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July 6, 2010 Featured portal candidate Not promoted
December 27, 2013 Peer review Reviewed
June 14, 2014 Featured portal candidate Not promoted
Current status: Former featured portal candidate
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Things you can do[edit]

Could this section, which contains the collaboration of the week please be moved down so its above other Wikiportals and can be the full width of the page. It doesn't fit well for 800x600. Much thanks. - RoyBoy 800 05:26, 15 Feb 2005 (UTC)

That's not how the other wikiportals do it. Earl Andrew 06:48, 15 Feb 2005 (UTC)
Granted, but the other Wikiportals don't look very good as a result. If one wants to revert my change, ok, but that would require making the flag smaller in order for it to fit... and I think that is unnecessary and everything looks good as is. The blank spot can be filled in with something else when its been decided what it will be. - RoyBoy 800 20:55, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)
We could just make a compact version of that box for use on this page? Circeus 01:53, Feb 24, 2005 (UTC)

Current events[edit]

Can't we have a current events/news section featuring the Canadian news? --Circeus 16:22, Feb 21, 2005 (UTC)

There is already a Canadian current events page. Could simply link to the page and copy the most recent ongoing event (right now, the Hockey dispute, the Same-sex marriage debate, etc.) - Sepper 16:53, 21 Feb 2005 (UTC)
I know, I was actually refering to it. I meant something closer to In the News, which could also (and, by joves, should) include at least the more obvious Current events. We could also consider current leaders and upcoming events. Such a section could fill the too long space below the Wikiproject section. Alternatively, it could instead push down the categories and wikiprojects sections. Circeus 20:11, Feb 21, 2005 (UTC)

Well, it's a good idea, IF it gets updated. Looks like it isn't... Radagast 18:58, Mar 4, 2005 (UTC)

The current Canadian Current events portal on wikipedia is now a tabbed page of the Canadian portal. SriMesh | talk 03:02, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Not displaying correctly in IE6 on Windows XP[edit]

I've looked at this and nothing pops out immediately as to the cause. The Canadian current events page is included, and it shows the Template:Current events box infobox on the right. However, at least using IE6 on Windows XP (don't know if the problem is seen on other browser/OS combinations) the infobox does not display (although the space where it should be displayed seems to be in the layout since the text doesn't display there.) Anyone else having this problem? —Doug Bell talkcontrib 18:14, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Everything seems to be okay when I compared it using Firefox & IE7...G.He 01:22, 23 May 2006 (UTC)


Is there anyone who wishes to work with me on the Order_of_Canada article? Thanks. Zscout370 (Sound Off) 23:17, 14 Jun 2005 (UTC)


New article: Ukrainian Canadian internment (just made it to the Main Page in DYK!), new category: Category:Ukrainian Canadians. Michael Z. 2005-09-2 20:36 Z

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kenton Keith[edit]

Could somebody take a look at this and spice it up some? I did what I could based on Google. Lots of Google hits call him the best runner in the CFL, but several also talk about his bad attitude, but I couldn't get any hits to explain what he does that gives him that reputation, other than bad-mouthing Saskatchewan. Though one place talked about off-field behavior. User:Zoe|(talk) 00:02, 28 December 2005 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Hey everyone. I've just reorganized the project page for the creation of a Wikimedia Canada local chapter. If you guys could find a way to integrate this link somewhere in the portal, I'd be more than grateful : ) Come check it out! Stéphane Thibault 07:24, 10 January 2006 (UTC) Nuvola apps edu languages.png Bla

You have done a wonderful start up of this project. I added a link to Wikimedia Canada at the Wikimedia section of the portal with a new image to draw attention to it. Good luck with everything! SriMesh | talk 20:09, 20 August 2007 (UTC)

Yves Séguin[edit]

Somebody should have a look at the article Yves Séguin. It is not clear to me whether he was minister of Canada or minister of Quebec or both or neither. Thanks, AxelBoldt 04:17, 22 January 2006 (UTC)

Canadian Military History Taskforce[edit]

WikiProject Military history
The Canadian military history task force of the Military history WikiProject is looking for participants to help expand and improve content relating to Canada's military heritage.

Canadian current events box[edit]

I think some of "Canadian current events" should be excluded from this portal. The box is too large compared to all the others, it's mostly whitespace in my browser configuration (Firefox, 1280x1024), and it doesn't match the rest of the portal in colour scheme. At the very least, the "Other current events" sub-box should move, and the time/date box could be trimmed to include only Canadian time zones. Also, I think colour #FF0000 looks ugly in all those header strips, besides being lighter than most Canadian flags I've seen. (And I've lived in Canada all my life.) Would      #E70000      or the Web-safe      #CC0000      be a possible alternative? Seahen 20:36, 16 April 2006 (UTC)

i've just removed the box.. it wasn't being updated anyway, so was really detracting from the whole portal. Mlm42 22:48, 16 April 2006 (UTC)
According to the Flag of Canada page "PMS032 (flag red 100%) or PMS485 (used for screens)", and this pantone colour matcher [1], the correct red is      #ED2E38      or      #D42E12     . (But the second, "used for screens" colour is still listed under the printing ink colours section, so does screen mean silkscreens? the first one looks a lot better.)
I think it would be completely appropriate to use the exact colour. (does anyone know what does happen to people who can only use websafe colours? and it's a seriously tiny minority nowadays anyway, netscape 4 isnt new anymore ;) I'll be bold and change it. (though now the flag looks wrong... Anyone able to update that image easily? i can if not.) -Quiddity 02:45, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
I changed it again, to the first of those 2, #ED2E38. -Quiddity 02:57, 23 May 2006 (UTC)
just for reference, we were previously using the word red,      #FF0000      in rgb. Which is what the flag image appears to be using. Very wrong. -Quiddity

Scott Tournament of Hearts[edit]

I would just like to say that it's not called Scotties Tournament of Hearts. It is called Scott Tournament of Hearts. Mr. C.C. 06:04, 5 July 2006 (UTC)

Read the article before your post silly comments like that. --curling rock Earl Andrew - talk 02:56, 8 July 2006 (UTC)

Joe Motiki[edit]

Could someone please have a look at Joe Motiki and remove all of the nonsense? User:Zoe|(talk) 02:46, 8 July 2006 (UTC)


I'm surprised there isn't a WikiProject Canada. Any case, I changed WP:CANADA to redirect to the main page-- it pointed to Wikipedia:I have a girlfriend but she lives in Canada earlier--which is good for a laugh... but I think the portal is more interesting. Nephron  T|C 00:03, 17 July 2006 (UTC)

Fixed it for you. Can I get a heads-up on my talk page next time, though? The essay now redirects from WP:GIRLFRIEND.  RasputinAXP  c 11:35, 17 July 2006 (UTC)
Shortcuts beginning with WP: are for Wikipedia namespace, not portal namespace. Portal shortcuts should begin with P:. I've moved WP:CANADA to redirect to the Canadian noticeboard, since that's the most appropriate target within WP namespace, and created a new shortcut to the portal at P:CANADA. Bearcat 00:19, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

On a side note, there is a WikiProject Canada now. AQu01rius (User • Talk) 04:09, 20 December 2006 (UTC)

Academy of Great Montrealers[edit]

I found a list of "great Montrealers" at fr:Liste des Grands Montréalais in the French-language Wikipedia. See http://www.ccmm.qc.ca/asp/contenu.asp?lang=2&GrSection=&rubrique=457&data=3880 for a press release from the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. I think that almost everyone in the Academy of Great Montrealers is notable by Wikipedia standards, and that their biographies in the French Wikipedia would be a good starting point for English biographies. There are a lot of names, so I thought I should encourage other people to write articles about members of the Academy of Great Montrealers. --TruthbringerToronto (Talk | contribs) 01:29, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for the notice, I'll look into it also. Artaxiad 16:22, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Does this belong here?[edit]

We have a newish member who seem to be having problems. He created this portal on a Canadian province. I don't know how relivent it is but it has no links. It looks like it falls under the scope of this project so I thought I would draw your attention to it. Aiden Fisher 01:09, 15 July 2007 (UTC)

