This takes this long?
(ROAA) - On March 29, 2012, the Canadian Conference of Orthodox Bishops had a meeting at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto. On the agenda were the reports of the dialogue with the Catholic Bishops, pastoral, canonical and liturgical issues, a Directory of all Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs, jurisdictions and parishes. It was discussed the update on the petition addressed to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to approve the constituency of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of Canada. There were also discussed plans for joint-ministry and fraternal cooperation in the future. An important topic was the discussion of the situation of persecuted Christians in the World and the position of the Orthodox in Canada...
Actually it is taking a long time because Patriarch Bartholomew does not want to make this decision without consultation with the other Orthodox mother churches. The regions were decided by the whole church and not just the Patriarchate of Constantinople so any change needs to be made by the same process.
The Canadian bishops agreed to this course of action back at the first North American Episcopal Assembly--it's coming up on two years. Even carrier pigeons aren't that slow!
The EP is in constant contact with the branches of the Greek Church (Constantinople, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Cyprus, CoG). The Church of Albania is in constant contact with the EP and the CoG. Constantinople, Antioch, Moscow, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and the OCA are on the proposed Canadian EA, at least according to the Chambesy accords, and according to the same accords should have already decided this issue. Constantinople has a jurisdiction in the Canada whose homelands are the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and also in the American ACOBNCA where it is joined by another jurisdiction whose homeland is in Albania (whose roots are in the OCA), and whose bishop was present at this meeting.
That leaves Georgia and Poland. The EA in South America had a problem with the Polish, and the EP took 1504 years to recognize Georgia's autocephaly. It has to speed things up.
There is no reason for this to not to be a done deal, except that I suspect that Met. Soter would rather be through with the OCA, and the Phanar would like to redirect the Chambasy towards its goal of having its canon 28 myth adopted, and the other Churches are refusing to go along to get along on on both issues.