CM Magazine: CM Volume 2 Number 6

Table of Contents

 Book Reviews

 The Moccasin Goalie.
Willian Roy Brownridge. Illustrated by the author.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.
Preschool to Grade 2 / Ages 4 to 8.

 Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut.
Margaret Atwood. Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski.
Review by Leslie Millar.
Grades 1 - 3 / Ages 6 - 9.

 Amy's Promise.
Bernice Thurman Hunter.
Review by Jennifer Sullivan.
Grades 5 - 8 / Ages 10 - 13.

 The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It.
Desmond Morton.
Review by Caroline Thomson.
Grades 5 - 9 / Ages 10 - 15.

 Video Review

 Ghosts of the Bay: A Guide to the History of Georgian Bay.
Ghosts of the Bay: The Forgotten History of Georgian Bay.
Russel Floren and Andrea Gutsche.
Review by Tom Chambers.
Grades 8 and Up / Ages 12 - Adult.


 The Little Math Puzzle
 The Great Canadian Trivia Contest
 Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt


Charles Montpetit, editor of The First Time has informed CM of an error in our review. In the short story "Borders," by Martin Stephens, the main character is a man "who has just discovered that the man who had abused [him] as a child is dead."

CM regrets the error and apologizes to Mr. Montpetit and Mr. Stephens.

-- Duncan Thornton, Editor.

Duncan Thornton

Executive Assistant
Peter Tittenberger

Book Review

The Moccasin Goalie.

Willian Roy Brownridge. Illustrated by the author.
Victoria, BC: Orca Books, 1995. Unpaginated, cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 1-55143-042-8. CIP.

Preschool - Grade 2 / Ages 4 - 8.
Review by Dave Jenkinson.

The Moccasin Goalie's adult narrator recalls a period during his childhood when he lived in the small prairie community of Willow. There he spent his winter free time playing hockey with his three best friends on the town's snow-covered streets and outdoor rink.

Because of a crippled leg and foot, he could not wear skates, but just tended goal in his moccasins, a practice that earned him the nickname "Moccasin Danny." When the community establishes the Wolves, a "real," uniformed hockey team, Danny is initially elated at the thought of becoming a Wolf, but his happiness is short lived as he and two of his friends don't get selected by Coach Matteau. But the situation changes when the Wolves' regular goalie gets hurt just before an important game and the coach -- with the league's permission -- recruits the non-skating Danny. Despite his nervousness, Danny makes enough saves to help the Wolves win. Coach Matteau asks Danny to become a permanent team member, and Danny agrees with the provision that his two previously rejected friends can become Wolves too.

Brownridge's full-colour paintings -- especially his double-page spreads -- powerfully capture both the biting cold of prairie winters and the eye-dazzling brightness of the season's days as rays from the low winter sun reflect off snow-covered land. A series of three consecutive double-page spreads focusing on the critical game dramatically freeze-frames the action. Only the presence of horse-drawn sleighs gently reminds contemporary readers of the book's period setting.

The combination of a warm, affirming story and fine illustration makes this a book for all collections serving young listeners and readers.

Highly recommended.

Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children's and young-adult literature in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Book Review

Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut.

Margaret Atwood. Illustrated by Maryann Kovalski.
Toronto: Key Porter Kids, 1995. 32pp, paper, $16.95.
ISBN 1-55013-732-8.

Grades 1 - 3 / Ages 6 - 9.
Review by Leslie Millar.


In the morning the three plump pussycats poked and pinched Princess Prunella awake with their pointy paws. "We pity you," they whispered. "Your eyes are all pink and puffy, and that purple peanut is as big as a pumpkin. So we will remind you of what the white-haired wrinkly-wristed Wise Woman said: Perform three Good Deeds and your purple peanut will pop."
"What are Good Deeds?" said Prunella.
"You are a perverse pie-faced pudding-brain," said the three pussycats politely, padding pompously away on their polished paws. "You should have paid more attention!"

