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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 295 of lawyers, when “independence” has always meant lawyers regulating themselves independent of government; and (e) the task force accepts that local conditions in any given country will dictate the scope of independence lawyers can realistically claim, without acknowledging that a very good case can be made for the proposition that lawyer independence is an absolute. This takes us back to the importance of rule of law culture-building. Gordon Turriff, Q.C. Vancouver Dear Sir, Re: Nos Disparus Raymond MacLeod (2017) 75 Advocate 112 Although retired since 1993, I like to keep up with news of the Vancouver bar, gleaned chiefly from copies of the Advocate provided by my son-in-law, a partner at a Chilliwack law firm. I was saddened to learn from the January issue of the passing of Roy MacLeod in June 2016. During the last several years before retirement I carried on a securities practice alone. On several occasions I had a problem which needed friendly and sympathetic advice. I consulted Ray and notwithstanding that his practice was entirely unrelated to mine he gave me the benefit of his wisdom and counsel. I simply want to add this note to the memory of Ray’s kindness and generosity. Yours truly, Barry Speton Chilliwack Dear Sir, Re: “South Africa at a Constitutional Crossroads” (2016) 74 Advocate 677 and The Wine Column (2016) 74 Advocate 697 The timing of these two articles in the Advocate was perfect for my wife Kathy and me. We were just about to leave for South Africa. Michael Elliot’s article, “South Africa at a Constitutional Crossroads”, provided some helpful background and context that was useful in processing the “venting” of our South African acquaintances regarding the present politics of their country. The frustration of the people with the lack of progress in their not-so-new “rainbow nation” is palpable. Enough politics— let’s all have a drink! That is where Michael Welsh’s recent entry in “The Wine Column” came in handy. We photocopied it and took it with us. Our first stop was also the “Cellar in the City” store on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. We were met by very friendly and enthusiastic staff who were very generous with the variety of tastings we had. We particularly enjoyed the Beyerskloof Pinotage Reserve 2014, W.O. Stel-


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