Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog 

Science is about observing and experimenting. It’s about exploring unanswered questions, solving problems through curiosity, learning as you go and always trying again.

That’s the spirit behind the fifth annual Google Science Fair, kicking off today. Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, we’re calling on all young researchers, explorers, builders, technologists and inventors to try something ambitious. Something imaginative, or maybe even unimaginable. Something that might just change the world around us.
From now through May 18, students around the world ages 13-18 can submit projects online across all scientific fields, from biology to computer science to anthropology and everything in between. Prizes include $100,000 in scholarships and classroom grants from Scientific American and Google, a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos, an opportunity to visit LEGO designers at their Denmark headquarters, and the chance to tour Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship at their Mojave Air and Spaceport. This year we’re also introducing an award to recognize an Inspiring Educator, as well as a Community Impact Award honoring a project that addresses an environmental or health challenge.

It’s only through trying something that we can get somewhere. Flashlights required batteries, then Ann Makosinski tried the heat of her hand. His grandfather would wander out of bed at night, until Kenneth Shinozuka tried a wearable sensor. The power supply was constantly unstable in her Indian village, so Harine Ravichandran tried to build a different kind of regulator. Previous Science Fair winners have blown us away with their ideas. Now it’s your turn.

Big ideas that have the potential to make a big impact often start from something small. Something that makes you curious. Something you love, you’re good at, and want to try.

So, what will you try?

(Cross-posted on the Google for Education Blog)

From Marvel’s Agent Carter to The Big Bang Theory, Gotham or The Mentalist, it’s never been easier to stream all your favourite CTV shows on the biggest screen in your house – your TV. With the CTV GO app and Google’s Chromecast, just curl up on your couch and cast them from your smartphone or tablet straight to your television.

CTV GO is the first app from a Canadian network broadcaster available on Chromecast, giving viewers access to thousands of hours of CTV programming that they can stream directly to their TVs from their iOS and Android mobile devices. There are no remotes, just a simple Cast button appearing in your mobile app that pops your content directly onto your TV so you can seamlessly switch between screens. You can search, browse, play, pause and rewind, or even change the volume of your program simply by using your smartphone.

So instead of using clunky remotes or hovering over a small screen, now everyone at home can sit back, cast and watch Sheldon meet Stephen Hawking in all the glory your big screen has to offer.

Posted by Suveer Kothari, Director, Chromecast Partnerships

From a crowd-sourced installation of Lego structures to a representation of a brain sculpted with 5000 objects from everyday life, Douglas Coupland’s visual artistry is the subject of a new exhibition premiered by the Vancouver Art Gallery and launched online today by the Google Cultural Institute, as part of Google Art Project.

Drawing on ideas ranging from the rise of digital technologies and proliferation of information to the power of language and identity, everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything – the first major museum solo exhibition of Douglas Coupland’s work – attracted more than 80,000 visitors to the Vancouver Art Gallery during its run in 2014. Today, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Google’s Cultural Institute have teamed up to make this acclaimed exhibition accessible to millions more online.
Explore the exhibition here
With Street View, you can now take a virtual stroll through the exhibition and experience the breadth of Coupland’s work, from sculpture to painting to assemblage, learning about each work and its significance through detailed descriptions provided by the Vancouver Art Gallery. You can explore some of Coupland’s most significant works, or take a close look at newer installations – like Secret Handshake – created specifically for this show.

Through the Cultural Institute, Google has partnered with more than 600 museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures – from artworks to landmarks – online and accessible to all. If you can’t make it to Toronto to add your own contribution to Gumhead as the exhibition travels to the Royal Ontario Museum, then be part of the global audience discovering the Vancouver Art Gallery and exploring one of Canada’s most iconic artists online.

No toques, mittens or warming huts required!

Just in time for Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival, Canadians and people from around the world can now take a virtual skate along the entire 7.8 kilometers of the frozen Rideau Canal Skateway

Last year, with the help of the NHL’s Cody Ceci, the Google Maps team laced up its skates and collected Street View imagery of the skateway -- the world’s largest skating rink which is managed and maintained by the National Capital Commission.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, there’s plenty to explore along the skateway in Google Maps. From Dow’s Lake all the way to the base of Parliament Hill, you’ll pass commuters skating to work and iconic ‘Beavertail’ stands selling fresh pastries.

Oh, and as you enjoy a leisurely glide down this frozen icon of Canadian culture, keep an eye out for a couple of furry oversized Ottawa locals, eager to cheer you on your way!


Calling all Toronto, Montreal and Kitchener-Waterloo non-profits!  Google Canada is excited to announce that our 2015 Community Grant applications are open and ready for applicants. This year, we are looking for organizations who are moving the needle in the following areas:

  • Delivering or promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) or Computer Science (CS) Education for K-12 students, especially among underserved communities (at-risk youth, New Canadians, girls, Aboriginals and youth from low-socioeconomic households)
  • Closing the digital divide by helping to improve access to technology to those who do not have regular access.

