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Ontario budget 2013: Liberals’ budget packed with NDP measures By Staff Reporter

Ghana’s Supreme Court begins hearings on NPP Election Petition By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

The Liberal government of Ontario led by Premier Kathkleen Wynne tabled its the 2013 provincial budget at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Thursday, May 2, 2013. It was presented by Finance Premier Kathleen Wynne Minister Charles Sousa. The budget has been contains almost all the key billed by its critics as an demands of the opposition “NDP budget” because it NDP. Its Leader Andrea

Horwath’s had made key demands to be included in the budget which were a 15 per cent auto insurance rate cut, a $260-million boost to home-care health services, a $295-million action plan to fight youth unemployment, and help for people on welfare. Premier cont'd on pg. 23

Stop paying gov’t back with strikes: Mahama to Labour be appreciated rather than scorned. He said the implementation of the SSSS has, “undoubtedly increased the take-home salary of public sector workers exponentially”.

Prez John Mahama President John Mahama has asked public sector workers to reciprocate the government’s implementation of the single spine salary structure (SSSS) with high productivity rather than strikes and labour agitations. M r. M a h a m a t o l d w o r k e r s a t Wednesday’s celebration of May Day at Takoradi in the Western region that the successful implementation of the SSSS and its consequent swelling of public workers’ salaries must

Mr. Mahama said: “We are all witnesses to the remarkable improvements that have been achieved through its implementation”, adding that: “Government as an employer and the custodian of the national interest expects that Labour will reciprocate these increases in wages and salaries with higher levels of labour productivity, not with strikes and unbridled agitations”. The President nonetheless conceded that: “There are some post implementation challenges and outstanding issues which need to be addressed”. He mentioned the issues of market premium, about which a white paper cont'd on pg. 15

Ghana’s Supreme Court on Tuesday April 16, began hearing of the substantive petition which is challenging the validity of the election of John Dramani Mahama as president of Ghana. Three leading members of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the party’s presidential candidate, his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and Jake Otanka Obetsebi-Lamptey, party chairman, have alleged massive irregularities and malpractices in almost 12,000 polling stations during last December’s

Prez John Mahama presidential election. The petitioners are therefore praying the Supreme Court, the highest court of Ghana, to nullify votes coming from such polling stations totaling more than 4 million. President Mahama, the Electoral Commission

Nana Akufo-Addo and the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) are the respondents to the petition. When hearing of the substantive case kick-started on Tuesday morning, the Electoral Commissioner, second respondent, a host of cont'd on pg. 53

The era of deceit is over: Presby boss tells politicians Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Reverend Professor Emmanuel M a r t e y, h a s s a i d government must be blamed for the protracted strike by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA). According to him, the current political leadership creates the feeling that the nation has no money to pay workers whilst politicians receive hefty salaries. Speaking to XYZ

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Margaret Thatcher, Prince Philip honours former U.K. PM, dies at 87 Canadian military battalion Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ oversaw Falklands War, painful economic restructuring Margaret Thatcher, one of the most important British politicians of the 20th century, died Monday morning after suffering a stroke. She was 87. Thatcher was the first woman to become U.K. prime minister and Britain’s only prime minister of the 20th century to win three consecutive terms. After leading the Conservatives to victory in the 1979 election, Thatcher shook Britain to its economic roots in a relentless battle to restructure the country. Richard Longworth of the Chicago Tribune described Thatcher in 1989 as “perhaps the most admired, hated, fascinating, boring, radical and conservative leader in the Western world.”

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Election petition in Ghana's Supreme Court: A good exercise in depending democracy and the rule of law

Independent Civilian Policing Oversight Needed in Ghana

The on-going hearing at Ghana’s Supreme Court on a petition filed by the New Patriotic Party challenging the results of the December 2012 elections should be applauded by all peace-loving Ghanaians, people of Ghanaian descent in the diaspora, and for all peaceloving democrats around the world. Elsewhere in this paper, we carry details of the events and issues that led to the filing of this election petition which provides readers with the background information for this petition. We are delighted about this exercise for a number of reasons: First Ghana has rightly earned a reputation as a peace-loving, nonviolent country. Even in the face of similar dramatic events, including elections that have thrown many of our neighbors in Africa into total chaos, turmoil and loss of lives, Ghanaians have remained resolute and steadfast in maintaining peace in the country. This resort to the path of peace has been achieved despite the predictions, provocations and irresponsible actions of some naysayers and prophets of doom in the country who continuously predict that if things do not go their way, the nation Ghana will burn. Therefore in the midst of what the NPP political establishment thought and regarded as massive vote rigging, malpractices and irregularities in the conduct and declaration of the December 2012 Presidential and Parliamentary election results, they and their followers did not resort to any violent reactions. They decided to follow the ‘traditional’ path of peace and the rule of law to resolve their grievance and perception of injustice. We therefore commend them for their action.

We are also delighted to note that the process at the Supreme Court is proceeding relatively smoothly and peacefully as well. The court agreed, after initial hesitation, to allow live radio and television broadcast of the court proceedings to the general public. This, we believe, is the highest point of this exercise which should help deepen our Letters to the Editor democracy and the rule of law instead of rule of the gun and jungle politics that the We encourage your country was subjected to in years gone by. feedback and value your comments. Please feel free to write to us. keep letters to a maximum of 200 words, include your full name, Telephone # and mailing address with all correspondence. Address your letters to the Editor The Ghanaian News 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at

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The public live broadcast of this exercise is very good in the sense that the public does not need any second hand pocket lawyers and quack “experts” to twist and turn the events (which would otherwise have been held behind closed doors) to the general public. The public is getting whatever is being presented, challenged and debated at the Supreme Court first hand, although the downside of this live broadcast is that life in Ghana seems to come to a standstill during the live broadcast of the event since many people including office workers abandon their jobs and stay glued to their television and radios. There is always a necessary price to pay for every exercise but we believe this is a good sacrifice to make for the general Ghanaian public to “see” and hear what is going on at the courts and the issues at stake. We commend all those who are participating in this historic event to keep the destiny of the nation at heart and in their minds and stick to this noble path of peace and the exercise of the rule of law that they have all agreed to abide by. We look forward to the peaceful outcome of this exercise and also admonish ALL the parties to accept whatever the final outcome of the case will be. L o n g

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By: Kwabena Akuoko Tasked with enforcing the law, detecting and investigating crimes, apprehending criminals and also maintaining public peace among other vital responsibilities, society gives colossal power to the police to make sure that rule of law prevails. The police service is undeniably an integral aspect of a country’s criminal justice system. Thus, on the rudimentary level, the police are expected to serve and protect the citizenry. The Ghana Police Service (GPS), however, falls far too short as a world class or modern constabulary when it comes to serving and protecting Ghanaians. GPS is full of unprofessional personnel who deliberately and routinely violate the very law they are supposed to enforce with impunity. Therefore, besides its internal control mechanisms, the police in Ghana needs independent and well structured civilian governance. This will certainly help reduce corruption, abuse o f p o w e r, b r u t a l i t y, indiscipline and other forms of unprofessional behaviours, which are rampant within the police establishment. The universal cardinal policing principle of serving and protecting with a high sense of professionalism and accountability does not seem to mean much in Ghana. The GPS is unfortunately full of rotten apples, which routinely drag the agency’s reputation to the mud. This therefore raises the critical questions as to who is really policing the police in Ghana. Or how effective are the police’s internal control mechanisms for dealing with unprofessional officers? Many Ghanaians paint unflattering picture of the GPS and hence we need independent civilian policing agency to oversee the national law enforcement institution. Thus, in addition to the current internal control mechanisms, there is a desire for an autonomous body vested with the power to investigate and respond to police wrongdoings and other forms of unprofessionalism. This will pave the way for all corrupt and incompetent officers to be weeded out from the GPS in order for the police to

better serve and protect the population. Civilian policing oversight will specifically help address the shortcomings of GPS’ internal control mechanisms. Presently, the control and disciplinary mechanisms of the GPS are under Part 1 of the Police Force Disciplinary Proceedings Regulations, 1974 LI 1993. This law sets a Central Disciplinary Board at the Police Headquarters in Accra and 10 Disciplinary Boards in each of the regions. Essentially, the Disciplinary Boards deal with complaints brought forth against the police by the public. Coupled with the Disciplinary Boards, the Police Intelligence and Professional Standards Unit (PIPSU) also deals with personnel’s misconducts. Thus, contrary to other constabularies globally, which have civilian policing supervisory regimes, the GPS conveniently monitors itself. The call for civilian oversight of the GPS is consistent with the notion that as a paramilitary organization, police do not limit themselves to the bounds of the law, and therefore requires independent or external supervision. As protectors, guardians and enforcers of the law, Ghanaian police officers, like their counterparts elsewhere in the world must first view their professional responsibilities as vital service. They are called upon to be excellent public servants around the clock to serve and protect the community professionally. The rankand-file officers need to recognize that they cannot professionally carry out their duties amidst corruption and abuse of power because such behaviours have no place in policing. Therefore, in addition to its internal control mechanisms, the GPS needs a self-governing civilian oversight. Critically, the issue is whether or not the GPS’ personnel serve and protect the public effectively in the capacities they are tasked. Ample evidence abounds in which some police officers are known to engage in despicable conducts such as blatantly taking bribes. Cases in point centre on the routine “begging” (demands) for

money by some officers when individuals and businesses deal with the courts, vehicle registration process, transportation of goods and passengers among other things. No wonder many citizens view the GPS as one of the most corrupt public institutions in Ghana. Some police personnel also indulge in numerous unfathomable malpractices, which include infringing on arrested or suspected individuals’ rights. The GPS has been repeatedly accused of bribery and corruption, brutalities, improper and illegal arrest, unlawful detention and illegal searches, etc. Similarly, the police are known to engage in unjustifiable use of force, torture or cruel and degrading treatments, punishments and other forms of highhandedness against the very population they are supposed to serve and protect. Evidently, police culture in Ghana is full of unprofessional practices. It is not unusual for some officers to work in partnership with criminals and extort money from citizens or act as private debt collectors for friends and cronies. Accordingly, the roles of police as law enforcers need a deeper probe about how far they are subject to, and guided by the very laws they enforce. It is obvious that the existing internal control and disciplinary mechanisms within the GPS have not been effective in combating unprofessional behaviours. That is why wide-ranging reforms that include the establishment of independent agency to superintend the police are necessary. Other than the police themselves, no one is currently policing the police in Ghana. Therefore, the need for independent policing regime to supervise the police is long overdue. The GPS cannot be trusted to superintend itself because it has utterly failed to address misconducts and other forms of unprofessionalism within its ranks. It is imperative for Ghana to establish an independent civilian policing watchdog to act as a check and balance against the unending occurrences of abuse of power by the police while serving and protecting Ghanaians.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR My nightmare with the Ghana Health Care System I wish to bring to public attention a nightmarish experience I had recently in the Ghana health care system. I was not sure whether it was a dream or real life situation when I found myself at the 37 hospital emergency room. I was unable to walk and requested to be transferred on a board since I had herniated a disc in my spine. Everyone was very busy and no one had the time to spare. “It was a do it your self rule”. Who ever brought me in should carry me to the stretcher. I found myself being carried by six strong young men onto a shaky stretcher. My loud cry could wake the dead but not our hard working emergency crew. After laying there for about 20-30mins my rescuers decided to take matters into their hands. They went after the only resident doctor working that night. She eventually ordered some analgesic to be injected before I go for my CAT scan. I tried to explain to them that since I bumped my head too, a full dose of the medication was not a good idea. The nurse who was attending to me got so upset that I could actually contribute in the decision making of my care. He threw down my injection then walked away directing all sorts of insults at me. A used IV tubing was cut up and used as a tourniquet before my blood could be drawn. My sister had to run to buy a foley catheter. In short every thing needed for my care at the emergency room had to be bought. The ambulance attendance informed us that they had closed for the night therefore we were on our own. We managed eventually to get a private one to transfer me to get my scan done. The rest of my night was a night I will not forget soon. I laid there in

excruciating pain with no one wanting to give me any care until the following morning when the Neurosurgeon came in and assessed my situation. I must commend that poor overworked doctor. Most of the crew on that night did not bother to carry out her orders. At least not my orders she had written. Therefore I wonder what and whose orders they carried out for other patients. I finally get transferred to the neuro unit thinking that would be better. I was in for a rude awakening. I was in a private room unable to walk or sit up. No nurse ever answered to my school bell that was brought for me to use in calling for help yet I was not allowed to have visitors although they come to help me. A nursing sister actually turned away my visitors who had travelled from far to visit me. She later confronted me about the fact that she had heard that I lived out side the country. She even refused to give me my pain medication before I go for physio. I had to insist on that before she was forced to call the doctor to ask if that was ok.

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In the end my injections I bought went missing from my bin. I was very happy to have survived the ordeal. Thanks to a few wonderful nurses and doctors. I guess it will take our Ministers and heads of organizations to die one after the other before someone finally wake up and realize that our healthcare system need an overhaul. The rule should be that politicians must get their health treatments in Ghana not some fancy place in Europe, North America or South Africa. They leave the poor to die in our hospital. From Bernice Adjei, Toronto

Liberals crown Justin Trudeau By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

Canadians already know has name and his face, now they’ll get to know Justin Trudeau, Liberal leader. On Sunday, Trudeau was crowned the party’s top dog with a landslide 80% of the points across the country needed to carry him to victory. In his inaugural speech, the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau underscored he was ready to lead the party – badly bruised by its electoral defeat i n 2 0 11 i n t o a n e w chapter in its history. “Let’s be builders again, let’s build Canada again,” he told the room full of party faithful gathered for the big reveal in an Ottawa hotel ballroom. Tr u d e a u t a k e s o v e r a very different party than the one his father inherited 45 years ago, with just rumps of support left around Montreal, To r o n t o , Va n c o u v e r and in Atlantic Canada. And while he promised to leave the party’s infamous infighting in the past – “we are united, hopeful and resolute in our purpose,” he said. Trudeau acknowledged the Grits have a high

Justin Trudeau, Liberal leader.

hill to climb if they want to taste power again. “We have won nothing more and nothing less than the opportunity to work ever harder to prove ourselves worthy of leading this great country,” he said. Trudea u’s ca mpaig n trounced the other five candidates, with Vancouver MP Joyce Murray coming in second with 10% of the points and Martha Hall Findlay garnering just over 5%. Martin Cauchon came third, with Deborah Coyne and Karen McCrimmon bringing up the rear. Just over 104,500 Liberal members and supporters out of roughly 127,000 eligible voters cast their preferential ballot over the final week of the six-month race. The results were then

tallied as points per riding, with any one candidate needing at least 15,401 points to win. Now Trudeau, a largely untested young leader, will need hit the ground running. On Monday he faces Prime Minister Stephen Harper in question period. In a month, Liberals will know whether the Trudeau factor can win them a bye election in their former stronghold riding in Newfoundland and Labrador, lost to the Tories in 2011 by just 79 votes. Trudeau vowed Labrador voters would see him soon. The Conservatives and the NDP have no plans, however, to give an inch of the political landscape back to the Liberals. T h e To r i e s w e r e quick out of the gate in congratulating Trudeau on his win – and offering a political jab at the same time. “Justin Trudeau may have a famous last name, but in a time of global economic uncertainty, he doesn’t have the judgment or experience to be prime minister,” Tory party spokesman Fred De Lorey said. 24 hrs News



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Where investing in transit can take us Premier Kathleen Wynne The first subway line in Toronto opened in 1954, the year after I was born. I still remember riding the subway with my grandmother as a little girl. I was wearing my white gloves because it was a special occasion. Everyone was so excited, so proud. Today, in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the average commute time is 82 minutes a day. Toronto’s gridlock is a major issue affecting its reputation and its productivity. There is a pressing need for change. That is not up for debate. But when I listen to the rhetoric around transit investment, I believe that some politicians have made a shortsighted decision to avoid real solutions. But I know that improving our daily commute is not about scoring political points. It’s about ensuring Ontario’s success. And that is my core responsibility as the Premier of this province. I believe the people of this region want to stop fighting about this; they are ready to get moving. But to develop real momentum we have to change the way we talk about these investments. We n e e d t o b r i n g excitement back to the discussion of public transit, and where it can take us, our children and grandchildren. We have to talk about what we DO want. We want to get to work on time in the morning. We want to get home to our families quickly at the end of the day. Ensuring that Ontario’s largest city can move

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must be directly tied to a measurable result. People need to know what they are paying for; they need to see where the money is going. I also know that this cannot just be about one group of commuters. Contrary to what some people will have you believe, there is no war on cars, or cyclists or transit. We are all fighting for a better way forward. And so any new tool cannot disproportionately impact one type of commute, but must recognize the strains across the system. When it comes down to it, transit in the GTHA will need tens of billions of dollars over the next twenty years. Our whole provincial budget each year is about $125B. And our spending on programs including education and health care is already tightly constrained, the lowest of any province. We need to find dedicated revenue for these projects, because the money cannot be found elsewhere. I am focused on getting people excited about transit and transportation infrastructure again. So I will keep talking about what we can achieve for this city, this region, and this great province. I will focus on the positive impact we can make through smart, fair investment. But I need your help. Let’s tap into the desire for a better commute, cleaner air, a stronger economy. I know the will is there. I know the support exists. And progress will be made. To g e t h e r w e c a n get this done. -

Stephen Poloz new Bank of Canada governor OTTAWA -- Stephen Poloz, the former head of Export Development Canada, was named Thursday as the next governor of the Bank of Canada, replacing Mark Carney, whose term ends June 1. The appointment to a seven-year term follows a lengthy five-month search process set in motion by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty after Carney announced he would step down June 1. “Stephen Poloz has a long and distinguished career in the public and private sectors with 30 years experience in financial markets, forecasting and economic policy,” Flaherty told a news conference.

“I am confident he has the skills and experience required to lead the Bank of Canada at a time of global economic uncertainty.” Poloz has been president and chief executive at EDC since 2011. He joined the organization in 1999 as vice-president and chief economist, and in 2004 was named senior vice-president, corporate affairs. He spent five years with Montreal-based BCA Research, and 14 years with the Bank of Canada in various capacities. He holds degrees in economics from the University of Western Ontario and Q u e e n ’s U n i v e r s i t y.

“The bank’s employees are its greatest strength, and thanks to their efforts, the Bank of Canada enjoys a tremendous reputation globally as one of the world’s most effective and highly regarded central banks,” Poloz said. “I pledge to do my utmost to live up to the high standards set by those who came before me.” Flaherty described the s e a r c h f o r C a r n e y ’s successor as an “extremely thorough” process that yielded the best candidates from around the world. “Mark Carney has been a visionary leader, an economic partner and a cont'd on pg. 13

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These Canadian hospitals earned top grade in CBC report card 5 provinces represented in top tier of 1st national hospital performance report card CBC›s the fifth estate has awarded 10 hospitals across the country top grades as part of a Canadian national hospital performance report card. A range of facilities in small towns and urban centres from across the country achieved an overall grade of A+ necessary to make the top hospital list, which is part of Rate My Hospital, a sweeping investigation into Canada›s hospitals by CBC-TV›s the fifth estate.


