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VOL. 79 PART 2 MARCH 2021
While more will be said in a subsequent edition, we wish to note the passing
of Constance “Connie” D. Isherwood, Q.C., at the age of 101. She was
British Columbia’s oldest practising lawyer. She graduated from UBC law
school in 1951 (one of only eight women in a class of 200) as gold medallist.
Following her call to the bar, she practised law for the next seven decades.
In 2016, the Law Society recognized her with a lifetime achievement
award—the first ever given to a woman.
According to The New York Times, Japan’s criminal justice system has a
ninety-nine per cent conviction rate. No wonder Carlos Ghosn, the former
Nissan-Renault chairman, skipped town for Beirut. In other Japanese news,
The New York Times also reports that Samsung was originally founded in
1938 as a shop selling vegetables and dried fish.
While some may say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”, adjusted for
inflation the film Gone with the Wind is apparently still the highest-grossing
film of all time. The film, which won eight Academy Awards and has been
described as “one of the most enduringly popular films of all time”, is available
on HBO with an introductory video that encourages viewers to view
the 1939 epic drama “in its original form, contextualized and discussed”.
Film scholar Jacqueline Stewart notes that the film presents “the Antebellum
South as a world of grace and beauty without acknowledging the brutalities
of the system of chattel slavery upon which this world is based”.
Craig T. Munroe was reappointed to the board of the Vancouver Fraser Port
Authority for a three-year term ending November 15, 2023. He is also the
chair of the Governance and External Relations Committee.
An Imperial Act of 1735 provided that “if any person shall from and after the
said 24th day of June pretend to exercise or use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery,
enchantment or conjuration or undertake to tell fortunes or pretend
from his or her skill or knowledge in any occult or crafty science to discover
when or in what manner any goods or chattels supposed to have been
stolen or lost may be found, every person so offending being thereof lawfully
convicted … shall for every such offence suffer imprisonment by the
space of one whole year”.
Priti Patel, the U.K.’s Secretary of State for the Home Department, has a way
with words. At a news conference at Downing Street in 2020, she
announced that the number of COVID-19 tests carried out to date was “three
hundred thousand and thirty-four, nine hundred and seventy-four thou-