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Mayor Rob Ford Storms Toronto Police Kicks off Black History Month All Nations Full Gospel Church Celebrations By Emmanuel Ayiku, Toronto
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford made a campaignstyle community visit to the All Nations Full Gospel Church on Steeles Avenue on Sunday January 5, 2014.
By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto The Toronto Police department kicked February off with their 20th annual Black History Month Celebration. G98.5 radio personalities MC Bonde “The Voice of Africa” and RED hosted the event at 40 College Street at the Toronto Police Services headquarters. Keynote speaker Deputy Chief Peter Sloy highlighted the event, by honoring Larry McLarty, Toronto’s first black police officer. Earlier this year the Black Business and Professional Association unveiled a new national scholarship in his name. The money from the scholarship comes from donations from the Service’s Black Internal Support Network, a group developed in 1986 that now gives more than 1600,00 in financial awards in support of academic excellence. McLarty, retired from the force 18 years ago. The event also featured music from singer Ray Robinson and the Revivaltime Tabernacle Choir.
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He was warmly welcomed by the General Overseer of the Church, Rev. Dr. Samuel Donkor. He praised the Mayor for his leadership of the City. Rev. Dr. Donkor recounted the support the Mayor had given to the opening and sustaining of community churches in the Greater Toronto Area. He assured the Mayor that the Church had been praying for him during his recent and on-going troubles at City Hall. “We love you Mayor. We have been praying for you, we will stand with you and we will always vote for you”, Rev.
Rev. Dr. Samuel Donkor and Mayor Rob Ford Donkor said to applause from the congregation. Mayor Ford told the congregation that he was in full campaign mood and that together “we will win the election on October 27”. Touching on his recent troubles, Mayor Ford said that
“I want to assure you that it wouldn’t happen again”. “I made personal mistakes. I can assure you that it wouldn’t happen again. He introduced a Ghanaian-Canadian body builder named Jerry who he has just hired who is helping him work on his weight.
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JANUARY - John Mahama sworn in as President of Ghana alongside his vice president Kwasi Amissah-Arthur. - Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church honored 6 church members for their selfless service to the church and the community. - Inaugural flight of Ethiopian Airlines at Pearson International Airport - The Apostles’ Continuation Church dedicated their new bus. - The Methodist Church Ghana – North America Mission Evangelism and Missions Conference 2013 held in Toronto. - Ghana’s Emmanuel Lartei Lartey wins the USCB Regional Welterweight title in New York - Apostolic Church International held a 21-days Fasting and Prayer - Bridgette Takyi tragically murdered by estranged husband.
FEBRUARY - Justice Kofi Barnes elevated to Ontario’s highest trial court – Ontario Superior Court - Black History Month celebrated at Queen’s Park with the Asanteman Association of Toronto presenting a special gift to Premier Kathleen Wynne. - Kathleen Wynne sworn in as first female premier of Ontario - Toronto declared “sanctuary city” to non-status migrants and became the first Canadian city to do so. - President Mahama appointed a number of persons to Council of State in Ghana. - Miss Awoulaba Positive Body Image Beauty Pageant held in Toronto - Toronto students get history lesson on Parliament Hill as part of Black cont'd on pg. 11
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Ottawa lifts GST/HST on hospital marking fees, reversing a tax bite imposed in last year’s budge
If you’re spending time at a hospital or visiting someone who’s there, the federal government is cutting you a little break. You’ll no longer have to pay HST or GST on your parking fee. The Canadian Press reports the Conservatives are proposing to lift the tax they imposed in last
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Taking Stock, Looking Ahead Another year has passed. So many things happened to us as individuals, families, and as communities in the diaspora and in the Land of Our Birth. Some of these events were tragic. Others brought our dear nation Ghana to breaking point, but cool heads prevailed and the nation survived...at least for now. In our lives, homes, neighborhoods and communities abroad, so many eventful things also took place. We lost a number of our community members to the icy hands of death. Some of these deaths, especially those involving some of our youth, were preventable. We also recall the sad case of a loving couple, two senior members of our community, who passed away through very tragic circumstances in the United States while they were there on a visit. We believe these and many more are the reasons why we take stock of our lives when a year ends and make resolutions when a new one begins. As a community here in Canada, we know very well what went wrong with us which were preventable. And we also know those situations in which we could have done better for the fortunes of our community but failed to do. We salute those community members who actively chipped in and contributed their best: energy, resources, time and money to uplift the fortunes of our community. They should not rest on their oars but strive to do better. Sadly, there are still a number of community members, infact the majority, who care less about the fortunes of our community. They participate very little or not at all in community events apart from the usual Outdooring parties and Funeral gatherings. We can certainly do better than that. We therefore earnestly entreat all our community members to recognize the fact that there is always power in numbers. The other disaporan communities who have succeeded in Canada did so out their collective efforts. They did not leave their communities’ fortunes in the hands of a few individuals and groups. The youth in our community are doing great but we need to harness their energies into fruitful collaboration with the adults to achieve something better for our communities across Canada. In the GTA for example there seems to be developing a divide between the youth and the adults in the community where the youth will organize opposing national celebratory events. This division does not augur well for community development. The adults and the youth need to come together to explore common areas that they can work together and leave areas that the youth and adults can work separately. This is absolutely necessary if we are to move our community forward. Finally we need also to pay attention to events happening in our homeland…the Land of Our Birth. All is not right down there. We should not adopt a hands-off approach to events happening in our homelands because whatever happens there, positive or negative, have impact on our lives here since they trigger chain reactions and demands on us from family and friends at home. We w i s h a l l c o m m u n i t y m e m b e r s , our friends and supporters the best in t h i s N e w Ye a r 2 0 1 4 a n d b e y o n d .
Opinion/ Commentary South Sudan: From SelfDetermination to Self-Destruction in Three Years By Kwabena Akuoko,Anti-socia 2013 was a bad year for east and central parts of Africa. The area was beleaguered with ethnic violence and inevitably, 2014 is not going to be any different in the conflictplagued and restive region. In my last article, I raised concerns about the ethnic and sectarian laced violence in Central African Republic, which has created one of Africa’s worse humanitarian crises and mass killings in recent memories. Another disturbing crisis has broken out in South Sudan. The country, which recently celebrated its third independent anniversary, is marked by political crisis, which has turned into a brutal ethnic violence that seriously threatens the very existence of the young nation. My take is that history will harshly judge the current generation of African political leaders if workable measures are not promptly taken to halt the indiscriminate massacres in South Sudan. Accordingly, the African Union has a huge task leaving no stone unturned to resolve the conflict before it is too late. The crisis, which has obvious ethnic insinuations fully broke out in mid-December and has continued unabated. And rightly so, I am particularly perturbed by the recent discovery of multiple mass graves on both sides of the conflict. Strong evidence has emerged of alleged genocide ambition like ethnic massacres committed by the warring factions. There is hardly any justification for ethnic violence in any society and let alone, in South Sudan, a new country that professes to uphold democratic values. The nitty-gritty of the conflict relates to a fall-out between the current president and his previous vice-president. Having united against the previous Arab- dominated government in Khartoum in quest for their political freedom only three short years ago; the two high profile political leaders instigated the current conflict between their respective Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups. The
violence resulted from President Salva Kiir’s open accusation of former Vice-President Riek Machar of an attempted coup of which the former has categorically denied. M r. K i i r a n d Mr. Machar should of course know that political unity leads to successful outcomes because when the two leaders worked together in the past, they succeeded in liberating their country. The Dinkas and Nuers joined forces together to push for their country’s self-determination only three years ago. Consequently, I find it extremely disheartening that leaders of a country, which suffered a 22-year brutal civil war that left more than one million people dead before becoming independent, could not find the political will to compromise for peace instead of war. The prevailing crisis in South Sudan and as well as others in the east and central parts of Africa are deep seated impediments to the continent’s development. Ethnic politics or not, other leaders in such countries as Ghana, Senegal, post-Apartheid South Africa, etc. have prevailed politically. This then clearly shows that the two South Sudanese political leaders described as architects of the brutal ethnic conflict in their country are plainly selfish and power hungry who seek to have firm control of their new oil rich nation. The former vice-president has the determination to become the president and the current president of course is determined to hold on to power. The allegation of an attempted coup and the categorical denial by the respective leaders in my view are nonsensical, which should not lead to bloody clashes. As it is often the case, both Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar do not seem to comprehend the conventional wisdom that when two elephants fight, the trees and grasses suffer. The two political leaders’ failure to work towards peace has resulted in untold hardships for the masses. The South Sudanese crisis and those
in the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, the two decades old political mayhem in Somalia and numerous others in Africa are all man-made that could have been avoided. Conflicts only add to the misery of the affected populations. With the prevalence of many endemic violent conflicts in Africa over the decades, the two South Sudanese leaders should have known that ending a war is an extremely difficult task than starting one. It is on this note that I strongly condemn Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar in the strongest terms for initiating the bloody crisis in their new country. C h r o n i c humanitarian crises in Africa are self-inflicted, which can easily be prevented and it is incomprehensible that some African leaders do not explore other options in settling conflicts, but rashly resort to war. It is unfortunate that the two South Sudanese and other African political leaders are yet to realize that Africa has had too many self-inflicted humanitarian crises, and enough is enough. The worrisome and violent crisis in South Sudan clearly buttresses the deep ethnic divisions, which often permeate African politics. Never before has an African country’s self-determination been short-lived or bungled by its own leaders than the self-destruction that is currently prevailing in South Sudan. The n e w c o u n t r y, w h i c h undoubtedly has the potential for accelerated economic and democratic growth has become the casualty of its selfdetermination because of self-inflicted violence principally brought upon it by its crackpot and visionless leaders. Of outmost concern is the ethnic dimension the crisis has speedily taken. The bloody conflict has once again highlighted the perils of ethnic politics in Africa. It is a downright reminder that ethnic politics is a sure antecedent to violent clashes and carnages along ethnic lines.
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Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage
New Legislation Would Tie Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government’s commitment to fairness. The government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the
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Woman dies as escalator catches her scarf on Montreal Metro A commuter has died after her scarf got snagged in an escalator at a Montreal Metro station and strangled her.
Her hair was also apparently caught in the escalator in Thursday m o r n i n g ’s i n c i d e n t .
The unidentified 48-yearold woman was found dead at the bottom of the moving staircase at Fabre station in the north of the Canadian city.
Montreal police said they would work w i t h t h e c o r o n e r ’s o ff i c e t o d e t e r m i n e the circumstances o f t h e f a t a l i t y.
Police spokesman JeanPierre Brabant told reporters: “What we know now is that the w o m a n ’s s c a r f w a s caught in the escalator. “When she bent over to try to get the scarf out, her hair was also caught.” BBC News
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Ottawa lifts GST/HST on hospital marking fees, reversing a tax bite imposed in last year’s budge cont'd from pg. 5 consultation, reducing the quality of the interaction and therefore of care.» CBC News this week reported the story of Ruth Carruthers, a Nova Scotia woman who spent hundreds of dollars on parking during her husband›s bowel cancer treatments at a Halifax hospital. She said she was never told of a discount program for long-term users which cuts the $3 per hour (maximum $14 a day) fee in half. Parking fees are a barrier to health care and add avoidable stress to patients who have enough to deal with. They can and sometimes do interfere with a clinical consultation, reducing the quality of the interaction and therefore of care. — Dr.
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A Message from a death bed at Korle Bu – Ghana Premier Hospital By Kwaku A. Danso For me it’s been the unhappiest of my life! I’ve been in Korle Bu with my ill dad since Christmas day! I can say that this is not a place to get well! It’s a place to die at best! And not with dignity! The staff are anything but dedicated! The facilities and infrastructure are a huge mess! Nobody cares about Sent: Sunday, Decem- quality of life and care! ber 29, 2013 7:31 AM T h e a t t i t u d e o f t h e workers here towards Happy holidays Wofa! the sick is scandalous! I would rather shoot myself or euthanize than be admitted here! I can’t tell you what is good here because there is nothing of substance that is! To think that this is our premier institution is heartCompetitive, Experienced, Efficient breaking and revealing! We are going nowhere fast! Registration # 50016573, GST# 81585 8212 RT0001 Ghana is a failed state. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way We Offer Excellent Fares to AFRICAN, but perhaps the only EUROPEAN / ASIA /AUSTRALIA and North America Cities. one to say it out loud! See you soon in the USA! o u t ! We also offer Package Tours and Visitor to Canada Insurance. I ’ m For those who have never been admitted to or had a relative admitted to Korle Bu or any of our premier regional hospital such as 37 Military Hospital, Ridge, or Police Hospital, this may be a message for you from Hell from a member of our global GLU forum:
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Fellow Ghanaians, We have heard these stories before. A few years ago we heard of the Police Hospital with no water and even 37 Military hospitals where a toilet leakage and overflow in the bathroom was not cleaned up for days and patients wading through in order to use the bathroom. We have heard of patients detained at some regional hospital for inability to pay. We have heard of dead bodies left with no markings at mortuaries. We have heard of electricity interruptions at Korle Bu and
other hospitals where doctors in the middle of a surgery have had to use the light form their cell phones to complete a medical procedure. For God’s sake, when are we all going to say enough of this disgrace! It is time we cared enough about our nation to stand up and speak up! We need to have enough love for ourselves and others to call our MPs and Ministers and push for them to do the right thing by our people! We need to have courage enough, those of us who have had the opportunity to be in the same schools and Universities with these our colleagues, to call them to order. Ghana has suffered for far too long under the greed and selfishness of a few who took over the nation under the guise of a revolution. It’s been over 30 years and no meaningful change seems in sight enough to keep pace with human population growth. Ghana today is still rationing water and electricity despite our gold, mineral, cocoa and oil wealth, and there is no excuse! President after President promises and never deliver! Why did we fall behind in the supply of these basics when these leaders were cutting $50,000 for their personal vehicles and $30,000 for their housing and huge travel per diem and sitting allowances from the public purse! Public service is public
service and not a reward for political participation. No! The President must step up effort to reduce the estimated 70% of the public employees being on government payroll. The productivity is simply abysmal and not justified. Ghana imposes 45% to sometimes 200% duties and taxes on all imported goods including 12.5 to 15% Value added tax and 2.5% for health insurance. Of the estimated $13.5 Billion collected at the ports alone in 2012, the 2.5% would amount to $337.5 million! How much of this money is allocated to our hospitals to pay Doctors and Nurses and provide state of the art equipment, maintenance and cleanliness? Why do MPs and executive member of our government travel overseas for medical care if we in fact are collecting such amounts for our health care facilities? Should these legislators not be ashamed for acting like the Colonial masters? Collecting thousands of dollars allowances for attending meetings and conferences! Every human being will die one day but good health care can prolong life. Most of the 100,000 estimated deaths due to malaria every year could perhaps be avoided if our leaders and Ministers cared enough. President Mills died in a mysterious manner part of which can be attributed to poor care during his last days. Our friend’s father perhaps passed through a similar phase of poor care. Fellow Ghanaians, let us exercise courage to confront our elected and appointed officials besides the aggravating talk on Radio talk shows. Democracy works with citizenship participation. cont'd on pg. 12
The Ghanaian News
Year in Review
cont'd from pg. 1 History Month organized by Children’s Breakfast Club, Toronto. - Ghanaian Anglican and St. David’s Anglican Churches celebrated Black Heritage of their church - The Kwahuman Cultural Association of Toronto elected new executives - Annual 40 days Breakthrough Fasting of the Apostle’s Continuation Church International ended - Assemblies of God Churches, Toronto leaders training and awards held. - Black History Month celebrated at Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Toronto - Ghana Captain Asamoah Gyan named in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations best XI squad. - TSDB director, Chris Spence resigns over plagiarism, PhD dissertation includes unattributed passages. -
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1st annual Girls Power leadership conference held in Toronto Ontario Government launches Sixth Annual Youth Volunteer challenge H.E. Vallis Akyianu, Ghana’s High Commissioner visited Calgary White House honored Ghanaian innovator – Dr. Ashifi Gogo in US. 2nd Anniversary of Christ Apostolic Church (Anim Temple) God Women’s Fellowship (GWF) 10th Anniversary of Ghanaian Nurses Association held at La Contessa Banquet Hall, Toronto New Ghanaian movie “Wind from Africa” started shooting in Toronto by producer Avenger Danquah Prophetess Vida Owusu Mabuah launches her CD “Nkoasom” at Christ Redeemer Church Toronto P.K. Subban, Best Defenceman of NHL 2013 interviewed by Ghanaian News
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SEPTEMBER - 31 Ghanaian-Canadians honored at glittering awards night in Toronto organized by Ghanaian News - Ghana’s Professor Kofi Awoonor killed in Kenyan terror attack - Canadian population surpassed 35 million according to Statistics Canada - Prime Minister Harper earmarked money for maternal health programs - Ga Adangbe Association of Calgary celebrated 6th Annual Homowo Festival in Calgary - The Toronto Mission Circuit of the Methodist Church Ghana held 3-Day Camp meeting in Toronto - Ghana Association of Hamilton’s summer picnic held in Hamilton - Rev. Sowah Ablorh resident pastor of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Montreal celebrated his 10th anniversary in God’s ministry - Living Word Assembly of God Church Women’s Ministry annual cont'd on pg. 69
The Ghanaian News January 2014
FOCUS Making Our Children ‘Love’ Math As a Subjec bY Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada t“If children have interest then education happens” Akwamuman Senior High School in Ghana was recently reported in the news as having received computer software that would tutor students in Mathematics. Technology in the teaching of Math as a subject in our schools has become very essential in today’s world. Children are easily attracted to computers and other technological devices which provide games. Such devices when appropriately guided and directed (supervised) by a trained teacher, are very effective tools for learning. They become useful tools for facilitating learning in the classroom. They make learning fun! However, the learning of Mathematics is no fun to many students. Ask many students from Ghana to Canada and across the world and about seventy percent of students surveyed would tell you that ‘they hate Mathematics as a subject!’ Why? Even among teachers, you would one say, “Math was not my favorite subject at school. When I was a student I love Math and as a teacher, I love to teach Math.
What is Math? Math is the most misunderstood subject. Research confirms that for more than two thousand years, mathematics has been a part of the human search for understanding. Most discoveries have been promoted by the study of mathematics. Science has been driven by Math. Think of the Pythagoras, the Galileo and the Archimedes! Mathematics is not about answers, it’s about processes. How do we arrive at that answer? Which steps are followed? Are there other ways by which we can arrive at the same answer? So Math is more of problem solving. If it is so the question that we need to ask is: How do children then learn Math? According to Marian Small (Making Math Meaningful to Canadian Students), “There is a strongly held belief in the mathematics
education community that mathematics is best learned when students are actively engaged in constructing their understandings.” I couldn’t agree with Small the more. However, how do students actively engage in bringing about their own understanding if they are not interested in what they are asked to do? Loving Math: We do what we love doing, right? Loving Math is not just by chance. There may be some few children who are naturally gifted in Mathematics. At school, they score the highest marks in Math and even ‘teach’ their teachers how to do some Math. True! However, there are many children who we must encourage as parents and teachers to love Math. Math is everywhere. In the house, around the dinner table, in the streets, at church, in the stores/malls and in our favorite sports-money, time, distance, capacity, quantity, building, playing and so forth! We ought to arouse the interest of our children in these areas through our daily interactions with them. Personally, I think we need to catch our children young with Math. Numbers are a part of
A Message from a death bed at Korle Bu – Ghana Premier Hospital cont'd from pg. 10 Our constitution is defective, giving all powers to the President for appointing all agency heads, regional, district, and town chief executives. Until that is changed the blame should be on the President, currently John D. Mahama. We should call the President’s office and his officials for needed change! If calls don’t go through people should have time to march to Parliament and to the offices of the Ministries and even the President to demand explanation for water and electricity rationing over the years and the unclean and poor service conditions of our hospitals, our roads and highways! Let us love our nation enough to stand up! Stand
up and ask and demand change! If we do, there is no doubt our President and his Ministers and the MPs are human also, and will do something about the deteriorating human and infrastructural conditions of our nation. Nobody knows what will change the hearts of our law makers to do the right things. The members of Ghana’s Parliament and the President of Ghana seek their personal interests, but in a democracy it is not the all-night prayers that changes politicians. Most of them who were mature enough and grew up in Ghana in the early to mid 1960s will remember the beautiful clean hospitals, the factories making products for our retail stores, the initial beginning or our Tema
township, the Harbor, the Motorway, our beautiful high schools and premier Universities with the fish ponds and swilling pools. For God’s sake we can do better today! Let us call and push our leaders to provide a clean environment for human habitation eliminating the open gutters and environmental disasters such as Agbogbloshie, and provide our people with clean health care facilities and better and more human service with our own moneys!! We are human like everybody else and we have seen the best around the world! Yes, we can do the same! Dr. Kwaku A. Danso President, Ghana Leadership Union NGO and GLU global Forum
a young child’s life. The chid is interested to know many, for example, cookies he or she can eat. So let us make them count! According to Baroody (2004), a number has four possible meanings: • A number can tell how many • A n u m b e r can describe a measurement • A n u m b e r can describe a location (for example, boot 3) • A n u m b e r can be a name (for example,
student 24) Thus, we create or use ‘interest’ to make children learn Math. The technological devices are useful but the basics are very fundamental to teaching even problem solving in Math. The more we practice Math with our children in our daily activities, the more we create interest in them (extrinsic) to love Math. Make Math fun, bring Math home to the child to engage him or her to create his or her understanding of Math. As parents and teachers,
we need to give the basics in Math to our children through constant practice and provide them tools to solve problems. Then, they would be discovering Math for themselves. Then, they would love Math as a subject. If you need help to assist your child in learning Math do not hesitate to do that. Ask and you will be given; seek and you will find (from the computer to the Math teacher). A deeper understanding of mathematics will enable you to let your children explore Math.
Poverty and illiteracy, our biggest challenge Asamoah Boateng Outspoken leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Stephen Asamoah Boateng, is daring any government and politician with genuine intentions for the country to as a matter of policy prioritize the fight against the twindiseases of poverty and illiteracy, if the country is to be transformed s o c i o - e c o n o m i c a l l y. According to him, poverty and illiteracy are the two biggest threats to the country’s growth and socio-economic survival, which must be fought in a dispassionate manner devoid of partisanship. Taking his turn on Multi TV’s flagship programme, Personality Profile over the weekend, the former Minister in the Kufuor Administration took a swipe at what he termed over-politicization of developmental issues to the detriment of the welfare of the masses, especially the poor and the disadvantaged. “It is not in my interest to pray for the failure of a government. The co n s eq u en ces affect all of us”, he told the p r o g r a m m e ’s h o s t , N a n a A n s a h K w a w. A former Local Government, Rural Development and Environment Minister,
Mr Asamoah Boateng, lamented unplanned and too much experimentation of country’s educational system, saying the current system must recognise the potential of a child and help develop it; citing Germany as an example of a country which has been successful in that area. “Don’t label a difficultto-learn child as daft; he could be an engineer if he or she is well assisted”. Mr Asamoah Boateng who led the NPP government’s early social intervention strategies after Coordinating the National Economic Dialogue Series, as well as the National Unemployment Registration Exercise said based on a long held principle of choice centred on ideas, he had never felt agitated by the take-over of power by their opponents. “I’m not agitated because the NDC is in power. Problems of this country cannot be solved in days and neither by one group of people”. Explaining his role as a student leader in a series of protest against the Acheampong led Union Government in the 1970s, the one-time Mfantsiman Member of Parliament defended his actions and that of his University of Ghana colleagues at the time, saying as a democrat, he believed in alternatives
and the opportunity for choices to be made. “I won’t support Union Government even today. Union government was right but Acheampong had come to make himself a dictator so we protested. We d i d s a m e f o r Rawlings who had come to entrench himself,” he told the host, warning that it is dangerous for any politician to think he is the reason for voting. “No politician should make himself or herself the reason for choicemaking such as voting; the ordinary people are always the reason for such crucial exercises”, he said. Mr Asamoah Boateng held key government positions at the Ministries of Tourism, Information and Local Government while serving as a legislator representing the people of Mfantsiman West in the Central Region where he partly hails from. Driven by his deepseated passion for women and children, the respected politician has been leading advocacy for the betterment of disadvantaged women in rural Ghana using his own resources aside being deeply involved in grass root mobilisation of the NPP towards the 2016 general elections. Karim Alhassan
The Ghanaian News
LEGAL MATTERS 20 Golden rules for best motor vehicle accident results
By Bode Odetoyinto, Mississauga
S t a t i s t i c a l l y, m o s t Canadian will be involved in a motor vehicle accident at some point in their lives. Here are important rules to follow if you or a loved one is injured in motor vehicle accident in Ontario: 1. Stop your car. Do not leave the accident scene. Leaving a crash scene can result in the loss of your license or criminal charges. 2. If anyone is injured, let the police and the emergency services know when you first call to report the accident. If possible, Try to make the scene as safe as possible until help arrives. Turn your hazard lights on in order to alert other road users if appropriate. 3. When the police arrive inform them exactly what occurred. Follow their instructions, get the officer’s name, badge number, division and contact information. 4. Request from the attending police officer, a copy of the police accident report. This very important document sets out the details of the accident vehicles, names and addresses of the parties involved in the accident, occupants of vehicles, insurance details of each vehicle, highway traffic or criminal charges laid if any, road conditions, sketch of the accident scene, witness information if any etc. You insurance company will request this report in order to expedite a claim. 5. If the police do not attend the scene of the accident (typically where
estimated repair cost is less than $2,000 and neither party is obviously injured), it is advisable to still report the accident at a police station or accident reporting centre. The collision centre ort police will document your account of how the accident occurred, details of the driver’s, parties and their insurance information. 6. Document the contact information of witnesses at the scene. If the other driver had passengers, or there were witnesses to the accident, or if someone stops to render aid, document their names, addresses, and phone numbers. 7. If the accident involved a vehicle and a pedestrian, motorcycle or bicycle, do the same as 6 above. 8. Most people have phones equipped with cameras these days. Take multiple photographs of the vehicle(s) involved in the collision from different angles, photograph s of the accident scene and photographs of injuries as well as any other information that may be of assistance later on in refreshing your memory of how the accident occurred. 9. If there are injuries that resulted in attendance at a hospital or actual hospitalization, ensure
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The Ghanaian News January 2014
Let's Talk Politics
By Dr. Francis Wiafe-Amoako, Toronto
How much pay is enough? Real benefit of being a parliamentarian On November 13, 2013, the Minority leader and Member of Parliament (MP) for Suame, Mr. Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, was quoted as calling on the “nation to objectively and impartially deal” with the issue of low salaries for Ghanaian MPs. Making a comparative parallel, he noted that “Today as we speak in Ghana, the take home salary of Members of Parliament is less than $2500 which does not compare to the $10,500 for Kenyan MPs, $ 7200 for Tanzanian MPs, and $ 7100 for Nigerian MPs. How do the citizens expect Members of Parliament to perform their functions?” Such a call should not be underestimated. MPs are law-makers (whether they have law certificates or not) who write laws to strengthen the Ghanaian society and put us on the right path to domestic equality and development. It is obvious that MPs need to be adequately resourced so they are able to execute their responsibilities as effectively as possible.
parliament on behalf of the Ghanaian people. As a parliamentarian, one may be entitled to a decent salary, exGratia award after being in parliament for a term, influence during the tenure in parliament, etc., but the real benefit that accrues to a parliamentarian is the experience and skill acquired whiles in parliament. The office of a parliamentarian is a public office. By definition, it is not a permanent office. As long as the public has trust and confidence in you, one may hold on to that office. In the Ghanaian case, as in many other democracies, there are no term limits regarding how long one can represent a particular constituency in parliament or the legislature. The reality, and sometimes the flipside is that, an MP may not be “lucky” enough to occupy the office for several election cycles because another person the public or electorate deems more qualified at the time replaces him or her. In that case how does an MP survive life after parliament?
On the other hand, the question that we also need to answer is how much salary (or for that matter, pay) is enough for an MP so we can say they are well remunerated? I am not sure if the MPs from Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, etc., are performing their responsibilities better than their Ghanaian counterparts as a result of their comparatively higher salaries. This leads us to the question of what the real benefit is as one gets an opportunity to serve in
I see the parliament as a school where we should go to learn. An MP should consider himself or herself as privileged to even serve one term and take advantage of the experiences and skills acquired as the best asset ever bequeathed to them. My Dad used to tell me, I have no financial asset to give to you. All I have is my ability to take you to school; because I believe that the knowledge you acquire from the experiences at school can never be taken
professors, lobbyists, have acquired in school relevant information to consultants, etc. One to establish their own the MPs on whatever committee they are might argue that such jobs/businesses. serving on so they will opportunities do not exist in Ghana for MPs I do not know how be well informed to to take advantage of much will be enough performed effectively when they leave office. remuneration for our in their legislative The answer is, that is MPs, but I always responsibilities. The the reason why MPs are believe that one should o v e r a l l i m p a c t i s MPs in the first place, to h a v e c o n t r o l o v e r t h a t s u c h r e l e v a n t away from you. He was help create an enabling whatever he/she does in information will enable and is right. We pass environment for such life; this includes career an MP to be an expert on such wisdom to our opportunities not just and family life. The call in a particular area of children every now and for themselves but for to resource MPs should policy issue. This, I then. An MP who does every Ghanaian. If we not be short-sightedly believe is the “life boat” not see the experience say such opportunities limited to money in that will propel an MP in parliament as the do not exist, then the pocket (salaries), to brighter future when greatest opportunity law-makers and the but expanded to cover they suddenly drop to launch them into entire society are being intellectual and other out of parliament as a a b r i g h t e r f u t u r e disingenuous when we skill resources such as result of an election. when they are out of ask students (some of a Library of Parliament, High salary is good, parliament will not them JSS graduates and staff and advisors to but knowledge will not see the light at the end for that matter, children) provide current and dry out. of the tunnel. We all to use the skills they know too well that if one cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, desperation sets in and with much influence that an MP has during his/her OTTAWA -- Justin Trudeau is sweeping dundant. At worst -- and under Mr. Liberal senators out of his party’s cau- Harper we have seen it at its worst -- it tenure, the outcome cus in a bid to show he’s serious about amplifies the prime minister’s power.” could be engaging in cleaning up the Senate, a move sure to unethical behaviors and trigger turmoil among some members If elected prime minister, Trudeau said of the scandal-plagued upper house. he’d go further. He’d appoint only ultimately corruption.
Trudeau boots senators from Liberal caucus
The elementary and JSS system in Ghana is structured in such a way that students who cannot continue to the secondary school level will have some skills to hopefully live some sort of decent life. The same concept is applied at the SHS level and the University level. Four years in parliament is an opportunity in a life-time that must be exploited, not in terms of trying to amass wealth unethically, but to gain practical and intellectual experience to live a decent life of one’s own. Two years in US Congress is a God-sent. Many oneterm Congressmen and women have gone on to become political analysts on major cable news TVs, adjunct/part-time
The surprise move -- announced today after Trudeau personally informed the 32 Liberal senators -- is aimed at reducing partisanship in the Senate and restoring its intended role as an independent chamber of sober second thought. Extreme patronage and partisanship are at the root of the Senate expenses scandal, which has engulfed the upper chamber for more than a year, Trudeau told a news conference on Parliament Hill. “The Senate is broken and needs to be fixed,” he said. Making Liberal senators independent of the party’s parliamentary caucus is a first, concrete step towards reducing partisanship, Trudeau argued as he challenged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to similarly set free the 57 Conservative senators. “If the Senate serves a purpose at all, it is to act as a check on the extraordinary power of the prime minister and his office, especially in a majority government,” Trudeau said. “The party structure in the Senate interferes with this responsibility. Taken together with patronage (appointments), partisanship within the Senate is a powerful, negative force. It reinforces the prime minister’s power instead of checking it.
independent senators after employing an open, transparent process, with public input, for nominating worthy candidates -- much the way recipients of the Order of Canada are chosen.
