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HOW SWEET IT IS – Cynthia Peters Entertaining with chocolate platters


THE JOHN M. PARROTT ART GALLERY – Sue Holland A GOOD WINTER’S READ – David Sweet EMBRACING WINTER – Janet Jarrell Snowshoeing, a great winter sport



WINTER HEALTH – Dr. Maureen Horn-Paul How you can stay healthy this winter

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As Canadians we embrace winter by enjoying a variety of outdoor activities. My favourite winter activities have been skiing downhill and crosscountry, but when I moved north of the city, several years ago, it made sense to take up snowshoeing too. I could head out right from my back door. No trail needed. On snowshoes you can trek just about anywhere, and unlike cross-country skiing, where a little co-ordination is needed, snowshoeing is just a walk in the park (and a very pleasant one at that) making this a sport anyone can do. If you haven’t tried it already, you may want to, after you read Janet Jarrell’s story.



Everyone loves chocolate. Cynthia Peters shows us how to entertain with chocolate, using platters filled with bark and truffles. The new varieties are endless and what a treat it would be to explore each of them. Winter means comfort food; we asked 3 personal chefs/ caterers for their twist on old favourites. Winter also means keeping healthy and warm and, of course, settling down for a good winter’s read.

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hocolate is fabulous … anytime. Enjoying chocolate with friends is even better and it provides an opportunity for you and your guests to explore new sources, textures, and tastes.

The very nature of sharing a sensual treat can create a warm and inviting finale to your dinner party. And chocolate is very versatile. It can come in many forms to your table. Some people enjoy incorporating it into their dessert, like cake or brownies, while others prefer a chocolate fondue or chocolate cups filled with mousse or sorbet. If you want to go pure, though, offering a selection of chocolates after dinner with coffee or liqueurs can be a wonderful sharing experience. I like to call them “Chocolate Tasting Platters”. Educating your chocolate palate can be an adventure by tasting products with various cacao percentages, origins, and ingredients. You can layer your platters in a number of different ways. For entertaining, I prefer to use barks (like bars, but generally thinner and without indentations). You can break them up into bitesize pieces and they are not as filling as truffles, allowing your guests to sample a number of tastes. You could create platters of each – white, dark, and milk chocolate – plus a variety of bark choices. Copper Kettle Chocolate Company in Picton makes flavours such as Chipotle Pepper (my favourite), Irish Cream, and Espresso Bean. They offer all kinds of bark – varieties of nuts, liqueurs, and fruit flavours. They have an extensive list to choose from.


In Stirling, The Village Chocolatier also offers slices of dark and milk chocolate with various combinations of nuts, fruits, and marshmallows.

like their dark chocolate as it contains 72% cacao. Studies have even shown that eating a small amount of dark chocolate daily can reduce blood pressure and lower bad cholesterol.

Along the same theme of “small chocolate tastes”, you could also do a platter of chocolate covered nuts and candies. At Mrs. B’s Country Candy in Brighton, they manufacture chocolate covered Turkish delight, cherries, candied ginger, graham crackers, and even licorice.

Always doing my part to keep healthy, I do indulge in a square or two of dark and routinely keep a bar in my fridge. If you have an opportunity to pick up single source chocolate, it can also be an interesting tasting platter for your guests. I’m eating my way around the world at the moment, tasting dark chocolate from Mexico, Trinidad, Peru, Tanzania, and Venezuela. They really have distinct flavours. So far, my top choice is Peru with its strong notes of banana.

If you prefer to serve chocolate as just a small gesture with coffee, try some chocolate sticks. Donini Chocolates in Belleville make finger size chocolate sticks in milk, dark, or cappuccino. Serve one to each guest on his or her saucer or include it on a small individual tasting plate with some nuts, dried fruit, and a glass of port. I particularly

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Donini offers chocolate specifically for fondues. At Copper Kettle, you can pick up a new chocolate sauce line that is an alternative to melting your own, called “Robin’s Chocolate Sauce”. They offer Fair Trade certified flavours such as Ginger Pear, Tropical Dark, and Orange Spice and can give you an instant fondue with less mess.

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Whatever way you choose to enjoy chocolate, you really can’t go wrong. Your guests will be delighted! And you will have had fun creating a memorable and sweet end to your party.

Cynthia Peters is a consultant, food writer, personal chef and community advisor. Check out her column and blog at Photographed at Copper Kettle Chocolate Company by Michael Grills


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he John M. Parrott Art Gallery, housed on the third floor of the new Belleville Public Library, is certainly one of the bestkept secrets in the area. The gallery opened in The Corby Library in 1973, in the old Merchant’s Bank building, under the directorship of Chief Librarian Olive Delaney, and was known then as The Corby Gallery. It was, and still is, the only public art gallery in the region. The gallery has launched many an artistic career over the years and has allowed the public to view internationally renowned artists’ work without having to travel to a major urban center like Toronto or Montreal. Winsome Lewis was the first curator of the new gallery and was extremely passionate about the art and artists she exhibited. In the 1970s and early ‘80s, galleries such as the McMichael Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario, were offering wonderful travelling shows to public galleries. Work by members of the Group of Seven, printmaker David Blackwood, David Milne, Henry Moore, and Toller Cranston, were among the big names to hang in the Gallery. Internationally renowned artists David Hockney and William Kurelek, also had their works on display. The Gallery has a mandate of promoting and exhibiting the work of local artists, professional and amateur, as well as offering wonderful shows from further afield for the residents of the Quinte area to enjoy. Long-standing partnerships with other arts organizations such as The Quinte Arts Council and the Belleville Art Association continue to this day with annual juried shows, art workshops, and art talks being among the events held at the Parrott Gallery.


