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Legislation Communique 1- Blanca Stead    August 28, 2016


“Legislation affects everyone and everything we have and so.”


Greetings from Cowichan (Khowutzum), it means the Warm Land in Hul’q’umi’num’, and this week it has been warm indeed.


I am Blanca Stead, newly appointed provincial Legislation Chair and Immediate Past President of the Victoria Diocesan Council. A CWL member for 28 years and at the Parish and Diocesan level I have served at several Standing Committees.


Born and raised in Chile, I came to Canada in 1980 and worked at the Vanier library for Science & Engineering at the University of Ottawa.  When my husband retired and came back to his birthplace, I shifted towards Archives and since then I have been working as a volunteer for the Cowichan Historical Society.  In my Parish, I am a member of the Liturgy Committee and work with the Funeral Ministry.


The word Legislation (Legis latio) means the act of making or enacting laws, also a law or a body of laws enacted. Leading the League tells us that the Legislation Standing Committee is social justice in action and also that it is the carrying out of League resolutions to influence government policy.


To lead on the work and actions of this Standing Committee in BC & Yukon we have Team Legis:


National Chair:  Nancy Simms from the Kamloops Diocese

Provincial Chair:   Blanca Stead from the Victoria Diocese

Diocesan Chairs:

Kamloops:   Carol Taphorn

Nelson:   Catherine Stroman

Prince George:  Amabile DalMonte

Vancouver:   Sherray Duran

Victoria:  Linda Foucault

Whitehorse:  Carol Vanderbyl


“The House” (House of Commons) stands adjourned until Monday, September 19, 2016.  There are many pending issues, let’s keep in mind that just because an issue does not move forward, it is not a reason to stop our actions.  On the contrary, we need to pursue advocating and presenting our concerns.


At the National Convention in Halifax, five resolutions were adopted:

2016.01:  Equal access to Permanent Resident Status, an Amendment to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act  


Resolution 2016.2: Eating well with Canada’s Food Guide.


Resolution 2016.3:  Warning Labels on Food and Drug Products for all Inactive Substances and Additives.


Resolution 2016.4:  Amend the Canada Health Act to identify Palliative Care as an Insured Health Service.


Resolution 2016.05 Amend the Canada Health Act to include Home Care as an insured Health Service.


The Action Plans for all these resolutions urge us to write letters and to monitor the federal government’s responses.  For full text visit the CWL national website.


The Youth Ministry falls under the Christian Family Life Standing Committee, but I invite all the Legislation Standing Committees to join in the dissemination of information about the Prime Minister Youth Council project.  


The Prime Minister Youth Council is a body of young Canadians, aged 16 to 24, who will provide non-partisan advice to the Prime Minister who wants to hear from youth on issues that matter to them and matter to all Canadians such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, as well as climate change and clean growth, among others. The perspectives of youth will be one of many sources of relevant input that will go into the policy-making process.


Please announce this project and suggest to Parish Councils to invite the qualifying young in their Parishes to apply; the deadline is October 27th.  More information can be found at the CWL national website.  


Why get involved with Legislation?


“…no one can demand that religion should be relegated to the inner sanctum of personal life, without influence on societal and national life, without concern for the soundness of civil institutions, without a right to offer an opinion on events affecting society” (Pope Francis in “The Joy of the Gospel”183)


Blessings to you all








  


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