The Harper government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to advise whether it can unilaterally impose term limits and set up a process for “consultative elections” of Senate nominees. Most provinces maintain such reforms require a constitutional amendment approved by at least seven provinces with 50 per cent of the country’s population. It has also asked the top court to advise whether outright abolition of the Senate would require the approval of seven provinces or unanimity. Trudeau said he believes his proposals are “the most meaningful action possible without changing the Constitution.” But he added: “If the Supreme Court says more can be done, we will be open to doing more.” Pierre Poilievre, the Conservative minister in charge of democratic reform, dismissed Trudeau’s move as a stunt designed to mitigate the impact of a forthcoming auditor general’s report on Senate expenses. “He’s looking for a public relations manoeuvre,” Poilievre said. Trudeau’s announcement likely came as
“At best, this renders the Senate re-
cont'd on pg. 32
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New Year Reflections:
Can we achieve new results with the same old practices? The New Year has been ushered in with continued p o liticization of all issues great and small, confronting our country. If the emotional and other resources expended in casting blame on others was applied to critical thinking and objective analyses of our problems, we would be the better for it. The rule of law was continuously undermined by flagrant inaction and in many cases, abuse of authority and corruption during the last year. There are severe structural problems with our economy, some of which can be solved by simple yet effective interventions. Revenue collection is weak partly because a great deal of economic activity escapes the reach of the tax net. We still do not have named streets and numbered houses despite a presidential directive to address this. That is part of the problem. How these directives are brought to life through verifiable implementation processes, is the task at hand. If you cannot locate your citizens, you cannot identify all commercial activity and you miss a great deal of internally
generated revenue. This is a key structural problem in our society which must be remedied. If over 70% of revenue generated is spent on the public service, we must ask how productive the public servants are. Can we fix these problems? I hope before 2014 ends, I will find places without being given strange landmarks, some of which are living and mobile. Also, I hope that when I enter a government building, a list of services is provided and the time frame in which the service is completed is publicly displayed. “Koo, you may be asking for too much” says the little voice in my head! In this New Year, I also hope that all are reminded that ours is a secular republic and religion though an important dimension of our lives is not constantly promoted as the only solution to complex socioeconomic problems. Prayer is great in conjunction with good values and hard work. All this talk about “what will my portion be?” seems contrary to my understanding of what the good book says. If citizens truly lived according to their projected beliefs, we would be a less corrupt and
more productive society. The rise of religious intolerance is a great concern. Places of worship s p r in g u p an y w h er e and the happy noise of worship for some is noise pollution for others. We need better zoning laws that are enforced. In my neighborhood, a church bell tolls every hour. How are we supposed to sleep at night and get up to work the next day? Complain and you will be branded an agent of Lucifer. All are equal before the law, or should be, without exception.
education system is turning out graduates at all levels who are ill prepared to be productive citizens. Concrete steps should be taken to align the education system to the increasing complexity of the work environment so our graduates are employable. Last year the AuditorGeneral identified hundreds of millions of Cedis stolen from the state by public servants through a variety of creative schemes. In this
year, we should see a long line of public and other officials who have been identified as having robbed the state. (oops! I must be dreaming). Those under whose watch the thefts occurred should not be at post even if they are not directly culprits of the crimes. Creating a lax environment in which losses to the state occur is equally criminal. If no one is held accountable for all these losses, how in good conscience do we expect these harmful
practices to end? In 2014, I hope that we will take charge of protecting the environment in areas where illegal gold mining is stripping the land of all that sustains the local populations. I hope that not only will illegal Chinese miners be found and deported but that the Ghanaians who collected money and let them in will also be found and locked up. What am I thinking? Also, managing waste rationally will become part of our thinking about cont'd on pg. 16
In this year, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) should not be afraid to say the Black Stars are going to Brazil to win the World Cup. We should aim at the highest possible goal and take the necessary steps to achieve that goal with many goals. In 2010, we only belatedly considered the possibility of winning the trophy so we suffered a psychological meltdown when we needed to be firm and resolute. Let’s go to Brazil with belief in our capabilities. Some of us have been waiting for decades. H o p e f u l l y, w e w i l l finally realize that our
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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Dramatic Changes to the Existing Citizenship Law by the Canadian Government may be in Contemplation .One becomes a Canadian citizen either by birth or by naturalization pursuant to the Citizenship Act. Generally, adults ap p ly in g to b e c o m e citizens of Canada must meet certain criteria among which are the requirements that, before applying, applicants must 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 have to meet the residence requirement and elderly persons can also be exempted from certain requirements. The Citizenship law has been undergoing changes from time to time. Unfortunately, with probable exception of the new citizenship policy related to adopted
born outside Canada.
children, each change seems to make acquisition of Canadian citizenship h a r d e r a n d t o u g h e r. The former Citizenship law made it possible for Canadians to pass on their citizenship to endless generations born outside Canada regardless of their physical connection to Canada. This has changed. Under the current system, future generations of Canadians should not just be Canadian citizens but should necessarily be Canadian citizens with real connection to Canada. For realization of this objective, the current system, with few exceptions, limits citizenship by descent to one generation
Over the past years, there has 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. The flexibility the Government used to exercise over the language 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
New Year Reflections: Can we achieve new results with the same old practices? cont'd from pg. 15 the environment. Sea life is being killed by discarded sachets all along the coast. First we have to provide bins for folks to throw away waste and we may even provide them with separate ones for recyclable materials and others for plain organic waste. Of course, the public must be schooled in all of this first. I don’t think this will happen this year. I am being grandiosely optimistic! In this New Year, I hope men like Martin Amidu and Brig-Gen Nunoo-Mensah who call it like they see it will be honoured rather than be vilified, ignored and demoted. If you speak the truth no one wants to hear it. What kind of morality are we supporting in our society? In December 2014, I hope the President will find a leisure location in Ghana to spend the Christmas break. This will do a great deal to promote tourism
in Ghana. It will also acquaint him with the kinds of facilities paying visitors are subjected to. It should not be too difficult to do and believe me there are many locations where beggars will not find him. We also hope the government and its agents will find the courage to do what is right rather than what is politically expedient. Our politics should be more about managerial effectiveness rather than ideology because the task is obvious. It is to raise the living standards of Ghanaians through efficient development planning and strategies at the highest value for money spent. This is how our leaders should be judged. I hope in this year, we will embrace careful planning and not wait for things to fail and then rush around trying to fix problems after the fact. In hospitals,
people die when we do not anticipate problems and in the affairs of state everything costs us more and as a result many are denied a deserving standard of living and sometimes life itself. In 2014 we should have more leaders who wish to serve the people who elected them and be less concerned about meeting their personal financial targets. I note that, we are ranked the 6 th best place to do business in Africa. To some this is worth celebrating but in reality, we should find out what the countries ahead of us are doing that we are not, for they did not exist as countries when we blazed the trail. We pray for a better year but we must first make the effort and then God will smile on us! Prof. T. P. Manus Ulzen email@example.com
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. These changes do not seem enough. The Government of Canada seems to be considering dramatic changes including cessation of granting citizenship based on place of birth. The new minister of Citizenship and Immigration has reportedly expressed this concern. Reportedly, Canada and the United States are the only developed countries in the World to grant citizenship
to individuals born on their territory. Elimination of the automatic grant of Canadian citizenship for those born in Canada without any of their parents being a permanent resident or citizen of Canada is another expected change. The authorities believe this would prevent “birth tourism’ and proliferation of “passport babies”
is manifestly clear that eligibility requirements for Canadian citizenship are changing and are becoming harder and tougher. It would be prudent for the permanent residents in Canada who are presently eligible for Canadian citizenship under the current rules to apply for Canadian citizenship before another law is passed.
There is further speculation that the qualifying period for permanent residents to obtain Canadian citizenship could be extended from the current three years in a four-year period to a longer timeframe.
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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Is the black race the most religious of all races? To be described as more catholic than the Pope is not a compliment. It is said that the white man brought Christianity to Africa and they considered it their mission to civilize the black race by converting the heathen to Christianity. Now the “heathen” seem to be more Christian than the one who converted him to the religion. Are black folks more religious than the other races and why? If you are talking about Christianity, there is evidence to suggest that yes, indeed blacks tend to be more religious. To some lesser extent, the same situation applies to other religions like Islam and the other far Eastern religions and their rapid spread into Africa. As I sat at home this past weekend and listened to or watched the number of church services on our airwaves and on TV, and the overflow of the congregation, a Japanese friend of mine who was visiting couldn’t help but to ask “why are Africans so religious?”. I think she wanted to be polite as usual because the Japanese are noted for their politeness else she would have put it
this way “You (Africans) are the most religious yet the poorest, why?” I will return to her question later but she was right in asking. In Ghana today, you can hardly walk five blocks without seeing a church. At broad day light on a week day you hear people singing and dancing, beating drums and praying, and you wonder if it is a public holiday but it’s not. What happened to work? People go to all night prayer sessions during the week and you expect them to be productive at work the next day. In residential areas, church services usually using loud speakers, drumming and dancing at night disturb the sleep of school kids, their studies, etc. If you question that, they think you are demon possessed and you need deliverance. Church services in Africa are well attended. Church auditoriums are always filled to capacity with overflowing congregations. Some of the more popular churches, to get a seat in the auditorium, you have to wake up at 4:00 am to arrive at the Church at 5:00 am for a service that will start at 9:00 am. And the ser-
vice can take the entire day lasting from 8 - 12 hours yet people have patience to sit through the marathon service without complaining. The Crossover watch night service on 31st December are always teeming with crowds of people. The last time TB Joshua was in Accra, life came to a standstill on the Spintex road, and there was a stampede at his church leading to fatalities. In Europe, North America or Japan, it will be hard to get the numbers you see here for a Church service and they don’t last for more than two hours. If you find such numbers majority of them will definitely be black. Lots of the mega churches you see in Europe or North America are black churches. During uncle Attah’s presidency and to a lesser extent the current president too, Christianity and prayers seemed to be the official policy of the state. Instead of careful planning and putting in place policies that can cut down poverty rate, create jobs, improve infrastructure, stabilize the Ghana Cedi, and strengthen the cont'd on pg. 50
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Immanuel Assembly of God Church affiliates with PAOC
By Emmanuel Ayiku, Toronto
with churches of like precious faith associated with On Sunday 19 January, 2014 an official affiliation ser- the PAOC. All churches share in the privileges and asvice was held at Don Montgomery Community Centre, sume the responsibilities enjoyed by their affiliation. on 2467 Eglinton Avenue E. in Scarborough, Ontario for Immanuel Assembly of God Church and The Pen- Rev. Douglas Owusu-Ansah, the pioneer pastecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). The affiliation tor of Immanuel Assembly of God, Scarborservice was conducted by Rev. Calvin Anthony, Assis- ough is a credential holder of the PAOC and he tant to the Superintendent for Eastern Ontario District is very excited to be part of what God is doing. of The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC). Immanuel Assembly of God extends their gratitude to all for the support and presence at the PAOC AfThe PAOC recognizes all affiliated local churches as self-governing with the inherent right to sovereignty in the conduct of their own affairs but the churches shall voluntary enter into full cooperative fellowship
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filiation Service. Their Ministry, they point out, is growing by leaps and bounds. We thank you for your. The Church extends cordial invitation to on Sundays from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at Don Montgomery Community Center (Activity Room) 2467 Eglinton Ave. East, Scarborough, M1K 2R1. For prayer, counseling, and Bible Studies call 647880-4216 or visit our website @ immanuelaog.ca
Rev. Calvin Anthony , Assistant to the Superintendent for Eastern Ontario District (PAOC)and Rev. Douglas Owusu Ansah Rev. Calvin Anthony, Rev. Douglas Owusu Ansah and Elders
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9th Annual Gala Celebration of Thornhill African Caribbean Canadian Association
By Emmanuel Ayiku, Woodbridge, Ont. On Saturday November 9th, 2013, the Thornhill African Caribbean Canadian Association held its 9th Annual Gala celebration at the Woodbridge Banquet Hall. The aim and objective of the association are to provide programs that encompass 1.Education and cultural awareness through: History, Art, Music, Health and Wellness, 2.Community Development, Social and Economic Advocacy for the AfroCaribbean and AfroCanadian communities.
were presented to two outstanding students to assist them in their university education. The students were Nashantea Miller and Bina Nsimba. The founder and 1st president of the organization , Vernon Hendrickson, thanked the Deputy mayor of Vaughan, Gino Rosati and all the city councilors as well as York Regional police Chief Eric Jolliffe and his officers for their attendance. He also commended all those who supported the event as well as the members who toiled tirelessly to make the event a successful one.
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More see Trudeau as excellent prime minister than Harper: poll Poll suggests 68% of Canadians believe Harper is not honest, accountable
More Canadians think Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau would do an excellent job as prime minister than either NDP Leader Tom Mulcair or Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a new poll by Abacus Data suggests. The poll also suggests 68 per cent of Canadians believe Harper is not honest and accountable. When Canadians were asked: “Thinking about the following political leaders, how well would each do as prime minister?” 28 per cent said Prime Minister Stephen Harper would do a good or excellent job, while 29 per cent thought he would do an acceptable job and 42 per cent thought he would do a poor or very poor job. For NDP Leader Tom Mulcair 27 per cent of the respondents thought he would do a good or excellent job as prime minister, 48 per cent thought he would do an acceptable job and 25 per cent thought he would do a poor or very poor job. Trudeau came out on top. Thirtyfive per cent responded he would do a good/excellent job, 38 per cent thought he would do an acceptable job and 27 per cent thought he would do a poor or very poor job. The chair of Abacus Data, Bruce Anderson, said the poll numbers put to rest the notion that if someone doesn’t have the job, they couldn’t possibly do the
job, and reveals a very competitive race. Just over 40 per cent of Canadians thought Harper would do a poor or very poor job as prime minister, and that could be problematic. “It’s very high and he’s been a polarizing figure, “ Anderson told Evan Solomon on CBC Radio’s The House. “I think the other thing that we’re seeing in these numbers is that the number of people who say Justin Trudeau would do a good or excellent job is substantially higher than either Mr. Harper or Mr. Mulcair,” Anderson said. Measuring weaknesses Abacus also tested some of the attack lines each party has been using against the other leaders to explore the weaknesses or potential weaknesses of each leader, including questions on Trudeau’s judgment, Harper’s honesty and Mulcair’s ability to handle the economy. On Trudeau respondents were asked: When it comes to what it takes to be prime minister of Canada does Trudeau have sound judgment? Fifty-three per cent of respondents said yes and 47 per cent said no. Respondents were also asked whether Trudeau has good ideas for the country’s future. Fifty-nine per cent said yes, and 41 per cent said no. “I think the 59% good ideas for the country really stands out for me because his critics have been quick to pounce on
his statements on certain policy issues and say he’s got wonky ideas, bad ideas for the country, and I think Canadians are telling us here they don’t necessarily see things that way,” Anderson said. On Harper, respondents were asked when it comes to what it takes to be prime minister does Harper govern according to values you share. Only 38 per cent said yes, while 62 per cent said no. When asked whether Harper is honest and accountable, 32 per cent said yes and 68 per cent said no. Anderson said these low numbers are a cumulative effect for the prime minister, with last year being the worst for the Conservatives since Harper came into office. “He came into office and won his first election on the back of a movement in the country that said we need more honesty, we need more accountability,” Anderson said. “I think last year has been a terrible year for the Conservative brand – and the prime minister in particular – on the question of honestly and accountability.” Anderson also said the perception that Harper is a highly partisan figure has also hurt him. “These numbers basically put the Conservatives on watch that they need to do better if they’re going to win another election,” he said. On NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, respon-
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Saint Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine’s Day, also known as Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is observed on February 14 each year. It is celebrated in many countries around the world, although it remains a working day in most of them. St. Valentine’s Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to
marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine’s Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in the Lutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine’s Day, albeit on July 6th and July 30th, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12. The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heartshaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.
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City councillors approve 2014 operating budget City councillors voted in favour of the 2014 operating budget Thursday night, largely rejecting a number of cost-cutting measures proposed by Toronto’s top politico earlier in the day. The $9.6-billion budget passed by a vote of 35-9 at around 9:30 p.m.
