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You might be able to paddle a canoe, but can you steer a lake freighter?

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“How can you call yourself a Canadian if you have never paddled a canoe?” Coun. Margeree Edwards challenged me one night before a committee-of-the-whole meeting.

“Have you ever steered a lake freighter?” I shot back.

I had made the mistake of confessing that I had never ridden in a canoe, let alone paddled one.

Coun. Edwards, a skilled canoeist, decided to take me in hand.

I soon found myself paddling away with Susan Sauve on a lake north of the city, followed by Coun. Edwards, in a second canoe, keeping an eye on........

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