Living off the grid

France Benoit and Doug Ritchie have named their house ‘Le Refuge’ – The Refuge. It’s located on Madeleine Lake, about 25 km east of Yellowknife. It’s a cosy log house made out of recycled telephone poles and it’s not connected to Yellowknife’s power network. France and Doug live off the grid.

Photos by Levon Sevunts

Levon Sevunts

Levon Sevunts, Radio Canada International

Born and raised in Armenia, Levon started his journalistic career in 1990, covering wars and civil strife in the Caucasus and Central Asia. In 1992, after the government in Armenia shut down the TV program he was working for, Levon immigrated to Canada. He learned English and eventually went back to journalism, working first in print and then in broadcasting. Levon’s journalistic assignments have taken him from the High Arctic to Sahara and the killing fields of Darfur, from the streets of Montreal to the snow-capped mountaintops of Hindu Kush in Afghanistan. He says, “But best of all, I’ve been privileged to tell the stories of hundreds of people who’ve generously opened up their homes, refugee tents and their hearts to me.”

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