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In his speech Prince Charles also touched on Canada’s constitutional
future, though conceding that he was living dangerously in doing so. He
invoked the precedent of the later Edward VII (then Prince of Wales, and
Queen Victoria’s eldest son), who visited Niagara Falls in 1860 on an early
“royal tour” and was apparently game to be taken by a famous tightrope
walker via wheelbarrow on a tightrope between Canada and the United
States; however, he “was firmly discouraged by the Canadian authorities
from making so undignified a first visit to America”. Prince Charles concluded
With affection, admiration and confidence in the future of this country,
I would like to end with the words of a distinguished Canadian historian,
A.R.M. Lower of this great university, writing in 1946:
In every generation Canadians have had to rework the miracle
of their political existence. Canada has been created
because there has existed, within the hearts of its people, a
determination to build for themselves an enduring home.
Queen Elizabeth II has several honorary degrees, including in law, but
reportedly none since becoming queen—so rumour has it, in order to make
sure she is not subject to the jurisdiction of a university chancellor.
The Honourable Wally Oppal, Q.C., was appointed by the Government of
Canada to the North American Free Trade Agreement roster of arbitrators
for chapter 19 (trade remedies). We think he might be busy in that role.
Cheryl Lynn Vickers was reappointed as a part-time member to the Hospital
Appeal Board for a term ending March 1, 2019.
David Arthur Hobbs was appointed as a member and designated chair of
the Health Professions Review Board for a term ending February 23, 2021.
Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver was dedicated by George VI and his
wife, Elizabeth (known to most of us as the Queen Mother). The park is 52
hectares and at its summit just over 152 meters above sea level (the highest
point in Vancouver).
A violist who suffered permanent hearing loss after a particularly rambunctious
rehearsal of Wagner’s Die Walküre in 2012 has won a landmark High
Court judgment against the Royal Opera House. It was the first time
“acoustic shock” had been recognized as a condition for which compensation
could be attained. During the rehearsal the noise level exceeded 130
decibels and the plaintiff, Chris Goldscheider, suffered irreversible hearing
loss. Mr. Justice Davies chastised the Royal Opera House’s position that