Byron KelleherTOULOUSE TARGET A FIFTH TITLEThe 16thseason of European club rugby’s elite tournament kicks-off on Friday and Toulouse will open the defence of their Heineken Cup crown in a “Clash of Champions” against London Wasps at Le Stadium on Sunday with captain Thierry Dusautoir targeting back-to-back titles for the first time for Europe’s most celebrated club.There have been a remarkable four titles in 15 seasons for coach Guy Noves’ team but three times they have tried and three times they have failed to defend the coveted trophy – a feat only managed by Leicester Tigers in 2002 – with London Wasps denying Toulouse the “double” at Twickenham Stadium in 2004“Naturally the objective is to retain our title this time round,” said the man who also led his country to Grand Slam glory last season.“We have not been able to achieve that so far and it would be terrific to do it but we are aware that it’s tough enough just to get to another final the following season. But we belong to an extremely ambitious club and we would love to go as far as possible once again.“You never get tired of winning – it is such a great feeling each time – and that will be our objective.“And we will approach the competition with a lot of enthusiasm, it is something all of us enjoy so much each year as the spirit of the Heineken Cup fits well with our own frame of mind. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “Our first goal is to get a great start against London Wasps and we will be wary of all our opponents to avoid being knocked out early in the tournament as happened in 2007.“It’s always important in the Heineken Cup to do well in the early stages and we will be going in at the deep end against a tough English squad who are amongst the favourites in the tournament.“Regarding the potential danger ahead of us in this group, I’d say all teams are dangerous but the biggest danger that could present itself would be to lose our first game at home, we would be shooting ourselves in the foot if that happened.“Being the title holders doesn’t change much for us – if anything it gives us the extra hunger to win it again – and we always have that energy and will to produce and perform well in this European competition. “We are always hungry to win more titles, that is the key for us to get motivated each season, and after seeing the video recap on last season’s games it reminds us of all the strong emotions that we want to experience again this year.“All the work and effort you put in throughout the season are not always rewarded so when that happens it is something for you to enjoy. However, that all goes quickly because soon enough you have to prepare for the new season and start all over again.”
Stephen Hoiles training with the BrumbiesPractial joker Stephen ‘Hoilsey’ Hoiles sat down with Rugby World at the end of France 2007 so we could get to know him better. We chatted about an ongoing war of practical jokes with Shaun Berne, Ricky Gervais, Karaoke and Time Travel. RUGBY WORLD: Stirling Mortlock says that the practical joke you pulled on Shaun Berne with some photos of him in “compromising positions” is the greatest ever. Tell us more…STEPHEN HOILES: I just decided to try and get Shaun to pose for a few professional photos [Berne thought they were for Men’s Health]. We managed to get him to pose for about 120 photos in a few different outfits – in a tight vest, with his shirt unbuttoned, modelling ties and so on. We got it all on video, put a few songs in the background and showed it to the team. He wanted revenge but I said if he went too far I’d release the photos to the media.RW: So did he get revenge?SH: Yeah, he got into my lounge room one day and put a kids’ swimming pool filled with goldfish in it. There were a few palm trees around as well. I decided that was too far and released the photos!RW: Have you been part of any other practical jokes?SH: Nothing too serious. Shaun’s younger brother, Michael, and I once followed a mate of ours when he was taking his final driving test and made things difficult for him by driving into his reverse parking space from behind him and so on. He still passed, though. We also put up signs saying a friend was having a garage sale so people kept walking into his house looking for it.Hoilesy proving you can never have too much sunscreen onRW: There are quite a few photos of you around with sunscreen caked all over your face. Are you very careful?SH: I probably learnt that from Berney, too, with his Irish skin! We spend a long time in the sun so why get burnt? You can still get a nice tan wearing sunscreen.RW: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or heard on the pitch?SH: Bakkies Botha once said to Adam Freier, “Shut up you dwarf.” I found it quite funny that he was laid into for being vertically challenged!Bryan Adams, Back To The Future and Bubblegum…RW: Do you have a karaoke song? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SH: Bryan Adams’s Summer of ‘69. Matt Dunning and David Lyons are the big karaoke fans in the Wallabies squad.RW: What are the best and worst headlines you’ve seen about yourself?SH: The worst was when I’d just got back into the Wallabies squad last year after missing most of 2005 with injury. I did an interview with a journalist and he was asking me about rugby league. I love to watch it, but then he asked if I’d like to go to league one day. I said, “Who knows? I’d love to think about it but I’ve just signed for two years with the Brumbies, so it’s not worth talking about now.” The headline was ‘Hoiles fancies his chances in NRL’. It wasn’t the best timing. I can’t think of the best one about myself, but the one with the Berney pics was great. It was just ‘I’m Too Sexy’.RW: Which person would you like to be stuck in a lift with?SH: Ricky Gervais would be quite good. I’m a big fan of his. I love The Office and Extras – I’m addicted to it. I’m waiting for the new Extras DVD right now.RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be?SH: Time travel would be cool. I love Back To The Future. I’d probably go back to 1985 when I was about four and got caught pinching some bubblegum. They questioned me and I denied it, but then they checked my pockets. I don’t really remember it but apparently it was pretty embarrassing for my mum. Mum and Dad kept an eye on me after that.RW: When did you last laugh?SH: Watching Adam Freier doing his impersonation of knee-boarding. I get a lot of humour out of Adam.Check out Brumbie’s Twitter page Check out this hilarious clip of Stephen playing Piggies vs Princesses… Check out Stephen’s teammates at Brumbies showing off…
