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goatee. An alert reader has pointed out that he sported a Van Dyke, which
is a goatee plus moustache. Sorry to split hairs.”
“Shab-e Yalda ‘Yalda night’ or Shab-e Chelleh ‘night of forty’ is an Iranian festival
celebrated on the ‘longest and darkest night of the year’. Friends and
family get together to eat, drink and read poetry until the early hours.
Pomegranates and watermelons are particularly significant”: <www.rmg.
In Robertson v. The Queen, 2010 TCC 552, the court looked to Robert Frost for
assistance in defining the term “avocations” (of hunting and fishing) used in
a treaty involving the Norway House First Nation: “In the early 1900s Robert
Frost wrote in the last verse of Two Tramps in Mud Time: ‘My object in living
is to unite my avocation and my vocation as my two eyes make one in
sight.’ That unity seems to be reflected in the use of the word ‘avocation’ in
the Treaty although, admittedly, it would be preferable to have an expert
opine on that view”.
In news from Nova Scotia, S. Dulcie McCallum, a retired member and dedicated
Advocate subscriber, has a new designation to add to R.N. and LL.B.:
M.F.A. student at King’s University College.
Dianna Rose Robertson was appointed as a public member to the board of
the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia for a term ending
July 31, 2024.
The New Brunswick Court of Appeal has noted that December 21 “is commonly
known to be the shortest day in the year” and, in determining how
dark it was on December 25, noted that date was only four days later. It held
that “a Court in this Province can take judicial notice of the fact that on
Christmas Day in New Brunswick it is dark at 5.30 p.m. and that when it has
become dark on a clear and fine day, as was December 25, 1958, it is then
later than a half hour after sunset”: Dugas v. Leclair (1962), 32 D.L.R. (2d)
It is also apparently known that there is an underground economy in
Canada in which payments for goods and services are made in cash as a tax
evasion ploy. Indeed, this has been found to be a social fact of such notoriety
that judicial notice of it may be taken: Stevens Pools Ltd. v. Carlsen and
Carlsen, 2015 BCPC 23.