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Legislation and Resolutions Communiqué #1

Rita Hengen, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson
June 2015

Greetings to all! The legislation/resolutions standing committees are closely intertwined. My first communication as newly minted Saskatchewan provincial legislation/resolutions chairperson will therefore be a combined communiqué.

Resolutions are the backbone of our organization. Checking back on the Action Plan listed for adopted resolutions, the number one recommendation is writing letters to the prime minister and other elected government officials regarding the many and varied concerns stated in the resolutions. I personally have written many letters to federal, provincial and local politicians and have received replies from most everyone. The best resource pamphlet for writing letters is the Personal letter Writing Guide available from the national office (free, limit of 10 per council). This dandy little resource is a must-have so please ensure your council has them on hand. The Guide states, “When elected or appointed government officials get an unusual number of letters on a given concern, they will likely bring this concern to a caucus meeting.”

The fall issue of The Canadian league will include resolutions adopted at the 2015 national convention. Not all resolutions received from provincial councils come before the national convention. In 2014, 18 resolutions were received for consideration and information – five were recommended for presentation as outlined on pages 27 – 29 in the fall, 2014 League magazine. While we await the fall issue for new resolutions, may I suggest we take note of Nancy Simms article on page 22 (winter 2015) highlighting four resolutions for awareness and action, namely Monsodium Glutamate (MSG), (who knew that MSG may be listed as or present in 22 different food labels?), Pharmacy Dispensing Fees, Expiry Date on Prescription Labels and Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods. Let your MP’s and MLA’s know how your council feels about these issues.

Timeline for presentation of resolutions to the respective chairpersons: Past chairperson Susan Melchiorre prepared a detailed timeline for councils to follow in the writing and presenting of a resolution. She suggests it takes 6 months or more to put together a resolution so councils should begin in the spring for presentation the following year. If you do not have this timeline in your binder, I will forward it to you.

The federal election has been set for October 19/15. Who do you want representing you at the federal level? The Executive Handbook (LEG – 1) lists as one of the duties for the chairperson to: Monitor and study legislation at all levels of government. Included in the list is knowing the local, provincial and federal government representatives, receiving information from them, attending public meetings and being informed on issues pertaining to government. The resolved clause in Resolution 1978.06 Know Your Candidate for Office states: to have each member recognize an obligation to use her influence in the selection of nominees to run as candidates for election, having first ascertained the conviction of such nominees as to the value of human life. This is as important today as it was in 1978. Encourage your members to be informed voters.

Resources: The Prairie Messenger is an excellent resource for the legislation/resolutions committees as well as the other committees. Ask your council to subscribe to this weekly award winning official Catholic newspaper for Western Canada. ($37.00 per yr.)

Brief bio: This is my third term as provincial chairperson. My first term was legislation, followed by education and health and now legislation/resolutions. My CWL journey began in 1962 as a charter member of St. Martin de Porres Council in Regina SK. Over the years I have held many parish, diocesan and now provincial positions. Both my husband and I are active in our parish community. We have four children and nine grandchildren ranging in age from 28 – 9. My passion is gardening “playing-in-the-dirt” I call it! I also enjoy knitting, crocheting, reading, cooking, going to grandkids activities and, of course, cheering for the Saskatchewan Roughriders!

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Resolutsions Communiqué #4 - June 2014

Susan Melchiorre, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

If you considering a topic for a resolution to come to convention in 2015, now is the time to get started on it. The finished resolution must be presented to your Diocesan Resolution chairperson by the end of January, 2015. Any later and it will not be considered for that year. I presented a timeline for proceeding with a resolution at the provincial convention. If you did not get a copy and would like one, please contact me. (

If you have a topic for a resolution that you would like to discuss with me or your diocesan chairperson now is the time to take action.

Also if you council or region is interested in hosting a Resolution Workshop, let’s talk.

