I can barely scratch the surface of what's available in the Canadian blogosphere, and in some ways, I'm left to randomly grabbing up handfuls of sand, letting the grains sift through my fingers and see what remains. Throughout the length and breadth and height of this nation, people are blogging.
From the North!
Jasmine Berkovitch post from Yukon territory, possibly our northernmost blogger. She updates just in time to be cited in this Carnival. Good luck on your blogging plans, Jasmine! How are the northern lights?
To the East!
In Halifax, Persian Blogger Me and Sassan blogs about the internet, software, Canada, Iran and more.
And in Saint John, New Brunswick (thanks for the correction, Mike; I'd forgotten the old school rule of thumb of "if the province doesn't have the 's', then St John takes it on"), Scribblingwoman writes, reads, reviews and blogs. Here, she offers a caution for those who would consider writing poetry. I don't think Erin is listening.
And this may be Prince Edward Island, but this isn't Anne Shirley. Cynthia recommends eating at Cedars when in Charlottetown. Having visited there, I still remember my experience, and I second her recommendation.
To the West!
I am too much a city boy, but I can still appreciate Heather Leask's joy at having triplets. She blogs a farm's life, and that can't be easy. Also in Manitoba is the Middleman today offering up his Winnipeg insight on the Democrat Iowa primary.
Jordon Cooper contemplates Grant Devine's possible return to Saskatchewan politics and remembers his own kick at the can.
Even Further West
Darren Barefoot is my favourite BC blogger (though I wish Vancouver Scrum would come back and give him a run for his money), with a great design and an ecclectic mix of material. This week is no exception.
Je M'escuse, Je N'est Pas Parle Francais Tres Bien
Toronto has the Greater Toronto Bloggers, so it only makes sense that Montreal would have its Montreal City Weblog. And, of course, being Montreal, even this Torontonian has to admit they do it better than Toronto. (Greater Toronto Bloggers, pick up the pace a little and prove me wrong!) I notice, however, that three Toronto bloggers were nominated for Best Canadian Weblogs at the Weblog Awards.
And Americans aren't the only ones worried about the erosion of their liberties in the War on Terror. Sur-la-Toile talks about an invasive new law in France with wide-ranging consequences for the French Internet.
Back to Ontario
Rebecca at Parabolic Reflections is trying her hand at raw HTML and CSS. Her web design hides the fact that she's still learning how to code. She brings an ecclesiastical perspective on a number of controversial issues that's rooted firmly in solid ground. She's also an excellent writer.
Kevin Wicks of Bag O Wicks is another of the first bloggers I linked to, and I should really give his site more attention. It's well designed and well written, and he talks about personal things, like the joys of keeping warm.
And, Finally, the Award Nominees
Kim at the G Spot notes that the 2004 Webbie Awards nominees are now up and available to be voted on. I hadn't heard of a single Canadian nomination, so Jim, add these to your directory (if you haven't already), and everybody else, put these on your radar:
- Mark Christian's Shiny Plastic Bag (Accepts nomination)
- Dave Shea's Mezzoblue (Posts notes from all over)
- Frank's Chromewaves.net (Reviews Buffalo Soldiers)
- Keri Smith's Wish Jar Journal (Looks through journals -- may be one to add to Erin's poetry list...)
- MJ's Going Canuck (Launches evil robot to conquer the awards).
Brett Lamb has his take on the 2004 Weblog Award nominations and he isn't happy. And looking up at the list, I'm inclined to agree with him (though Chromewaves is excellent). This Carnival has shown me the true length and breadth of the Canadian blogosphere, and there are tons of blogs deserving of recognition. How can you narrow the field down to five, much less that particular five?
Barring updates, that's it for this week's installment of the Canuck Carnival. Next week, please visit Gen X at 40 for the seventh installment. Thank you for visiting, and happy blogging!