Margaret Atwood is well known to adults as the author of more than twenty-five books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She is not, however, a complete newcomer to the children's scene. Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut marks her fourth foray into the world of children's literature. (Her previous titles are Anna's Pet, Up in the Tree, and For the Birds.)

Modelled as a moral fairy tale, the problems in Princess Prunella arise from the Princess's selfish nature. She is completely preoccupied with her own beauty, disdainful of servants, and cruel to her pets. Her day of reckoning comes in an encounter with a Wise Woman, who poses as a poor person in need of food. True to form, Prunella rebuffs her and lets her know how distasteful she finds poor people. The Wise Woman casts a spell on Prunella, giving her a purple peanut for a nose. To break the spell, the Princess must perform three good deeds -- but she doesn't even know what a good deed is.

Needless to say, Prunella matures in the course of the story. She learns that it's what's inside that counts, and in the end she finds happiness by thinking of others.

Princess Prunella will work best as a "read-aloud" book. The complex sentence structure and advanced vocabulary may prove difficult, but reading aloud, with the illustrations for context, will clarify the fanciful wording. Reading aloud also allows the reader to demonstrate how words can be played with for fun. A warning, however -- even the most limber tongue will probably trip over Atwood's endless purple alliterations.

During my second reading of Princess Prunella I started to feel a bit annoyed, even bored. I just didn't want to wade through all those "P" words again. I began to suspect a case of style over substance, any substance being swamped by the tiresome cleverness of the style. On the other hand, this book should top any list of phonetic lessons for the letter "P."

The full and half-page illustrations on slick paper are filled with humour and whimsy that are sure to please all ages. Beautifully coloured in muted tones, and packed with detail befitting a princess's surroundings, the pictures are as much a story as the text.

Leslie Millar is a substitute teacher/volunteer in Winnipeg schools.

Book Review

Amy's Promise.

Bernice Thurman Hunter.
Richmond Hill, ON: Scholastic Canada, 1995. 192pp, paper, $4.99.
ISBN 0-590-24621-6.

Grades 5 - 8 / Ages 10 - 13.
Review by Jennifer Sullivan.


Feb. 18, 1926
Dear Mama, today I am very sad because it is six years since you went away. I wish I had a sister to talk to. Oh, Mama, why did you have to die? And why did Daddy let Aunt Bessie take our baby? Didn't he love her anymore? Maybe he doesn't love any of us.

What do kids today have in common with those of sixty years ago? Plenty, according to award-winning writer Bernice Thurman Hunter, whose latest novel, Amy's Promise, is set in the 1920s. The author of the much-loved "Booky" trilogy again treats us to a delightful and nostalgic glimpse at growing up -- which also manages to explore some serious and contemporary issues.

When her mother dies at an early age, young Amy Phair promises to look after the little ones. Along with her stern Gramma Davis, Amy must take care of the household chores and raise her boisterous younger brothers. To make matters worse, Amy's baby sister has been sent to live with Aunt Bessie in Edmonton, and her father is an alcoholic who constantly quarrels with Gramma. And why is Amy left with all the chores while her younger brothers are allowed to play? Amy is filled with indignation when Gramma Davis tells her that a boy can t be seen pegging out the washing. She envies the idyllic life of her best friend Winnie Plum, who lives in a pretty house, doesn't do a lick of work, and has two parents who love her.

Thurman Hunter is especially adept at evoking time and place, infusing her stories with a quality of warm reminiscence. She evokes Toronto during the 1920s as Amy and her brothers gather around the radio to listen to "Amos and Andy," take a ride on the trolley, and contentedly munch on brown-sugar sandwiches. Part of the great charm of the book lies in Amy's ability to find joy in such simple pleasures. A sleep-over at Winnie's house, a new pair of grey suede shoes, and the soothing rhythm of a piano all make Amy feel like she's the luckiest girl in the world.

