Google Canada announces top searches for 2016

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Canada’s athlete of the year Penny Oleksiak, the devastating Fort McMurray fire and U.S President-elect Donald Trump are among the top trending Google searches of 2016.Google released it’s 16th annual Year In Search and here is what Canadians searched for the most.Top Canadian AthletesPenny OleksiakPK SubbanAndre De GrasseSidney CrosbyMichael SaundersTop CelebritiesDrakeBeyonceRihannaCeline DionKanye WestTop News StoriesDonald TrumpUS ElectionZika VirusOlympicsFort McMurray FireTop ToysPokemonHatchimalsTrollsBaby AliveNum NomsTop TV ShowsStranger ThingsWestworldGilmore GirlsFuller HouseLuke CageTop SearchesDonald TrumpPokemon GoToronto RaptorsFort McMurray FirePrinceFor the full list of top trending Google searches in Canada, click here.

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