"On Jan. 3 , British Columbia Bishop James Cowan announced he has authorized the blessing of same-sex unions in response to a request made by diocesan synod in March 2010". "Blessings will be subject to guidelines -- among these, that they will be granted only in parishes 'where a majority decision of Vestry requests such a status from the bishop'. The parish must also make its request to the bishop in writing, and such a request must be renewed each time a new incumbent is appointed and takes office. In his guidelines, Cowan emphasized that a blessing should not be construed as a solemnization of matrimony in the church. 'The Anglican Church of Canada does not recognize as marriage civil contracts between persons of the same gender', he wrote. Only incumbents of parishes where permission for blessings is granted will be permitted to bless. Cowan has authorized the blessing rite of the diocese of New Westminster for use in his diocese. No member of the diocese, lay or ordained, shall be required to act against their conscience on the matter of same-sex blessings".
"Bishop Barry Jenks of British Columbia diocese has installed members of the national council of the Mothers' Union in Canada in a special service. It is a tradition of the Mothers' Union that most national council members be selected from the home diocese of the president, in this case, Joan Peterson of Courtenay, B.C."
"Two dioceses have made generous donations to the diocese of New Westminster to help offset legal costs associated wiith litigation over church property rights. In June , the Most Rev. Colin Johnson, Archbishop of the diocese of Toronto, announced $250,000 was being sent from its ministry allocation fund to the diocese of New Westminster. The on July 26 , six weeks after receiving the news of the diocese of Toronto's gift, Bishop James Cowan of the diocese of British Columbia sent a letter to Bishop Michael Ingham of the diocese of New Westminster along with a cheque for $100,000". "It was just over a year ago that the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear further appeals of a ruling made by the British Columbia Supreme Court. In that ruling, it was decided that four New Westminster parish properties were to remain in trust with the diocese".
"The General Synod archivist met with Kent Haworth, diocese of British Columbia archivist, on the afternoon of 25 Sept. 1980. We were joined by Garth Walker, archivist for the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia, and briefly by John Bovey, archivist of B.C., for our initial discussions. Kent brought us up-to-date on his two major projects, the construction of the new diocesan archives and the adoption of a new canon of the diocesan archives, archivist and records programme" (p. 46). "On 29 Sept.  in Victoria, the General Synod archivist discussed priorities for work on the collection of the archives of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia" (p. 47). The General Synod archivist also visited the diocese of Cariboo where an archives canon has recently been enacted and where a new programme is about to begin, and spent a day at the diocese of Kelowna archives. Plans are being made for a national consultation of religious archivists to take place in Toronto in June of 1981. For details please contact Rev. Glenn Lucas, United Church Archives, Victoria University, Toronto" (p. 47).