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182 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE degree of mediocrity” in many sports including curling, dinghy sailing and golfing, Jane was not a cyclist until she met James at a law league softball game. After some preliminary training and tumbles, the cycling adventures started one fateful summer in the ’80s when Jane and her spouse had a summer place in Merritt. They began preparing for a bike tour of the Kootenays by taking weekend runs, on two wheels, up the Coquihalla Connector, a challenging hill that rises for roughly 15 kilometres. Jane survived the practice runs and a guided cycle tour of the Kootenays, and she never looked back. Tours of Vancouver Island, Williams Lake to Whistler, and the Okanagan added to her intimate knowledge of back roads in B.C. Jane will tell you that she has a memory of every square inch of the roughly paved road leading along the steep climb from Lillooet to Pemberton. Often with other lawyers from White Rock, Jane, James and their bicycles have toured Belgium, Cuba, France, Holland, Italy, both coasts of Mexico, Spain and Turkey on routes chosen for moderate hills and frequent coffee breaks. Less exotic (but offering no less excuse for coffee and baked goods) were multiple cycling visits to Quebec, Ontario and the border states to the south. Jane has come close to qualifying in a unique specialty. She was asked to testify on the state of foreclosure knowledge that a general practice lawyer would have had in 1991, the year in which the subject matter of the allegation to be tried arose. She prepared. She looked at her CLE manuals that she had annotated at that date. Had she appeared at trial, she would no doubt have qualified as an expert. Alas, it did not happen. The matter settled. She remains a general practitioner. t t t t t


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