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856 THE ADVOCATE VOL. 75 PART 6 NOVEMBER 2017 now embarked on his articles at McCarthy Tétrault but he remains an important part of the editorial team that works hard to bring you six stimulating issues per year. We are very pleased to be working with him.3 THE DEPARTURE OF DAVID ROBERTS, Q.C. These pages have sometimes contained references to gnomes toiling away in the offices of the Advocate. Some of our more perceptive readers will likely have concluded that this is either fake news or a literary conceit. We prefer the latter, although more accurately it has been a contributing editor’s conceit. There are no gnomes. Gnomes don’t exist. They are pretend. You are foolish to believe in them, although we absolutely recognize your fundamental right to believe in them. David Roberts, Q.C., is the contributing editor responsible for the gnomes. For those of you who do not know, David has been involved with the Advocate since 1967 (the year your current editor was born) and he pretty much single-handedly steered the ship for 27 years until handing the helm over to Tom Woods (as he then was). David initially stayed on as assistant editor and later moved into the background as a contributing editor when Chris Harvey, Q.C., became editor and I joined as assistant editor in early 2008. This does not mean for a moment that David has slowed down. For the near decade (!?) we have been working together, David has been arranging for the writing of biographies for newly appointed judges and masters and collecting obituaries for our Nos Disparus section. He has also been responsible for much of the material that shows up in Bench and Bar (although, truth be known, a lot of gnomes throw things into that rich jambalaya each issue). David has now officially retired from the Advocate and all of us in the editorial department owe him a great deal of gratitude as he has been a wellspring of information, a staunch supporter of the magazine and a solid advisor whenever we have needed his counsel. Everyone at the Advocate thanks David for his 50 years of contribution to the magazine. The profession has been well served and enlightened by the thousands of hours that David has poured into the writing and editing process. He has set the bar very high and we will continue to do our very best to maintain the excellence that he attained. However, let’s get down to it. David’s departure has created a problem. When you note in this issue a surprising lack of content in the judicial appointments section this is not because Her Majesty has not been busily appointing judges; it is because David has retired and it has become


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