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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 149 two more than the Constitution allows”, wrote Chief Justice John Roberts for the majority in Foster v. Chatman. Justice Clarence Thomas dissented. Bruce Allan LeRose, Q.C., was appointed as a member of the board of Selkirk College for a term ending December 31, 2017. Kenneth M. Kramer, Q.C., was reappointed as a member and was designated chair of the Emergency Medical Assistants Licensing Board for a term ending December 31, 2017. Perminder S. Tung was reappointed as a public member of the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia for a term ending December 31, 2019. Maura McGivern was appointed as a member of the BC Patient Safety and Quality Council for a term ending September 30, 2017. The federal Proclamation Authorizing the Issue and Prescribing the Composition, Dimensions and Design of a Two Hundred Dollar Precious Metal Coin provides that one side “shall depict a stylized butterfly with stars …” Asylaeus was (and one supposes, still is) the Roman god who was the patron god of fugitives and exiles. Romulus, one of the twin brothers who founded Rome in the eighth century B.C., erected an altar to Asylaeus in order to offer sanctuary to those fleeing punishment for breaking the law. The term “asylum” originated in ancient Greece and literally means “what cannot be seized”. Temples frequently constituted sacred places of refuge, where the gods would protect the persecuted and oppressed. Unfortunately there are not enough temples to accommodate the number of persons displaced in the world today, now estimated at 65 million. Of these, some 40 million are “IDP’s”, internally displaced persons, forced to flee, but remaining within the confines of their own country. On December 8, 2016 an event honouring Peter Gibb was held in Nanaimo on the occasion of his retirement. Peter was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn, London. In 1957, while visiting some friends in France, he encountered Harold Wilson (later the Prime Minister) who told Peter that he ought to look to Canada as lawyers were being sought after there; Peter took his advice and travelled here. He initially worked at Bull, Housser & Tupper— Cecil Merritt, Q.C., a partner and a war veteran with a soft spot for the English, offered Peter a position—and then practised further afield, including


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