Through our Community Grants program we have had the opportunity to support a range of organizations such as Ladies Learning Code, Let’s Talk Science, Pathways to Education and others.

Applications are due March 31st, 2015 and any registered Canadian charity is eligible to apply, so if your organization has a project or program underway in one of our focus areas please submit your application online through one of our three community programs depending on your location:

When Google evaluates proposals, we look at impact first.  We’re looking for projects which are at the community level but have scale and sustainability.  We don’t tend to fund applications for short-term employment positions or office overhead costs (rent, utilities, etc).

If you believe your organization fits these guidelines, please submit your proposal today using one of the links above.  For any further questions please contact Canada’s community affairs manager, Lauren Skelly

2014 was the year Canadians searched for gold in Sochi. We searched for scores in Brazil. We searched for answers on Ebola. We searched for our favourite movies starring Robin Williams. In 2014 the world searched Google two trillion times. And Google’s 14th annual Year In Search offers a revealing look at the people, places and events that sent Canadians searching for answers this past year.

Top Trending Canadian Searches of 2014

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. iPhone 6
  4. Winter Olympics
  5. Ebola
  6. Philip Seymour Hoffman
  7. Jennifer Lawrence
  8. Joan Rivers
  9. Jian Ghomeshi
  10. ALS

Year-In-Search uses data from multiple sources while filtering out spam and repeat queries, to build top-ten lists across pop culture, sports, music, politics, news, and more. And make sure to check out the interactive data visualization for Google’s global search trends - encompassing queries from over 70 countries!

Global and Local Conversations
The World Cup was the top trending search on mobile devices by Canadians in 2014, while the sudden passing of iconic funnyman Robin Williams in August dominated the year’s celebrity and entertainment searches. Closer to home, a scandal swirling around Jian Ghomeshi made the former radio host the top trending Canadian. Our nation also went online to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and to mark the passing of a Habs legend. Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard’s incredible year on the professional tennis circuit made her the top searched Canadian athlete.

The Big Questions
What is ALS?’ Was Canada’s trending question of the year, proving that dumping cold water on a charity campaign can be a recipe for viral success. ‘How to Vote’ was the top trending ‘How to’ search in Canada, reflecting a number of provincial and municipal elections across the country. And – spoiler alert! – ‘Who killed Joffrey?’ was Canada’s top trending whodunnit, as Game of Thrones fans went online searching for answers. While the Polar Vortex dominated Canadian searches in January, searches for Frozen the Movie (the top trending film of 2014) suggest that Elsa the Snow Queen ruled the north in 2014.

Canada Went Mobile in 2014
Eight out of ten of the top trending technology searches in Canada were related to mobile devices or wearable technology. The larger format iPhone 6 and the Nexus 6 were one and two on the list, and the Moto 360 was a top trending gadget as Canadians went online to learn more about the next generation of wearable technologies.

As we set out to embark on another year of big global moments and national conversations, take a moment to pause and reflect back on 2014. From trending diets and recipes (Shepherd’s pie!) to the top musicians and federal politicians of 2014, enjoy a look back at the year that was through the lens of Google search.

Posted by Aaron Brindle, Google Canada

A rap parody from a pair of Canadian YouTubers. Some displeased celebrities. Americans eating poutine for the first time. An alternate ending to one of the biggest movies ever.

These were the moments that captured Canadians’ attention this year. As 2014 draws to a close, YouTube Canada is sharing the videos that shaped our year with the release of our annual Rewind list of the top trending videos that captured the spirit of the year.

This year's Canadian top trending list includes a fun spectrum of video hits that set the cultural trends from some of the most popular channels. To determine the top videos of the year, YouTube Rewind looked at the many ways people interact, share and like videos, to identify the ones that everybody was talking about in 2014.
Canada's own UnboxTherapy #4 with iPhone 6 Bend Test
Top Trending Videos in Canada

Top Trending Music Videos in Canada

Four years ago, YouTube introduced the skip button to let consumers choose whether to watch ads… or not. Now, all ads are skippable. From thankful ATMs to puppy love, today we’re also releasing the list of ads that resonated the most with Canadians in 2014, See more of the year’s top ads on Think With Google.

Check back later today when we update the blog to include the top trending global list once its released, but in the meantime other fun trending videos in Canada are:




Update showcasing Global top trending videos from
Here is the list of top trending global videos - congratulations to Canada's own UnboxTherapy who took the #5 spot for his video testing the physical boundaries of the iPhone 6. 

Posted by Dave Brown, YouTube Canada Team, Favourite Video of the year Jimmy Fallon feat. - Ew! (Official Music Video)