We have a number of resolutions dealing with various facets of pornography. The Catholic Women’s League has put an emphasis on these this year. All of you would have seen the “Pornography Hurts” post cards in your League magazine or been handed one at a CWL event. Please remember to post them. There is no charge for the postage. Also each province has been asked to put an extra effort into this campaign. Saskatchewan has been asked to make September the month they bombard their politicians with objections to pornography. I suggest this be the topic of your September meeting.

I am looking forward to the resolutions that will come to us from this years National Convention. There is always some very good topics for us to be involved in.

If you have an issue that you feel deserves more attention, perhaps consider presenting it to the Catholic Women’s League in the form of a Resolution. Your issue will become more powerful with the strength of the League behind it.

This concludes my report.

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Resolutsions Communiqué #1 - June 2013

Susan Melchiorre, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

As far as resolution go in the Province of Saskatchewan, this convention season was missing resolutions. There was one resolution presented at the Saskatoon Diocesan Convention on the “Banning of the Storage of Nuclear Waste in Saskatchewan” that was directed at our provincial government. Due to some shortcomings in the resolution it was tabled and returned to the presenting council for further clarification. Hopefully it will be brought back at a future convention.

In March, the League delegation of National President Betty Anne Brown Davidson, National Chairperson of Legislation Anne Gorman and National Chairperson of Resolutions Sheri Ginta travelled to Ottawa to meet with government representatives to discuss the 2012 resolutions as well as resolutions from past years that are still relevant. As always the ladies had an amazing experience and terrific discussions with members of parliament, policy advisors and committee members were held.

The two resolutions passed at the 2012 National convention and discussed with government representatives were:

2012.01 Criminalization of the Purchasing of Sexual Services
2012.02 Employment Insurance Benefits for Adoptive Mothers

Please remember to review resolutions from past years to determine whether they are still relevant and whether there is any proposed legislation dealing with the issues. Past resolutions may be viewed at

Those of you planning to attend the national convention in Regina, please take the time to attend the resolution dialogue on Sunday afternoon. There are always lively discussions and debates focused on the resolutions that will be presented during convention. It is a good learning experience and quite entertaining. Also you get a sneak preview of the resolutions that will be presented at convention for action.

If you have an idea for a resolution that you would like to see your council proceed with, now is the time to start planning and drafting. Most Diocesan Councils want to see any resolutions by the end of the year so preparations, tweaking, etc. can be done prior to its presentation at conventions.

There are any number of ideas out there for resolutions. Sanctity of life (at the moment of conception through to death), health issues, social issues and environmental issues should be on your radar. Have you notice the number of oil spills that have occurred in our North in the last few weeks. These seem to be tucked into a small space at the rear of the newspaper so most don’t notice them. Kinder Morgan’s pipeline in British Columbia has been shut down twice in June due to defective pipes that have leaked oil. This company is currently planning a large pipeline expansion. Another two oil spills in northern Alberta have also shut down pipelines. Enbridge and Pennwest Exploration were involved in these leaks. A very large spill in remote Alberta spilled 9.5 million litres of industrial waste. This from a pipeline own by a Texas oil company named Apache Canada Limited. The spill, containing salt, oil and minerals, has spread over 42 hectares and impacted wildlife, water and land. The trees, vegetation and soil are dead along with the water to First Nation Communities being contaminated. Alberta Environment believes this leak has been going on for some time and only recently learned of it. We need more guarantees and protection from these leaks particularly now that a number of companies want to run pipelines across the continent. Also in the news lately have been letters and articles on the impact of insecticides on bees. According to articles in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, bees account for 70% of the pollination for our cultivated plants and for 35% of our overall food consumption. If we do not stop the depletion of our bees there will dire consequences for our crops. Do topics like this interest you or do you have a pet cause? Now is the time to think CWL resolutions.

Another important process to following is to write to your politicians on your views on our resolutions and any pertinent legislation that is in the system or you would like to see introduced.

Resolutions can happen for presentation to all levels of government from urban/municipal governments up the ladder to provincial and federal government. No concern is irrelevant.

