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

1. Gordie Howe is having a significant landmark named for him. What is it?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The Gordie Howe international bridge will span Canada’s busiest border between Windsor and Detroit. It is expected to cost more than $6.2 billion and will be operational by 2024.

2. What does the app Mentimeter do?

Answer: c

Additional notes: Mentimeter is a Swedish-developed communication technology designed to make online real time spiritual connections between a spiritual leader and parishioners. It is being used by Pastor Jeff Germo in Campbell River, BC.

3. What Canadian city experienced devastating tornadoes?

Answer: d

Additional notes: Six tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa and Gatineau area, leaving a wake of property destruction but fortunately no deaths.

4. What is Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms?

Answer: d

Additional notes: Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, threatened to use this to cut the size of Toronto City Council. Subsequent court decisions made this unnecessary.

5. What is USMCA?

Answer: d

Additional notes: The U.S. reached a trade agreement with Mexico on August 30 and gave Canada a deadline of September 30 to be part of it. An agreement was reached just before the deadline that kept the dispute resolution clause that Canada was not prepared to budge on, but it did make concessions on dairy products and pharmaceuticals.

6. Canada announced the largest private sector investment in a public project. What company is making the investment?

Answer: b

Additional notes: LNG Canada is investing $40 billion in an energy megaproject that will revitalize the BC economy.

7. Who is François Legault?

Answer: b

Additional notes: Legault is the premier-designate of Quebec. He is the leader of the Coalition Avenir Quebec party.

8. What do Marie Curie, Maria Goeppert-Mayer and Donna Strickland have in common?

Answer: d

Additional notes: Marie Curie won in 1903, Maria Goeppert-Mayer in 1963 and Donna Strickland in 2018.

9. Who is Frank Iacobucci?

Answer: b

Additional notes: The federal government has decided not to appeal the court decision that said it did not have to consult with First Nations, but appointed Iacobucci to oversee talks anyway.

10. Which books are on the Giller Prize short list?

Answer: f

Additional notes: The $100,000 Giller Prize will go to one of these authors.

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