In May of 2006, the move to the Belleville Library was made, paintings by well-known local artist Philippa Faulkner. These tripling the size of the exhibition space. A corridor gallery for works have been donated or purchased over the years and are crafts and community groups to display their work and three hung throughout the library for everyone to enjoy. gallery rooms, offer an ever-changing array of artwork. Along with this move came an amazingly generous gift, from the In order to maintain this large collection, a “Sponsor a Parrott Foundation, of Mr. and Mrs. Parrott’s collection of Painting” program was launched early in 2009. Gold, silver, Manly MacDonald paintings. MacDonald, who hailed from and bronze sponsorships allow the Gallery to reframe and Point Anne, is a favourite of local collectors remat these trepasures in acid-free materials and many area artists visit the Gallery to study Yamaha Disklavier Grand Piano – materials not available when they were his technique and colour usage. It was at this generously donated by Audrey originally framed. People can dedicate their time the Gallery was renamed the John M. Williams and family. sponsorship to a favourite artist or loved one Parrott Art Gallery. and have their dedication hung in the Gallery for all to see. The response has been very Until recently, the printmaking students of favourable to this new program and, to date, the Ontario College of Art and Design have many works have been restored. shown their work here annually. Begun in 1980 by Bill Poole and Wendy Cain, both The Gallery is host to monthly art events printmaking teachers at the school, “Gallery including opening receptions. “Open Studio”, 39” was meant to provide affordable, high a new program launched in November, invites quality prints to the area. At first, nothing artists of any level of professionalism to come was priced over $39.00 – thus the name of the in to play, learn, share, and create with show – and, in later years, nothing was priced fellow artists. Art Scholar and historian Joan over $99.00. There are plans to continue this Murray presented “Great Canadian Artists of event in the near future. the Twentieth Century” at the Art Talk series. In April of every year, the Gallery plays host to the “Art in the Schools” show, which features the work of Quinte region high school students from all grades. Over the years, many of these students have gone on to pursue a career in the arts. The Gallery holds an extensive permanent collection of artwork by local and contemporary Canadian artists including local potters Audrey and Gordon Davies as well as several

Guided tours are offered for community groups, along with school visits. If time allows, fun and educational activities for the children are available. The John M. Parrott Art Gallery is open six days a week and until 8 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Find out what is happening through their website at Susan Holland is the John M. Parrott Art Gallery Curator. WINTER 2009/10 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 15

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Aside from being a wine and food afficionado, I am also an avid gardener. But it’s difficult to do much weeding and hoeing when the garden is buried under four feet of snow. But books, such as Gardens in France published by Taschen, allow you to dream of the promise of what spring weather will bring and, after the dreaming, I have a laugh reading Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities, by Amy Stewart. In the dead of winter, I rely on a good mystery to liven things up and I don’t have to go far to find one or two. Two County-based authors have recently published new mysteries. Well-known author and storyteller, Janet Kellough, offers us On the Head of a Pin, set in Prince Edward County and surrounding area, telling of a series of unusual deaths that lead “saddlebag” preacher, Thaddeus Lewis, to believe that a serial killer is on the loose in Upper Canada, circa 1837. Vicki Delany’s Winter of Secrets is set in Trafalgar, B.C., during the Christmas season, where a skiing vacation involving a group of rowdy students takes a tragic turn. Another favourite mystery writer is Andrea Camilleri, whose Inspector Montalbano Mysteries never fail to entertain because of their well-drawn characters and complex stories, not to mention the descriptions of the food and rather eccentric culture of Sicily.

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Embracing Winter How we picture winter snow can be summed up in one word: quiet. The spring rain has ceased its patter, the summer birds are on holiday down south, and those rustling fall leaves are buried – all is reticent. When that blanket of snow covers the ground, the earth is tucked in for a long winter’s nap.

Most of us live and work in busy cities or suburbs, our schedules rush us from one planned activity to another, and much of our day is spent plugged into some type of electronic or motorized device. Our working world is in a constant state of humming; the computer hums, and the phone rings and the television is on. For real peace of mind, you need to venture out and escape that noise. Snowfall is noiseless; the trees in their grandeur, heavily laden with snow, stand still, regal and muted. Even the cold crisp air is hushed. The sun bounces off of the stark white snow ready to lift your spirits. There is nothing controlling or interrupting your thoughts. Allow your mind to whisper to you. Get the picture? Now get yourself in the picture. Go for a snow hike, try some cross country skiing, or better yet, take up snowshoeing. This sport is easy to learn, relatively inexpensive, and poses little risk of injury. Snowshoes are one of the oldest inventions of mankind and snowshoeing is really making a comeback with winter recreation. Although the original wooden frame snowshoes are still in use in large numbers, the more recent aluminum-frame Western designs are making the fit easier for everyone.


Snowshoe tips from Bob Hinton, College Sports, Belleville • Don’t snowshoe on the cross-country skiing track - stay to the side. • Don’t go out alone. Let someone know when and where you are going and your estimated return time. • Do take a backpack for your gear. • Do take a map and/or GPS with you. • Do take frequent snack and water breaks, stop rest and enjoy where you are. • Do wear proper outdoor clothing in layers including your toque. • Do wear proper shell layers. • Do take turns leading.


Snowshoeing allows you to venture off the beaten path, head out for the back country and tuck into those hard to reach places. The silence allows you to wonder as you wander, reducing stress as you trek on top of the snow. Your movements must be calm, graceful and light in order to reflect the conditions of the snow, which forces you to be more at one with things during the snow hike. Remember to pause; there is no rush. Much like the pace of life, snowshoeing requires balance. To a large extent, the terrain locally is even and gentle. When you are faced with an uphill challenge, always remember the safest position is straight up. The tendency is to lean forward, which increases the chance of you falling on your face. The next instinct is to lean back, which can cause your feet to slide out from underneath you. Best advice is to straighten up, look ahead, plan for your optimum route and then go for it. Take the kids, and be prepared; they will catch on to it before you do. Some of the more popular areas locally



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for a day of snowshoeing include: The Frink Centre, Sandbanks Provincial Park, Vanderwater Park, and Presqu’ile Provincial Park. For more information and to find good snowshoeing areas near you, call the local parks and recreation centre, or go online at and be sure to read the section on snowshoe smart tips. Always play safe, be responsible. Prepare yourself; enjoy the solitude, peace and quiet this winter. Janet Jarrell writes everything from short stories, to blogs to poetry. Living in the Quinte area she is an active runner, kayaker and, of course, a snowshoe enthusiast. Photos of Frink Centre courtesy of Quinte Conservation.

