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Kingston Life March April 2016
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    SETTLING IN PP. 18 / LIVING AN OFF-GRID DREAM PP. 22 Meet the BLOGGERS FOUR YOUNG BLOGESSES ARE BRINGING EVERYTHING KINGSTON TO THEIR KEYBOARDS PP. 34 MARCH/APRIL 2016 $3.50 kingstonlife.ca 7 16312 10399 4 98 PM40033187 THE BUILDING SCOOP PP. 12 BRUNCH IN THE WEST END PP. 27 EGGS: A LOVE STORY PP. 28

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    WHEN THE THUNDER ROLLS 2440 Princess St. | 613.549.1311 taylorautomall.com

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    2016 GMC SIERRA

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    A special advertising section presented by DOWNTOWN KINGSTON discover your downtown This spring, enjoy shopping DOWNTOWN KINGSTON Come and explore our many unique specialty, gift and fashion boutiques, art galleries and so much more! FASHION GIFT STORE CHRIS JAMES Chris James Wardrobe Development Program will fit the essential elements of a professional dress/casual wardrobe into a versatile, functional and economically clever clothing package — including sport coats, suits, dress pants, shirts, ties, cotton khakis, Ts and socks. Chris James WDP defines contemporary style, quality and exemplary value. SPRING AHEAD Can’t wait for April showers to bring May flowers? No need to! Hand-painted glassware featuring pink cherry blossoms by Arian Design lets you bring spring into your home now! FEATURED: S. Cohen Spring 2016 Collection FEATURED: Cherry blossom vase by Arian Design found HERE CHRIS JAMES 253 Ontario St., 613-541-0707,chrisjameskingston.com found HERE CORNERSTONE 255 Ontario St., 613-546-7967, cornerstonecanadianart.com ACCESSORIES FASHION FIND YOUR THRILL Find your thrill. Cobb Hill combines today’s fashion cues with the signature fit of New Balance to create a new choice in contemporary footwear. Comfort has never looked this good. SPRING THAW Established in 1926, Parkhurst is synonymous with exceptional Canadian design. Visit Gracie’s Clothing in downtown Kingston and be the first to put on their fresh spring style. FEATURED: Footwear by Cobb Hill FEATURED: Spring 2016 collection by Parkhurst found HERE FANCY THAT 48 Princess St., 613-547-2041, fancythat.ca found HERE GRACIE’S 326 King St. E., 613-545-3234 SHOP.DINE.ENJOY. Find events, directories, maps and more online. Scan to visit our website: www.downtownkingston.ca

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    FURNITURE WE LOVE RELAXATION The Monza Recliner is space efficient and features a 360-degree swivel base, effortless rocker-glide mechanism and headrests that are adjustable in multiple ways. Visit our two James Reid Furniture stores to discover true comfort from IMG NORWAY. FASHION PLAY IT COOL Miik, a Canadian clothing line, features sustainably sourced luxury fabrics from bamboo and linen. The designs offer the ultimate in styling and comfort. Join the Miik revolution today at The Roundstone in downtown Kingston. FEATURED: The Monza Recliner, from IMG NORWAY FEATURED: Emma sky blue blazer by MiiK found HERE JAMES REID FURNITURE 250 Princess St., 613-548-3022 1880 John Counter Blvd., 613-544-4415, jamesreidfurniture.net found HERE THE ROUNDSTONE 50 Princess St., 613-536-5313, roundstone.ca BEAUTY JEWELRY INTO THE BLUE The full line of Moroccanoil is now available at ECHO, in downtown Kingston. This line is based on the properties of argon oil and has proven itself a hair-care giant. Consult with one of our stylists today for professional prescriptive recommendations, and look your best! ENGAGED! 18kt yellow gold, 19kt white gold and 18kt red gold join in a beautiful union – find these married metals and many more one-of-a-kind jewelry, exclusively at Metalworks’ downtown Kingston showroom. FEATURED: Full line of Moroccanoil products FEATURED: Married metal engagement ring by Steve Luckwaldt found HERE ECHO 344 Bagot St., 613-542-5069, echohairstudio.com found HERE METALWORKS 352 King St., 613-544-5078, metalworkskingston.com OPTICAL SPECIALTY FOOD STORE PURE QUALITY FRAMES HISTORIC EATS FEATURED: Masunaga Optical Collection 009 Masunaga Japanese designer frames have offered a classic fit and feel since 1905 and are now available from Marc F. Raymond Opticians. Enjoy our fusion of the best in optical technology and good old-fashioned customer service. Marc F. Raymond Opticians have been providing quality eyewear, frames and lenses in Kingston for over 40 years. FEATURED: Multiple locally sourced products including vinegars, balsamics, pickled veggies, mustards and more. Take home a “Taste of Upper Canada” from General Brock’s Commissary and discover Kingston’s role in the historic War of 1812. Representing more than 50 Eastern Ontario speciality food producers, we feature locally made jam, chutney, cheese, mustard, hot sauce, rubs and herbs, lavender, goat’s milk soap, Mennonite sausages, handmade Belgian chocolate truffles and lots more! Free samples. It’s “Food Worth Fighting For!” found HERE MARC F. RAYMOND 324 King St. E., 613-549-2020, raymondoptics.com found HERE GENERAL BROCK’S COMMISSARY 86 Brock St., 613-484-1587 Find us on Facebook Stay informed with the latest news, happenings and tips. Connect with us and join the conversation on our social media pages. Downtown Kingston! @downtownktown @downtownkingston

