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478 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE vacancies on federal appeals courts. Because of the age of many judges, it is estimated that between 70 to 90 appeals court positions will open up in the next four years. As we have previously mused, one is driven to wonder if that country is governable any more. W. Danny M. Marcotte, Q.C., was appointed as a member of the board of the College of New Caledonia for a term ending December 31, 2018. As The Guardian noted, “ever since his epic 19-second-long handshake with a visibly bewildered Shinzo Abe of Japan, Donald Trump’s unusual handshake style has been under the microscope. The strange, jerky movement he deploys to dominate his counterparts has become something of a talking point.” However, the newspaper looked with approval at the performance of Prime Minister Trudeau, who in meeting with President Trump “managed to neutralise the Trumpshake with a clever combination of timing, balance and control”. The Ontario Superior Court of Justice—not in the context of a Trudeau– Trump summit—noted that it was “not prepared to take as conclusive evidence that a ‘deal’ was reached in that handshakes were made at the conclusion of the meeting. Handshakes can also be interpreted as common politeness”: Bancheri v. Mirian, 2016 ONSC 1527 at para. 22. Thought du mois: “Civility cost nothing and buys everything.” Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762, English aristocrat, letter writer and poet, best known for introducing and advocating inoculation for smallpox, after observing its success in Turkey, where her husband served as ambassador.) t t t t t


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