CM December 22, 1995. Vol. II, Number 10

The Great Canadian Trivia Contest

Steve Caldwell, the coordinator of the Trivia Contest, 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.

Technical problems prevented the contest from appearing last week, so we're posting two week's worth of questions and answers.


Name the four plants found on Canada's coat of arms.


This is a bit of a tricky one. The four plants are the lily (France), thistle (Scotland), shamrock (Ireland) and the rose (England). There are in addition maple leaves on the Coat of Arms. Technically the Maple Tree is a plant and therefore we'll accept four of the five possible answers.


Not a lot of winners this week hopefully due to problems in sending the message.
  1. Mrs. Cantalini's Gr.7/8 class, Gregory A. Hogan School: Sarnia, Ontario
  2. Mr. M. Kalin, teacher, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester Ontario


Since this is the Christmas season for many of our participants here's a Christmas question. The "Huron Carol" is credited by many to be the first Christmas carol written in North America as well as being the first Christmas carol written in an Amerindian language.

Name the French missionary who is credited with writing the "Huron Carol."


Father Jean de Brebeuf is the Jesuit missionary who is credited with writing the "Huron Carol."


  1. Mrs. Cantalini's Gr. 7/8 class, Gregory A. Hogan School: Sarnia, Ontario
  2. Isabelle Dupraz, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  3. Mr. Van Lieshout's Gr. 7/8 class, St. Peter Canisius School: Watford, Ontario
  4. Mr. Reid's Gr. 8 Social Studies class, Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  5. Mr. Renaud's Gr. 5 class, St. Peter School: Sarnia, Ontario
  6. Rebecca Hiscock, Gregory Rowsell, Sarah Parsons, Jennifer Clarke, ToddTremblett, & Tara Dove, Mr. Martin's Gr. 6 class, Bethel Academy: Victoria, Newfoundland
  7. Ori Friedman, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thirnhill, Ontario
  8. John, Paul & Cora, Jane Scaplen's Gr. 6 French Immersion class, Sacred Heart Elementary School: Marystown, Newfoundland
  9. Jared Stone & Jorge Degas, Mr. Ens Gr. 4/5 class, General Byng School: Winnipeg, Manitoba


There were two late answers for the question that asked for the Premiers of Quebec since 1967.
  1. Ian Cole, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  2. Baie-Comeau High School: Baie-Comeau, Quebec

There was one late answer for the question that asked for the plants portrayed in the Canadian Coat of Arms.

  1. Mr. Renaud's Gr. 5 class, St. Peter School: Sarnia, Ontario


Name the only river that flows through Canada whose waters are part of a drainage system that flows into the Guld of Mexico.

DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: December 23!, 1995


Name the island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia, famous for its shipwrecks, that is specifically mentioned in the Canadian Constitution.

DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: January 13, 1996


Remember, don't post your answers to CM. Instead, send your answers to Steve Caldwell at the following e-mail address:


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



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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