Montreal Bloggers

By Tracey Arial

There are three sorts of Bloggers in Montreal: people who write about the city; people who focus on issues, like ecology or allergies; and writers who live in the city but talk about other things.

This column focuses on several independent writers who are conducting a series of experiments with their blogs.

Beverly Akerman alternates political commentary with reviews of books and television shows. My all-time favourite column is also one of her most recent, in which she compares the political careers of André Boisclair and Philippe Couillard. You’ve got to read it at:

Billy Shield has created a graphic novel called Paradox Island to comment on all the inconsistencies he notices. He’s a busy television journalist so he doesn’t update it, but the issues he’s done so far are worth reading at:

Heather Grace Stewart is a poet who writes about family life, politics and her muse at:

Julie Barlow and Jean Benoît Nadeau, the authors of The Story of French and The Story of Spanish, are adding lots of humour to their blog, which is otherwise a serious compendium of their work. Check out for a fun read.

Marijke: nurse turned writer has created an attention-grabbing health news site at: Most posts provide healthy lifestyle hints, but others ask compelling questions about society.

Mary Soderstrom has been writing about ecology, society and community in a series of essays she calls Recreating Eden. Her blog is up at:

Robert Frank is creating a Montreal-area news service with community articles by various journalists around town at:

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