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THE ADVOCATE 855 VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 Unfortunately, this invitation was met with a simple “not interested”. And here lies our frustration. The Advocate is a publication of the Vancouver Bar Association. It has been published since 1943 and it in many ways has become one of the most important repositories of the history of the legal community in British Columbia. It benefits from the many different perspectives of its readers. People have been writing to the Advocate in disagreement or agreement with one another for 75 years. We do not shy away from difficult issues. But we are an outlet for individuals to exchange ideas, a concept at the heart of not only a healthy democracy, but also a healthy bar. In this issue of the Advocate we print a response to the editorial from one of the benchers responsible for the decision to remove the statue. The response provides insight into his mindset that prompted him to vote for the statue’s removal. We might disagree with the rationale but we appreciate its being expressed—how else will any of us understand the issues? When we consider those oft-quoted words of the Bard: “Do as adversaries do in law—strive mightily but eat and drink as friends”, we can actually imagine ourselves having a productive discussion over food and drink with said bencher. That is not to say there is a free lunch for expressing an opposing view, but there might be. The Advocate hopes to continue to foster discourse between and among and about members of our profession and the issues facing all or some of us. All voices are welcome whether we agree with one another or not. ARRIVAL OF CONNOR BILDFELL A couple of years ago the Advocate lost a gentle soul and fine copy editor and proofreader in the form of John Eerkes-Medrano. John brought muchneeded eyes and insight to our work and helped us produce a quality magazine that was largely grammatically correct and stylistically consistent. His departure was sudden and sad. While our assistant editor, Ludmila Herbst, Q.C., and your sometimesnot so-humble editor did our best to manage without John for a time, some of our astute readers started catching the occasional typographical error or perhaps even worse the complete bastardization of the English language. Something had to be done, and we were delighted late last year to stumble upon Connor Bildfell, a graduate of the Allard School of Law who was, at the time, clerking at the B.C. Court of Appeal. Connor also had a background in editing and proofreading having been the editor-in-chief of the UBC Law Review. Connor joined us in late 2016 as a copy editor and, as you will have seen if you have been keeping up with each issue, a keen contributor. Connor has


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