With respect to the submitted documents of incorporation, they are not
written in stone. Amendments can be filled at any time and may need to
be filled a couple of times to get wording that the Canada Revenue
Agency is willing to except as charitable.
The process is:
1) Incorporate as a non profit
2a) Submit application for charity status to Canadian Revue Agency
2b) Apply to the chapters committee to be recognized as an official chapter
3) If we wish to use ca.wikimedia.org this would be the time when we
would get the domain I assume.
MD, CCFP-EM, B.Sc.
We are looking to set up a web site for use by this project. I recall that
some individuals had identified they had registered some Internet domains
that might be used by the organization when the need arose. If you do have
any domains registered that may be of use to the organization, please
contact me directly by email. As well, if you have an interest in helping
setup/maintain the web site, please indicate your interest in an email to
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I think there may be some confusion regarding the activities of the steering
committee versus those of the community as a whole. The steering committee
came together to achieve one purpose: starting Wikimedia Canada. The first
step in that process is to fulfill the legal requirements of the Canadian
Government. James and I did our best to collect a group of people to meet
the minimum requirements to get that ball rolling. We have now made a major
step, the paperwork is filed with the Canadian government. When we realized
we had a document ready for signatures, we posted that update on the Meta
At this stage nothing has been approved by the Canadian Government.
Approval make take several months and in fact may take several attempts on
getting the correct language prepared for approval. During this phase
public consultation is not necessary as this is a legal formality as much of
the work had already be done. As we have focused our efforts on completing
this step, we have not invested any time in organizing anything else.
Please be aware that this step has been attempted before and has failed.
The previous group invested a great deal of time in soliciting community
opinion and drafting a rough set of bylaws which has proven invaluable this
time around. Fortunately, we were able to salvage much of the work done by
the first steering committee and avoided some of the pitfalls that were
Having said that, if anyone on this mailing list has any ideas about goals
for this group, please feel free to write them down and share them with the
rest of us. We will require people to step up and make a time commitment
should they wish to take on a leadership role. There are plenty of ideas
floating around; what we lack are volunteers to coordinate and organize
them. Please do not let the activities of the steering committee dissuade
anyone on this list from presenting ideas and discussing them amongst
yourselves. Most importantly, if anyone is interested in helping us
organize the volunteers, we could really use your help. Everyone here is a
volunteer and we all have limits as to how much time we can give to the
Has there been any movement on a Toronto meet up in February or sooner?
I recently wrote this article in a Toronto weekly about how there
really needs to a Canadian chapter, and there's been some good
I didn't actually know so much work had been done already into Wiki
Canada. It would be foolish to start a Toronto chapter with no
Canadian chapter... Or would it?
Anyway, I have a bunch of Wikipedians emailing me about starting a
Toronto chapter, wanting to meet soon, so I thought I should check in
Thought I would send out a up date for those who have not seen the meta
page. We have submitted the documents of incorporation ( as was the purpose
of the steering committee ). Have not heard back from the Federal government
yet and this could take another month or two. Was down in San Fransisco 1-2
weeks ago and met with people from Wikimedia. They look forwards to having
us on board.
To be clear the steering committee was only to deal with the legal process
of incorporation and charity application. With respect to project ( ie. what
do we plan to do ) discussion has been taking place here
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Canada/Potential_Projects and have
been ongoing for some time. More comments and involvement is welcome.
While we have ideas regarding what we wish to accomplish we still need to
figure out how to best accomplish them. Different people of course having
different interests. One of my top interests is increases Wikimedia
project's visibility in the academic environment. A number of us have a
paper in publication encouraging physicians to contribute to Wikimedia.
Once incorporated there may be potential to submit proposals for funding for
projects from Wikimedia Inc. Currently Wiki Canada has no resources other
than the volunteer efforts of those among us. Once we get a chapters
agreement signed we will than be able to us Wikipedia Canada in our
Anyway as with anything bureaucratic things go slow. We plan to have a
conference call in January.
MD, CCFP-EM, B.Sc.