Amy is a typical heroine: full of infectious spirit and optimism that she manages to pass on to those around her -- but she does have faults like jealousy and selfishness. All of the characters in Amy's Promise are multi-layered and motivated by a wide range of emotions; Thurman Hunter's rich characterizations propel the story beyond the perimeters of mere nostalgia.

The contemporary themes make an excellent bridge between past and present, and Amy's Promise would be a good introduction to studies on alcoholism, one-parent families, or gender stereotyping.

My only complaint is that the fairy-tale conclusion ties things up too neatly; alcoholics are not reformed overnight, broken families not so easily mended. However, it's also satisfying to stumble upon a happy ending. Amy's Promise is a lesson in understanding, as well as a fun and educational jaunt into the past. Highly readable, it will no doubt be most entertaining to girls.


Jennifer Sullivan has a Master's degree in English Literature and works within the Children's Literature Service of the National Library of Canada.

Book Review

The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It.

Desmond Morton.
Toronto: Kids Can Press, 1995. 65pp, paper, $18.95.
ISBN 1-55074-222-1.

Grades 5 - 9 / Ages 10 - 15.
Review by Caroline Thomson.


If you and other people in your neighbourhood wanted to get something done, you begin by getting organized. Why not start a neighbourhood association? You would need to hold a meeting, or assembly, where each family would have one vote. If fighting is a problem in your area, you might choose a special peace committee. It would be smart to include the richest and most important families on the committee, because if they don't keep the peace, no one will. You could also form a committee to improve living conditions. And since there'll probably be arguments in your neighbourhood, how about a "court" to find a fair agreement.
The UN has all of these organizations and many more.

On October 24, 1945, a group of thirty-one countries formally joined together to become the United Nations. Their purpose was to "save succeeding generations from the scourge of war." This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the UN, and in honour of that, many books on the institution are being published. Distinguished Canadian historian Desmond Morton has written The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It, a book directed at Canadian youth.

The United Nations has been in the news frequently over the last few years, and many children will have some idea of what it is and for what it stands. The UN is not an easy concept to explain; nonetheless, Morton manages to make his descriptions clear and easily understandable. He compares the world to a neighbourhood and the UN with a neighbourhood organization. In this way he explains why certain committees and organizations exist and what purpose they serve. (The analogy will also provide instructors with many ideas for classroom activities for studying the UN.)

Morton's book covers the history of the UN, why, where, and how it began, and explains its relationship to its predecessor, the League of Nations. He includes brief accounts of the role the UN has played in trying to manage many conflicts over the years, from the Suez Crisis in 1956 to the situation in the former Yugoslavia today.

Morton also deals with some of the difficulties or even failures that the UN has faced. He does not attempt to portray the UN as perfect or shy away from the organization's problems. On the other hand, he does not attack it. He clearly feels that there is a benefit to keeping the UN in place and continuing to support the work it does. So the book may be biased in the UN's favour -- but then a book emphasising its failures would provide a bleak picture of our world.

But this book is also specifically about Canada's role in the organization, and the many Canadians who have played important parts in its history. The information is presented in short, concise sections that are easy to understand and absorb. There are also many photographs of the personalities and places of the UN.

The book includes a glossary of unfamiliar terms and recommends to readers at the beginning that they refer to it when needed. There is also an index. Throughout, Morton refers readers to other relevant sections of the book to help clarify points or provide more information.

All of the information in The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It is important and relevant. The focus on the Canadian role within the UN should help foster pride in our nation.

Kids Can Press gives the recommended age range for The United Nations as ten to fifteen. Although the information in the book would be useful for students aged fifteen or older, the presentation would seem too simple -- even condescending. I'm giving it an age range of ten to thirteen.


Caroline Thomson is a librarian in North York, Ontario. She holds an M.A. in history.


Human rights, peacekeeping, famine --- these are just some of the tough issues tackled by the United Nations. October 24, 1995, marks the 50th anniversary of the birth of the UN. It was formed after World War II and has helped keep us safe from another global war. The United Nations: Its History and the Canadians Who Shaped It describes the UN's history, aims and accomplishments to 10 to 15 year olds and introduces them to Canadians who have made a difference at the UN.