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Hospital, a 22-bed facility in the mountain town of Banff; and High River General Hospital, a 27-bed hospital in a small community south of Calgary. Of the 25 hospitals in the teaching category, two facilities ranked in the top tier: the 70bed St. Joseph’s Health Care London in London, Ont., and the Saskatoon City Hospital, a 137-bed facility in Saskatchewan’s largest city. An A+ grade means that data reported by the hospital shows its patient outcomes in the areas measured are substantially better than a typical hospital of the same size; a B means they are similar; a C that they are lower and a D that they are substantially lower than a typical hospital of the same size. The majority of hospitals — 140 in total — received B grades. Twenty hospitals received an A rating, while 34 received a C. Only eight hospitals had the lowest grade of D. They were: 








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pital and Health Sciences Centre, Vancouver (teaching hospital). Burnaby Hospital, Burnaby, B.C. (large community hospital). Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey, B.C. (large community hospital). Ridge Meadows Hospital and Health Care Centre, Maple Ridge, B.C. (medium community hospital). Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Fort McM u r r a y, A l t a . (medium community hospital). Yorkton Regional Health Centre, Yorkton, Sask. (medium community hospital). Bonnyville Healthcare Centre, Bonnyville, Alta. (small community hospital). Daysland Health Centre, Daysland, Alta. (small comcont'd on pg. 13


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FOCUS Is the Teaching of Reading Dying in our Schools? Asks Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada Did you know that READING can keep your mind active and engaged well into old age? Reading is considered one of the best habits that one can inculcate in him. It leads one to knowledge! The old Good Book says that ‘for lack of knowledge my people perish’. Yes, knowledge i s p o w e r. T h o u g h knowledge comes to us in many forms, it best comes in the pages of a book. However, we won’t know until we read what is written in the pages. Therefore reading is the key to knowledge. It is said that the one who reads is a leader! As a parent and a teacher by profession I can’t overemphasize the importance of reading to the teaching and learning process. Teachers always encourage their students to read. And students who read a lot excel in the academics. It is good to catch them

young with reading! If the above assertion is true then my biggest question is: Are we as teachers teaching effective reading in our schools? R e c e n t l y, a r e t i r e d educationist, Pastor Edward Quansah was reported in the news as having called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to introduce a course that would ensure effective reading in schools. This course, according to him, should mandate teachers to teach reading to students especially at the early age so as to help students comprehend whatever they are taught in their

schools. I couldn’t agree with him the more! The fact that every subject is read makes the teaching of reading to students very important if we want them to do well in the subjects they study at school. It is interesting to note that at the school where I teach in Toronto, there is a slot immediately after lunch which requires all students to do some silent reading. We call that SRT (Silent Reading Time). Some students do not appreciate the SRT because they either see reading as boring or they cannot read! My experience as teacher both in Ghana and in Canada has shown me that most Ghanaian children either don’t like reading or they are not encouraged to read. Since reading is an activity with a purpose it stands to reason that teaching reading skills to students is way of in calculating good

reading habit in students. Reading is done for various reasons. A student may read to gain information, verify existing knowledge or for enjoyment! In all situations, the reader must be able code the words/sentences being read and comprehend the text to make meaning of in the context it is written. The teaching of phonics (for phonemic processing), spelling and

vocabulary to ensure easy reading comprehension as teachers used to do in times past seem to be on the decline in our schools. I am therefore adding my voice to those who advocate for a new reading formula to make reading and pronunciation of words easy for students. The formula which spells words according to their pronunciation is intended to simplify both Ghanaian and foreign

languages for students and teachers alike. There are students who cannot read due to lack of skills in pronunciation of words. Some students too can read aloud fluently and convincingly, but understand very little of what they read. We must therefore teach all the reading skills which would make all students enjoy reading and with good understanding of what is read.

Discipline and Attitude must be the Watch-words for Every Student From Uncle Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Brookview Middle School, Toronto The guest speaker and performer (piano genius), Rashaan Allwood, a music student of Toronto University who spoke at this year’s Brookview Middle School Parent, Student, Staff and Community Appreciation night has called on students to be disciplined and exhibit good attitude towards their parents and teachers in their pursuit of knowledge. The function which brought together teachers, staff, students, parents of the school as well as some community organizations took place at the school’s café on the night of April 23. The youthful guest speaker, whose extraordinary success at playing the piano was discovered in the church at an early age of 6 years, used the occasion

to advise students to be self-motivated in their learning. Using his own personal experience to encourage the students, he admonished, “you must dream, plan and execute your dream, for, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” The speaker turned to his parents who were present at the event and thanked them for their guidance and persistent in making him study even when he was being stubborn. He then pleaded with parents to take more interest in their children’s education and sacrifice time to help their kids develop positive attitude towards their teachers and their learning. The Principal of Brookview, Mrs WynterEllis, in her welcome address stressed the fact that every child has got

talents and parents should help to enhance such talents. She also brought special greetings from Ms. Stephine Payne who is the Trustee for Ward 4 and Ms. Anne Seymound, the Superintendent of Education. Recognition awards were presented to Councilor Anthony Peruzza, Pastors Ian Yearwood & Olu Jegede of the Christian Centre Church, the Beyond 3:30 Program, Ms Andrea Lue who is the chair of the school advisory council and some deserving staff members for their invaluable contributions to Brookview Middle school. The Vice Principal, Mr Kwame Lennon gave the vote of thanks at the close of the function.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces Investment Treaty with Nigeria O T TAWA - P r i m e Minister Stephen Harper and Mohammed Namadi Sambo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, today announced the conclusion of negotiations toward a Canada-Nigeria Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). The announcement was made following a bilateral meeting that was part of Mr. Sambo’s visit to Canada from April 30 to May 4, 2013. “This agreement will facilitate investment flows between Canada and Nigeria, contributing

to job creation and economic growth in both countries,” said Prime Minister Harper. “It will provide Canadian companies and investors with the protection and confidence they need to take advantage of the many commercial opportunities in Africa’s most populous nation.” The Agreement will come into force once both parties complete their respective domestic ratification processes. There are significant Canadian investment opportunities in Nigeria, including in the extractive, information

and communications technology, agriculture and infrastructure sectors. Nigeria is Canada’s largest trading partner in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2006, annual bilateral trade between the two countries has more than doubled, reaching $2.3 billion by 2012. In 2011, Canadian direct investment in Nigeria totalled $36 million and is expected to grow as a result of this FIPA. P M O P re s s O f f i c e : 6 1 3 - 9 5 7 - 5 5 5 5 This document is also available at

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Tories reverse course on foreign worker program O T TAWA - - A m i d a public outcry, the Conservative government is reversing controversial changes it made last year to the temporary foreign workers program. The government announced Monday that employers will no longer have some flexibility to set the wages for foreign labour, calling a halt to what was known as the 15 per cent rule. That rule allowed businesses to pay foreign workers up to 15 per cent below average wages for a job. The Conservatives are also hitting pause on a program that fast-tracked the ability of some companies to bring in workers from outside Canada through what’s known as an accelerated labour market opinion. The government announced the 15 per cent rule and the new application process last year, saying they would help meet labour market demands and support the economy. But after two companies were outed in the last six months for using the foreign workers program at what appeared to be the expense of Canadian jobs, the

Tories promised reforms. “Canada is experiencing significant skills shortages in many sectors and regions, and Canadians must always have first crack at job opportunities when they become available,” Human Resources Minister Diane Finley said in a s t a t e m e n t M o n d a y. “The purpose of the temporary foreign worker program is to help fill genuine and acute labour needs and we have been reviewing the program to ensure that goal is met and Canadian workers are never displaced.” In 2012, 213,516 people entered Canada via the temporary foreign worker program, more than triple the number admitted a decade ago. Put another way, the private sector brought in 25 per cent more foreign labourers last year than the number of economic immigrants accepted by the government, which has long insisted caps on its own programs are necessary so as not to flood the Canadian labour market. The new rules introduced Monday require a combination of regulatory and legislative reform. Some of them were

laid out in the federal budget introduced in March and included in the government’s broader budget implementation bill, tabled Monday in the House of Commons. They include the ability to charge employers a fee to bring in foreign labour rather than have the government absorb the cost of the program. The government spends approximately $35.5 million per year processing applications, at a cost of approximately $342 per application, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada told a pre-budget briefing earlier this year. At least two of the changes announced Monday appear to be directly connected to the recent scandals. Earlier this month, it was revealed that The Royal Bank of Canada contracted with a supplier to provide IT assistance, which resulted in the bank cutting Canadian jobs while the new supplier brought in foreign workers to fill them. The new rules announced Monday add questions to the application employers must make to bring in foreign workers cont'd on pg. 15

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Bank of Canada unveils new $5, $10 plastic bills O T TAWA - - C h r i s Hadfield phoned home to help unveil Canada’s n e w p l a s t i c m o n e y. The Canadian astronaut commanding the International Space Station made a cameo via satellite Tuesday as outgoing Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney and Finance Minister Jim Flaherty introduced the latest in polymer currency. The guest appearance of Hadfield -- the popular space man who tweets photos, strums his guitar and does science experiments while floating hundreds of kilometres above the Earth’s surface -was perhaps no great surprise given the $5 bill’s space motif and some telegraphing

o n F l a h e r t y ’s p a r t . Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney unveils the new polymer $5 and $10 bank notes during a press conference at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 The finance minister stalled briefly until a phone began to ring. Flaherty took a friendly jab as the central banker, who is leaving soon to take over the Bank of England. “Don’t tell me it’s London calling,” Flaherty joked. A bobbing Hadfield then chatted with Flaherty and Carney as a $5 note spun around in front of him like the hands on a clock in the absence of gravity. The note features images of the Canadarm, a generic astronaut and Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency’s

robotic handyman, while the $10 -- also revealed Tuesday -- has a picture on it of a train running through the Rockies. “From orbit, it’s really c l e a r t h a t C a n a d a ’s internal accomplishments have reached well beyond our extensive frontiers,” Hadfield said. “These new polymer notes show us the type of thing that we can accomplish when we really put our minds to it.” The new notes will go into circulation in November, joining the other polymer bills that were previously introduced. The bank says the polymer notes last two-and-a-half times longer than the old, cotton-paper bills The Canadian Press.

NDP: Low-income students restricted by outdated streaming Q U E E N ’ S PA R K – Following a recent report from People for Education that highlighted the continuing use of ‘streaming’ in Ontario high schools, NDP Education C r i t i c P e t e r Ta b u n s called on Education Minister Liz Sandals to explain Ontario’s use of the widelydiscredited practice. “Students at low-income schools are six times more likely to be placed in applied math classes compared to high-income schools,” said Tabuns. “Students in applied math are half as likely to meet provincial math and literacy standards and are

less likely to graduate. Does the minister accept the continued streaming of students in Ontario and the barriers to success it presents?” The report shows that students at high schools in lower income neighbourhoods are more likely to be placed in “applied” rather than “academic” courses in municipalities across the province, i n c l u d i n g To r o n t o , Hamilton, London, Windsor, KitchenerWaterloo, and Ottawa. “Streaming has been discredited. It limits the opportunities of disadvantaged children, yet it continues,” said

Ta b u n s . “ We a l t h y children are more likely to take academic courses. Low-income, immigrant and aboriginal children are more likely to take applied courses.” Ta b u n s u r g e d t h e Minister to take action. “ Wi l l t h e M i n i s t e r investigate why lowincome children are overrepresented in applied courses and why applied students are less likely to succeed, so that all students have a fair chance for success?” asked the Toronto-Danforth MPP. Media contact: Andrew Schwab, 416-325-2756

Stephen Poloz new Bank of Canada governor cont'd from pg. 9 friend,” Flaherty said. “Over the past few years we have faced some unprecedented economic challenges and we surmounted.” Carney, who is leaving to take over the top job at the Bank of England, won respect across the global financial community for his leadership and deft handling of the challenges wrought by the recession. “I’ve always enjoyed his sharp insights on the Canadian and global economies, and I’ve admired his sound judgment and inspired leadership at EDC,” Carney said.

“It is much easier to leave knowing that an individual as competent and talented as Steve will be coming back to the bank to take over.”

The early favourite to replace him had been Tiff Macklem, 51, the second-in-command at the bank who had apparently been groomed for the prestigious post. Indeed, many central-bank watchers described Thursday’s n e w s a s a s t u n n e r. “Who said that central banking was boring? The choice of Stephen Poloz as the new governor of the Bank of Canada is a huge surprise,” CIBC said in a note to clients.

“Why did the Finance Minister decide to take this direction as opposed to the widely expected choice of going with the current senior deputy governor? The answer may be that the minister would like to see a governor with more experience with dealing directly with t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r. ” Other candidates included Stanford University professor Darrell Duffie, and past and current bank deputies. The position comes with a salary of between $431,800 and $507,900. The Canadian Press


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Company that supplied diluted chemo drugs in jurisdictional grey area TORONTO -- It’s unclear who has ultimate authority over the operations of an Ontario company that supplied diluted chemotherapy drugs to patients in two provinces, the Ontario and federal governments acknowledged Wednesday.

for hospitals -- which they would usually do themselves -- is a relatively new business model, said Dr. Supriya Sharma, senior medical adviser at Health Canada.

“If the activities that they were doing were done under a hospital setting, More than 1,100 cancer that usually falls under patients in Ontario and provincial supervision,” New Brunswick received she said in an interview. weaker-than-prescribed doses of the drugs, which “But because this is a were prepared by the new business model, we same supplier, Marchese need to take a look at Hospital Solutions. Some it to get a different apwere taking the diluted proach to see what judrugs for more than year. risdiction it falls under.” There was too much saline added to the bags containing cyclophosphamide and gemcitabine, in effect watering down the prescribed drug concentrations by three per cent to 20 per cent.

Health Canada and the Ontario College of Pharmacists -- which oversees pharmacists and their work -- are looking at what Marchese is doing to sort out which of the various regulations should apply to their opBut Marchese, which erations, Sharma said. prepared the drugs for five hospitals, ap- “It does get a bit complex pears to fall into a ju- because under one roof risdictional grey area. with the operations, they actually have different Preparing medications areas that are doing dif-

ferent activities, and those different activities may actually be under different jurisdictions,” she said. Health Canada regulates and inspects drug manufacturers, while the college is responsible for pharmacists in Ontario. Hospitals are responsible for the purchase and security of their drugs. Marchese Hospital Solutions is technically not a pharmacy, which means it doesn’t fall under the oversight of the provincial government or the college. However, the college is responsible for pharmacists and technicians, including those who may have been working independently for the company. Marchese has a pharmacy in Hamilton, Ont., which was inspected by the college in January. Sharma said Health Canada had not visited any of Marchese’s businesses before the diluted drugs came to light, but

paid a short visit after. The college isn’t releasing its report, saying their bylaws currently prohibit its disclosure. However, a spokeswoman for the college said they have been reviewing those bylaws. The question of who’s responsible for overseeing Marchese’s operations is complex, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews acknowledged. “There is collective responsibility, but there is lack of clarity over who has ultimate aut h o r i t y, ” s h e s a i d . But patients should not be caught up in a turf war, Matthews added. She’ll give the college “all the tools they need” to get answers. “I have no patience for jurisdictional squabbles over who has responsibility,” she said. Outsourcing of medication preparation is a new

trend and now’s the time to start looking at how it should be done in Canada, said Sylvia Hyland, chief operating officer of the Institute for Safe Medication Practices Canada.

need to talk to everyone who is an expert in the field who understands how this should work.”

Thiessen, the founding director of the University of Waterloo’s School of has previously “Our environment is Pharmacy, advised both the Ontario changing, technology’s and federal governments. changed, decisions change on how we best bring medications to Matthews said he’ll our patients,” she said. be assisted by a working group that includes from the affected “So it’s possible that we people hospitals, the college, need to make sure that Health Canada, Cancer oversight and regula- Care Ontario and the New tions are up to date.” Brunswick government. But Ontario’s opposition parties say it’s too late for the affected patients, who ended up falling through the jurisdictional cracks.

Cancer patients at the affected Ontario and New Brunswick hospitals were told to contact their oncologists after the discovery of the diPremier Kathleen Wyn- luted drugs in late March. ne defended her government’s response to Marchese has said its the drug scare, saying products weren’t defecthey’ve appointed a phar- tive, and suggested that macy expert, Jake Thies- the problem wasn’t how sen, to review Ontario’s the drugs were prepared cancer drug system. but how they were administered at the hospitals. “We need to get to the bottom of this,” she The Canadian Press said. “We absolutely

These Canadian hospitals earned top grade in CBC report card cont'd from pg. 10 munity hospital). Ratings aim to spark debate Canadians can find out how their local hospital fared in the CBC ratings by visiting their hospital’s profile page on the Rate My Hospital website. Hundreds of hospitals couldn’t be rated because the necessary data wasn’t publicly available. CBC’s the fifth estatetried to get additional data about individual hospitals from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, provincial health ministries and hospitals. However, many hospital leaders and most provincial governments opposed their efforts. Documents obtained through requests to provincial freedom of information offices show that health ministries from across Canada agreed to block the release of previously unpublished data by CIHI. They also agreed to ask hospitals in each province not to fill out a specially developed survey the fifth estate sent to the CEOs of more than 600 hospitals in January. The survey asked about initiatives the hospitals are taking to improve safety and care, such as how often staff wash their hands, how much care is provided by registered nurses and whether cots are provided for people who want

to stay with a sick relative or friend overnight. But in many cases, hospitals and health officials ignored the panCanadian decision. The Ontario Hospital Association agreed to a request from the fifth estate to encourage Ontario hospitals to consider completing the survey. CEOs for 132 facilities, most of them in Ontario, responded. Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Nunavut also bucked the Canadian trend and released some of the previously unpublished information the fifth estaterequested. About 630 acute-care hospitals have a profile page on CBC’s Rate My Hospital website, which features a variety of hospital-specific data — from parking costs to the rates of hospital-acquired superbug infections. Extensive details about hospitals were gathered from provincial ministries and health authorities and from a first-ofits-kind survey sent directly to hospital CEOs. The website also features the first Canada-wide hospital ratings tool for patients. On each hospital’s page, patients can score the facility on four key aspects — cleanliness, friendliness, timeliness and communication — plus give an overall recommendation. The Rate My Hospital

project aims to arm Canadians with hard-tofind, hospital-specific information and seeks to prompt broad discussion about the country’s quality of health care. 

Vi s t C B C ’s Rate My Hospital website Though many hospitals in Canada provide at least some of the information on their own websites, unlike other countries, Canada does not have a centralized, user-friendly way for patients to review the type of care individual hospitals provide. “I would love to be able to check up on a hospital or medical professionals’ record before hiring them,” said Don Osbourn, whose wife died in hospital after contracting a C. difficile infection following routine surgery and who spoke to the fifth estate. “I mean, you get references to a mechanic, a restaurant, and those things don’t matter the way the hospital matters. And more importantly, I think if everybody had to show their cards, so to speak, I think it would up their game.” Hospital reports around the world For nearly a quarter of a century, there have been efforts around the world to evaluate and compare hospital performance. In the United Kingdom, where the public healthcare system has been

undergoing reforms and a push for transparency in recent years, the government publishes NHS Choices, a central clearinghouse of hospital information that allows users to access data on hospitals and enables patients to rank them.  Read about how the fifth estate came up with its ratings One of the leaders in hospital performance measurement is the U.K. company Dr Foster Intelligence, which published its first hospital guide evaluating patient outcomes in 2001 and continues to put out annual guides. The London-based company works with the U.K. Department of Health to help hospitals develop tools for collecting and analyzing information on the quality of care and has also worked with hospitals in the Netherlands. More than two decades ago, the U.S. News and World Report magazine launched a set of annual «Best Hospitals» rankings that have expanded over the years to include more than 5,000 hospitals and 16 medical specialties. In 2001, the U.S. Leapfrog Group started a hospital survey that now allows users to compare data for about 1,600 hospitals. A hospital comparison website is also run by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Ireland›s Rate My Hospital website, run by a med-

ical publishing company, ranks public and private hospitals in the country based on user reviews. Public rankings drive change Hospital report cards can be controversial because of the variety of methodologies and data used and the lack of a standardized approach. But if done well, they can “focus hospitals’ and clinicians’ attention on important quality of care issues that need improvement,” says Jack Tu, a cardiologist at the Schulich Heart Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Tu was a member of the expert panel that advised CBC on the Rate My Hospital project. “Every hospital wants to do well on these reports, and so by making this information public, it can help to galvanize hospital administrators and clinicians into making the necessary system changes to improve their performance,” Tu said. Research to date suggests that patients don’t generally use report cards to choose a hospital, said Tu. “But I think this may change over time as the quality of information in report cards improves and the public becomes more aware of this information,” he said. ‘Even noisy data and imprecise indicators can

make a real difference if people acknowledge that they’re flawed but that they may contain important signals.’— Alex Bottle, medical statistician However, research has shown that health-care providers make efforts to improve when performance information is displayed publicly, said Barbara Rudolph, a senior scientist at the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who was a member of the CBC project’s expert panel. “The best hospitals will acknowledge that there is much to do, even when they have made big strides,” said Rudolph, who has helped to develop U.S. hospital report cards. The key to making the best use of hospital report cards is to recognize their shortcomings but still learn from them, says fellow panelist Alex Bottle, a senior lecturer in medical statistics in the School of Public Health at Imperial College London who devised the statistical methodology for tracking patient outcomes used by Dr Foster Intelligence. “Even noisy data and imprecise indicators can make a real difference if people acknowledge that they’re flawed but that they may contain important signals among the noise,” he said CBC News.

