Second homes without the bills

Beaver Lake Property
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The New York Times started the trend with a big story about off-grid second homes by Billie Cohen. Now the Toronto Globe and Mail has got in on the act, running a story about a weekender couple with solar panels and no mains. This story will run and run.

The Globe featured Laura Hawthorne talking about her cottage, a 500-square-foot building on South Beaver Lake in Haliburton. It was the perfect size, Ms. Hawthorne says, with a master bedroom, living room and kitchen area, second bedroom and a bathroom. There was one thing missing, however: electricity.

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