That Appendix J, Section II (Audit Committee) para. b) subsection iv be amended to relate to the Pension Office Corporation, the Anglican Church of Canada Resolution Corporation and other divisions or organizations and that these amendments be referred to the Handbook Committee. CARRIED #08-05-05-05
That the terms of reference as published in the 13th edition of the Handbook of General Synod - Appendix C be rescinded and replaced by the following:
ANGLICAN JOURNAL - TERMS OF REFERENCE
1. Anglican Journal is a federally incorporated organization with controlling interest held by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. It was federally incorporated as of January 23, 2002 under the Canada Corporations Act as Anglican Journal/Journal Anglican and qualified for charitable status on April 12, 2002 (BN 86598 8116 RR0001).
2. The objects of the Corporation are:
(a) to advance and present the Christian faith and stimulate debate on issues of concern to the Church;
(b) to inform Anglicans in Canada about the domestic and international work of the Church and to provide relevant news of the worldwide communion and of other faith communities;
(c) in furtherance of the foregoing, to do the following:
a. produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper with an independent editorial policy representing Anglicans in Canada, but not being the official voice of the Church;
b. provide a means to distribute other Anglican materials and publications as inserts to the national newspaper;
c. provide a means to distribute other information of value and interest to Anglicans;
d. maintain pertinent information on Anglican membership for the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada in a database format.
3. Anglican Journal is an important instrument of communication for the Anglican Church of Canada. The newspaper is encouraged to express the full range of opinion within the Anglican Church community and is editorially independent. The editor makes all decisions on editorial content. When expression of opinion conflicts with official church policy, as stated by decisions of the General Synod or the Council of the General Synod, the newspaper will, at the same time, carry an explanation by an informed spokesperson of the official position of the church.
4. Anglican Journal operates in accordance with the Statement of Ethics and Standards of the Professional Practice of the Associated Church Press.
The Board of Directors
5. The Board of Directors is the publisher of Anglican Journal and supervises the management of the corporation. The Board of Directors reports to the controlling member (General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada) through the Council of General Synod and liaises with the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
6. The Board of Directors is responsible for the appointment of all officers and establishes the terms of engagement of the Editor. Powers and duties of other officers are such as the terms of their engagement call for or as the Board specifies. CARRIED Act 58
That the National Executive Council authorize the Communications Unit to proceed with the incorporation of "Anglican Video", in line with the Draft Articles of Incorporation. The mandate and effectiveness of this agency will be assessed after two years, in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Mandate attached. CARRIED #13-10-89
That this General Synod authorize the Council of the General Synod, at such time as it considers appropriate, to apply for continuance of the General Synod as a corporation under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act.
Thank those who have served on the National Committee of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund and request the General Secretary to include in the Appendices to the Handbook of General Synod appropriate recognition of the incorporation of PWRDF/FPSDM as a legally separate organization working in close cooperation with parishes, dioceses and national programs as the international development ministry of the Anglican Church of Canada. CARRIED Act 77
That on incorporation of the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, the Treasurer is authorized to negotiate with PWRDF on the procedure to be adopted in transferring assets of PWRDF held by General Synod and to ensure that all new donations to PWRDF are received by that new organization. CARRIED #15-05-00
Mrs. Betty Livingston presented the report of the Financial Management and Development Committee and noted the committee's emphasis on maintaining a balanced budget, exclusive of litigation costs.
Moved by: Mrs. Betty Livingston
Seconded by: Bishop Don Harvey
That the budget for 2002 as submitted to Council (document reference #007-02-01-11) be approved.
That the motion be tabled until after the presentation of the budget. CARRIED #07-11-01
Notice was given of two motions coming before Council: 1) the proposal to incorporate the Anglican Journal and 2) the continued financing of the Anglican parishes of the Central Interior of British Columbia. Both have the support of the Financial Management and Development Committee.
Ms. Livingston called particular attention to the section of the report dealing with the "Impact of Change in Strategic Plan".
