That the Council of General Synod approve amendments to Regulation 8.5 of the Lay Retirement Plan effective January 1, 2003.
Renumber the current Regulation 8.5 as 8.5(a) and add a new section (b).
(Bold denotes addition) [In electronic database bold indicated by pointed brackets i.e. ]
Where a Member's employment by a Participating Employer terminates upon the Member becoming an employee of another Participating Employer, the Member's Active Service shall be deemed not to have terminated.
Archbishop Morgan drew attention to Section 1.4 of the report, which read:
"The Pension Committee is recommending to the Council of General Synod that prior to approving the resolution, which is being presented by EcoJustice Committee with respect to Socially Responsible Investment Procedures, that it be referred to the Pension Committee for consultation and to report back to the next meeting of COGs."
Ms. Mason, who is retiring after 40 years of service to the Pension Plan, extended best wishes to Council and acknowledged that she will miss everyone. She has no doubts that the right choice was made when Council appointed Ms. Judy Robinson to be her successor.
- to conduct a public and independent review of legal and illegal gambling in Canada and of its social, economic, and legal impacts
- to make recommendations for public policy and for effective oversight of the gambling industry within the requirements of the Criminal Code, especially regarding electronic gambling
- to establish national standards for assessing gambling proposals, including economic, legal, and social-impact assessments
- to establish a single format for provinces to provide information on gambling and gambling-generated revenues to the Government of Canada and the Canadian public, and require full annual disclosure of such information
- to establish an independent review of provincial gambling commissions and issue a public report on the findings, with particular attention to public decision-making about allocation of gambling-generated funds, public accountability, and standards of governance that serve the public interest.
The mover and seconder agreed to the wording "Call upon the government of Canada ...."
Motion to refer
That the Council of General Synod refer Section 4 back to EcoJustice for their consideration in light of their developing with ACIP a statement on gambling. CARRIED #26-11-02
VANCOUVER, November 18, 1997 -- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum falls far short of Christian criteria for just development and a moral economy, according to members of the Anglican Church's EcoJustice Committee.
Canada will host the next round of APEC talks in Vancouver next week (November 23-25). The stated intention of the forum is admirable. According to the leaders statement after the 1996 forum, in Manila, it is: "to enrich the lives and improve the standards of living of all citizens on a substantial basis." However, the nature of the forum belies this goal in several important ways:
- its definition of "standard of living" is rigidly limited to a strictly economic understanding. Member countries are referred to as "economies" and political representatives as "economic leaders". In this perspective, "citizens" are reduced to "consumers";
- business leaders are given a privileged consultative status in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC), but the voices of other citizens are absent. The perspectives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), labour and social groups are specifically excluded;
- even by APEC's limited definition, many topics with enormous economic significance are specifically excluded. For example, the environmental consequences of economic activity are never discussed with reference to minimum environmental standards. Similarly, labour standards and even basic human rights have been excluded from the talks;
- fundamental political issues, including questions of the rights of indigenous peoples, are excluded. Two recent Canadian court decisions have shown that indigenous rights to natural resources can have dramatic economic impacts;
- in keeping with objectives stated after last year's APEC forum, the Vancouver discussions are expected to lead to further privatization, deregulation and reduction of "costs of doing business". In the past, this has been achieved by reducing minimum wages, reducing or eliminating social programs and safety nets, and removing policies for environmental protection;
- the discussions take place behind closed doors, and no actual legislation or proposal is ever presented to Parliament for public debate. Since APEC is not accountable to any Canadian public institution, it represents a fundamentally undemocratic process.
"The economy is a faith issue," says the Reverent Margaret Marquardt, chair of the EcoJustice Committee. "The economy is a major governing factor in the lives of all peoples, regardless of what part of the planet we occupy. The priorities and objectives of any economic initiative are therefore faith concerns.
"As Christians we are called to put the dignity and sacredness of human life at the centre of all our actions. As Christians we are called to share the earth's riches, while caring for creation itself. As Christians we are motivated by an ethic of cooperation. It is the assessment of this committee that APEC's aims and methods are contrary to these goals.
"How can we talk about economics apart from its relationship with a people, a nation, a land ? From a Christian perspective -- and, we would have thought, a political one -- it is impossible to separate economic investment from its impact on communities. It is impossible to separate economic activity from its effect on those who work in it."
Marquardt suggests it is fair to ask elected political leaders how their participation in APEC will "advance the standard of living of all citizens," and particularly:
- what will happen to workers in Canada and elsewhere as liberalized trade tends increasingly to the reduction or elimination of minimum wages ?
- how will our standard of living be improved as standards of environmental protection are eliminated ?
- APEC systematically refuses to include, refer to, or advocate respect for basic human rights. As we deal more and more closely with repressive governments or regimes, what assurance do we have that Canada's human rights will not come to be viewed as an excessive cost of doing business ?
- how and when will the people whose lives are most affected be heard ?
"To view countries as economies and citizens as primarily consumers is to deny our humanity and to deny the web of mutuality in which we live, in communities which must be sustained," says Marquardt. "We believe there are fair trade and development alternatives. That is why we support Canadian churches and many other NGOs in their efforts to organize an effective People's Summit to do what the Government of Canada has failed to do: make the voices of citizens heard on these crucial issues."
The People's Summit, also in Vancouver, runs from November 17-24, 1997, with additional ecumenical events scheduled for November 25, 1997.
The EcoJustice Committee is a national committee of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. It is mandated by General Synod to work on issues of economic and social justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
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For further information, contact: The Rev. Margaret Marquardt, Chair, EcoJustice Committee Tel: (604) 874-5030
Archbishop Andrew Hutchison spoke at the 20th annual neighbourhood interfaith dinner and assured the Jewish community that the Anglican Church of Canada has no plans for disinvestment from companies with ties to Israel.
That the Council of General Synod, regarding with great concern the rise in the number of children living in poverty, ask the Primate to meet and/or communicate with appropriate Ministers of the Federal Government to underline the need for the Parliament of Canada to reclaim as a priority the eradication of child poverty in Canada.
We also reaffirm the commitment of the EcoJustice Committee to study this issue and request strategies that will help the church to engage productively in responding to this unacceptable reality. CARRIED #37-11-04