That the warm appreciation and thanks of General Synod be extended to the Rt. Rev. E.S. Reed, Bishop of Ottawa, who served the Department of Information and Stewardship as Chairman, since its inception in 1955, with faithfulness, great wisdom and zeal, and that the gratitude of Synod be also accorded those associated with him throughout the years as Divisional Chairmen, in the persons of the Rt. Rev. G.B. Snell, Coadjutor Bishop of Toronto, the Very Rev. F.R. Gartrell, the Very Rev. N.R. Burke and Judge J. Elliott Hudson.
And further move that the thanks of Synod be expressed to the Director of the Department, the Rev. Canon W.E. Hobbs, the Divisional Supervisors and all staff members for their greatly valued services to the Department. CARRIED in both Houses.
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."