Resolutions submitted at the Toronto Archdiocesan Conventions:
The following two resolutions were presented at the Toronto Diocesan Convention in May 2012 and both were passed and submitted for consideration at the 2012 Ontario Provincial Convention held in Kingston in July.
Toronto Diocesan 2012.01 - Protection of Rights for Seasonal Agricultural Workers
As Canada’s population ages, it is experiencing labour market shortages of both skilled and lower-skilled workers. This trend is likely to increase in the years to come. The change in demographics has had major impacts on Canadian immigration policies in recent years (Law Commission of Ontario, 41). One of these changes has been the expansion of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP). Canada now welcomes nearly as many temporary workers annually as it does permanent residents.
Toronto Diocesan 2012.02 - Raising Awareness of ALS and Increased Funding for Research
The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of Canada refers to ALS as a motor neuron disease further outlining the involvement and loss of actual motor nerve cells. ALS is a devastating neurological disease affecting 2500 to 3000 Canadians each year (ALS Canada). The lifetime risk of developing ALS is approximately 1 in 1000 and two to three Canadians die each day as they succumb to their disease. There is no proven cure for ALS (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre). The cause of ALS is unknown but less than 10% of ALS cases are genetic (ALS Canada).
The following two resolutions were presented at the Toronto Diocesan Convention in May 2011 and both were passed and submitted for consideration at the 2011 Ontario Provincial Convention held in Hamilton in July.
Toronto Diocesan 2011.01
Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Early Detection
This resolution was also passed at the Ontario Provincial Convention and forwarded through the national executive to the national chairperson of education and health standing committee for education/action.
Click here ON.11.03 Raising Awareness of Colorectal Cancer and the Importance of Early Detection to access the Ontario Provincial website for the full Resolution text, the Brief, Works Cited and the Action Plan.
Toronto Diocesan 2011.02
Guarding Against the Sexualization of Girls in the Media
Unfortunately resolution 2011.02 Guarding Against the Sexualization of Girls in the Media was not accepted by the Ontario Provincial Resolutions Review Committee so it was not presented at the Ontario Provincial Convention. It was not accepted for consideration because the majority of the resource backup material was American based (National will not accept this). Pauline Krupa the past Ontario Provincial Resolutions Chair encourages the authors to re-work the resolution and keep researching for Canadian content so that it can be brought back to the floor. Pauline also said ...this is too important to not be worked on.
The process has begun to determine what changes or action is required so this topic meets the necessary criteria to move forward. In the mean time, since this resolution was passed at our Convention councils can take action!!
Click here for the full Resolution text, the Brief, Works Cited and the Action Plan for Toronto Diocesan 2011.02.
Resolutions “Action of the Month Contest" that took place in 2011
Thank you to all the parishes who accepted the challenge, studied resolutions and submitted their action plans!
Click here to review the summaries of all the Resolutions Action Plans submitted from January through April 2011.
These two resolutions were presented at the Toronto Archdiocesan Convention in May 2010 where they were passed and submitted for consideration at the 2010 Ontario Provincial Convention held in Cornwall in July. Toronto’s resolutions were the ONLY two resolutions presented at the Provincial Convention and both were passed!
ON.10.01 Raising Awareness of Anaphylaxis
Resolution ON.10.01 was forwarded through the national executive to the other ten provincial councils, encouraging them to become aware of this issue as it pertains to their province/territory, and to act on it, as deemed necessary/prudent.
ON.10.02 Financial Assistance for Diabetes Supplies
Resolution ON.10.02 was forwarded through the national executive to the national chairperson of education and health for education/action.
Click on one of the resolution description above to access the Ontario Provincial website – www.cwl.on.ca where you will find both complete resolutions including the briefs and action plans.
HOW TO GET A RESOLUTION STARTED!
A resolution is basically a motion or a formal way of introducing new business with the purpose of presenting our concerns or recommendations. A resolution is used to educate, inform, or establish new policy and it usually asks for action of some kind.
Ideas for resolutions can be found every where:
- Awareness of issues from personal experience
- Ideas may come from the media; local and national newspapers, magazines, the internet, radio etc.
- Through brainstorming session with others
Once you have an idea, take these initial steps:
- First Check - check to make sure the CWL hasn’t already done a resolution on your topic
- Share - Share your idea with others. Speak to your parish president and ask to have the topic put on the next meeting’s agenda.
- Form a committee - Ask other ladies with same minded concerns to help. You don’t need a huge committee but try to get at least 2 or 3 to join you.
- Get the Facts – gather the supporting material. Research your topics using all available resources. Use the internet, the library, people resources etc.
- Decide - Decide on a title for your resolution as this will help you decide what outcome you hope to accomplish from your resolution.
- Draft - Create your first draft starting with the resolved clauses first and working your way back up to the whereas clause.
Three Basic Parts of a Resolution
- WHEREAS - The reason why you want this
- RESOLVED - Determines what action you want as an outcome.
- THE BRIEF – The supporting information or argument to convince your audience to adopt this resolution.
- National Manual of Policy and Procedure
- Executive Handbook
- The Canadian League Magazine
- National Standing Chair Communiqués
- Previous TAD resolutions click here for the list of titles
- Information available through www.cwl.ca and www.cwl.on.ca
- Resolutions Checklist click here
- Resolution Flow Chart click here