Call it chance

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Editorial

After talking to Bob Gorski on the phone Sunday, it struck me that most of us are still alive and kicking more by chance than good planning.

Bob and his wife Lucy are the Michigan couple who saved three young men from drowning on Lake Huron around the supper hour on Friday.

The Gorskis obviously like the outdoors because for years they spent weekends in northern Michigan. But nine years ago, they visited friends at Inverhuron. When Bob returned home, it was the first time he really felt relaxed after a weekend away.

He went to the internet and found only one lakefront cottage for sale in the Kincardine area.

He drove up during the week, phoned ReMax and asked for a realtor. It happened to be Trevor Clark and they went and looked at the cottage at the foot of the 7th in Kincardine township.

The place was a little run down and Trevor asked him if he was sure his wife would like it.

He bought the cottage.

Friday, he happened to look over the lake from that cottage and saw the boaters in trouble.

Luckily, the Gorskis have a kayak.

But chance had a lot to with that rescue: a visit to Inverhuron nine years ago; the fact that the only cottage available was at the foot of the 7th; that Bob and Lucy happened to be at the cottage on the weekend; that they have a habit of looking out over the lake. Call it chance, fate or luck, but it resulted in the rescue of three young men.

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Hopefully, the rescue will remind readers that Lake Huron can be very fickle.

The lake claimed the lives of two swimmers last summer; it should always be treated with respect.

If you are boating, follow the rules; if you’re swimming, don’t do it alone and be wary of huge waves as an undertow can quickly pull you into deep water.

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You almost need a crow bar to get information out of public officials today. At one time, the pay of every person employed by the public was  public information.

Look at some of the issues in the news last week. The Canada Pension Fund lost $24-billion last year. The four top dogs  received bonuses totalling $7 million.

The person who was hired to run e-Health Ontario receives a $380,000 salary. After four months of operation, she received a $114,000 bonus and spent $50,000 refurbishing her office.

Why the bonus? For being loose with public funds?

She has handed out $5 million in contracts to consultants without asking for tenders. Some consultants are charging up to $3,000 per day. Life is tough.

If all this information were easily available to the public, as it should be, would the people of this country be paying such huge salaries to those on the public purse? The only reason we know about e-Health Ontario is because the CBC did some digging and found the information. How many other government agencies are as sloppily run?

When governments talk about Access to Information, you should get scared. It’s just another way of saying we’re hiding as much information as we can.

Notice how almost every public body today – police, fire, hospitals, school boards and on up  – all seem to have information officers.

That’s basically so only the party line gets out to the public.

Information is power and the bureaucrats love it.

By the way, according to the Oxford dictionary, bonus means: an amount of money given in addition to normal pay in recognition of exceptional performance or as a supplement at Christmas, etc.

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