Roberta Bondar concerned with Ottawa band using her name
Letter from Bondar's lawyers suggests name that doesn't include both 'Roberta' and 'Bondar'
Canada's first female astronaut thinks the public might assume an Ottawa band using her name is endorsed by her, according to a letter sent to the band by her legal team.
The Roberta Bondar band, meanwhile, makes "steamy noise rock" sounds (that's from their website) in Ottawa.
On Wednesday, a member of the band announced to her bandmates and friends on Facebook that a cease and desist letter had arrived from the real Roberta Bondar.
The letter — from lawyer Jonathan Colombo of the Toronto firm Bereskin & Parr LLP — says that while Bondar is "in one sense, flattered" by the choice of name, she's also "concerned that her name is being used without her consent and, more importantly, that Canadians who discover your brand will assume that your band is connected with or endorsed by Dr. Bondar."
Case closed, with a happy ending
But don't worry, everyone, the case is closed. And it's even got a happy ending.
On CBC Radio's All in a Day Thursday afternoon, host Alan Neal asked band member Lidija Rozitis: "Are you willing to change the name?"
"Oh yeah, totally," she said.
Bondar's publicist, Christine Yankou — who was also a guest on the show — said Bondar would love to meet the band the next time they play in Toronto.
It's worth mentioning that Roberta Bondar isn't the only Ottawa band using a real person's name (or something a lot like it).