790 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 76 PART 5 SEPTEMBER 2018
Dorothy Albert was not charged with any supernatural offense. Her
offense was a very earthy one. It was nothing less than advocating,
through the Communist Party of which she is or was a member, the overthrowing
of our government not by broomsticks but by bomb, bullet and
bayonet, as exemplified by Communist history ever since Lenin in 1917
achieved his bloody revolution in Petrograd, Russia.
Ritu N. Mahil was appointed to the board of the University of the Fraser
Valley for a term ending July 31, 2019.
Michal Jaworski was appointed to the board of Langara College for a term
ending July 31, 2019.
Gloria Ann Morgan was reappointed to the board of Okanagan College for
a term ending July 31, 2020.
Sadly, the superstitious and opportunistic continue to hunt supposed
witches in many areas of the world. Some of this persecution, assault and
murder is privately instigated and some publicly condoned. The New York
Times reported that only in 2013 did Papua New Guinea “repeal … a 1971
law that permitted attackers to cite intent to combat witchcraft as a legal
defense” and that in 2009 the “Saudi religious police devised an Anti-Witchcraft
Unit in 2009, resulting in the arrests of 215 alleged ‘conjurers’ in 2012.
Some observers attribute this sudden interest in witchery to the royal family’s
attempts to appease its religious inquisitors by keeping them busy targeting
a handful of vulnerable individuals.”
The literary Mr. Justice Wong began his reasons for judgment in two personal
injury cases that included assessments of damages—Edwards v. Marsden,
2004 BCSC 590 and Campbell v. Swetland, 2012 BCSC 423—with the following
words of Banquo speaking to the witches in Macbeth, Act I, Scene 3:
If you can look into the seeds of time,
And say which grain will grow and which will not,
Speak then to me.
At their June meeting, the benchers acclaimed Dean Lawton, Q.C., as their
nominee for the 2019 second vice-president of the Law Society. Mr. Lawton
was first elected a bencher for Victoria County in 2014. He is a busy person
as chair of the Lawyer Education Advisory Committee and a member of the
Executive Committee, Discipline Committee, Recruitment and Nominating
Advisory Committee and Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Committee.
The election for the second vice-president will be held at the annual general
meeting on October 30, 2018.