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Resolutions Communique 4 – Sharon Geiger – September 6, 2017

 Hello Everyone

I hope all of you have had a wonderful summer and that you haven't had as much smoke and hot weather as we have had.

Welcome to the new Resolutions Chairpersons:

Lynne Langley - (Kamloops)  

Laura Esposito - (Prince George)

Erin Merth - Vancouver)

Welcome back to:

Catherine Stroman (Nelson)

Margaret Beardon (Victoria)

Whitehorse send emails to Carol Vanderbyl

Please share your communiqués with me and your counterparts.

The resolution process has been very exciting and challenging at the diocesan, provincial and national conventions. I have learned a lot and I hope to convey some of those learning experiences to you in my future communiqués.

As most of you know we had 10 resolutions being prepared for the diocesan conventions. I congratulate the parishes in your diocese for their great effort. in the end there were five resolutions brought to the provincial floor with all being carried. Four resolutions were from the Kamloops diocese and one from the Vancouver diocese. Thank you very much for gifting them to provincial and for all your hard work. One of the resolutions is just for the BC government.

Resolution 2017.02 Include Psychotherapy to British Columbia Medical Services Plan  

Action Plan: 1. Write Letters to the British Columbia premier, ministers of heath and finance, and local member of legislature, urging the provincial government to invest in citizens by providing access to psychotherapy as part of the medical plan.

2. Encourage other provincial/territorial councils of the Catholic Women's League to determine the support for psychotherapy mental health services in their province/territory medical plan.

3. Educate members and the public on the need for including psychotherapy in the BC Medical Services Plan.

4. Outline to educate CWL members on Mental Health Issues.

You will find the whole resolution on the BC & Yukon website.

There was a motion passed at the Provincial convention:

The motion is:

"that councils attempt to open a dialogue with their local police force to discuss policies and priorities affecting the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, to discuss obstacles to enforcement and ways in which the CWL can help to overcome these, and to report their findings to their Parish, Diocesan and Provincial Councils."

Four of the resolutions from BC & Yukon were sent to National and two of the resolutions were accepted and passed on to the convention floor.

2017.02 Mandatory Age Verification Mechanisms for Adult Pornographic Websites

Action Plan:

1. Contact Members of Parliament, the Federal Minister of Justice, and the Prime Minister requesting that legislation be created to ensure that adult websites verify the age of their users.

2. Encourage members to become educated on internet safety and responsible and appropriate technology use.

3. Make members aware of the lack of age verification controls on adult websites. Encourage them to speak to family members about the lack of age verification, and for its possible effects on younger family members.

4. Monitor the response of government officials to request for new legislation.

2017.04 Protection from Coercion of Conscience for healthcare  Professionals

Action Plan:

1. Write to the Prime Minister and Attorney General with copies to your local member of parliament urging them to make it an offence under the Criminal Code of healthcare professionals to be coerced into performing or referring patients for procedures that are in opposition to their conscience.

2. Educate members and the community on the importance of healthcare professionals' right of conscience.

3. Find ways to support healthcare workers who will not perform procedures that are in opposition to their conscience.

The other two resolutions were from the province of Ontario:

2017.01 Full implementation of the Supreme Court Decision in

                R. v. Gladue for Indigenous Offenders

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

You will find all the resolutions, their briefs and action plans, on the CWL website www.cwl.ca

The dioceses who began the procedure for the other resolutions please continue to work on them. for next year.

There were also three motions that were passed at the convention.

Motion #1 reads;

That the national council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled send a letter to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops expressing support of the statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops dated July 7, 2017, On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender identity and Gender Expression.

Motion #2 reads:

That the national council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled urge provincial/territorial councils to encourage all members to educate themselves and support the statement by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops dated July 7, 2017, On the Passage of Bill C-16 Regarding Gender Identity and Gender Expression as well as the papal teachings on the central tenet of contemporary gender theory.

Motion #3 reads:

That the national council of the Catholic Women's League of Canada in 97th annual national convention assembled write a letter to the Prime Minister expressing deep concern that Bill C-16 fails to respect the fundamental rights of freedom of religion and speech of those having different views concerning transgenderism and request a meeting with him on this issue.

A motion passed at the 2017 BC & Yukon Provincial Convention

In light of Resolution 2012.01 Criminalization of the Purchasing of Sexual Service, and the CWL support of the Protection of the Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36)

“That members of the BC & Yukon Council of the CWL open a dialogue with local police force to discuss policies and priorities affecting the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, and to discuss obstacles to enforcement and ways in which the CWL can help to overcome these obstacles, and also to report their findings to their councils and to Diocesan and Provincial Councils.”

As I have said before there are many topics of concern in society, so brainstorm on topics the members in parish councils are concerned about and work as a team to develop a resolution. A resolution workshop may be needed for members to understand the resolution process.

May our Lady of Good Counsel guide you in all that you do "Responding to God's Call" by "Leading with Courage"



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