I hope to be able to use this opportunity to continue to inspire the new generation




OF PERFORMANCE w w w . j a g u a r . c a

Life. It’s not about figures. It’s about feelings. The moments that feed your soul. The occasions that take your breath away. The instances that leave you speechless. These are the moments we live for. That’s why our designers and engineers at Jaguar develop a blend of responsive performance that gets your pulse racing, dramatic design that makes you stop and stare and a sense of theatre that stirs your emotions. Our cars are a manifestation of our passion. Performance that cannot be measured, only felt. That’s why we call it art.


to achieve and exceed their limits. Sport gave me a lot, but above all, it taught me that even if I practiced an individual sport, it was thanks to an incredible team of people that I was able to make my dream of winning four Olympic medals come true.”

Alexandre Despatie – Athlete:

“I have had the privilege to do what I loved the most for 22 years and had the honour of competing and representing my country on the biggest stage in sports. The hard work of myself and my team over the years made it a successful career. Now to be inducted in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, looking back at a full career, among this amazing group of people is such a blessing! Thank you so much.”

Christine Girard – Athlete:

“When I finally received my Beijing 2008 and London 2012 medals last year, I felt that it was something greater than a personal victory. It was a victory for Canada, a victory for our values. The honour of being inducted in the Class of 2019 is a validation that these values of true sport are indeed something that Canadians hold high. I am so very proud to be Canadian. I am deeply honoured to be recognized among so many amazing individuals who have helped shape sport in Canada.”


Simon Whitfield – Athlete:

“I’m proud to be called to the Olympic Hall of Fame. It has been quite remarkable and touching to hear from old friends and coaches, athletes and Canadians who contributed and found inspiration from my Olympic journey.”

Mary Hynes

(Randy Starkman’s wife) – On behalf of builder Randy Starkman: “One of the reasons this is so meaningful to me is that I saw how hard Randy worked. I don’t just mean late nights at the press centre during the Olympics – I mean the way he’d show up at training camps. Or the way he would get to know an athlete’s mom and dad. The way he would spend so many weekends on long-distance phone calls – doing interviews about events nobody else was covering. There was no one like him on the beat. There was no one like him, anywhere. Ever. Ella and I are just so proud of him. She was born during the Atlanta Summer Games in 1996 – and Randy came home. I can’t imagine anything else prying him away from the Olympics.”

Ken McKinnon –

Recipient of the 2019 RBC NextGen Award: “Thank you to RBC, Swimming Canada and all of those involved in the nomination and selection process. I’ve been ex-


tremely fortunate in my career. I developed a passion for swimming at my local Summer Swim Club that still burns strong with me today. I was given the opportunity to develop the skills required to become a performance coach working at Pointe Claire Swim Club and I appreciate all that I learned from my best swimmers. Currently I’m working harder and having more fun than I ever have.”

Hiroshi Nakamura – Coach:

“During my career, I tried to live every day by the Japanese expression: ICHI, NICHI, ISSHO. The translation is ‘always try to have the best day possible and the combination of lifetime experiences will define your life.’ If you truly live this way, you will feel your life has value and fulfillment. To young coaches and athletes of every sport, if you are passionate, dedicated and willing to make sacrifices, success will come.”





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