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On July 26th, 2012, six weeks after receiving the news of the Diocese of Toronto’s gift, Bishop Michael received a letter from The Right Reverend James Cowan, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia containing a cheque for $100,000. In the letter Bishop Cowan wrote:

“The Diocese of British Columbia is mindful of the sacrifice made by the Diocese of New Westminster in its defence of not only property but our polity. We are also conscious that if said litigation had not had the outcome it has had, we would have been involved in similar litigation…(the cheque) comes with our thanks and with an understanding of the personal cost to you and to much of your diocesan leadership.”
Bishop James Cowan. PHOTO: Scott McLeod