"The Rev. Robert Flowers has settled a breach-of-contract lawsuit with the Diocese of Algoma out of court but no details have been released. Rev. Robert Flowers and his wife Marolyn had claimed damages of $4.2 million plus costs against the diocese, the then-bishop Rt. Rev. Leslie Peterson and the Archdeacon of Temiskaming, Ven. Leonard Shaw". Good summary of case.
That this General Synod approve the amendments to Canon IX as approved by the Council of General Synod. Attached is the Canon and the amended section is shown in bold. CARRIED WITHOUT DEBATE Act 40
Note: Canon IX is attached as Appendix B.
[In the electronic database bold type is indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ].)
LAY RETIREMENT PLAN
1. The Lay Retirement Plan is established to provide Pensions for lay employees of the Church who are not members of the General Synod Pension Plan.
2. There shall be a fund established in conjunction with the Plan under a written trust agreement in Canada, which fund shall be designated as "The Lay Retirement Fund", for the purpose of providing benefits in accordance with this Canon and the Regulations. The Lay Retirement Fund shall be composed of the monies received from the Participating Employers and Members, transfers and other amounts for provision of Plan benefits together with interest, dividends, earnings, accumulations and accretions, less the amounts expended in the payment of Plan benefits and the expenses of administration of the Plan and the Lay Retirement Fund.
That Section 47 of the Constitution be repealed and the following substituted therefor:
IX. ORGANIZATION OF THE NATIONAL STAFF
a) All staff employed by the General Synod shall be responsible to the Primate as Chief Executive Officer, for the performance of their duties.
b) The organization of the National Staff shall be under the direction of the Primate, in consultation with the Officers of the General Synod. CARRIED Act 42
Mr. Stevenson, as Chair of the Organization Committee's Handbook Task Force, extended appreciation to the members of the task force: Bishop Eric Bays (Qu'Appelle), Mr. Carl Holm (Nova Scotia), Canon Don Landon (Algoma) and Archdeacon Bud Raymond (New Westminster).
TORONTO (June 30) -- The Anglican Church of Canada has announced staffing and structural changes to bring the national staff organization in line with the priorities and focus approved by its chief governing body earlier this month.
The key element in the new structure, as described by Archbishop Michael Peers, is a nine-person management team to direct the work and priorities in those areas approved by General Synod in Ottawa.
The restructuring has resulted in the elimination of three staff positions: Congregational Development consultant, Editor and General Manager of the Anglican Journal, and Director of the Anglican Book Centre.
Congregational development work will no longer be initiated at the national level. The Anglican Journal and Anglican Book Center will both come under the management of a new Information Resources Group. This reflects the priority General Synod gave to the development of a coordinated communications strategy that would incorporate all aspects of information dissemination under one umbrella department.
Archbishop Peers said the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal was affirmed by General Synod and will continue under a new editor, to be appointed. Carolyn Purden, who held the editor and general manager position at the Journal, was given a severance package. The new editor will be responsible for the editorial direction of the paper, but not its financial management.
General Synod also called on the national organization to bring more focus and integration to the work it does. It recommended a more consultative as opposed to legislative, style as well as more networks and fewer formal structures.
The management team announced by the Primate will include himself, the General Secretary and seven directors responsible for Financial Management; Financial Development; Faith, Worship and Ministry; the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund; Partnerships; Pensions; and Information Resources.
In announcing the changes to staff, Archbishop Peers stressed that they were not intended to effect a downsizing in staff. What they are meant to do, he said, is reflect the wishes of General Synod and implement a new way of working.
"In the long term we are looking at ways we can do our work better together, not better with fewer people," he said. "What we have been talking about is reorganization, not downsizing."
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For the purpose of providing equal opportunity and advancement for full-time women workers in the Anglican Church of Canada as well as to provide for the wider employment of their skills and experience, be it resolved:
That facilities be made available through a Central Registry at national church headquarters to secure and provide the necessary information for the employment and deployment of all full-time women workers in the Anglican Church of Canada; and, that information regarding the Central Registry be widely publicized throughout the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED in both Houses.
That a second task force be struck by the National Executive Council to review both the constitutional and administrative documents that presently exist concerning the General Secretary and to draft a full job description of the position of General Secretary which would - among other things -
a) clearly describe the relationships among the General Secretary, the Executive Director of Program, and the Treasurer;
b) outline the salary ranges of the General Secretary and clearly establish the process for and frequency of salary reviews;
c) describe the relationship and function that the General Secretary has as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of General Synod with reference to the Primate and to the national staff;
d) distinguish the difference between:
i. the General Secretary;
ii. the Senior Provincial Metropolitan's functions as the Acting Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada in the event of the death or incapacity of the Primate;
iii. the Prolocutor's function as the "Deputy" Chair of General Synod;
e) investigate the merit of establishing a definite term of office for senior executive positions;
f) outline clearly and with greater specificity both the authority and the accountability of the General Secretary;
g) describe the parameters of the position of General Secretary so that this ministry could be equally, though not identically, served by either a cleric or a lay person;
and report back to the National Executive Council no later than March 1989. CARRIED #28-05-87
"Major developments in the financial management of General Synod took place in the fall and winter [of 2008] with the resignation, effective Dec. 31 , of treasurer Peter Blachford, and the layoffs Nov. 25  of seven staff at the national office in Toronto. The layoffs were part of a plan to cut the 2009 budget by $1.3 million, reduce the deficit to $800,000 and to try to put an end to what had been a pattern in recent years of incurring deficits." The laid off staff "included four staff from FMD [Frank Preetam, Richard Roycroft, Gailsie Stewart and Donnie Versage] and one from the information resources department [Caese Levo]; the positions of two staff (yet unidentified pending negotiations), set to retire next year, will not be filled". "Last fall, the Council of General Synod (CoGS) approved the 2009 budget which projected a $745,639 deficit with revenues anticipated at $8.6 million and expenditures at $9.4 million". "Prior to the recent terminations, General Synod (including two incorporated bodies -- Anglican Journal and Primate's World Relief and Development Fund) employed a total of 75 full-time, eight part-time and 12 contract employees. The figure does not include the number of two other independently incorporated bodies -- pensions department and the Anglican Foundation".