That this National Executive Council reiterate its support for the "Give and Take" tax proposals developed by the National Voluntary Organizations, and that the Minister of Finance of the Government of Canada be asked to implement the tax credit portion of the proposal, in addition to the removal of the $100 standard deduction already implemented. CARRIED
That this National Executive Council ask the Minister of Finance of the Government of Canada to consider amending the Income Tax Act to provide that registered charities may engage in certain political activities which will advance the avowed charitable purposes of the registered charities; such activities may include (but not be limited to) organizing a letter writing campaign to urge elected representatives to support specific legislation (or not); using the public media to advocate support of a specific piece of legislation (or not); engaging in dialogue with members of the government or individual elected representatives or specific civil servants in furtherance of the objects of the particular charity; presenting briefs to the government; organizing, holding or participating in peaceful public demonstrations; using a sponsored publication to support a particular point of view or piece of legislation (or not);
provided that no registered charity is permitted to take a partisan political position and/or support a specific candidate for office or political party. CARRIED
That the following recommendations of the Administration and Finance Committee be received and approved:
(a) That National Executive Council issue a statement that, while it recognizes that the government has a right and obligation to enforce the terms of the Income Tax Act and other statutes, it protests the increasing involvement of the government in the legitimate activities of Canadian charities, and points out that the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada has made a practice of publishing its annual statistics and financial statements.
(b) That National Executive Council request the Canadian Council of Churches to initiate discussions with the Government of Canada leading to amendments to the sections of the Income Tax Act which place unreasonable restrictions on the expenditure of the funds of registered charities for charitable purposes outside Canada.
(c) That National Executive Council affirm the statement sent by the General Secretary of General Synod to the Prime Minister and Leaders of the Opposition Parties in response to the Revenue Canada Information Circular 78-3, Registered Charities: Political Objects and Activities.
(d) That National Executive Council request that Information Circular 78-3 of the Department of National Revenue, now withdrawn, be not replaced by a Circular which has a similar effect;
but that, if it is the avowed intent of the Department to issue a revised Information Circular 78-3, the Minister of National Revenue be asked to ensure that consultation takes place between representatives of his Department and of the national Churches, as well as of other major charitable organizations before such revision is completed.
(e) That National Executive Council request the Canadian Council of Churches to consult with other religious bodies to raise the issue of religious bodies being described in the Income Tax Act as "charitable organizations." CARRIED
That the proposals from the National Voluntary Organizations to the Government of Canada concerning reform of the Income Tax Act with respect to the tax treatment of gifts to voluntary organizations be approved. CARRIED
That the National Executive Council request the General Secretary to explore the implications of Bill C-10 (An Act respecting non-profit corporations) particularly as to its possible effects on the Churches' right to speak out on moral issues: and in co-operation with representatives of other Churches to express our concerns to the Federal Government. CARRIED
"The Toronto Star recently ran a series of articles on controversies involving the minister of the Unity Church of Truth in Toronto. In addition to [other] allegations ... the Toronto Star reported that the Public Trustee of Ontario had written to the Church requiring that the Church seek Court authorization for any payment made to board members, since the minister was receiving a large salary and other significant benefits while also sitting as a member of the Board of Directors of his church corporation."
A new set of accounting guidelines for non-profit organizations has been released by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. John Ligertwood is a member of their non-profit organizations task force.
"The General Synod office of the Anglican Church of Canada is leading what it hopes will be a co-ordinated response with dioceses and parishes across the country voicing opinions on proposed changes to the rules governing the ways they report their financial information". "If the church were required to use IFRS [International Financial Reporting Standards], Mr. [Michael] Herrera [interim General Synod treasurer] said it would greatly increase the amount of financial reporting required, and the accounting and audit costs associated with it would increase 'at least tenfold'." "The church has also had preliminary meetings with the United Church of Canada and the Presbyterian Church in Canada and agreed to share their responses with each other 'so that it not seen as an Anglican issue or a Presbyterian issue, but as a faith-based issue', said Mr. Herrera. The deadline for submitting responses is June 30 ."
That this General Synod refer the remaining 21 resolutions to the National Executive Council, without recommendation.
Resolution A-83 - Terms of Reference, Committee on Ministry
That Section 4f) of Appendix B of the Handbook be repealed, and replaced by:
f) recommend policy to the General Synod on human resources development, particularly in the areas of employment, appointment and support of lay or ordained persons engaged in ministry in the Church.
Resolution B-12 - Family
That, in light of the 1988 Lambeth Conference document "The Truth Shall Make You Free - Living Together in Families," this General Synod request the Program Committee of the Anglican Church of Canada to continue to facilitate and build a network that will enjoin dioceses and parish churches in Canada to develop and implement significant family ministry in the routine life and work of the Church.
Resolution B-13 - Sexual Molestation and Abuse
That General Synod recognize that sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel while administering church programs has occurred and deeply regrets that the pastoral needs of some victims and their families have not been met; and furthermore
that General Synod direct the Program Committee to examine this issue and produce a comprehensive protocol for responding to reports of sexual molestation and abuse of young persons by some church personnel and that this protocol be circulated to all dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada.
Resolution B-19A - Support of Theological Education
That this General Synod approve in principle that financial support of training for all forms of ministry is the responsibility of the national church (in partnership with other levels of the church); and ask the National Executive Council to seek ways and means of implementing this responsibility.
Resolution C-10 - Constitutional Accord
That this General Synod encourage the leaders of our Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments to continue working together in a spirit of consultation, openness and consensus towards a new society, expressed in a constitutional accord, that recognizes the aspirations of the Province of Quebec and of the aboriginal peoples.