LONDON WASPS wings Christian Wade and Tom Varndell have proved to be a lethal double act this season, scoring tries for fun in the Aviva Premiership and the Amlin Challenge Cup. Now they’re offering you their top tips so you can improve on your speed and agility. Here’s their advice for in the gym…And this video has tips for training on the pitch… TAGS: Wasps And here’s the two racing… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Take a back seat: Scott Johnson should be allowed to concentrate on the rugby for the next few weeksBy Alan DymockMORE OFTEN than not, these ‘Five Things We Learned’ pieces are a mixture of praise and a smidgeon of criticism, just to let everyone know that you spotted a little technical peccadillo in amongst the contacts, or that there is one particular player you want to champion.In the case of Scott Johnson’s Scotland, though, it is much more of straightforward task. There are no bullet points here. No snappy sub headings or drop-caps. It all gets laid out there at the same time. Here are five things:Johnson. Must. Cut. It. Out.No way through: Scotland didn’t trouble the English defenceNow don’t misconstrue this as an attack on Scott Johnson alone. While he has already faced trial by the British media, forcing the SRU to yesterday proclaim publicly that they are standing by him, this is more of a call to arms for everyone round about him to take pressure off him and not leave all the big decisions with him.For example, there was much tutting and more than a few choice words heard under the breath after Johnson’s trademark wisecracks immediately after the embarrassing loss to England. If this head coach doesn’t have the pressure of having to parade in front of the media, he can focus on the serious job of reversing Scotland’s perilous fortunes. After all, with Scotland being nilled at home in two of the last four Tests there and an atrocious start to the Six Nations, he should be more concerned than anybody. Scratch that, he should care more than anybody.Take him out of the public eye, send Duncan Hodge or Jonathan Humphreys out there to talk about rugby – purely the rugby – and let Johnson concentrate solely on coaching for the rest of the tournament. EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – FEBRUARY 08: Scotland fans reacts during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and England on March 8, 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Someone above the coaches station should think outside the box and make a rugby decision that hasn’t come from the coaches. Because matters on the pitch are in need of a serious overhaul, and if the SRU are to stand by him – and no matter what anyone says, Vern Cotter is not booked to charge in on his white steed for months – then Johnson definitely needs a bit of help.Passion: Scotland fans still care deeply about rugby From here on in it should be rugby only for Scotland. No excuses pre-match. No suck-it-and-see swaps from week to week. The best team for the whole tournament should go out and play. Period. Sure their game-plan needs changed, too. After all, once Scotland had spent time running into English tacklers last week and making few yards, in an action painfully reminiscent of a blue bottle trying to fly through a window pane, it was patently clear that Scotland weren’t briefed on another way to play. Let the coaches have their fortnight to try and turn it round before the all-important clash with Italy, which, granted, as a spectacle may not lift the spirits of the neutral but because of the pressure should actually be a credit to the Six Nations. That’s probably fair, isn’t it?So two rounds in,we’ve had our fill tearing into Johnson. He’s had his shot across the bow. But it would be petulant to continue sniping at him. There are others involved and you would hope that an entire organisation is not dictated to by one man, so let them share the burden. After all, a head coach leaving mid-tournament would be a new low for Scotland. Give him a proper chance to prove himself, when the pressure is at its most intense.You see, mark my words, Scottish rugby will outlast this poor showing, regardless of what some articles this week have said about how Scotland should be warned because they are dragging the Six Nations down. In the real world, there is too much history and more importantly too much sponsors ‘support’ or profit projections to be “kicking Scotland out of the tournament” before its mentioned in the fictional offices of the Powers That Be. Frustration: The Scotland squad are hurtingLet’s be clear. Johnson is not a politician or an entertainer. Officially he’s Scotland’s head coach, and he presumably swept to the position based on what he was saying about the nuts and bolts of Scottish rugby. Keep him behind the scenes.No more of the snappy one-liners and grinning in press conferences. Everybody wants a competitive Scotland. If anything else, that’s the one thing we learned at the weekend. Others alongside Johnson must be made aware of this as well. All of them should come out fighting and make beleaguered Scots rugby fans proud.
