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156 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE David B. Adams, Q.C., was reappointed as a member of the board of directors of the Royal British Columbia Museum for a term ending December 31, 2019. “Our law, particularly its common law component, is in constant metamorphosis”: R. v. Rollocks (1994), 19 O.R. (3d) 448 (C.A.). Gateley, a large firm of solicitors based in London, is the first law firm to become a publicly traded company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Its IPO raised £45 million. In 2015 it made £11 million in profits and posted a 10 per cent increase in its revenue. The Property Assessment Appeal Board was recently bolstered by several reappointments. Winton K. Derby, Q.C., Susan T. Doi, Christopher John Hope, Dale B. Pope, Q.C., Howard L. Kushner, Michael B. Litchfield and Kenneth William Thornicroft were all reappointed for terms ending December 31, 2019. Donald H. Risk, Q.C., was reappointed as a member for a term ending December 31, 2017 and Jeffrey A. Hand was reappointed for a term ending December 31, 2018. Mr. Justice Peter Jackson (probably not the Lord of the Rings director) has attained a legal first. He is the first High Court justice to use an emoji in written reasons for judgment. In the decision he navigates issues ranging from domestic abuse to fundamentalism, including a complex anti-terrorist investigation. His 17-page ruling was something he hoped the 10-year-old and 12-year-old children of the marriage would read. The decision explains why the children should have only limited contact with their father, a white British Muslim convert who wanted to spirit the children off to Syria under the guise of a trip to Disneyland Paris. Paragraph 27(13) provides: The mother left a message in the caravan for the father’s sister, who I will call the aunt. It told her how to look after the family’s pets. The message said that the family would be back on 3 August. It has a ☺ beside the date. After the family left, the police searched the caravan. They found the message and say that the ☺ is winking, meaning that the mother knew they wouldn’t be coming back. I don’t agree that the ☺ is winking. It is just a ☺ . The police are wrong about that, and anyhow they didn’t find anything else when they searched the caravan. And in this way, Mr. Justice Peter Jackson has made legal history. God help us. The Moth is an organization whose mission is “to promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience”. Found on its website is the following bio:


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