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Catherine Morris, an international human rights researcher, educator and
advocate since 2004, was appointed executive director of Lawyers’ Rights
Watch Canada on June 1, 2020.
The week of October 4 to 10, 2020 has been proclaimed Make a Will Week
in B.C. As opposed to Make a Will Weak, which is not an officially proclaimed
week at all and could have negative legal implications for anyone
involved in such schemes.
Phyllis L. Carlyle has been appointed to the board of governors for the
Commissionaires of Vancouver Island and the Yukon for a six-year term.
Section 5 of B.C.’s Controlled Alien Species Regulation prohibits you from
releasing an elephant or allowing it to escape. Darn.
According to Wikipedia (at least today), the expression “elephant in the
room” is a metaphorical idiom for “an important or enormous topic, question,
or controversial issue that is obvious or that everyone knows about but
no one mentions or wants to discuss because it makes at least some of them
uncomfortable or is personally, socially, or politically embarrassing, controversial,
inflammatory, or dangerous”. “Donkey in the Living Room” is, on
the other hand, a highly rated nativity set for children that allows “your kids
to discover the true meaning of Christmas”, which is apparently “there’s an
ungulate on the carpet”.
With reference to the identification of conflicts of interest, the review panel
in Law Society of BC v. Coglon, 2002 LSBC 21 said that the lawyer “did not fail
to spot a deer in difficult camouflage; this was a failure to spot an
elephant in the living room”. In Re Culos, 2013 LSBC 19, “the conflicts were
real and apparent. They were like angry bull elephants raging in the living
room. Pretty hard to miss.”
Derek LaCroix, Q.C., executive director of the Lawyers Assistance Program
of British Columbia, was recently awarded the CBABC President’s Medal in
recognition of his outstanding contribution to the legal profession.
Cristen L. Gleeson and Andrew J. Mercier were both appointed to the
board of the University of the Fraser Valley for terms ending July 31, 2021
and July 31, 2022, respectively.
Among the many things done during the pandemic state of emergency, the
“Protection Against Liability for Sports (COVID-19) Order” was made by