________________ CM . . . . Volume I Number 16 . . . . September 29, 1995

Great Canadian Trivia Challenge

Steve Caldwell, the coordinator of the Triva Challenge, has been kind enough to give CM permission to run his weekly Great Canadian Trivia Contest, a great way to motivate students to spend some time in the Library. Here's this week's question, the answers and winners from September 11, and how the contest works:


This year, for the first time, a Canadian won the Indy Car auto racing championship. The Indy Car championship, for 1995, was a series of 17 races: 1 in Australia, 2 in Canada and 14, including the Indianapolis 500, in the United States.
What is the name of this young Canadian?

Bonus question: The answer to the above question is the fourth Canadian to win an Indy Car race.
What was the name of the first Canadian to win an Indy Car race?


Remember, don't post your answers to CM. Instead, send your answers to Steve Caldwell at one of the following e-mail addresses (if possible please use the first of these addresses as The Village is having a few problems):

Steve_Caldwell@colby.on. infoshare.ca

In addition to your e-mail address, please send us your school's name and the grade and/or class that you are in, as well as your postal address.

September 11's Question was:

This is a two-parter. Both parts must be answered correctly to receive credit:

Premier Parizeau of Quebec recently announced the wording for the question to be asked in Quebec's referendum on sovereignty. This is the second referendum to take place in Quebec over the issue of sovereignty.

  1. In what year did the first referendum take place?
  2. What percentage of the vote, plus or minus 1%, did each side receive?
  1. In May 1980 the people of Quebec voted on a question which was 107 words in length. Essentially it defined sovereignty association and asked the voters to give the government of Quebec permission to negotiate sovereignty association with Canada.
  2. The result of the vote, to the nearest percentage, was -- No: 60% Yes: 40%.


  1. Ms. Bass's Grade 10 English class, R.D. Parker Collegiate: Thompson, Manitoba.
  2. Chris Maier, Grade 12, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario.
  3. The Grade 9 class, Vancouver Christian School: Vancouver, British Columbia.
  4. Tim Atlee & Jon Fairbridge, F.R. Haythorne Junior High School: Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  5. Jenny Newman & Nicole Laderoute, F.R. Haythorne Junior High School: Sherwood Park, Alberta.
  6. Ana Tataris, Melanie Sher, Jonathan Shulak, Grade 7 ALP, Lindsay Place High School: Pointe Claire, Quebec.
  7. Jane Scaplan's Grade 6 French Immersion class, Sacred Heart Elementary School: Marystown, Newfoundland.
  8. Lee Shalon, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thornhill, Ontario



Welcome to the second year of The Great Canadian Trivia Contest.

The History Department of Colonel By Secondary School in Ottawa, Ontario is sponsoring a Canadian Studies Internet trivia contest.

This contest is designed to appeal to students in Grades 7 - 10 although other grades are more than welcome to participate.


Each week a new question will be presented. Students participating in the contest will, in all likelihood, have to do some research to find the correct answer to our weekly question.

Questions are based on some aspect of Canadian Studies. Questions will include the subjects of history, geography, culture, natural science, sports, current events, law and any other aspect of Canadian studies that we can think of.

A new question will be posted every Friday in CM (the trivia contest is also distributed through Schoolnet a few days earlier). Answers must be received by 8:00 a.m. eastern time a week from the following Saturday. Answers will be tabulated, and the correct answer, along with the winners' names, will be posted in two weeks. Thus, there will be a new question each week while the answer and winners will be posted two weeks later.

We plan on offering a few nominal prizes so make sure you let us know where we can reach you. We would also like participants to let us know if they are entering as an individual, a group, or if they are representing a particular class and school. We will try to award prizes for individuals/groups and classes.

Last year we had participants from across Canada and the United States and as far away as China. We welcome all new participants as well as our returning veteran contestants.

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