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For many of us, winter time presents a significant challenge when it comes to staying healthy. This year in particular, with the outbreak of H1N1 flu, it becomes more important to support our immune systems so we have a greater fighting capability for viruses and bacteria that we might be exposed to. There are many relatively simple things that we can do on a regular basis to ensure that we are maximizing our health this winter season, and in general, to stay well. Getting enough rest and restorative sleep on a regular basis (make sure that you are sleeping, not only long enough, but are rested when you get up in the morning) helps our body not only to detoxify, but also to assimilate nutrients. Drinking enough water during the day can be a challenge, but staying well hydrated allows our cells to work more efficiently, and allows us to eliminate the nasty bugs that get in more easily via our sweat, digestive tract, bladder, and bowels. We need a minimum of 1 litre of water every day just to keep our bodies functioning at a minimal level. Increasing the amount we drink allows us to make more mucus if we need to (mucus carries out viral and bacterial residue from our nose, lungs, and sinuses), and keep our cells, joints, muscles, brain, and organs well lubricated. Managing our everyday stress goes a long way in conserving energy that our immune system needs to function properly. Deep breathing, taking 15 minutes every day to be quiet, staying grounded, and letting go of those things over which we have no control, will all help. Some time tested strategies also include: Vitamin C 1-2 grams per day, more if you feel a cold or flu coming on. You can mix Vitamin C powder in water or juice, and take


a gram every 1-2 hours as needed to stave off colds, flu, and other infections. For some people, Vitamin C can cause bowel irritation; I would recommend using a buffered form (usually contains calcium or magnesium or both). For head, nasal, or sinus congestion, try the “Wet Socks” treatment. Just before getting into bed, take a pair of heavy wool socks, soak them in cold water, wring them out as much as possible, and put them on with another pair of dry socks on over top. Get into bed immediately, cover up well, and don’t allow yourself to become chilled. The socks will feel cold initially but will quickly warm up and draw the congestion downward from your nose, sinuses, and chest. You will likely fall asleep with the socks on. Nettie pots or just plain saline (salt water) in a nasal rinse can also aid in relieving sinus and nasal congestion. Hot steam showers for 5 minutes followed by a cool rinse-off for 2 to 3 minutes in succession (maximum 3 or 4 times without medical supervision) can increase circulation and reduce congestion as well. Of course, what we eat has a significant impact on our health. Keep your fridge, freezer, and pantry well stocked with a variety of healthful foods that are quick and easy to prepare. Veggies, fruits, low fat dairy (especially yogurt and goats cheeses) lean meats such as chicken, turkey, beans and legumes, fish, and whole grain foods are low calorie and high nutrient choices. Snack smart! Grazing or snacking during the day helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, energy levels, and nutrient levels. Foods such as yogurt, nuts, raw veggies, and hummus are good choices.

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Visitors entering by the front door step into an impressive entrance foyer that opens to the great room with barrel ceiling. This ceiling, which is without question one of the home’s most outstanding features, was built entirely on site and represented a significant fabrication challenge for its builders. Oversized windows in the great room and adjacent kitchen showcase a massive back deck and lower stone patio, which is accessed through French doors. An elegant stairwell opens to the lower level. Nine-foot ceilings and transom-topped windows throughout the first floor contribute to the “West Coast” feel of the home’s generous 3,400 square foot open floor plan. The contemporary kitchen features custom cabinets with Shaker-style doors in a cameo finish, which is a warm colour resembling French vanilla ice cream. The counters are solid, six-centimeter granite, complemented by upgraded stainless steel appliances, deluxe accessories and decorative hardware. The owner chose the oversized island and pot filler – an additional stove top hot-water source – for added convenience. The cabinetry and trim extend upward to the elegant white-on-white beamed coffered ceiling, which was chosen because the owner “just liked the look of it.” 26 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10


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Off the kitchen, leading to a side door, is a well-appointed laundry area and dedicated corner for the dogs, which includes both their beds and own private “trot-in” shower. A two-piece bathroom serves their two-legged friends. An opulent dining room with round-table seating for as many as a dozen people, dominates the front area of the home. Dual drop light fixtures further enhance the room. At the far end of the main floor are two guest bedrooms, a guest bath and, of course, a spacious master bedroom suite. The ensuite master bath features both oversized shower and tub, which is filled by a large, simulated water pump faucet. “I saw it in a magazine,” the owner says. “I get a lot of my inspiration from magazines.” The faucet operates in conventional mode, without actual pump action. Both the toilet seat and lid are fitted with a special slow-close mechanism that lowers slowly and quietly, with just the touch of a fingertip. A centrally-located media room controls the home theatre and sound system in individual rooms throughout the house. It is also the nerve centre for the phone, cable, satellite and security systems. Natural cork flooring was chosen for this room as something that was different from the hardwoods, ceramics, patterned concrete and broadlooms that flow throughout the rest of the home. Christina Tomin Stinson of Dragon Fly Designs worked with the owner to select the 28 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10




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home’s unique flooring, including the dramatic hardwoods, which are Malaysian tigerwood. She also coordinated the home’s numerous other interior design elements, including its spectacular light fixtures.

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The lower level was designed with larger windows and dramatic armour stone window wells for maximum light and ambiance. The living space includes an entertainment section with home theatre, custom-designed bar, seating areas, wine-tasting table, exercise equipment and two-piece bathroom. Two additional guest bedrooms – with adjoining bath – a wine cellar, utility room and some additional storage complete the downstairs space.

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As well as looking good and functioning well, the home is energy efficient, featuring many of the latest and best technologies. The inground geothermal system powers the furnace that heats the home providing an expected cost payback in 7-10 years. A propane boiler supplies hot water and radiant heat for the floors. The entire lower level of the house, as well as the ceramic floors on the main level, are made more comfortable through this in-floor heating system. The owner says the great room’s elegant six-foot gas and propane fireplace is more for ambiance than heat – but given that the entire home is spray-foam insulated, a high degree of comfort is always assured. This is the third home that this owner has built and he says it won’t be his last. “I just love the building process,” he says. “If I didn’t do what I do now for a living, I’d love to do this.” Cheryl Mumford is an awardwinning Quinte based freelance writer and photographer and former member of the Periodical Writers Association of Canada. Photography by Mark Bartkiw

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This collar was made in Carol Burrill’s studio by hand, forging and shaping round sterling silver wire, making it a wearable piece of art. A cultured peacock colour fresh water pearl was set to add an interesting accent to the design. Forging is an ancient technique requiring the use of various hammers each making its own impact. By directing the blow of the hammer, the metal is flattened and shaped to the desired thickness and dimension. Each piece is different, depending on how the metal is worked, making it one-of-a-kind. Retail $266.00. Riccaro Jewellery Studio & Gallery, 388 Main St. Picton

Created from a serving tray, pearls and chandelier crystals, this necklace shows Lynda Carr’s love of the arts, an interest in the past, and the need to recycle. Each piece is handcrafted from old silver plated items such as pot lids, serving tray dishes, finished off with sterling silver components. Retail $168.00. Miss Priss Boutique, Century Place, Belleville.


