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Federal Court invents creature for its new coat of arms

It’s a ‘flying sea caribou.’ Get it? Because we don’t.

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We all liked Lord of Rings. And the Federal Court of Canada has every right to put mythical creatures in its newly commissioned coat of arms. But a “flying sea caribou?” That’s what the chief herald came up with when asked how it symbolizes the nature of the national trial court’s work. Inspired by the fact the fed judges fly around the country a lot, the nation’s heraldic authority produced a pair of winged, claw-handed caribou with fish tails, glaring at each other across a shield and the motto: “Equity, droit, admiralty.” Let’s hope the court’s judgments are a little less fanciful.

The Lawers Weekly

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