A longtime rural resident, I use my 60 plus years of life learning to opinionate here and elsewhere on the “interweb” on everything from politics to environmental issues. A believer in reasonable discourse rather than unhelpful attacks I try to give positive input to the blogesphere, so feel free to comment upon rural issues or anything else posted here. But don’t be surprised if you comments get zapped if you are not polite in your replys.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sites of Interest

Rather than have a blogroll and long list of other web sites cluttering up my front page I have created this post which I will edit as necessary to update my preferred sites. A permanent link to it will be placed in the sidebar. This allows me the room to describe each site for you, something that rural users with slow connections will find particularly useful in avoiding sites with “heavy” front page content that turn out to be of no real interest to the reader.
Note to Bloggers and Webmasters:- Please keep your home page “light” and avoid high rez pictures and video on the main page. Give us guys with dial up a chance to read your stuff without having to wait 10 minuets for your page to load. Put the “heavy” stuff on a link if at all possible!

Favorite Blogs. (in no particular order!)

Im Political
One of the best political commentary by a blogger in Canada, posts daily.

Another fine political commentary from Hamilton, Ontario.

Senator Elaine McCoy Hullabaloos
One of our Senators joins the blogging community!

Shane Jolley (Ontario Greens)
Shane kindly invited me to post on his blog some time ago, hope he does not regret it!

The Agenda - The Agenda Blogs
Part of TV Ontario’s web site, home of The Agenda hosted by Steve Pakin. (dialuppers have patience)

The Galloping Beaver
A collaboration of several great bloggers, a daily must for political junkies. (Text comes up first so read whilst waiting for pics)

The Green Corner
Monique from BC blogs about permaculture & sustainability.

Progressive Bloggers
A great aggregator of progressive blogging posts.

Canadian Green Bloggers
An independent aggregator for Green bloggers

Government and Democracy.

Harpocracy.ca —
One of the many sites counting Harpers record of misdeeds.

The Harper Index
More of the same about more of the same!

Elections Canada On-line
Just so you can see how few Canadians really care, did not vote, or voted against democracy.

Vive Le Canada
Home of the fight against integration and harmonization with the U.S. Much information on NAFTA and SPP if you dig deep.

Canadian Electoral Reform
A site exclusively about just that and why we desperately need some changes in out electoral system.

Democracy Watch (Canada)
A excellent site for information upon the attacks on democracy from within and without our parliamentary system.

Rural life & related information.

Birds of North America - Whatbird.com
If you don’t have a good bird identification book try this site (dialuppers have patience)

Ontario Wildflowers
A nice selection of pictures to identify wildflowers (dialuppers have patience)

LandOwner Resource Centre
A wonder source for landowners wanting more information on the care and upkeep of their forests and more.

Ontario Wildflowers - Home Page
One of the best privately created identification sites, includes trees, shrubs, grasses, and much more.

Nature Trails
Take a wander in the woods of the Klondike Hills.

Bruce and Grey Counties.

Bruce County Maps
Part of the Official Bruce County web site, links to more information about our area.

Maps of Grey County
Part of the Official Grey County web site, links to more information about our area.

Rural Gardens of Grey and Bruce Counties
A guide to the many Rural Gardens open to visitors in Grey Bruce, a must visit for those touring the area.

Bruce Peninsula Bird Observatory
Situated in a lighthouse on the cliffs above Georgian bay staff and volunteers track our local bird population.

Owen Sound Field Naturalists - Welcome!
Promoting awareness of out flora and fauna members strive to protect our natural heritage.

Wiarton, Ontario - Forecast - Environment Canada
The best site to go to for accurate local weather both current and future.

The Owen
Owen Sound local news and views.

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