Volume II Number 2
October 27, 1995

The Great Canadian Trivia Challenge

Steve Caldwell, the coordinator of the Trivia 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.

Technical difficulties prevented CM from posting the challenge last week, so there's some catching up to do. Here's this week's question, the answers and winners from October 6 and 13, and how the contest works:


 For those of you who access us by way of The Village in Ontario please note that we're having a lot of difficulty with The Village. We have been able to only intermittently receive the Village and cannot send to it. Therefore we might have missed some correct answers this week and they will be recognized when we receive them. In light of this could respondents please use the
Steve_Caldwell@colby.on. infoshare.ca


This is a "Who am I?" type of question. From the clues identify the famous Canadian:

  1. I was born in New Brunswick in 1879.
  2. I made a fortune in finance in New Brunswick and moved to England at the age of 31.
  3. In England, I was elected to Parliament and purchased or founded a series of newspapers that became a newspaper empire.
  4. I was made a Lord and became a Cabinet Minister during World War I.
  5. During World War II, I was an influential member of Winston Churchill's war cabinet. My initial job was to look after aircraft production.
  6. I retained close ties with Canada and in particular my native province.

DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: 4 November, 1995


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

Steve_Caldwell@colby.on. infoshare.ca

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.

October 6th's Question:

The title "Right Honourable" is given to holders and former holders of what three positions in Canada?


All current and former holders of the offices of Governor General, Prime Minister, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court have the title Right Honourable. It's interesting that one of our winners for this question comes from General Vanier School in Winnipeg. This school commemorates the late "Right Honourable" Georges P. Vanier, former Governor General of Canada.


There were quite a few incorrect answers for this one; these are the ones who got it right:
  1. Marissa Reaume, Gr.5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  2. Jocelyn Donald, Gr.5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  3. Mike Painter and Company, Gr.8, General Vanier School, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  4. The Grade 9 class, Vanvouver Christian School: Vancouver, British Columbia
  5. Liona Turvey & Nuiyan Patel, Madile Manning's Gr.7 extended french clas, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  6. Karen Swirsky, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thornhill, Ontario
  7. The Library, Marilyn Lunde librarian, Rossland Secondary School: Rossland, British Columbia
  8. John McNeil, Jeanne Sauve Immersion School: London, Ontario
  9. Alana Darling, Jeanne Sauve Immersion School: London, Ontario

October 13th's Question:

What important Canadian city was originally named "Pile of Bones"?


Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan, was originally named Pile of Bones. This was a rough English translation of the Cree Indian words that described a place where they slaughtered buffalo.


  1. John Derrick, Centennial Regional High School: Greenfield Park, Quebec
  2. Ryan Nichols, 7th grade, Springman Junior High School: Glenview, Illinois
  3. Mrs. Carol Cunard, Librarian, Springman Junior High School: Glenview, Illinois
  4. Marissa Reaume, Gr.5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  5. Mrs. Kroeker's Gr.6 class, Royston Elementary School: Royston, British Columbia
  6. Julianna Leone, Gr.5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  7. Jocelyn David, Gr.5, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  8. Mr. Ratushney's Gr.6 class, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  9. Mr. Gilbert's 8A class, Sussex Junior High School: Sussex, New Brunswick
  10. Andrew Palumbo, Mrs. Serrao-Soppelsa's Gr.7/8 class, St. Raphael's School: Toronto, Ontario
  11. The Grade 9 class, Vancouver Christian School: Vancouver, British Columbia
  12. Clay Lynch, Mr. Siulborski's Gr.6 class, Edgeworth Elementary School: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
  13. Jessica Friedman, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thornhill, Ontario
  14. Mrs. Hick's Gr.5 class, St. Anselm's School: San Anselmo, California
  15. Joe Curran, Mr. Van Lieshout's Gr.7/8 class, St. Peter Canisius School: Watford, Ontario
  16. Haley Veres, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  17. John McNeil & Allanna Darling, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, Ontario
  18. Ian Cole & Geoff Thompson, Jeanne Sauve French Immersion School: London, 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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