1. What historically important event took place in Regina on July 1 1935?
2. What is the longest war Canada has ever been engaged in?
a) World War I b) World War II c) Afghanistan
3. Children who attend school on reserves receive 30% less funding for education than other Canadian children.
True or False
4. How many Canadian children live in poverty?
a) 50,000-100,000 b) 200,000-300,000 c) 600,000-700,000
5. How much is the war in Libya costing Canadian taxpayers?
6. Over 90% of Canadians believe nobody in the country should be homeless.
True or False
7. How may affordable housing units could be built with the money the government is going to spend on prisons?
8. On the 2011 Climate Change Performance Index, Canada ranks
a) 7th out of 60 b) 27th out of 60 c) 57th out of 60
9. The federal government provides an annual subsidy of approximately $1 billion to the tar sands industry.
True or False
10. Who is Abousfian Abdelrazik?
11. Match each quotation with its author:
a) Be the change you want to see in the world.
b) You can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb the world to peace.
c) War cannot be humanized; it can only be abolished.
d) When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.
e) Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
i) Albert Einstein ii) Michael Franti iii) Jimi Hendrix iv) Martin Luther King v) Mahatma Gandhi
12. How do you stop strips of Canadian bacon from curling in the frying pan?
1. The Regina Riot: The riot began when the Regina police and the RCMP charged a crowd made up mainly of Regina citizens who had come out to show their support for the On-To-Ottawa Trekkers, unemployed single men who had ridden box cars from Vancouver, determined to take their demand for real work and fair wages to Ottawa. Charles Millar, an undercover policeman was killed in the riot, and Nick Schaack, a Trekker, died later in hospital from head injuries. The police denied any Trekkers had been killed. Schaack was buried in an unmarked grave in the Regina Cemetery. Tomorrow, Friday July 1, at 11 am, there will be an unveiling of a commemorative headstone for Nick Schaack at the Regina Cemetery (corner of 4th Avenue and Broad Street). Everyone is welcome.
2. c): The war in Afghanistan is now in its 10th year. By the end of 2011, Canada will have spent $18.5 billion on this war.
3. True: In 1996, the federal government imposed a 2% growth cap on all Indian and Northern Affairs funding. The cap has had a particularly harmful effect on education programs.
4. c): In 1989 the House of Commons unanimously resolved to eliminate poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000. Today 610,000 children, or nearly 1 in 10, are poor.
5. $60 million, according to Defence Minister Peter MacKay. That’s enough to build 2,609 affordable housing units.
6. True: According to a May 2011 Salvation Army report on homelessness, 93% of Canadians believe nobody in the country should be homeless. 150,000 Canadians are currently experiencing homelessness. 2,686 of them are in Regina.
7. The federal government estimates its “tough on crime” legislation will cost $2.1 billion over 5 years. According to the Parliamentary Budget Officer, the legislation will cost twice as much. That’s enough to build 18,260 affordable housing units. Crime rates have been falling in Canada since 1991.
8. c) Canada is one of the top ten CO2 emitters in the world.
9. True: Tar sands development is the single biggest contributor to the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada.
10. Abousfian Abdelrazik is the only Canadian on the UN 1267 “no fly” list, placed there at the request of the US. The list imposes sanctions that prevent Mr. Abdelrazik from earning a salary, receiving gifts or loans of money, or maintaining a bank account. CSIS and the RCMP have cleared Mr Abdelrazik of all criminal activity. He has never been charged with anything.
11. a) Mahatma Gandhi b) Michael Franti c) Albert Einstein d) Jimi Hendrix e) Martin Luther King
12. Take away their tiny brooms. ☺