Here’s everything that’s been happening on social media over the last few days We hope they enjoyed the game.Georgian PranksThis post on instagram from Georgian prop Levan Chilachava shows some elite-level pranking from the Georgians. Before realising that, as a Patriot, he should really side with the USA Eagles too… Traditional DressThis is some sartorial move from the Canadian national squad… Yep, they are in traditional Japanese attire here! Also make sure you know about theRugby World Cup Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.You can follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter too. Incredible view: George Bridge’s try against South Africa was the subject of a unique view (Getty Images) Now that is how you watch rugby. This is the kind of innovation you love to see at major tournaments.Even Better View?Of course, not all views have to be technologically advanced. We give you fans in Fiji… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS NFL Legend SupportNew England Patriots’ evergreen quarterback Tom Brady showed his support for the Springboks before their showdown with the All Blacks… As you would expect, it’s been a busy few days for those interested in Rugby World Cup social media output. There has been a lot to take in. So we have picked through a few of the funniest, smartest and downright weirdest moments for you to enjoy.Test Match Animals Writer Paul Eddison spotted this cracker of a graphic on Japanese TV explaining each rugby position. And yes, they have made the fly-half position a human being. The obvious highlights are the wild boar at hooker and the monkey at nine.This all begs the question: what should the utility mack on your bench be?Incredible ViewHow about this from Rugby World Cup and sponsor Canon, looking at George Bridge’s try for the All Blacks against South Africa? Considering the big fear was that beer would run out in pubs and venues during this World Cup, this has become a big talking point.Ridiculous FlexibilityThe official Rugby World Cup page has paid this tribute to a bowing Cian Healy… National ConfusionSamoa-capped prop Paul Alo-Emile wasn’t impressed with Fox Sport Austrlia’s presenter mixing up Manu Tuilagi’s heritage after England’s win over Tonga on Sunday. Tonga…Samoa…same same @Manutuilagi @rugbyworldcup #ENGvTGA pic.twitter.com/Gq14nsFoiI— Paul Alo-Emile (@PaulAloEmile) September 22, 2019What do we reckon: A bit of fishing or a genuine bob-boo from presenter Nick McArdle?Follow Rugby WorldIf you want to see what we are up to out in Japan, check us out on Instagram. Be prepared. There will be a lot of pranking videos doing the rounds on players’ social media profiles during this Rugby World Cup.Change of PolicyAfter a few complaints about queues for food at venues, the organisers have had to make a big concessions. Here they are on their decision
Giants collide: Maro Itoje is halted during England’s win against South Africa last November (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “We’ve always been a low-tackle team, our phrase has always been ‘Go high you die’. And we do a lot of practice, making low tackles, second man in, where he goes. We’ll see how it goes in these first four Premiership games and then see if we have to make a decision to adapt.”Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup home page. Alex Goode, the Saracens and England full-back, discusses how teams are shaping up at the Rugby World Cup in Japan – and the ongoing controversy surrounding high tackles England and South Africa to meet in the final, predicts Alex GoodeEngland and South Africa will contest the 2019 Rugby World Cup final – according to Saracens star Alex Goode.England face the Wallabies on Saturday for the right to meet Ireland or New Zealand in the semi-finals, while South Africa must overcome hosts Japan before a probable date with Wales.However, Goode believes the physicality of England and the Springboks will be the determining factor in both sides reaching the 2 November final in Yokohama, which would be a reprisal of the 2007 final in Paris that the Boks won 15-6.“England are looking good, tactically they’re in a good place. They’ve had some highs over the last four years, some lows that they’ve learnt from. And they’ve grown as a squad quite a bit,” says Goode, the current European Player of the Year.“If England meet New Zealand, with the humid conditions out in Japan, it will be hard for New Zealand to throw the ball around as much. You see how slippery the ball is.Warming up: the England backs during training in Beppu ahead of their quarter-final v Australia (Getty)“I think England will go for them, they’ll do what Ireland did in Chicago, they’ll go for them in the skies, aerially go for their wingers. Jonny May and Anthony Watson are two of the best in the world at catching high balls. And they’ll go for their lineout and go for them up front.“They wouldn’t play a lot of rugby, they would have Owen Farrell’s kicking, and Underhill, Curry, Maro, they would batter them. I don’t mean batter them on the scoreline, they would physically go for them.“It might not be the prettiest game but I think they will go for the scrum, the lineout, they’ll bully them physically; the English pack will be too strong for them in that sense. England want to be the most brutal team at this World Cup and for me they would have a very good chance against New Zealand.”Goode, 31, feels that same physical assertiveness will stand the Boks in good stead on the other half of the draw.