The following questions provide a review of some key topics and issues that have been in the news in December.

  1. One of Canada’s hockey greats received a final farewell tribute in Montreal on December 9, 2014. Who was he?
    1. Bobby Orr
    2. Jean Beliveau
    3. Henri Richard
    4. Phil Esposito
  2. There are calls for Canada to review its policies on intelligence-sharing with the United States due to:
    1. A change in treaty obligations
    2. Upcoming US elections
    3. A report that indicates the CIA used brutal interrogation techniques that violated US laws
    4. The fact that there is no reciprocal agreement in place
  3. What is a subprime mortgage?
    1. A mortgage given to individuals with low credit ratings
    2. A mortgage based on prime rate
    3. A mortgage below prime rate
    4. A mortgage on a property that is subprime
  4. What is a king tide?
    1. A king who inherits his title
    2. An extremely high sea tide
    3. A very potent laundry detergent
    4. A nickname for high quality tuna
  5. What role does Veterans Affairs play?
    1. Provides financial support for Canadian veterans for health care, disability and death benefits
    2. Organizes social events for veterans
    3. Provides mentorship to veterans
    4. Recruits veterans to work for the ministry of defence
  6. According to a 2012 research, nearly 5 million Canadians are in low income status. What does this mean?
    1. 13.8%of the population are living in poverty
    2. 44.5%of kids living with single mothers are in low income status
    3. 28.5% of single seniors are living in poverty
    4. All of the above
  7. Who is Canada’s athlete of the year for 2014?
    1. Justine Dufour-Lapointe – skier
    2. Mark McMorris – snowboarder
    3. Kaillie Humphries – bobsledder
    4. Hayley Wickenheiser – ice hockey player
  8. Fashion followers will be interested to know the colour of the year for 2015 which was recently announced. It is:
    1. Burst – a bright red
    2. Orchid – a delicate mauve
    3. Tangerine tango – a vibrant orange
    4. Marsala – a rich wine
  9. What is the Price Transparency Act?
    1. Legislation to protect consumers from paying more for items that go on sale
    2. Legislation that exposes consumers to all the information used in pricing an item
    3. Legislation to bring price parity in Canada on items that are also sold in the United States
    4. Legislation that isolates the cost of an item from the cost of packaging
  10. What is meant by the Alberta Advantage?
    1. Lots of job prospects in the province
    2. No consumer taxes
    3. Beautiful scenery
    4. Oil riches

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