This report was presented by the Archbishop of Kootenay. Considerable discussion arose out of the report which was, on motion of the Archbishop of Kootenay, seconded by Mr. R.W. Allin, carried in both Houses.
Your Committee regrets that it cannot submit any report either on the "state" of the Church or on statistical returns. The information supplied is insufficient in both cases. Only nine bishops have replied to a request for a Church report of conditions in their areas; for the year 1944 statistical returns were not received until this year, and the figures of two important dioceses are still unavailable; less than half the returns for 1945 have been received.
Your Committee requests that it be relieved of its duties unless fuller cooperation is forthcoming and needful information supplied. It would however stress the great loss which the Church would suffer, if information as to the ebb and flow of Church life in various parts of the Dominion is not available. It may point out that the proportion of active to missing Anglicans would never have been known if statistics had not been collected and synthesized.
That this Synod requests the Committee on Statistics and State of the Church to continue its labours and calls upon all Dioceses to extend to the Committee the fullest co-operation so that all needful information may be supplied. CARRIED in both Houses.
Resolved, That the Section "Child Welfare" be adopted.
Report of the Council for Social Service
The office of the Council is the medium through which much valuable child welfare work is carried out. Letters respecting the care of dependent and neglected little ones are constantly being received, and in every case the matter is either dealt by the workers of the Council or referred to the proper quarter.
Our Council is one of the Dominion units of the Canadian Council on Child Welfare, of which a member of our own Council, Miss Charlotte E. Whitton, is the efficient Executive Secretary. Our Council has been represented at each annual meeting of this invaluable organization by three representatives, and co-operates very fully in its work for the children of our land.
Miss Whitton, who was appointed Canadian Assessor on the Child Welfare Committee of the League of Nations, prepared for our last annual report a valuable statement on the work of this committee.
At Christmas 1924 and 1925 the Council, with the sanction of the Primate, in co-operation with the G.B.R.E., made special appeals for the work of Save-the-Children Fund on behalf of Christian refuge[e] children in Greece, with the result that nearly $5,000 was subscribed. Five kitchens marked as donated by Anglican Sunday Schools in Canada were thus established. A letter of grateful thanks was received from the Archbishop of Athens through the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Resolved, That Recognizing the deadly nature both to health and morals of addiction to narcotic drugs, the General Synod instructs its Council for Social Service:
1. To urge upon the Government of Canada that need of pressing through the League of Nations and in every way possible for the prevention by international agreement of the growth and manufacture of more narcotic drugs than are required for the world's legitimate medical needs.
2. To point out to the various Provincial Governments the need of providing adequate institutional care and thoroughly scientific treatment for those who unfortunately are drug addicts.
3. To point out to parents, teachers and clergy the need of educating and warning young people and others, especially where the traffic is known to exist, respecting the insidious nature and the extreme dangers of drug addiction.