Resolutions Communique #4

National Chairperson of Resolutions Joan Bona, September 27, 2017

Resolutions At-A-Glance
Oral Report

Greetings and welcome to the new and returning provincial chairpersons of the resolutions standing committee!

At the 2017 annual national convention recently held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, four resolutions were adopted which can be found in their entirety on the national website The attached document entitled Resolutions At-A-Glance highlights key components of the resolution titles with the related standing committee’s responsibility, the resolved clause and accompanying action plans.

Resolutions bring an awareness of a concern or injustice, guiding the work of members. The many hours of dedication and work through research and prayer are acknowledged, yet the return is not only to engage members to advocate, write letters and follow through on the suggested action plans but to also monitor response(s) directed to the federal government. I am happy to share with you the 2017 resolutions:

2017.01 Full Implementation of the Supreme Court Decision in R. v. Gladue for Indigenous Offenders

  •  urge the federal government to fully implement the R. v. Gladue decision by directing the courts of Canada to ensure that Gladue reports are provided to all judges before sentencing Indigenous offenders.

2017.02 Mandatory Age Verification Mechanisms for Adult Pornographic Websites

  • urge the federal government to enact laws requiring mandatory age verification mechanisms for adult pornographic websites.

2017.03 Zero-Rated Status Under the Goods and Services Tax Provisions of the Excise Tax Act for Child Safety Products

  • urge the federal government to grant zero-rated status for regulated child safety products under the goods and services tax provisions of the Excise Tax Act.

2017.04 Protection from Coercion of Conscience for Healthcare Professionals

  • urge the federal government to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to be consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by making it an offence to coerce healthcare professionals into referring for, or performing procedures that are in opposition to their charter rights of freedom of conscience and religion.

Meetings with federal government representatives regarding the 2017 and other resolutions are currently being arranged by national office. Stay tuned for more information of the national executive delegation’s annual visit to Ottawa in 2017.

Please note in my oral report from the 97th annual national convention where diocesan and provincial councils are encouraged to host a resolutions dialogue prior to an annual convention. It may require some extra time, however, the results would assist members in understanding the resolutions process at the local level.

I am excited to announce that Margie Royle from the Archdiocese of Kingston has been appointed to the national resolutions committee and will serve a two-year term. Welcome, Margie! I also wish to acknowledge the work of the Archdiocese of Toronto Mary Capobianco who has completed a two-year term with remarkable efficiency and expertise. Thank you, Mary!

Keep an eye out for the online annual report forms available in the near future.

May the gifts of the Holy Spirit enable us to do the Lord’s work in courageous ways, which bring joy and love to all of God’s people.

Best wishes for a wonderful year!

Joan Bona

National Chairperson of Resolutions