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pel expression but to obtain a commitment to our form of government from
those wishing to become Canadian citizens”, and “there is no violation of
the appellants’ right to freedom of religion and freedom of conscience
because the oath is secular and is not an oath to the Queen in her personal
capacity but to our form of government of which the Queen is a symbol.”
The court held that the oath, when properly interpreted, also did not violate
Simmi K. Sandhu was reappointed as a member and designated chair of
the Property Assessment Appeal Board for a term ending March 31, 2020.
Patricia Miranda Barkaskas was appointed as a member of the Multicultural
Advisory Council for a term ending November 12, 2019.
Desolation Sound was named by (pre-Victorian) Captain George Vancouver
during his exploration of the sound in June and July 1792. His mood was
depressed. He entered the following in his log: “Our situation here, as
gloomy and dismal an aspect as nature could well be supposed to exhibit.
Had it not been for the agreeable society of the Spanish explorers Dionisio
Alcala-Galiano and Cayetano Valdes our time would have passed infinitely
more heavily … our residence here was truly forlorn; an awful silence pervaded
the gloomy forests, while animated nature seemed to have deserted
the neighbouring country … the steep rocky shores prevented the use of the
seine, and not a fish at the bottom could be tempted to take the hook.”
Queen Victoria complained that Prime Minister Gladstone (not one of her
favourites) “addresses me as though I were a public meeting”.
Howard L. Kushner was appointed commissioner under the Teachers Act
for a term of five years.
Bhapinder Kaur Cheema, Q.C., was reappointed as a part-time member to
the Mental Health Review Board for a term ending April 30, 2020.
March 10, 2018, a gloriously bluebird day on the slopes, saw the VBA Alpine
Championship race at Blackcomb. Crabtree Law (Andrew Crabtree,
Macauley Deck, Taylor Buckley, Leah Plumridge and the indefatigable
Roger Watts) took first place with a combined time of 1.13.41, near six seconds
ahead of their closest rivals, McCarthy Madness 1. Charlotte Baigent
was the fastest woman under 30 at 19.24. Alan (Rumble) Brown took the
over 50 men’s category with a time of 19.12. Emily Nickerson was the
fastest female snowboarder at 26.58 while Frederic Cadrin captured that