I wanted to make sure to post today in memory of Bertha Wilson, Canada’s first female Supreme Court Judge. She died at age 83 in Ottawa. Says an article on her passing at Canada.com:

Bertha Wilson was known for her generosity of spirit and originality of thought,” said a news release from Beverley McLachlin, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Wilson, one of the most controversial judges ever appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, helped transform Canada’s legal landscape in the early years of the Charter of Rights.

A Trudeau appointee, Wilson sat on the court from 1982 to 1991, handing down watershed rulings on abortion, mandatory retirement, and battered wife syndrome.