Magazine article Anglican Journal

Qu'Appelle's Legal Bills Pass $200,000 before First Lawsuit Heard

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Qu'Appelle's Legal Bills Pass $200,000 before First Lawsuit Heard

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Bishop Wallace sends pastoral letter

The Diocese of Qu'Appelle has rung up $215,000 in legal bills to date in dealing with the residential schools legacy.

That information is contained in the latest of a series of pastoral letters issued by Bishop Duncan Wallace, this to be read at annual parish meetings. The bishop has made it a policy to keep parishioners informed of developments on residential schools. In his letter he says he does this for two reasons: "First, factual information may help to counter the negative effects of rumour and speculation. Second, it is your church and your money and you have a right to know."

The $215,000 is half the total cost for the lawsuits in which Qu'Appelle is involved. General Synod pays the other half. Qu'Appelle is meeting the costs by drawing on funds which would otherwise be invested for income.

"Please note though, that no portion of these legal costs is being paid from contributions you put on the collection plate and from the share which your parish sends to the diocesan office for our work together," the bishop wrote. …

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