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produced by a Brazilian company called Video Brinquedo, which has been
described as “the laziest/cheapest movie studio of all time” by Erik Henriksen
of the Portland Mercury. Although we are not aware of any lawsuits arising
out of the similarities between Ratatoing and Ratatouille, we heard it
described as a “shameless knock-off … even by the ocean-floor-scraping
standards of Video Brinquedo”.
Mary Ainslie, Q.C., who graduated from UBC Law in 1991, was the 2019
recipient of the UBC Alumni Builder Award. This award recognizes UBC
alumni who have significantly contributed to the university and enriched
the lives of others and, in doing so, supported alumni UBC’s mission of realizing
the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better
world and an exceptional UBC.
At the Vancouver Bar Association’s annual general meeting on November
12, 2019, Brian Vick of Miller Titerle was presented with the Peter S. Hyndman
Award. In the mayhem of the general election that followed, Patrick
Beechinor (McCarthy Tétrault), Shaun Foster (Alexander Holburn
Beaudin + Lang), Paul A. Kressock (Lawson Lundell), Pamela Lindsay
(Lindsay Kenney), Niall Rand (Fasken) and Vanessa Williams (Blakes)
were elected to the executive of the VBA.
For the first time in its 127-year history, the VBA now boasts an all-female
group of officers. They are: Andrea Fraser (Guild Yule), president; Samantha
Chang (McEwan Partners), vice-president; Carolyn MacDonald
(KPMG Law LLP), secretary-treasurer; and Cheryl D’Sa (Narwal Litigation),
past-president. Congratulations to all nominees and successful candidates!
On December 6, 2019, the Law Society handed out its award hardware at its
annual recognition dinner. Claire E. Hunter, Q.C., received the Pro Bono
Award. Nancy Cameron, Q.C., received the Excellence in Family Law
Award. Raji Mangat received the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award.
The award for Leadership in Legal Aid Award was presented to the Association
of Legal Aid Lawyers and it was accepted by Marilyn Sandford, Q.C.,
Christopher Johnson, Q.C., Peter Leask, Q.C., H. William Veenstra, Q.C.
and Richard Fowler, Q.C.
In an important decision confirming what we already knew, the Supreme
Court of Nova Scotia held that “soft serve ice cream and smoothies are distinctly
different from frozen yogurt” (Second Cup Ltd. v. OPB Realty Inc., 2019
NSSC 287 at para. 45). It is not clear whether expert evidence was tendered,