I'd like to remind everyone about the meeting tonight at 1:00 UTC. We
will not be finalizing the proposal to the WMF as originally planed,
as reviews by KenWalker and Eclecticology have found some outstanding
problems that will yet take a while to fix. Nevertheless, I would
like to keep our meeting tonight to discuss:
1. Who's names to put on the articles of incorporation and in what
province our address will be as per bill C-4 (2nd s, 40th p). These
names are open to change, and the names chosen will not confer extra
powers to those people, but I think it would be useful to have some
official faces, both for outsider questions and for helping commit
people to the project.
2. Our statements of purpose. This needs some reworking and I think
it might be useful to discuss them in chat in addition to on the talk
page like we are doing for legal fixes.
3. Making sure that everyone is on the same page regarding what legal
documents we are checking the bylaws against (reviewers keep finding
new laws we have to follow, arg).
4. Questions and comments from new people to the project.
5. Overview of submittal process to WMF (more on that next meeting
when the bylaws are done).
Everyone with an interest in the project is welcome at the meeting.
Download a copy of Skype and add your username to the rsvp list at http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Canada/Meetings/2009-06-18
-Jeffery Nichols (Arctic.gnome)
I wanted to send you guys an invitation to visit Wiki-Conference New
York next month. It is being hosted on July 25-26, and will feature a
keynote speach by Jimbo Wales. See a link here:
It's a small conference, organized by the New York City chapter. Not
quite a replacement for Wikimania, but a nice alternative if you can't
make the trip all the way down to Buenos Aires this summer.
So please take a look at it and if you're able to travel we would love
to have people there from the future WM-CA to join in the activities.
I asked the chapcom to take a quick preliminary look at your bylaws,
so that you can have some feedback before you put on the finishing
touches. We are generally happy with them as-is, although we do have a
problem with point 1.4 under "Statement of Purpose".
Chapters are legally separate and distinct entities from the WMF and
each other, and it's a good idea that you not attempt to build close
ties with the WMF into your bylaws. It is okay to mention that your
aims are similar "to other open-culture groups, such as the Wikimedia
Foundation", but you should not include that forming a affiliation
with the WMF are part of your aims. You can also mention that your
goals include "supporting open-content websites, such as the various
wiki projects operated by the Wikimedia Foundation", or something like
Please let me know if you have any questions about this, or if you
need any other feedback regarding your draft bylaws before you want to
submit them to the chapcom for approval.
Hello, WMC team.
The bylaws are getting close to being done, so if you are interested
in the legal dimension of the organization, please go to http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Canada/Proposed_by-laws
and review them. Feel free to make any changes that you think will
be relatively non-controversial (or are legally necessary), and please
voice any other concerns or ideas on the talk page.
In a few weeks we'll close the bylaws to editing and have a meeting to
discuss the next steps. I know not all of you will be able to make it
to the meeting due to summer travel, school, work, and family issues,
but for the next meeting I'll have a clear agenda far enough in
advance that you'll be able to email this list or myself to have your
concerns and ideas brought to the meeting.
-Jeffery Nichols (Arctic.gnome)