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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 475 Michael E. Mitchell was appointed to the board of the University of Victoria for a term ending December 31, 2018. Peter A. Juk, Q.C., was recently appointed as Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Justice Branch, Ministry of Justice. About a century ago, schoolchildren in Massachusetts chose the mayflower (not the hawthorn after which the ship was named, but one more akin to Nova Scotia’s floral emblem) over the water lily as the state flower. Legislation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides: “Any person who pulls up or digs up the plant of the mayflower or any part thereof, or injures such plant or any part thereof except in so far as is reasonably necessary in procuring the flower therefrom, within the limits of any state highway or any other public way or place, or upon the land of another person without written authority from him, shall be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars; but if a person does any of the aforesaid acts while in disguise or secretly in the nighttime he shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars.” The self-governing overseas territory of St. Helena, population 4,500, is advertising for two Crown counsel: Civil, and Community Care. The pay is £59,000 per annum, with pension, cost of living relocation, rent and utilities and 30 days’ leave per annum. The island, the advertisement says, is subtropical and of spectacular beauty with a friendly population. Now if that is so, why would they need two Crown counsel? Napoleon Bonaparte died there in 1821. Located in Plymouth, England, from which the Mayflower departed, Plymouth University includes a law school. The university was first established as a school of navigation in 1862. Plymouth University is involved in “Mayflower 400” celebrations planned for 2020. So is the Plymouth Law Society, which holds an annual “Pilgrim Fathers” lecture usually related in some way to freedom and human rights. The speaker in 2015 was the Master of the Rolls. Celeste A. Haldane was appointed as chief commissioner of the British Columbia Treaty Commission for a term of three years. Peter R. Lawless of Victoria was recently awarded the B.C. Medal of Good Citizenship for his extraordinary volunteer service in sport and for his com-


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