Here are the answers to our quiz on key news topics, plus some additional background information.

1. Which pipeline did not get approval from the federal government?

Answer: c

Additional notes: The government agreed that the Great Bear Rainforest and the Douglas Channel were not well suited to withstand oil traffic.

2. The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a precedent setting case related to what?

Answer: a

Additional notes: This precedent-setting case could affect the ability of First Nations to protect their sacred sites. The proposed site for a Glacier Resort is in an area known as Qat’muk, the home of the grizzly bear spirit, and many key spiritual beliefs and practices are centred there.

3. The federal government is planning on introducing a new Act. What is it?

Answer: c

Additional notes: The hope is that this Act will preserve and revitalize First Nations, Metis and Inuit languages in Canada.

4. How much are food prices expected to rise in 2017? 

Answer: b

Additional notes: Steeper import costs as a result of the declining Canadian dollar are expected to increase the average family food budget by $420 per year.

5. Who is Time Magazine’s person of the year for 2016?

Answer: c

Additional notes: Time magazine commented on the disruption brought about by Trump in his presidential  campaign.

6. What is the Pantone colour of the year for 2017?

Answer: a

Additional notes: This colour is said to be evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle.

7.  Whose picture will be on the Canadian $10 bill starting in 2018?

Answer: c

Additional notes: Viola Desmond will be the first Canadian woman to be the face of Canada’s currency. She represents courage, strength and determination. She defied the “whites only” rules in Nova Scotia in 1946. She is often described as Canada’s Rosa Parks and her defiance occurred much earlier.

8.  Who was John Glenn?

Answer: all of the above

Additional notes: John Glenn passed away at age 95 on December 8, 2016

9. Who won the Nobel Peace Prize 2016?

Answer: a

Additional notes: In December 2016 the Colombian President signed a final agreement for peace with his country’s insurgents.

10.  Who was named Canada’s male athlete of the year 2016?

Answer: b

Additional notes: Canadian Press voted him the Lionel Conacher  Male Athlete of the year for his performance at the Rio Olympics.

11. What fast food chain celebrates its 50th year in Canada in 2017?

Answer: c

Additional notes: It is the golden anniversary of the Golden Arches.

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