Happy Canada Day, Dufferin-Caledon! Although the ongoing health emergency means that we cannot celebrate with the usual in-person fanfare of the occasion, but it is still an opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate what makes us uniquely Canadian.
In the 153 years since Canada’s confederation, and indeed from the history of our first peoples spanning hundreds of years, Canada has developed rich history and deep roots that we can all be proud of.
In honour of the occasion, I have compiled a series of lighthearted trivia questions to test your knowledge of Canada and Ontario. For example, did you know that the official motto of Ontario is the Latin phrase “Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet”? In English, this translates to “Loyal She Began, Loyal She Remains”. Take your best guess at some of the following questions:
- Who was Ontario’s first Prime Minister? (And yes, the title of Premier used to be Prime Minister!) (John S Macdonald – not to be confused with John A Macdonald)
- How many points does the maple leaf on the Canadian flag have? (11)
- What is the name of Ontario’s flag? (The Red Ensign)
- What famous Canadian chain opened in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1964? (Tim Hortons)
- What are Canada’s national sports? (Hockey, and Lacrosse)
- What year did the Ontario Legislature building open? (1893)
- What is Canada’s oldest city? (St. John’s, Newfoundland – established 1497)
- How many time zones does Canada have? As a bonus: how many of those are in Ontario? (6)
- How many Premiers has Ontario had? (26)
- You probably know that Ontario’s official flower is the Trillium. But what is its official tree? (Eastern White Pine)
For the answers to these questions, visit my website at sylviajonesmpp.ca.
I hope that everyone is able to take some time during Canada Day to celebrate the strength of our community and the many reasons we have to be thankful for living in as wonderful of a country as Canada. Check with your municipality for information regarding any virtual Canada Day celebrations being hosted this year.
As a reminder, if you have any questions about our government’s continued response to the COVID-19 health emergency, please feel free to visit my website or call my office at 1-800-265-1603. Anyone uncertain about the rules that apply where they live should check with your local public health unit and municipality. Any businesses that need guidance on how to safely reopen to the public to consult one of the Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development’s many sector-specific guidance documents, and businesses needing to source personal protective equipment can consult the government’s directory of suppliers.