Kids will find out:

Desmond Morton is the Director of the McGill Institute fo the Study of Canada. He is the author of many books on canadian history for both adults and young readers.


for grades 5 to 10
ISBN 1-55074-222-1
$18.95 paperback

Kids Can Press

Video Review

Ghosts of the Bay: A Guide to the History of Georgian Bay.
Ghosts of the Bay: The Forgotten History of Georgian Bay.

Russel Floren and Andrea Gutsche.
Toronto: Lynx Images, 1994.
Book: 303pp, paper, $29.95. Video: 90 Minutes, VHS, $29.95.
Book and Video set $49.95.
ISBN (Book) 0-9698427-3-2.
(Video) 0-9698427-1-6.

Grades 8 and Up / Ages 12 - Adult.
Review by Tom Chambers.


A large Iroquois war party swooped down on the tiny mission, which fought valiantly for almost a full day. But strength in numbers prevailed, and soon most of the Huron were dead or captured. The victorious Iroquois had also captured two Black Robes: Jean de Brebeuf and Lalement's nephew, Gabriel Lalement. The two were put to death in the most torturous manner, according to donne Christopher Renault, who helped bring the bodies from St. Ignace to Ste. Marie. The Jesuits were stripped of their flesh, "baptised" with boiling water, their lips cut off to stop them from praying, and finally, their hearts cut out and eaten; an honourable death, according to the Iroquois, one that befit such powerful men.

Ghosts of the Bay, the book, comes with a ninety-minute video of the same name, though they have different sub-titles. The book is described as a "story telling guide." It is highly detailed, has numerous maps, and is meant to help people discover for themselves the exciting history of Georgian Bay as they travel around this beautiful part of Ontario. The book is also richly illustrated with many photographs of the buildings, ships, and people mentioned. The video complements the book with some interesting underwater footage of shipwrecks and of some of the few remaining abandoned buildings. Both the book and the video are capable of standing on their own.

The tragedy that befell the Huron Indians at the hands of the Iroquois in the middle of the seventeenth century is retold at the start of the book. Although well known, the authors bring the story to life. This should stimulate an interest in early Canadian history in younger readers.

The authors fell in love with Georgian Bay as children and seem to know every rock and cranny in what they describe as the sixth great lake. They spent four years doing the research for this project and the results are worth it. We learn the origins and history of the communities around the bay, and hear tales of the many shipwrecks which enterprising divers are invited to search for. There are also the stories of many of the interesting characters who became part of the bay's history.
There is both humour and tragedy in the book. An example of the former is a tale of life in a lumber shanty where men had no female companionship for months on end. In one camp, a practical joker bought a pair of women's shoes and while everyone else was asleep, walked around the camp leaving marks in the snow. In the morning, the desperate men went searching in vain, much to the joker's amusement. Many of the tragedies concern shipwrecks, like the Asia, a steamer used for both passengers and freight that sank in a hurricane in 1882. Of the 122 people on board, only 2 survived.

Both the tape and the book explain how the bay was created by the last ice age. This adds to their educational value. They also emphasize how the power of nature has shaped the history of the bay. The force of the storms coming from Lake Huron can be devastating. The video shows evidence of this in the underwater scenes of some of the wrecks. The soundtrack on the video helps to convey the sense of mystery the producers feel the bay possesses.

The book has both an index and a bibliography. The lay-out is excellent and the type very easy to read.

Highly recommended.

Tom Chambers is a professor at Canadore College in North Bay Ontario.


The Little Math Puzzle Contest

Tom Murray, the coordinator of the The Math Puzzle, has been kind enough to give CM permission to run the weekly Little Math Puzzle Contest (inspired by The Great Canadian Trivia Challenge.)

Royal West Academy (a high school) in Montreal, Quebec is sponsoring a little math puzzle contest.

