The report of the Pension Committee was presented by Archdeacon Hobson with the assistance of Mrs. J. Mason and Mr. J. McPherrin.
Archdeacon Hobson reviewed the report and announced that a newsletter is going out twice a year to all pensioners of the Church.
That the National Executive Council approve the following amendments to the Pension Regulations:
- 7.7 When a restricted member has completed ten consecutive years of contributory membership in the Plan he shall become a full member of the Plan.
Add to Regulation 11.2 a new section (b) which reads:
- If the member does not apply for the benefit when the normal retirement date is reached, the benefit shall be increased by adding to the accrued pension benefit six-tenths of one percent for each full month that the application is deferred beyond the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs.
- Renumber sections 11.2(b) and those following.
Add to regulation 11.2(d) (new number 11.2(e)) the following sentence:
- However, if the member was over 55 years of age at the time his pension account was frozen and had participated in the Plan for ten or more years the death benefit shall not be reduced.
Section 18.2(d) shall be deleted and a new section 18.3 added which reads:
- 18.3(a) If a member chooses not to retire when normal retirement age has been reached, assessments will continue to be required. All such assessments received after the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs shall be deemed to be additional voluntary contributions in accordance with Regulation 14.
- (b) No assessments will be accepted after the member attains the age of 71, at which age the monthly pension becomes payable.
- The present sections 18.3, 18.4 and 18.5 shall be renumbered.
Add to Regulation 18 a new section 7.
- 7.(a) If an active member with ten or more years of contributory membership has not retired by December 31 of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs the accrued pension benefit of the member shall be frozen as of that date.
- (b) When such a member does apply for the retirement benefit there shall be added to the accrued pension benefit six-tenths of one percent for each full month that the application is deferred beyond the last day of the year in which the member's 65th birthday occurs. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council approve in principle the following statement and refer it to the Resolutions Committee of General Synod for inclusion into the discussion of the report of the Task Force "For the Elimination of Poverty and Social Injustice":
- 'Any program to support income levels in Canada should specifically differentiate between those Canadians who are a part of the work force and those who are retired. In particular such a program should:
- 1) ensure that the retirement income of those who contributed to a private pension plan or any similar retirement program normally would exceed the income of those who did not.
- 2) ensure that there are clear financial incentives to all those who prepare for their financial security in retirement by participating in any pension or other retirement program.' CARRIED
The Primate expressed gratitude to the Pension Committee for its excellent and competent work.
Archdeacon Hobson took this opportunity to thank the members of the Pension staff and stated that much credit should go to them for their work.
The Council discussed the proposed statement of editorial policy.
Moved by Balcom, Seconded by Childs,
That the National Executive Council approve the statement of Editorial Policy with a re-arranging of the order of paragraphs.
Moved by Landon, Seconded by Whytehead
That the statement on page 2 be reworded to begin as follows: 'The purpose of the Canadian Churchman is to reflect and further the life of the Anglican Church of Canada, an in particular ...". DEFEATED
Moved by Valentine, Seconded by Smith
That the wording of the first paragraph be changed to read: 'Canadian Churchman is the national newspaper of the Anglican Church of Canada, but it is not the official voice of the Church. As an independent Christian newspaper it is encouraged to express under God the mind of Christ, through editorials and through the presentation of news and features, without fear or favour, but with balance, good taste and a human touch.
Moved by Tomlin, Seconded by Fenwick
This this National Executive Council move into a committee of the whole. DEFEATED
That this motion be tabled and be referred back to the Editorial Committee for re-writing, taking into consideration the discussion of this Council. CARRIED
The Primate thanked the Board of Trustees, the Editorial Committee and the National Executive Council for working so seriously on this subject.
The Reverend Clarke Raymond presented the following statement to the Council:
"At the annual meeting of Noranda Mines Ltd., on April 29, 1977, the representatives of the Anglican, Roman Catholic, United and Lutheran Church in America attempted to propose resolutions asking Noranda to postpone its present Chilean investment plan until human rights and democratic institutions are restored.
"Before the resolutions could be proposed the Vice-president for Corporate Affairs, Mr. R.P. Riggin, moved the meeting be adjourned. This action not only prevented the representatives from speaking to the resolutions, but also prevented them from replying to the opening statement from Mr. Alfred Powis, President, alleging that as 'part of a well-financed, highly organized campaign', Noranda's Montreal offices had been occupied that morning.
"Neither the Task Force on the Churches and Corporate Responsibility, nor any other official body of the Anglican Church of Canada, had any part in, or prior knowledge of, this event. It is understood that some forty persons distributed information including some produced by TCCR. The Police were not called nor was there any violence."
That the National Executive Council receive the statement and request the Primate, on behalf of the National Executive Council, to convey this to Noranda Mines Limited. CARRIED
- A letter from Buckingham Palace expressing the Queen's sincere thanks for the message of greetings sent on the occasion of the 27th Assembly of General Synod.
- A letter from Bishop C.S. Mallory of the Diocese of Botswana conveying thanks to the Anglican Church of Canada for their interest and active participation in the on-going life of the Diocese.
- A letter from Dr. A. Brash of the World Council of Churches expressing appreciation of the very good report which our church published of its group visit to the churches of Southern Africa.
- A letter from the Rev. G.T. Churchill of the Diocese of Ottawa to advise that a motion was passed at the 84th Session of the Synod deploring the process by which the Church Union Survey was introduced to the Church and criticizing the haste of the whole process.
- A letter from the Mission Church - St. John Baptist, St. John, New Brunswick, with a motion passed by the Trustees of the congregation disassociating themselves from the action of General Synod in the matter of the ordination of women to the priesthood.
- A letter from Bishop Howe, Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council concerning the Ecumenical role of the World Confessional Families, and with particular reference to the process for establishing the proposed Forum. Bishop Howe requested that he be given authority to go to the meetings as representative of the Anglican Church of Canada.
- A resolution from the Saint John Deanery Clergy which was presented and passed at their 1975 Diocesan Synod concerning basic stipends in the Canadian Church and a request that General Synod take remedial action with the objective of authorizing a National Stipend Scale. This was received and referred to the Administration and Finance Committee.
That the above correspondence be received. CARRIED
In the light of the discussion and decisions of the General Board, and aware of the decision of the Joint Working Group to undertake a study amongst the Churches regarding a Canadian Christian Council, the following actions are strongly recommended to the NEC.
That the National Executive Council commits itself to participate in the Canadian Council of Churches with its present basis, purpose and functions, and to maintain the budgets for 1976 and 1977 as requested, which make provision for an executive staff of four. CARRIED - 5 against