Canada news briefs: Ecclesiastical Province of Canada

By on December 1, 1999

End the lobster fight

The Provincial Council of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada is calling on all people embroiled in the conflict over the lobster fishery to work with a mediator and find a just solution to the problem. The provincial council represents hundreds of thousands of Anglicans in the Atlantic provinces and Quebec. It’s headed by Archbishop Arthur Peters. “We are encouraged by the appointment of a mediator,” said Archbishop Peters, “and call upon all parties involved to enter into peaceful dialogue, to seek a just resolution to the present crisis.” Tension and violence erupted over the lobster fishery this fall, mostly in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Native treaty rights dating back hundreds of years must be respected and Native people have the right to fish lobster, regardless of the time of year. Commercial fishermen objected to the ruling, saying fishing by Natives out of season could cause a collapse in stocks. “We believe that all people are children of one Creator,” said Archbishop Peters, “and that this one God calls us to face changes and crises together, in partnership with him and with each other.” Diocesan Times

Big gala for the Lemmons

The Diocese of Fredericton Coadjutor Bishop Bill Hockin has announced a banquet and reception to honour the work of Bishop George Lemmon and his wife, Lois. Bishop Lemmon is set to retire next year. A testimonial banquet will be held in Fredericton at the Sheraton Hotel next February. The event will include a reception and dinner. A eucharist will also be held at Christ Church Cathedral, followed by a reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at the Beaverbrook Hotel. All events will be free of charge. Many dignitaries and special guests will be in attendance and people from across the diocese are encouraged to make the trip to take part. New Brunswick Anglican

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