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VOL. 76 PART 2 MARCH 2018
Law Society Excellence in Family Law Award to Trudi Brown, Q.C., and the
Law Society Award for Leadership in Legal Aid to Richard Strahl.
You may have missed it but the week of March 11–18, 2018 was proclaimed
Cowboy Heritage Week in British Columbia. Originally proclaimed in 2013,
this designation coincides with the Kamloops Cowboy Festival, now in its
21st year and the largest cowboy festival in Canada. During this week of celebration,
the BC Cowboy Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees to the hall.
Diamond Tooth Gerties Gambling Hall in Dawson City, Yukon is subject
to the Diamond Tooth Gerties Regulations made under Yukon’s Lottery
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York used
its opportunity in United States v. Crawford Technical Services, 2004 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 5824 to set out an eloquent history of diamonds after the government
filed an interpleader action to “determine which of two remaining
claimants, defendants insurer and purchaser, was entitled to a five-carat
Since the very beginning of their existence, diamonds have been associated
with the divine. Diamonds were first discovered in India around
800 B.C., where they were referred to as “vajra,” or “thunderbolt,” and
“indrayudha,” or “Indra’s weapon.” In the Vedic scriptures, which form
the foundation of Hinduism, Indra was the god of war, thunder, and
storms, the greatest and strongest warrior, the defender of gods and
humankind against evil, the god who wielded the celestial weapon—a
thunderbolt—whose name later became synonymous with diamond.
According to the Ratnapariksa, a 6th century era Indian text on gems,
diamonds were created from the bones of a powerful king, who conquered
three worlds and then voluntarily sacrificed himself at the
request of the gods, who were jealous of his might and valor. The gods
descended to earth and swept up the gems, but in their haste, some of
the stones dropped from the sky and fell back to earth. A diamond
therefore was believed to have the power of gods and was used as a talisman
against dangers of “serpents, fire, poison, sickness, thieves,
flood or evil spirits.” This belief in the heavenly qualities of diamonds
was shared with the Greeks and Romans, who thought diamonds were
the “tears of the Gods and splinters from falling stars.” Indeed, Plato
believed that diamonds were alive and possessed celestial spirits.
Unfortunately, diamonds over the centuries have failed to live up to
their advance notice. Instead, they have inspired greed and thievery,