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VOL. 77 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2019
from Stevens Virgin while Ms. Taylor winds down her sole practice. Jessica
Bowering moves to Southern Butler Price in North Vancouver from the
Government of Alberta, Policy Coordination Office of Executive Council.
Michael Weiler moves his employment and labour practice to Kane Shannon
Weiler LLP. Rosie Schalgintweit moves her employment and labour
practice from McMillan LLP to HHBG Lawyers.
The Brighton-based Argus newspaper recently reported that the Flat Earth
Society was hosting an event at The Globe Pub. There were no details on
who bought the first round or whether they were charged a flat fee for it.
After 30 years with the B.C. Prosecution Service of the Ministry of Attorney
General, Winston Sayson, Q.C., retired on September 27, 2019. Winston
served as Crown counsel in New Westminster, Delta, Burnaby, Langley and
Shopping for a gift for a fellow legal professional in your life? The House of
Staunton, which describes itself as the “manufacturer of the world’s finest
chess products”, sells an “Approach the Bench” chess set. Its website calls
the set “elegant and austere”, as well as being “the perfect gift for an attorney,
law school graduate, judge, or anyone associated with the law”, “combin
ing the strategy and intellectual prowess of chess, with figures and
images one would find in the courtroom”.
Recently spotted in a church newsletter in Wellington, New Zealand: “This
month we give special thanks to all the volunteers in our community, especially
those who drive the elderly from their homes.”
Jennifer Keim has been appointed as a master of the Supreme Court of
British Columbia and will be resident in Kamloops. Master Keim replaces
Master Robert McDiarmid, who retired on July 31, 2019.
A gambit is a form of opening move in a chess game, with the player risking
the loss of a minor piece like a pawn in order to gain a bigger advantage.
The word is often used in the litigation context to signal a court’s displeasure
or concern (e.g., “while sometimes the best defense may be to turn the
tables and assert a strong offense, that is a risky gambit”: Mihaylov v. Long
Beach Residents’ Association, 2018 ONSC 14 at para. 60). On the issue of contempt,
the Ontario Court of Appeal’s “gambit” reasoning in Sabourin and
Sun Group of Companies v. Laiken, 2013 ONCA 530 was adopted by the
Supreme Court of Canada in Carey v. Laiken, 2015 SCC 17: