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first IKEA in Canada[edit]

Hello. I came across your viewpoint re. the first IKEA in Canada having been in Richmond, BC. Others wrote that the first was actually in Dartmouth, NS. They were correct. Very recent confirmation of this is found in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Saturday, January 23, 2016 pp B1 and B2. IKEA is returning to Dartmouth (now a community of the Halifax Regional Municipality) in 2017. Honour647 (talk) 23:16, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, Honour647. I'm glad that a reference was found. Sunray (talk) 03:25, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Argument from Authority[edit]

I've left a message at Requests for Mediation. The second party to that pending case has filed a lengthy WP:ANI complaint. I would think that can be taken as meaning that they decline to take part in mediation, but I don't know. I also think that this is a conduct dispute, because either the second party's very long complaint is correct, in which case the first party is guilty of various sorts of conduct issues, or the second party's complaint is mostly unfounded, in which case their own conduct is a conduct issue. Just my opinion. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:27, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for your comments, Robert. I read over the DRN case and noted your remarks there. I've also reviewed the complaint at ANI. I've told the participants that I will review the matter. I'm inclined to agree with you about the conduct issues. However, I also hear a request from some of the parties to consider the content aspects. I'm not at all sure that this will be possible; we shall see. Sunray (talk) 02:39, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
I had thought that you were referring to the initial ANI complaint. I'm clear now. BTW a diff to your remarks at ANI would have been helpful. 😅 Sunray (talk) 07:19, 6 February 2016 (UTC)
I see that the RFM has been blanked pending resolution of the current ANI complaint. The filing party at ANI seems not to understand that they can't request formal mediation and request admin intervention at the same time. Robert McClenon (talk) 20:16, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Ghouta mediation[edit]

Re: [1] Here you changed the signature of my statement so that it looks like it was written by Kudzu1. Why did you do that? I made that statement ref. diff. Erlbaeko (talk) 22:09, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

My apologies. It was transcription error. I've fixed it. Sunray (talk) 03:43, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
Ok. Thanks. Erlbaeko (talk) 06:54, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

March 2016[edit]

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Identity[edit]

By the way, who are you, and what gives you the authority to speak on Wikipedia 'policies'? Who is in control of Wikipedia 'policies'? HAND T A Francis (talk) 18:54, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

I'm an editor of Wikipedia, which gives me the right to comment on Wikipedia policies. I've been editing here for more than a decade, so I know the policies fairly well. The policies were developed collectively by thousands of editors. No one individual or group is in control of them. Changes are made through discussions on a particular policy's talk page—for changes specific to that policy—or on in various common forums, for new policies. My observation is that Wikipedia policies usually work very well as a guide to dealing with issues related to either content in articles, or the behavior of editors. Sunray (talk) 20:51, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Mayflower Arkansas page[edit]

Hi Sunray, I see you have raised some of the same issues I have with the 2013 Mayflower oil spill page. Can I get your support on the Talk page for suggested changes, to clarify the important distinctions between "Oil" and Dilbit? I'd appreciate it! Thanks :) --Bill Huston (talk) 00:18, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for your note. I've replied to you on the talk page. While I agree with the points you have raised, I'm afraid that you will find that you are out gunned on this matter. I tried to raise the very points you have on the Oil sands talk page (see Talk:Oil sands/Archive 3). More recently User:Petrarchan47 has taken up the cause. But s/he, like me ran smack into the problem of usage. If you look carefully through WP policies you will find that naming of articles depends heavily on usage. Sunray (talk) 01:01, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Close Ghouta chemical attack mediation[edit]

Thanks for your work. I think we can close the mediation now. - Mnnlaxer | talk | stalk 23:09, 30 May 2016 (UTC)

I agree that the mediation should be closed. I've been away, but will close in the next day or two. Sunray (talk) 19:39, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Review/assessment for Downtown Eastside article[edit]

Hi Sunray,

I'm reaching out to still-active editors who have contributed to the Downtown Eastside article, and you're one of the very few people on that list. I'd like to get this article through to Featured Article status, and would like to get input from other editors. There has been very little discussion on this article since I started working on it. I've requested assessment for A-class status at Wikproject Vancouver and Wikiproject Canada. Any feedback, thoughts, or advice you might have would be very welcome. Cheers, Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 05:41, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know Clayoquot. I will take a look at the article. Sunray (talk) 18:17, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you! Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 02:31, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Clayoquot, I think that the DTES article will need a lot of work to get it to A-Class or FA status. The first thing that strikes me is that the article doesn't clearly delineate the boundaries of the DTES. While it talks about the "Greater DTES," much of the commentary focuses on the much more restrictive definition used by Scout Magazine of the skid row area bounded by Carrell, Pender, Jackson and Cordova. Which brings me to sources. Scout is a good source for some issues (local culture, social issues), but it isn't a reliable source for demographics or statistics. I think that a good article (GA status might be a good target to aim for first, btw) would discuss the various approaches to boundaries and would have a much more extensive discussion of demographics. There will be a problem of size. At more than 90K in size, the article is already fairly large. That suggests some tight editing to get it to GA, or higher, classification. If you like, I could make more extensive comments on the article talk page and we could get going on it. Sunray (talk) 20:58, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for looking into this! Yes, if you could comment further on the article talk page, that would be great. Cheers, Clayoquot (talk | contribs) 05:32, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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New 10,000 Challenge for Canada[edit]

Hi, Wikipedia:WikiProject Canada/The 10,000 Challenge is up and running based on Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge for the UK which has currently produced over 2300 article improvements and creations. If you'd like to see large scale quality improvements happening for Canada like The Africa Destubathon, which has produced over 1600 articles in 5 weeks, sign up on the page. The idea will be an ongoing national editathon/challenge for Canada but fuelled by a contest such as The North America Destubathon to really get articles on every province and subject mass improved. I would like some support from Canadian wikipedians here to get the Challenge off to a start with some articles to make doing a Destubathon worthwhile! Cheers. --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:55, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

EPAoilspillsubdivision2.JPG[edit]

I am working on a PSA regarding our future without renewable energy for my class and would like permission to use your photograph (EPAoilspillsubdivision2.JPG).

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by 47.149.67.246 (talk) 20:46, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Hi, that photo isn't mine. It is in the public domain as it was taken by a member of the Environmental Protection Agency in the course of their duties. You can use it under the fair use doctrine. In fact, you could use almost any image for educational purposes. Here's a definition of fair use: "(in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder." Good luck! Sunray (talk) 09:06, 29 March 2017 (UTC)