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Bangladesh building The Bankruptcy Trustee Is collapse death toll tops 400 Not Your Friend By: Ken Ntiamoa, MBABIA Insolvency Counsellor

“ Be warned that the bankruptcy trustee is the prosecutor, the judge and the jury all rolled into one.” Let me ask you this question; if you were faced with a criminal o ff e n c e , w o u l d y o u face the prosecutor, the judge and the jury alone? Probably, not! You would go to court in the company o f a g o o d l a w y e r. Similarly, if you are faced with debt problems and you are considering declaring bankruptcy, or a proposal to your creditors, it is not a good idea to face the trustee alone. Be warned that the bankruptcy trustee is the prosecutor, the judge and the jury all rolled into one. He works for the Bank and not for you. A bankruptcy trustee is appointed by the bankruptcy court to oversee the bankruptcy of an individual or a business. The duties of the bankruptcy trustee include: • Collecting and selling assets • Paying off

creditors with the assets in order of priority class. • In a Chapter 11 Reorganization, to operate the business so as to preserve the value of business assets • To m a k e periodic reports to the court on the progress o f t h e b a n k r u p t c y. A bankruptcy trustee, like other trustees, has a fiduciary duty to be responsible for the funds under his/her care. A friend of mine from the Bahamas went to a bankruptcy trustee to declare bankruptcy. The Trustee was very nice to him in the information gathering stage to such an extent that he felt

he and the trustee were friends. “What’s your name, job, income, RRSPs, homeowner and so on? In the process the trustee found out that my friend was from the Bahamas. “Oh, you are from the Bahamas? The trustee queried. I hear it is a beautiful place. I would like to visit there someday” “Oh, Yes. I’m from the Bahamas and it is a beautiful place. I own a nice home on the beach. You may stay there for free if and when you visit.” My friend proudly answered. Before my friend realized, his beach-home in Bahamas was sold to pay off his debts in Canada. If you are having debt problems, call me at 416-398-1877 ext 201. I will help you face them squarely and resolve them. Ken Ntiamoa, MBA BIA Insolvency C o u n s e l l o r Mortgage Broker

Tories reverse course on foreign worker program cont'd from pg. 13 “to ensure that the (program) is not used to facilitate the outsourcing of Canadian jobs.” And last year, a mining firm came under scrutiny for being approved to bring in foreign labour by claiming the ability to speak Mandarin was an essential requirement of the job. The new rules will “identify English and French as the only languages that can be used as a job requirement.” That change was included in the March budget. The new program will also give the government greater authority to suspend work permits and labour market opinions if the program is being misused. The seasonal agricultural

worker program and the agricultural stream of the foreign workers program will be unaffected by the changes a n n o u n c e d M o n d a y. The government said there are proven labour shortages in this industry and the unfilled j o b s a r e t e m p o r a r y. “These reforms will require that greater efforts be made to recruit and train Canadians to fill available jobs,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement. “They will also help ensure the temporary foreign worker program is only used as intended--to fill acute skills shortages on a temporary basis.” Opposition politicians have argued that the growth and alleged abuse

of the program pokes holes in the Conservative government’s claim to have created thousands of jobs in Canada since the 2008 recession. In a report released Monday, the Alberta Federation of Labour said that in 2010, Alberta’s economy lost 8,600 jobs but at the same time, 22,992 foreign workers were allowed in. Three out of every four jobs created in Alberta are filled by foreign workers, said Gil McGowan, the federation’s president. “It’s clear to us that there is a huge and growing disconnect between what the Harper government says this program is supposed to be about and what it’s actually become,” McGowan said. CP24

Police in Bangladesh say the death toll from a building collapse last week has passed 400. Some 2,500 people were injured, officials say. Rescue workers believe many more bodies are still buried on the ground level. And there is confusion over how many people remain missing. The illegally constructed eight-story Rana Plaza building housing five garment factories and other offices collapsed onto itself April 24. Wo r k e r s w e r e s t i l l pulling bodies from the rubble Wednesday. Rescuers estimate that the building turned into 600 tons of rubble, of which 350 tons has been removed. Officials at the police control room said 399 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage and three of the injured had died at a hospital. That brought the death toll to 402 in the tragedy that was considered the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh’s history. Thousands of workers paraded through the center of the capital, Dhaka on Wednesday, May Day, to demand safety at work and the death penalty for the owner of the collapsed building. A raucous procession of workers on foot, pickup trucks and motorcycles wound its way through Dhaka on Wednesday. They waved the national flag and banners, beat drums and chanted “direct action!” and “death penalty!”

From a loudspeaker on the back of a truck, a participant spoke for the group, saying, “My brother has died. My sister has died. Their blood will not be valueless.” May Day protests, customarily an opportunity for workers in this impoverished South Asian nation to vent their grievances, have taken on a poignant significance this year following the April 24 disaster. Five months after a fire killed 112 people at another clothing factory, the collapse again exposed safety problems in Bangladesh’s garment industry, which is worth $20 billion annually and supplies retailers around the world. The owner of the building, Mohammed Sohel Rana, is being questioned by police while under arrest. He is expected to be charged with negligence, illegal construction and forcing workers to join work, which is punishable by a maximum of seven years in jail. Authorities have not said if more serious crimes will be added. Wo r k e r s p r o t e s t i n g Wednesday demanded capital punishment for the 38-year-old Rana, a small-time political operative with the ruling Awami League party. “I want the death penalty for the owner of the building. We want regular salaries, raises and absolutely we want better safety in our factories,” said Mongidul Islam Rana, 18, who works in a garment factory that was

not located in Rana Plaza. The Bangladesh High Court has ordered the government to confiscate Rana’s property and to freeze the assets of the owners of the factories in Rana Plaza so the money can be used to pay the salaries of their workers. Rana had permission to build five stories but added three more floors illegally. When huge cracks appeared in the building a day before its collapse, police ordered an evacuation, but Rana told tenants that it was safe and they should go back in. The next day, a bank and some shops refused to occupy the premises but factory managers told their workers to go back in. A couple of hours later, the building came down in a heap of concrete and bricks. In addition to the dead and injured, Zillur Rahman Chowdhury, a Dhaka district administrator, said 149 people have been listed as missing so far. A police official, Aminur Rahman, said police have recorded up to 1,300 names as missing, but he cautioned that there may be many duplications. “We will now have to screen the names by computer to find the actual number,” he said. Anxious relatives were still looking for their missing loved ones. Kulsum, who uses one name, was looking for her husband, holding his photograph among several hundred people at a nearby school ground. cont'd on pg. 60

Stop paying gov’t back with strikes cont'd from pg. 1- Mahama to Labour was recently issued, as well as category 2 and 3 allowances and the issue of Article 71 Holders. He said: “I have asked the Constitutional Review Commission Implementation committee to speed up work, especially, on the amendment of article 71 in order to bring everyone, from the President right down to the lowest labourer onto a single emolument system”. “This will ensure fairness and sustainability”, President Mahama said. He said the Ministry of Employment and

Labour Relations is expected to review the implementation of the SSSS so as “to rectify its anomalies and defects and improve upon its implementation by May/June this year”.

He noted that: “Strike actions are an absolute last resort; they must not be an option of first resort, we must turn to strikes only when everything else has failed; let us all play by the rules”.

If Ghana is to make progress and bequeath an improved country to the next generation, “then organized Labour must look beyond self-centred agitations on salaries and allowances alone and come to the table with ideas, proposals and suggestions about how we can collectively address challenges facing the less fortunate and unorganized masses in our society”.

He said: “It is only when we raise additional revenue that we can pay better salaries”. The President also noted that the Government will implement policies to cut down waste in the public sector, particularly with regard to the use of state vehicles.


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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaatemg, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)

Stiff Language Proficiency Requirements for Canadian Citizenship Applications One becomes a Canadian citizen either by birth or by naturalization pursuant to the Citizenship Act. In many cases, adults applying to become citizens must meet certain language requirements. This short article focuses on the strict enforcement of the language eligibility which has been introduced recently. As it has been the case for several years, persons applying to become Canadian citizens by naturalization must, before applying, be 18 years of age, be permanent residents of Canada and must meet the residence requirements of at least three years (1, 095 days) in the past four years. All applicants must also not be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act and must not be under a removal order. Children under 18 years, however, can apply for Canadian citizenship and do not need to meet the residence requirement It has, over the past years, been a requirement that

applicants between the age of 18 and 54 years must be able to communicate in either English or French and have adequate knowledge of Canada’s h i s t o r y, g e o g r a p h y, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The authorities, however, have, over the past years, been reasonable and flexible over these requirements and have been having face-toface interviews with the applicants who do not meet the aforementioned requirements to determine their eligibility for citizenship notwithstanding their inability to meet the requirements.

requirement seems to be over. With the new introduction, applicants between 18 and 54 years will have to send proof of their ability to speak and listen in English or French with their citizenship applications. Some examples of this proof can be: the results of an Immigrationapproved third-party test or transcripts or a diploma from a secondary education in English or French, in Canada or abroad; or evidence of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher in certain governmentfunded language training programs.

Applicants who would like to provide proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening through a language instruction for Newcomers (LINC) course should indicate on their citizenship application forms if they successfully completed T h e f l e x i b i l i t y t h e LINC courses between Government used to January 1, 2008 and exercise over the language October 31, 2012 and

UNICEF ranks Canada 17th in child well-being index Canada ranks 17th out of 29 so-called wealthy countries when it comes to the well-being of children, according to a new study from UNICEF, the United Nations children’s agency. UNICEF graded the 29 countries in five categories and Canada’s best ranking was 11th in the area of housing and environment. The UN agency placed Canada 14th in educational well-being, 15th in material well-being, 16th in behaviour and risks and a low 27th in health and safety.

When it comes to obesity, Canada is third from the bottom, with 20.24 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 deemed overweight based on the body mass index. Canada ranked 21st in bullying, with 35 per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 report being bullied at school at least once in the past couple of months. UNICEF also placed Canada 22nd in infant mortality. David Morley, UNICEF Canada’s president and CEO, says the report shows there’s a lot of work to be done.

Canada scored third-best on smoking, with UNICEF saying only four per cent of children aged 11, 13 and 15 reported smoking at least once a week.

“The fact that our children rank in the bottom half when compared to other industrialized nations simply isn’t good enough,” Morley said.

The same can’t be said for cannabis, with Canada sitting 29th and last with 28 per cent of children saying they have used cannabis within the past year.

“It is clear Canada can do better. Protecting and promoting the well-being of our children must become a national priority.”

The Netherlands remains the overall leader in the study and is the only country ranked among the top five in all dimensions of child well-being. Four Nordic countries -Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden -- round out the top five. The bottom five in the UNICEF index are Greece, followed by the United States, Lithuania, Latvia and last-place Romania. Meanwhile, Canada’s overall ranking drops seven places to 24th when children’s views of their own life satisfaction are measured. Only five Eastern European countries rank lower than Canada in this category. “Listening to children’s voices, even at the youngest ages, and knowing more about how they see and evaluate their own lives is critical to improving children’s well-being,” Morley said. The Canadian Press

Immigration will verify the completion electronically. Applicants who successfully complete a LINC course after November 1, 2012 should however submit a copy of the certificate that is issued to them with the application. Immigration will not accept initial placement tests by a LINC assessment centre as proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening. The new third-party test results acceptable to the Immigration include: CELPIP General (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General test; CELPIP General-LS a two-skills (listening and speaking) version of the CELPIP; IELTS – General training (International English Language Testing System) or other approved French language tests. The proof of completion of a secondary or postsecondary education program in French or

English, in Canada or abroad, can be; a transcript, diploma or certificate from a secondary school; or a transcript, diploma, certificate or degree from a post-secondary school. It should be noted that the applicants who provide the above documents would meet the requirements only in situations where the applicant must have successfully completed a secondary or postsecondary program in English or French and not when only a single course has been done in English or French. In addition to the above, CIC staff may also look at how well you understand basic spoken statements and questions, and express basic information or answer questions in either English or French. When you talk to CIC staff or when a citizenship judge interviews you, you may be engaged in short, everyday

conversations about common topics; they will expect you to understand simple instructions and directions; they will expect you to speak using basic grammar, including simple structure and tenses; and will expect you to show that you know enough common words and phrases to express yourself. Eligibility requirements for Canadian citizenship are changing. I therefore strongly advise readers to contact a professional in immigration and citizenship law for clearer understanding of issues they may not understand. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with his offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, you may contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758.

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Ontario budget 2013: Liberals’ budget packed with NDP measures cont'd from pg. 1

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said. “It does meet the needs of the NDP,� he maintained. Horwath, whose conditions for support were detailed in a Feb. 6 letter to Wynne sent before the premier had even been officially sworn in as Dalton McGuinty’s successor noted in her response that “our proposals

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Ghanaians ban ‘spirit child’ killing the BBC that improved healthcare and education meant such beliefs were becoming less common. Activist Raymond Ayine welcomed the ban, which covers seven towns. But he said he could not guarantee that the practice had been eradicated from the whole country. The BBC’s Vera Kwakofi says the Kasena-Nankana region, where the ban has been announced, is the part of Ghana where such beliefs are most widespread. Sometimes, babies born at

Tw o c h i l d r e n w e r e accused of being “spirit children” These children were accused of being possessed by Local leaders in northern Ghana have announced the abolition of the ritual killing of babies born with physical disabilities, who were believed to have been possessed by evil spirits. “Spirit children” were thought to have been a sign of impending misfortune and given a poisonous drink to kill them. One campaigner told

the same time as a family misfortune were also accused of being “spirit children” and killed. The “concoction men” who used to give the children the poisonous drink have been given new roles; they will now work with disabled children to promote their rights. Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas told the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme that he took a plastic doll to a soothsayer, saying it was a child with eating problems

and physical disabilities. “He consulted the oracles, jumped up and down and after this said that the oracles confirmed that the child was an evil child and that the child needed to be killed immediately, and that the child had already killed two members of my family,” he said. Local chief Naba Henry Abawine Amenga-Etigo said that anyone caught trying to harm children from now on would be handed over to the police. Mr. Ayine, from the campaign group

Afrikids, said he was “saddened that in today’s era, a child could lose its life because of such a barbaric practice”. He noted that in rural areas where such beliefs are more common, women often give birth without ever seeing a midwife, let alone having a pre-natal scan. As a result, childbirth leads to complications more often than elsewhere, he said. He also said that even before the official ban, there had been no recorded

case of the killing of “spirit children” in the area for the past three years. He put this down to awareness campaigns, as well as improved access to education that meant more people understood that physical disabilities had a medical explanation. In other parts of northern Ghana, elderly women accused of being witches are sometimes forced to leave their homes and live in “witch camps”. BBC News

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Atwima Marfo Enterprise

(Formerly East-End Tropical Market)

287 Morningside Avenue

9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Jane & Wilson Opposite Sheridan Mall (Behind Burger King Next to Jerry)

Tel: 416-740-9922 / 416-824-3737 / 416-244-4496

Asafo Market

(Behind old store) * African Yam * Chicken * Box of Mackerel * Burnt Goat * Red Mullet * Ram Goat Meat * Carnation Milk * Black Soap

* Obaatan Pa Mackerel * Goat Head * Clean Tilapia * Box of Red Snapper * Ackees * Chicken Legs * Grace Soup Mix

* Roasted Hard * African Snapper * Shea Butter * King Fish Steak * Goudas White Rice * Pig Tail * Yellow Yam

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The Ghanaian News April 2013

BUSINESS Milestones Challenges & Success By Eddie Twumasi Smith Bsc(Hons) Chem Eng, MBA,CGA, CPA

of around 10,000 hours. Success in all endeavor of life is therefore achievable depending on what we aim for in live and how we approach issues and the challenges that life brings to us.

I recently listened to Bishop James Saah’s s e r m o n o n G h a n a ’s Adom FM station on the topic –SUCCESS. He defined the attributes and qualities necessary for success in all endeavors. I n s u m m a r y, I w i l l paraphrase his definition on how to achieve success by using the letters in the word SUCCESS. S- Set your desires and goals U- Unlock your God given potential by utilizing talent, leverage others through networks C- Change your associations or style, think differently and plan on steps to your goals C- Commit to your plan and time your plan E- Expect challenges o n t h e w a y S- Stand Firm and never give up on your plans S- Surrender to the Light of the World, if there is no light at the end of the tunnel I was also fascinated reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, and his thesis on success. He explained why Jewish are successful in business and some African decedents are so successful in supports. To support his thesis, he examines the causes of why the majority of Canadian ice hockey players are born in the first few months of the calendar year, how Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates achieved his extreme wealth, how The Beatles became one of the most successful musical acts in human history, how cultural differences play a large part in perceived intelligence and rational decision making, and how two people with exceptional intelligence, Christopher Langan and J. Robert Oppenheimer, end up with such vastly different fortunes. Throughout the publication, Gladwell repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success in any field is, to a large extent, a matter of practicing a specific task for a total

I have recounted in my previous articles the importance of planning for the future and being successful at what is most important to our livelihood as we age. Day in day out we make decisions and choices that affect our financial well being in the short term, or in the long term either positively or otherwise. Over time, the sum total of these decisions or choices can affect our financial health, improve our net worth or create a financial black hole. World renowned physicist Stephen Hawking defined black hole as a body that absorbs all radiation of light in the process destroying all traces of consumed matter or energy. To paraphrase this in financial terms, our choices and decisions if not taken without sound basis can ultimately plunge us into a situation where any increase in net worth in the short term will not have any significant improvement in our livelihood in the long term . The danger is when we hit a financial black hole; it takes a lot of effort to recover or a lot effort to make appreciable change in your financial wellbeing. A person is deemed to be in the financial black hole when the sum total of all his/her liabilities far outstrip the sum total of all assets discounted into present value terms. In other words, a person in financial black hole has huge negative net worth. Moshe Milevsky in his book Money Milestones defined or calculated net worth as difference in the sum of your total capital and liabilities. He calculated Total Capital as summation of “Explicit Financial Capital + Implicit Financial Capital + Estimated Human Capital. He goes on to calculate liabilities as the summation of “Visible Debt and Liabilities + Estimated Hidden Liabilities. The interesting thing about this equation is that, these variables in the

equation are not always the same at different stages of our lives. One can increase his/her human capital now at a cost or increase in liability and with time, translate the human capital into financial capital. Educational Milestone Over the course of our lives, throughout postsecondary or college, professional live, till retirement; we make choices that affect either the liability or the asset arm or both sides of the net worth equation. For example, a student who is offered admission to college has the option to take student loan there by increasing his liability side of the equation. The decision to take loan will result in positive net worth provided after college, the student can improve his/ her human capital, secure a career where his/her income from employment discounted at a given interest rate will outstrip the present value of the student loan. Data from Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that at the average exit age of college graduates of 25years, with an average of 40 years of career life, the human capital of a physician for instance is approximately $2.7M, a lawyer is approximately $2.1M, civil engineer $1.4M and a plumber is $960,000 to name a few. This means our choices on the type of college, career, and the loans we take will in the long run be a potential black hole in our financial health if we don’t pay attention to the career, type of college our kids attend or the money they accept as loans during the course of the development. Student loans are just one of those decisions or choices we make which come back to help or hurt us in the long run. Other Milestones There are other milestones we aim for and try to achieve such as getting married, starting a family, renting or buying a house, buying your dream car, insurance portfolio investments, savings, career progressions, continuous professional development, insurance coverage for unexpected cont'd on pg. 30

No, I won't be your lawyer. or yes you need time to buy a Business By: Jayson Schwarz LLM and Konstantine Chatzidimos Everyone thinks that all you need to do is have money for a retainer and you can hire the lawyer you want . . . Not true!!!! There are many times when clients neglect their own affairs and leave things to the last minute. Sometimes as a lawyer we cannot take a file because we cannot finish things up properly and to take on the matter could expose the lawyer to big potential liabilities. This happens more often in real estate situations but it can also occur in the context of buying a business. Buying a business has many complexities that need to be explored in order to guarantee that the purchaser is getting what they bargained for. I was recently approached by a potential client wishing to buy the assets of a restaurant whose owner was in a hurry to sell as she was leaving the country. The purchase price was attractive and the buyer expressed the need to act quickly for fear that the opportunity would evaporate. This was Tuesday morning and the client “needed” to close the deal by Friday afternoon. We did not take the file. The first reason arises by virtue of a statute called the Bulk Sales Act (the “Act”). Although the purchaser may have felt that there was a great opportunity on the Friday, he could very likely have been liable to pay more than the cost of the business after closing to the seller’s creditors, including the Government.

sell their businesses or business assets through a sale in bulk are required to obtain a Clearance Certificate from the Ministry of Finance. A Clearance Certificate confirms that all retail sales taxes collectible or payable by the seller has been paid. Failure to obtain such a certificate from the seller may result in the buyer being held liable for any retail sales taxes owed by the seller at the time of sale. Obtaining a Clearance Certificate can take up to three (3) weeks and the request for a Clearance Certificate could trigger an audit which will further delay everything. It is paramount that this due diligence is not ignored in the interests of a fast closing. Another reason we could not act on the restaurant deal had to do with the fact that searches of Building, Fire and Health Departments could not be conducted in time. We had to check for any violations or work orders against the business. For example, if the seller of the restaurant had been advised by the Fire Department to install a new sprinkler system and had not done so by closing, it the buyer would incur this expense once he became owner of the business. On another note one of the things we are concerned about is the possibility of fraud and money laundering and sometimes people try to get away with this by creating a fast closing with large fees. Most lawyers are aware enough to prevent this. The moral of the story is quite simple. Make sure there is enough time and get the job done right!!!!! Although it may seem simple on its face, the purchase of any business iscomplicated if you want to be protected from potential liabilities. A lawyer has both a legal and moral obligation to protect you from the many traps, pitfalls and dangers inherent in purchasing a business, but every lawyer needs the time to do it right and the good lawyers will turn you away if there is not enough time.