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Inspired by the glitter and shine of a clear winter’s night, Connie Yrjola has created this spectacular “Starry Nights” necklace set: 5 strands of sterling silver wire flowing with faceted quartz, Swarovski crystals, and Keishi and Bar pearls guaranteed to add sparkle to that little black dress or become the perfect accessory for the blushing bride. Necklace $239.00, earrings $39.00. Glamour Junkie Studio at Fusion, 282 Front St. Belleville.

Reflecting European styling, Thomas Estevez has created a set of Italian link sterling with lapis lazuli from Afghanistan. The necklace contains more than 90cms. Italian link nickel-free sterling silver which has been garnished with faceted lapis. The lapis from Afghanistan comes from the same single mine accessible only by foot and donkeys through steep mountain passes. This mine supplied the striking blue stones found inlaid in the Egyptian Pharaoh’s jewellery and funeral objects. Necklace $219.00, bracelet $109.00, earrings $69.00. Thomas Estevez Design, 395 Front Street, Belleville WINTER 2009/10 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING 37

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Greg Sheridan, owner of SANS SOUCI Special Occasion Catering, uses lamb instead of beef in his version taking us back a couple of centuries to the original shepherds pie. The addition of cream cheese to the topping is Greg’s now not so secret ingredient, making this especially tasty and truly decadent. 4 lb. lamb - ground or chops diced 2 cups peas 2 cups red onion diced 4 cups lamb stock or beef stock 2 cups carrot diced 4 cups red wine 1 cup celery diced 3/4 cup flour 2 cups turnip diced 1/2 cup olive oil 3 cobs of corn, cut corn off cob, or 2 cups 2 tbsp mint sauce or fresh mint frozen corn Salt & Pepper to taste Base:  Brown seasoned lamb on medium heat with olive oil then add onion, carrot & celery continue to saute till soften. Add flour slowly while stirring until the oil is dried up and everything has a grainy appearance, allow to brown slightly Pour lamb stock in while stirring   Add red wine Add mint sauce now Add rest of vegetables and allow to simmer and reduce until turnip is tender and sauce is thickened   Topping: 6 - 8 lb Yukon Gold potatoes 2 packages cream cheese 250 ml 35% cream (whipping) 1/2 cup roasted garlic paste Fresh sage Salt & pepper   Cut potatoes into quarter’s boil (leave skins on) Drain potatoes and place into a mixing bowl (preferably a Kitchen Aid mixer) Whip with the rest of the ingredients.   In two 8x12 pans pour evenly the stew then spread potatoe, mash over top. You can now either refrigerate for up to a week or freeze. To cook, place in a 300-325 degree oven until stew starts to simmer on the edges and internal temp is 50 C or 146 F.   Greg Sheridan SANS SOUCI 42 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10


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CURRIED CHICKEN POT PIE Chicken pot pie is always delicious. This version by Tim Hennig of Urban Herb Catering is even better. The use of quinoa and cashews as a crust offers a gluten free alternative to a flour crust. Plus quinoa is full of protein power. This recipe will create a medium heat version. If it is really cold outside, you may want to add a bit more curry to the recipe to really heat you up. Enjoy! For Crust Curried Chicken 3 cups cooked quinoa 2 chicken breasts cut into medium dice 1 cup crushed pecans 3 cloves minced garlic Salt and pepper to taste 1 tablespoon minced ginger To Prepare Quinoa 1/2 cup Spanish onions cut into medium dice 1 cup Quinoa 1/2 cup carrots cut into medium dice 2 cups water or chicken stock 1/2 cup celery cut into medium dice Teaspoon butter 1/2 cup red peppers cut into medium dice ½ teaspoon salt 1/2 cup fresh pineapple cut into small dice 1 clove minced garlic 1/2 cup table cream (18%) 1 can (400ml) coconut milk 1 tablespoon of medium hot curry powder (to taste) Salt and pepper DIRECTIONS Rinse 1 ½ cups quinoa in warm water for 3 minutes and drain. Place ingredients in medium size pot with 3 cups water or chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and fluff with fork. Spoon quinoa onto a cookie sheet to cool. Chop cashews into pieces as small as the quinoa, if possible, and place into a large bowl. Add in the cooled quinoa a pinch of salt and pepper and mix together until well combined. This is your pie crust. Place a damp dishtowel over the mixture. Quit eating it! Save some for the pie!

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While the quinoa is boiling prepare the rest of the recipe. Heat a large sauté pan, on medium high heat. Add olive oil and butter as well as onions, ginger and garlic. Stir for 2 minutes. Add chicken pieces and sauté for 7 minutes, turning occasionally. Once chicken is thoroughly cooked, add sweet peppers, carrots and celery. Stir, cover and reduce heat. When vegetables have softened, add coconut milk, cream and curried powder. Add ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon white pepper. Stir, simmer, and reduce liquid by ½. Check seasoning and remove from heat. Pre-heat oven to 375F. Spoon quinoa mixture into a pie pan and with wet fingers, press the flour-less crust onto the pan and up the sides with ¼ inches in thickness. Place the crust in the heated oven for 15 minutes or when brown and remove from heat. Spoon curried chicken mix into the pie crust and top with the remaining quinoa and cashew mixture to form the top crust. Place in oven and bake 25 minutes or until brown. Remove from heat, let stand 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy! Tim Hennig Urban Herb Catering

