Mr. Vianney (Sam) Carriere informed Council that legal steps to de-incorporate the Anglican Journal were underway and would be completed by the end of the year.
Anglican Journal Committee - Terms of Reference and Membership
That the Council of General Synod:
- 1. Approve the attached terms of reference and membership for the Anglican Journal Committee.
- 2. Pursuant to section 34 c) of the Constitution, appoint a committee having this membership and terms of reference.
- 3. Take the request for the creation of the new Standing Committee to General Synod with the appropriate consequential amendments to the Constitution and Appendix C to the Handbook.
The mover and seconder accepted a friendly amendment to the Terms of Reference, adding the sentence “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.” to point v.
The Anglican Journal Committee Terms of Reference are attached as Appendix C.
Terms of Reference for the Anglican Journal Committee
The Anglican Journal Committee shall consist of the members of the Communications and Information Resources Committee sitting as the Anglican Journal Committee plus one additional member appointed by the Primate from the membership of the Anglican Editors. Association (AEA).
The Anglican Journal Committee shall elect a Chair from its membership, but who shall not also chair the Communications and Information Resources Committee.
The committee shall:
- i. Be the publisher of the Anglican Journal
- ii. Monitor, defend and safeguard the editorial independence of the Anglican Journal
- iii. Support the work of Anglican Journal staff and advise staff as requested
- iv. Explore and work on areas of mutual interest with the Communications and Information Resources Committee
- v. Produce, publish and distribute a national newspaper of interest to the members of the Anglican Church of Canada, with an independent editorial policy and not being an official voice of or for the church. 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.
- vi. Provide a means to distribute diocesan newspapers and other materials as inserts to the national newspaper
- vii. Maintain a database containing pertinent circulation information that will be available for the national and diocesan offices of the Anglican Church of Canada
- viii. Exercise functions common to all committees, namely
-- a) Develop annual budget proposals
-- b) Communicate with other committees and groups
-- c) Report regularly to the Council of General Synod
-- d) At least once a triennium review its own mandate and review policies governing the various areas of work of the Anglican Journal
Adopted by the Council of General Synod November 2011