Ford voted against the budget. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford discusses a series of motions he is trying to present at a special council meeting Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. “There was no fiscal responsibility shown
whatsoever today,” Ford told reporters Thursday night following the vote. “It was the worst budget that has ever been presented.
to spend it. It’s a phantom budget – they’re spending money that they don’t have.”
Ford, who went on to describe the budget as “irresponsible,” “I was the only member of said it wouldn’t have passed council to put anything on if he was still in charge. the floor to save money,” he added. “The rest just wanted “This wouldn’t have happened
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OTTAWA - Conrad Black, who was convicted in the U.S. and served a prison sentence there, has been removed from the Order of Canada effective immediately, says the Governor General. Black has also been stripped of his honorary position in the Privy Council of Canada, at the recommendation of Prime M i n i s t e r S t e p h e n H a r p e r. The announcement came in a terse release by Gov. Gen. David Johnston late Friday. A spokeswoman for the Governor General, Marie-Pierre Belanger, says an advisory council met Friday afternoon to make its recommendation to Johnston. The council’s members include the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, and Wayne Wouters, the clerk of the Privy Council, Canada’s top public servant. Friday’s announcement means Black can no longer attach the
initials O.C., and P.C., to his name. Belanger also said Black must return the insignia of the order. “The insignia of the Order of Canada remain the property of the Order at all times,” she said. “They are presented in trust to members of the Order, as a visible sign of their appointment and a mark of esteem. When an appointment ends, whether through death or through an ordinance made by the Governor General, the insignia reverts to the Order.” Last November, the Federal Court of Appeal dismissed an application by Black to personally address the advisory council that had been weighing whether he should be stripped of the Order of Canada. Belanger said Black was allowed to make written submissions. The 11-member advisory council reviewed Black’s membership in the order following his 2007 convictions for fraud and obstruction of justice in the United States. Black was given Can-
ada’s highest honour in 1990. Five other Canadians — Alan Eagleson, David Ahenakew, T. Sher Singh, Stephen Fonyo Jr. and Garth Drabinsky — have been stripped of the Order of Canada. The Governor General’s office said the decisions in these cases were based on various reasons, including being convicted of a criminal offence, a recipient committing actions not befitting of the honour, or a recipient being fined or reprimanded by a professional organization or association. Black has been involved in a string of legal battles related to his U.S. convictions on fraud and obstruction of justice charges when he was the head of the Hollinger newspaper business. Black has argued repeatedly that the U.S. case against him was the result of an unfair prosecution, pointing to the fact that an appeals court later tossed two of the three fraud convictions against him and two other Hollinger executives.
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In the end, he served 37 months of a 42-month sentence in a Florida prison and returned to Canada in May of 2012. He had to return under a special temporary permit, having renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2001 so he could accept a peerage in the British House of Lords.
if they wouldn’t have stripped my powers,” he said. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly viewed the outcome much differently. “I’m happy, I’m tired, but I am very, very pleased with the co-operation that you saw today,” Kelly told reported following the vote. “This truly was collegial effort. “I think this is a good budget,” Kelly added. “I think that this is a budget that not only delivered lower numbers than the previous budget, but it’s a budget that demonstrates how members of council can work together to create a budget that serves the varied interests of the residents of the City of Toronto.”
Black, who is now back in Toronto, is a columnist for the National Post and co-hosts a c u r r e n t a ff a i r s t a l k s h o w.
E a r l i e r T h u r s d a y, F o r d presented a range of costcutting motions that he claimed would translate into $60 million in total savings.
In the original citation conferring the Order of Canada in 1990, Black was described as “a distinguished Toronto entrepreneur and publisher, ... a man of diverse achievements within the realms of Canadian commerce, education, literature and the arts.”
Ford presented some of the motions in the morning but he ran out of speaking time, and council recessed for lunch amid a debate about whether he should be allowed to present all his motions.
“In addition to his various business ventures, which have enhanced Canada’s visible presence internationally, he is well known for his generous support of many charitable endeavours, notably the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.” The Canadian Press
The mayor accused councillors of attempting to scuttle his motions. cont'd on pg. 28
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Atikpo then rented an apartment at East Legon where he stayed with Belinda for some days and went back to the US to process the necessary documents for Belinda to join him there.
It said, upon her return, Belinda always found faults with anything that Anumah did, resulting in frequent misunderstandings.
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Some months later, Belinda’s father brought drinks and GH¢300 to Anumah saying his cont'd on pg. 43
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Prayer alone won’t take Ghana anywhere Kwesi Pratt Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper has bemoaned the country’s inability to improve on the economy despite its vast resources. Speaking to the issue of the downward trend of the economy, Kwesi Pratt Jnr told Suhiyini Alhassan of Radio Gold that the decline in the economy can be based on two factors: low levels of productivity, and the lack of control of the country’s resources. Low levels of productivity During the time of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s First President, the country produced lots of items which brought development into the country, according to Kwesi Pratt. However, nowadays we import almost everything we use in the country. Some time ago, Ghana was producing its own fridges, shoes, corned beef, etc and wonders how the country can develop when in recent times, there is no on-going production. “The major factor to the decline in our economy is that we are not producing…our levels of
productivity are simply too low. Look at the rivers we have in our country and we are thirsty for water; we cannot provide water for our people. It’s incredible…we have huge forest belt but import Kontomire from Cote d’Ivoire, tomatoes from Burkina Faso; what kind of people are we and what kind of leaders do we have?” he asked. Lack of control of the c o u n t r y ’s r e s o u r c e s “The other factor is that we do not even have control on our own resources,” Kwesi Pratt said. The managing editor lamented on why the country and its leadership are not making good use of the resources we have in the country but are rather ‘going round begging for alms. To him, we are not making good use of our thinking faculties. “We should not be going round the world begging for alms. Why should any African country be going to China for loan; it is because of our low level of consciousness; the fact that we are not thinking at all. Our leaders stopped thinking many years ago…Africa has 50% of the world’s resources…
if Africa has 50% of the world’s resources, what accounts for our poverty?...is it our inability to exploit those resources?... is it that we have handed over those resources to others; what is it that accounts for our poverty?” Development does not come by prayer alone Kwesi Pratt alluded that majority of the companies that were contributing to the growth of the economy are now being used as churches and has asked how the country will grow with such an attitude. “Let us wake up. No country in the world whose major industries are religion and political commentary has developed. You cannot develop if your major industry is religion and political commentary so we need to develop the relevant industries that will touch our lives; Churches are replacing industries and it is a major concern…Jesus Christ prayed but his disciples also cast a net into the ocean and caught fish. We should learn from Jesus Christ and cast net into the ocean. Prayer alone won’t take us anywhere”. peacefmonline.com
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City councillors approve 2014 operating budget cont'd from pg. 24 “The councillors do not want to vote on this, they know this is legitimate savings,” Ford told reporters during the break. “They are doing everything in their power for me not to present this.” Of the 18 motions that Ford was ultimately able to present, only four carried – only two of which have a direct s a v i n g s t o t h e c i t y. Councillors voted to support his motion to eliminate the employee e n g a g e m e n t s u r v e y, estimated to cost $250,000 in 2014.
residential property tax hike, which includes a 0.5 per cent levy that will help to cover a funding shortfall for the Bloor-Danforth subway extension. Ford opposed the increase and slammed the budget, leading to his crusade to find tens of millions of dollars in savings. He claimed the $60 million in cuts, if passed, would offset some of the tax increase and bring the total down to the 1.75 per cent hike that he pushed for.
Councillors also voted in favour of the mayor’s motion to scrap the printing of two magazines at an estimated cost of $476,000.
As it stands, the total tax increase will end up at 2.71 per cent due to a provincially mandated shift that takes some of the burden off commercial and industrial taxpayers. Council has no say over that extra 0.48 per cent.
Thursday’s debate took place a day after council approved a 2.23 per cent
That means the average household in Toronto will see an increase
of about $68 on their property tax bill. A f t e r We d n e s d a y ’s vote, Ford accused councillors of being fiscally irresponsible, claiming the “gravy train” is back at city hall. The 2.23 per cent increase was spearheaded by Deputy M a y o r N o r m K e l l y. Wednesday’s vote was overshadowed by a court document that claims Ford was involved in the planning of a jailhouse assault on his sister Kathy’s former partner, Scott MacIntyre. Ford’s lawyer denies the allegations contained in MacIntyre’s statement of claim, which surfaced during the meeting, and the mayor ignored questions about it. He has not filed a statement of defence. CP24.com
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Rich Getting Richer, Poor Getting Poorer, Why? By: Gabriel Quayson, Toronto Poor people want to be rich and rich people want to get richer. Okay, I know that this is a sweeping generalization but for the sake of argument we can say that in America there is a premise that is very similar. How about if we get a little more precise and say it this way - people who are poor and are unhappy with their financial condition want to improve it; and rich people who enjoy their financial situation want to maintain it. With this refined premise, the question is this: If there are so many poor people who want to improve their financial situation, and there are so few rich people “standing in their way”, why can’t poor people become rich? It is evident in our society that rich people generally tend to stay rich or get richer while the poor among us stay poor. How and why does this happen? There is a famous sociological study that says if you took all the money away from everyone and divided it EQUALLY among rich and poor that in 5
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Here are some of the key facts: 83% of the stocks in the United States are held by 1% of the people. The top 1% of U.S. households owns It is no accident that rich nearly twice as much people are rich. Generally of America’s corporate speaking, people who wealth as they did that are rich have several just 15 years ago. For the t h i n g s i n c o m m o n : first time in U.S. history, banks own a greater share of residential housing a ) R i c h p e o p l e net worth in the United own p r o p e r t y States than all individual Americans put together. b ) R i c h p e o p l e Poor people on the o w n b u s i n e s s e s other hand are the proud owners of these statistics. of 2007, the bottom c) Rich people own As 80 percent American investments (stocks) householdsofheld about 7% of the liquid financial There are many recent assets. The bottom 50 articles and studies that percent of income earners state very clearly the in the United States now facts and figures related collectively own less than to what the rich own 1 percent of the nation’s and what others don’t. wealth. For the first time in U.S. history, more than 40 million Americans are on food stamps.
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Remembering those who passed on to glory last year May their souls rest in perfect peace
Bridgett Takyi Jan 19, 2013 27 yrs
Akua Agyapong Frempong Jan 22, 2013
Sakina Antwi Jan 17, 2013 45 yrs
Evans Amoah Akwasi Agyemang Boateng Prempeh (Okyeame Dogo) Aug. 13, 2013 Aug 3, 2013 56 yrs 66 yrs
Rev. Nana Ama Agyemang July 25, 2013 71 yrs
Rev. & Mrs. Acheampong Oct 12, 2013 62 yrs and 53 yrs
Agnes Dansowaa Dec 21, 2013 71 yrs
Frank Adjei April 29, 2013 74 yrs
Maxwell Okyere Darko Oct 18, 2013 42 yrs
Esther Akua Achiaa Dec 2, 2013 50 yrs
Araba Sam-Tagoe June 23, 2013 33 yrs
Joel Kofi Ankrah Nov. 17 2013 31 yrs
Mohammed Ayariga Ayinekisya 57 yrs
The sadden death is reported of Miss Nora Akua Baawah. She passed away on Monday January 27th 2014 at the age of 19 years. Nora died at the Humber River Regional Hospital, Church Site, Toronto after a protracted illness. She is survived Late Nora Akua by parents Nana Serwah Baawah a.k.a Testy Westy (mother), Titus Kubi (father, 4.00pm to 8.00pm. Burial USA) and seven siblings will be at the Beech(4 boys and 3 girls). wood Cemetery, 7241 JaneStreet/Steeles on Sunday February 16, Viewing will be at the Demarco Funeral Home 2014 at 9.00.a.m fol3725 Keele Street and lowed by celebration of Finch on Saturday Feb- life at Luna Ballroom, 30 ruary 15th, 2014 from Gordon Mackay Road, Toronto from 4.oop.m
Rita Boadu June 13, 2013 53 yrs
Eld. Obrefour Owusu Ahensan Feb 14, 2013
Dennis Antwi Dec 5, 2013 50 yrs
Linda Adjei Amaniampong Nov 21, 2013 18 yrs
Gladys Arthur Sept 30, 2013 57 yrs
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Daniel Baffo 26 yrs
Willaim Okrah April 19, 2013 67 yrs
Gifty Manu (Sister Ewurama) May 11, 2013 61 yrs
Clement King Jr. Dec 4, 2013 26 yrs
Ericson Amey Debrah April 27, 2013 46 yrs
Kofi Antwi (Kofi Ahyia) June 23, 2013 55 yrs
Ernest Kwadwo Oteng Yamoah July 28, 2013 59 yrs
J. Kenneth Kwesi Ekem Nov 9, 2013 77 yrs
Malik Adjokatcher May 2013 24 yrs
Devine Wellington Odonkor Nov 22, 2013 69 yrs
Alfred Kobina Bonney April 7, 2013 79 yrs
Apos. Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Bediako Nov 28, 2013 59 yrs
Nana GyauDarko II April 26, 2013 55 yrs
Millicent Mensah Nov 7, 2013 55 yrs
Kwame Duodu Aug 2013 15 yrs
Joseph Neequaye 59 yrs
Kwadwo Mensah April 25, 2013 20 yrs
Monica Baffoe Sept. 25, 2013 83 yrs
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Komla Dumor is dead
Popular Ghanaian Journalist Komla Afeke Dumor is reported dead after suffering from a cardiac arrest, according to a source from BBC. Komla Afeke Dumor who works as a Broadcast Journalist with the BBC World Service Radio/ BBC World Television and presenter of BBC Africa is reported to have died in London Saturday morning. Umaru Fofana, a co lle ag u e o f K o m la Afeke Dumor at the BBC confirmed the sad news on Facebook saying “BBC World loses an icon. Ghanaian born presenter Komla Dumor dies”. He later wrote “What is
of the Ghanaian national anthem. As of June 2012, Dumor was the main presenter of the BBC World News programme Focus on Africa. Dumor joined the BBC African Service in 2006 as host of the radio programme Network Africa. From 2008 to 2012 he presented The World Today on the BBC World Service.
Late Komla Dumor it about this life that we hate and envy others, do evil to our fellow man and wish others knelt down before us, when we will die in the next In 2011 Dumor began moment. What? Why?”. presenting the World News and Africa Business Komla Afeke Dumor Report on BBC World was born on 3 October News television. When 1972 in Accra, Ghana. the latter was re-launched in 2013; fellow BBC His grandfather was correspondent, Lerato Philip Gbeho, composer Mbele was chosen as host.