This contest is open to all participants but is designed for students in grades five through ten. English will be the language used for all problems and if their solutions relate to a language, the language will be English.

Contest Format:

Each week a new puzzle will be presented and the answers and winners from two weeks earlier will be posted. Answers are to be received by 8:00 a.m. eastern time the following Friday.

The answers will then be judged, and a correct answer along with the winners' names, will be posted with the puzzle two weeks later.

Both individual students and entire classes are welcome to participate.

Do not to send your answers to CM.
Instead, please send all answers to Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov at the following address:

With your solution please include your names, school, grade, and e-mail address, and your city.

Question #10 from two weeks ago was the following:

What are the next three letters in this set?

B, C, D, F, G, H, J, K, L, M, __, __, __

Answer #10:

The vowels have been left out so the next three are N, P, Q.

The Winners -- Solvers of Puzzle #10

The people who answered the Puzzle # 10 correctly were:
  1. Edgar Lee Lakewood Academy: Glenwood, NF
  2. Jamie, Robbie, Wai-Kheong, Scott, and Spencer in Mrs. Spares's Grade 5 Class, Pine Grove School: Oakville, ON
  3. Class 7-1 Pilgrim Wood Public School: Oakville, ON
  4. Donna and Denise Careen Fatima Academy: St. Bride's, NF
  5. Todd Christenson, Megan Clear, Steven Cross, Jordan Denny, Gary Grimwood, Aaron Guppy, Nicole Bencharski, Todd Christenson, Megan Clear, Steven Cross, Jordan Denny, Aaron Guppy, Ashley Klassen, Roxanne Jeanson, Jonathan Lamoureux, Monica Kostenchuk, Christopher Mcculloch, Kyle Shwab, Jacquelynn Sharman, Shannon Toshack, Laura Stasiuk ,Travis Pich=8E, Nigel Dawes, Keith Day,Michelle Crease, GRADE 5
    Aron Houssin, Greg Anderson, Keith Giroux, Kevin Fawley Grade 6 Ecole St-Germain, St-Vital School Division No.6: Winnipeg, MB
  6. Ms. Marcheta Gallant Classes: 9-1 and 9-3 Grade Nine Labrador City Collegiate: Labrador City, NF
  7. Jane Scaplen's grade 6 French Immersion class, Sacred Heart Elementary: Marystown, NF
  8. Mr T. Burnie's 7/8 class, St. Ann School: Toronto, ON
  9. Adam Rudolph, Josh Moses for the Junior Division of Yorkhill Elementary School, and Paul Krebs (8C) for the Intermediate Division of Yorkhill Elementary School. Onward to Excellence -- Yorkhill Elementary School: 350 Hilda Avenue, Thornhill, ON
  10. Katharine Gasbarini, Age 13, Grade 8, Gregory A. Hogan School: Sarnia, ON
  11. Brian Thompson, Grade 9, Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, NS
