I have embarked on a life on the open sea, to feel the spray of saltwater in my face and the coming together of earth and sky… OK, OK, maybe it's not that exciting, but I was invited to race on a sailboat for the summer.
Up until now, I have been an associate member at the Cobourg Yacht Club, which meant attending pub nights every second Saturday through the winter and listening to sailing stories from the seasoned members.
But now it's my turn.
During the winter get-togethers, I made it clear that I wanted to me more than a couch yacht club member and that I wanted to get onto Lake Ontario and learn how to sail.
My prayers were answered when skipper Peter Stirling invited me to crew on his 30-foot sailboat Nemesis. The first race of the season was scheduled for May 5.
While the Canadian Senate has done a good job, there's one aspect that is lacking.
"The real problem with the senate has been, and this is going to sound terrible, has been the selection of people who have been appointed there," according to Canada's former Auditor General Sheila Fraser.
And while she believes that a lot of very capable, outstanding Canadians are senators, there are also the "party hacks" who are too connected federally to provide the Senate's mandate of "second sober thought".
"There has to be a better way to select senators and to ensure they are not so politically aligned."
Fraser made her comments during a luncheon in Cobourg last week, hosted by the Canadian Federation of University Women Northumberland.
Following a career as an accountant, Fraser took the position of Deputy Auditor General, Audit Operations, in 1999. She was then (more…)