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magine discovering a hidden door in an old Victorian house that you own and finding a room full of family pictures and books from the past. There is something exhilarating about discovering long forgotten stories from historic Ontario. My wife and I bought Judge Merrill’s house on Picton harbour twenty-one years ago. We’ve spent most of that time renovating, renting, and restoring the house. I can’t say that it’s been a labour of love, more like the labour of childbirth. But, like motherhood, it’s fulfilling, to say the least. In the back of our minds was the conviction that this venerable old house still belonged to its original owner Judge Edwards Merrill, his family and, in a larger sense, the County. We have felt more like proud custodians, rather than owners. We didn’t know much about him and certainly we didn’t know about his family over the last twenty-one years – only what we’d heard in conversations with County residents and read in books like The Settler’s Dream. Many think of Edwards Merrill as the “hanging judge,” or the one who hanged himself after suffering for some time with a terminal illness. But they don’t know much else and what they do know is often wrong. In June of this year, having finished a long year of intensive renovations, we decided to move in and find out who Judge Merrill and his family really were. And so I went to search for clues in the key archives in Wellington, Ameliasburg, Toronto, 46 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10

Kingston, Ottawa, and online through What I found in a little over a month, thanks to a very helpful staff, was enough information to write a book. There is a wealth of information awaiting those curious about our Canadian and County heritage. Most of it is found in pieces, like the pieces of a great puzzle. So here’s what I found in brief: The Merrill Family—First Settlers from New England Edwards Merrill (1841-1905) was born in Picton as the grandson of United Empire Loyalist and French Huguenot families. Or so he thought. The genealogical and historical evidence validates his UEL background but not his Huguenot claim to fame. Edwards Merrill’s grandfather, Samuel Merrill (1768-1834), first arrived in Kingston from West Hartford, Connecticut, with his father in 1788, as United Empire Loyalists. Samuel became a successful Kingston merchant. Edwards’ father, also Samuel Merrill (1800-1870), was born and raised in Kingston but left shortly after graduating from the Law Society of Upper Canada to become the first lawyer in Picton. Edwards Merrill was born in Picton, in 1841, the eleventh son of Samuel. So what about the French Huguenot background? It’s true that the first American ancestor, Nathaniel Merrill, landed on this continent in 1633. The family understood that the English

Merrill surname was derived from the French ancestral “de Merle” and that their family coat-of-arms has the fleur-de-lis on the shield. There is, however, compelling evidence from a number of genealogical sources in New England that Nathaniel Merrill’s lineage was, in fact, English. If he had a French background at all it may have been French Norman dating to the Conquest, rather than to the Huguenot diaspora following the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572. Some 40,000 Merrills in North America, like the Merrills of Picton, trace their lineage back to the very same Nathaniel Merrill, a humble carpenter, who became one of the founding families of New England. However, Edwards’ mother, Mary Edwards Hale (1805-1874), had a more patrician claim to fame as an American UEL. Her ancestor from New England was Jonathan Edwards (1703 –1758), the famous New England Puritan preacher (cf. “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”), who is widely acknowledged to be America’s most important and original philosophical theologian. Among other accomplishments, he became President of Princeton University. Edwards Merrill’s unusual first name is attributed to this source. Edwards Merrill’s Life in Picton Edwards Merrill spent almost his entire life in Prince Edward County. He attended school here, married Caroline Wright from Napanee, and raised four children: Helen, Edward, Anne, and Muriel. Edwards, like his father, joined the military and, for a number of years, served as Captain of No. 2 Company, 16th Regiment. In 1865, he was admitted as attorney, called to the Bar at the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1867, and practiced law as a barrister and solicitor. In 1878, Edwards Merrill hired J.W. Fagan to build a spacious brick house at 343 Main Street for his new family. Today we view it is a very fine example of Victorian Gothic architecture. At the time, locals called it “bizarre”. But the Main Street house, today known as The Merrill Inn, is part of the rich County heritage. Its

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dramatic, three storey, triple-gabled tower and majestic design, are landmark features in Picton. Edwards Merrill lived in this house for only one year. Rumour has it that he moved because of an unruly neighbour and because his daughter, Helen, wanted to live on picturesque Picton Harbour around the corner. And so a second Merrill house was built one year later, similar in style to the Main Street house, but on a smaller scale. This “mini-Merrill” was built with ten gables and five balconies. As Edwards Merrill’s fortunes grew, he was appointed justice of the peace sometime before 1880. But at one point, he flirted with the idea of setting up a practice in Manitoba. Sir John A. Macdonald advised him in a personal letter that he should stay in Picton, where he could make more of a contribution to society. Edwards ran for office and was elected mayor of Picton; he served from 1883 to 1884. In 1889, he was appointed County Judge of Prince Edward County and served in that capacity for fifteen years until shortly before his unfortunate death in 1905. While Edwards Merrill was the mayor of Picton, he witnessed the famous fiveday murder trial of Joseph Tompsett and George Lowder in 1884. When the trial was over, he wrote to Sir John A. Macdonald to support the formal application for clemency. He expressed his concern about the flawed proceedings, the presumption of guilt, and doubts about the case itself. Judge Edwards Merrill opposed capital punishment at a time when most supported it. He also worked to ensure that juvenile delinquents were more humanely treated in Canada. It’s interesting to note that he referred to his religion on the 1871 Census as “freethinker”. By all accounts he was a man of good character and sound judgment. His love of history, the law, literature, archaeology, and the natural world had a strong influence on his children. Three of them became successful professionals: Helen as an archivist, Edward as an electrical engineer, Anne as a journalist. Muriel married and was an amateur archaeologist and researcher. Merrill’s Death In June of 1904, Merrill declined a letter invitation to go on a

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boat excursion on the Bay of Quinte with a group of visitors. He said that he was unable to attend, because, in his words “I am still somewhat under the weather from the effects of the last visitation of my old friend – La Grippe [influenza]”. But, three months later, he wrote his last will and testament. In January, he resigned his duties as a Judge of the County of Prince Edward. He was, according to the death certificate, suffering from “assimilative sclerosis”—whatever that means. Perhaps it was sclerosis of some form. It’s difficult to say. But no doubt the last few months of his life were difficult. He ended his own life early in the morning of June 14, 1905, at the age of sixtyfour. His illness and death were reported in several newspapers including the Star and the Globe and Mail the next day.

