"Federal cuts to refugee health care will deter church groups from sponsoring refugees, Anglican Church of Canada officials have warned. 'Clearly it would cut down on the number of refugees that we are able to accept because church groups just don't have the resources to pay [for the medical care]', said Bishop Don Phillips of the diocese of Rupert's Land, where more than 2,000 refugees have been sponsored. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, and Adele Finney, executive director of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, have expressed 'deep concern' about the cuts to the Interim Federal Health program. Previously, private sponsors assumed the cost of food, shelter and transportation for a year, while the government provided health care. Under the revised rules, which took effect June 30 , church-sponsored refugees will not longer have access to government-funded health care. One June 26 , the diocese of Rupert's Land and the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry, which sponsors refugees with funds from the Anglican diocese of Rupert's Land and the Roman Catholic Archiepiscopal Corporation of Winnipeg, announced plans to file a lawsuit against the federal government. 'We're treating those [sponsorship agreements] as legal contracts', said Phillips. 'Our basic action in court is to say that the government breached its own contract'." [Text of entire article.]
"As anticipation of July's  joint Anglican-Lutheran assembly intensifies, an experimental issue of 'Rupert's Land News' (RLN) features contributors from both churches (rupertslandnews.ca/wp-content/uploads/RLN-January-2013.pdf). 'By the time Joint Assembly happens, our readers should already know that the Anglicans and the Lutherans of this region have a relationship', says Terence Moore, RLN editor. RLN increased its January 2013 run of 4,070 by 2,800 copies, which were hand-delivered to members of the 39 Lutheran congregations within Rupert's Land. 'The entire marginal cost was less than $400', says Moore, who co-edited the issues with Rick Scherger, communications co-ordinator for the Lutheran synod of Manitoba Northwestern Ontario. 'The two bishops will decide who picks up what'. Contributors include the two respective bishops, the Lutheran dean of the diocese of Rupert's Land and a Lutheran pastor. If interest warrants, the experiment may be repeated. 'The distribution is difficult, so we will not decide this lightly'." [Text of entire article.]
"Two more dioceses within the Anglican Church of Canada -- Edmonton and Rupert's Land -- have now exercised their right to 'local option' and will offer blessings of civil marriage to same-gender couples. At its 2010 meeting, General Synod recognized that the local option has been exercised without the approval of the national church. Parishes in both Rupert's Land and Edmonton will need to pass a formal resolution expressing their desire to have such blessings before they can be offered. And in both dioceses, clergy must ask for the bishop's permission to offer the blessing. Approximately one-third of the Anglican Church of Canada's 30 dioceses now have moved forward with same-sex blessings, an issue that has deeply divided Anglicans in Canada and worldwide". [Text of entire article.]
That National Executive Council concur in and approve in principle the requests from the Diocese of Rupert's Land for:
(a) the relinquishment of any authority over investments of the Diocese of Rupert's Land which was vested in General Synod by resolutions which established the Restoration Fund in 1932;
(b) the redirection of trust investments and funds presently held under the terms of an agreement dated May 22, 1933 by the Bishop's Attorneys to a newly constituted body to be known as the Corporation's Advisory Board; and
(c) the release, when requested by the Diocese of Rupert's Land, to the appropriate corporations in the diocese of the investments and funds held in the Consolidated Trust Fund of General Synod for organizations within the Diocese of Rupert's Land; and
That the signing officers of General Synod be authorized and requested to sign the necessary documents to accomplish these matters after they are put in satisfactory legal form. CARRIED
The Administration and Finance Committee has authorized the appointment of a task force to review the agreements between General Synod and other dioceses as they relate to the Restoration Fund investments.
THAT this Synod receive the following Memorial from the Diocese of Rupert's Land regarding Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on Eucharistic Doctrine and refer it to the Doctrine and Worship Committee and the Inter-Church Relations Committee for information:
`BE IT RESOLVED THAT it is the opinion of the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert's Land that there is nothing in the document entitled "Anglican-Roman Catholic Agreement on the Eucharist 1971" contrary to the beliefs of the Anglican Church of Canada as understood and received by us. It is the hope and prayer of this Synod that our fellow Anglicans, together with the Christians of the Roman Catholic tradition, will find it similarly acceptable so that we may move further forward on the road to unity within the Body of Christ.'
Though his diocese and the national church have policies against gambling, Archbishop Jones explains, "there is hardly a parish in the diocese that does not hold raffles or condone gambling in some way". Archbishop Jones deplores the prevalence of gambling in Manitoba but also says that a strong stand against gambling on reservations is inappropriate as it is seen as another attempt at subjugation.