Dear Sisters in the League,

Hello from Kamloops! I hope you all have had a productive summer and hopefully enjoyed some time with family and friends, while handling many smoke-filled communities.

I am the newly elected Legislation chairperson for the BC and Yukon provincial council. I also have 8 months remaining as past president on the Kamloops diocesan council.
I was born and raised in Ontario but moved to Kamloops in 1980. I am married to Chris and have two sons. I am an Early Childhood Educator and have had my own In Home Multi Age daycare since 1989. I joined the CWL in 1997 and have served in various positions on the parish and diocesan levels. I am active in my parish, Holy Family, where I am in the choir, a Eucharistic Minister and serve with the funeral ministry.

The Legislation standing committee is new for me and I look forward to this challenge and new learning curve. Our Constitution and Bylaws states that this standing committee’s duties shall be: a) monitor and study legislation at all levels of government and b) preparation of briefs and position papers on proposed legislation. Our BC and Yukon Policy and Procedure manual states: “The legislation chairperson must monitor legislation regarding provincial/territorial and national resolutions and inform members of any upcoming bills needed to be acted upon. She is a member of the resolutions delegation meeting with the provincial government and the committee that review all possible resolutions.”

The Legislation standing committee chairpersons from National to Diocesan are:
National Chair: Betty Colaneri
Provincial Chair: Sheila Doherty
Diocesan Chairs: Kamloops: Nora Fulop,
Nelson: Caroline Ann-Alter
Prince George: Adina Raine
Vancouver: Marilyn Martin
Victoria: Gerry Heywood
Whitehorse: Carol Vanderbyl

At the National convention in Winnipeg three resolutions were passed:

2018.01 Attestation Requirement on Canada Summer Jobs Program (BC – E&H)
2018.02 Setting a Standard for Products Marketed as Flushable (MB – CL)
2018.03 Legislate Designation of Hospice/Palliative Care Services in Facilities to Exclude Medical Assistance in Dying (BC – Leg)

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 124 (SOGI 123) (BC – Education & Health) was recommended to go to provincial presidents. We can be very proud of the BC and Yukon council having these resolutions come to the national floor! Kudos to all of you who prepared, researched, presented these resolutions. The national website is ‘Temporarily Closed for Construction’ so as soon as it is updated you can familiarize yourself with the Action plans. You are encouraged to act on them as you deem necessary/prudent.

The House of Commons is adjourned until Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The agenda is not yet available, but you can stay apprised of all that goes on at The House by checking out their website, www.ourcommons.ca. The Committee Meetings, Members’ Work,

Business Calendar, Bills (LEGISinfo), E-petitions, Senate etc. are all at your fingertips at this website. My fingers will be busy checking all this out under this Legislation standing committee!

The Legislative Assembly of the BC Government will resume on Monday, October 1, 2018. You can stay informed by visiting www.leg.bc.ca.

Bill C-404 An Act to amend the Assisted Human Reproduction Act The previous legislation chairperson, Blanca Stead, sent out an email right after our provincial convention, to the diocesan chairpersons requesting them that if anyone was writing letters against this proposed Bill to refrain from using any statement about ‘designer babies’. Just a reminder that this Bill had its First Reading on May 29, 2018 and now we can see what develops after the House adjourns in September. This Bill is in contravention to CWL Resolutions 2000.02 The Prohibition of the Sale of Human Embryonic or Fetal Tissue, or Reproductive Services and 2011.01 Prohibition of Practices re Human Reproductive Material.

What is the importance of legislation? “Legislation is one of the most important instruments of government in organizing society and protecting citizens. It determines amongst others the rights and responsibilities of individuals and authorities to whom the legislation applies.” (Importance of legislation – UPSpace – University of Pretoria, https://repository.up.ac.za)

May Our Lady of Good Counsel be your guide,

Sheila Doherty