  12. Sameer Safaya Grade 8, German Swiss International School: Hong Kong. (
  13. Ashley Parise and Kristen O'Donnell. Mrs.Hamilton's grade 7-1 class, Florenceville Middle School: Florenceville NB
  14. Grade 8 Math class, Hedges School, Winnipeg, MB (c/o Mark Kutcy)
  15. Clifford Ketchen and Jason Andrews, Grade 6 Students, Whyte Ridge Elementary: Winnipeg, MB
  16. Jason Dodd, David Clark, Jordan Uyede, Dan Stolfi, Josh Burton, Ryan Neil, Greg Robertson, Mr. Robinson's Math Classes, College Avenue Public School: Guelph, ON
  17. All students (Sec. I - V), Herzliah Snowdon in Montreal. (Lorna Clamen -- Computer Science Resource Person)
  18. Hitesh Vera Gr. 4, Wild Rose School: St. Albert, AB
  19. Greg Crossley, Shane Clark, and Venessa Richard, Mr. Small's Grade 8 Math, Quispamsis Junior High: Quispamsis, NB
  20. Ram Vadi, Adam Hoddinott, Patrick Connolly, Mrs. N. Seaman's Grade 5 Class, Lakefield Elementary School: Quispamsis, NB
  21. Mr. DellaRossa's Grade 5/6 class, Westminster Public School: Vaughan, ON
  22. Andrew Smallwood, Kyle Barry, of Mr. Walker's grade 4 class, Hastings School: Winnipeg, MB
  23. Matthew Crease, Kristen Coleman, Grade 5, Sheridan Public School: Oakville ON
  24. Jardine, Grade 5, Keswick Valley Memorial School: Burtt's Corner, NB
  25. Shannon Shaw, Nadine Melvin, Grade 9
    Jill Houlihan, Kristen Pelham, and Andrew Clark, Grade 8
    Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, NS
  26. Kurtis Nelson, Laura Grundy, Gabrielle, Sara Lavoratore, Erin Croucher, Amanda Gardiner, Julia Knight, Nicole Grimmond, Katie Merchant, 6th Grade, Mr. J. Cowley (teacher) Sacred Heart Elementary School: Sarnia, ON
  27. Grade 4 - 5 Estey, Keswick Valley Memorial School: Burtt's Corner, NB
  28. Abby Stimson, grade 9, Dalhousie Regional High School: NB
  29. Nick Humber, Brian Chartrand, Mr.Garbaty Gr.8 class, St. Margaret's School: Sarnia, ON
  30. Mrs. Ridland's Gr. 6 class, Our Lady of Mercy: ON
  31. Ms. Dawson's Grade 7 class, Pilgrim Wood Public School: Oakville, ON
  32. Jessica Reiss, Grade 6, Gregory A. Hogan: Sarnia, ON
  33. Craig, Charley, Danielle, Eva, Chad, Maggie, Andy, Jake Jacqueline, Amanda, Jamie, Sara, Gr. 7, St.Benedict School: Sarnia, ON
  34. Mrs. Quinn-Vaillant's Grade 8 Class, Our Lady Of Mercy School: Sarnia, Ontario.
  35. Marc Mitchell, Tiffany Cater, Joel Robinson, Ricky Ashar, Evan Powell, David Orr, Madison D'Andrea, Daniela Azzolina, Grade 5, Gregory A. Hogan: Sarnia, ON
  36. And the great unidentified......
    Carrie_Donaldson@.uucp, "Carrie Donaldson,therese"
    turnab@ATCON.COM (Margot Anne Beck)?

