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Sports & Entertainment. Stuart Hankinson, Q.C., leaves Bennett Jones to
join Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel.
Donna Yamazaki departs Watson Goepel to continue her family law
practice at Hamilton Fabbro. Tony Wilson, Q.C., leaves Boughton Law to
join Whiteboard Law, where he continues to practise franchise law. Brian
C. Poston leaves MacKenzie Fujisawa to join Clark Wilson. Eyford Partners
welcomes Almira Esmail, who was previously at Armstrong Naish Trial
Barbara E. Janzen, once with Owen Bird, joins Lindsay Kenney. Rory
Morgan bids adieu to Hamilton Duncan to join Kane Shannon Weiler. Eric
Kroshus is now with Mathews Dinsdale & Clark, having completed articles
at Segev Law. Jocelyn Shuk Ling Lau moves to Icon Law Group from
Ronald Kumar Law Group. Deirdre K. Huestis is now with MLT Aikins, having
previously been with Borden Ladner Gervais. Joining her at MLT Aikins
is Britt E.L. Redenbach, who was previously with Sangra Moller.
Ardith (Walpetko We’dalks) Walkem, Q.C., was appointed as a judge of
the Supreme Court of British Columbia. She will be resident in Chilliwack.
Justice Walkem is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and may be the
first judge appointed who originally hails from Spences Bridge. She replaces
Justice M. Gropper, who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective
April 14, 2020.
Simon R. Coval, Q.C., formerly a partner at Fasken in Vancouver, was
appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Justice
Coval replaces Justice P.G. Voith, who was appointed to the Court of
Appeal on September 2, 2020. Justice Humphries retired from the
Supreme Court of British Columbia on January 15, 2021, having been
appointed on January 27, 1994.
On December 21, 2020, the Ministry of Attorney General announced the
appointment of two new masters: Kimberley A. Robertson, who will sit in
New Westminster, and John Walter Bilawich, who will sit in Vancouver.
Master Tokarek retired from the Supreme Court of British Columbia on
January 11, 2021, having originally been appointed on September 9, 1991.
In Keitges v. VanDermeulen, 83 N.W.2d 137 (1992), the Supreme Court of
Nebraska considered the plaintiffs’ claim for damages for the destruction of
trees, shrubs and vegetation on their property when the defendant neighbour
attempted to clear a path for the construction of a fence. It appeared
that the affected woods were indigenous growth and not deliberately
planted. The defendant argued that because the trees that he damaged
could be characterized as “random growth” indigenous to the area rather