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I have devised a one page reference guide on the Safe Environment Policy from Supreme. It is a guide and should not be considered as an exhaustive summary on everything associated with the Safe Environment Program. As in the case of other recent Supreme initiatives such as the State Action Plan, Home Corporation Policy and Building the Domestic Church, it takes time to absorb and understand how the councils adapt and comply with these initiatives. Please use the attached guide to assist you with compliance. The references at the bottom of the guide are also for your use.
The role of the Grand Knight, District Deputy and State Deputy grows in complexity each year. There is a greater emphasis placed on being compliant with new initiatives for many reasons. This is why the State Council must be diligent in not only fully understanding these initiatives but also being able to provide pro-active assistance to councils to meet the requirements of these initiatives. The Grand Knight and the councils are the nucleus for all membership and program activity taking place within a Jurisdiction. The State Deputy, State Officers, District Deputies and State Appointees must assume that role of support to councils.There is absolutely no other reason for their existence.
The Safe Environment Program implementation process is heavily upon all of us in Nova Scotia and requires particular attention by Grand Knights to be diligent in compliance. The State Deputy and support staff are ready to support that compliance.
Fraternally and sincere regards
Carl F. Reid, State Deputy Nova Scotia
My dear brother Knights of the Order:
Please see the attachments from me regarding the recent edict from the federal Department of Employment and Social Development Canada.
Much information and discussion Canada wide has been generated by the recent decision by the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada in Ottawa to use a rather coercive tactic of holding back federal funding to organizations who normally employ youth during the summer months if they do not conform to the new policy conditions developed under the present Trudeau government.
It is a matter of religious freedom practice that is being threatened by this new policy. It weighs in heavily on a violation of Charter rights protecting that practice. I have attached my letter as well as a number of papers and commentaries which outlines clearly the intent of the Federal Government with this new policy.
Please proceed as you see appropriate after you have reviewed the attachments.
Please see the important attachment on our winter State membership challenge. The attachment contains all the details necessary to understand the challenge. Please give it the widest distribution throughout your council membership.
Carl F. Reid