39. At a Montreal café, you order a cup of coffee that costs CAD $2.10, plus tax. Coffee in Quebec is subject to a 5% federal plus a 9.975% provincial sales tax. You hand the barista a toonie and a loonie. How much change will you receive?
Answer to Canada Quiz #39
A toonie (two dollar coin) plus a loonie (one dollar coin) amount to a payment of $3.00.
5% federal sales tax (Taxe sur les produits et services or TPS) = .05 x 2.10 = $0.105
Tie goes to the Crown, so TPS is rounded up to 11 cents.
9.975 provincial sales tax (Taxe de vente du Québec or TVQ) = .09975 x 2.10 = $0.209, which gets rounded up to 21 cents.
So the cost of the coffee plus tax amounts to $2.10 + .11 + .21 = $2.42.
In 2012 the Canadian government initiated a plan to eliminate its one cent coin, and on February 4, 2013, the last Canadian penny was minted.
The government’s policy since that date has been that cash transactions should be rounded up or down to the nearest 5-cent increment.
Therefore, the price of the cup of coffee is rounded to the nearest nickel, or down to $2.40.
This results in change of $0.60.
38. When Barry Bonds set the Major League Baseball single-season record of 73 home runs in 2001, his performance was enhanced by what substance obtained from Canada?
Answer to Canada Quiz #38
Ash has long been the default material for baseball bats, but in 1996, Ottawa carpenter Sam Holman fashioned a bat from maple wood and provided it to Ottawa Lynx minor leaguer Fernando Seguignol. The next year Joe Carter of the major league Toronto Blue Jays began using one of Holman’s maple bats, and a trend was started.
Barry Bonds adopted the maple bat later that year, and used a maple Model 2K1 manufactured by Holman’s Sam Bat Company in his record-setting year of 2001.
Today the Louisville Slugger company estimates that 65% of its bats sold are maple.
37. What renowned First Nations organizer perished in Canada while in battle against a future U.S. president?
Answer to Canada Quiz #37
Many Americans consider the War of 1812 an obscure and inconsequential conflict between Britain and the fledgling U.S. that ended in a stalemate. Canadians, on the other hand, often see the war as a struggle for the nation’s survival against foreign aggressors from the south, and a fight that they won.
Contributing to Canada’s success was its military alliance with Native American tribes, most notably the confederation led by Shawnee chief Tecumseh. A gifted orator, Tecumseh used continuing U.S. encroachment on tribal lands to promote solidarity and fighting fervor among the Native Americans of the Old Northwest.
Tecumseh’s forces helped British General Isaac Brock take Fort Detroit in 1812. However, the next year at the Battle of the Thames in present-day Chatham-Kent, Ontario, the British under Henry Procter retreated, leaving the Native American Confederacy heavily outnumbered by future president William Henry Harrison’s U.S. army. Tecumseh suffered mortal wounds in the battle.
36. This man has been called the greatest human ever at his pursuit. Who is he?
Answer to Canada Quiz #36
Born in 1863 in present-day Napierville, Quebec, Louis Cyr was a farm-hand, lumberjack, policeman, and most famously a strongman. He performed prodigious feats of strength, including lifting 500 pounds with 3 fingers, and 18 men on a platform — totaling 4,337 pounds — on his back.
He took on all comers in weightlifting matches and remained undefeated during his lifetime. Fitness and bodybuilding expert Ben Weider has called Cyr the strongest man who ever lived.
The biopic Louis Cyr : l’homme le plus fort du monde was the highest grossing film of 2013 in Quebec.