Having in mind the progress made, though slowly, during recent years in Governmental policy regarding the appointment of Chaplains to Penal Institutions and Mental Hospitals, and the Council's interest therein, General Synod requests the Council for Social Service to set up a Committee from members of this Synod and the Council, with power to co-opt specially interested persons to study the whole matter of chaplaincy services in such institutions and to impress governments with the necessity for such a programme. CARRIED in both Houses.
That this General Synod records its gratification upon the provisions recently made available to the permanently and totally disabled people in Canada by Federal and Provincial Authorities, and also heartily commends the national rehabilitation programmes whereby many of our handicapped citizens may be restored to spheres of useful and normal living. CARRIED in both Houses.
Whereas, in the opinion of this General Synod, the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of all human beings and should be a primary care and responsibility of the nation,
And Whereas Federal Health Surveys have indicated that the average wage earner is unable to meet costs of medical services for serious diseases or lengthy illness,
This Synod again urges the Federal Government to establish a Commission to assess ways and means of providing comprehensive health care for all Canadians. CARRIED in both Houses.
Whereas this General Synod recognizes that inadequate housing is a major factor in the breakdown of family life and a contributory cause of crime and juvenile delinquency;
And Whereas in spite of the great assistance given by Federal and other Governments since the close of the war (which this Synod has already welcomed and commended), General Synod notes with concern that the construction of new housing still barely meets the need created by the arrival of new settlers and by the general formation of new family units;
Therefore, Be It Resolved that this General Synod, while heartily endorsing a continuation of the policy of low cost and low rent housing aid by Governments, urges Diocesan Synods and other groups of church people to encourage utilization of Section 16 of the National Housing Act which provides loans up to ninety per cent of the lending value of a project to limited dividend companies, for the construction of low-rental housing. CARRIED in both Houses.
1. That General Synod, firmly of the opinion that a continued generous policy of Immigration is both wise and necessary, respectfully requests the Federal Government to strengthen the appeal to prospective settlers by instituting more adequate planning in respect of the reception accorded them at ports of entry, their absorption in industry and their earlier eligibility for our social insurances and services.
2. In addition, the Synod recommends that specific measures of assistance be extended to help meet the passage and settlement costs of settlers here from the United Kingdom in line with arrangements offered to Commonwealth countries by the British Government.
3. Further, as an acknowledgement of their British citizenship and as an aid to the economy of the British West Indies, the Synod urges that a greater number of their population be encouraged and permitted to settle in Canada.
4. The Synod is constrained to draw attention to the deplorable plight of many refugees and displaced persons and would impress upon congregations and parish organizations the need for sponsoring groups for the care of such refugees, either through the World Council of Churches or otherwise. CARRIED in both Houses.