Prior to joining the BBC he worked for JOY FM in Accra, Ghana, and was the 2003 winner of Journalist of the Year award given by the Ghana Journalist Association. Dumor is the only West African news reader on BBC World News. Initially, Dumor studied medicine but he changed course and graduated from the University of Ghana with a BSc in Sociology and Psychology and from Harvard University with an MA in Public Administration. He was married to Kwansema, with whom he had three children. radioxyzonline.com
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MOVING FORWARD WITH OUR YOUTH THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY
Entrepreneurship Programs Part of the Solution to Global Youth Unemployment By Kwabena Akuoko, MSW, RSW,, Toronto
Youth unemployment is one of the crucial social and economic challenges of our time. Days are perhaps gone for good when postsecondary or even high school education was enough to secure at least an entry level job position for a young person. Around the world, youth unemployment rate remains all time high, and the problem is not unique to Canada or any particular country, rich or poor. It is indeed a global phenomenon that has far-reaching social, political and economic consequences. As a result, many Western countries, including Canada are turning to innovative and nonconventional approaches such as entrepreneurship programs that target young people to address the unending and pressing problem. Emulating their Western counterparts, African countries are also attempting to use youth entrepreneurship programs as platforms to curtail the growing problem of youth unemployment. The creation and existence of Ghana Youth and Entrepreneurial Development Agency is for instance one of the several youth focused programs in Africa that seeks to solve youth joblessness. Youth entrepreneurship programs, whether in Canada, Ghana or elsewhere have the primary goal to promote self-employment among unemployed young people. In recent years in Canada for example, various provincial and territorial governments as well as the federal government have incorporated entrepreneurship programs into their youth policy initiatives to promote self employment among young people. Globally, there is now an increasing awareness among policymakers that putting young people to work does just not mean finding them a job. It simply means that in most cases, with right investment in entrepreneurship programs and the encouragement to succeed, young people will create their own jobs and in the end, hire others. The strategic goal is that strong sense of entrepreneurial spirit among the young segment of the population will allow them to discover business ideas, and create jobs that change lives, lift up communities and also grow the national economy. Admittedly, entrepreneurship may not be the panacea for solving the world’s growing youth unemployment problem. But it can certainly help to propel job creation and in turn, trickle down to paving way for the inclusion of economically and sociallyexcluded unemployed youth. This then explains why it is prudent to build a welcoming environment for young entrepreneurs. It is also against this background that governments around the world are increasingly making entrepreneurship programs as part of their youth policy initiatives aimed at characterizing self-employment as a viable and worthy alternative to conventional forms of employment among the youthful population. There are consistent views in Canada, Ghana and elsewhere that clearly reinforce the case for entrepreneurship programs as alternative pathways for job creation to meet the employment needs of the highly educated, yet jobless young people. The point is that there is widespread recognition of policy
changes around the globe with the focus of helping young people to become part of the much needed strategies conducive to empowering and inspiring that population group to believe in what they can do in contributing to governments’ job creation efforts. The bottom line is that youth need to be supported to become job creators as opposed to being perpetual job hunters, and one important practical means to do that is by promoting entrepreneurial spirit among them. Coming up with innovative solutions to youth unemployment will generate business opportunities and work opportunities and also be a great way for young people to be part of creating employment for others as well. In this regard, the Government of Ontario must be highly commended for its entrepreneurship programs for vulnerable youth. Through the province’s Strategic Community Entrepreneurship Projects for instance, grants are provided to non-profit agencies that help young people between the ages of 15 and 29 who are identified as vulnerable to start their own business. Better still, young Ontarians not eligible for the program can access the Ontario Self-Employment Benefits. Similar youth focus entrepreneurship programs exist in other provinces and territories to assist unemployed youth to secure loans to become self-employed. The Federal Government through the Business Development Bank also helps qualified young Canadians to secure loans and other resources to start up their own business. Likewise, the Ghana Youth and Entrepreneurial Development Agency, which is an offshoot of the previous Kufuor administration’s National Youth Employment Program has the specific objective as a part of the solution to youthful unemployment problems in Ghana. This shows that when it comes to the issue of youth unemployment, the Canadian and Ghanaian governments and others have turned to entrepreneurship programs as significant part of the solutions to youth unemployment. Around the world, ending youth unemployment remains a top priority. It is not surprising then that various governments in both the developed and developing worlds have increasingly articulated into their youth policy frameworks entrepreneurship programs tailored towards supporting youth to become self-employed. If the increasing level of youth unemployment is to be addressed comprehensively, then entrepreneurship programs that target the youthful segment of the population cannot be overlooked. And rightly so, governments around the world have seen the light in this direction. Youth centred entrepreneurships programs focused towards addressing unemployment among that population group are profoundly commendable. The programs although nonconventional, are formidable innovative and alternative practical job creation avenues geared towards solving youth unemployment and it is praiseworthy that Canada, Ghana and other governments globally are seriously involved in such efforts.
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Province Expanding 30% Off Ontario Tuition Program About 5,000 More Students Eligible f o r S u p p o r t Ontario is helping about 5,000 more students with the cost of postsecondary education by expanding eligibility for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. Students in their final year of a five-year co-op program and students attending private career colleges and other private postsecondary
institutions that are eligible for financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will now be eligible for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. Students who apply for aid through OSAP will automatically be considered for the grant without a separate application, including those who have already a p p l i e d t h i s y e a r.
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Trudeau boots senators from Liberal caucus cont'd from pg. 14 a shock to some Liberal senators, who were given no advance warning. Many of them have long, illustrious careers of service to the Liberal party. Their ranks include senators who’ve run national election campaigns, overseen Liberal party headquarters, served previous prime ministers and been elected as MPs. Sen. George Baker agreed the Senate needs to be depoliticized and praised Trudeau’s move as a courageous one; indeed, one insider who was on hand for the meeting said several senators broke into applause upon hearing the news. There is nonetheless sure to be a sense of shock and “estrangement” among others, Baker acknowledged. Under the party’s constitution, senators are considered members of the national caucus and enjoy a number of special privileges, including being automatically entitled to attend Liberal conventions and having an equal say with elected MPs in choosing interim leaders. Trudeau is expected to eventually seek amendments to the Liberal constitution to reflect his new, non-partisan approach to the Senate, stripping senators of their special privileges although they’d be able to remain regular members of the party if they chose to do so. The party is holding a national convention next month in Montreal but it’s too late to propose constitutional amendm e n t s f o r c o n s i d e r-
ation at that gathering.
travel expense claims.
In the meantime, Trudeau will exclude senators from any role on national election or fundraising campaigns. And he won’t allow them to sit as Liberals in the Senate.
The three suspended senators, along with former Liberal senator Mac Harb and Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, are under RCMP investigation but have not as yet been charged with any criminal conduct.
He’s leaving it up to the senators to decide how or if to reorganize themselves and up to the Senate to decide how to deal with the fact that his move effectively does away with the notion of an official Opposition in the upper house.
Last fall, the NDP, which has long championed abolition of the Senate, called on both Liberals and Conservatives to eject senators from their caucuses. The Liberals voted against the motion.
“The Senate will have challenges in terms of how it reorganizes,” he said. Harper could help the reorganization by removing partisanship entirely, he added.
Trudeau has evidently changed his mind since then and now says his proposals “represent the most significant and concrete actions to reform the Senate in its history.”
Then there’s the question of the Liberal leader in the Senate, James Cowan, who is entitled to a budget of some $200,000 to employ staff to help the party’s senators review legislation and plot strategy. What happens to that budget, if there is no longer a Liberal leader or Liberal caucus in the chamber, is unclear.
By contrast, he said both Harper and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair are indulging in “a lot of loose rhetoric” about reforming or eliminating the chamber.
“Any staff and budgets allocated by the parliamentary institution is now up for discussion between the independent senators and the parliamentary institution.” The 32 Liberals will join seven senators who already sit as independents in the 105-seat chamber -- including former Tories Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, who were suspended without pay last fall for allegedly making fraudulent living and
“Canadians elected (Harper’s) party to bring change to this place. Instead they got a more virulent version of the status quo: a hyper-political, hyper-partisan Senate that is, more than ever, the prime minister’s private plaything,” he said. As for Mulcair, Trudeau said his promise to abolish the Senate is “either deliberately and cynically misleading or empty and foolish,” given that it would require “the most significant amendment to the Constitution since the creation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms” in 1982. The Canadian Press
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Kwahu Omanhene is dead House of Chiefs for two consecutive terms between 1982 and 1989. He was also elected Vice-President of the National House of Chiefs from 1985 to 1988.
The Omanhene of the Kwahu Traditional Area, Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng, is dead. The 80-year-old chief, who reigned for 42 years, died at the Kwahu Government Hospital at Atibie on September 7, 2013. The Twafohene of the K w a h u Tr a d i t i o n a l Area, Nana Ameyaw Gyensiamah III, who announced the Omanhene’s death at a durbar of the chiefs, elders and queenmothers of the area at Abene, the seat of the traditional authority, said Daasebre Boateng became sick last year and was flown
to Switzerland and England for treatment.
The late Daasebre Boateng was appointed the Chairman of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) from 2001 to 2009.
But when the physicians there could not heal him, he was brought back for treatment locally.
He was a lawyer by profession and known in private life as Nana Kofi Ampadu Acheampong.
The late Omanhene was enstooled in 1971 as the Kwahumanhene and was later elected President of the Eastern Regional
Nana Gyensiamah, who is also the Kwahu Tafohene, said funeral arrangements would be announced later. Graphic online
Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng
Student sets himself on fire at Denver high school Police believe 16-year-old tried to commit suicide Classes were cancelled but counsellors will be available to students after a 16-year-old boy set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school in an apparent suicide attempt. Counsellors will be at Standley Lake High School on Tuesday morning. Investigators had combed through the school with bomb detection dogs as a precaution, and no devices were discovered, Westminster Police Department s p o k e s w o m a n Cheri Spottke said. “We don’t have any indication that there’s any threat against the high school. We do believe that this is a suicide attempt,” she said. Investigators were also talking to students, faculty members and family members to find out what happened, she said.
he entered the school, investigators have said. The boy at the suburban Denver school, whose name has not been released, was critically injured when he started the fire in the school’s cafeteria at about 7:15 a.m. local time Monday. Spottke said he did not make any threats before he lit himself ablaze. A custodian used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire before it could spread, Spottke said. Several other students were in the cafeteria at the time, but none were injured. Spottke didn’t know how the student set the fire, which caused extensive smoke in the building.
The school was closed for the day and students were sent home, Jefferson County Public Schools s p o k e s w o m a n Ly n n Setzer said. Students without cars were taken by buses to a local middle The incident happened at school, where they were a tense time for Colorado picked up by their parents. schools. On Thursday, Columbine High School, where two gunmen killed 13 people in 1999, went on high security alert after receiving a series of threatening phone calls. The alert applied to a half-dozen other schools in the area, in the same school district as Standley Lake, but was lifted the same day. On Dec. 13, student gunman Karl Pierson, 17, fatally shot Claire Davis, a 17-year-old classmate at Arapahoe High School in Centennial before killing himself in the school’s library. Pierson reportedly had threatened a teacher and librarian who had disciplined him last year and allegedly was seeking that teacher when
M o n d a y ’s i n c i d e n t was the latest to affect a Denver-area school in recent weeks. Colorado state lawmakers are considering a bill to spend about $250,000 to continue a hotline students and teachers can use to report threats and bullying anonymously. State officials say the hotline has prevented more than two dozen school attacks since its creation in 2004. Westminster was home to 10-year-old Jessica Ridgeway, who was abducted on her way to school and killed in 2012. Austin Sigg, who was 17 at the time of the crime, was sentenced to a life sentence plus 86 years. Jessica’s disappearance put Westminster and neighbouring Denver suburbs on edge as police, aided by an army of volunteers, searched for her and then her killer. The Canadian Press
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End of year church services in our community
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PEOPLE AND PLACES Living Word A/G Women Ministry group at December 31, 2013 Watch Night
Jessica Akoto (left) and Mitchelle celebrated their 6th birthday at Presby Church on Sunday January 5th 2014
Minister and Co-ordinator of the Apostle Revelation Society/Society For the Living, Venunye Nyamadr (left) presents Miguel Besio a turkey during the community Christmas treat for children and adults alike, held at the Oakdale Community Centre, in Toronto, December 21st 2013
Ben Antwi & Margaret Obeng Antwi dedicates their baby at Heritage Ghanaian S.D.A. in Toronto Sat. Jan 18, 2014
Amado David Matumona Panda and Mary Owusu-Ansah dedicates their twin Boys at Heritage Ghanaian S.D.A. in Toronto on Saturday January 18, 2014
Twins being dedicated
Presentation of twins to be dedicated Mr. & Mrs. Panda and family
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Rev. Dr. Joseph Antoh bags various theological degree and certificates .Rev. Dr. Joseph Antoh, Senior Pastor of International Pentecostal Ministry Fellowship of Toronto, bagged a number of theological diplomas and degrees at a convocation on Saturday December 28th, 2013. The event took place at Beth Eden Church, 541 James Street north, Hamilton, Ontario. The degree and the certificates were conferred on him at the Canadian Christian Theological Seminary and Evangelical Order of Certified Pastoral Counsellors of Americaâ€™s 32nd Winter Anniversary. The following were conferred on Rev. Dr. Joseph Antoh. D.C.C. (Doctorate of Christian Counselling). C.C. (Certified Chaplain) issued by the Board
of Examiners of the Evangelical Order of Pastoral Counsellors o f To r o n t o / A m e r i c a a n d G.P.P. (General Practice Psychotherapist) also issued by the Board of Examiners of the Canadian Clinical Counsellors Association, Calgary, Alberta.
His thesis was on comparison between Christian counselling and secular counselling showing that Christian counselling was more effective. Rev. Dr. Joseph Antoh is fully ordained and has been in practice since 1979 and has other degrees to his credit. The degrees were Awarded after Rev. Antoh had fulfilled and met all the professional requirements of the Canadian Christian T h e o l o g i c a l S e m i n a r y.
Rev. Dr. Antoh and family with Dr. Stephen Hamely
Rev. Dr. Joseph Antoh
Dr. Stephen Hamely, PhD. Chairman of Canadian Christian Theological Seminary and Evangelical Order of Certified Pastoral Counsellors of America presenting certificate to Dr. Antoh
Dr. Stephen Hamely and Dr. Joseph Antoh
Rev. Dr. George , Beth Eden Church, Hamilton with Rev. Dr. Antoh
Dr. Kwame & Cynthia Adom dedicates their baby at Heritage Ghanaian S.D.A. in Toronto Sat. January 18, 2014
Cynthia Adom and baby
Mr. & Mrs. Adom (right) with baby and Dr. Firang
Receiving dedication certification from Snr. Pastor Damson
Couple with family and well-wishers
Kwame & Cynthia and well-wishers
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Brong Ahafo Association of Toronto's End of year party By Jonathan Annobil, Toronto
The Luna Ballroom was jammed with Ghanaians party-goers as the Brong Ahafo Association of Toronto celebrated its annual Christmas party on Wednesday 25th December 2013. The President of the Association Mr. Pepprah Asiasa urged the members to be united to enable the Association to grow. Michelle Osei Bonsu, Belinda Asare and Barbara Boateng who are all studying in Canadian universities in different disciplines were given scholarships to help them achieve their aims. Good food and dance kept the revelers happy throughout the celebration. Highlight of the program was the donation of a return air ticket to Ghana by Mr. Ansu of Onkar Travels which was auctioned. From left: Richard Fosu, Comfort Amankora, Francis Apraku, George Asoma, Ali Albina, Pepprah Asiasa, Margaret Amponsah, Prince Owusu, Joseph Mpianie
Pepprah Asiasa (President)
George Asoma , MC Mr. & Mrs. Ansu and Mr. Pepprah Asiasa
Some of the Executives
Mr. Michael Ansu of Onkar Travel presenting air ticket to winner of the raffle
Scholarship recipients with parents and Executives
Nana Okofo Amankona Febiri Amoyi II and Kato Ankobeahemma his entourage
Executives and some members
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Better Performance expected from Mahama and his government in 2014
By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB
2013 was a watershed year for Ghana. The nation was engulfed in a very bitter election dispute than run for most part of the year and threatened to tear the nation apart. Despite a very shabby, non-legal and messy ruling by nine learned men and women clad in legal robes as the custodians of the highest level of justice in the country, the supposed losers in this legal battle displayed a high sense of maturity, love for the nation and statesmanship. They accepted the questionable judgment in the interest of peace and stability of the Land of Our Birth. The election of John Dramani Mahama as President was thus legitimized and the baton of state was then firmly in his hands. The nation then expected nothing, but the execution of whatever program and vision he had for the nation. Over the past twelve months though, the performance of President Mahama and his government has been nothing to write home about. Apart from the fact that no clear vision has been displayed by the President and his government as to where they intend taking the country, they have taken certain actions that have brought more hardships to the people of our dear nation. Being visionless is one thing, but being vicious and insensitive to the plight of the nation’s citizens is something else that is unforgiving. The actions and inactions of the Mahama-led administration have led to severe hardships for people who were already under severe economic and social stress. Some of these actions and inactions are as follows: Effective June 1st, 2013 the government made an upward adjustment on prices of some petroleum products: petrol, diesel (gas oil) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Since most economic activity in the country runs on petroleum products, an increase of even one per cent is likely to trigger a chain reaction in the Ghanaian economic system. But government went ahead anyway with the increase despite some two similar increases over the previous two years. As if the hardship spurred by increase in the prices of petroleum products was not enough pain on the people, the government
announced a 78.9 per cent upward adjustment in electricity bills and 52 per cent increment in water tariffs. The Public Utilities Commission that announced the hefty power and water rate increases cynically said it was “hopeful that the increment will lead to regular or uninterrupted services to consumers”. What an insult!! People complained bitterly but the government stood its ground. Again on January 23rd, 2014 another increase in the prices of petroleum products has been announced by the government. What is going on here? Is the President and his government that insensitive and stonehearted that they do not feel the plight of the people? Last month I discussed the shaddy dealings that went on with the GYEEDA program under which the government had siphoned millions of Cedis to its friends under the guise of youth employment program that never happened. It has now emerged that the government had spent over GH¢1billion (¢10trillion) on the corruption-riddled youth employment program, the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency
(GYEEDA). The money, according to the published reports, was spent between 2009 and June 2013, the period in which the Mahamaled government has been in power. Early in the week of January 26, 2014, the government put the Coordiantor of the GYEEDA program, one Abuga Pele and another crook before court for stealing public money under the program and causing financial loss to the state. However, people in Ghana and observers are not impressed. They believe the stealing and looting that went on at GYEEDA are way above the authority of Abuga Pele. These amounts and payments were authorized by the Ministry of Finance. Did the President know about this or not? As if the slash, loot and share policy and revelations were not enough, another drama, a big scandal is now unfolding. The amount involved is GHc144 million involving the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and Subah Info Ghana Limited which has exposed curious payments by the latter to a tall list of individuals and companies. This Subah Info company was contracted by the GRA in 2010 to provide telecom traffic monitoring services for the Tax Agency. Over the last two years, the company received up to GHc144 million from the GRA, mostly in monthly instalments. But information coming out of the Ghanaian media found that the Ghana Revenue Authority funds were paid into the company’s Stanbic Bank Account number 0140002687401.