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    Contents march I april I vol.18 no.2 27 VIEWPOINT 11 Personality The fight for social justice and equality that drives Hersh Sehdev 12 City File What are they building? 14 The Reporter How Gerard Hunt rose from humble beginnings to top civil servant 16 Home Game When cheering for the home team becomes hazardous to your health FOOD AND DRINK 27 For Starters Toast & Jam 28 In Good Taste Local chefs share their love for eggs 30 Wine Grenache — Garnacha in its native Spain — is ready for its close-up CITY LIVING 33 Spotlight Ashley Brick, painter FEATURES 18 SETTLING IN The challenges — and rewards — of new immigrants in Kingston BY ANITA JANSMAN 22 AT HOME IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE Seven years living in the ‘Earthship’ BY LAWRENCE SCANLAN 34 Lifestyle Meet the Bloggers 36 Letters from Kingston Finding enjoyment in somewhere different 38 What’s Happening A guide to special events, live theatre, music, gallery exhibits and more IN EVERY ISSUE 8 Editor’s Letter 42 Community Spirit 43 Emporium 44 In Person Photo by Tim Forbes 4 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MARCH/APRIL 2016

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    We create the spaces that get people loving their outdoors. Think about some of your favourite memories in life. The amazing beach vacation for that milestone anniversary. The adrenalin-filled rock- climbing adventure you had with your friends. The backyard surprise party for your 40th that you never saw coming... And how about those times you’ll never forget that weren’t even special occasions? The summer days spent swimming with the kids. Reading a book in the shade all afternoon. The impromptu 4-hour dinners on the patio with your favourite friends… Be it milestones or everyday moments, they’re all framed by the setting. They’re infused with things like the view, the scents all around, what the weather was like and a host of other things that all describe the space around you at the time. We’d also hazard a guess that most of them took place outside. And that’s just it. We all love to be outside. Sure, as life moves along, the things we want or can do outside change, but many of the good things in life simply happen outdoors. We often forget just how good it makes us feel, and then when we do go out, we can’t figure out why we don’t do it more often. Life is busy, but we believe it’s better when it includes the outside. Kingston 613.547.3772 Picton 613.476.1181 Belleville 613.969.7992 Cobourg 905.372.2012 www.wentworthlandscapes.com

