That recommendation #3 of the Administration and Finance Committee, "That a grant of up to $10,000 be approved for youth participation in Pollution Probe, and that the grant be treated as an unbudgeted item in the 1970 Apportionment Budget," be approved. CARRIED
That this General Synod being aware that relationship between man and environment is undergoing profound changes in the wake of modern scientific and technological development,
Noting that these technological developments can involve man in great danger if not properly controlled; that polluted air, water and soil, wasteful soil erosion, objectionable disposal of waste materials, and uncontrolled noise may result in hazards to man;
Concerned about the fact that air, water, and soil conditions affect for good or bad every person living on the whole earth,
Convinced that increased attention to problems of human environment is essential for sound world wide economic and social development,
Expresses strong hope that countries will co-operate internationally to share knowledge on environmental pollution as well as the responsibility for its control,
(1) the Canadian Government to support international efforts to improve the world environment and in particular to participate actively in the International Conference on Human Environment proposed to be held during 1972 under the auspices of the United Nations;
(2) the Canadian Government, in co-operation with the provinces, to agree on standards or objectives in order to control pollution of air, water, and soil;
(3) the Canadian Government to make adequate grants for research on more effective and more economical methods of pollution control;
(4) the Canadian Government, in co-operation with the Provincial Governments, to strengthen and enforce legislation for the abatement and control of pollution by co-ordinated action;
(5) the Canadian Government to continue to give substantial financial assistance to provinces and municipalities who now carry the burden of costly pollution controls;
(6) the Provincial Governments and the Federal Government, as far as applicable, to take and maintain an up-to-date inventory of the extent of pollution in natural resources;
(7) the Provincial Governments and the municipalities to provide facilities and encourage personnel who operate pollution control plants (waste water disposal plants) to acquire adequate training;
(8) all governments, federal, provincial and municipal, to provide educational materials to the public on all aspects of pollution and its control;
(9) ourselves, as Anglicans, collectively and individually:
(i) to follow up our words with action at the municipal level where attitudes are formed and action originates;
(ii) to find out about the state of pollution in our local areas - who is doing what; who should do what; and what am I doing;
(iii) to find out how industry and municipal government can co-operate better in order to produce the standard we know is a responsible one in agricultural, industrial, and domestic pollution, and urge them to do it;
(iv) to act by initiating dialogue on pollution; preaching about pollution; reading about pollution; talking about pollution; writing letters to members of parliament about pollution; supporting the good efforts that are being made to enforce existing laws on pollution; showing that as Christians, we, as individuals, are concerned about the world around us and that the beginning be made on MY street. CARRIED in both Houses.
In support of the question of pollution, the Synod was addressed by Mr. Stanley Burke CBC news commentator and by Mr. Jeff Mains and Mr. Tony Barratt of "Pollution Probe."
That the following be included after the words "Alice Arm" at the end of the first section of the resolution:
"and to declare a moratorium upon development of the resource until technology is developed to safely dispose of the tailings."
The Amendment was accepted by the mover and seconder of the motion.
The motion now reads:
"That the 29th General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada, through the Primate, urge the Federal Government to withdraw its special order-in-council; that is, the "Alice Arm Tailings Deposit Regulations, SOR 79-345", permitting the Amax Corporation to dump its effluent into Alice Arm, and to declare a moratorium upon development of the resource until technology is developed to safely dispose of the tailings.
And further, that this Synod requests the Primate, in co-operation with the Diocese of Caledonia to initiate discussions between the Federal Government, the Province of British Columbia, the Nishga Tribal Council, and the Amax Corporation, in order to determine the terms on which the Amax Corporation might proceed, giving due consideration to the need for effective environmental protection and the need for the participation of the Nishga People in the developmental process.