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(d) That National Executive Council request that Information Circular 78-3 of the Department of National Revenue, now withdrawn, be not replaced by a Circular which has a similar effect;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
Resolved, That the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada would desire to place on record its appreciation of the work that is being done by the Lord's Day Alliance of Canada in guarding Sunday as a day of rest for the people of the Dominion.
It recognizes that during the past 43 years this service has been rendered in spite of the inadequate support by the Christian public and it commends the work of the Alliance to the sympathetic interest of the whole Anglican Church in Canada.
Believing that the importance of the work during a time of unsettlement is of vital concern to the well-being of the Canadian Nation, and that it is being conducted with ever increasing wisdom and tactfulness, it commends to the Church the suggestion that the first Sunday after Easter should annually be observed as a day upon which the claims of the Alliance should be placed before Anglican congregations and collections made on behalf of its work.
It expresses the hope that arrangements between the Lord's Day Alliance and our own Ecclesiastical authorities may be placed upon a basis whereby the really valuable work of the Lord's Day Alliance may be more effectively presented to our people throughout the Dominion. The arrangement recently concluded between our Ecclesiastical authorities and the Canadian Bible Society leads this Synod to believe that a similar arrangement could be concluded to our mutual advantage.
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
"Quebec's recently-passed Bill 62, which bans the wearing of niqabs and other face coverings to people both providing and receiving government services, could ultimately threaten the safety of the province's Muslims, say Quebec's Anglican and Lutheran bishops. 'To be secular means to be pluralistic, allowing freedom of belief both in one's private and public life', says Mary Irwin-Gibson, Anglican bishop of Montreal; Bruce Myers, Anglican bishop of Quebec; and Michael Pryse, bishop of the Eastern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in a joint statement released October 30 . 'The provision of Bill 62, however they are applied, unnecessarily put that fundamental freedom -- and potentially people's security -- at risk'" (pp. 1, 7). "[I]n the wake of threatening or violent incidents like the January 29  shooting at Quebec City's Grand Mosque -- Bill 62 is helping foster 'a climate of suspicion and fear' that threatens the safety of Quebec Muslims, the bishops say. Six people were killed and 19 injured, several of them children, during the incident" (p. 7).
Chair of the Panel on Accountability and Governance in the Voluntary Sector: Ed Broadbent.
Contents divided into divided into two main parts: Part I: Looking to the Sector -- Part II: Looking to Governments.
Contents: Message from the Chair / Ed Broadbent -- Executive Summary and Principal Recommendations -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- The First Step Toward Better Accountability: Building Capacity -- Organizational Governance and Stewardship -- Program Outcomes -- Fundraising -- Access to the Federal Tax System -- A New Voluntary Sector Commission -- Regulation of Financial Management -- The Legal Framework -- Conclusion: Building on Strength -- Summary of Proposals: Addressing Different Audiences -- Notes -- Appendix I : The Consultation Process -- Appendix II : Tools for Better Governance and Accountability -- Appendix III : Biographical Notes on the Panel Members -- Glossary.
The Anglican Church of Canada i.e. General Synod, the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the Anglican Diocese of Ontario all submitted briefs to the Panel.
"[I]n churches governed by bishops, such as the Anglican Church of Canada ... clergy in parishes or congregations are not parties to a contract of employment and no written or oral agreements exist to govern the relationship of clergy to the denomination approximating to the secular contract of employment. Instead, the status of clergy is conceptualized as one of ecclesiastical office, or as a spiritual office, and remuneration and benefits are conceptualized as a maintenance provision to free clergy from secular employment and concerns for the exercise of their spiritual vocation. When pressed, the historic branches of the Christian church deny that their clergy are employees or that they are, themselves, employers" (p. 3). After enumerating and commenting on several principles extracted from the civil courts disposition of cases involving churches, the author states that "the most significant aspect of these principles is the underlying willingness of the courts to take direction from the governing constitutional documents and practices of the religious institutions in question, whether or not these make specific provision for the relationship of members of the clergy to the institution. In the absence of specific provision, the evident reluctance of courts to imply a contract of employment between a member of the clergy and the religious institution, preferring only to ensure that internal procedures and the rules of natural justice are followed, means that clergy who are office-holders only and not employees are, effectively, without the law. The civil courts will not provide redress where the means of redress is denied to ecclesiastical tribunals ... logically there are only two alternatives in these situations: intervention on civil law principles or non-intervention. Conflict between religious institutions and the civil law may be ultimately unavoidable. Whether it is appropriate for civil courts to wash their hands of the matter by saying that clergy voluntarily accept this possibility when they choose to become clergy, as Soubliere, J. said, depends on where one stands: with church or state" (p. 27).
"Edited and with an introduction by John S. Moir".
Includes bibliography (p. -268) and index.
"The collection of documents contained in this volume represents the first attempt to bring together a comprehensive body of material bearing on the relations between church and state in Canadian history. .... The documentary material included in this volume is accompanied by commentaries which provide a clear explanation of the significance of the extracts supplied". -- back cover.
Contents: Introduction dated Scarborough College, University of Toronto, February 1967 / John S. Moir -- Part One: Church and State in New France, 1627-1759 -- Part Two: Church and State in the Maritime Provinces -- Part Three: Quebec: Catholic Colony: Protestant Empire, 1759-1790 -- Part Four: Church and State in Two Canadas -- Part Five: Clergy Reserves and Rectories: Before the Union -- Part Six: The Victory of Voluntarism -- Selected Bibliography -- Index.
Colophon: Printed and bound in Canada by T.H. Best Printing Company Limited.
"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."
Part one of a series on the process of church incorporation. The second part appeared in the "Church and the Law Update No. 4" dated 31 January 1995 that was published in conjunction with the CCCC Bulletin No. 1 dated 31 January 1995.