This portal has now been updated to show content and format for portals. It needs a few more articles, however. SriMesh | talk 15:52, 24 August 2007 (UTC)

Content Rotation[edit]

The Portal desperate needs a suggestion section for its selected picture and article section. The introduction is out of date as well. Perhaps a section that details how users can contribute to the portal and its content would revitalize this portal and make it into destination. I doubt many people come as the last update was in November. The Portal:Vancouver had a great method of doing just this but ultimately failed as a result of not having enough members interested. I'm sure this portal with the scope of all Canadians would have more users interested as it does not take all that many people to keep its content updated per month. Mkdwtalk 20:28, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Hopefully this was not too many changes at once. Made a random article and random picture choice for the Canada Portal. Please update for more choices.SriMesh | talk 05:36, 19 August 2007 (UTC)

Todo template[edit]

I created Portal:Canada/todo as a template to be placed in the "Things you can do" section, instead of that CCOTW banner, which always displays "none" as the current article. It is definitely not yet ready for use, as it still needs to be expanded. The easiest way to add articles to the template is by randomly picking articles from Canadian categories and finding ones which have tags on them. The todo page is the {{tasks}} template, so read the documentation before trying to add new articles to the list. GrooveDog (talk) (Review) 02:31, 17 August 2007 (UTC)


"Canada, or to be more exact, the Dominion of Canada" Why didn't anyone tell me Canada reverted back to the official long form name? When did this happen? NorthernThunder (talk) 23:40, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

  • Canada hasn't reverted back -- ever since the Canada Act, 1982, the official & legal name of the country is simply 'Canada'; therefore the introductory line should be changed to 'formerly the Dominion . . .'K.d.stauffer (talk)


Added robotic news collector for the news section.SriMesh | talk 05:00, 11 January 2008 (UTC)

Current events subportals MfD[edit]

A discussion about most of the Current events subportals has been opened at Miscellany for deletion. You are invited to participate in discussing the fate of these subportals. --TheDJ (talkcontribs) 14:27, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

The current Canadian Current events portal on wikipedia is now a tabbed page of the Canadian portal. SriMesh | talk 03:02, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

New Templates[edit]

There are two new templates started to be placed on the talk pages of articles and biographies of the selected articles and bios appearing in Portal Canada. Template:Canada selected biography and Template:Canada selected article. Articles and bios appear in the Category:Canada Portal which can be then compared to FA articles to ensure a good rotation of featured articles and bios on the portal. They are in the process of being added to the individual article pages. Kind Regards. SriMesh | talk 03:40, 30 June 2008 (UTC)

Help section[edit]

removed help section from portal as it is self-referential, and plopped it here... Help - I want to add to the CA portal: Help page which gives instructions on adding actual articles via box sections or images to the Canada Portal page, or just add suggestions / nominations. SriMesh | talk 03:33, 15 October 2008 (UTC)


Hi all. I've been (am still) working on redesigning the page a bit, making it a bit simpler and easier on the eyes. One of the things that's come up is the matter of content. I would like, if nobody objects, to set the following standards for inclusion at the page:

  • Pictures - must be of Featured Picture status
  • Articles - must be of Featured or GA status to be included in 'Selected article' or 'Selected biography' section
  • Symbols - must include a good-quality image to be included
  • DYK - hooks are already vetted by the good folks at DYK; must have been an approved DYK (featured on the Main Page) to be included. I'm working on a way to have them appear more randomly on the page (individually randomly, as opposed to groups of three).
  • News - is handled by a bot

I'd like to get back into a scheduled rotation of articles to be featured at the portal. I'm not sure if we have enough to do a day-by-day schedule, but it would be nice to be able to:

  • Feature articles on some date relevant to the article (e.g., the Grey Cup article on Nov 29, with related articles in the week leading up; feature provincial articles on the anniversary of their entry into Confederation, etc etc etc)
  • Feature biographies on the subject's birthdate (or death date, I guess, or both)
  • DYKs on specific dates, where appropriate

Other thoughts:

  • Some other country- or state-level portals have a 'featured' or 'spotlight' city component. What do we think of that? (And yes, Toronto can go last...)
  • The design isn't finished yet; I wanted to bring it down to something very simple before adding anything else in by way of visual bells and whistles.
  • And yes, of course, once the hockey season starts we can have a daily countdown until the Leafs choke and lose the Cup again Stanley Cup ;)

roux ] [x] 07:20, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

Very glad to see you guys taking the Portal on. It was certainly looking stagnant. I approve any attention to it. What do you think of wrapping up the Portal:Current events/Canada and redirecting it here? I'm concerned that it gets no attention whatsoever. DoubleBlue (Talk) 23:09, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Hmm.. how about placing that whole portal as a tabbed page (like the Indices (needs a new name) and Projects pages)? With a couple of the modules somewhere in the main page.. roux ] [x] 23:38, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
I think that would be fine but it should be reduced in size to what editors are willing to keep up to date. Very little has been done on that page in the last year. Redwolf and I updated the lead story to the election from the 2007 Grey Cup which had been there since November. I am not actually very interested in keeping it up but it looks awful to have no news reported in the last year. The red links are on nearly every month! Perhaps just using the Wikinews feed is all that we need at this point. DoubleBlue (Talk) 23:52, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Ohhh... that would make sense then. I think keeping on top of current events like that will be tough. We could probably also make the inferences obvious by using the TodayIs module (Portal:Canada/TodayIs/November 11, 2008 as an example); we can theme the whole page for specific days, with a little note at the top explaining why that day is special. And I have some plans for April 1.. ;) roux ] [x] 00:04, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
Ah, something to look forward to :-) DoubleBlue (Talk) 00:40, 25 October 2008 (UTC)
The current Canadian Current events portal on wikipedia is now a tabbed page of the Canadian portal. SriMesh | talk 03:02, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
For additions to the current events portal...Howse about...write a new story in wikinews and submit it there. It will automatically get fed into the news section of this portal see the main page news feed. The wikinews story we can set up a news feed to the current events page -or- you can substitute the wikinews story in full to the current events section. That way the Wikinews Canada portal gets info on Wikinews...the current events tabbed page gets a substitued news story, and the portal gets a robotic fed summary of the news article which will help folks follow up on current events tab and many many areas get automatically updated!!!SriMesh | talk 03:05, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
Well done. Any further attention to it is welcome. Wikinews is actually the first project I actively began to participate in. I found it could not hold my interest as much as Wikipedia, however, and only randomly add stuff there now but I agree with encouraging editors to contribute there. Perhaps some co-ordination and co-operation could be done with the editors there. DoubleBlue (Talk) 03:16, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
SriMesh: awesome, awesome job! There seems to be a Canuck contingent over at Wikinews but i'm not sure how active they are... roux ] [x] 03:19, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
I started opposite ...here at wikipedia, and only just recently a few forays into wikinews. It is my understanding that approximately 6 souls are keeping wikinews alive, so I am not sure how many wikinews editors there actually are. It may be better to recruit some wikipedians who want to run the occasional story over there to see how they fair under their (wikinews) formatting and style guidelines which are different than in pedia. SriMesh | talk 03:21, 4 November 2008 (UTC)
In fact, n:Portal:Canada is even worse than ours (no offence :-) ). Their top 3 stories are a federal election has been called, partying at Toronto Film Festival, and they're apparently going to let Elizabeth May participate in the debate. DoubleBlue (Talk) 03:30, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Should information ....say in a boxed section... be added about Wikimedia Canada...Is it still current?SriMesh | talk 03:17, 4 November 2008 (UTC)

I think it should, yes. The new link is at http://wikimedia.ca/wiki/Main_Page -- œ 00:38, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

Portal NEWS[edit]

Portal Canada is updated by a robot which automatically finds any news article on wikinews with a Canada category and stuffs it in, and updates are done hourly I believe...The robot program is...called the Wikinews Importer Bot If anyone wants an option to add a one sentence news byline not on wikinews, another lead could place it into the box section on news as well, however it is not made at this date. If there is interest, it can be added no problem....

