476 THE ADVOCATE
VOL. 77 PART 3 MAY 2019
The Advocate has received wind of an Australian engineer, David Hingst,
who has vowed to take his claim of workplace bullying to the Supreme
Court of Australia after the Victoria Court of Appeal upheld a trial decision
that declared flatulence was not a form of bullying. The appeal judges found
Hingst “put the issue of Mr. Short’s flatulence to the forefront” of his bullying
case, arguing that “flatulence constituted assaults”.
Hingst seeks $1.8 million Australian dollars against his former employer on
the basis that his supervisor would “fart behind me and walk away. He
would do this five or six times a day”. The supervisor, Greg Short, told the
court he did not recall breaking wind in Hingst’s office, “but I may have
done it once or twice”.
Adam Picotte, in-house counsel with the Health Sciences Association of
British Columbia, was reappointed to the Social Security Tribunal as a parttime
member effective January 22, 2019 for a two-year term. He was also
appointed as an independent chairperson with Correctional Service Canada
– Pacific Region effective January 30, 2019 for a three-year term. In this
role, he will preside over disciplinary hearings for serious disciplinary
offences within federal institutions.
Diane I. Turner, Q.C., was recently appointed as commissioner in relation
to the disciplinary matters within the International Criminal Court. During
her four-year term, she will be responsible for investigating complaints of
misconduct against counsel.
Page seven of The New York Times of Sunday, February 25, 2019 was taken
up entirely by a passionate plea by 157 heads of independent schools in
New York City. It was in the form of an open letter to the president of the
United States to do everything necessary “to stem this tide of senseless gun
violence. Address, and ultimately deny, unrestricted access to weapons and
ammunition that have no legitimate sporting, recreational or protective
purpose”. The tragic and outrageous shooting in New Zealand only adds to
the compelling need for gun control legislation in all jurisdictions.
In 2008, Japan experienced 11 deaths by gunshot wounds. The weapons law
of Japan begins as follows: “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms or a
sword or swords”. Very few exceptions are allowed. Citizens are permitted
to possess firearms for hunting and sport shooting, but only after submitting
to a lengthy licensing procedure. According to British newspaper The
Guardian, f irearms cause on average 33,000 deaths and some 70,000