Bulk sales legislation is meant to prevent slippery business owners from selling off their assets, failing to pay their creditors and then disappearing with the cash. The Act puts the onus on buyers to prove that the seller has complied with the legislation. If a buyer completes a transaction and there is no bulk sales compliance, the buyer may be liable to the seller’s creditors as the slippery vendor will have disappeared. If the Buyer had ensured the Seller complied with the Jayson Schwarz is a Toronto business Act he would have been protected. lawyer and senior partner in the law Having to pay business creditors is just one risk associated with a “quickie closing”; another big risk relates to provincial sales tax. Persons who

firm Schwarz Law LLP. Konstantine Chatzidimos is a Toronto business lawyer and associate in the law firm. Please mail, deliver or fax letters to the magazine or to us, use the web site (

Schwarz Law Barristers and Solicitors Schwarz Law LLP is a full service law firm, offering sound and practical professional advice in the areas of Business Law, Corporate, Commercial, Real Estate, General Litigation, Personal Injury, Construction Liens, Immigration and Estates and Tax Planning. Schwarz Law LLP is also associated with law firms in Providenciales (Turks & Caicos Islands), Kansas City, Missouri (USA), Accra (Ghana) & Montreal, Quebec. Jayson Schwarz is also a foreign referral associate of Cyrus Ross International (Europe). As a result, through our network of associated firms, we can provide national and international solutions as required.

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April 2013


TALKING FINANCES Release Your Financial Genius By: Gabriel Quayson, Toronto Somewhere in the genetic make-up of all humans, there lies sleep, the seed of achievement which, if awakened and put into action, would carry you to heights, such as you may never have hoped to attain. If you unleash the genius which lies asleep in your brain, it will drive you upward to whatever goal you may wish to achieve. As per Martin Luther King’s famous speech “All Men Are Created Equal” As humans we have the capacity to accomplish what others have done, within reason. This is a qualifying statement because how well we perform in certain areas will depend on our aptitude. Our aptitude makes us different in our performance. This uniqueness allows us to do at least one task better than anybody else in the world. Being a Genius is the ability to perform just one task, activity or craft better than almost anyone else in the world. If you become number one in the world you will determine the price the world will pay for your talent or craft. The aim of this article is to advise you of ways to unleash the genius within and be blessed financially. The way to discover your gifting or calling is to pay attention to the things you

enjoy doing and are able to perform them effortlessly at high efficient level, while majority have major difficulty with similar task. Regardless of your age, once your calling is discovered, you owe it to yourself and the world to bring it to fruition. This means you should express it at its highest level before you die. You must bring the dream into reality during your life time. It is your human responsibility to accomplish or bring forth what your purpose is in the physical world before you leave. A seed was prepared and predestined to be a tree when it was created. A 10 pound lion cub is predestined to be a 500 pound majestic ruler of the jungle. An eagle egg is predestined to be the ruler of the sky. We as higher beings are also each predestined to accomplish a specific purpose in this physical world. Sometimes we cannot see our gifts because it is too close and we see it as normal because it has been available to us for a long time. But others will perceive our normal behaviour as exceptional and appreciate us for its expression. Those are the times you need to pay attention to yourself for your hidden talent. With introspection, you will unravel the knots that bound your thoughts,

remove the fog that has blurred your vision and clear the debris that has hidden your potential. Once your gift is discovered, it will give your life purpose and direction. This is where the hard work starts, because you have a specific path to follow and can no longer float

like a leaf in the wind. You will be compelled daily to maneuver your way to a chosen target. Many among us have discovered our gifts but we do not have the faintest idea on how to turn the gifts into blessings in the physical world. Some gifted boxers fight in bars for free and at times get criminal charges on top, while other talented fighters fight in the ring for millions. Some entrepreneurs sell drugs on the street and risk going to jail, while other such entrepreneurs sell financial instruments such as stocks and bonds in the financials districts for top salaries. The point being made is that your gifts should be expressed


within the boundaries of the law of the land. To turn your gifts into blessings in the physical world, you have to do market research to establish what your gift is worth on a commercial level. Secondly, you need to figure out a way to package your gift in the way that is accepted by society and people are willing to pay for it. You should not give your gifts away for free on a large scale. The purpose of your gift is to support you and allow you to turn your dreams into reality. You should charge a reasonable (market value) price for your gifts during the early stages of offering your gift to the world

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Sometimes your gifting will make you one of the very best in the world. If you are fortunate enough to be at that level you will be able to charge millions for your gifts. An example will be paintings from a painter such as Picasso, which are sold for millions, because there are no real competitors. Sometimes life takes us on a detour to strengthen us, prepare us, make us wiser and

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on a commercial level. Once your gifts (service) become specialized with few competitors, you need to increase the price for your time to reflect your specialization status.

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The Ghanaian News April 2013

OBITUARY Another Ghanaian Youth fatally shot in Toronto

Alfred Kobina Ayiku Bonney passes away

was found in a grassy pathway near the Grace Hartman Housing Co-op at Morningside and Old Finch Avenues. He had been shot in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene around 8:30 p.m. He is Toronto’s 19th homicide of 2013.

The Ghanaian community in Toronto has again being thrown into mourning as a 20 year old young man, Kwadwo Mensah was fatally shot on Thursday April 25, 2013. According to Police, Kwadwo

Sheldon Ashton Scrubb of Milton was arrested and charged on Wednesday May 1, 2013, with second-degree murder, reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated assault.

April 7, 2013.He was 4 days shy of his birthday. He is survived by wife Alice Bonney and 5 children ( 2 in Canada and 3 in England). He is also survived by 2 sisters and a brother as well as several nephews and nieces in Ghana and a sister in England. Alfred arrived in Toronto, Canada on 1st July 1980 from England. He worked at the now defunct Nortel for 15 years before becoming an entrepreneur.

Alfred Bonney

The sudden death is reported The accused is scheduled of Alfred Kobina Ayiku Bont o a p p e a r i n c o u r t o n ney, 79, at the Mississauga Thursday. May 2nd, 2013.. Trillium Hospital on Sunday

Frank Adjei passes away at 74 Frank Adjei (aka Mr. Frank) has passed away in Toronto on April 29th 2013 after a protracted illness. Frank Adjei came to Canada in July 1970. In 1981 Frank and his partners Seth Bempong and Moses Sarpong established the first African grocery store in Ontario at the Jane/ Finch Mall. It was known as TIBE’s VARIETY LTD. They opened another store in the same Mall in 1984. They later included cosmetic and a wholesale depot. The business acumen of Frank and his partners was demonstrated in the opening of a series of stores in To-

wife Mary Adjei and three children Adjoa Adjei, Akua Adjei and Kwabena Adjei.

ronto, Brampton and Kitchener within the same year. The business initiatives and innovation of Frank Adjei and his partners Seth Bempong and Moses Sarpong were recognized with the prestigious Business Award at the Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards in 2001. He is survived by his

Funeral Arrangement are as follows: Viewing May 16th and 17th 2013 at Colaricci Daudlin Tauro Funeral Homes, 211 McNaughton Road East, Maple (Keele/ Major MacKenzie) from 6 pm to 9 pm on Mayl 16th and 5 pm on May 17th. Funeral rites will be held on May 18th 2013 at the Church of Pentecost Banquet Hall (Sheppard/Arrow Rd.). Memorial service is on May 18th 2013 at the All Nations Full Gospel Church, 4401 Steeles Avenue West.

Viewing will be at Meadowvale Cemetery and Visitation Centre, 7732 Mavis Road, Brampton from 1pm2pm. It will be followed by service and interment and reception from 2pm – 5.30pm at the Meadowvale Cemetery.

Home call of William Okrah

The sadden death of Mr. William Okrah popularly known as W.O. at the St. Michaels Hospital Toronto is reported. It occurred on Tuesday April 19, 2013 after protracted illness. He

Home call: Ericson AmeyDebrah

Ericson Amey Debrah Ericson Amey-Debrah 46, passed away at the Brampton Civic Hospital on Saturday April 27, 2013 after a short illness. Eric, born on March 24th 1967. He arrived in Canada on November 28, 2012. He is survived by his wife Dawnmarie Amey-Debrah, daughter Paula Amesimaku, father Mr. Timothy Amesimaku former Ghana Ambassador to Benin and mother Christine Debrah and 3 siblings including Steven Degbe .He hailed from Mamfekumasi in the Volta Region of Ghana.

was 67 and was born on July 11, 1945. Mr. Okrah retired from the Ghana Armed Forces as W.O. II and came to Canada in 1985. He is survived by 3 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 2 brothers and sisters in Ghana, a brother in U.S. and Germany and several nephews and nieces.

TORONTO CITY COUNCIL ZONING BYE-LAW On Wednesday April 03, 2013, The Toronto City Council voted on a zoning bye-law that will affect many churches located in the city of Toronto. The new bye-law will determine where churches can rent buildings or buy lands in Toronto. For more information on this new bye law and how it will impact your church, visit Your involvement in the fight against this bye-law is extremely important, therefore visit the website and participate in the “Action Steps” suggested.

The Ghanaian News

April 2013


Community Information It is another time of the year for

Ghanaian Women's Prayer Conference May 20th 2013 @ The Apostles' Continuation Church Int'l 10 Belfield Rd. (Kipling/Hwy 401) 9 a.m. - 12 noon For more info, please call 416-916-3700, 647-343-3567, 905-792-9516, 416-248-8593, 905-846-6257, 416-746-2485, 416-749-0631, 416-245-6393, 905-794-6323, 416-820-9522, 416-740-9276, 905-970-0824

Movement of United Ghanaians Abroad ( MUGA-GHANA FIRST ) The Official mouthpiece Ghanaians Abroad OUR MISSION Is to serve as a forum where Ghanaians living Abroad express our concern about event and circumstances in Ghana that affect our well being and of our brother's and Sister's at home. BE A MEMBER AS A GHANAIAN For more information or to register contact: Tel: 004917627 727777/00494721685881 Or 647-717-3362 Osei Bonsu 416-716-5977 Kojo Owusu 647-349-1865 Maame Dufie E-mail: Website: We shall Over Come

The 13th Annual Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards 2013 a celebration of Excellence Houring our Communicty Achievers Hosted by The Ghanaian News in September 22nd 2013

Call for 2013 Award Nominations This year's (2013) presentation recognizes achievements




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Youth Journal


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Unpacking Unconstructive Ontario Government Stereotypical Views about Launches Sixth Annual Young People Youth Volunteer Challenge By Kwabena Akuoko, MSW, RSW, Toronto

Perhaps no other group of people in society are regularly painted with the same brush or judged negatively than young people because of the behaviours of some of their peers. Society tends to have narrow-minded and often times, biased perceptions about today’s young people. Many people, including even parents tend to hold unconstructive stereotypical views about their own teenage and young adult offspring. Similarly, the media regularly portrays young people in negative lights and that obviously contributes to society’s wrong perceptions of that population. It is unfair, in my view, for the media and society in general to unflatteringly depict the young as inconsiderate, apathetic, nonchalant, drug users, trouble makers or even lawbreakers and simply, antisocial. A common prevailing falsehood and stereotypical perception of young people is that they want things handed to them. Many also describe them as the lazy generation that wants to be fed with a silver spoon. Obviously, this is not true simply because the majority of the youthful population are hardworking and independent. They are as hardworking, motivated, law abiding in the same manner as other groups in the general population. The general categorization of youth as irresponsible and the most dependent generation is not fair because many people conveniently lose sight of the fact the vast majority of our youth are ambitious, responsible and extremely independent who have the ability to set clear goals and try their best to achieve them even amidst serious challenges. They simply do not want things done for them or wait for hand-outs. It is therefore wrong and unfair to lump them together and describe them with negative undertones. Most of the negativities that often surround society’s perception of young people are unfair and underscore the need to unpack our minds of the biases we habitually hold about them. There is no gainsaying that the only group of people in society who are socially and collectively held responsible for the behaviours of their peers are youth. Notwithstanding the fact that minority of youth behave anti-socially, the rest of them are frequently perceived as anti-social. Unhelpful stereotypical perceptions can of course originate from anywhere in society and may also be directed at any social group, but the bulk of it, in my view, is directed towards young people. And unlike other social groups such as adults or the elderly for instance, young people are the only segment that is negatively stereotyped based on the behaviours of others. Adults are not blamed for the misbehaviours of other adults, and are judged individually, not collectively. The question then is why are we

so quick to judge young people as a group? Most people are more likely to jump to conclusions and judge all young people in a negative light. The media also plays a crucial role regarding societal negative perception of young people because in order for stereotypes to have an impact on the targeted group, it has to be legitimized by influential institutions. It is here that the role of the media plays in portraying young people in negative lights comes to the forefront. There is no denying that the vast majority of young people are responsible citizens, but they are all usually blamed for the indiscretions of some of their peers. Young folks despise being lumped together or judged collectively because they make tremendous efforts to be different or unique individuals among their peers. Yet as a social group, they are the most identifiable, and viewed as homogeneous subgroup in society. Many young people are wonderful and positive-minded who always endeavour to conduct themselves responsibly, but many people unfortunately tend to be willfully blind about our youngsters’ individual and collective positive behaviours and contributions to society. We conveniently tend to forget that a whole generation or group of people cannot be inherently bad. Unfortunately however, society unfairly depicts them in negative lights as a result of the unbecoming conducts of some of their peers.. Young people have been persistently slapped with the label of being ungrateful and disrespectful and also perceived as a danger to society. Similarly, one common negative stereotype that is often associated with adolescents and young adults is the common and wrong perception that they are up to no good and want things for free. They are also regularly disrespected and treated with suspicion as shoplifters and closely monitored at shopping centres for no reason other than being young. The small minority of that population who behave antisocially thus usually influence the way they are generally viewed. The issue is that young people deserve to be respected and recognized for their individuality or uniqueness in the same manner as other social groups and cannot assume the responsibility of others’ actions. Society does not perceive all adults as apathetic who want things handed to them, but young people are regularly perceived in such terms. If we expect great things from our youthful population, then we need to encourage them. Children, adolescents and young adults want to be treated as individuals with unique attributes. They detest being lumped together and spoken ill of for doing nothing wrong other than being young. This requires us, including parents to unpack our minds of negative stereotypical views about the younger generations.

Ontario is challenging young people to volunteer for at least three hours over four weeks to “change the world” in their communities. The sixth annual C h a n g e T h e Wo r l d Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge kicks off April 21 and runs until May 20, coinciding with National Volunteer Week (April 21 to 27). Delivered in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network, this year’s campaign’s goal is to get 30,000 students between the ages of 14 to 18 volunteering. The ChangeTheWorld challenge encourages young people to get

involved in their communities and helps them to develop important skills, such as teamwork and leadership. Supporting the notfor-profit sector, and promoting Ontario’s tradition of volunteering, is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build strong communities and a fair society for all. Q U I C K FA C T S Ontario students must complete 40 volunteer hours to graduate from high school. Since 2008, over 63,000 Ontario youth have contributed more than 265,000 volunteer hours in their communities through C h a n g e T h e Wo r l d . 23 volunteer centres

across Ontario are participating with events in 2013. Over 6 million Ontarians volunteer each year, contributing more than 860 million annual volunteer hours CONTACTS Indira Naidoo-Harris Minister’s Office 416-325-6205 indira.naidoo-harris@ Laura Sylvis Communications Branch 416-314-7010 Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration citizenship.

Liberals vow to spend $300M on youth unemployment Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising $300 million over two years to fight youth unemployment. The minority Liberals say they’ll create four funds that would help create jobs, support young entrepreneurs and better prepare youth to develop work skills. Wy n n e m a d e t h e announcement today during a visit at a Toronto youth employment services centre. It’s the latest in a series of

previews of Thursday’s budget that appears to be part of an effort to gain the NDP’s support and avoid an election. The minority Liberals need help from at least one opposition party to pass the budget, which the Conservatives have already vowed to vote against. Wynne has announced a $100-million fund to build roads and bridges in rural and northern Ontario and $185 million more this year to reduce

wait times for seniors who need home care. The NDP have demanded action on youth employment and home care as part of their conditions for support. They want $195 million over two years to create jobs and fund on-thejob training for youth. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said it’s hard to tell whether the Liberals will deliver, despite their pre-budget promises.

Road accidents leading cause of death among Youth – WHO T h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organization (WHO) said road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among young people aged 15-29 years and the eighth leading cause of death globally. More than a million people die each year on the world’s roads, and the cost of dealing with the consequences of these road traffic crashes runs into billions of dollars. According to the WHO 2013 Global Status Report

on Road Safety, made available to the Ghana News Agency in Accra on Thursday, “more than three-quarters of all road traffic deaths are among young males”. It noted that current trends suggested that by 2030, road traffic deaths would become the fifth leading cause of death unless urgent action is taken. The report provides extensive information on leading risk factors for road traffic injuries

and evidence on effective interventions and makes recommendations to countries on how to improve national road safety. In 2010, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, and for further global status reports on road safety to monitor the impact of the Decade at national and global levels. This report was built on cont'd on pg. 60

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The Ghanaian News April 2013

Final Thanksgiving Service for Madam Aba Yaa Mother of Joseph Kingsley Eyiah, Ghanaian News Contributing Editor at Heritage Ghana SDA Church on Saturday April 13, 2013

Cross section of congregation

Church Choir

Elder Antwi giving vote of thanks on behalf of Eyiah family

Mr. Eyiah and family

Cross section of congregation

Nana Owusu Aduomi, Asanteman Celebration of Life Nifahene aka Dollarman of Mr. William Okrah celebrated the call to eternal rest alias W.O. , father of Tina Yeboah of his mother Madam Elizabeth at Apostles' Continuation Church Boakye alias Obaapanin Afia Akyia Banquet Hall at Ahenfie Banquet Hall on Saturday April 27, 2013 on Saturday April 27, 2013

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Lawrence engages Yvonne at St. Andrew's Catholic Church Mr. Lawrence Donkor engaged Ministries, Ghana Methodist Church , Ghana Calvary Yvonne Annobil at a colourMethodist United Church, ful ceremony at the Parish Church of Pentecost, Hall of St. Andrews Roman Winnipeg, World Impact Catholic Church on Saturday Church, Gospel Action April 6, 2013.The presentaMinistry, Apostles’ Contion of the bridal gifts were tinuation Church, and St. done exclusively by men who Andrews Roman Catholic were buddies of Lawrence. In church. The engagement attendance were the Consulrings were blessed by Fr. General of Ghana in Toronto. Zualaga Horacio. The Mr. Kodjo Mawutor, Toronto MCs for the ceremony Asanteman Abusuapanin Nana Achampong, clergy from the were Elder Appiah Kubi of following churches: The Apos- Sankofa Radio and Opanin Owoahene Acheampong tolic Church Intl, Peace Light alias Asamoah Kroduah.

