THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 317 changes judges each year. They have to read some 150 books in six months. One wonders if some surreptitious skipping may be involved in the judging process. Unlike the Nobel and the Prix Goncourt, which maintain a lofty inscrutability, in order to arouse interest the Booker publishes a short list each year; in 2001 a long list was added. The BBC began broadcasting the award ceremony in 1981, which added to the excitement. The Booker Group’s administrator was not above leaking gossip, just to galvanize the merriment. In 2002 sponsorship passed to the Man Group, a hedge fund, hence the current title, The Man Booker Prize. A second prize was launched in 2005, The Man Booker International Prize, open to authors translated into English; in 2014 the prize was thrown open to Americans. (No American has yet won.) Today the prize is worth £50,000. Fisheries and Oceans Canada explains that Chinook salmon “are also known as ‘spring’ salmon because they return to some rivers earlier than other Pacific salmon species.” John Weston, who until the last election was Conservative MP for West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast, has returned to the practice of law and is now with McMillan LLP in Vancouver. He also practises with McMillan Vantage Policy Group, a full-service, national public affairs firm providing counsel to help organizations to be more competitive by reducing their exposure to legislative and regulatory risk. McMillan Vantage is unique in Canada thanks to its strategic partnership with McMillan LLP, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montréal, Calgary, Vancouver and Hong Kong. Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” include, of course, “Spring”. “The Four Seasons” are only four of the 350 concertos that Vivaldi wrote. David Namkung was elected president of the B.C. chapter of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. Not many lawyers become authors. Notable lawyer–authors include Benjamin Disraeli (though an articled clerk, he was never enrolled as a solicitor), Henry Fielding, George Robertson, Q.C., John Grisham, Scott Turow and Erle Stanley Gardner. But the B.C. bar has produced a number; they include Tom Berger, Q.C., Ian Waddell, Neil Fleishman, the Honourable J.V. Clyne, Harry Rankin, Bill Deverell, Jay Clark, Ujjal Dosanjh, Q.C., Anne Giardini, Q.C., Roberta Rich, Judge Thomas Woods, Leslie Hall Pinder, David Roberts, Q.C., and Bruce Fraser, Q.C. We may have missed some, which will bring some grumbles winging to the editor’s desk.
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