Puzzle #12

We are using a puzzle sent to us by Doug and Gerrick of Ms. Dawson's grade seven (class 7-3) in Pilgrim Wood School, Oakville Ontario.

What are the next three letters in the sequence.

w, e, r, t, y, u __, __, __

Send your response by 8:00 a.m., Friday, December 1st to:

Thank you for sending us this unique problem. We hope to receive our readers help in the future as well.

Andrea Pollock and Alex Nazarov
Royal West Academy, Montreal West, Quebec.


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.


For those of you access us by way of The Village in Ontario please note that we're having a lot of difficulty with The Village. We now are able to receive the Village but cannot send or reply on it on any regular basis. In light of this could respondents please use the WINNERS:

  1. Ram Vadi, Mrs. Seaman's Gr. 5 class, Lakefield Elementary School: Quispamsis, New Brunswick
  2. Tina Ruff, Mr. Dingee's Gr. 7-3 Social Studies class, Florenceville Middle School: Florenceville, New Brunswick
  3. Danny Ray, Gr. 7, Alma Middle School: Alma, Arkansas
  4. Rachel Bienenstock, Carly Pouchet, Jagdeep Chima, Gr.7 ALP, Lindsay Place High School: Pointe Claire, Quebec
  5. Tommy Perley, Mr. Dingee's Gr. 7-3 Social Studies class, Florenceville Middle School: Florenceville, New Brunswick
  6. Mr. T. Burnie's Gr. 7/8 class, St. Ann School: Toronto, Ontario
  7. Stephen Powell, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  8. Ian Raska, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  9. Dave Stevenson, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  10. Aaron Guertin, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  11. Michael Bergeron, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  12. Stephanie Sachetti & Paul Snow, Gr. 7F, Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  13. Nicholas Wilton, Gr. 8R, Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  14. Jill Houlihan & Gina Duggan, Gr. 8O, Cunard Junior High School: Halifax, Nova Scotia
  15. Justin Lapointe, Justin Thibert, Russell Cunningham, Mr. Manzerolle's class, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  16. Matthew Thomas, St. Andrew School: Windsor, Ontario
  17. Dustin, Justin, Kam, Tawney, Curtis, Jessica, Kaitlin, Jorge, Robby, Christine, General Byng School: Winnipeg, Manitoba
  18. Shlomit Kriger, Yorkhill Elementary School: Thornhill, Ontario
  19. Hitesh Vera, Gr. 4, Wild Rose School: St. Albert, Alberta
  20. Nathan Loon, Mr. Reeder's Gr.9 History class, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  21. Michael Zom, Mr. Reeder's Gr.9 History class, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  22. Suchita Varma, Mr. Reeder's Gr.9 History class, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  23. Tram Truong, Mr. Reeder's Gr.9 History class, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  24. Anita Kumar, Mr. Reeder's Gr.9 History class, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  25. Travis Burgess, Colonel By Secondary School: Gloucester, Ontario
  26. Mrs. Cantalini's Gr. 7/8 class, Gregory A. Hogan School: Sarnia, Ontario
  27. Owen Lloyd, Gr. 7, Central Linn School: Halsey, Oregon


Recently Jacques Parizeau has announced his resignation as Premier of the province of Quebec. Name the individuals who have served as premiers of Quebec since 1967 and the political parties that they represented. I think that you will find some interesting results.

DUE DATE FOR THIS ANSWER: December 2, 1995


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.


Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt

The Hunt Continues, Round Eight

Centennial Regional High in Greenfield Park, Quebec is proud to continue with the Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt. We are proud, too, to announce the "grand opening"of our home page that can be found at " This message is repeated in our homepage.

The Internet is the "largest library" in our world, and we, as teachers should be teaching students how to use this research facility. Our research staff have scanned the Web looking for appealing and varied questions for your and your students. Each week, a different question will be posted, a question that will challenge student's research skills on the net.

You are free to use any Internet resource available to you.

When you have found the answer to our question,

Please include with your answer a little bit of information about you and your school.

  1. Resource person's name.
  2. Your school name.
  3. High school, middle school or elementary school.
  4. Location of your school, city, province/state or country.
  5. Your e-mail address.
  6. Any comments you have about our activity.
The judges wish to extend our congratulations to the winners of the seventh round of the great Cyberspace Scavenger Hunt. This was a tough question, so I extend a special congratulations to:

Melody Williams and class, Wheelersburg High School
Wheelersburg, Ohio

The seventh question was

Canada and the United States share the largest borders in the world. Our two countries have a wonderful history of living together, peacefully, side by side.

However, if some trouble may arise, we would look to the ambassadors from each country to handle any tensions.

Name the American ambassador to Canada, and give me his address and telephone number.


The American ambassador to Canada is Mr. James Johnston Blanchard. His address is 100 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5T1. His phone number is (613) 238-5335 and his fax number is (623) 238-5720.

Now, since you're getting so good at finding information on the Net, name the Canadian ambassador to the United States, and give me his address and telephone number.

The Canadian ambassador to the United States is M. Raymond Chrétien. You can reach him at 501 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001. His phone number is (202) 682-1740 and his fax number is (202) 682-7726.

Question Eight is a bit easier:

What do the following people have in common:

And who would be the missing person in this list?

Send your answers to:

Good luck to all the hunters.

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