936 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2018
which began to bleed. Being nearby,
I unknotted my tie and made
him a tourniquet to staunch the
I had forgotten about the event,
it having occurred some 40 years
ago. What brought it to mind was
an occurrence in Kansas a few
months back. A disgruntled exemployee
went to his former place
of business, a newspaper, with a
gun and shot several employees,
killing some and wounding others.
I cannot help now but reflect upon
what might have been the outcome
of my episode, had the old man had
access to a wider range of weapons.
I am thankful that we in Canada do
not have a Second Amendment
and an N.R.A. to enforce it.
As a result of that matter, a sheriff
was stationed in chambers for
some time thereafter. The lawyer,
David Vickers, went over to St.
Paul’s Hospital to have his wound
treated and years later became
Attorney General of our province,
ending his legal career as a justice
of the Supreme Court of British
Columbia. I went over to the Army
& Navy department store and
bought myself another tie.
Gerald J. Lecovin, Q.C.
McCarthyism was unleashed in
the United States. McCarthyism,
of course, puts paid to anything
done by Canada at the time (or at
While the Gouzenko affair
clearly caused overreactions and
affronts to civil liberties to occur, it
certainly was not so clear at the
D. Barry Kirkham, Q.C.
Re: An Incident in Chambers
I was sitting in chambers waiting
for my application to come on.
This was at a time when all of the
short matters of the court could be
handled in one room. An elderly
man, acting for himself I see what
you did there! – Ed., was arguing
his case. He was becoming distraught
with the comments he was
receiving from the judge. He
started shouting and his distress
turned to anger. Finally, he pulled
a knife and went for the judge. A
lawyer sitting in the front row
grabbed him, wrestled the knife
away and, with others, held him
until the sheriff could be summoned
to take him away. In the
course of the scuffle, the lawyer
received a wound to his arm,