Take care, take action and God bless all.

This concludes my report

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Resolutions Report, November 2012

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

I would like to apologize for my absence at this meeting. Unfortunately, I had made a commitment long ago for this weekend. I hope that you have a fun and fulfilling meeting.

As I write this report, in the background my television is keeping me up on the election results of the United States of America. It seems to be a long, arduous process, but it is wonderful to see that people are lining up to exercise their right, their freedom – without any fear of doing so. We are lucky to live in a part of the world where we are able to bring change with a ballot instead of having change imposed upon us through violence.

Because of this wonderful freedom, it should be easy for us to lobby our government for changes, but for some reason, we are still silent. Resolutions can be intimidating, but we must press on, do the work and stand up for those without voices. To date, I have not heard of any resolutions in progress, but I am hopeful that there are surprises ahead and there will be resolutions coming forward as we enter 2013.

I encourage all councils to read and study the two resolutions passed at the 2012 National Convention. Resolution 2012.01 Enforce the Criminalization of the Purchasing of Sexual Services – this law is in place, but currently is not strongly enforced.

Resolution 2012.02 Employment Insurance Benefits for Adoptive Mothers – currently, biological Mothers receive weeks of benefits, while Mothers adopting children receive only 35 weeks. We are asking for the benefits to be equal for both.

November is the month that members of the National Executive will meet with members of Government. Let us all pray for a successful and productive meeting.

As I pray, I will be including intercessions to St. Germaine Cousin, a young French shepherdess who died at the age of 22 after a life of abuse and poverty. She is the patron saint of abandoned people. Her story inspires me to remember that we, who have such good lives, must always be aware of how many around us have so little. We must be instrumental in bringing about change for those in need.

This concludes my report

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Resolutions Communiqué - June 2012

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

As you are all aware, MP Stephen Woodward’s private member’s Motion 312 was defeated in the House of Commons on September 26th. However, this is not to be taken as simply another defeat. It did show us a lot about how some politicians feel about the true meaning of ‘beginning of life’.

If you look at the list of MPs who voted and how they voted, I think that we as Pro-Life people can be very happy with the majority of representatives from Saskatchewan. Out of the 13 men and women representing our province in Parliament, 10 voted in favour of this motion. Those voting against were Ralph Goodale, Lynn Yelich and Randy Hoback. Since this was a free vote, we would like to feel that people voted from their hearts, however, in the case of any topic that may open the abortion debate, it is always quite possible that people vote with their political careers in mind.

I would like to suggest that members of the CWL write to their MPs expressing their appreciation of the Yea vote. We may have lost this battle, but we must encourage those who are willing to stand up for the unborn in whatever way we can. You may also consider writing an appreciation letter to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of State for the Status of Women. She has been criticized at length for voting in favour of the motion. It is interesting that the Pro-choice groups feel that the Minister of State for the Status of Women must be pro-choice or should be resigning from her position. It seems no one considers that the Pro-Life women also deserve to be represented under the title of ‘Status of Women.

I hope as we have seen our first snowfall and are already looking forward an early spring, that members are also researching and writing those resolutions for our next conventions.

We have seen the Lord in the eyes of those in need. Together, let us respond.

May God Bless all your continued good works.

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Resolutions Directive - June 2012

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

As I write this directive, we are approaching July 1st, Canada Day – a day to celebrate all that our country is and all that we have through living in a democracy where freedoms are taken for granted. It is also a day to reflect on what could be better in this land of ours; there is always room for improvement.

Let us try, together, to make the upcoming year one in which the members of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan is recognized for being women of action – women wanting and working for change where injustices are present.

This past year, there were several resolutions which did not advance to provincial. How do we encourage women to on the task of producing good resolutions? Perhaps, the whole process is too daunting. As provincial and diocesan chairpersons, it is our responsibility to help to make it a more attainable goal.