“South Africa is a worse match-up for England than New Zealand. It would be harder because South Africa can match them physically, and so England would have to play a bit differently.Springbok power: RG Snyman carries v Canada – the Boks’ physicality is a huge threat, Goode says (Getty)“I think the final will be between South Africa and England. And then, with similar sides, it would be very interesting. I’d love to see England win it. Obviously I have a lot of friends there, it would be fantastic.”Most observers believe Goode should be part of England’s squad in Japan, instead of preparing for this weekend’s opening round of the 2019-20 Gallagher Premiership. With Farrell away and Max Malins injured, the full-back is expected to begin a stint at fly-half as the champions open their league campaign against Northampton.Goode was speaking to Rugby World ahead of the final round of World Cup pool matches during an event held by Stonegate Pub Company in London. The UK pub operator has launched a ‘We Love Sport’ app that allows fans to see which venues are showing their favourite sports and even reserve tables.Club matters: Alex Goode kicks in last weekend’s Premiership Rugby Cup match v Harlequins (Getty)The World Cup has already produced a record seven red cards, along with 26 yellows, as match officials crack down on high tackles at the behest of World Rugby.Inevitably perhaps, the hard-line approach has led to inconsistency and confusion; some tackles with contact to the head have produced a red card, some a yellow card and some no sanction at all. The issue erupted after Wallaby Reece Hodge’s high tackle on Fijian Peceli Yato went unpunished on day two of the tournament – he later got banned for three weeks – and has thundered on without pause. Scotland’s Jonny Gray clattered into Japan’s Shota Horie, head on head, on Sunday and it was deemed a rugby accident. The previous day, Brian O’Driscoll was left aghast after seeing Samoa hooker Seilala Lam sin-binned for a tackle on Jacob Stockdale.Them’s the rules: Nic Berry sends Seilala Lam to the sin-bin (Getty)“I don’t know what the tackler is meant to do. In my eyes he’s done everything right,” O’Driscoll said on ITV.“Look at how bent those knees are on collision; it’s almost impossible to dip lower than that. The only conclusion for the future is that the big hit is gone. It’s going to be all about leg tackling. The big shot will be ruled out of our game.”Goode says the game is going through teething problems and there will be a lot of pain ahead before players are able to successfully adapt to the new strictures.“It’s a difficult time. We had the referees in at Saracens and they were talking to us about what’s going to happen. Basically if you go high now, you are running a risk – simple as that.“The stuff Reece Hodge said I thought was pretty ridiculous; to say he doesn’t know the framework is absolutely mental to me, it’s mind-blowing. From my point of view, you just have to be careful, the players that are running in going for a big hit are running a risk.“In the next few months there’s going to be some issues (in domestic competitions), a lot of players will get yellows and reds. But we’ve had it with the TMO, you get used to it, those are the rules and you move forward. It’s just a bit of a surprise (to players) at this stage.“Rugby’s a brutal game and you’ve got to look after the welfare of players. Everyone’s getting stronger, faster, bigger and yet your neck and head can’t do that.Too high: Bundee Aki was sent off for this tackle v Samoa – one of seven red cards in the pool phase (Getty)“It’s difficult for referees, difficult for players. We don’t want to see the physicality taken away from rugby. I think we start very strict and then things will get slightly adjusted. It’s a shame it’s come in so close to the World Cup because I don’t think it’s great spectator-wise.”There will always be a degree of subjectivity in decisions. For example, Goode’s verdict on the two Samoan tackles on Russia captain Vasily Artemyev early in the tournament is one red and one yellow card, and whilst discussing his thinking he enacts tackle scenarios with RW to show how easy it is for a tackler to either slip up and make contact with the head or for it to appear as if there is such contact when there is not.“It’s a very tough job ultimately. Referees are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. Sanctions are coming in, it’s the World Cup, they’re just trying to get those grey areas sorted.“All you hope is that the referees aren’t impacting the big games. We haven’t seen it just yet but in the knockout stages we don’t want to be talking about the referees, we want to be talking about how good the rugby is. So it will be interesting to see how that goes.Lots to shout about: Aussie fans at Japan 2019, a tournament that has provided plenty of thrills (AFP)“You need to have consistency in the decision-making and a level of empathy from the referee as well. To understand that players are slipping or that there’s no malice there. It will be interesting but hopefully it won’t overshadow the World Cup and we’ll be talking about what a wonderful World Cup it’s been.”Have Saracens been adjusting their tackle height in training?
