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Answers to the 50 Canada Questions

50 Canadian answers


1. Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories.

2. Mount Logan, Yukon at 5,959 metres

3. Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres.

4. Chuckigh or Cheekye, meaning "dirty snow."

5. 39. And for a bonus point how much of the country's land mass do they cover? 2 per cent.

6. Six, Newfoundland, Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Rocky Mountain and Pacific.

7. Alberta.

8. Quebec.

9. 1867

10. 1857

11. The Hudson’s Bay Company

12. 1965

13. Halifax Gazette

14. 1610

15. 10 provinces, three territories.

16. Seven, from 1994 to 2000. Canada was third, slightly behind Norway and Australia, in 2001.

17. Iqaluit

18. None, according to the official list from the Governor General’s office. However, some – such as 1980 Olympic bronze medalist Steve Podborski and 1984 Olympic gold medalist Dr. Hugh Fisher – have moved to the area since receiving the Order of Canada. Former Whistler resident Nancy Greene Raine received the Order of Canada after winning Olympic gold and silver medals in 1968. Garibaldi Highlands resident Chester Johnson received the Order of Canada specifically for his work with the Whistler Land Company in the mid-80s. Part-time Whistler residents who have received the Order of Canada include broadcaster and politician Carole Taylor and Dr. Irwin Stewart, who has set up travelling clinics in remote areas of British Columbia and in Third World countries.

19. Italian-American Antonio Meucci

20. Camp X, on the Oshawa-Whitby border, included Special Training School 103 and Hydra. STS 103 trained allied agents in the techniques of secret warfare for the Special Operations Executive branch of the British Intelligence Service. Hydra network communicated vital messages between Canada, the United States and Great Britain.

21. "A Mari usque ad Mare" (From Sea to Sea) is based on biblical scripture: "He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth (Psalm 72:8)." The first official use of this motto came in 1906 when it was engraved on the head of the mace of the Legislative Assembly of the new Province of Saskatchewan. It was included in the design of the arms of Canada in 1921. There is also a circular ribbon on the arms of Canada (added in 1994) with the motto of the Order of Canada: Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam (They desire a better country).

22. Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir-Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Nellie McLung asked the court to rule on the meaning of the word "persons" in Section 24 of the British North America Act to determine whether it included female persons. In 1928 the court replied in the negative. The women then appealed to the Judicial Committee of England’s Privy Council. In October of 1929 the five Lords of the Judicial Committee unanimously concluded that "persons" included both males and females.