Benjamin Chee Chee[edit]

Have added a box to get some interest going on Benjamin Chee Chee. His relevance, for many reasons, will be shared by others and I would be happy to work with anyone or help out,etc. Ernstblumberg (talk) 18:04, 1 May 2009 (UTC)

Vancouver in WP:FAR[edit]

I have nominated Vancouver for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Remove" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Aaroncrick(Tassie Boy talk) 10:15, 18 June 2009 (UTC)

Help save the Canada article[edit]

We are looking for help with keeping the Main article on Canada at its FACscr-featured.png level.....if you wish to help or would just like to see whats going on with the article and the FA reassessment process pls stop by here--->Wikipedia:Featured article review/Canada/archive1 Buzzzsherman (talk) 10:40, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

New portals[edit]

Portal:Aboriginal peoples in Canada {{Portal|Aboriginal peoples in Canada}}

Portal:Music of Canada {{Portal|Music of Canada}} and update to-->Portal:Rush

Buzzzsherman (talk) 12:28, 30 December 2009 (UTC)

portal all messed up[edit]

Ok i have gone back and tryed to fix the portal ..someone changed all the redirects ...from what i can see the lay out is back to normal!!...I guess we should update the news page so someone does not come along and de-list it...this guys is orphaning all the old portals ..Y would he not fix them??? Buzzzsherman (talk) 17:24, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Date format in the Victoria Day article[edit]

We require this portal membership to resolve the question of the date format for the Victoria Day article. It is currently in Day Month (24 May) format. It has been pointed-out that it is more common in Canada to have the date listed as Month Day (May 24) format. Please add comments or support for either format at Talk:Victoria Day#Long date format. I have requested that the issue be resoled by the end of the month so that the discussion does not drag on until next year. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:11, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

PS: Please discuss this and any issues about it on that article's talk page, not here. --Walter Görlitz (talk) 16:14, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

William Tiger Dunlop[edit]

Hi There. I've re-written the William "Tiger" Dunlop article. It would be great if I could get a review with a new rating on importance and quality. Your thoughts and time are appreciated. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_%22Tiger%22_Dunlop CJ_WeißSchäfer 01:35, 15 July 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by CJ3370 (talkcontribs)

Total population[edit]

Where was gotten info about total population Ojibwe people and Cree people in Canada in articles Ojibwe and Cree? What sources?--Kaiyr (talk) 17:58, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act[edit]

Protecting Children from Internet Predators Act should probably be ITN or something... Arrivalatheathrowairport (talk) 22:31, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Portal looks like a mess[edit]

This portal needs to be cleaned up. Adjkasi (discuss me) 07:39, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

That statement would actually be useful if you provided some detail as to what you think is broken or needs fixing. → ROUX  08:24, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Canada population[edit]

The current population of this nation is {{CanPopCommas}}. Adjkasi (discuss me) 07:41, 24 June 2012 (UTC)


Hey there, I'd like to take a crack at turning this into a Featured Portal. The previous attempt mentioned a few things that needed changing but an editor mentioned that there is some WP:CANADA consensus against such actions. Never being involved in that WikiProject before, could someone bring me up to speed on what that Project's Portal consensuses are? Achowat (talk) 09:47, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Given the lack of feedback, I'm going to build this Portal towards Featured using my best judgment. Feel free to come in and stop me at any time. Y'know, BRD and all that. Achowat (talk) 09:13, 27 December 2013 (UTC)

FPOC Concerns (listing here for sandboxing purposes)[edit]

  • Picture size YesY So, some of the photos are too big now...wonder if there's an easy way to fix this.
  • Non-GA articles - All FAs listed as FAs, only one GA (Canadians) trying to alter the template to list that as such. Non-FA Selected articles below
  • Wikinews YesY
  • Centering - YesY (thanks Benzband. Achowat (talk) 02:34, 13 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Panorama 11 YesY
  • Ice hockey picture YesY
  • Second tab issues YesY Achowat (talk) 22:56, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

image deletion warning[edit]

File:Canadians of differnt ethnic backgrounds.JPG is used in certain portal articles. This image compilation is nominated for deletion at Commons because it contains a deleted image. Please help by blanking or replacing the image so the compilation could be kept. --Denniss (talk) 08:46, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed image replaced -- Moxy (talk) 09:45, 1 July 2014 (UTC)