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Available evidence shows that the company did absolutely no work for the people of Ghana to merit the average GHc4 million it received monthly from the country’s tax watchdog. Some of the key payments went to institutions such as C.A Nzema Oil, Local Enterprises and skills Development Programme [LESDEP]; China-based ZTE and the Road Safety Management Services. The Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group and officers of the Ghana Police Service also received payments, according to evidence seen and analysed by our sections of the Ghanaian media. C.A Nzema Oil is a subsidiary of Jospong Group. It was incorporated in Ghana in July 2011. In all, Subah InfoSolutions paid a total 1,936,750 Ghana Cedis to C.A Nzema Oil. Even more disturbing was the fact that on the 29th of March 2012, the company
wrote a cheque for 1,000,000 Ghana Cedis to the CEO of the company that was captured in its accounting books as “Payment to Cash Refund of loan to CEO.” A year earlier, the company wrote three cheques the value of which totaled 1,107,580 Ghana Cedis. I do not think that the government is unaware of all these monies flying left, right, centre, north, south, volta, west etc, etc. The President needs to come clean with Ghanaians on all these shaddy financial transactions while the majority of the nation’s citizens are wallowing in abject poverty. At the beginning of the school year in January, it was reported that a number of second cycle schools could not reopen because there were no payments of feeding budgets to the schools from the government. Yet all these monies are flying around to the wrong hands and pockets.
Going forward into 2014, Ghanaians should demand more accountability from the President and his government. They should spend less time on radio insulting each other and demand openness and accountability from the government. The nation needs real salvation and the demand for that salvation is not the usual Ghanaian stance of divine intervention. I believe God has grown tired of our inaction and lack of demand for accountability. We should pray less and act more since prayers alone do not solve problems. God, or whoever is the Supreme Being, gave us brains to think and we need to use those brains and stop wasting God’s time with our seven days a week, 24 hours a day of incessant prayers. We are not the only children of God. He has more children to look after and better things to do with his time than watching over the continuous misbehavior of Ghanaians.
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3,000 Ghanaians Deported to Ghana Nearly 3,000 Ghanaians were deported to Ghana from various countries around the world in 2013. An additional 140 Ghanaians were mass deported within the same period. Data from the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) revealed that as many as 2,940 Ghanaians were deported to Ghana last year while the
number of Ghanaians who were refused entry into the various countries they were travelling to at airports amounted to 676. The United Kingdom tops the list of European countries while Libya deported the highest number of Ghanaians. The deportees came from several countries such as Germany, Holland, Canada, United States of America (USA),
Spain and Saudi Arabia. Head of Public Affairs of the Ghana Immigration Service, Assistant Comptroller of Immigration (ACOI) Francis Palmdeti told The Finder that illegal stay and overstay constitute the main reasons for the deportations. According to the data, a total of 237 Ghanaians were
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Farmer bites brother’s penis over electricity bill A farmer has gone on trial, accused of biting his brother’s penis during an altercation over the payment of electricity bill. Adjei Amponsah, 30, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
One woman, 2 husbands cont'd from pg. 27
Audrey Atikpo and sent daughter wanted divorce, him a friendship request. but Anumah rejected the items, the report said. Upon accepting the request, and seeing Anumah Being suspicious of his and Belinda’s wedding wife’s calls from a gentle- photos in Anumah’s Faceman and a woman from book photos, Atikpo conthe US, Anumah enquired fronted Anumah and the about the calls and Be- two men both claimed to linda told him that the be the rightful husband of man (Belinda’s second Belinda, The Finder said. husband Atikpo) was her cousin and the woman According to The Finder, (Belinda’s mother in- Atikpo called Belinda law in US) her aunty. from the US and confronted her on the matter Not satisfied with the and the following day, answers, Anumah started Belinda packed all her besearching for his own longings from Anumah’s clues and it was in the house and went back to course of the search, the house Atikpo rented Anumah found a piece for her at East Legon. of paper in their room bearing the name and Feeling fooled and cheata d d r e s s o f A t i k p o , ed by Belinda, Anumah The Finder reported. reported the case to the police, who are currently According to the news- investigating the matter paper, Anumah logged on The Finder. to Facebook, searched for
He was granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 6,000 with two sureties by the Juaso Circuit Court, presided over by Mr Alex Obeng Asante, to make his next appearance on February 7. Police Detective Inspector Bismark Peasah said the accused lives together with the victim, Kwaku Amponsah, and some tenants in a family house at Patriensa, near Konongo. Amponsah has always had cause to complain anytime he is asked to pay his share of the monthly electricity bill. Matters came to a head about two weeks ago when he flatly refused to pay his part of electricity charges for the months of October and November, last year. This generated heated argument between the two siblings, then a fight, during which he sunk his teeth into the penis of the victim and bit it, resulting in a deep cut. The prosecution said Kwaku bled profusely and was rushed to the Konongo Government Hospital for medical attention and a formal report made to the police. Source: GNA
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View Point Parental Issues, What type of Parent Are You? By Golda Abena Quayson
In these series we will discuss different types of families as a whole, as part of parenting issues. As we all know kids are kids, simply by virtue of their age and their stage of human development, but parents are parents only in relation to their children. Considering families, families are also minicultures and they share a common language, attitudes and behaviour. We are kids or parents within the context of a family, and what kind of family it is, makes all the difference in the world to how we parent and how kids grow up. But we can learn a lot about parenting by looking at family as a whole, as an entity in itself. Just as individuals have their own nature, histories, and personality structures, so do families. These tend to be acted in each generation, and these passes along and poses challenges to our parenting skills. There are three basic kinds of functioning families that all of us belong to: The Brick-Wall Family, The Jellyfish Family and The Backbone Family. Let’s talk about the Brick-wall family and parenting styles. In the brick-wall family the building blocks, the bricks are cemented together to make the family obsess w i t h o r d e r, c o n t r o l , and obedience, rigid adherence to rules, and strict hierarchy of power. In this atmosphere kids are controlled, manipulated, and made to mind. The children’s feelings are ignored, ridiculed, or negated. Parent’s turns to direct, supervise, minilecture, order, threaten, remind and worry over everything the kids do. The brick-wall family is in essence a dictatorship, perhaps a benevolent one but a dictatorship nevertheless. Power in a brick-wall family equals control, and it all comes from the top or the head of the family. Now let’s observe the Jellyfish family or parenting and how they run their household and bring kids up to adulthood. In
this household, children growing up in an atmosphere in which love and care are lacking or given inconsistency and enter into adulthood with no sense of responsibility and security. It is the extreme opposite of Brick-Wall Family is the Jellyfish family, one that lacks a firm structure and, like the brick wall, stifles the healthy display of feelings and emotions, albeit in different ways. Parents allow the children to do whatever they want, because he/she was denied that privilege when he/she was younger or as a child. Parents are frightened of repeating the abuse or behaviour they knew, and doesn’t know what to replace it with. There is no structure at the critical points of a family’s day-to-day life. Some typical remarks from Jellyfish parents are that “If she needs money, I want her to have it. I don’t ever want her to have to worry the way I had to about money”. These children slide or swim through life into adulthood with little or no external and internal structures. Since they receive no affirming life messages from their parents, they view themselves and the world around them with lack of optimism. The idle one if all things being possible is the Backbone Family or parenting. This parenting challenge is to have the ability to act through love, to be non-violent, to be patient, and to respect the child’s rights. As parents we can provide our children with stability and flexibility and the opportunity to thrive by creating an emotional, physical, and moral structure in our homes. Backbone children learn
that they can say no, that they can listen and be listened to, and that they can be respectful and be respected. Children of Backbone families are taught empathy and love for themselves and others. The Backbone family/parents provide the consistency, firmness, and fairness as well as the calm and the peaceful structure needed for children to flesh their own sense of true self. Rather than being subjected to power expressed as control and growing up to control others by exhibiting it in a violent way to hurt others and themselves. Backbone children are empowered and grow up to pass what they have learned of the potential of the human spirit on to others and respect life. B e i n g a Backbone parent isn’t easy. There are no quick fixes, no sure answers, just lots of opportunities to grow. If you aren’t already one, becoming a Backbone parent is even more difficult. If you identified yourself in the Brick-wall or Jellyfish family system or a patchwork of all the three, remember that you cannot change overnight. You might need help and support to make the changes that will be necessary. You might be able to find that help in a supportive neighbour, friend, or mentor. Sometimes a professional in the field can help you make sense of where you been, where you are going, and what you can do to get there. At the same time don’t overlook one of your best resources: your own children. They live with you and they know what you’re capable of doing. Do not hesitate to get these free feedbacks. It is true that children tend to grow in a healthy, functional way if they have parents who are growing in a healthy, functional way, and it is also true that parents can gain wisdom from the children. It’s never too late, let’s keep trying.
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Doris Osei Bonsu, Crisis Counselor, Toronto I sacrificed for years to make sure my son had the best education possible. Now, he’s out of high school and working at a low level job and says he has no intentions of going to college.”
those choices. This is what adulthood is all about. No matter what kind of upbringing a person has had, good or bad, there comes a time when they have to take responsibility for their own lives. Tw o P o i n t s t o R e m e m b e r :
“My daughter never calls unless she wants something. Even then, she is rude to me!” Those were the words of disappointed mothers. What happens when in spite of all you have toiled to give your kids every advantage and every opportunity, they rather take the wrong turn in life? The wrong turn may involve so many things, some negative and disappointing; others not negative but not so positive either and disappointing all the same. Their problems may be major – depression, addiction, trouble with the law, perhaps dropping out of college, not finding or holding down a job. It can be very painful to realize that the child you worked so hard to raise is not living up to their potential. Even more heartbreaking is the realization that you may not have a very good relationship with them. Sometimes these issues can make you feel like you have failed. As parents, we tend to think that if anything goes wrong with our kids, it’s our fault. Not only do we put such pressure on ourselves, we may also have even well-meaning family members (and the rest of society) sending us those same blaming messages. But it’s more likely that you did the very best you knew how to do at each juncture in your child’s life. Some things may have been more effective, and some less effective, but you did your best. Examine your own Feeling I think it’s important to look at your own feelings in a more objective light. Are you feeling frustrated because your child is in a potentially harmful situation, or because the choices he or she made don’t fit in with your goals for their life? Culturally, we tend to value social status over personal fulfillment and happiness. So, if your child opts to go into a career that makes them happy, but does not necessarily provide a good living, we can feel like they are underachieving. If you’re feeling this way, it might be helpful to take a step back and ask yourself which is better – having a child who is outwardly successful, or one who is inwardly happy? More importantly, whose life is it, anyway? The reality is: this is now your child’s journey. Whether you approve of their career, their lifestyle, or their choice of life partner, it doesn’t change the fact that they now have the right to make their own choices. Along with that right comes the responsibility of
Aside from recognizing your feelings and acknowledging them, there are two important points to remember. It is important to realize that not everyone matures at the same rate. This means that despite the fact that 18 is considered the “legal” age of adulthood, not every person who reaches 18 is truly ready for all the challenges of living independently. This is an individual choice each family needs to make, and there is no right or wrong in this. The second and probably most important point to remember is that people are continuously growing and changing. Just because you don’t see the fruit of your efforts yet does not mean you never will or that you have failed. One of the most inspiring examples to me is the story of a psychologist by name James Lehman. As a young adult, he was using drugs, stealing, and eventually ended up in jail. Yet, fast forward a few years later, he went to college, got his Master’s degree, and began a life-long career of helping troubled youth and their parents. I’m sure he would say to any disheartened parent, “Game not over yet!” What does lessen the psychological pain is to find approaches that will let you move on so that you can be happy in your own right. The following are some tips: 1. Love the child you have right now and try not to lose hope if they aren’t doing well. 2. C o n t i n u e t o m a i n t a i n healthy boundaries. 3. Even if your child is an adult, he or she does not have the right to be abusive to you or anyone else. 4. Give them your support and guidance if they ask for it, but try not to force it on them. 5. Continue to help them in appropriate ways if you feel it is healthy and necessary to do so. 6. Give them the same space to follow their journey, just as you want others to do for you. Also remember you are far from alone. This has been going on since time immemorial. Remember the Bible’s Prodigal Son? It is, after all, your child’s life. Your relationship with them will be vastly improved if you are able to let go of your expectations for them while never losing hope in their potential.
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Lifestyle This column is devoted to answering your questions on health and discusions of diseases which are common among the African Canadians.
By: David Yaw Twum-Barima, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Alcohol use: Why moderation is key Can alcohol benefit your health? It depends on how much you drink. You’ve likely heard to drink in moderation, but what does that mean? And why is moderation important? Moderate alcohol use seems to offer some health benefits, particularly for the heart. But too much alcohol 80-proof distilled spirits. raises the stakes, putting you at risk of adverse M o d e r a t e a l c o h o l health consequences. c o n s u m p t i o n m a y provide some health Whether you drink is b e n e f i t s . I t m a y : up to you and your doctor. But here are § Reduce your risk of some points on alcohol developing heart disease, consumption to consider. § Reduce your risk Benefits of moderation of dying of a heart attack Moderate drinking is defined as two drinks a day if you’re a male 65 and younger, or one drink a day if you’re a female or a male 66 and older. A drink is defined as 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine or 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of
§ Possibly reduce your risk of strokes, particularly ischemic strokes § Lower your risk of gallstones § Possibly reduce your risk of diabetes
Though moderate alcohol use seems to have some health benefits, anything more than moderate drinking can negate any potential benefits. Be cautious because excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems, including:
§ Cirrhosis of the liver
the esophagus, larynx, pharynx or mouth
§ Cancer of the pancreas, mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus and liver, as well as breast cancer
§ Injuries due to impaired motor skills
If you have a family history of alcoholism, be particularly cautious when it comes to drinking, as you’re at higher risk of alcoholism. And if you’re pregnant, avoid alcohol entirely because of the health risks for your unborn baby.
§ Pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), especially in people with high levels of triglycerides in their blood § Sudden death in people with cardiovascular disease
§ Fetal alcohol syndrome in an unborn child, including impaired growth and nervous system development
Who shouldn’t drink alcohol? People with certain health conditions shouldn’t drink any alcohol, as even small amounts could cause problems. Don’t drink alcohol if you have:
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Risks of excessive drinking
Canadian patients wait longest to see family doctors Access to after-hours care, emergency department waits vary between provinces, raise questions Canada ranks last among 11 OECD countries in a new survey in terms of how quickly people can get in to see their regular family physicians, showing «where a person lives does matter,» says the Health Council of Canada. The finding was published in the council›s final bulletin, based on data from the 2013 Commonwealth Fund International Health Policy Survey of the General Public. The council, an independent national agency, has been reporting on healthcare renewal since its creation in 2003. The report, titled «Where You Live Matters: Canadian views on health care quality,» focuses on differences across the provinces, comparisons among the 11 OECD countries that took part in the survey between March and June 2013, and changes in Canada’s performance over the past decade. «What we find is that Canada is really not keeping pace with a lot of these other countries,» Mark Dobrow, the group›s director of analysis and reporting, said in an interview. «The highest performing province might be looking pretty good in Canada, but be the worst performing if you compared it to all the other countries in the survey.» For example, 50 per cent of respondents in Ontario said that on the whole, the
health-care system works pretty well, compared with 23 per cent in Quebec. The report notes that improvement in reducing wait times has been modest and is often lacking, and concerns Canadians. Only 31 to 46 per cent of Canadians, depending on the province, could get an appointment the same day or the next day, not including emergency department visits. That finding is the worst of all the countries surveyed and with no improvement since 2004, according to the report. People in the U.S. have quicker access to their family doctors, with 48 per cent of those polled saying they could get a same-day or next-day appointment, ranking second last among the 11 countries. Germany was listed as first in how quickly residents saw their doctors, at 76 per cent, followed by New Zealand at 72 per cent and Switzerland at 69 per cent. Many Canadians don’t have a regular doctor Dobrow said the report raises important questions about the wide variations among provinces in areas such as access to after-hours care, emergency department wait times, affordability of care, coordination among care providers, and uptake of screening programs. “Do we have the rights goals for our cont'd on pg. 60
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Also, alcohol interacts with many common prescription and overthe-counter medications. Check with your doctor if you take: §
§ Diabetes medications §
§ Anti-seizure medications §
If you combine alcohol with aspirin, you face an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. And if you use alcohol and acetaminophen, you increase your risk of liver damage. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration requires all over-thecounter pain relievers and fever reducers to carry a warning label advising those who consume three or more drinks a day to consult with their doctors before using the drug. Drink in moderation — or not at all Above all, don’t feel pressured to drink. Few medical experts, if any, advise nondrinkers to start drinking. But if you do drink and you’re h e a l t h y, t h e r e ’s n o need to stop as long as you drink responsibly and in moderation.
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Mathew Indome Celebrates his 13th Birthday
Mathew Indome, son of Frank Indome, President of the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba and Dr. Doris Kyeremateng, celebrated his 13th Birthday in Winnipeg with family members and friends in Winnipeg
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Lukeman Awudu, Graduate Student at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Manitoba Ghanaian Union Vice President Margaret Yeboah presents award to Ace Drummer Evans Coffieman
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Awards were given to some community members, by the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba, organizers of the Get-Together, for their dedicated services to the Community over the years and a recognition of the youth who had graduated from High School in the previous school year.
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New Year fashion resolution By: Beni Boo, Toronto Happy New Year still! Don’t let it get old yet, because you’ve just started getting a hang o n y o u r N e w Ye a r resolutions. So before you run out patience and determination to give up and forget let’s rather set some simple goals like -1 try to achieve a balance between your work and personal life &2. Fashion for life goals.
and attitude which in turn will improve your image -Learn positive body language and carry yourself like a queen or a king and present yourself the way you want others to see you. 10. Read the Ghanaian news regularly and be on the watch for more fashion tips – be assured it will come with some humor little jokes to bring on that beautiful smile of yours for the world to see and tips on how to look good and feel crazy good regardless of this weather, age or your background.
Fashion goals are just as important because your impressions matters a lot. In today’s world our judgments are deeply rooted in our looks and whether you want to admit it or not; trust me when I say all of us think about fashion more than we know it; at least once or twice a day- think about it in the morning when you wake you always have to figure out what to wear and what not to be seen in when you step out that door – right?
R e s o l u t i o n Be determined to achieve as many of these goals as possible. This will improve your self confidence and get you the compliments you rightly deserve. Thanks for reading. xoxo
Your image is crucial because it defines you as a person. Therefore you need to be choosy about your clothes, accessories, hair style, skin care and overall body language. Note that before someone even take their time to approach you or say hello they 1st notice your outward look. So the world around you is taking notice, your mates & your work positions are enormously base on these perceptions. But although we live in a world that constantly judges us by our looks and is quick to form an impression of us based on our external image, don’t let it be a pressure to you to try and look good above your means but rather be comfortable in your skin and style. With that in mind lets all work a little on improving our sense of fashion, grooming habits that will reflect well on our image as individuals. G e n t l e m e n Some men still go about with the flawed impression that they need not pay attention to what they wear or how they
groom themselves and that my friend is a no no. You might not spent a lot of time shopping or you might not have a closet full of clothes & shoes but let’s have some unique pieces that reflects our image and lets our fashion or our outward appearance be a good reflection of who you are and what want out of your world. Because the right impression of yourself to the outside world can go a long way to score you that date or that job interview or the promotion you have your eyes set on. 10 Fashion goals for 2014 1. Shop smart – buy clothes that suit you and your personality because looking attractive doesn’t mean you must wear the trendiest or most expensive clothes. 2. Pay a little more attention to the numerous choices of trends - indulge a little in fashion, it will make life fun, opt for fun colors, prints, fun accessories & shoe dazzles 3. Decide what image will make you feel comfortable and confident - analyze
y o u r b o d y, s h a p e , complexion, personality, lifestyle & profession and dress to suit you. 4. Be a little adventurous with your style this year – Some tribal, bohemian & African look won’t hurt. Don’t be so set on being one way and predictable (fashion can be fun) 5. Ladies & gentlemen some skin care and trip to the hair salon and spa can go along way -appropriate grooming for men and women, wear some make up, Care for your skin and hair. . 6. Avoid grooming and fashion mistakes – know your environment and dress to suit the occasion eg: gym clothes are gym clothes you don’t wear them to work or church, have your day look and your night look and dress to suit the occasions and still stay true to yourself .
your outside and on a gloomy life day or weather drowning day – thrown on some prints, some
fun colors to brighten & lighten the mood. 9. Improve your manners
he Writer is a Fashion designer & an Image Consultant. She’s also the CEO of Beni Boo Styles website: www.beniboo. com twitter:@ beniboostyles Facebook: Beni Boo Style Studio
Is the black race the most religious of all races? cont'd from pg. 16 During uncle Attah’s presidency and to a lesser extent the current president too, Christianity and prayers seemed to be the official policy of the state. Instead of careful planning and putting in place policies that can cut down poverty rate, create jobs, improve infrastructure, stabilize the Ghana Cedi, and strengthen the economy, we are simply exhorted to pray so that the economy will be fine. Manna does not fall from heaven anymore, we have to work for it. Actually God expects us to think, plan and implement not resign ourselves to prayer 24/7.
7. Seek help if you have t o - wh en s h o p p i n g ask questions, get a personal stylist, go to fashion designers, fashion bloggers or a little training- fashion 101.
To return to my friend’s question, I think she asked the right question, the black race tends to be the most religious yet the poorest, why? Why are we so religious in the first place? I don’t think I have the authoritative answer but I will proffer one. The reason why the black race tend to be more religious or at least appears to be is what Bob Marley sang about: SURVIVAL. The history of the black race is a history of survival. It is a history of STRUGGLE.
8. Be beautiful in and out – match your inside with
A constant struggle for survival. The history of the black race is a history
of struggle for survival. I keep repeating this but it is intentional. Survival against slavery, survival against colonialism, survival against apartheid. It is also a history of struggle for freedom, freedom from slavery, struggle for equality, struggle for political independence, struggle for economic independence etc. So two words STRUGGLE and SURVIVAL tend to define the history of the black race. Well, this may suggest that we are playing the victim card. Far from being victims and always playing the victim card, the black race is also a race of fighters. We are fighters and we never give up. It is the race that has produced the likes of Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jnr, Kwame Nkrumah etc. Man’s inhumanity towards man has also produced the fighting spirit you see in the black race. That rebellious trait. If you are a fighter, you need a supporter, and we tend to find that in a Supreme Being. It’s natural that when one is in a constant state of struggle for survival against forces that are much more powerful than any you can realistically muster on your own, you seek refuge in
a Supreme Being who has an overwhelming power to spiritually help you to overcome the “forces” you are confronted with or so you believe. That Supreme Being is God and that overwhelming power comes from Him. This Supreme Being is also comforting and He promises you that even if you are not successful in overcoming your earthly struggles, a brand new world of paradise awaits you when you die. Black folks have bought into that more than any other race because of our own peculiar circumstances and the constant struggles we are involved in. Heaven awaits us if we die and our ticket to heaven is being religious and being Christian. As for black folks being the poorest, well, if you spend 12 hours singing and dancing and listening to your reward is in heaven speeches, how can you compete with someone who uses that 12 hours to work, plan and seek his reward right here on earth? Ben Ofosu-Appiah, To k y o ,
J A PA N .
The writer is a senior socio-political and Economic Analyst based in Tokyo.
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We have divine responsibility in shaping the lives of our youth - Dr. Ellis Quarshie By Staff Reporter, Calgary
Ghanaians in the diaspora have been called upon to help shape the lives of our youth because it is our divine and moral responsibility. The advice was given by Dr. Ellis Quarshie who was the guest speaker at the 2013 Christmas Party of the Brong Ahafo Association of Calgary, Canada during the Christmas holidays. Speaking on the topic “Our Youth, Our Future, Dr. Quarshie was of the view that we should not cripple our youth with low expectations and negative stereotypes while sowing seed of self–entitlement rather than independence and creative thoughts. He
admonished parents in the diaspora to “undertake to prepare our youth to succeed in a highly competitive, technologically advanced society that rewards intellect and tenacity, not slothfulness and irresponsibility”. According to Dr, Ellis Quarshie, who is also the CEO & Executive Director of the Stoney Health Services in Morley near Calgary, Alberta, told the gathering that “our charge is to prepare our youth to see a future that is bigger and brighter than each of them”, cautioning that they must know that from cradle to the grave, they are on collision course with
greatness, not failure. Dr. Ellis Quarshie who was the 1992 recipient of the Governor-General Award (Commemorative Medal) for recognition of his outstanding contribution to compatriots, community and to Canada, challenged the audience to unchain the spirits of the youth. He continued by saying that we should release our youth from bondage that holds them captive in the form of music, videos, degrading speech, lack of respect for authority and shameful street conduct that has caused violent behaviour to escalate and prison doors to swing open. To him,
“attraction to thug life must be replaced with love for successful life”. The speaker a former program director of the Calgary Young Offender Centre in 1984 stated that “we can no longer allow negative images they (the youth) see and hear feed into their spirits, we cannot allow negative habits or urban culture which encourages baggy pants, unkempt hair and live for today, damn tomorrow attitude to continue to be pervasive and persuasive”. Dr. Quarshie opined that we should teach our youth our history especially that of our leaders like Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta, Nelson
Mandela and others who sacrificed so much for the creation of our New Africa continuing that our youth must embrace positive role models and images of success that will demand respect from individuals from all walks of life as they climb their personal ladders of success. Still on education Dr. Quarshie charged the gathering to teach our children to dream and create positive visions. “Let us help them to choose the human race over the guns and gangsterism, let us teach them to bury the weapons and not to burn the people”. He concluded by stating that” I refuse to stand
by and let our children become part of the first generation to do worse than their parents, I don’t want my child or your child to be part of a country that’s splitting apart instead of coming together”. The Chairman of the association, Augustine Boahen in his welcome address said 2014 has been declared Year of the Youth by the association and encouraged members to help change the lives of our youth so that our youth today will be our leaders tomorrow. The night was full of fun, food and entertainment with DJ Kofi Yeboah and DJ Omar controlling the music.
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George Stinney Execution: Call For New Trial We bring this article and point out the extreme pain any black person or humans who care would feel if they put themselves in the shoes of any black American going back more than sixty years. The questions that may come to mind for some of us are: What did black people do on this earth for God, the same creator, to have us be treated like this, sometimes worse than animals? Why does the dark skin color seem to evoke so much anger and evil towards the race? The world will note, though, the tremendous progress made when the good people of any society, starting from the American society, decide not to sit down and allow evil to continue within the society. It took some two or three hundred years, but at least the light shone. Perhaps the evil of man to man is not limited to skin color as within African nations, self hatred evoke tribal hatred and fighting to the kill with no reason. Most importantly in the last half century, though, is the extreme wickedness with which a few in these poor nations extract political power and use it to attain economic power, as pointed out by Harvard and MIT Professors Acemoglu and Robinson in their book “Why Nations Fail”. A few are found stealing and looting public coffers, sometimes even under elected forms of governments to deceive the Western democracies who often would sing praises of dictators without knowing it.
To stop the evil globally we need an organization like the UN that can be effective. However, the UN has become almost like an endorsement platform behind which some of these nations’ wicked, selfish and greedy leaders hide, pretending to be civilized and being allowed to give speeches every year and sit and drink tea together with the rest of the world leaders. No religion teaches others to steal, murder, and be wicked towards others. No! As such we all have to look in the mirror sometimes and especially those who claim to be Christians, or of any other religion, and see how we treat each other or how we allow evil to continue. ____________________ Source: Sky News, UK G e o r g e S t i n n e y, a black 14-year-old, was convicted of killing two white girls by a white jury which deliberated for 10 minutes. By Sky News US Team
for the killings will b e thro wn ou t. “This is a horrific case,” defence lawyer Steven McKenzie said. “Whether justice is 70 years old or one year old or one month old, we think justice needs to be done.” The new witnesses include a cell mate of Stinney, who said the teenager told him he had been forced to confess, as well as a pathologist who recently reviewed the case and found problems with the conclusions o f t h e a u t o p s y. Stinney was found guilty by a jury of white men after only 10 minutes of deliberations. He was executed by electrocution just 84 days after the two white girls were killed in South Carolina. No official records of the trial exist. But lawyers say they have determined he was convicted solely on the testimony of police who said the teen confessed to killing Betty June Binnicker, 11, and Mary Emma Thames, seven.
A judge is hearing an appeal for a new trial in the case of a black 14-yearold who was executed in South Carolina in 1944 for killing two white girls. The two girls disappeared on March 23, 1944, after leaving home s a y on their bicycles to L a w y e r s G e o r g e S t i n n e y ’ s look for wildflowers. confession was forced They were found the next Lawyers for George morning in a ditch, their Stinney’s family say skulls crushed and their new witnesses will prove bicycles on top of them. the boy’s innocence and fresh evidence will After Stinney told of warrant a new trial. how he had seen the girls along the railroad They hope his conviction
tracks, he was picked up by police and held for five days before being arrested, according to one of the family’s lawyers, Matthew Burgess. Stinney’s sister, Amie Ruffner, now in her 70s and living in New Jersey, testified on Tuesday about how she hid in a chicken coop when several white men in uniforms arrived at their home in strange-looking cars. She vividly remembered seeing her brother ’s burned body in a casket after his electrocution and the unmarked grave he was buried in. But on cross examination, Ms Ruffner struggled
to remember details of sworn statement she gave in 2009. The decision of whether to give someone executed a new trial will be in the hands of Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen. She said her task is not deciding whether Stinney is guilty or innocent, but whether he got a fair trial at the time.
14-year-old child back.” Mullen acknowledged how the case was unusual. “No one here can justify a 14-year-old child being charged, tried, convicted and executed in some 80 days,” she said. Relatives of one of the girls killed, Betty June Binnicker, have said they do not want the case revisited without good reason.
“What can I do? What can I rectify?” Mullen said at the beginning of the hearing.
Stinney is the youngest person to be executed in the US in the past 100 years.
