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that they are and will always be the focal point and most important part of
Unexpectedly and tragically, Nitya and Rob’s beautiful son Owen died in
May 2018, leaving the immediate and extended family with broken hearts.
Despite this inconceivable tragedy, after some months off to grieve and be
with her family, Nitya decided that returning to judging would assist with
her healing. Her return was seamless, albeit undoubtedly difficult, but she
has the support of her colleagues and friends. True to form, throughout this
time, Nitya demonstrated her strength, grace, determination and courage.
Nitya’s former colleagues, many friends and (of course) family are
immensely proud of her accomplishments and her appointment to the
Supreme Court. In that role, Justice Iyer will continue to achieve change,
and she will do so fearlessly and with compassion, fairness, integrity and
The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul Riley
William Paul Riley was born and grew up in Nova
Scotia. He was the middle child with older brother
Mark and younger sister Colleen. Paul grew up in
New Glasgow, which is a small town in Pictou
County. Besides Mr. Justice Riley, Pictou County’s
other famous son is Michael Smith, who played Bubbles
in the Trailer Park Boys. So far, only one of the
famous sons has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel.
Paul attended Dalhousie University and pursued an undergraduate
degree in commerce. However, the pull of the law was strong, so after three
years Paul entered law school at Dal. He graduated with his law degree in
1995. An early harbinger of the blistering pace of Paul’s law career was evident
from his commitment on the track. Paul ran competitively for five
years (the maximum) while at Dalhousie, his events being the 1,500 m and
3 km on the track and the 5 km and 10 km cross country.
An important influence on Paul was his uncle Pat Knoll, who was a
Crown prosecutor and law professor at the University of Calgary. Paul