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    AD{TS4482165} MARCH/APRIL I VOL.18 NO.2 Editor Danielle van den Brink Graphic Designer Omar Cushnie Contributing Writers Kristen Coughlar, Anita Jansman, Josephine Matyas, Kirsteen MacLeod, Charlie Pinkerton, Iain Reid, Kelly Reid, Lawrence Scanlan, Harvey Schachter, Christopher Waters Contributing Photographers & Illustrators Tim Alblas, Abbie Crane, Tim Forbes, Rob Whelan Advertising Sales Manager Nancy Bradshaw Business Development Manager Kerry Sammon Marketing Strategist Graham Thompson Account Executives, Print and Digital Andrea Almeida, Dave Coulter, Tiffany Dundon, Mike Dwyre, Natasha Foster, Melody Hammond, Nick Healey, Stephanie Miller, Debbie Newton, Glen O’Donoghue, Kim Popovich, Aleisha Proudfoot, Karen Winter, Melissa Yeomans Advertising Director Liza Nelson Creative Supervisor Marc Bonitatibus CTP Printing Solisco Kingston Life is a division of Kingston Publications. 6 Cataraqui St., Kingston, Ont., K7L 4Z7 Tel: (613) 544-5000 ext. 547222; Fax: (613) 530-4122 Visit us at kingstonlife.ca and kingstonpublications.com Kingston Life is a registered trademark of Kingston Publications, a division of Postmedia, copyright 2016. All rights reserved. The publisher accepts no responsibility for advertiser claims, unsolicited manuscripts, transparencies, other materials, errors, or omissions. No part of this magazine may be reproduced in any form without the written permission of the publisher. Our unique investment fund takes direction from me, not some large unknown institution. My own money is invested in it so you know it is watched closely. It has a ‘net’ return to clients of 23.84% since inception in July 2013, and 8.01% in 2015. All of my pay from the fund comes from its performance.* RANDY CLEARY Portfolio Manager Get the whole story at www.salute.ca SUBSCRIPTIONS: Kingston Life is published eight times per year — January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December and special issues Interiors Spring and Interiors Fall — and is distributed in pre-selected home-subscriber copies of The Kingston Whig-Standard. Subscriber rates: 8 issues for $14.95 CDN; $54.95 U.S.D. Sub scribe online at kingstonlife.ca or call (613) 544-5000. Single-copy price $3.50 at selected newsstands in Kingston, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Canadian Second Class Mail Registration 5273. Postmaster: Publications mail agreement No. 40033187. Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to 6 Cataraqui St., Kingston, Ont., K7L 4Z7 All rights reserved. Printed in Canada. ISSN 1488-5239 KINGSTON LIFE IS A MEMBER OF *The rate of return provided assumes reinvestment of distributions only and does not take into account cash distributions or income taxes payable by any security holder. Management fee, performance fee and expenses may be associated with this fund. While the Fund does charge a nominal management fee of 0.10%, I don’t receive any of this management fee. Please read the term sheet on our website www.salute.ca/funds. Past performance is not necessarily a guide to future performance.Worldsource Securities Inc. is our Sponsoring Investment Dealer. 104-4 CATARAQUI STREET, KINGSTON, ON K7K 1Z7 1-866-788-8862 WWW.SALUTE.CA POST-CONSUMER RECYCLED CONTENT 10% 313 TREES PRESERVED FOR THE FUTURE 518,382 LITRES WASTEWATER FLOW SAVED 8,550 KGS SOLID WASTE NOT GENERATED 15,763 KGS GREENHOUSE GASES PREVENTED 216,000,000 BTUS ENERGY NOT CONSUMED 6 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MARCH/APRIL 2016

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    WWW.KINGSCROSSING.CA Outlet Centre Now open... Opening soon... 97 - 101 DALTON AVE. JUST OFF DIVISION, SOUTH OF THE 401 MON - FRI 10-8, SAT - SUN 10-6

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    editor’s letter A COMMON THREAD IN THIS CITY IS THAT WE ALL — AT SOME POINT — CHOSE TO STAY. For some, this choice was a conscious decision; for others more a matter of circumstance. But in our country where many enjoy the freedom of movement, where we choose to live is among the most important decisions we’ll make. My career has led me to several different communities across the province. When I arrived in Kingston, it wasn’t long before I felt the urge to settle. For me, this was a first. I would need a space much larger than this to list the reasons — but the foremost is the strong sense of community. I am continuously humbled by how much this city has to offer in so many regards. In many parts of the world, including North America, where many are faced with social and economic limitations, the freedom of movement is not guaranteed. For others, fleeing things like violence, persecution or economic hardship in their home countries is often their only choice. In the past few months, several groups in our community have been working behind the scenes to welcome families who are among the millions who have fled the humanitarian crisis in Syria. These people — from church groups to neighbours, friends or colleagues who band together — have been tirelessly raising funds, filling out paperwork, liaising with various levels of government and assembling resources. In this issue of Kingston Life, writer Anita Jansman speaks with families who are new to Canada, and to Kingston. In Settling In (page 18), Jansman looks at what challenges new immigrants face and what resources are available in the community. What she discovers is staying in Kingston is often both a matter of circumstance and choice. *** The stories in this city are seemingly endless, and Kingston Life writer Lawrence Scanlan has a talent for finding the unconventional. In our second feature, At Home — In the Middle of Nowhere, Scanlan shares the story of Wilton residents Shari Hughson and David See who, in 2007, left their jobs — by choice — to build a home in a remote area of south-central British Columbia. For seven years, the couple lived off the land and, from discarded car tires, built a solar-powered and eco-friendly “Earthship.” Find that story on page 22. *** Do you have a story you’d like to share or know a great one that needs to be told? Write to us and tell us what you would like to see in an upcoming issue of Kingston Life. We’d love to hear from you. Until next time, Danielle van den Brink DVandenbrink@postmedia.com facebook.com/KingstonLifemag twitter.com/Kingston_Life contributors Writer Lawrence Scanlan was teaching a class at a recent Kingston WritersFest when he heard the story of a local Wilton couple who lived in remote British Columbia before returning to Kingston (page 22). Writer Kirsteen MacLeod caught up with Hersh Sehdev to speak about her role as executive director of the Kingston Community Health Centres and what she likes to do in her off time (page 11). Tim Forbes visited one of the city’s newest places to get breakfast and lunch in the west end, Toast & Jam. Fresh-baked goods and homemade preserves make this a must-try (page 27). 8 KINGSTON LIFE | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | MARCH/APRIL 2016

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