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Merrill’s Legacy Perhaps the most important legacy of Edwards Merrill was best expressed in this thought taken from Anne’s Globe and Mail obituary in 1971:

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With her sisters, Anne would tag at the heels of her father watching and listening. From this untroubled childhood and from long walks with her father, Miss Merrill stored up much of the bird lore that was to keep her a keen naturalist and productive writer about nature as long as she lived. And, on the same theme, from Annie’s foreword to her book Wings in the Wind “My excuse for this book lies in the hope, that every man who is able will hold a child up to a singing tree helping him to enter a realm of magic that could last a lifetime.


If that child be a boy may he be taught not to destroy, but to love and protect the birds so that our woods may be filled with song”. This was written by a County girl from Picton, daughter of a judge, last of the Merrills of Picton. Little Annie Merrill, born in 1871, the Victorian romantic, grew up to become a well-respected Canadian war correspondent and national columnist. In her one hundred years, she witnessed many sad events in life, including the suicide of her father, the Boer, First and Second World Wars, Korea, and Viet Nam. But, throughout her life, she never forgot the happy home and family of her childhood in Picton.


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s the long, cold Canadian winter approaches, my thoughts turn to sustainable ways to hunker down and stay warm and cozy in my log cabin. Renewable energy in all forms is becoming an important part of creating a sustainable culture. Moving in that direction can also provide an opportunity to become more energy self sufficient. The most accessible renewable energy for many is wood. Some environmentalists see wood energy as the black sheep of the renewable energy family because it involves harvesting trees in the process. But wood energy to a large extent is misunderstood. Wood is generally considered to be a renewable fuel as it is almost carbon dioxide neutral. Trees absorb CO_2 as they grow and when the trees mature and fall in the forest floor they decompose there. As they decompose they emit the same amount of CO_2 as would be released if they were burned for heat. When we heat our homes with wood, we are tapping into the natural carbon cycle in which CO_2 flows from the air to the trees in the forest and then back again. There is simply no doubt about the fact that wood energy does move us away from fossil fuels, the main culprit in climate change. In times gone by, friends and family would gather around wood stoves in homes and stores to warm the body, heart and soul, through good company and heat. Today, a multi function wood burning cook stove is an excellent way to offset heating and cooking costs while adding charm to your home. In the last few years, wood energy has been going through a rebirth in technology with modern fire box designs that 52 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10

encourage the burning of any un-ignited gases inside the stove. This has greatly improved the emissions from wood-fired chimneys across our country. Not only will these heaters emit about ninety percent less smoke, they will deliver up to onethird higher efficiency than the old parlor stove or airtight. You’ll get more heat from less wood and make less pollution in the bargain. With climate change and the potential of more extreme weather, many are also looking for a solution in case of power interruptions or other general disruptions to our infrastructure or fuel supplies. Because it is readily available in all but urban areas, wood is the prime energy alternative for emergency applications. As a result, when it comes to alternate or backup fuel sources many people are looking for an efficient wood-fired stove as a heating and cooking appliance for their home or cottage. Working as a writer and photographer, specializing in the environment and outdoor experiences, I have resided in hundreds of cabins and wilderness residences all over northern Canada. All of them used wood as a fuel for both heat and cooking. By locating a cook stove in the most livedin part of the house, typically the central area consisting of the kitchen, living and dining rooms, it makes the space where you eat, relax and entertain the warmest in the house, while utility areas and bedrooms stay cooler. Moderatelysized energy efficient houses can be heated comfortably with a single, well-located cook stove. Real estate in action!

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Wood heat tends to be a very involving form of energy. A plus or a minus, depending on how you look at it, my grandfather used to point out (with tongue in cheek) that wood was the only fuel that warmed you many times; when you cut it, when you split and stack it, and when you sit down by your fire to enjoy it. At 40 degrees below in a cabin in the wilderness there is nothing you appreciate more than the warmth of your stove and the hot and renewing meals that it provides. For me the era of the wood fired cook stove will never be over. As I write this I am enjoying the warm glow of the flames coming through the tempered glass window on the front of our cook stove. Dinner cooking on the surface and desert is in the oven. If I want hot water for the dishes it is available too. It has become a treasured member of our household and I enjoy the fact that we can cook with what also warms our home. I also have the peace of mind of knowing that if the power lines go down and plunge our community into darkness, my home and family will still have essential needs met. My grandfather was right – wood heat can warm your heart in so many ways. Garnet McPherson is the Director of Eco Education Centre and Managing Editor of Sustainable Living Magazine. He is the local ambassador to Al Gore’s Climate project and Earthday Co-ordinator for Northumberland.

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ntarctica – the stuff of legends. Ask someone to think of the furthest, most remote place in the world and they probably will say Antarctica. It is a land totally different from any other place – a land 99% covered in snow all year round, a land scoured by katabatic winds that blow in from the interior with a velocity of over 200 km/hr. At the end of March, with the end of the short summer season, ice starts to form at a rate of five kilometers a day outwards from the land mass. This was the land that I was invited to visit last year as part of the crew of the ms Akademik Ioffe, a Russian research vessel chartered by an Australian tour company to explore the edges of this vast inhospitable land. I went in the capacity of ship physician to look after the needs of my fellow passengers. All Antarctic expeditions have to start from some point further north – the most common departure point is Ushuaia, the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego and considered by most people to be the southernmost city in the world.


The first challenge out of Ushuaia heading south is the Drake Passage, the area of the “Roaring Forties, the Furious Fifties and the Shrieking Sixties” – a place where the west wind drift of the great southern ocean is forced to channel between the tip of South America and the top of the Antarctic peninsula. This is the place where stories of marine tragedies and of miracle rescues are the stuff of legend. As we sailed south, the fact that I had just finished reading Reanne Hemingway’s description of being pole pitched in her sailboat and narrowly avoiding death in this neigbourhood filled me with a sense that I was entering something special. Fortunately, the passage didn’t live up to its reputation this time around and instead we were treated to blue skies and the sight of some of the great birds of the world. Because 56 COUNTY & QUINTE LIVING WINTER 2009/10

of the convergence of currents that takes place at this point, there is a huge upwelling of nutrients from the ocean depths which, during the short summer seasons, offers huge amounts of nourishment to the birds and animals that congregate in the Antarctic seas. The wandering albatross is considered to be the world’s greatest bird and a sight to behold. With a length of 53 inches and a wingspan of 142 inches (11 feet), it spends its life riding the prevailing winds of the southern oceans eating a diet of squid, fish, carrion, and galley waste from the passing ships. Unfortunately, these magnificent birds are at huge risk from getting caught on the baited hooks of the long liners and subsequently drowning. In the meantime, these beautiful creatures share the skies with other birds such as the petrels, shearwaters, and prions.