Lawrence putting on ring on Yvonne's finger

Yvonne and Lawrence

From L: Samuel, Amos and Nana Attakum Attah

Yonne and Elder Appiah Kubi

From L: Gloria, Gladys, Jonathan, Yvonne and Abigail

Couple with siblings and Jonathan Annobil (in cloth)

Mr. Kodjo Mawutor, (Consul General), Abusuapanin Nana Acheampong, Nana Akosua Baayie, and Gifty Asamoah

From L" Amos, Nana Attakum Attah, J onathan (Yvonne's dad) and George

Nana Yaw Owusu, Mr. & Mrs Donkor (Lawrence's parents), center,

Couple with Lawrence's family

Couple with St. Andrew's Catholic Church members

Clergy praying over bridal gifts

Field Asst. Ben Ammon, Chief Kwesi Adu and Kwesi Selassie

Couple with Mrs. Lucy Nti

Presentation of Bridal gifts

Couple with Yvonne's family


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PEOPLE AND PLACES Evangel Assembly of God Church Choir at a special Sunday Service

Outdooring for baby Levia Adu-Poku Gyasi son of Mr. & Mrs. Kwaku Gyasi at Church of Pentecost on Sunday 28 April 2013

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“Polytechnics Have Very Important Role to Play in Ghana’s Education System and National Development”-Dr. Okine From Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Toronto-Canada The Rector of Koforidua Polytechnic Institute in G h a n a , D r. R e y n o l d s Okine has reiterated the importance of Polytechnic education to Ghana’s national development. He said, “Ghana as a developing country needs among other human resources, technical skills to accelerate its national development.” Dr. Reynolds Okine was speaking to the Ghanaian News in Toronto during his recent visit to Canada. When asked to talk about some of the challenges facing Polytechnic education, Dr. Okine numerated among others the enrolment of students and the recruitment of staff

Dr. Reynolds Okine and Mr. Joe Kingsley Eyiah for Polytechnic Institutions in Ghana. He said that in all these, technical skills which are very crucial to polytechnic education that would in

the long run foster national development are sacrificed at the ‘altar of academic excellence.’ Explaining this point further, Dr. Okine opined

that unlike Germany and Australia where admission requirements are not solely based on academic performance of the applicant, Ghana has strict academic requirements for its Polytechnics just as for its Universities and at the expense of skills which are needed at Polytechnic level! According to him, an applicant with good credits like ‘A’s with even one D7 does not qualify for admission to any Polytechnic just like to any University in Ghana. Subsequently, applicants to tertiary institutions in Ghana who qualify on straight ‘A’s prefer going to the Universities instead of entering the

Polytechnics. This situation, over the years, has created a severe ‘admission drought’ for the Polytechnics. Engineering students are scarce at the Polytechnics. Large number of students here study business with accounting option! It is sad to note that there is also lack of support from the industrial field in the country to our Polytechnics as it should be. A case in point is the fufu machine developed at Koforidua Polytechnic which has not seen mass production due to lack of sponsorship. Ghana must pay due attention to the development of technical skills through our Polytechnics for national development.

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Helping Ontario drivers save money The government is proposing an auto insurance cost- and rate-reduction strategy that would reduce premiums by 15 per cent on average for Ontario drivers. The strategy would also intensify the government’s existing work to address the critical issues in the system, and increase accountability and transparency to help ensure that cost savings will result in lower premiums for Ontario drivers.

would build on the success of the government’s 2010 reforms and a series of fraud prevention regulatory amendments in January 2013. It is essential that further action be taken to ensure that reductions to premiums can continue from these reforms. A number of critical issues are leading to cost uncertainties for insurers, and are preventing significant premium reductions for Ontario’s over nine million drivers.

If implemented, the strategy The government is taking strong action on these issues. Action Plan to Reduce Rates by 15 Per Cent on Average To a c h i e v e t h e premium reduction, the government will introduce legislative amendments that would, if passed: Legislate a premium reduction of 15 per cent on average within a period of time to be prescribed by regulation Require insurers to

offer lower premiums for consumers with safe driving records Give the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) the authority to license and oversee business practices of health clinics and practitioners who invoice auto insurers Provide the Superintendent of Financial Services with the authority to require insurers to file for rates Make the Superintendent’s Guidelines binding — incorporated by reference in the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule Expand and modernize the Superintendent’s investigation and enforcement authority, particularly in the area of fraud prevention Consolidate statutory automobile insurance reviews. To increase accountability and transparency, a new independent annual report by outside experts cont'd on pg. 58

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Frankly Speaking Here we go again: Youth Violence Returns to our community By: Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

We had reason recently to express our delight in the fact that violence among the youth in our community had reduced drastically and we had not had news of any violent events involving our youth for most part of the past year. This feeling was against the background of the frequent violent actions, some very fatal that some youth in our community were engaged in, in previous years. We were sadly mistaken and we celebrated rather too early. Our community was hit again towards the end of April with yet another violent action involving some of our youth which has resulted in the death of one of them, only twenty years old. This fatal and sad event has brought to the fore again the issue of the future of our youth and what needs to be done to stem the everconstant tide of youth violence which mostly brings us heart-breaking news. As always with the occurrence of such events, the hearts of families are broken, families are torn apart and our community loses one or more of its precious resources; the children and youth, the future leaders of our community and of the nation. These unfortunate events, like the recent one involving a twenty-year old young man, should stir us up again to start asking very pertinent questions. Among these

questions should be: What is it in the Canadian society, especially in Toronto, that attracts the youth to the criminal gangs as “family� and support networks? What is it in our community that drives away the youth from the relative comfort and protection available in the country to the criminal and gang world outside? What is it that our own community is doing or not doing to assist our youth stay out of trouble? At the micro level, we need to ask ourselves as individual parents and families what we are doing or not doing which contributes to our youth drifting away and getting into trouble and sometimes fatalities. The above therefore involves painful, but necessary, self-examination of ourselves: individually a n d c o l l e c t i v e l y. Self examination is a painful exercise. Many people feel uncomfortable about it and therefore shy away from it. We find it painful and shy away from it because we are always scared, or sometimes even ashamed of what we will discover about ourselves which

is the truth. Truth is a painful commodity to buy and live with. The truth forces you to come to terms with the realities of life. The truth forces you to confront a hidden part of you, as an individual or collective, which you have been avoiding, hiding or pretending that it does not exist for a long time. However the painful confrontation with the truth, is a moment and stage in life when, if we are sincere, real meaningful life begins. In most of the tragic events that have involved our youth over the years in this country, there has been one constant factor and issue: the fact that the youth, or a section of them, seems to be disconnected from the rest of the community especially the adult population. So the question we need to answer is what have we been doing as adults in our community that do not attract the youth that leads them to move away to do the things that they do with fatal and painful consequences? And as individual parents and families, we need to confront the bitter truth about certain things that we are doing or not doing that are driving our children away from us and into these wrong parts of town, to the wrong groupings, to the wrong paths and to the very dangerous activities that some are engaged in which bring us these regular doses of bad news.

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The above soul-searching is necessary if we are to avoid these events from happening again. There are many people in our community who will shrug these sad events off. There are others who will also shrug this admonition off. Why? Because we think own children or families are doing well. Oh, their own families and children do not live in the part of town that these incidents happen. But we should be mindful of the fact that in whichever part of town that we live, whatever levels that our own children have got to, whoever we believe, rightly or wrongly, that our youth hang out with, these unfortunate events affect us all. If mention is made that the youth that got killed or arrested for something is a member of our community, the image and impression that the news generate affect all of us by virtue of association. And we all attend the constant funerals that are held when any of our youth gets killed or dies in any of these unfortunate events. The sacrifice of time and cost for these funerals could have been put to other productive ventures which would have positively impacted the youth instead of using them to attend their funerals to record them as permanent losses to the community. I admonish all the adults in our community, all the organizations in

our community and if I may add, all the religious groupings in our community to join hands in this necessary soulsearching exercise. For the adults in our community, we need to realize that advice and lectures alone are not enough to stop or prevent some of our youth from getting into trouble. For the numerous ethnic, recreational and community associations in our communities, we should also realise that

our efforts should not be geared towards regular get-togethers, parties and annual picnics alone. And for the religious groupings, they need to realize that prayers alone do not solve problems. We all need to lead by concrete examples. This clarion call is long overdue and we need to act now. We should not wait for another fatality to be announced before we start talking about it again as to what went wrong.

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Securing a Job through Apprenticeship Programs By Golda Abena Quayson

It is estimated that ninety percent (90%) of people do change their careers or jobs three times or twice before they reach the age sixty five 65 or before retirement. Most people prefer learning the type of skills they need to do the job directly on the job instead going through formal education because of their education backgrounds and/or age. In this direction, most people prefer apprenticeship programs since they are short, direct and in most cases also funded by provincial and Federal governments. What is Apprenticeship? Apprenticeship is mostly workplace-based training for people who want to work in a skilled trade and is governed by the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU). About 90 percent of apprenticeship training occurs in the workplace under the supervision of skilled trades people. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction usually at postsecondary institutions or other approved training organizations. Apprentices are fully employed workers, meaning they can earn while they learn. You can find your own employer who qualifies and has been approved by the government to register you for a particular skill trade. Examples of some of skilled trades programs (apprenticeship) are hospitality, automotive, mills-right, welding, c a r p e n t r y, m a s o n builders, forklift, transportation-truckdriving etc. You may check some of these o n l i n e a t : w w w. You can also access the apprenticeship website to find more information about resources, recruitment and results. Their virtual library includes over 140 skilled trades occupations. You can find out how apprenticeship works, and learn about various training opportunities and programs such as Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. This program has been specially designed for youth who are still in high school or going back as an adult student or attending a vocational school. This

program helps the youth to stay focused to acquire a skilled trade as a career as early as possible. The Resources section of the website has a Resume and a Cover Letter Guide to help you create a tradespecific resume. That is in any kind of trade you would like to learn and prepare yourself for the job market. Other resources which you may want to tap into to succeed in this program are by accessing the information concerning government incentives such as the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and Loans for Tools program. You can access more information regarding qualifications, requirements and grants through www. . This website will provide you the links to various trade unions and associations, colleges and helpful websites. The website also provides job seekers with trade-related reports, articles and links to community agencies. This is a free online service connecting employers and apprentices in the skilled trades. Another value of the websites is that it provides connections for career opportunities in apprenticeships and the skilled trades in Ontario. If you have already finished or completed an apprenticeship program and you are seeking for recruitment into a job position, you can create a profile and post your resume directly on the website. Once your file has been approved by the local administrator, you will receive an email alerts when job openings become available. You are also able to search for apprenticeship positions on the same website. If you find a position that you want to apply for, apply directly on-line to the employer. Employers also have the ability to search the database and may contact you directly, so checking your email regularly is important.

This website is one of the few free skilled trades-focused matching services in Ontario. The website is free for both the job seeker and the employer. Once you are registered on the website, you will have access to apprenticeship postings from jobs and career areas covered by the website. Select your geographic area and login to the job seeker section. Select the trade that you are interested in, register and upload a current tradespecific resume. Your profile will be approved by your local administrator within 2 business days and then you will be able to start searching for apprenticeship opportunities. Finally, considering the value of an Apprentice, once you achieve a certification after the apprenticeship program, it means that you have accomplished a measure of success and mastery in the specific trade. Your success is recognized and awarded not only by the dollars you earn, but also by the respect of your peers and the industry. Many people who work in the skilled trades can choose to relocate and work in any province in Canada and sometimes abroad once you have the certification. Some may even start to run their own successful businesses. We should keep in mind that not everyone can go through formal education and become a doctor or lawyer etc. At the same time we should also understand that we are gradually entering a new face of technology and this entails the need for lots of hands-on-technology. We should therefore seize the opportunity to discover the strengths and sometimes hidden qualities of the our children, and even adults (ourselves) and strive to make a change and achieve what we love to do, and do it well to succeed in future. There is certainly value in apprenticeship programs. We should seize the opportunity or encourage and children and family members to seize this opportunity before they disappear in this age of regular government funding cut-backs which are announced without prior warnings

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Should We Stay Together As Couple For the Sake of the Children?

Many parents ask this question. People often believe that divorce is extremely damaging to children and they stay together in an otherwise unhappy marriage. However, this is not necessarily the best thing for children. My clients tell me all the time that they stayed together or believe they should stay together for the sake of their children. I tell them that children do not need married parents; they need happy and healthy parents There is no doubt that kids benefit from living with two parents who have a good marriage relationship. They feel secure and safe. They learn what it takes to make a good marriage and to form good adult relationships. They do not have to deal with the complications and stress that come with a home environment riddled with constant friction between the parents and an eventual divorce. Studies reveal that children who are raised in a two-person, loving, and stable environment show less signs of depression, anxiety and defiant behavior and do better in school. However, there are two parts to that equation. Just having two parents is not enough - a good marriage is the more important part. Children are very intuitive - they can see when there are problems. While no child wants their parents to be divorced - children are more damaged by constant fighting, a poor relationship, or unhappy parents than they are by a divorce. Children raised in a stressful and conflicted environment are more stressed, have more defiant behavior, and have more disciplinary problems. Studies also have shown that children do better when their parents get divorced, in comparison to their parents living together in a continuous state of conflict, instability, and uncertainty. Divorce is stressful on everyone, especially children, and should be avoided whenever possible. However, a divorce in and of itself is not necessarily damaging. Fighting, arguing, putting the children in the middle, custody battles, a lack of communication and a lack of respect by one of their parents towards the other are the damaging parts of a divorce. Children of divorced parents can do great if these things are avoided. Children need to know and to feel that each of their parents is a good person. If their parents belittle, demean or criticize the other parent, in a child’s mind they are doing the same to them - they are a part and an extension of their parents after all. Even if they consciously don’t think this, they internalize these actions and subconsciously feel them. Parents often get caught up in their own emotions and either can’t, or won’t, put aside those emotions for the sake of the children. This is true whether they continue to stay in an unhappy marriage or if they get divorced. For these people, either situation is damaging to the children. However, at least with a divorce, there is distance and fewer

situations where the children are caught up in these emotions. A pending divorce can certainly amplify those emotions but eventually, the conflict will die down when the divorce concludes although the anger may never completely go away. What if, you ask, my marriage is not high conflict or stressful? What about those situations where we have simply drifted apart or are no longer in love? Life is just going along for you and you are neither happy nor unhappy? In these situations, the answer to whether you should stay together for the children is not so easy. Your marriage is not damaging to your children at this point and the children will be bewildered and confused by a divorce. They may not have a clue that there were problems between you and your spouse. Most people would agree that in these cases, you should try to work it out as long as possible. Since there is no doubt that children do best in a two parent, stable relationship, you should try to give them the benefit of that as long as possible. However, I would caution that it you get to the point where your unhappiness is clearly visible, you need to re-evaluate that decision. Even though you may not be fighting with your spouse, if you are extremely unhappy in your marriage, eventually this unhappiness could have negative consequences. You or your spouse could look for fulfillment outside of your marriage by having an affair. You or your spouse could develop depression and other related issues. If these situations occur, it will eventually lead to anger and fighting which will have a greater negative effect on your children. It will be advisable to seek professional counseling before it gets to that point. Children need healthy and happy parents so that they can have role models to grow up into happy and healthy adults. Children should be shown that having a mate is not the key ingredient to a good life. They should also be taught that if you have a problem, you need to face it head on and take whatever action is necessary to correct it. They should know that they can take ownership of their happiness. Life is messy sometimes and things don’t always turn out the way that you would like. These are not necessarily bad lessons to learn. The answer to the question “should we stay together for the sake of the children” is therefore not easy. As parents, it is your job to insure that your children grow up as healthy as possible. However, simply staying together is not necessarily the answer. Depending on your situation, your children may actually be better off if you divorce. The best thing is to try as much as possible to seek professional help and work out your differences as a couple. And if it does not work, you may then need to split but that should be done in an amicable manner so as not leave long-lasting bitterness which will have negative consequences on the children.

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By: David Yaw Twum-Barima, MD, MSc, FRCPC

This column is devoted to answering your questions on health and discusions of diseases which are common among the African Canadians.

OBESITY IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH. Weight gain due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise is rampant in our community. For those of you who didn’t see this article in a recent issue, I am reproducing it here for you. Spring is here and very soon summer will follow .Take advantage of the warm weather and be fit. Here are 6 strategies for successful weight loss. In the old days, back in Ghana weight gain was equated with good living. We all know now that obesity is associated with all kinds of medical illnesses. Here is some advice for successful weight loss from the Mayo Clinic. I hope you enjoy reading and practicing this piece. By now you’ve heard this weight-loss mantra many times: Eat less, exercise more. It’s a simple concept that many find difficult to put into practice. Every day, you find yourself in all kinds of situations in which it’s difficult to eat less. And who has time to ex-

ercise? It seems you can barely get through a normal day, running kids to school, putting in long hours at your job, getting dinner together and tossing in a load of laundry. Exercise? Haven’t you done enough already? If you’re like many people, you’ve thought about how you can make it all work. You really do want to lose that extra weight, but you still have to find a way that works in your own situation. Otherwise, you’ll just slip back and find more excuses. And any weight you may have lost will jump right back on the minute you give up. You also probably know

that virtually hundreds of different fad diets, weight-loss programs and outright scams promise quick and easy weight loss. But the foundation of every successful weight-loss program still remains a healthy diet combined with exercise. You must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits to lose significant weight and then keep it off. Here are six effective strategies to help you meet and maintain your weight-loss goals. 1. Make a commitment Achieving and maintaiing your healthy weight requires a lifelong commitment. It requires concentration, time and effort. Make sure that you’re ready to make the necessary permanent changes and that you do so for the right reasons. No one else can make you lose weight. In fact, external pressure — often from people closest to you — may actually make matters worse.

