That the Council of the General Synod ratify the Audit Committee’s acceptance of the auditors’ recommendation to adopt the accounting principles for not-for-profit organizations in Part III of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Handbook effective in the 2012 fiscal year.
That the chartered accounting firm of Ernst & Young be appointed as the Auditors for The General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund and The Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation, for the fiscal year of 2012 for the following fees:
The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada $48,125
The Anglican Church of Canada Consolidated Trust Fund $19,475
The Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation $8,150
1. Join with other faith communities and secular groups to press the Government of Canada to adopt a comprehensive climate action plan with firm targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 25-40% by 2020 based on 1990 levels (as per Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III report, Box 13.7, page 776), as a central concern of social and ecological justice;
2. Encourage dioceses and parishes to incorporate concerns about the care of creation more fully into regular liturgies and request the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee and the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to provide resources to support this;
3. Encourage dioceses and parishes to join with other faith communities and secular groups in researching and providing information on the climate crisis to members of their own communities;
4. Encourage dioceses to work with the "Greening Anglican Spaces" project group of the Partners in Mission and Ecojustice Committee to estimate and place their data in a national database, to consider professional audits, and to participate in a measurable and authoritative monitoring process.
5. Encourage the Council of General Synod to model how to estimate the annual rate of greenhouse gas emissions, (and other behaviours such as travel and operations) by gathering existing data from utility bills from Anglican buildings in at least 3 urban centres or regions in order to share this data, with subsequent professional interpretation, and make specific predictions for energy use reduction.
6. Request the Council of General Synod to consider having an estimate made of the annual greenhouse gas emissions for which the office of General Synod is responsible, commit to a stated reduction in these, and report regularly on progress made.
Bishop Cowan reviewed the Fund Profile – which limits the funding of operational deficits with unrestricted bequests to the National Church. The purposes for MIF expenditures and criteria for grant applications were explained. At the present time, applications for funding are considered by a group consisting of the Primate, Prolocutor and General Secretary, in consultation with the Treasurer.
That the Council of General Synod ratifies the Grants approved by the Ministry Investment Fund Committee at its meeting on December 19, 2012 for a total of $95,590 for 2013.