Bishop Sperry spoke of the Native Ministries Conference which will be held in September. The Council is looking forward to it with anticipation.
The structure of the Council is under constant review. Work is needed on personal communication with the North. Travel costs are a factor.
That owing to the obvious concern in regard to the Council of the North deputation work in southern dioceses and the present initiatives of Mission Education this whole matter be referred to the Executive Director of Program for consideration and action. CARRIED
Chancellor Ryan explained the purpose and substance of the paper which was placed before the Council entitled "Application for a Declaration of Marital Status Under Canon XXI of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada".
That approval of the National Executive Council be given to this document as presented. (Appendix A) CARRIED
That the National Executive Council requests the Primate to convey to the Prime Minister, the Premiers of the Provinces and the Territorial Government Leaders our opposition to the process being followed by the Governments of Canada and the Provinces as embodied in the Meech Lake Accord, and express to them our grave concern about:
a) the negation of the rights of Native people, including the right to be consulted;
b) the diminution of the rights of women and the recognition of men and women as equal persons;
c) the denial of the rights of the Northwest Territories and Yukon to participate fully in Canadian political and public life.
Moved by Ven. A.R. Reed
Seconded by: Dr. L.L. Whytehead
That the words "the negation of", "the diminution of", and "the denial of" be deleted. DEFEATED
That the National Executive Council ask the Primate to encourage all Anglicans whenever praying for provinces or provincial governments, to include territories or territorial governments. CARRIED #45-10-87
That a telegram be sent to the Moderators of the Church of South India and the Church of North India, as follows:
The National Executive Council of the Anglican Church of Canada, recognizing your country's great difficulties and suffering at this time, send our love and sympathy with assurance of our prayerful support.
May we all receive strength and wisdom enabling each Christian to become a channel of reconciliation and hope. CARRIED
That the Pension Committee be asked to communicate the situation described in their report of the distribution of endowment funds for retired women workers to the Women's Unit with a view to increasing donations to the fund so that the full program may be resumed. CARRIED #18-05-87
That the National Executive Council convey to the Government of Canada its concerns with respect to Bill C-107 regarding Plant Breeders' Rights and in particular the following concerns:
1. That a wide genetic diversity of plant stock be preserved and their availability maintained.
2. That plant breeding research and development not ignore those crops designed for relatively small markets or for regions with specific needs.
3. That the present level of funding for public research and development be increased.
4. That royalties received from publicly produced cultivar be returned to support the plant breeding program that developed the variety.
5. That the free exchange of research information be increased.
6. That excessive price increases for seeds and plant stock be avoided and that the financial needs and constraints of Canadian farmers and consumers be considered, should any increase in cost occur.
7. That government maintain a responsible presence and control over research and pricing.
8. That the 18 year patent period be reassessed and decreased.
9. That the full implications of patenting life forms be explored in depth and the ethical and legal questions addressed in greater detail.
10. That the question of ownership vis-a-vis the concentration of productive power of food resources be squarely addressed and the ethical and geo-political implications responsibly explored.
11. That efforts be made to develop new plant stocks that are less dependent upon agro-chemicals.
12. That the well-being of the natural environment be a major consideration in granting patents to any new seed stock.
13. That the needs of the Third World, in terms of food production and agricultural practices compatible to ecological and economic conditions, be responsibly considered.
14. That the issue of possible conflict of interest of patent holders be addressed. (In many cases, the same key international companies are involved in the debate over generic drugs, generic pesticides and plant breeding legislation. The question to be addressed is how appropriate is it for the same company to hold a patent on a given seed stock that requires the application of an agro-chemical patented by that company.)
15. That in granting patents for new foods stocks where possible nutritional content takes precedence over such factors as uniformity of size, ripening time, colour, etc., that is over factors that have more to do with aesthetics, convenience and efficiency than with nutrition.
16. That public and open hearings begin as soon as possible so that all sides of the debate may be heard and that the ethical, ecological, political and commercial implications of such a Bill can be more fully explored before any final action is taken.
Following lengthy discussion, it was the consensus that the above motion should be referred and it was:
That the above motion regarding Plant Breeders' Rights be referred to the Executive Director of Program, for staff work as appropriate noting the need for urgency. CARRIED #53-05-88