- information about an article on HRC which will appear in their latest edition (on newstands today or tomorrow, I expect). Heartbreak in Huronia was written by Heather Robertson
- a fabulous photo of HRC class action lead plaintiffs Marie Slark and Pat Seth, which can be downloaded
- a link to very thorough CBC National TV News about the HRC settlement. There are several very strong survivor voices to be heard here. (I think this is the best TV news coverage I have seen yet)
- a link to the settlement agreement
- a link to a video tour of the institution as it looked at some time since it was closed just 4 years ago. You can see how neglected the building is (and how lax the security)
- a link to Opening Ontario’s “Saddest Chapter:” A Social History of Huronia Regional Centre – a current article in the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, by Dr. Kate Rossiter, Assistant Professor of Health Studies and Annalise Clarkson, Masters Student, Social Justice and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford, Ontario
Sings My Soul! Join Jan Plecash and Allison Piercey as they provide musical leadership for an hour of community singing and reflection. Oasis services of music and reflection take place on the last Friday of the month and provide a space to noursish the justice-seeking soul. The service will be followed by a light supper and opportunity to visit. Mark your calendars for the next service on February 22!
You can find these services in the Church of the Holy Trinity next to the Eaton Centre just south of Dundas between Yonge and Bay streets. Come find a quiet centre in the heart of the city!
For Immediate Release
TORONTO-June 17, 2007 – On the eve of a national meeting of the Anglican Church of Canada (General Synod) in which the blessing of same-sex unions is to be debated, the Church of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican Church in downtown Toronto, pledges to bless same-sex unions regardless of the outcome.
In a special meeting of the congregation, members declared this issue to be a matter of love, justice and ultimately conscience. “Providing an equal pastoral response to same-sex couples who present themselves for blessing or marriage as to couples of the opposite sex is a matter of conscience and integrity for the clergy and people of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Toronto”, the statement says.
In taking this step, the congregation affirmed their intention of remaining in the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican communion. “We are sincerely hoping that General Synod will recognize the sanctity and equality of same-sex relationships. But if they do not, we must do what we are called in conscience to do. It is not our intention to leave, but to stay in our Church and have our act of conscience respected”, says Jim Love, Warden at Holy Trinity.
The Church of the Holy Trinity has long been a leader on social justice issues, including solidarity with gay and lesbian people. In
addition to this public statement, the church has sent an open letter to the Canadian House of Bishops, and a message to all General Synod delegates asking them to move forward in justice. “We simply can’t wait any longer, and continue to call ourselves a people serving a God of justice and love”, says The Reverend Sara Boyles, Incumbent at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
General Synod 2007 of the Anglican Church of Canada begins June 19th in Winnipeg .