  • Brainstorm with the councils in your diocese for ideas – it may be that several councils see the same need and could work together to write a resolution
  • Possibly there are members who are willing to work on a resolution, but do not have a subject – better communication between the councils may have positive results.
  • Offer workshops involving multiple councils.

Encourage letter writing – once members get started and receive responses, they will be hooked. Make use of the Personal Letter Writing Guide available through the national office. Every council should have this on hand. Letters should be written to commend as well as those that request change. Too often we forget to thank someone for a job well done. With the upcoming National convention in August, there will be new resolutions passed and more actions to be taken. This fall will be an opportunity for all resolutions chairpersons to encourage more letter writing throughout the membership. As Women Centred on Faith and Justice, we must make our voices heard.

May God Bless your work in the upcoming year and may His Spirit guide you to action.

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Resolutions Communiqué #2 - February 2012

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

The Lenten season approaches quickly and we are reminded through the gospels that we are called to be people of action. As God’s people we must serve the needs of justice – always watching for ways to bring about change.

To date, I have heard some whispers of resolutions to come, but will wait for the Diocesan conventions to take place to see what comes forth. However, resolutions can start at any time. If you have an idea for a resolution, start working today for next year. Precision is important in the process of putting together a resolution. Taking the time to thoroughly research and put it together will ensure a more successful resolution. Some points to remember:

  • Be precise on the goal of the resolution – some resolutions can expand into several ideas on the same subject. It is best to stick to one that can be researched and presented clearly. A successful resolution can lead to others.
  • Be very clear to whom the resolution is directed – Federal government, Provincial government, information for members, etc.
  • The background material must be very complete and available with the resolution. It must be orderly and all references must be in place and clearly marked. Our executives at the Provincial and National levels will not go to Government with limited information.
  • At convention, the council president or designate will be required to speak to the resolution so make sure that she is knowledgeable on the topic and able to communicate the subject well in a brief time.

Writing resolutions is only the beginning – have councils written letters regarding the resolutions passed in 2011? We must support our resolutions or they have no value at all. Imagine the impact on Government if they were to receive 80,000+ letters! We are all responsible for the success of our resolutions.

I was struck by Mark’s Gospel (2.1-12) – the men who found a different way to get their paralyzed friend to be seen by Jesus. They cut a hole in the roof; they were not deterred because the door was blocked. As Women of Peace and Hope, Centred on Faith and Justice, let us look passed the blocked doors and find better ways to bring change to our world.

May God Bless you as you follow in His ways.

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Resolutions Communiqué #1 - July 2011

Margaret Schwab, Provincial Resolutions Chairperson

As we enjoy our warm summer days and time with family and friends, it is easy to forget that there are many in our world who do not have the same comforts that we take for granted. A new CWL season awaits at the end of these summer days and we need to reflect on what we can do to change the world around us. As Women of Peace and Hope centred on Faith and Justice, we are called to take action. Our National council has asked that we strive to be Women Against Poverty and here in Saskatchewan, the Catholic Women’s League is focusing on homelessness. Where do we start to make the changes necessary to insure that everyone has a roof over their heads and a place to call home?


Now is the time to plan your actions for the upcoming year. Just as in January when we think of making New Year’s Resolutions to improve our lives one way or another; the fall is the time to make Resolutions that will positively impact the lives of others. Are we content with all that is being offered in assistance to the homeless? Is there room for improvement? We need to study this issue carefully and resolve to bring about change.

There are also several resolutions passed in years previous that remain unresolved. These resolutions require further action which would include writing letters to members of parliament and federal ministers. Below is a list of those resolutions:

2010.01 Chrysotile Asbestos
2009.01 Exit Strategies for Prostituted Persons
2009.02 Protection and Support Services for Foreign Victims of Human Trafficking
2007.03 Hospice Palliative Care: An Integral Component of the Canadian Health Care System
2006.05 GST Exemption on Funeral Services
2004.02 Children Living in Poverty

Through financial assistance, we are able to assist in the fight against poverty for the short term. Through our well planned resolutions we may be able to bring about the changes needed to make poverty a thing of the past. It won’t be a quick process, but it will never happen unless we take action.

