these urls will give you a list of sites at each ring, many of them personal homepages. let us know if you know of any other good canadian rings
you may also wish to try a mailing list, which is a discussion group on a particular topic. users submit emails to the list, and the message is distributed to all of the 'subscribers.' subscription is free and they provide a good forum for conversation.
"mIRC is a shareware IRC Chat client for Windows. It is developed and copyrighted by Khaled Mardam-Bey. For those of you new to the Internet, IRC stands for Internet Relay Chat. The IRC network is a virtual meeting place where people from all over the world can meet and talk (well, type). On IRC you meet others on "channels" (rooms, virtual places, usually with a certain topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. There is no restriction to the number of people that can participate in a given discussion, or the number of channels that can be formed on IRC. As a user you run a "client" program like mIRC which connects to a "server" in an IRC network. All servers are interconnected and pass messages from user to user over the IRC network. One server can be connected to several other servers and up to hundreds of clients. If you need more information on IRC go to mIRC's www Homepages where a lot of additional information is given. mIRC attempts to provide a user-friendly interface for use with the IRC network. It has a LOT of features..mIRC is for chatting"