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report is referred to in Amanda Macias, “Why Hitler
Was Such a Successful Orator”, Business Insider (13
May 2015), online: <www.businessinsider.com/
3. If questions and testimony are repetitive or irrelevant,
panel members and other hearing participants may
also be feeling some pain about the inefficiency of
the process, so it is not just the applicant who may be
“one who suffers”. It is not uncommon to have more
than one person “in pain” at a hearing.
4. RSBC 1996, c 288.
5. Compassion is described in Wikipedia as having
sensitivity to the suffering of others, with the motivation
to help alleviate and prevent that suffering. The
Wikipedia description says compassion, when
based on fairness, justice and interdependence, may
be considered both a rational principle and an
activity based on sound judgment. See Wikipedia,
“Compassion”, online: <en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
6. From the Babylonian Talmud, Pesachim 50a, found
in Sefaria, online: <www.sefaria.org/Pesachim.50
a?lang=bi> (fifth bullet/paragraph from the end,
before 50b). My thanks to Rabbi Susan Shamash,
Vancouver, BC, also a lawyer, who found the accurate
reference for me, and who explained that the
phrase was being interpreted by two sages in an
analysis of the passage from Zechariah 14:9.
7. Richard Rohr, Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part II:
Weekly Summary (22 August 2020), online: Centre
for Action and Contemplation <cac.org/order-dis
8. RSBC 1996, c 379.
9. The 2018 report is available online: <www.rich
FYCC52757.pdf>. The 2019 report has not yet been
posted by the city but is available by phoning the city
clerk’s office at (604) 276-4007.
10. See Adam Brandenburger, “To Change the Way You
Think, Change the Way You See”, Harvard Business
Review (16 April 2019), online: <hbr.org/2019/04
11. See Lisa Schiffman, Generation J (San Francisco:
HarperSanFrancisco, 1999) at 146–47, wherein
Rabbi Margaret Holub of Elk, Mendocino County,
California explains that a religious community (theirs
lacked a synagogue) was based on deeds, not in
physical structures. My thanks to Israel Chafetz, QC,
for lending me this book.
12. It is gratifying to say that, in five years of the Committee’s
observations of Richmond family court, there
were only two instances where the Committee had
concerns about the conduct of Provincial Court
judges. No one is perfect, and to err is human. It is a
testament to the integrity of family court judges, who
deal with emotionally difficult and demanding cases,
that we saw only two cases of arguably inappropriate
bad temper that, in our view, tainted the proceedings.
13. Participants in court proceedings appear to be bowing
to judges, but the ritual should not be interpreted
that way. We bow to what judges represent—they
are agents and administrators of Canadian justice.
Therefore, we are bowing to the sacred values of
Canadian law, not to the judges as human persons.
It might be a better practice, to underscore this reality,
to have judges enter the room and lead participants
in bowing to the Canadian flag. Otherwise,
the “bowing” ritual is too easy to misinterpret.
14. See the analysis of the sonnet as a poetic structure in
William Wordsworth, “Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent’s
Narrow Room” (1807), discussed in “A Short
Analysis of William Wordsworth’s ‘Nuns Fret Not at
Their Convent’s Narrow Room’”, online: Interesting
their-convents-narrow-room/>. See also John
Keats, On the Sonnet (1819), discussed in Elise
Dalli, “On the Sonnet by John Keats”, online: Poem
15. My thanks to Donna Hanson, Diana Juricevic and
Judith Nixon who read drafts of this article. Also,
thanks to Marcy Lee and David Pacheco, world travellers,
who told me about a legal proceeding in Germany,
some years ago, where the judge wore jeans!
16. Now well known as Thomas Hobbs, florist, landscaper,
artist and owner of Southlands Nursery and
/Compassion#:~:text=The etymology of "compassion" is,desire to alleviate another’s suffering