The statue, of a 30-metre high woman with her arms outstretched, is a hugely blown-up version of the statue Canada Bereft at Vimy Ridge. The statue at Vimy carries the nickname Mother Canada — that’s also the name given to the monster statue planned for Green Cove in Cape Breton, a project with a budget somewhere between $25 million and $60 million.
But while it’s interesting that the Never Forgotten National Memorial (NFNM) charity group wants to spend millions to build the, well, hideously oversized and overwrought statue (and seems to be developing a taste for public money as well) there’s another part of the whole thing that leaves a sour taste for me.
When the Vimy Foundation complained about the new project’s use of the Vimy statue’s Mother Canada nickname, they were informed by the NFNM group’s lawyer that the NFNM had take out a trademark on both the statue’s likeness and its nickname — so, essentially, the Vimy Foundation could take a hike.
The trademark is an interesting one: it says that the group wants to provide services like the “Operation, preservation and maintenance of a memorial park commemorating Canadian war veterans” and provide “public education, awareness and information regarding Canadian war veterans.”
OK then. But then there’s the other part of the trademark.
Now, trademark registration doesn’t mean you’re necessarily going to use your trademark on every type of goods and services you get the trademark for, but this trademark — you can see it