You must want to make diet and exercise changes to please yourself. As you’re planning to launch new weight-related lifestyle changes, try to resolve any other problems that may be in your life. It takes considerable mental and physical energy to change your habits. So make sure you aren’t distracted by other major issues in your life, such as marital or financial problems. Timing is key to success. You need to be at a point in your life when you’re ready to take on the challenges of serious weight loss. Keep in mind that no matter how prepared you may be, you’ll occasionally overeat or eat foods that you should avoid. Rather than let a setback derail your efforts, accept that it happened and get back on track. Don’t expect to be perfect — and never give up. Motivate yourself by focusing on all of the benefits of losing weight, such as having more energy and improving your health. Then look at the negatives, such as finding the time to exercise, and come up with creative solutions. * 2. Draw on support from others Ultimately, only you can help yourself lose weight, so you have to take responsibility for your own behavior. But that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything alone. Seek support from your spouse, family and friends. Pick people who you know want only the best for you and who will encourage you. Your support person or persons should be available to listen to your thoughts and feelings and encourage you, perhaps spend time exercising with you, and share the priority you’ve placed on developing a healthier lifestyle. An ideal support person might be someone who also is participating in a weight-loss program. Some people fare better with professional support, such as from a dietitian or personal trainer. Others benefit from the group support they receive from organizations such as Weight Watchers or Overeaters Anonymous. If you do join a group, keep in mind that what you get out of it will be

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Doctors trade strike for cash On the 8th of April this year, the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) announced to the Ghanaian public that they were going on strike, because both the government and Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) have refused to address disparities that have affected their basic salaries, as a result of the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure (SSSS). According to Dr. Frank Owusu-Sekyere, Chairman of the Greater Accra branch of the GMA, prior to the implementation of the single spine, health workers were on a salary scale called Health Sector Salary scale (HSS). But when they (doctors) were migrated onto the single spine, the basic salary on the single spine was rather lower. “Now the pension deduction is made solely on the basic salary, and it is against international labour regulations to make a worker worse off, migrating from one pay scale to another. This worse off could be in terms of overall take home or pension deductions. Now, according to the government white paper governing the single spine salary structure, whenever the single spine’s basic pay is lower than the basic pay of whichever scale one is migrating from, an amount called conversion difference is to be paid to that individual, to bring the person to parity with the salary on the pay scale being migrated from. “This has a two prong effect; first, it ensures that nobody takes home a reduced salary, and second, that the person’s pension is maintained. When the single spine was implemented for doctors, the conversion difference was paid, and everything was fine until we realised that our pension deductions had gone down. “When we made enquiries, it came to light that the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) had given the order for the conversion difference payment be stopped. We raised

the issue with our sector ministry, and amidst denials from the FWSC, they eventually accepted that they had given the go-ahead for Controller and Accountant Generals (CAGD) to recover the conversion difference. “A series of meetings ensued, culminating in the Ministry of Finance communicating to the CAGD not to recover the conversion difference until the issues have been resolved. The FWSC, demonstrating their penchant for breaching every agreement reached, unilaterally instructed the CAGD to recover the conversion difference. Since January 2012, every attempt to get it restored has proved futile.” Though this reason, which led to the strike by the doctors, appears legitimate on paper, renowned Ghanaians such as the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Kofi Annan, chiefs and some opinion leaders have all called on the GMA to call of the strike and resort to dialogue to resolve the impasse, but they have been turned down. The Medical Association has, instead, increased the pace of the strike by refusing to now attend to all emergency cases, except for those on admission. This development has had a negative impact on health delivery in the country, but what is not known to the public is that some of the doctors are rather cashing in on strike, at the expense of their patients. Reports reaching The Chronicle from the Ghana’s premier hospital, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, indicate that an amount, ranging between GH¢10 and GH¢300 is being extorted from patients before they are allowed to see doctors who come to the facility on ‘humanitarian grounds’ to attend to the sick. The trick is this – a nurse will approach relatives of patients who are in dire need of medical attention,

to part with some money, with the assurance that the patient would be allowed to see the doctor immediately the money is paid. Through this subterfuge means, The Chronicle gathered, patients have been compelled to part with money for these nurses to see the doctors, in order to save them from death. One of the victims, whose name is being withheld for security reasons, told newsmen in Accra that she went to Korle Bu to seek medical attention last week. Whilst at the hospital, she was told that the doctors were on strike, but if she could pay GH¢200 for onward transmission to a doctor, she would be allowed to see the latter. In fear of dying, the lady paid the money and was readily allowed to see the doctor in a consulting room, who attended to her. A lady undercover investigator, who went to the hospital under the guise of suffering from malaria, was also made to part with GH¢10, which was used to see the doctor before she was ushered into the consulting room. The encounter with the nurse and the doctor were all recorded. According to the lady, she was approached by a male worker who enquired from her why she was at the premises of the hospital. When she answered that she was sick, the man responded that she was too beautiful to die, and that if she could give him money, she would be allowed to see a doctor. The lady initially offered GH¢5, which was rejected, and after bargaining, the two settled at GH10. According to her, immediately she paid the money, she was allowed to see the doctor, who attended to her, and even prescribed that she be given an injection.

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Let's Think Family - By Rev. Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo Family Life Seminars at Ghana Methodist Church, Toronto, April 5-7, 2013 by Rev. Dr. Kisseadoo SOME LESSONS F R O M FA M I LY LIFE SEMINARS, GHANA METHODIST CHURCH, TORONTO, CANADA. April 5-7 2013 Under the expert l e a d e r s h i p o f Ve r y Rev. Emmanuel Asare Kusi, Rev. Dr. Samuel Kisseadoo was invited from Virginia to be the speaker for a 3-day family life and marriage revival meetings for the city of Toronto. The venue was the Methodist Church Ghana (Toronto Society), 19 Penn Drive, North York. We wish to give a brief report, and shall narrow our information to only the

man can do); 3) Adam tending and keeping the garden (representing active work the man must be doing, and not boasting of degrees and qualifications or family prestige without any proof of practical work); 4) Gold around the garden (representing financial stability, savings, and

the pint that anytime anyone breaks any law or commandment of God that is required to guide and control anything, you lose the Paradise (God’s Presence and special blessings) of that thing (work, education, business, project, ministry, relationship, leadership, singleness, courtship, marriage etc.). A woman was therefore given to a man to help the man to obey God and be a godly and excellent manager of God’s creation, and she must make it her primary objective to ensure that no matter the title, position, or qualifications

Friday teachings in this article, in order to avoid information overload, and continue our discussion in the next article. Using Genesis chapters 1-3, Dr. Kisseadoo used Friday to focus on the essential tools God ensured that Adam had before giving him Eve to marry as his special partner. The principles apply to both singles and couples. We should ensure that these basic tools are present during courtship, and are consequently improved upon, maintained, and actively utilized for family success in the marriage and the home. Every man should therefore have these important tools in his life, and the woman must also come along with the required preparations to team up with her husband to utilize these tools for fruitfulness in the marriage, to the glory of God. Several factors were pointed out, but a few of them are: 1) Observance of the Sabbath Day by God for Adam to see (representing the church the man must be active in); 2) Garden of Eden (representing work the

investments necessary for the financial needs of the marriage and family); 5) God coming to Adam and Eve in the coolness of the day for fellowship (representing daily devotions and fellowship with the Lord that is necessary for any couple, and making time to wait on the Lord away from work and any busy activities in a cool and peaceful atmosphere); 6) Adam naming all the organisms (representing education, studies, and acquisition of knowledge by the man who is appointed by God to be the knowledgeable and wise leader of the family); 7) The command not to eat the special fruit from the tree of good and evil, and the disobedience that brought death and trouble for all mankind (representing the word of God as the center of the definition, power, faith, and sustenance of the marriage). Dr. Kisseadoo pointed out that disobedience of God’s commandment was the primary reason why Adam and Eve lost their home in Paradise and all the associated blessings. He emphasized

and achievements of the man given to her, she checks to see if that man reads, meditates, studies, and uses the word of God as his daily guide and primary source of wisdom and power in practical ways of active obedience. Dr. Kisseadoo noted that the first thing a woman saw a man doing was not money, material possessions, cravings for sex, childbirth, ministerial or social and political accolades, pursuit of academics etc. but WORDS OF AFFIRMATION FROM THE LIPS OF THE MAN (“Bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh”; The man even gave the lady his own special name and said “she shall be called Woman” – Genesis 2:23. Therefore, any man who would not or cannot open his mouth to frequently admire, encourage, share important information, communicate effectively, express love and affection, and appreciate a woman, cannot be a good husband or fiancée who would satisfy his wife or romantic partner, or satisfy even other ladies including his own daughters or lady

employees and female friends etc. The first thing a man also saw a woman doing was humble and silent listening. Eve did not utter a word as Adam spoke, but carefully listened to her darling Adam. In that way, a woman is able to carefully ponder over what the man is trying to put across, tune in to God, and offer wise advice. It enables her to also know what to pray about, and she can gain deeper insight into the character and mind of the man, rather than the common quick t e m p e r, l o u d b r a w l , complaints, nagging, thousands of torrential words, contentious spirit, and outburst that several women exhibit, especially when they are upset or displeased, or feel frustrated. It does not mean women should always be quiet and unwisely swallow every abuse or wrong things from a man because of love and submission, but they should find the best ways to get to the minds and hearts of men with gentle listening, patience, and spiritual

approach that is rooted in respect and wisdom. Women should know that they are designed to be special agents of change and direction for men who cannot succeed without them, since God has already decreed so in Genesis 2:18 that without the help of women, men can never succeed. After all, they are the ones who become pregnant and give birth to the men. Lack of listening ear, faith to persevere, humility, controlled temper and controlled words, and lack of respect for men, and unwillingness to submit to the leadership of men, cause many women to spoil or lose their case, even when they are right. Dr. Kisseadoo emphasized that a woman was not given to a man

because man had sinned. Even when a man was perfect, he still needed a woman. How much more at this time when men are sinners by nature? A woman was therefore originally designed to be a special consultant for a man, and that is why Adam attacked Eve, in order to stop Adam from being extra successful. An attack on women in our society therefore means an attack on the success of men. So men should wake up, love our women, and help our women to help them! Women should therefore stop complaining and craving for attention all the time, or being a drag upon men with any form of greed and deception, or laziness, worldliness, and love of money plus possessions. They must strive to rather yield fully

disregard or ignorance about family values and the real needs or women and children. Participants of the seminar testified about the session as being very informative and practical for daily family productivity, and successful marriage life.

to God, engage in fervent prayers plus obedience and application of God’s word, muster courage, and build up deeper faith to tap into God’s power to pray for their husbands and offer them the necessary help as planned by God. They should tune in to God and persistently apply God’s power to build unity and mutual lifestyle with their partners, and stop the devil from stealing men through fornication, adultery, pride, abuses, violence, unlawful means of acquiring money and other gains, drugs, gambling, alcoholism, pornography, sexual misconduct, and, domestic irresponsible behavior, multiplication of sex partners, and

for copies of his books, free counseling and prayer. Visit his website: www.fruitfulministriesint. com for essentials that will enrich your life, re l a t i o n s h i p s , a n d ministry. Use DrSamuel Kisseadoo or RevDr. Kisseadoo to access his Wall on Facebook. Rev. Dr. Samuel A. Kisseadoo (Professor of Biology, USA. International Evangelist. Ordained & Licensed Minister. Teacher, Conference Speaker). Founder and President, Fruitful Ministries International Inc. (Evangelistic & Te a c h i n g M i n i s t r y ) . 6 Red Robin Turn, H a m p t o n , Vi rg i n i a 23669, USA. Tel.1- 7577289330 E-mail:

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The Call to Glory of Obaapanin Hannah Owusu aka Maame Ama Duku, mother of Osei Kwame held at Ahenfie Banquet Hall, Saturday April 13, 2013

Funeral Services for Opanin John Kwao Afful and Cecilia Afful father and sister respectfully of Alex Ebo Afful held on Saturday 20th April 2013 at The Apostles' Continuation Church Banquet Hall


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Milestones Challenges & Success cont'd from pg. 28

events, pension & retirement planning and other personal dreams at a given time in our life. These milestones have significant financial implications that can help improve our net worth or hurt our personal balance sheet. These milestones cause us to have to make decisions or sometimes spend over and above our income level thereby accumulating debt on credit card or store cards, line of credit debt or other loans arrangement. It is unfortunate most parents spend most of their time teaching their kids on good morals at home, encouraging their kids to take their education seriously but hardly do you hear

or see parents teaching their kids about financial literacy at home. That is teaching our kids the culture of worth creation, savings or financial planning. The kids grow up and are not able to think holistically about their finances or how to use financial resources but are left at the mercy of some profit loving financial institution whose main interest is to make profit at the expense of their standard of living. To add more flesh or context to the above rhetoric, I had a discussion with one of my friends who has three (3) credit cards, one (1) store card and a line of credit at varying rates. I inquired why the need to keep all these cards? He responded, one financial institution offered

him a lower rate to transfer his balance as such he transferred his old debt to this new credit card. He thought he had a good deal on the new credit card hence started spending left right and forward. My curiosity caused me to read the details or fine print on my friend’s new credit card and to my surprise, even though he got a lower rate for the balance transfer, any subsequent spending on this new card was higher than the old credit card. There are no free lunches my friend! I would like to use a very simple analysis here on the savings we can get if we decide to consolidate our debt instead of spreading our debts across

various cards. My friend who has a balance of $ 7,500 on the first credit card at 15.0% and $ 8,000 on the second credit card at 18.0% and paying an average monthly rate of $200 on each will take approximately 54 months paying a total of $ 10,800 on the first credit card and approximately 65 months on the second credit card paying a total of $13,000. In the end my friend will end up paying $23,800 on the assumption that he is not using these cards to incur more debt. If this same debt is consolidated on a line of credit at 3.25% paying off at $400 per month will take approximately 41 months costing my friend a total of $16,400 on the assumption no additional spending is made

on this line of credit. Between the two financing strategies, my friend will save approximate $23,800 - $16,400 =$7,400 over a period of three and half years. This is good amount that can be transferred into a pension plan/ RRSP, an investment portfolio, or to enhance the asset side of his balance sheet at the same time reducing his liability side of the equation. The above is a typical example of how our choices and decisions can affect our financial net worth or how we can drag ourselves into financial black hole. This is a typical case where the good old book admonishes saying without knowledge the people perish. Without financial literacy, we make choices or decisions which in the long run hurt our finances and rub us of our hard earned income. This begs the question; will higher income earners have higher net worth than lower income earners? The simple answer is, it depends on one’s attitude towards spending or consumption and investment. Chuck Swindoll said our attitude and values which drives our choices & decisions, defines our behaviors, and our behavior determines our habits and our habits reflect our character and the sum total of our character is our personality. Our milestones are essentially driven by what we perceive as valuable throughout the course of our lives. I was impressed to read some interesting research work done by a group of psychologists, sociologists and marketing experts at San Franscisco State University in the United States of America found on Their research work is trying to understand attitudes and connect people’s spending habits, happiness and values. Some of their findings are that, people who have a positive view of the past are more likely to spend their discretionary money on life experiences such as investment, career progression, vacation, and looking for value in spending as opposed to material possessions. In general, people who are more likely to spend their money on experiences as opposed to possessions report better relationships and higher overall life satisfaction and wellbeing. In contrast, people with a negative view of the past are more likely to pursue happiness in life by acquiring material possessions. Psychologists believe that people who feel they have been deprived in childhood attempt to guard against deprivation in adulthood by surrounding themselves with material goods. Unfortunately, pursuing happiness through materialistic pursuits generally results in lower, rather than higher, satisfaction with life. The above findings suggests that for those who are lower on the food chain for any reasons are more than likely attracted to spending or consuming beyond their means or if within their means are not able to invest to improve their net worth. Hence their liabilities far outstrip their asset portfolio. Such people are less likely to invest in their human capital in the interim to improve their net worth in the long haul.

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April 2013


Ghana’s Supreme Court begins hearings on NPP Election Petition

NDC (third respondent) officials were in court with three lawyers. John Dramani Mahama (first respondent and current President) was not personally in court. The lead counsel for the petitioners is Philip Addison while the respondents are represented in court by lawyers Tony Lithur (for first respondent Mahama), James Quarshie Idun for the second respondent, (the Electoral Commission) and Tatsu Tsikata for the third respondent, the NDC). The case, which promises to be a significant historical event in Ghana’s legal and political culture, has the petitioners urging the court to annul 4,670,504 valid votes and subsequently declare the presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, as the one who won the December 2012 elections. According to them, Nana Akufo-Addo won the elections by 59.69 per cent while President Mahama polled 39.1 per cent. They are, therefore, challenging the EC’s declaration of President Mahama as winner of the presidential polls with 50.70 per cent. The Chairman of the Electoral Commission (EC), Dr. Kwadwo Afari- Gyan on Dec. 9, 2012, declared Mahama winner of the presidential poll with 50.70 per cent of the total valid votes cast as against 47.74 percent garnered by the NPP candidate. The NDC, according to the Court Registrar has filed over 7100 affidavits as against the less than 20 affidavits filed by the NPP. So far only 139 affidavits out of the 7,100 affidavits have been made available to the petitioners. The hearing so far has generated a lot of tense moments and high drama. When the case opened on the first day, the Court realized that the first and third respondents, President John Dramani Mahama and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) had only filed their sworn affidavits a day before but the court was however yet to serve the petitioners. The Electoral Commission, the second respondent to the case, was however yet to file its affidavits and serve them on the petitioners. This prompted the ninemember panel of the court, presided over by Justice William Atuguba, to adjourn proceedings to Wednesday “in the interest of justice” to allow the EC to file its affidavits and for the affidavits by President Mahama and NDC to be served on the petitioners. Earlier, before the start of the hearing of the substantive case, Justice Atuguba set the ball rolling by setting the rules for the hearing of the petition which had variously been described as historic and landmark in the annals of Ghana’s democratic dispensation. He said the entire court proceedings would be broadcast live on television and radio across the country. The Supreme Court agreed that the election petition was being heard on two major issues in this landmark election petition. The court will first

ascertain the veracity of the claim by petitioners that there were irregularities, omissions, malpractices and violations in the 2012 general election. The second is to find out whether the alleged irregularities, omissions violations, and malpractices, if they did occur, did influence the results of the election. When the hearing finally started two days later, the petitioners’ case was meticulously laid out by the second petition, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, a former Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana and the running mate to the NPP Presidential candidate, Nana Akufo Addo. For more than four hours, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia explained the Petitioners case and why the rightful winner of the 2012 December elections should have been Nana Akufo-Addo. Led in evidence by lead counsel for the petitioners, Philip Addison, Bawumia took his time in breaking down the irregularities discovered on the face of the Pink Sheets which is the only official record of the conduct and outcome of the elections at the polling stations. He took the court through the Statement of Poll and Declaration of Results Form (Pink Sheets) and explained its various sections and what they are meant to achieve. He mentioned that the purpose of the various sections on the Pink Sheet was to ensure the credibility and integrity of the polls and that the sections of the Pink Sheet ideally should be internally consistent. Touching on the irregularities discovered in the analysis of the Pink Sheets, Dr. Bawumia stated that there were six categories of constitutional, statutory violations, irregularities and malpractices found. He named these as overvoting, voting without biometric verification, the absence of the signatures of presiding officers or their assistants on the Pink Sheets, the use of Duplicate serial numbers on the Pink Sheets, the use of same polling station codes for different polling station results and unknown polling stations where voting w a s c o n d u c t e d . Over-voting On over-voting, Dr. Bawumia identified the two forms of over-voting. The first form of over-voting, according to Dr Bawumia, is where the total votes in the ballot box exceed the ballots issued to voters at a particular polling station while the second form is where the total votes in the ballot box exceed the total number of registered voters at the particular polling station. He informed the court that they had discovered a total of 1,826 polling stations where overvoting took place with total votes at those polling stations being 791,423. He asked the court to annul these votes because they had been tainted by over-voting which was a statutory and constitutional violation and which undermined the one man one vote principle underlying our democracy bringing the integrity of the elections into doubt at those polling stations. Dr. Bawumia also stated that on

