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basis for terms ending December 11, 2022. Arun Mohan was appointed as
a member of the CRT on a full-time basis for a term ending July 10, 2022.
The Grammarian: Advice to a confused profession from one who knows
about these things.
How to use the semicolon. A semicolon is used to join two independent
clauses without using a conjunction, such as “and”. Generally speaking, you
do not use a capital letter after a semicolon, unless it is followed by proper
name or an acronym. Semicolons are not substitutes for periods or commas.
They are stronger than a comma but not as divisive as a period.
The group of words that comes before a semicolon should form a complete
sentence and the group of words that comes after a semicolon should also
form a complete sentence. The two sentences should share a close, logical
connection. Conjunctions (ands, buts and ors) can also link two sentences,
but you should never use a semicolon as well as a conjunction.
Use semicolons to divide the items of a list where the items contain internal
punctuation. Semicolons help readers keep track of the divisions between
these items (e.g., “I need a map for the following cities: London, Ontario;
Paris, France; Paris, Ontario”).
Use a semicolon when you have a conjunctive adverb linking two independent
clauses. Some common conjunctive adverbs are nevertheless, otherwise,
finally, then, likewise and consequently. An example would be:
“Students are advised not to walk alone at night; however, walking in the
early evening is considered safe.” Or: “I’m not fond of beef; moreover, eating
it is bad for the environment.”
Often invoked in case law, civil and criminal alike, is “the curious incident
of the dog in the night-time”, as described in Doyle’s “Silver Blaze”. As the
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia has observed, “it is
now relatively common to refer to ‘the dog that didn’t bark’ as a way of
describing the inferences that flow from the failure of the expected to happen”:
Thomas v. Pierce, Hamilton, and Stern, Inc., 967 F.Supp. 507 at note 2
(1997). And in the context of documents, the Appeals Court of Massachusetts
noted, “We recite the details of the governing documents because, like
the dog in the Sherlock Holmes story who did not bark, the papers are significant
for what they did not say”: Bendetson v. Coolidge, 7 Mass. App. Ct.
Peeter Wesik was reappointed as a member of the board of directors of the
Royal British Columbia Museum for a term ending July 31, 2021.