176 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 2 MARCH 2018
the form of a quite intense feeling, a sort of conflict, one might say,
between the visible that is hidden and the visible that is present.
We have not yet mined the mind of Mr. Goatley for insights into the
meaning of either piece he has produced for this issue. The surprising back
cover was of his own initiative. For these eyes, the competing horizons in
the two paintings point to a gravitational event at the boundary of spacetime
itself. If you have any idea what our covers represent, by all means,
write in and tell us!
The Advocate has now been a f ixture of the legal profession in British
Columbia since 1943. There is no comparable publication in any of the
other nine provinces or three territories of Canada, and yet it is read (and
sometimes even envied) in all of them. Moreover, the Advocate enjoys a
readership that includes judges at all levels of court in Canada, as well as
barristers, solicitors, scholars and others throughout the Commonwealth.
We have seen copies of the magazine proudly displayed in law office lobbies
in Surrey and on Vancouver Island, stacked haphazardly in lawyers’ off ices
in Prince George and bound in hardcover volumes in courthouse libraries
all over the province. We have even stumbled across the occasional copy on
our international travels.
In its 75 years of publication the Advocate has had only six and a half
• Elmore Meredith (1943 to 1955);
• Kenneth Meredith (1955 to 1967);
• David Roberts (1967 to 1996);
• Tom Woods (1996 to 2007);
• Peter Roberts (2007 to 2008);
• Chris Harvey (2008 to 2013); and
• Michael Bain (2013 to present).
In this month’s Entre Nous, David Roberts, Q.C., recounts how he came
to carry the editor’s torch in 1967 upon the retirement of Ken Meredith (who
later went to the bench). For his part, Ken Meredith wrote in 2003:
When my father succeeded to the position of treasurer of the Law Society
(as the off ice was then known) he made me the editor. I didn’t do too well
in the job. I was relieved when David Roberts came on the scene. He
expanded the publication to what it has today become. He entertained a
much wider selection of material than did either my father or myself and
thus made the journal what it is today.
Tom Woods also wrote about how he came to be at the helm: