The Rev. Dr. Karen Egan presented the report of the Anglican Journal and Communications and Information Resources Joint Working Group to the Council.
Be it resolved:
That this General Synod confirm:
1. The amalgamation by the Council of General Synod of the existing Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee and the existing Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee to form the new Communications Coordinating Committee,
2. The terms of reference for the new Communications Coordinating Committee adopted by the Council of General Synod, and
3. The provisions adopted by Council of General Synod with respect to the mandate, governance, editorial policy and editorial board for the Anglican Journal.
ADOPTED #CoGS 015-03-19
Mrs. Susan Winn and Mr. Sam Carriere, Director of Communications and Information Resources, presented the report and introduced two resolutions.
Moved by: Mrs. Susan Winn
Seconded by: The Rt. Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson
That the Council of General Synod:
Seek a revision of the Handbook – section 39.G describing membership of the CIRC [Communications and Information Resources Committee] to note that the Anglican Journal Board no longer exists and that sub-set 4 be struck from the Handbook.
And further, that a new sub-set 4 read, “the national communications director of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada shall be an ex-officio member with voice and vote (with ‘ex-officio’ meaning ‘by virtue of their office’).
Motion to refer
That the matter be referred to the Handbook Committee to prepare the proposed revision to Section 39 of the Constitution.
That the Council of General Synod encourages the development of a communications strategy for General Synod based on the Communications and Information Resources departmental communications strategy and the five Marks of Mission.
The mover and seconder agreed to delete the word “five” from the motion. The amended motion now reads:
That the Council of General Synod encourages the development of a communications strategy for General Synod based on the Communications and Information Resources departmental communications strategy and the Marks of Mission.
Mr. Vianney (Sam) Carriere informed Council that legal steps to de-incorporate the Anglican Journal were underway and would be completed by the end of the year.
Anglican Journal Committee - Terms of Reference and Membership
That the Council of General Synod:
- 1. Approve the attached terms of reference and membership for the Anglican Journal Committee.
- 2. Pursuant to section 34 c) of the Constitution, appoint a committee having this membership and terms of reference.
- 3. Take the request for the creation of the new Standing Committee to General Synod with the appropriate consequential amendments to the Constitution and Appendix C to the Handbook.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment to the Terms of Reference, adding the sentence “When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.” to point v.
The Anglican Journal Committee Terms of Reference are attached as Appendix C.
Terms of Reference for the Anglican Journal Committee
The Anglican Journal Committee shall consist of the members of the Communications and Information Resources Committee sitting as the Anglican Journal Committee plus one additional member appointed by the Primate from the membership of the Anglican Editors. Association (AEA).
The Anglican Journal Committee shall elect a Chair from its membership, but who shall not also chair the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
The committee shall:
- i. Be the publisher of the Anglican Journal
- ii. Monitor, defend and safeguard the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal
- iii. Support the work of Anglican Journal staff and advise staff as requested
- iv. Explore and work on areas of mutual interest with the Communications and Information Resources Committee
- v. Produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper of interest to the members of the Anglican Church of Canada, with an independent editorial policy and not being an official voice of or for the church. When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.
- vi. Provide a means to distribute diocesan newspapers and other materials as inserts to the national newspaper
- vii. Maintain a database containing pertinent circulation information that will be available for the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada
- viii. Exercise functions common to all committees, namely
-- a) Develop annual budget proposals
-- b) Communicate with other committees and groups
-- c) Report regularly to the Council of General Synod
-- d) At least once a triennium review its own mandate and review policies governing the various areas of work of the Anglican Journal
Adopted by the Council of General Synod November 2011
Bishop Elliott set the context for the discussion. (Document reference #017-06-11-03).
That the Journal Member
a) Resolves to dissolve the Corporation in a manner complying with the requirements of the statutes and regulations governing this Corporation; and
b) Directs that the following governance structure be put into place to ensure accountability and to oversee the operations of the Anglican Journal:
- i. That the Council of General Synod oversee the policies and operations of the Anglican Journal, and that the Council delegate this responsibility to the Communications and Information Resources Committee sitting as the Standing Committee for the Anglican Journal.
- ii. That the purposes of the Anglican Journal continue to be those prescribed in the present Incorporation [see the General Synod Handbook, page 136, section 2 (a)].
- iii. That, in overseeing the policies and operations of the Anglican Journal, the Communications and Information Resources Committee convened and sitting as the Standing Committee for the Anglican Journal:
-- a) Be the publisher of Anglican Journal.
-- b) In concert with the Editor of Anglican Journal, safeguard and defend the editorial independence of the newspaper to ensure that it continues to qualify for funding from Heritage Canada.
-- c) Regularly consult with and support staff of the Anglican Journal in their work and ministry.
- iv. That, the Communications and Information Resources Committee convened as the Standing Committee for the Anglican Journal be responsible to, report to, and take direction from, the Council of General Synod in matters involving the Anglican Journal in the same manner in which it is responsible and reports to, and takes direction from, the Council of General Synod in other matters.
c) Recommends that, on dissolution of the present Corporation, any properties or assets be transferred to the Corporation of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in compliance with any statutory or regulatory requirements governing the distribution of the assets and liabilities of this Anglican Journal Corporation on its dissolution as a Corporation.
The term of office of the current board ended as of this Council meeting. The Chancellor advised that directors must be in place until the corporation is wound down.
Members agreed to reconvene on April 3rd to consider names for the Board of Directors.
Moved by: Archdeacon Harry Huskins
Seconded by: Dr. Lela Zimmer
That the meeting of the Member of the Anglican Journal Board be adjourned. CARRIED
The meeting of the Council of General Synod reconvened.