A perfect piece of rock to add to the nest

A Weddell seal - the most southern living mammal

Southern Elephant seals after the molt - males can weigh up to 4 tons

It takes two days of sailing to arrive at the South Shetland Islands, the top of the Antarctic peninsula. As we slowly headed south, the approach of the continent was announced by the appearance of more and more icebergs, calved off the great glaciers to the south and, finally, the appearance of land itself.

Land in these latitudes consists of rocky outcroppings which rise out of the sea for, of course, the peninsula is nothing more than the southern extension of the South American Andes mountains. These outcroppings are, during the summer, mostly covered in ice with huge glaciers arising in their interiors. The coastal areas are in part uncovered for


the few weeks of summer and are quickly populated by a plethora of marine birds and animals.

Other penguins can be found in the Antarctic region including the Emperor as well as the King, Rock hopper, and Macaroni. Not all are found in the area of the peninsula, however, as over the millennia, all of these species have evolved and developed a preference for a unique piece of the ecosystem in which to live out their summers.

Krill is the key to this annual congregation of animals. The plankton which is fed by the upwelling of microorganisms becomes the food source for the krill which support the rest of the food chain. These 2-½ inch animals are the food of choice for birds, seals, and whales. While small, these animals multiply in huge numbers so that swarms of krill can cover an area tens of thousands of metres across, each square metre Krill - the tiny key to containing 10,000 krill. It has been calculated that a great ocean story the Adeline penguins in the South Orkneys alone require up to 9,000 tons to nourish their chicks. Other animals flourish on this diet of krill and higher prey – Crabeater seals can consume 25 times their weight of krill during the brief summer season. They grow to a length of eight feet and reach a mature weight of approximately 500 pounds. Weddell seals can weight in at 990 pounds while the Southern Elephant seal males grow to 14 feet and can weigh 8,000 pounds. Penguins use the summer to set up rockeries and crèches on exposed, snow-free areas. The three most common varieties of penguin in the Antarctic peninsula consist of Chinstraps, Gentoos, and Adelies. Most of these birds will incubate an egg in about 35 days. The chicks are fledged by 60 days and then join a crèche to allow the parents to go back to fishing and regain their weight before the start of the long winter season. By mid-February, the young birds are also at sea, at the time when the krill is most abundant.

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Other birds fly in at this time to nest on the craggy slopes and feed in the rich waters of the southern ocean. The Antarctic shag has become a close neighbour of the penguins and often can be seen sharing their nesting areas with Adelie and Gentoo penguins. This is probably to help protect their chicks, as predator birds such as the snowy sheathbill and the skua are ever vigilant for the parent who fails to keep egg or chick close to home. Needless to say, the mortality of these young birds can be high in this environment.

Just off the coast, in the vast expanse of sky and sea are many species of birds who spend most of their lives in flight, gliding over the waves and circling the major wind systems. Likewise in the waters are the largest of our mammals – the whales. The Antarctic waters become home to many types during this short summer season when the krill population explodes. While populations of such whales such as the Southern Right and the Blue have been decimated by overexploitation, it is still very common to see Minkes or Humpbacks in these waters. It is this hunting of whales that has left Antarctica with its most palpable human legacy. Evidence of whaling, including small

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A young Gentoo chick looks out at a formedable world

villages where whales were rendered into oil and whaling ships resupplied, dot many of the islands of the peninsula. Deception Island is probably the most interesting example. There has been a town situated in a caldera of a blown-out volcano since the 19th century. As such, it offered a safe harbour and refuge to the whalers from the icebergs and the lashings of the southern ocean. On the rocky shores inside the crater there was established a community that lasted until the Great Depression. Not only can one see administrative buildings, but there are still the remains of an old airplane hanger. The warm, thermally heated beaches offer brave visitors the opportunity to swim the Antarctic waters and then be warmed in a hot tub lined with lava rocks. With most of the continent snowbound, good breedingareas fill up fast.


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Until recently, much research was done in Antarctica, especially by the British and Argentineans, and some of the stations are still operational to this day. Because of the isolation, visits from small groups of wandering tourists are usually welcomed and the return to the ship has been delayed on some occasions so that yet another toast to friendship could be drunk. Two weeks fly by very quickly in these waters and, gradually, one has to contemplate the return to civilization. One again prays that the crossing of the Drake will be quick and merciful – prayers not always answered as the supplicant would wish. As the ship plies its way north, one thinks back on the experience of the Antarctic continent. It’s a land like no other but a land undergoing huge change thanks to global warming. Glaciers that are receding at breathtaking speed, chunks of ice shelves breaking off the coast line, the migration of whole penguin colonies to more southerly and cooler breeding areas, the appearance of grasses for the first time in living memory – all these are harbingers of a rapidly ensuing change in Antarctica. One worries about this change causing a collapse of the krill population because, if this happens, the miracle that we call Antarctica will be gone forever. Andrew Janikowski is a family physician living in Picton. He has travelled to many parts of the world –both professionally and personally. This trip was part of the Peregrine Antarctica programme in the winter of 2008.




