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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 925 NEW JUDGE By R.C. Tino Bella The Honourable Madam Justice Carla Forth Madam Justice Carla Forth (hereinafter referred to as “Carla”, and also known as “The Energizer Bunny”) was born on the cusp of the Age of Aquarius, giving her a laid-back demeanour which conceals her competitive spirit. Carla came into this world five minutes after her identical twin, Adelle. She vowed never to place second again and some might say that she has generally been first in all of life’s other contests, be they in sports, charades or litigation. Carla was born in Kingston, Ontario. She and Adelle have an older brother, Stephen, and a younger sister, Pamela. Their mother, Betty Forth, was a registered nurse; their father, John Forth, was a colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and assistant dean of engineering at Carlton University. Like many military families, the Forths moved frequently. Carla’s formative years were spent in Ontario, Quebec and Japan. Carla rightly credits her parents for any of her positive attributes. They provided a happy, supportive and loving home and instilled the highest standard of ethics in all their children. Carla completed high school in Tokyo, where her father was the military attaché at the Canadian embassy. She learned to speak fluent Japanese and also mastered the complex Japanese tea ceremony. Her first job was teaching conversational English to Japanese businesspersons. Conversation, whether in English or Japanese, is one of Carla’s many strong points, although at times it can be hard to get a word or response in. Carla and her husband, Warren, have three wonderful children. Her family has always been supportive of everything Carla has done, even when it meant missing time with her. Carla made it up to them on wonderful holi-


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