Thomas Smith lives with his wife in a wilderness setting in B.C., where he cares for and sets 10 kilometres of cross-country ski trails. For three years, in the early 1960s, he was an RCMP constable on Ellesmere Island, Canada’s most northerly island. While there, Thomas never opened a criminal file but he ran a trading store with the Inuit, pulled teeth, stitched cuts, gave needles, removed a placenta and ran the post office — mail was sometimes over a year old. He travelled thousands of miles by dog team. Later, for 33 years, he was a judge in BC and the N.W.T.