Resolution C-12 - Inter-Anglican Information Network
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Program Committee to make funds available for the next three years for the development of telecommunications within the Anglican Church of Canada to connect all National and Diocesan offices and provide support for (IAIN) the Inter-Anglican Information Network.
Resolution C-13 - Vancouver School of Theology/Native Ministries Consortium Funding
That this General Synod:
a) commend the initiative taken by the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology for providing a Master of Divinity degree by extension for persons engaged in native ministry; and
b) direct the National Executive Council to work with the Native Ministries Consortium and the Vancouver School of Theology to ensure that adequate long term funding for this program is established.
Resolution C-14 - Income Tax Deductions
1) petition the Federal Government to make appropriate changes to the Canadian Income Tax Act which would allow credit for Charitable Donations equal to credit for Political Party Donations, i.e. 50% of first $250 and 75% thereafter up to 20% of net income;
2) request dioceses to submit similar petitions to the Federal Government;
3) encourage parishes and individual members to write to their Members of Parliament concerning this resolution requesting their support.
Resolution C-18 - General Synod Elections
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request the Organization Committee to consider:
i) scheduling elections at General Synod toward the end of the session; and
ii) methods by which photographs and information about candidates might be made available to the members of Synod prior to the elections.
Resolution C-20 - Search for Healing Video
That this General Synod commend to the church the video "Search for Healing" and accompanying study guide; and encourage dioceses to make copies available for use in parishes.
Resolution C-21 - Ministere Francophone
Ressolu que ce Synode General de L'Eglise Anglicane du Canada affirme son apui pour le ministre actuel des francophones dans l'eglise et dirige le conseil executif de l'eglise national de consulter les communautes et paroisses francophones de notre eglise au sujet de nom francais de notre eglise et des autres moyens d'encourager davantage leur travail et de presenter une rapport de cette consultation au Synode General de 1995.
Be it resolved that this General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada affirm its support for our French speaking congregations and parishes and direct the National Executive Council to consult them on the subject of the name of the church in French and other means of assisting their ministry and that a report of this consultation be presented to the 1995 General Synod.
Resolution C-22 - NEC Membership
That the following proposal be referred to the Organization Committee for consideration and recommendation to the next session of General Synod; namely:
to amend Section 35a) of the Constitution of General Synod by deleting the items numbered vi) and viii) [there being no number vii)] and replacing them by:
vi) one bishop (or bishop-elect), clerical member or lay member from each diocese, but no less than six in total from each ecclesiastical province, elected by the members of the Orders of Bishops, Clergy and Laity from each ecclesiastical province meeting together, provided that the members from each province shall select two bishops and, as nearly as possible, equal numbers of clerical and lay members.
vii) additional clerical and lay members elected at large by the General Synod so that the total number of clerical and lay members elected under subsections vi) and vii) shall be sixteen of each order.
Resolution C-23 - Abolition of the Long Range Planning Committee
That subsection 35b) of the Constitution of General Synod be amended by deleting from the list of committee chairpersons, the words "Long Range Planning Committee."
Resolution C-24 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod commend to the Church at all levels the goal of committing a minimum of 10% of budgets to implement the mandate of our Lord to care for the least of our brothers and sisters.
Resolution C-25 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod call upon the Government of Canada to:
a) remove the limitations on the Canada Assistance Plan in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario;
b) eliminate child hunger by the year 1996 and adopt the goal of eradicating child and family poverty by the year 2000; and
c) establish an all party committee dedicated to developing ways and means of eliminating hunger in Canada.
Resolution C-26 - Hunger and Poverty in Canada
That this General Synod direct the National Executive Council to request Program Committee to:
a) develop ways of monitoring the depth of poverty and hunger in each of the dioceses of Canada, so that people of commitment and faith can reflect on social injustice and plan ways by which injustices can be rectified;
b) develop programs designed to assist the Church at all levels in making an effective response toward eliminating poverty and hunger; and to
c) develop a parish partner system for the purpose of working toward a relationship of trust and reconciliation between suburban and inner city parishes, urban and rural parishes and parishes with different resources, so that each may learn of the other's realities.
Resolution C-27 - Use of Official and Other Languages
i) affirm and encourage the continued use of both English and French, as well as other represented languages as appropriate, in the worship and business of General Synod, with translation into English provided where English is not the language chosen for use; and
ii) direct the National Executive Council to ensure that, beginning with the 34th General Synod, printed forms of worship include English and French as well as other languages selected for use.
Resolution C-28 - Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos
1) Refer the Interim Report on the Disposition of Frozen Human Embryos, which was requested by Act 75 of General Synod 1989 and presented at the Doctrine and Worship Information Dialogue, to the Doctrine and Worship Committee for review and presentation to the National Executive Council, so that it might be made available to the church and the wider community; and
2) Direct the National Executive Council, in consultation with the Doctrine and Worship Committee, to appoint a working group to examine the recommendations of the Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies.
Resolution C-29 - Standing Committee Terms
That section 41f) of the Constitution of the General Synod be amended by:
i) deleting the words "except in unusual circumstances", and
ii) changing the word "two" to "three."
Resolution C-30 - Video Coverage of General Synod
That this General Synod request the National Executive Council to undertake an evaluation of the effectiveness of the video and television coverage of this General Synod.
Resolution C-31 - Licencing of Clergy
That this General Synod request the Organization Committee to continue its study of licencing.