Visiting the Law Society offices at 845 Cambie St in Vancouver, you can’t miss the bronze plaque between the elevators in the lobby. The Honour Roll commemorates 27 British Columbia lawyers and 38 law students killed in WW1 (and 15 others killed in WW2). The plaque was originally commissioned in 1961 and rededicated in 2018.
The Law Society crest tops lines from the poem Horatius, from Lays of Ancient Rome by Thomas Babington Macaulay:
And how can man die better
than facing fearful odds
for the ashes of his fathers
and the temples of his Gods
This Friday, April 17, is Law Day in Canada, marking the 38th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the repatriation of the Canadian Constitution. The Canadian Bar Association and other legal groups normally mark the occasion with events to inform people about the role and importance of the law and the justice system. Pandemic restrictions prevent the usual gatherings this year. Those very restrictions are a reminder of the value of the rule of law, and what we risk losing without it … justice, freedom and democracy.
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