502 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 4 JULY 2019
My lord, I rise to object. The basis of my objection has three parts. First,
that question amounts to argument. Second, my friend has misstated the
witness’s evidence within the question because if you look at page 27,
paragraph 52 of the witness’s expert report, the witness’s opinion was that
…. Third, the question contains an assumption that has not yet been
Your objections sustained, you began to talk yoga again.
Your enthusiasm for the law sometimes manifested in unexpected ways.
For example, you were once in court with Geoff Cowper, Q.C., sitting in the
gallery while you waited for your client’s trial to commence. But first, your
trial judge, Justice Lloyd McKenzie, was presiding over an unrelated application.
At some point, you became absorbed in the argument in the unrelated
It became evident to you that counsel had not properly identified the true
issue the judge had to decide. Ever helpful, and ever apologetic, you clambered
over the bar and set out the proper analysis of the issue for the benefit
of all concerned. Graciously, McKenzie J. thanked you for your generous
assistance but said that counsel had the matter in hand. You retreated.
When your client’s trial began, you apologized for the intervention. Justice
McKenzie said that the incident had put him in mind of the story of an Irishman
who went into a pub in London and when a fight broke out tapped one
of the pugilists on the shoulder and asked, “Is this a private fight, or can
anyone join in?”
You are a voracious reader. You engage with works of non-fiction in the
same manner you approach a case. You take the ideas apart and reconstruct
them in ways that you find more convincing. Indeed, your insatiable commitment
to understanding current events led you to write over 70 of the
aforementioned Sports Desk commentaries or “Sporty Shorts”, the latter
being the slightly more condensed versions. Here, you analyze whatever
topic moves you or that you wish to understand on a more fundamental
level and then you courier the work product to fortunate recipients.
Past topics have included speeches that the great writer Theodore Sorensen
wrote for President Kennedy, the Canadian medical system, Ronald Reagan,
Vimy Ridge, Russia, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, the U.S. dollar, Justice
Scalia, the Charter, the opinion Tony Blair received from his Attorney
General on the legality of the Iraq War, Jack Nicklaus, the Gomery Report,
Winston Churchill, President John Adams, Ben Hogan, President Obama,
Obamacare, how children learn, the rule of law, the Katyn Forest Massacre
and court hearing fees. Each piece is signed by you personally and contains
one of the Sports Desk trademark salutations: “Over and out from the Sports