Here are the answers to our February quiz on key news topics, plus some additional background information
1. What Canadian city is shortlisted for the second Global headquarters for Amazon?
Additional notes: a decision will be made later this year.
2. How many medals did Canada win at the 2018 Winter Olympics?
Additional notes: Canada won 11 golds, 8 silver and 10 bronze medals.
3. Which country took home the most medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics?
Additional notes: Norway took 39 medals followed by Germany with 31 and Canada in third place with 29.
4. What new concept has Amazon introduced?
Additional notes: This ‘just walk through’ technology grocery store promises no lines, no checkouts, no registers. Customers will tap their Amazon Go App when they enter the store and everything they take or return to the shelf will be tracked. The customer leaves with the merchandise and gets billed automatically.
5. What happened January 31, 2018 for the first time in 150 years?
Additional notes: It was special for three reasons. It was the second full moon of the month, known as a blue moon. It was closer to the earth in its orbit, known as perigee, and about 14% brighter than usual. This is referred to as a super moon.
6. What was the key goal of Justin Trudeau at the World Economic Conference in Davos, Switzerland?
Additional notes: Canada holds the presidency of the G7 this year. Davos is an opportunity for pre- meetings, to build confidence among other world and business leaders to invest in Canada and to develop trade relationships.
7. Who is Edward Cornwallis?
Additional notes: Cornwallis was a controversial figure as it is believed that he was the impetus behind the 1749 scalping proclamation against the Mi’kmaq inhabitants. On February 4, 2018 his statue was removed from downtown Halifax.
8. Why was Canada’s national anthem altered?
Additional notes: The second line in the English version was officially changed from “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command”. This makes the anthem gender-neutral and more inclusive.
9. What is Falcon Heavy?
Additional notes: The Falcon Heavy is a rocket built by Space X, a company run by Elon Musk of Tesla fame. The rocket was successfully launched in February and is expected to orbit the sun for hundreds of millions of years.
10. Who is Mary Jane McCallum?
Additional notes: Mary Jane McCallum, the first female indigenous dentist in Canada, has become a senator.
11. What does #BeckaToldMeTo refer to?
Additional notes: Rebecca Schofield of Riverview, New Brunswick, launched the campaign asking people to perform acts of kindness and to tweet about it. Rebecca did this in the final days of her 17- year life; she died of brain cancer on February 18.
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