CM January 12, 1996. Vol. II, Number 13

The Great Canadian Trivia Contest


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


Sable Island was known as the Graveyard of the North Atlantic. The dangerous island concerned Canadians so much in the nineteenth century that when the Canadian Constitution (then called the B.N.A. Act) was written in 1867, Sable Island was mentioned in Section 91, which made it the specific responsibility of the federal government. So important was navigation to the nineteenth century that Section 91 subsection 9 specifically extends federal control over "Beacons, Buoys, Lighthouses, and Sable Island."


  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. Mrs. Morehead's Gr. 7/8 class, St. Peter School: Sarnia, Ontario
  4. Mrs. Walker's Gr. 9 Social Studies class, Pitt Meadows Secondary School: Pitt Meadows, British Columbia
  5. Mr. Yeo's Homeroom class, Goose Lake High School: Roblin, Manitoba
  6. Grade 6 class, Our Lady of Peace School: Laval, Quebec
  7. Andrew Munch, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  8. Mr. Renaud's Gr. 5 class, St. Peter's School: Sarnia, Ontario
  9. Anthony Doyle, Northwest Territories? (no other information given)
  10. Joel Warren, Aaron Hooper, Nathan Willson, Winston Churchill Public School: Chatham, Ontario
  11. Zohreh Mahmoud, Anna Stooke, Julia Collins, Annik MacAskill, Justin Maxim, Andrew Hood, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  12. Dario Stancic, 8K, Eastwood Public School: Windsor Ontario
  13. Mr. Parks' Gr. 9 Technology Education Class, Albert Street Junior High School: Fredericton, New Brunswick
  14. Kaylea Simmons, Mr. Mattison's Gr. 6 class, Winston Churchill Public School: Chatham, Ontario
  15. T. Burnie's Gr. 7/8 class, St. Ann School: Toronto, Ontario
  16. Mrs. Carley's class, Hoffman School: Glenview, Illinois
  17. Jocelyn Donald, Gr. 5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  18. Madame Scaplen's Gr. 6 French Immersion class, Sacred Heart Elementary School: Marystown, Newfoundland
  19. Mrs. Bhote's 5th grade class, Illinois
  20. Noah Moser, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  21. Josh Davidiuk, Gr. 7 Rm. 14, Frontenac School: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  22. Ori Friedman, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thornhill, Ontario
  23. Evan Bonnell, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario


There was one late answer for the question that asked for the name of the only river in Canada whose waters flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Canadian Encyclopedia gives the answer as the Milk River. Joanne Cantalini's class at Gregory A. Hogan School in Sarnia found the names of several other waterways that flowed into the Milk such as the Battle, Frenchman, Lodge, West Fork, Poplar and Whitewater (of President Clinton fame). When I checked these out in an Atlas all of these were referred to as creeks. Only the Milk was always called a river. Could the creeks be seasonal? Maybe some participants in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan could fill us in.

  1. Dario Stancic, 8K, Eastwood Public School: Windsor Ontario


In what year was the closest federal election, in terms of seats won by the first and second party? How many seats did these two parties win?

DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: 27 January, 1996


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

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