Here are the answers to our September quiz on key news topics, plus some additional background information
1. What did Irma and Harvey do?
Additional notes: hurricanes Irma and Harvey were two of the largest storms on record causing millions in property damage, death and destruction.
2. Which Canadian province has been fighting hundreds of forest fires for several months?
Additional notes: Since April, BC has had more than 1200 forest fires, burning over 1 million hectares and costing over $500 million in fire-fighting alone.
3. Which country(ies) has the US allowed to purchase increasingly sophisticated weapons?
Additional notes: These two countries have already purchased significant equipment to protect themselves from North Korea.
4. What interest rate did the Bank of Canada set in September?
Additional notes: On September 6 the Bank of Canada unexpectedly raised the prime interest rate by 25 basis points to 1.00%, citing stronger than expected economic data.
5. Why did Prime Minister Trudeau lead a delegation to the UN General Assembly in September?
Additional notes: Trudeau will emphasize Canada’s multilateralism as he vies for a coveted seat.
6. What is DACA?
Additional notes: The policy was rescinded, raising many protests. However, Congress has six months to determine what will happen to those previously eligible.
7. Which Canadian university ranked the highest in the annual Times Higher Education World university rankings?
Additional notes: U of T ranked 22nd, UBC 34th, McGill 42nd.,U of A119th. The Canadian universities face lower future rankings if they do not invest more in research.
8. What is the new name going to be for the Air Canada centre in Toronto?
Additional notes: Scotiabank gave $800 million over five years to have the naming rights.
9. What is the name of the newest NHL franchise?
Additional notes: This new team will call Las Vegas home.
10. What discovery was made in Luxor, Egypt?
Additional notes: The announcement of this discovery was made with significant fanfare to try to boost tourism.
11. What major corporation is setting up a second head office in North America that is causing cities and provinces to try to woo it to their jurisdiction?
Additional notes: Amazon announced that its second and equal headquarters will employ up to 50,000 people.
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