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The ethics consultants advised the doctors to honour the tattoo. “They suggested
that it was most reasonable to infer that the tattoo expressed an
authentic preference, that what might be seen as caution could also be seen
as standing on ceremony, and that the law is sometimes not nimble enough
to support patient-centered care and respect for patients’ best interests.”
The appropriate order was written up and once the man’s medical records
were located, a legal document consistent with the tattoo was discovered.
The patient died according to his end-of-life wish.
Thomas R. Humphries was reappointed as a member and designated as
chair of the Interior Patient Care Quality Review Board for a term ending
October 15, 2018.
Richard Jonathan Swift, Q.C., was reappointed as a member and designated
as chair of the Vancouver Island Patient Care Quality Review Board
for a term ending October 15, 2018.
The British Columbia Law Institute (“BCLI”) has published a study paper on
financing litigation that examines six financing models that can help litigants
pay for litigation: unbundled legal services, third-party litigation
financing, alternative fee arrangements, crowdfunding, legal expense
insurance and publicly funded litigation funds.
BCLI has started a six-part blog series on the subject. Two posts have
appeared so far. This is all part of the BCLI’s “Financing Litigation Legal
Research” project, the goal of which is to examine new and unconventional
ways to hire lawyers for cost-effective representation.
The indefatigable Robert D. Holmes, Q.C., was reappointed to the Real
Estate Council for British Columbia for a term ending October 31, 2020.
Somewhere in the U.K., Doncaster Council recently asked the public to
name two new road machines used for spreading grit on icy roads. The
council urged the public to “keep the names clean and be original—we’d
prefer not to spend the next few days trawling through responses of Gritty
McGritface and Gary Gritter.” The Council then put forward the names of
its existing fleet of gritters as inspiration: Brad Grit, Gritney Spears, The
Subzero Hero, Mr. Plow and Usain Salt.
The British public did not disappoint and a series of votes in a number of
rounds resulted in the following spectacular finalists: Grit Van Dyke, Basil
Salty, Rule Grittania, David Plowie, Gritney Houston, Lionel Gritchie, Salt