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

1. What is the colour of 2020? 

Answer: c

Additional notes: Each year Pantone identifies a colour. Fashion, furniture and cars begin to adopt it.

2. Who won the Miss World contest for 2020?

Answer: c

Additional notes: Miss Jamaica, Toni-Ann Singh won Miss World. This means for first time in history, Miss Teen USA, Miss America, Miss Universe and Miss World are all black women.

3. Which country won gold at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship? 

Answer: d

Additional notes: Canada beat Russia in the final game to take gold. Russia won silver and Sweden edged out Finland for the bronze.

4. Which island experienced a 6.4 magnitude earthquake?

Answer: b

Additional notes: On Jan 7 Puerto Rico was struck by several aftershocks. Power plants shut to minimize damage, leaving most of the island without power.

5. What action did Iran take to retaliate for the killing of a general by U.S. forces?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The retaliation came days after the killing. There were no fatalities on the U.S. base. The Ukrainian airline crashed when a missile struck it, killing 172 people, including 57 Canadians.

6. Why are the Wet’suwet’en First Nations protesting?

Answer: a

Additional notes: the British Columbia Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an injunction against members of the First Nations and others who oppose the pipeline.

7. Canada does not have diplomatic ties with Iran. What country provides support for Canadians in Iran?

Answer: c

Additional notes: In 2012 the Harper government cut diplomatic ties with Iran. In 2016 the Trudeau government said it would reinstate relations but has not done so yet. The U.K. and U.S. do not have diplomatic ties either.

8. Which members of the royal family are considering making Canada their home?

Answer: c

Additional notes: the couple are interested in breaking away from the Royals and making a life of their own, including establishing their own income. The Queen issued a statement indicating that she would prefer they fulfill their royal duties full-time, but supports their decision to forge their own way.

9. Which movie received the most nominations for an Oscar?

Answer: a

Additional notes: The Joker garnered 11 nominations, including best picture.

10. Which political party is undertaking a conference to elect a new leader?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The Conservatives launched a process to replace Andrew Scheer. The Green Party will be doing the same to replace Elizabeth May.

11. Who is Michael McCain?

Answer: b

Additional notes: he used the Maple Leaf Food Twitter account to express his anger towards Donald Trump for killing an Iranian general, setting off a series of events that resulted in the downing of the Ukrainian airliner.

12. What did Nancy Pelosi do on January 15, 2020?

Answer: c

Additional notes: It is traditional to use a different pen for each letter in your name when signing a document such as this.

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