That the General Synod authorize the presentation of a petition to the Parliament of Canada requesting enactment of a Bill to repeal section 6A of "An Act to incorporate the General Synod of the Church of England in Canada", chapter 82 of the statutes of 1921, as enacted by chapter 35 of the statutes of 1921, as enacted by chapter 35 of the statutes of 1951 (second session). CARRIED WITH NO DEBATE Act 27
That this Council of General Synod refer General Synod 2004 Resolution A133 on Governance to the Planning and Agenda Team for action.
That the Commission's task be as follows:
- To review the history of General Synod and its evolution
- To consider the current context in which the General Synod operates
- To study the ecclesiological principles which underlie governance in the Anglican tradition
- To examine the theological implications of separate incorporations of committees of the General Synod with respect to General Synod's understanding that mission is the mission of the church not separate, parachurch agencies
- To seek submissions from dioceses, provinces and other interested parties
- To bring forward proposals for change in governance of General Synod for consideration by the General Synod in 2007
The mover and seconder agreed to delete the words "Commissions's task" and replace them with "Team's Task" and to delete the words "To bring forward proposals .... 2007" and replace them with "To bring forward to the Council of General Synod in March 2007 an interim report including possible changes in governance of General Synod."
Vote on the amended resolution which now reads:
That the Team's task be as follows:
- To bring forward to the Council of General Synod in March 2007 an interim report including possible changes in governance of General Synod. CARRIED #34-05-05
OTTAWA, November 20, 2002 -- An agreement-in-principle has been reached outlining how the Anglican Church and the Government of Canada will participate in compensating former Indian residential school students who suffered sexual and physical abuse. Ralph Goodale, Minister responsible for Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and the Most Reverend Michael Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, made the announcement today.
The agreement would provide compensation to former students with validated claims, who attended Anglican Indian residential schools.
"The moral responsibility shown by the Anglican Church in accepting the responsibility to the former students of the Anglican residential schools has opened the door to this agreement-in-principle," says Minister Goodale. "Instead of meeting each other in court, Canada and the Anglican Church can focus our efforts together to settle the thousands of outstanding claims in a more supportive way for victims, who continue to be our first priority."
This agreement-in-principle, when accepted by the Anglican dioceses across Canada, preserves the financial integrity of the Anglican Church, while opening new pathways to closure, healing and reconciliation for all the parties.
"This agreement is part of our commitment to healing and reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada and within Canadian society," says Archbishop Peers, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. "I have sat in healing circles and heard the painful stories of abuse. By entering into this agreement, we are saying that we have heard these stories, that we acknowledge our tragic part in them, and that we will take up our new role not only in addressing the abuses of the past, but in seeking a new and life-giving way of living together as native and non-native Canadians, in the church and in society".
The agreement-in-principle between Canada and the Anglican Church will see the Church approach lawsuits for compensation from former students as a whole denomination, involving all the dioceses. The highlights include:
- Payment of 70 per cent by Canada and 30 per cent by the Anglican Church for all validated sexual and physical abuse claims at Anglican Indian residential schools up to a maximum Church contribution of $25 M.
- All Anglican dioceses will be invited to contribute to the payment of compensation.
- The Anglican Church will co-operate in the resolution of Indian residential schools abuse claims, and continue its dedication to the healing of individuals and reconciliation with all parties.
- The Anglican Church will create a separate corporation to establish a Settlement Fund to pay compensation to survivors of sexual and physical abuse.
- The cessation of the practice of naming the Church as a party in court cases or `third partying'.
- The delivery of 100 per cent of compensation to former students of Anglican residential schools with validated claims.
"This agreement with the Anglican Church will help remove barriers to healing for those individuals who have been abused," said Minister Goodale.
The agreement-in-principle, negotiated over the past ten months, must now be ratified by the 30 independent Anglican dioceses across Canada and signed by the federal government.
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Contact: Office of the Minister, Pat Breton, Press Secretary ph: 819-997-8437; Jim Boyles, General Secretary, Anglican Church of Canada, ph: 416-924-9199; Office of the Minister, Jim Embury, Director of Communications, ph: 819-997-5421; Nicole Dakin, Media Relations, Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada, ph: 613-996-2609