National has several good workshops on resolutions as well as information on how to write a resolution.

When our lives are over and we are asked how we made the world a better place will we say we spent many hours wishing that things would change, or will we say we stood up and brought about change?

May the Good Lord guide you as you continue His good works.

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Resolutions - March 2011

Jean Reader, Provincial Chairperson, Resolutions

Resolutions were passed at the Provincial Convention in June, then headed for their final destination.

Provincial Resolution 2010.01 titled Nuclear Fuel Waste dealt with concerns our 8,125 Catholic Women’s League members had about the way nuclear fuel waste was to be handled in our province. It had been suggested that uranium removed from Saskatchewan should be returned to Saskatchewan once it was spent. Our contention was that if you bought it from Saskatchewan and took it away to some other province then it was that province’s problem of storing the spent fuel, not Saskatchewan’s.

President Gerri Holmes, President Elect Tillie Aessie, and myself met with Minister Bill Boyd, of Energy and Resources, in February in Eston. The meeting was cordial and we presented the Minister with our Resolution explaining our concerns about the issue of Nuclear waste from other provinces being stored in Saskatchewan. The Minister explained that this issue was still being debated, talks were going on at both the Provincial and Federal levels of government. We mentioned that not enough people are attending these hearings or meetings to make their concerns known. My conclusion was that we have to be more aware of the events taking place concerning the disposal of nuclear waste, because by learning more about the issues we can make informed decisions.

The National Resolution 2010.001 Chrysotile Asbestos was shared by Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, the resolution was passed at the National convention. This is a very contentious item for the Federal government and they were not very receptive of the Resolution and informed the Catholic Women’s League delegate that it was a “sensitive” issue and they would take it under consideration. I think that this issue is one that is going to need a lot of letter writing to be done to make the Federal Government realize that all the Catholic Women’s League members are concerned about this horrific immoral deal that we are making with Third World countries.

This has been a very enlightening and learning experience for me and I thank all those that helped bring these Resolutions into being.

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Resolutions - December 2009
Women of Peace and Hope

Jean Reader, Provincial Chairperson, Resolutions

Once again we prepare for the birth of Christ in our hearts and homes, as the busy world swirls around us try to spend some quiet time with the Lord. It is not easy as we shop, bake and clean preparing for Christmas, but have we done the same within ourselves? Have we shopped around for a “new attitude of forgiveness”, have we baked “cakes of hope” to give to those we meet and have we cleaned our souls to better serve the Lord! It is fine to be a “Martha” but it is much better to be a “Mary”, sitting at Jesus’ feet.

Now is the time to think about changes that you would like to see, changes that you can work towards, changes that will happen as you work on a resolution. We can be “resolute” about anything and we usually when we are, we gather with friends to help make a change. Working with our sisters in the League is how we can make things happen. At every level in our Catholic Women’s League there are people who will be able to help you develop resolutions, resolutions that you feel passionate about. Now is the time to act.

There are lots of guidelines to help you with your resolutions. Don’t be afraid to step forward and voice your concerns, because that is what can turn into a resolution. Look at the resolutions that have happened over the years, you realize that someone somewhere decided to take a stand and try to make a change. It starts with an idea, then with the help of your sisters in the League and God’s guidance you can take your first step towards making and presenting a resolutions. With God on your side, who can stand against you.

We need resolutions to make politicians aware of our concerns, to make changes in our governments, and we have the people to can make them aware of our Resolutions.

At this time of the year we look back and see what we have done in the past. This year take a good look at the Resolutions that we have made this year to find out what our concerns are and what we would like to see happen. You can make a difference, and as women of peace and hope we will make a difference.

I wish each and everyone a very Blessed Christmas and, may the Star of Bethlehem that shone on the Baby Jesus shine in your hearts as well.

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