I heard this news from a friend of mine about the discontinue of Canadian penny re-sparks debate in U.S. He told me that the penny stopped being produced back in early 2012. The only thing that happened on Feb 4th was the Canadian Mint stopped distributing it. It is still being used and accepted as legal tender. The Canadian cent has formally ceased circulating in the country to the north. That move has rekindled a discussion locally that has been going on for decades.