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DEC. 12 - 13 Busy Hands Christmas Craft and Gift Sale 10am – 6pm. Upstairs Books & Co. 289 Main St., Picton DEC. 12 – 22 Christmas Candlelight Tours Macaulay Heritage Park. Candlelight tours of festive Macaulay House in Picton. Traditional treats. 6:30 – 8:30. $5.00 admission DEC. 12 – 30 Rumpelstiltskin Stirling Festival Theatre

Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ The Old Church Theatre, Quinte West, is hosting the CBC’s dramatic reading of A Christmas Carol. Admission by donation, space is limited, please reserve. 613.392.9212 DEC. 15 Olympic Torch Relay Celebration The Olympic Torch Relay will run Kingston to Peterborough. Special celebration is held in Picton. For celebration details

DEC. 18, 19 & 20 Christmas at the Barn A delightful variety show. Tickets $15. Brighton Barn Theatre, 96 Young St., Brighton. 613.475.2144 DEC. 19 Live from the MET Composer - Jacques Offenbach Conductor - James Levine Olympia - Kathleen Kim Antonia /Stella - Anna Netrebko Hoffmann - Joseph Calleja. Tickets RTF Members $21.00, General $23.00. Performance begins at 1:00 pm EST. 613.476.8416 ext.28.

Glanmore by Gaslight Enjoy a guided tour by gaslight as this historic house is decorated for Christmas. Traditional refreshments. Adults $10. Children $5. Preregistration required. Glanmore National Historic Site, 257 Bridge St. E., Belleville. Call 613.962.2329. DEC. 18 - 19 The Nutcracker Quinte Ballet School of Canada will be performing this classic holiday favourite. Empire Theatre.

DEC. 13 The Nutcracker Ballet. A beloved classic. The Regent Theatre, 224 Main St. Picton. 613.476.8416 ext.28

DEC. 29 Fiddles & Frostbite With performers Jeanette Arsenault, Bill Ostrander, Judy Fraser and Josh Colby. Everything from classical violin to classic Johnny Cash. 8 pm Mt. Tabor Playhouse, Milford. Tickets available at Books & Co. in Picton, Sidestreet Gallery in Wellington and Hicks General Store, Milford.

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FEB. 6 & 13 Funny Valentines A romantic comedy by D.R. Andersen presented by Prince Edward Community Theatre Picton Town Hall. For tickets 613.476.5925,

Polar Bear Festival Test the icy waters of the Trent in support of the Campbellford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Noon at Lions’ Park Beach, Queen St., Campbellford. Call 705.653.5767

FEB. 14 Quinte Symphony Mark Fewer Plays Bruch. Bridge Street United Church, Belleville. For tickets 613.962.0050. FEB. 26 Picton Rotary Oyster Fest All the oysters you can eat. Rotary fundraiser. Picton Community Centre. For tickets call Rick Jones 613-476-2266 or MARCH 6 Guardian Angel Gala CAS fundraiser. Sears Atrium, Belleville. For tickets call 613.962.9291 x8.

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MARCH 13 & 14 Warkworth Maple Syrup Festival Juried art show, live entertainment, sleigh rides and pancakes. Park free at Warkworth arena. Call Brenda 705.924.2955 MARCH 27 & 28 Maple in the County Maple syrup events at many venues in Prince Edward County. Sleigh ride to the sugar shack for pancakes or maple popcorn. Enjoy a taste of maple beer.

FEB. 5 -7 32nd Annual Snofest Marmora. Sled dog races, exhibits, food and lots more. FEB. 6 Live from the MET Composer - Giuseppe Verdi Conductor - James Levine Amelia Adrianne - Pieczonka Gabriele Adorno - Marcello Giordani Simon Boccanegra Plácido Domingo. Tickets: RTF Members $21.00, General $23.00. Performance begins at 1:00 pm EST. 613.476.8416 ext.28.


The best kind of trail is one that leads you to new and exciting places. The Arts Trail in Prince Edward County is like that. Come, follow a trail that leads you to 21 artists and galleries dotted around this beautiful island. A self-guided experience, Arts Trail brochures are available at visitor centres across Ontario.

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SAITARG’S GQ ROY BONISTEEL ANSWERS 15 GRAVITAS QUESTIONS Roy Bonisteel may be best known in his 22 year role as host of ‘Man Alive’ on CBC Television. With a weekly audience of a million and a half, he circled the globe for his interviews with world figures. Roy is the recipient of six Honorary Doctorates from Canadian Universities. He has written two books about his Man Alive experiences, ‘In Search of Man Alive’ and ‘Man Alive the Human Journey’. He is the co-author of ‘Themes for All Times’, a Grade 12 Literature textbook. His book of Memoirs, entitled ‘There Was a Time’, describing his growing up years, has enjoyed a long run on the Best Seller List. His latest book, a collection of magazine columns, is entitled ‘All Things Considered’. He is currently working on Part Two of his memoirs.


When should we praise folly Never. Folly is thoughtless and scurrilous action with little regard for others. It would be like praising reality tv programs, or drinking and driving or Dr. Phil. Why is it worrisome to be content? Because it blinds us to the condition of the world, the needs of others and the peccadilloes of our elected representatives. What are you going to do about growing old? Enjoy every moment of it. It is looking back with pride, finding fun in each day and eagerly awaiting tomorrow. How would you like to harness your excess body heat? I have always harnessed it romantically. If you wanted to disappear, where would you go? I can’t imagine wanting to disappear. I want to be seen in order to bear witness, to be heard in order to motivate, to make a joyful noise in order to inspire. After 22 years on TV it’s hard to disappear.

Roy has just stepped down from a 7-year tenure as Citizenship Judge with the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.

Why were you put on this earth? Likely because birth control hadn’t been invented.

Roy Bonisteel lives on a farm in the Bay of Quinte area of Ontario where his family has lived for 7 generations.

Who do you wish would call you? The workmen who promised to patch my roof before the snow came. What is the point of all the struggle? To make the world a better place for everyone.


Why the evil in man’s heart. Religion has a certain responsibility for highlighting and encouraging Evil. It even made up a story about a woman, an apple and a snake. Hate thrives with the blessing of misguided faith. When is the last chance to be the person you want to be? Today. If you wanted to unlock the secrets to eternal life what would you do? Try and make some impression on those around us or on the world in general. We live on through the memories of those who come after us. To be remembered with feelings of love and honour is to become eternal. What have you not got from your life so far that you hope to get? I’ve always wanted to play the banjo. How can you tell love is in the air? When people are laughing, respect is obvious, and voices are gentle and encouraging. What magic elixir would you like to create? One which, when sipped, would give you the will to become involved and discourage passivity. Preferably with a single malt flavour. What gets you blissed out? A baby’s smile.



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