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Anthony BouthierBaptiste CouilloudJulien DelbouisAntoine DupontGael FickouRomain NtamackThomas RamosVincent RattezArthur RetiereVirimi VakatawaGabin VilliereArthur VincentFrance Autumn Nations Cup Fixtures 2020Dates, kick-off times and TV details for France’s four Autumn Nations Cup matches…Round OneSunday 15 Nov, France v Fiji – CANCELLED due to Covid cases in Fiji squad, France awarded 28-0 winRound TwoSunday 22 Nov, Scotland 15-22 France Related: Matthieu Jalibert scores rare drop-goalRound ThreeSaturday 28 Nov, France 36-5 Italy Related: France book place in Autumn Nations Cup finalFinals WeekendSunday 6 Dec, England 22-19 France (AET) Related: England beat France in extra-time to lift Autumn Nations CupHead here for the full Autumn Nations Cup fixtures list. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France Autumn Nations Cup Squad 2020France showed huge improvements in the Six Nations under new coach Fabien Galthie, only missing out on the title on points difference.Next on the agenda is the Autumn Nations Cup, which runs from 13 November to 6 December.France’s opening fixture against Fiji was cancelled due to cases of Covid-19 in the Fiji team, but they then beat Scotland and Italy to top the group and reach the final.Galthie has made six changes for the final against England at Twickenham, with Alivereti Raka, Yoram Moefana, Baptiste Couilloud, Hassane Kolignar, Pierre Bourgarit and Selevasio Tolofua all coming into the starting XV, the latter making his debut at No 8.France Team to Play England – Sunday 6 DecemberBrice Dulin; Alivereti Raka, Yoram Moefana, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Couilloud (captain); Hassane Kolignar, Pierre Bourgarit, Dorian Aldegheri, Killian Geraci, Baptiste Pesenti, Cameron Woki, Anthony Jelonch, Selevasio Tolofua. Replacements: Peato Mauvaka, Rodrigue Neti, Uini Atonio, Guillaume Ducat, Sekou Macalou, Sebastien Bezy, Louis Carbonel, Pierre-Louis Barassi.France Team to Play Italy – Saturday 28 NovemberBrice Dulin; Teddy Thomas, Jean-Pascal Barraque, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere; Matthieu Jalibert, Baptiste Serin (captain); Rodrigue Neti, Peato Mauvaka, Dorian Aldegheri, Killian Geraci, Baptiste Pesenti, Cameron Woki, Sekou Macalou, Anthony Jelonch.Replacements: Teddy Baubigny, Hassane Kolignar, Uini Atonio, Cyril Cazeaux, Swan Rebbadj, Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Yoram Moefana.France Team to Play Scotland – Sunday 22 NovemberThomas Ramos; Teddy Thomas, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Vincent Rattez; Matthieu Jalibert, Antoine Dupont; Jean-Baptiste Gros, Camille Chat, Demba Bamba, Bernard le Roux, Romain Taofifenua, Dylan Cretin, Charles Ollivon (captain), Gregory Alldritt. Replacements: Julien Marchand, Cyril Baille, Mohamed Haouas, Paul Willemse, Cameron Woki, Baptiste Couilloud, Louis Carbonel, Arthur Vincent.France Autumn Nations Cup Squad 2020ForwardsDorian AldegheriGregory AlldrittCyril BailleDemba BambaTeddy BaubignyCyril CazeauxCamille ChatDylan CretinJean-Baptiste GrosMohamed HaouasBernard Le RouxJulien MarchandCharles OllivonRomain TaofifenuaPaul WillemseCameron WokiBacks Lend a hand: France’s head coach Fabien Galthie helps out during a team warm-up (Getty Images) Take a look at the players Fabien Galthie has assembled for this campaign Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Sision[Anglican Journal] Anglican Church of Canada staff on July 25 held a prayer service to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Canadian government’s apology to First Nations people for the Indian residential schools system.From the late 19th century to the mid-20th century, about 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis children were taken from their homes and sent to federally funded schools managed by Anglican, Catholic, Presbyterian and United churches, where a number reported physical, mental and sexual abuses.The gathering at the national church’s Chapel of the Holy Apostles in Toronto was organized by its indigenous ministries department and was dubbed a National Day of Prayer: Honour the Apology.Canon Ginny Doctor, indigenous ministries coordinator, led the service, which included “Gospel-based discipleship,” a recitation of the “prayer beads for healing,” drumming, singing of hymns, and prayers of the people, which were based on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s historic