"Peter Coffin, Anglican Bishop Ordinary to the Canadian Armed Forces, has announced his retirement [as of March 2016]". "The primate appointed him to the position of Anglican bishop ordinary in November 2004. Coffin's task as bishop ordinary included serving as the Anglican member of the Interfaith Committee on Canadian Military Chaplaincy (ICCMC), which represents the chaplaincy to the federal government". Bishop Coffin visited serving troops in Afghanistan during his term of office. "The Anglican Military Ordinariate (AMO) chaplains provide pastoral support to members of the Canadian Armed Forces at home and abroad, while pastoral care for chaplains is the main responsibility of the bishop ordinary. Hiltz said Coffin worked hard to 'get provisions in place that the AMO needs for the election of a new bishop ordinary'. The first election of an Anglican bishop ordinary will be held March 5 , followed by an installation ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa May 28 ".
"Cornerstone Housing for Women -- a community ministry of the diocese of Ottawa -- has launched a $6.8 million project to convert the former 'Mother House' of a Roman Catholic religious community into a home for 42 women needing safe, affordable housing. 'It's a wonderful, wonderful project' said Sue Garvey, Cornerstone's executive director, in a telephone interview with the 'Anglican Journal' March 3 . 'The government money made all the difference in us being able to do it at all'. Cornerstone received $3.97 million from the federal government through the Canada-Ontario Investment in Affordable Housing (IAH) agreement, to be administered through the City of Ottawa's 'Action Ottawa' program". "'The Sisters of Jeanne d'Arc wanted to have a legacy in the community and they really wanted to leave their home to a group who had some of the same values and goals', said Garvey. 'They've always had such a strong commitment to women and social justice, and that's who Cornerstone is'."
"The Anglican diocese of the Arctic is hoping that by the end of this year  it will be free from its decade-old debt for the rebuilding of St. Jude's Cathedral in Iqaluit, Nunavut. But for 'Freedom 2015' to become a reality, the diocese needs $723,000 by the end of 2015 to clear off the $10.3 million debt incurred following the destruction by arson of the iconic igloo-shaped St. Jude's. To help the northern diocese pay off the debt, the Anglican Church Women (ACW) of the diocese of Ottawa hosted another of its several fundraising events in support of St. Jude's on September 20, at St. Stephen's Church, drawing about 100 people" (p. 1). Darren McCartney, suffragan bishop of the Arctic, attended the fundraising event and received the freewill offering from the ACW. "He also watched the screening of the documentary 'Soul of the Arctic' with those gathered. The movie, produced by Northern Ireland television network UTV, focuses on the Irish-born McCartney and his wife, Karen, and their life together in what was described as '1.5 million square miles of freezing desolation in the high Canadian Arctic'" (p. 12). McCartney served in Pangnirtung from 2003-2006 before returning to Ireland. "'I needed to get out to clear my head', he said. As pastor, 'I had 17 suicides in three years in a community of about 1,500 people', said McCartney. .... Suicide rates for Inuit youth are among the highest in the world, at 11 times the national average. McCartney said although he needed to get away, he was hankering to get back after a while. The couple returned to the North when McCartney was elected as suffragan bishop of the Arctic in June 2012" (p. 12).
"CAPA [Council of Anglican Provinces in Africa] is a faith-based organization operating in 13 Anglican provinces in Africa and the diocese of Egypt. ... The Anglican Church of Canada supports the core work of CAPA with an annual grant of $10,000. From September 15 to 30 , [Canon Grace] Kaiso, along with Elizabeth Wanjiku Gichovi, CAPA's communications and finance director, and Canon Isaac Kawuki-Mukasa, the Anglican Church of Canada's Africa relations co-ordinator, met with Anglican and ecumenical leaders in the dioceses of Edmonton, Niagara, Qu'Appelle, Rupert's Land, Montreal and Toronto. The meetings were 'for mutual learning and setting priorities for stronger mission together' according to CAPA. While in Ottawa, the delegation met with directors of diocese's program and ministries. The Rev. Laurette Glasgow, special advisor for government relations for the Anglican Church of Canada, accompanied CAPA officials to the roundtable with government officials at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) to talk about peace and security in Africa. The agenda for the roundtable with GAC officials included discussions about the civil war in South Sudan, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed".
"Two Anglican cathedrals in Ontario have joined the Community of the Cross of Nails (CCN), a reconciliation ministry of the Church of England's Coventry Cathedral. CCN is an international network of 220 active partners in more than 40 countries who are committed to a shared ministry of reconciliation. The community was formed in 1974, the result of a commitment made by the former provost of Coventry Cathedral, Richard Howard, 'not to seek revenge but to strive for forgiveness' following the destruction of the cathedral in 1940, according to the CNN website. Sarah Hills, Canon for Reconciliation at Coventry Cathedral, presented a Cross of Nails to the congregation of Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ont., at separate services November 5 ". Article includes colour photo of Canon Sarah Hills presenting the Cross of Nails to the Very Rev. Shane Parker, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa.
"An Anglican bishop, along with a coalition of leading anti-poverty and housing advocates, has urged the federal government to adopt a 'rights-based' approach to its National Housing Strategy and poverty reduction strategies. 'We come together today to send a clear and consistent message to the federal government regarding the need for a rights-based approach to addressing housing, food and justice for all, particularly among the First Peoples of this great nation', said Bishop John Chapman, who took part in a press conference on Parliament Hill October 16 , the eve of the United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty". Leilani Farha, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and the executive director of Canada Without Poverty, said "Canada is a 'lucky country' that has a stable democracy, the 10th largest GDP in the world and is fiscally strong. 'Yet here today, we have very persistent and high rates of poverty at close to five million people ..we have at least 235,000 people who are homeless in a year [and] close to 900,000 people using food banks every month'." "The federal government's 2017 budget proposes to spend more than $11.2 billion over 11 years on a first-ever National Housing Strategy".
Canada's three largest churches say the services they provide to the most vulnerable will suffer if the Supreme Court of Canada rules employers are vicariously liable for sexual assaults committed by their employees.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the two appeals early in the new year.