its own, should the court grant the petitioners request to annul the results from polling stations whose pink sheets were not signed by the Presiding officers or their deputies, John Mahama would be at 49.52% while Nana Akufo-Addo would be at 48.96% while annulling only polling stations affected by Duplicate serial numbers would mean that the results of the elections would be completely overturned with Nana AkufoAddo securing 56.65% and John Mahama securing 41.96%. The NPP Vice-Presidential candidate informed the court that indeed the Electoral commissioner prior to the December elections stated clearly that polling stations which were affected by overvoting and where voting without biometric verification took place would be annulled and that in fact the EC annulled certain polling stations because they were affected by the two i r r e g u l a r i t i e s . On stating the information on annulments by the electoral commission due to over-voting and voting without biometric verification, counsel for the electoral commission, QuashieIdun supported by the lawyers of John Mahama and the NDC, raised an objection and requested the court to strike out the statements which were also contained in the affidavit of Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia as it had not been pleaded in the petition of the plaintiffs. The Court after a 25 minute break dismissed the objection raised by the counsel t o t h e E C . No biometric verification Rattling out numerous figures to establish the NPP’s case, Dr. Bawumia indicated that from the various Pink sheets analyzed, it had been discovered that voting without biometric verification occurred in 2,240 Polling stations. He informed the court that all the analysis proved that 535,723 Ghanaians in these 2,240 polling stations were allowed to vote without successfully going through biometric verification as was legally required. He mentioned that the total tainted votes in these polling stations amounted to 856,172 votes which the petitioners were praying the courts to annul. No signatures of pink sheets On the absence of the signatures of Presiding officers or their deputies from Pink sheets as is legally required to validate the results of the elections before declaration at the polling station level, the Vice-Presidential candidate to Nana Akufo-Addo revealed that they had discovered 1,739 polling stations which were affected by this particular constitutional and statutory violation and irregularity. He added that the total votes in these 1,739 polling stations affected by this irregularity came up to 705, 305 v o t e s . Duplicate pink sheets Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia indicated that the fourth irregularity identified on the Pink Sheets was the use of duplicate serial numbers on 9,921 polling station pink sheets. He told the court that the serial numbers on the pink sheets were like serial numbers on cheques, passports etc. which were meant to be a

security feature and make it possible to uniquely identify each polling station. He noted that the serial number on the pink sheets was the only identification feature on the sheets which came already embossed and that the name and polling station codes which were the other identifiers were h a n d w r i t t e n . The NPP running mate said that the total votes from the 9,921 polling stations with duplicate serial numbers amounted to 3,924,844 votes. Dr. Bawumia indicated from their analysis that it was very clear that the phenomenon of same serial numbers on different pink sheets was the vehicle for perpetrating the other constitutional, statutory violations, irregularities and m a l p r a c t i c e s . Churning out the various figures off the top of his head, he stated that 75% of polling stations where over voting took place were polling stations with duplicate serial number pink sheets. Similarly, he said that 77% of the polling stations where voting without biometric verification was recorded to have taken place were polling stations with duplicate serial numbers on their pink sheets. Again, he said that 75% of the polling stations which were not validated by their presiding officers or their deputies were also discovered to be polling stations with duplicate serial numbers while 85% of all polling stations where same polling station codes were used was also affected by the phenomenon of duplicate serial n u m b e r s . Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia indicated that over 99% of all the polling stations where petitioners are seeking the courts to annul were affected by these four irregularities which make a material impact on the declared results. After answering to various responses from the EC which claims the irregularities identified on the face of the pink sheets were errors and also that the final voter’s register figure of 14,158,890 used for declaring the elections on December 9th was an error, Dr. Bawumia said “it seems every irregularity and everything else is an error except the d e c l a r a t i o n ” . On whether double counting affected the analysis as had been claimed by the NDC and John Mahama, Dr. Bawumia took the court through an elaborate explanation on how double counting was avoided. He noted that because the irregularities occurred in multiples, the analysis had to identify 24 unique categories of the irregularities and their combinations to ensure that no polling station was counted t w i c e . Dr. Bawumia also spoke about the voters’ register used for the general elections. He stated that the EC had initially presented a voters’ register of 14,031,680 to the NPP as the final voters’

register. However, he noted that in declaring the results, the EC had used 14,158,890 as the voters’ register and also posted a voters’ register of 14,031,793 on its website as the final voters’ r e g i s t e r. H e s a i d t h e s e inconsistencies in the voters’ register figures were compounded by the fact that an analysis of the voters’ register indicated on the face of the Pink Sheets in section ‘B1’ shows that the voters’ register operationalised on election day at the polling stations being challenged were about a million higher than the numbers in the voters’ register of 14,031,680 given to the political parties prior to the elections. On the foreign voters’ register, the NPP Vice-Presidential candidate said that though the EC had indicated in its response to an interlocutory filed by the petitioners that it registered 241,524 abroad, it had only been able to provide a list of 705 and that an analysis of the 705 list had shown 51 multiple names to a total of 102 and fake identities which had the same identities – name, age, location, polling station assigned but different ID numbers. More worrying, he disclosed was that these multiple identities were placed far apart from ostensibly to make detection harder and that the ID numbers also had a unique pattern. Dr. Bawumia informed the court that the EC had still failed to provide the 241,524 Ghanaians registered abroad. In one of the last highlights for the day, Dr. Bawumia in responding to the ECs reliance on observer reports on the December elections, said that the observer reports were irrelevant to the matter before the court, a statement which was also affirmed by Justice Gbadegbe who said that whatever the observers said does not affect the issues the court is seeking to determine, which are whether they were irregularities and whether those irregularities if any, affected the outcome of the elections. So far the lawyers for the responded have tried in their cross examinations of Dr. Bawumia to discredit his evidence of over voting, voting without biometric verification, among others. This does not seem to be working since the statistician, feeling very confident in his field has weathered all the storm and has been resolute in his presentstions and answers. The panel of judges hearing the election petition at one point rejected a request by the lawyers for the respondents for a full audit of the pink sheets submitted by the petitioners saying a recount would not affect the case for now. According to the lawyers, since the second petitioner, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia admitted during cross-examination that some of the pink sheets were duplicated, there was the need for an audit. Lead Counsel for the second petitioner also accused lawyers for the first respondent of “falsifying by photocopying” pink sheets in an attempt to deceive the court.


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Nana Sasraku La-Kumi Okuapemmanhene of Toronto, loses mother in Ghana Mama Joyce La-Kumi, 91 years passed away on Thursday March 27, 2013 after a short illness at the Volta River Authority Hospital, Akosombo, Ghana. Celebration of life will be held at Anum in the Eastern Region of Ghana from July 26 to 28, 2013. She is survived by 5 children, 13 grandchildren and 6 great grandchild



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the 2009 one, and provides additional data in a number of important areas and serves as the baseline for monitoring the Decade. The report showed that there had been no overall reduction in the number of people killed on the world’s roads: about1.24 million deaths occur annually. It said 88 countries – in which almost 1.6 billion people lived – reduced the number of deaths on their roads between 2007 and 2010, showing that improvements

were possible and that many more lives would be saved if countries take further action. The report said 87 countries saw an increase in the number of road traffic deaths over the same period. It showed that the highest road traffic fatality rates were in middle-income countries, particularly the African Region. The report also highlighted that enforcement of laws was critical. . The report serves as a strong

warning to governments unspecified road users. to address the needs of non-motorized road users. The second UN Global Road Safety Week to be It said ensuring the safety held from 6-12 May 2013 of pedestrians, cyclists and on the banner “Make motor cyclists were critical Walking Safe” is dedicated to successfully reducing to pedestrian safety. the total number of global road traffic deaths. The Week would contribute to: drawing attention to The report added that the need for pedestrian half of the world’s road safety, generating action traffic death occurred on measures, which work among vulnerable road to increase pedestrian users such as motorcyclists safety, and achieving the 23; pedestrians 22 and goal of the Decade of cyclists 5 per cents; with 31 Action for Road Safety per cent of deaths among 2011-2020 to save five car occupants and the million lives. GNA remaining 19 per cent being

Bangladesh building collapse death toll tops 400 cont'd from pg. 15

“My husband was inside the building on the fifth floor,” said Kulsum. “I haven’t found him. Neither alive nor dead.” The garment-factory fire in November brought widespread pledges to improve worker-safety

standards in Bangladesh. But since then, very little has changed. “I think it is a wakeup call for the nation, a wakeup call for the industry and for the trade unions,” said Shirin Akter, founding president of Karmojibi Nari, a Dhaka-based Bangladeshi group that lobbies for the rights of women in the workplace. Bangladesh’s garment industry was the thirdlargest in the world in 2011, after China and I t a l y, h a v i n g g r o w n rapidly in the past decade. Among the garment makers in the building were Phantom Apparels, Phantom Tac, Ether Tex, New Wave Style and New Wave Bottoms. Altogether, they produced several million shirts, pants and other garments a year. The New Wave companies, according to their website, make clothing for several major North American and European retailers. Britain’s Primark has acknowledged it was using a factory in Rana Plaza. It said in a statement Monday that it is providing emergency aid and will pay compensation to victims who worked for its supplier. “Primark notes the fact that its supplier shared the building with those of other retailers. We are fully aware of our responsibility. We urge these other retailers to come forward and offer assistance,” it said. Canadian company Loblaw Inc., which also got its Joe Fresh clothing line made in Rana Plaza, said Monday it will ensure that victims and their families “receive benefits now and in the future.” Spokeswoman Julija Hunter said the company is still working out the details, but plans to deliver support “in the best and most meaningful way possible.” Many workers had complained after the factory fire in November that they did not receive compensation in time. Wal-Mart said none of its clothing had been authorized to be made in the Rana Plaza facility, but it is investigating whether there was any unauthorized production. The Associated Press

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Obama grants permit for Detroit-Windsor bridge The U.S. government approved Friday the construction of a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ont., which is expected to relieve congestion and speed up trade at the busiest border crossing between the two countries. A permit awarded by the U.S. Department of State allows Michigan and Canada to move forward with the span over the Detroit River. Construction could start in 2015 or 2016 and be finished by 2020, though lawsuits challenging the project have been filed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge, currently the lone bridge between Detroit and Windsor. The presidential permit -a requirement for all U.S. border crossing projects with other countries -comes 10 months after Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder struck

a deal calling for Canada to pay for the bridge, and five months after Michigan voters rejected an Ambassador Bridge owners’ attempt to slow down or halt construction. Snyder lauded the U.S. government’s approval of the project Friday, saying the crossing will create jobs and get Michiganmade products to market more quickly. He plans to discuss the infrastructure project at a Detroit business in the afternoon. The State Department said in a statement that the New International Trade Crossing will “serve the national interest.” “The NITC will help to meet future capacity requirements in a critical travel corridor, promote cross-border trade and commerce, and advance our vital bilateral relationship with Canada,” the agency said. Hurdles remain to building

the new bridge some three kilometres south of the more than 80-year-old Ambassador Bridge. In a federal lawsuit filed in February, Ambassador Bridge owner Manuel (Matty) Moroun claimed a “perpetual and exclusive franchise right” to operate the bridge free of competition from another span. Snyder has called the suit, and another pending in a Michigan court, a delay tactic. Construction of the bridge is estimated at about $950 million, according to the NITC website. Canada has promised to take on Michigan’s $550 million portion with revenue from future tolls paying off the debt. The total cost of the bridge would be $3.5 billion, including work on freeway interchanges, customs plazas in both countries and infrastructure work. The Associated Press


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Boeing 787 Dreamliner returns to service in Ethiopia flight This is the first Dreamliner passenger flight since January An Ethiopian Airlines 787 Dreamliner has flown from Addis Ababa to Nairobi, the first commercial flight by the Boeing aircraft since all 787s were grounded in January. The 50 planes around the world were grounded due to battery malfunctions that saw one 787 catch fire in the US. Over the past week teams of Boeing engineers have been fitting new batteries to the aircraft. This was after aviation authorities approved the revamped battery design. The Ethiopian Airlines plane took off at 09:45 local time (07:45 GMT) and landed in Nairobi, Kenya, some two hours later. Engineering team Each 787 has two of the lithium-ion batteries which caused problems. In addition to new versions of the batteries

which run at a much cooler temperature, the batteries are now enclosed in stainless steel boxes. These boxes have a ventilation pipe that goes directly to the outside of the plane. Boeing says this means than in the unlikely event of any future fire or smoke, it would not affect the rest of the aircraft. Continue reading the main story Boeing said it put 200,000 engineer hours into fixing the problem, with staff working round the clock. On Thursday, the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a formal “air worthiness” directive allowing revamped 787s to fly. Japanese airlines, which have been the biggest customers for the newgeneration aircraft, are expected to begin test flights on Sunday. A total of 300 Boeing engineers, pooled into 10 teams, have in the

past week been fitting the new batteries and their containment systems around the world. Boeing is expected to complete repairs on all 50 of the grounded Dreamliners by the middle of May. In addition to the Dreamliners in service with airlines, Boeing has upgraded the 787s it has continued to make at its factory in Seattle since January. The Dreamliner entered service in 2011. Half of the plane is made from lightweight composite materials, making it more fuel efficient than other planes of the same size. The two lithium-ion batteries are not used when the 787 is in flight. They are operational when the plane is on the ground and its engines are not turned on, and are used to power the aircraft’s brakes and lights. Today

Obesity is dangerous to your health cont'd from pg. 45

many calories you burn depends on the frequency, duration and intensity of your activities. For many people it’s easier to keep a routine of longerduration, lower-intensity aerobic exercises. One of the best ways to lose body fat is through steady aerobic exercise — such as walking — for more than 30 minutes most days of the week. Strength-training exercises, such as weight training, also are important since they help counteract muscle loss associated with aging. And since muscle tissue burns more calories, muscle mass is a key factor in helping maintain a healthy weight. The more lean muscle mass you preserve, the bigger “engine” in which to burn more calories. Exercise sensibly by starting out slowly and gradually increasing both its duration and intensity. Walking is an ideal choice as are swimming, bicycling, jogging and dancing. Decide, too, if you prefer to exercise alone or with others. Often, having a buddy helps you stick to your schedule.

Even though regularly scheduled aerobic exercise is best for losing fat, any extra movement helps burn calories. Lifestyle activities may be easier to incorporate into your day. Think about ways you could increase your physical activity throughout the day. For example, make several trips up and down stairs instead of using the elevator, or park at the far end of the lot. Stair climbing, walking, gardening, lawn mowing and even housework all help burn calories. * 6. Change your lifestyle It’s not enough to eat healthy foods and exercise for only a few weeks or even several months. You have to incorporate these behaviors into your life. To do that, you have to change the behaviors that helped make you overweight in the first place. Lifestyle changes start with taking an honest look at your eating habits and daily routine. To assess your eating behaviors, ask yourself

if you tend to eat when you’re bored, angry, tired, anxious, depressed or socially pressured. Look at your eating style and shopping and cooking techniques. Were you taught to clean your plate? Do you eat too fast? Do you eat while watching TV? See if any patterns emerge to identify possible triggers for overeating. After assessing your personal challenges to weight loss, try working out a strategy to gradually change habits and attitudes that have sabotaged your past efforts. Simply admitting your own challenges won’t get you past them entirely. But it helps in planning how you’ll deal with them and whether you’re going to succeed in losing weight once and for all. You likely will have an occasional setback. But instead of giving up entirely, simply start fresh the next day. Remember that you’re planning to change your life. It won’t happen all at once, but stick to your healthy lifestyle and the results will be worth it.

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The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana

Sunday (Worship) 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednes: - (Bible Studies) 7:30 p.m. Fri: (Intercessory/Deliverance Prayers) -7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fri: (Alt.) All Night 10:30 p.m. - 3:00 a.m. Saturday(Alt.) Women's, Men's,Youth Movement Meetings) 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. 1st Saturday of every month Prayer for breakthrough) (Montreal)

9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. TORONTO CENTRAL ASSEMBLY Pastor: 905-791-8190 Cell: 647-218-1052 Church: 416-740-1979 94 Kenhar Drive, Unit 39 & 40, North York, Ont. BRAMPTON ASSEMBLY 270 Rutherford Road, Unit 10 Brampton, Ontario, L6W 3K7 HAMILTON ASSEMBLY 801 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario, L8M 1A8 MONTREAL ASSEMBLY Church 514-279-6565

845 Jean Talon West, Montreal, Quebec, H3N 1S5

HOLY ALPHA & OMEGA CHURCH We invite you to worship with us Church Service: Sunday Worship: 10.00a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies: 6.00p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7.00p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

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Apostle F.Y. Agyemang (Area Supt. Canada-Wide)

Meeting Schedule

Elder Eric Frimpong - 514-748-1545

The Superintendent Minister-In-Charge

Prophet John Mensah

869 Wilson Avenue, North York, Ont.

Tel: 416-638-5990 / 416-419-6671

EVANGEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 1245 Martin Grove Road, Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 1L4

Place of Worship: 19 Penn Drive, North York, Ont. (off Finch Av./Milvan)

416-743-4555 (Office) 905-216-2323 (Residence) Day and Time of Worship: Sunday: Bible Class Meeting: 41 10:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jericho Hour Prayer Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Friday: Bible Teaching/Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Saturday Organizational Meeting: 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Sunday Brampton Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. Calgary Methodist - 403-603-2864 Edmonton Methodist - 587-336-1223 Ottawa Methodist - 613-823-2291

In Montreal at: Place of Worship: 6870 Rue de Terreborne, Montreal, Que, H4B 1C5

Day and Time of Worship Sunday Divine Service: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meetings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Contact: Rev. Emmanuel Ohene Gyimah - 514-542-0871 SERVICES ARE CONDUCTED FOLLOWING THE TRADITIONAL GHANA METHODIST LITURGY. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US. WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU. GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU

CHRIST REDEEMER CHURCH Pastor-in-charge: Pastor Eric Amoah Tel: (416) 748-1242 Cell: (416) 300-9970 Church Services Sunday Service: Bible Study: 10 a.m.-11a.m. Worship Service: 11a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Friday Night Prayer: 8p.m.-10p.m. Pastor Eric Amoah Location: 4 Racine, Unit 9

Pastor in Charge Rev. Milton Offei


Redemption Faith Church Invites you to worship with us at 1485 ALBION ROAD (Albion/Kipling) Tel: 905-495-1936 Fax: 905-495-1937

Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573 Church Activities Sunday School: 10a.m. -11:00a.m. Church Service: 11a.m. - 1:30p.m. Sunday Evening: 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies: 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7p.m. - 9:00p.m.

Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi

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This is a loving and caring Church that preaches and teaches the whole counsel of God. A place where the word of God is backed by strong anointing to bring Salvation, Healing and Deliverance to all people who believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST Rev. Dr. Stephen Ofori-Darko

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Sunday Search the Scriptures - 12 noon - 12-45 p.m. Church Service - 12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fridays - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Bible Study, Intercession & Deliverance

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community By: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah GUIDANCE FOR THE YOUNG AND OLD “ Tr u s t i n t h e LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV) King Solomon of Israel was credited with almost the entire book of Proverbs in the Bible. He wrote three thousand proverbs, a thousand songs and was wiser than all the wise men of the East and in Egypt according to 1 Kings 3:30, 32. When he succeeded his father David as the King of Israel, Solomon realized the tremendous responsibility upon his shoulders, therefore, prayed to the Lord for wisdom and an understanding heart. The Lord was so impressed with Solomon’s motive that He instantly answered the young king’s prayer and added fame and riches for which he never asked (1 Kings 3:7-14). If we ever needed wisdom, it is now; when we are bombarded with all kinds of information from the electronic media which has tremendously t r a n s f o r m e d communication throughout the world. The acquisition of knowledge per se has never been a guarantee that such knowledge will always be used for the total well being of society. It is believed that man, through technology has been able to produce

enough weapons of mass destruction to destroy the earth several time over. The problem is that humanity has neglected the source of wisdom which is the Lord God and equates knowledge with the wisdom Solomon asked from the Lord. Our text from Proverbs 3:5-6, which is part of Solomon’s instructions in wisdom, has the following natural divisions: (1) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart”; (2) “and lean not on your own understanding”; (3) “in all your ways acknowledge Him”; (4) “and He shall direct your paths.” “ Tr u s t i n t h e LORD with all your heart” indicates a great difference between believing in the existence of God and trusting Him with all your heart. There are many people who do not believe in the existence of God and are proud about their position; of course such would not take the trouble to interact with “ a none existent God”. Sometimes we who believe in the existence of God, do not trust Him with all our heart. The Lord Jesus quoting Isaiah 29:13, said, “… “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.” (Mark 7:6) Wisdom requires that we trust the Lord with our entire life. As a leader, David never went to battle without

first consulting the Lord. Wisdom requires that we download our problems on the Lord for He cares. (1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”) “Lean not on your own understanding;” Our sinful nature, “the flesh” which continues even after our conversion, will adversely affect our choice in life if we ignore the Lord. The devil, at the least opportunity will distort our view in knowing the divine will for our life. The world, which is opposed to God’s plan for us will intimidate us from following God’s will that may be different from what is generally acceptable. Solomon clarifies this statement, “lean not on your own understanding,” by following the crowd. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12, NKJV) “In all your ways acknowledge Him” (The New Living Translation of the Bible renders it this way, “Seek his will in all you do,”) It is amazing how sometimes we feel we do not have to worry the Lord with our “trivial”

issues. The Apostle Paul ending his first letter to the Thessalonians wrote in Chapter 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” We need to remember that the relationship between us and God is son or daughter and Father relationship. Any good father wants to guide his children to make good decisions. Our relationship with our heavenly Father is even more important for we are in the midst of a serious spiritual warfare with the devil, the world and the flesh (our own fallen nature), who at the least opportunity will cause us to miss the will of God in our life with terrible consequences. The Bible records people who sadly missed the will of God in their life; the following are some of them: Adam and Eve, Cain, Esau, King Saul, Samson, Jeroboam 1, Judas Iscariot. But Apostle Paul speaking about King David, in Acts 13:36 said, “For David, after he had served his

own generation by the will of God, fell asleep…” “And He shall direct your paths” (again the New Living Translation puts it this way, “and he will show you which path to take.”) The journey of life from the cradle to the grave is so complicated that without the guidance of the Holy Spirit no one can successfully complete it in order to receive that commendation from the Lord, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’” (Matt 25:2122NKJV) Solomon, the teacher himself, violated the divine principles he taught others when he leaned on his own understanding followed the world; and failed in his relationship with the Lord. 1Kings 11:4 gives this sad commentary about him: “For it was, when Solomon was old,

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that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David.” Thank God for His mercy, just before Solomon passed away, had this to say, “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, Or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, Or the wheel broken at the well. 7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it. 8 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “All is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-8 NKJV) “ Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: ‘Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.’” (Eccl 12:13-14 NKJV)

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Pastor: Millicent El-Elyon El-Shaddai

Tel: 647-247-2930 Email:

Worship Time Sunday Service: 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer Meeting 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon All Night Prayer Meeting - Last Friday of every month 7:30 p.m. to 10-:00 p.m. We invite you to worship with us if don't have a church. Come as you are, all people, nations, tribes and tongues to meet the Master Jesus Christ and be change by His Love. All are cordially welcome

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Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto Ontario, M3L 1E7

Tel: 416-614-6110 647-341-7305 Email:

Invites all Christians to join us to worship and glorify the Living God

Worship Schedule: Sunday Church Service/Class Meetings: 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Do you desire to experience the power and the presence of God demonstrated in your life? Do you want to experience the marvelous work of God's grace in your life? Then, Bethel Prayer Ministry International would like to invite you to visit their church where the word of God is preached powerfully to release the power of God in your life. Pastor Dennis Awuku COME AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED Senior Pastor


Res. 416-740-6963 Church 416-642-0390 Worship Hours: Sunday Service: 9am - 1pm Tuesday 9am - 2 pm Consultation Wednesday: 7pm - 9p.m. Friday: 9pm - 12 pm Saturday (Prayer Warriors) 6pm - 8pm Location: 52 Carrier Drive, Unit 12, (Albion/Hwy 27)

Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5

Very Rev. De-Graft Semie Obiri (Calvary Methodist)

Saturday Auxilliary Minister Youth Musical & Computer Rev. Samuel Victor Mpereh Lessons Fellowship Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice 647-770-8440

Venue of Worship 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto (Route: Through Jethro Road or Haymarket Road, off Wilson Ave. between Weston Rd. and Jane St., or walk across bridge from Chalkfarm North)

Tel: 416-614-6110

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Harvest Christian Church Invites you for a wonderful time with the Lord

Worship Hours Sundays (Mornings) 10 - 12:45pm Wednesday (Bible Study) 7 -8:30 pm Friday (All Night Prayer) 8-10:30pm Rev Moses Sarpong

COME AND EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF THE WORD Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)

Tel: 416-743-2507 Email:


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Peace Light Ministries Senior Pastor & Founder: Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane BRE, M.Th. CPC

Senior Associate Pastor: Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane BRE, ECE

TIME OF WORSHIP Wednesday: Bible Study 7:00 - 9:00 pm Friday: Group Prayer Meeting 8:00 - 11:00 pm Sunday: Christian Education 9:30 am - 10:30 am Sunday Service: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane

Tel: 416-839-1662 / 647-892-9412 LOCATION: 100 Penn Drive, Unit #3, North York, Ont. M9L 2A9 Happy are those who work for PEACE, for God will call them His children Mtt: 5:9

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church Senior Pastor: Isaac Takyi De-Graft Exclusive English Service: 8:00am - 10:00am School of the Light: 10:00am - 10:45am Exclusive Ghanaian Service : 10:45am - 1:00am Tuesday(Time with the Holy Spirit) 10:00 am-12:30 pm Wednesday(School of Ministry) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm -Torontonians Thursday(School of Ministry) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Bramptonians Friday(Time in His Presence) 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Every First Friday is Special Youth Service 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Every Fouth Friday is Half Night Service: 9:00 pm - 12:30 am

THE APOSTLES' CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA) North American Headquarters: 10 Belfield Road Toronto, Ont., M9W 1G1 Tel: 416-247-6629 Fax: 416-247-5308

NEW LOCATION: 42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2 (Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6

Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 Email:

lighthouse@lighthouseag.caWebsite: http:/www/ Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu

Power of Grace Chapel Int'l Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the Resurrection Power Tradition to join us worship the Great Jehovah

Place of Worship:

350 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON Sunday Wednesday Friday

Rev. Joe Bonnah Days And Time of Worship - Divine Worship - 10a.m. - 1p.m.Pastor-in-charge - Bible Studies 7p.m. - 9p.m. - Prayer / Deliverance - 7p.m. - 10p.m.

Contact Lines: Tel: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 289-981-1547 (Church)

Cell: 647-921-2414


SERVICE TIMES: Worship Service Bible Studies All Night Service Deliverance

- Sunday 10:30 a.m. - Wednesday 7:00 p.m. - Friday 9:30 p.m. - Saturday 4:00 p.m.

Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada

Toronto 10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629 Scarborough Assembly 1632 Midland Ave., M1P 1C2 Tel: 416-288-1333 Pastor In-Charge: Pastor Ohene Kena Contact: 647-281-5303

Montreal Assembly 378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5 Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin

Contact: Res: 450-687-4916 Cell: 514-654-6178

Immanuel Assembly of God Praise Temple of Christ International Church, Scarborough Sunday School: Church Service:

9:30am -10:30am 10:30am - 12 noon

There will be devotion each morning or evening from Monday to Friday on line 6:00 am to 7:00 am or 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

Online telephone # 647-722-5570. Access code: 226688# or 124488#

LOCATION Don Montgomery Community Centre 2467 Eglinton Ave. E. Scarborough, Ont., (Kennedy/Eglinton Subway Station) For more info contact:


Snr. Pastor: Apostle Osei-Bonsu

336 Gary Ray Drive @ Signet Worship Schedule Sunday Worship - 10 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday - Bible Study - 7 pm - 9 pm Friday - Prayer Meeting - 8 pm - 10 pm Second and last Friday of each month All Night Prayer Meeting 8 pm - 12 midnight

For information call: Apostle - 905-487-6658 Emmanuel - 289-400-7626 (cell)


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St. John's Anglican Church VENUE: 2125 WESTON RD., WESTON ONT. Priest-in-charge: Rev. Michelle Childs-Ward , Incumbent 647-234-8229 Rev. Fr. Jojo Eduam Entsiwah, Associate Priest 647-400-7055

Sunday: Bible Study - 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Regular Service: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Isaac Aborah-Sei Daniel Oteng Evans Ackah Dwomoh Abebrese


647-859-9922 647-891-4211 647-403-6385 647-774-0747

Transformation Centre Assembly of God Church, Mississauga Join us on Sundays for worship at: Venue: Meadowvale Community Centre, Mississauga

Address: 6655 Glen Erin Drive Main Intersection: Glen Erin Drive and Aquitaine Avenue Room: Youth and Seniors

Time: 10.00AM-1.00PM Contact: Pastor Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: "...Be transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2a

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Christian Hope Ministry Int'l Invites You All To Come Worship With Us Apostle-in-charge: Apostle Twumasi Ankrah


GHANAIAN ANGLICAN CHURCH OF TORONTO 1796 Lawrence Avenue West (Jane & Lawrence)

A CHURCH MEETING PLACE IS available on sublease. This place can hold as many as 160 congregants. This meeting place has two renovated washrooms, heating & air condition and parking.

April 2013

Sunday: Bible Study - 2pm-3:00pm Sunday Worship - 3pm-5:00pm Tuesday: Teaching/Prayer - 7pm-9:00pm Thursday: Prayer Meeting 10:30am-12noon Friday: Prayer Meeting - 7pm-9:00pm Saturday: Group Meetings - 3pm-7:30pm Rev. Fr. Gabriel Opoku Ware Priest-in-charge

Res: 416-901-3932 Cell: 647-624-4044

Bro. Donald Amo (People's Warden) 647-979-9247 Sis. Monica Akrofi(Priest's Warden)416-748-8246 Sis. Beatrice Asare(Secretary) 416-745-8148

Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

Snr. Pastor & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.

Tel: 647-344-6726 Cell: 416-200-2453 TIME OF WORSHIP: Sunday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm Apostle Twumasi Ankrah

VENUE: 1177 Finch Dr. #20, North York "And these signs will follow those who believe, in My Name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues, they will take up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them, they will lay hands on the sick , and they will recover. Amen (Mark 16:17)


Gospel Action Ministry Location: 135 Oakdale Rd. (Back door)

Sunday Worship Celebration: 10 a.m. Friday Prayer Meeting / Discipleship Group: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Last Sunday of Every Month: Healing Service

Place of Worship 236 Queen Mary Drive Brampton, ON L7A 3L3

Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789 Website: www.whemtoday .org


Healing Service: Last Sunday of every month at Cheyne Middle School. 236 Queen Mary Dr. Brampton.

Glory Pentecostal Ministry of Toronto Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Rockson Owusu Atwima - 416-708-7742

Invites all Christians and Non-Christians to join us to worship the Almighty God

Senior Pastor: Rev. Peter Awuah

Tel: 416-836-9235, 416-667-8637

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Around the Ghana Sports Scene with Jonathan Annobil Lions take BYU DE Ziggy Ansah No. 5 overall in NFL Ghana sprinter Flings rules draft as part of Africa ‘crazy journey’ from Ghana Ziggy Ansah was born and raised in Ghana, playing soccer and shooting hoops without ever seeing a snap of football. When he moved to the United States in 2008, some missionaries suggested he attend Brigham Young and try out for the basketball team. He fell short there, but was willing to listen again when friends persuaded him to play football for the first time in 2010. It has paid off and then some: On Thursday night, the Detroit Lions made him the No. 5 overall draft pick. “It’s been a humbling experience,” Ansah said with a thick accent on a conference call with Detroit-area reporters. “ A c r a z y j o u r n e y. ” What if someone told him a few years ago he would end up being drafted fifth overall in 2013? “I would be like, ‘I don’t know what you’re thinking,’” Ansah said. If Ansah doesn’t play up to his potential, some people may be saying the same thing about the gamble the Lions took with an inexperienced player. Detroit desperately needed an offensive tackle, but three were drafted within the first four picks. The franchise’s decisionmakers knew they also had a glaring void at defensive end. Instead of trading down to acquire additional picks, the Lions stuck with their slot and took a player they evaluated up close for a week at the Senior Bowl. “He’s the best player available,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. “And, he fills a need. This was an opportunity where the grade matched up with the need and it worked out great for us.” Detroit didn’t re-sign defensive end Cliff Avril, who joined Seattle in free agency, and cut its other

starting defensive end, Kyle Vanden Bosch, from last year’s 4-12 team. The Lions’ poor season put them in a position to coach a team at the Senior Bowl and they took advantage, getting to know an intriguing player in a way no other team in the league could’ve this offseason. It eased any concern Mayhew had about a player very new to the game. “If we didn’t have the opportunity to coach him at the Senior Bowl, that would have been a bigger issue,” Mayhew said. “But we had the opportunity to work with him and teach him and we saw the way that he could learn, how quickly he picks things up and we saw the impact that he had in the game so we felt very comfortable with him.” Ansah, whose first name is Ezekiel, didn’t know how to put on shoulder pads just three years ago. “He had no idea,” BYU center Braden Hansen recalled last season. Slowly, he turned himself into a player widely expected to be among the first chosen Thursday night — and he was soon after Detroit was on the clock. N o w, t h e 6 - f o o t - 5 , 271-pound Ansah has got a great shot to start on an NFL team. “We didn’t draft him to

be a project,” Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said. Ansah should be able to benefit from playing alongside one of the league’s best tandem of defensive tackles — Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley — that will put him in one-onesituations when he’s trying to sack quarterbacks. “I just can’t wait to be a part of that line,” Ansah said. Ansah’s athletic ability could create mismatches that Detroit’s shaky defense needs next season. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.63 seconds at the NFL Combine and had a 34.5-inch vertical leap. In track at BYU, he ran the 200-meter dash in less than 22 seconds and had a sub11-second 100-meter dash. “Phenomenal, phenomenal athlete,” Mayhew said. Impressive person, too. The actuarial science major, the youngest of five children, speaks two Ghanaian dialects and hopes his unique path inspires an entire continent . “One thing I want to do is just to be an ambassador with the NFL and bring the game back to Ghana because I know that there are little kids back home that are going to be pretty good at this game,” Ansah said. “I can try to introduce the game to the people in Africa.”

Ghanaian sprinter Flings Owusu-Agyapong is the fastest woman in Africa today, according to the IAAF records for the 100m in 2013.

signs good form during the Indoor season, after running the 60 meters in 7.27 seconds in Toronto.

The USA-based athlete clocked 11.39 seconds in the April 13th Hurricane Alumni Invitational Outdoor Track & Field competition in Florida, to set a new personal best.

Agyapong’s time is the best in Africa to date, according to the available records on the IAAF website. Liberia’s Phobay Kutu-Akoi is ranked second with a time of 11.43 and Stephanie Kalu of Nigeria 11.55 secs.

The 2012 Africa 100m finalist had shown

The Ghanaian athlete is just 3/100ths away from the

It took the Nigerians eight minutes to open the scoring through Prince Omego. Chidiebere Nwakali took a corner kick that forced a save from the Ivorian goal minder Aboubakar Diabagate

who punched a goalbound header back into play and Omega reacted quickest to poke home the first goal of the match Nigeria could have doubled their lead some minutes later when some intricate play found Musa Yahaya all by himself in the box but with everyone looking for the off-side whistle which did not come, Yahaya dragged his short wide of the post. The Ivorians’ response was to try and get some service to their front tall striker Bile Bedia. Twenty-six minutes had gone when Baby Elephants won a free-kick in the Nigeria

half. Bedia used his height advantage to jump furthest and flick a header into the top corner of Adeyinka Adewale’s net for the equalizer. Just after that Success Isaac was thwarted by Diabagate after beat his marker but the goalkeeper closed the angel forcing the competition top-goal scorer to blaze his effort. The Ivorians then took the midfield contest to their opponents with Bekanty Angban , Aboubacar Keita and Digbo Maiga who was playing just behind Bedia stretching and tussling with Kelechi Iheanacho, Bernard Bulbwa, Yahaya. It was a similar story in

Her 2013 season so far has been sweet revenge for not qualifying for the London Olympics, after the fiasco that undermined the chances of the youthful crop of Ghanaian athletes at last year’s African Championships in Porto Novo, Benin. Source: Erasmus Kwaw

Bayern saunter into Wembley final Brilliant Bayern Munich completed a stunning UEFA Champions League semi-final mauling of Barcelona, with a 3-0 win in Spain and 7-0 on aggregate, to set up a mouthwatering Wembley final against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund.

The Argentina forward has been struggling with a hamstring problem in recent weeks and, although he scored after appearing as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s La Liga draw with Athletic Bilbao, coach Tito Vilanova opted only to name him Leading 4-0 from the first on the bench this evening. leg, Bayern were similarly clinical at the Nou Camp Even with Messi in tonight with second- their side, Barça barely half goals from Arjen troubled Bayern during Robben, Gerard Pique - the first leg, and it was who put through his own the German champions net - and Thomas Muller w h o d o m i n a t e d t h e sealing a one-sided win early exchanges tonight over a sorry Barça side as well. Robben and for whom Lionel Messi Philipp Lahm both looked was an unused substitute. poised to give Bayern what would almost The victory sees Bayern certainly have been a through to their third final tie-ending away goal in in four years and they will the opening 20 minutes hope to improve on their b u t P i q u e p r o d u c e d runner-up finishes against brilliant last-ditch tackles Inter Milan in 2010 and to deny both players. Chelsea last year when they face Real Madrid’s Barça’s first serious conquerors Dortmund - in threat on goal came in the competition’s first all- the 24th minute when German final - on 25 May. Pedro Rodriguez saw his 30-yard drive tipped M e s s i m i s s i n g over by Manuel Neuer Barça were up against as it arrowed towards the it with only three teams top corner. Two minutes ever having overturned a l a t e r X a v i v o l l e y e d four-goal first-leg deficit a decent opening over in Europe, and their from seven yards out chances of joining that list while Adriano drew a looked even slimmer after relatively comfortable Messi was judged not fit save from Neuer in the enough to start the game. 40th minute, but those

Cote d’ Ivoire beat Nigeria to lift first CAF U-17 title The Baby Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire won their first African U-17 title after a 5-4 penalty shoot victory over The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in the final of CAF U-17 Morocco Telecom Championship played in Marrakech on Saturday. The West African derby had ended 1-1 with both goals scored in the first half of a pulsating encounter.

2013 World Championship qualifying time, needing to run 11.36 secs to secure her ticket to the Championship in Moscow, Russia thisAugust.

the second and Adewale was I the wars after being knocked down a couple of times from corner kicks as the taller Ivorians attacked high balls. The teams engaged in a fierce battle and both defenses stood solid in an evenly contest match. The Baby Elephants came close to a second goal when captain Yannick Kessie played a through ball to Maiga only for Musa Muhammed to come with a crucial challenge. Nigeria went down to ten men in the 73rd minute when defender Akinjide Idowu ‘s challenge on Aboubacar Keita with a

raised arm got him sent off but the Golden Eaglets forced make changes kept on the pressure as a see-saw battle ensued. The contest could not provide a winner and it was left to a penalty shootout to settle the matter and the Ivorians scored all their five penalties through Kessie, Diallo Ismael, Angban, Keita and Dogbole Niangbo who scored the winning penalty after Chidiebere Nwakali has missed for Nigeria. Success, Ifeanyi Mathew, Yahaya and Musa Muhammed converted spot kicks for Nigeria. cafonline

were rare moments of concern for Bayern in the opening period. Hope extinguished Barça remained unchanged at the start of the second half with Messi continuing on the bench, but any hopes the world’s best player might later inspire an unlikely fightback disappeared three minutes after the restart as Bayern took the lead. Robben picked up a long cross-field pass from David Alaba near the right touchline before racing into the area where he cut inside Adriano onto his favoured left foot and curled an unstoppable shot past Victor Valdes inside the far post. That away goal left Barça needing to score six times to go through to a fourth final in eight years, and it proved well beyond them. With the tie gone, Vilanova opted to keep Messi under wraps and his first two changes saw him send on Alexis Sanchez and Thiago for Spain duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Despite those changes Bayern continued to look comfortable and they doubled their lead 18 minutes from time. Franck Ribery got in behind Dani Alves down the left and his cross was sliced into his own net by Pique with Mario Mandzukic lurking behind. Ribery was also involved four minutes later as Bayern heaped more misery on Barça with a third goal. The home side had actually come close to making it 2-1 moments earlier when Villa’s glancing header hit the outside of the post, but it was game, set and match for the Germans in the 76th minute when Ribery burst past Alex Song before dinking a cross to the far post where Muller climbed highest to head high home. Shell-shocked Barça tried to find a consolation goal late on but Jupp Heynckes’ side held firm to record a 22nd win in their last 23 competitive games and seal their spot in the final.

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