apology.Doctor urged staff to reflect on the message of the day’s gospel as it relates to the apology and to the meaning of establishing “right relations,” not only between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people but with peoples of the world.Honour the Apology events were also held across Canada by grassroots native activists who are calling on the government to live up to the apology issued by Harper in 2008. Rallies were organized in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Sudbury and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The events were publicized, including through a Facebook page, #HonourtheApology.Activists urged the federal government to “release all documents pertaining to the residential schools in Canada immediately” and to work toward ending violence toward Canada’s indigenous people.The day was sparked, in part, by a Canadian Press story about how, in the 1940s, the Canadian government subjected about 1,300 aboriginal people—including children from six residential schools—to nutritional experiments that included withholding food and basic dental care. The story, which first appeared in the May 2000 issue of the Anglican Journal, drew outrage from various quarters.News about these experiments underscore the importance of releasing all government documents relating to residential schools and turning them over to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), say organizers. Created as part of the 2007 Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the TRC is mandated to document the history of residential schools and to educate Canadians about it.Last December, the TRC took Ottawa to court, saying it has failed to provide documents that are important to its mandate of delivering “truth, reconciliation and ultimately, healing” for former students and their families.“If the parties, through incompetence, delays or deliberate stonewalling (or a combination thereof) sabotage the work of the commission, then Canadians are certain to forget (and never fully learn) what has happened” the commission told the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The TRC also expressed concern that the impediment would hamper completion of its work, which ends July 1, 2014.Last January, Justice Stephen Goudge ruled that under the terms of the Indian residential schools settlement agreement, the Government of Canada must produce all relevant documents related to Indian residential schools that are housed in Library and Archives Canada. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Tags Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET
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Robert Shearer will retire as priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, New Jersey, on Sunday, Jan. 26.Shearer came to St. Paul’s in the summer of 2009. During his time at St. Paul’s, the church has seen growth in membership and in outreach programs. St. Paul’s has expanded its outreach to the community through the founding of a new choir school as well as other feeding programs, including a Thanksgiving Dinner for the entire community. In addition, the church will soon be on the register of historic places just in time for its 150th anniversary in 2015.Shearer was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1960. After graduation from General Seminary in New York and ordination in Dallas, he served in a variety of positions in the Episcopal Church: rector, interim rector, assistant rector, curate, seminary teaching fellow. He’s also explored the business world as a consultant, reorganizing a diocesan staff, revitalizing a statewide annual fund appeal for social services. He has served as interim rector at a number of New Jersey parishes, including Christ Church in New Brunswick and St Peter’s in Morristown. Rector Belleville, IL People Comments are closed. March 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm I wonder if this is Sam Fr. Shearer who served a interim in Pinole,Ca about 1981. He was a very good priest; one reason I chose to become Epuscopalian January 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm A wonderful man and gifted priest and preacher who was key to my discernment in my postulancy while Father Shearer served as interim of Grace Church in Plainfield, NJ. If you wish to see Bob stiffen a little, ask him about President Bush’s (Bush II) visit to Grace. 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