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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 285 NEW JUDGES By R.C. Tino Bella The Honourable Judge Brian Hutcheson The expression “you can take the boy out of Port Alberni, but you can’t take Port Alberni out of the boy” explains much about Brian Hutcheson’s history and personality. His family’s roots on Vancouver Island go back to the 1880s and as his gene pool comprises for the most part dour Presbyterian Scots, Brian shuns the spotlight, avoids public praise and recognition, and drives a truck. A big, newish truck. No gewgaws or bells and whistles. Utilitarian. Practical. Brian was born at the West Coast General Hospital, the second of six children in his family. He spent his formative years on Sproat Lake, where he learned to fish, sail and row. Visiting friends, even at the age of five, meant taking out the rowboat and rowing to see the neighbours. Brian attended secondary school in Port Alberni and then went to UBC where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree with honours, and subsequently went to law school at the University of Victoria, graduating in 1984. During his high school years Brian had a job working in the plywood mill, and during university breaks he worked in the bush in the logging industry. He is depending on his pension benefits (payable at age 65 in the amount of $38.00 per month) earned during this period to provide him with financial security. Working in the woods was an education in itself, and Brian had an understanding of and empathy with his logger clients based on his firsthand knowledge. He also claims to possess a lexicon of phrases and expressions as a legacy of this period of his life. In his new vocation, he can access that storehouse of expletives only in his imagination.


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