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the fabric of our legal community and our history. We are fortunate,
enriched and better for it. She is deeply missed, but her legacy remains with
Note: The Special Sitting of the Court of Appeal to honour Anne Rowles has been
rescheduled to a date yet to be determined due to COVID-19.
1. (1997), 119 CCC (3d) 481 (BCCA).
2. 2002 BCCA 59.
3. 2004 SCC 74.
4. 2004 SCC 73.
5. Ibid at para 27.
6. 2004 BCCA 175.
7. 2005 SCC 50 at paras 44, 51.
8. (1991), 58 BCLR (2d) 356 (SC).
9. 2010 BCCA 478.
10. 2012 SCC 61.
The Honourable Ted Hughes, O.C., Q.C.
It was late on a Friday afternoon in December 2013.
Ted, then 86 years old, was reviewing a draft of his
500-page report on the tragic death of a five-year-old
Aboriginal child in Manitoba. He e-mailed his team
to schedule a weekend of meetings. “Just a suggested
timetable, but you know me”, he wrote. “I like to
know where I am going and how I am going to get
That he did. Right to the end. The Honourable Ted Hughes, O.C., Q.C.,
LL.D. (Hon.) died on January 17, 2020 at the time and place of his choosing.
He spent that morning and the day before phoning family and close friends
to say his goodbyes. His voice was weak and his strength was waning, but
his mind was sharp. It was a generous act to those who needed to tell him
what he had meant to them.
Ted had a huge public persona across western Canada, the North, and
beyond—as a judge, Deputy Attorney General, B.C.’s first Conflict of Interest
Commissioner, the first Chief Adjudicator for Canada’s Indian Residential
Schools claims process, chair of commissions of inquiry, and much
more. And the standards of integrity and commitment that were the hall-