Making Peace Vigil

Standing up for peace


Posted by strattof on July 1, 2013

(Answers at end)

1. How many people signed the KEEP REGINA WATER PUBLIC petition?

a) over 4,000              b) over 14,000             c) over 24,000

 2. Give 3 reasons why a P3 wastewater plant is a bad idea. 

3. What historically important event took place in Regina on July 1 1935?

4. Children who attend school on reserves receive 30% less funding for education than other Canadian children.

True or False

5. What is the poverty rate for First Nations children in Canada?

a) 30%                       b) 40%                         c) 50%

6. Canada’s rich are getting richer.  

True or False

7. How many people are homeless in Regina?  

a) 300             b) 1,500                       c) 3,000

8. On the 2013 Climate Change Performance Index, Canada ranks

a) 6th out of 61                 b) 26th out of 61          c) 56th out of 61

9. The federal government provides an annual subsidy of approximately $1 billion to the tar sands industry.

True or False

10. Which of the following statements are true?

a) On average, 3 workers per day lose their lives to workplace accidents in Canada.   

b) The unemployment rate for First Nations people is roughly double the rate for non-Indigenous people.  

c) Saskatchewan’s minimum wage is the 2nd lowest in Canada.

d) All of the above.

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.

Albert Einstein             Michael Franti           Jimi Hendrix

Martin Luther King     Mahatma Gandhi     

12. How do you stop strips of Canadian bacon from curling in the frying pan?


1. c): 24,232 people signed the petition. That’s more than enough to force a vote on the future of Regina’s water system.

2. a) The P3 deal will put Regina’s wastewater treatment plant in the hands of a private corporation for the next 30 years. Water is not a commodity. It is an essential human need. It must always be in public hands. b) The P3 deal will cost Regina taxpayers more than if the City of Regina were to retain control of the facility. c) The P3 deal will result in a reduction of service quality. Private companies minimize cost in order to maximize profit.

3. 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.

4. True: In 1996, the federal government imposed a 2% growth cap on all Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development funding. The cap has had a particularly harmful effect on education programs.

5. c): The average child poverty rate for First Nations children in Canada is 50%, compared to 12% for all other children.  

6. True: Since 1980, the wealthiest 10% of Canadians have seen their average income rise 34%, while the bottom 10% have seen their earnings rise just 11%.  

7. c): In 2010, the last year for which figures are available, over 3,400 people used Regina’s shelter services.

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. d) All of the above.

11. a) Mahatma Gandhi  b) Michael Franti  c) Albert Einstein  d) Jimi Hendrix  e) Martin Luther King

12. Take away their tiny brooms.


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