“And even if we did retry, Mr Stinney, what would be the result? Again, none of us have the power to bring that
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cont'd from pg. 45 system? Are we looking at better health, better care, better value for all Canadians?” he said. In September, the council suggested that provinces pay attention to issues such as leadership, having the right types of policies, and legislation and capacity building. For example, overall resources inprimary care could be increased by expanding scopes of practice of some health professionals and improving their interdisciplinary training. The other findings include: Between three per cent and 15 per cent of Cana-
dians, depending on the tries surveyed and with no province, do not have a improvement since 2004. regular doctor or clinic. Accessing medical care after hours without resorting to emergency care is difficult for 62 per cent of Canadians, ranging from 56 per cent in B.C. to 76 per cent in Newfoundland and Labrador. In contrast, the U.K. cut its problem in half over the same time period. Between 31 per cent and 46 per cent of Canadians said they could get a same-day or next-day appointment when needed outside of an emergency visit — the worst of coun-
61 per cent of Canadians rate their health as very good or excellent. 36 per cent of Canadians take two or more prescription drugs, among the highest use of prescription drugs of the 11 countries surveyed. 21 per cent of Canadians skipped dental care in the past year due to cost. 37 per cent of Canadians said their regular doctor did not seem informed about care they had received in the emergency department, a finding that has not improved since 2004. 20 per cent of Canadians hospitalized overnight left without written instructions about what they should do and what symptoms to watch for at home. Between 23 per cent and 49 per cent of Canadians age 50 or older have never had a test to screen for bowel or colon cancer. «We still use hospital emergency departments for too much of our primary care. And we show largely disappointing performance compared to other high-income countries, some of which have made impressive progress,» the report’s authors concluded. Our Government is delivering the tools the provinces and territories need to deliver healthcare in their jurisdictions. The other countries included in the survey are: Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States CBC News.
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CONVERSATION IN ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS Conversation is a very important part of good communication, and constitutes one of the basic needs that are expressed by males and females in all relationships, especially love and romantic relationships. Rich conversation is essential for the survival, growth, and productivity in any relationship. The level of communication and conversation must be upgraded along with the needs of the relationship. Every husband (who is the leader and primary initiator in the relationship) must learn how to start a good conversation, which will elicit a conversation response from his wife. Wives can initiate good conversation too, if they need conversation but realize that their husbands would not talk. Both partners must learn how to upgrade and enrich their communication and conversation quality and content at different levels in the marriage or romantic relationship. You will notice that at later stages in a marriage when old age chemical and physical changes do not allow the couple to enjoy much sexual intercourse, the richness of their general communication and conversation will keep the romance still sailing triumphantly on the waters of marital love. Every couple must therefore vigilantly look out for enemies that destroy communication and conversation in any love relationship. I always cite wrongdoing (sin) as the first enemy of communication and conversation. Why did Adam and Eve run away to hide from God in the Garden of Eden, and broke their communication with God for the first time? It was due to disobedience (sin). Anytime any friend or lover is hiding from another friend and would not communicate when no conflict at all has occurred between the two people, then there is at least 90% chance that the one who is hiding his
or her communication and avoids interaction, has something wrong or fishy to hide as well. Any time a husband, wife, or fiancée does something wrong that hurts the relationship, hides the truth about a matter, tells a partial truth, or flatly lies to your face, the insincerity and guilt build a huge communication barrier in the person’s mind and heart, and will by all means block conversation between you and that guilty person. The question of conversation initiation and continuation with a spouse or fiancée is a tough battle for many couples, and we want to discuss it a little more. Many women (who naturally love words from men) complain that either the husband “is too quiet “, “does not talk much”, “does not tell me his private matters”, “hides things from me”, “does not give me full information about important things”, “does not respond well to my questions or conversation initiatives”, or “turns every conversation into a fight”. Sometimes the complaints are from the man. In the future we shall revisit the whole subject of effective communication, but let me make a few points here about conversation: 1) Lack of fulfillment in a marriage or love relationship will always hinder conversation. You need to honestly and critically examine the genuine needs and interests of each other, and make every effort to fulfill them as much as possible in a reciprocal way. 2) Learn to say “sorry” very quickly as soon as
you realize you have offended your partner. If it is a serious offence like fornication, adultery, neglect, physical abuse, financial cheating, revealing of an important secret to someone, denial of sexual or other need, domestic laziness, plunging of the family into disgrace and shame with a scandal etc. then you need to make special time to give your mate all the facts in honest dialogue, make genuine confessions, team up with him or her to prevent future problems, show by your word and deeds that you have truly repented, and work hard to open up the active lines of conversation again. 3) Even if you do not see where you went wrong but your partner complains that you have offended him or her, be wise and humble enough to open your heart to God and the person and sincerely say “I am sorry”, without allowing the devil and the pride of man to take advantage of the situation and develop a conflict or tension out it, and hinder conversation. 4) You must make a firm commitment to become a good conversationalist. Recognize conversation as a vital pillar for the survival and progress of your relationship, and learn how to initiate good conversation. Diligently study to know the practical methods of engaging in meaningful, educative, edifying (building up), and heart-warming conversation. Observe how others converse, and read literature (or explore other sources) to obtain good information about conversation. Allow circumstances and opportunities to let conversation flow freely around varieties of issues as well. Do not allow selfishness, worry, burdens, anxiety, fear, and other problems destroy your appetite to open your mouth and converse with your mate or friend. Some factors that will enable you to initiate and sustain good conversation are:
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1) Look for common ground. For example the same dress, same school, same opinion, same opportunity, same experiences, same plans, same desires, same or similar dress etc., and even the two of you having the same problem, could be used to initiate conversation. 2) Develop a good sense of humor. Learn to create or share healthy jokes at the right time, and respond to jokes and humor of your mate properly. 3) Avoid statements, questions, and behavior that destroy conversation. If someone does not feel intimidated or put down by your words, actions, and behavior, the one will come closer to you without fear or concern, and enable you to initiate conversation with him or her. You should let wisdom and love control your words, deeds, and attitudes, so that your mate will desire drawing closer to you rather than being repelled by your words, actions, and behavior. 4) Learn to be romantic and affectionate. Good romance starts and promotes warm and excellent
heart-to-heart conversation between lovers. Romance refers to your whole loving and affectionate attitude and actions towards a lover. For example: gentle touching, smiles, good laughter, hugging, kissing, loving looks, gentle and affectionate approaches, sweet and loving words said with gentleness, tender treatment and affectionate gestures, little gifts given frequently and with meaning, enthusiastic giving of helping hand, preferential treatment (allowing him or her to go first or take it first etc.). 5) Participate very well in sexual intercourse and sexual initiatives if you are married. Your good sexual participation becomes a springboard for conversation to roll. If your partner is sexually starved or unsatisfied, he or she will not desire to engage in deep conversation with you, or give the right responses to your conversation initiatives. 6) Learn to share. Unconditional and unselfish sharing of yourself and your resources will motivate rich conversation. The discussions
about the resources and the sharing processes will even constitute conversation as well. 7) Show interest and be involved in your surroundings. Develop interest in current news and needs around you. Get the latest information in town, look out for needs and concerns around you, especially in and around your own home, and turn them into subjects of conversation. 8) Study your partner for appealing elements of conversation. Every man or woman has specific subjects and interests that easily draw him or her into conversation in those areas. 9) Don’t talk too much. We are to talk very well and converse very well too. But if we exceed our speech limit and go overboard in our conversation by being verbose and winding in endless talk, then the receiver gets tired of you, and would not want to converse with you anymore. Learn how to engage in short term (casual), as well as conversing for cont'd on pg. 63
770 Wives beat husbands in 2013 - Report Seven hundred and seventy (770) women were reported to have beaten up their male partners nationwide last year. This figure represents an increase of 45 cases as against 725 cases reported in 2012. Speaking to The Finder in Accra, ASP Irene Oppong, Public Relations Officer of the Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU), explained that most of the cases were reported during festive seasons such as Christmas and Easter, as well as the re-opening of school. She noted that during these periods, demand by female spouses for school fees as well as money to purchase new items for the home sometimes generated into arguments that ended up in assaults. A c c o r d i n g t o h e r, women who abused their husbands did that based on their physical strength, temper and anticipation that they were going to be beaten by their husbands. ASP Oppong stated that men who reported such cases did that based on the knowledge of their rights, hence the avoidance of any retaliation.
In her explanation, she couldn’t hide her satisfaction that more men came forward with such cases regarding their spouses. This, she said, would enable the issue of abuse to be dealt with properly and not as a one-sided issue as it has been presented over the years. On defilement, ASP Oppong told The Finder that 1,230 cases were reported for 2013 as against 1,118 in 2012. According to her, a total of 19,171 cases were recorded for 2013 as against 17,888 for 2012. She said 4,687 women were assaulted by their partners, indicating that women suffered the highest domestic violence abuse compared to their male counterparts. She stated that the trend of increasing cases for spousal abuse is worrying for the unit. ASP Oppong stated that parents and guardians should keep an eagle’s eye on their children, since most of the perpetrators of defilement cases were known to the victim.
She stressed that if parents build communication lines their wards would be able to talk to them about such acts toward them to enable it to be dealt with before it actually happens. According to her, such acts are started with some form of advances, hence if good communication lines are built children can report such incidents. Other forms of abuses such as sodomy, incest, child trafficking and abandonment were reported as well. Sodomy recorded six cases; incest, 27; child trafficking, 11; and abandonment, 9. In her final statement, she urged that public to help end all forms of violence and abuse. She was hopeful that more people will come forward to report cases as well as perpetrators who try to hide their actions by calling for settlements. She warned that the law will not be bent for anyone. ASP Oppong assured the public that DOVVSU is going to work hard to ensure that all forms of abuses are reduced to the barest minimum. The Finder
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PLACES OF WORSHIP DIRECTORY The Apostolic Church Int'l.
Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada ( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE)
The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana
invites you to worship with us
Apos. Eric Nii Aryee
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 MONTREAL ASSEMBLY Elder Gilbert Agyei: 514-900-8412 (res.), 613-552-6779 (cell) 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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Prophet John Mensah
869 Wilson Avenue, North York, Ont.
Tel: 416-638-5990 / 416-419-6671
ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH
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
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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
Senior Pastor & Founder: Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane BRE, M.Th. CPC
Senior Associate Pastor: Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane BRE, ECE
Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573 Church Activities Sunday School: Church Service: Sunday Evening: Wednesday Bible Studies: Friday Prayer Meeting:
10a.m. -11:00a.m. 11a.m. - 1:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Peace Light Ministries
1245 Martin Grove Road, Rexdale, Ontario, M9W 1L4
Pastor in Charge Rev. Milton Offei
Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi
TIME OF WORSHIP
Rev. Augustine Adu-Anane
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
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
The Ghanaian News
FOOD FOR LIFE
Bringing the Gospel to our Community By: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah IF A MAN DIES, SHALL HE LIVE AGAIN? The above title for this edition of The Ghanaian News was taken from the Book of Job, chapter 14 and verse 14 of the Holy Bible. I believe Job was not alone in trying to unravel the mystery associated with death. When I made an attempt to google “Life after death”, there were 171, 000,000 responses. When I narrowed it down to, “Ancient beliefs about death”, the result was 1,880,000. The huge result I obtained on the subject of death was a proof that a great number of people are interested in the topic enough to spend time to express their views on the topic. Interestingly, the Spirit of God had inspired Job to answer his own question as we shall discover from the statements of this great man of God. In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus spoke authoritatively on the subject while the Apostles Paul and John under the influence of the Holy Spirit spoke about the hope that awaits those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and eternal doom of the unbeliever. J o b w a s described as “blameless and upright and one who feared God and shunned evil”. He was a faithful husband, a good parent and a very rich man until he mysteriously lost all his possession including his ten children in a short period of time. Before he realized what was going on, he was covered with painful boils, from the sole of his feet to the crown of his head. The tragedy which came upon the family was too much for Job’s wife who told him to curse God and
die. As Job realized death was gradually creeping on him, he began to ask himself the age old question, “If a man dies, shall he live again?” This is a question that had been on the minds of countless number of people throughout human history. King Solomon in his backslidden condition could not see the difference between human beings and animals in death. To him death ends the existence of both man and animal and man has no advantage over an animal (Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 NKJV). Today, many people agree with King Solomon and their purpose in life is what the Apostle Paul stated in 1Corinthians 15:32: “If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Just before his death, Solomon realized that man created in the image of God would not end up like an animal but will face a day of judgment to give an account of his earthly existence. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14) When death seemed so close, Job began reflecting in his mind if there was life after death. He acknowledged
the brevity of life on earth. “Man who is born of a woman is of few days and full of trouble. He comes forth like a flower and fades away; he flees like a shadow and does not continue.” (Job 14:1, 2 NKJV) Then by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it dawned on him that death was not the end of the existence of man. He even remembered that, “…there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again and that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, and its stump may die in the ground, yet at the scent of water it will bud and bring forth branches like a plant.” (Job 14:7-9 NKJV) Job’s prayer was for God to hide him in the grave should he die and conceal him until God’s judgment was past and then remember him. Job continues, “If a man dies, shall he live again? All the days of my hard service I will wait, till my change comes. You shall call, and I will answer You…” (Job. 14: 1415 NKJV) Job realized that even in death, he would have to respond to the call of the almighty God. The Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, wrote concerning the resurrection of those who in their life time trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, who will be raised from the dead; and the living believers will be changed and be snatched from the earth into the presence of their Savior. The Lord Jesus supported the idea of life after death by His statement in John 5:28-29 NKJV, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which
all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth — those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” Thousands of years earlier, Job saw the second coming of the Lord Jesus and declared: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27NKJV) The writer of Book of Hebrews chapter eleven revealed the hope of some outstanding Old Testament saints who trusted God and followed Him when they were alive for they were looking for a better resurrection. Abraham’s faith went beyond the land of Palestine God promised him and his descendants. While he was living in tents, he trusted God for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker was
a longer period of time. 10) Make good use of conversation opportunities. Eating time, entertainment time, shopping time, waiting time at a place (doctor’s office, bus stop etc.), both of you awake and lying in bed, time on the phone, doing work or project together etc., are opportune moments to initiate good conversation. 11) Don’t be boring. Know when and how to change subjects of your conversation appropriately, otherwise people will be turned off by your continual harping on the same topics in several conversations. Exhibiting a good sense of humor and showing liveliness in your speech
and actions at expected times, will also make you more enjoyable to be listened to. Being unduly repetitive in making a particular important point of yours also makes you sound boring, in addition to making you a bad talkative person instead of a good conversationalist. Obtain more information from Dr. Kisseadoo’s books online from: RedLeadBooks. com by searching with his name. Tune in to JOY 99.7 FM in Accra, Ghana on Saturdays at 5:30 am – 6:00 am (Ghana Time) or US Eastern ST 1:30 am – 2:00 am, and listen to Dr. Kisseadoo’s broadcast “Hope For Your Family”. Access on the Internet using MYJOYONLINE.COM, and click on
the Lord to be judged for what they did while alive on earth for refusing to accept God’s plan of salvation by faith in Jesus (Revelation 20:1113). The Lord Jesus still promises those who believe in Him, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:1-4 NKJV) He further made this promise, “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NKJV) “Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 NKJV)
Assembly of God Church (Affiliated with P.A.O.C.)
139 Millwick Drive Toronto, Ont. (Steeles/Islington) Tel: 416- 741-6285 Fax: 416- 741-0133
Conversation in romantic relationships cont'd from pg. 61
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God (Hebrews 11:10). “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of P h a r a o h ’s d a u g h t e r, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.” (Hebrews 11:2426 NKJV) The writer mentioned other Old Testament worshippers of God such as the former harlot Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets and concluded that “all these having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect without us.” (Hebrews 11:39:40) Here the writer means these Old Testament saints would be made perfect in God’s plans of eternal reward with us New Testament believers in Christ. The Apostle John saw the vision of the final judgment when all the dead stood before
Senior Pastor: Rev. Joseph Osei-Amoah
Sunday Early Morning Prayer: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Prayer: 10:00 a.m-12 noon Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday Prayer 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Last Friday of the month “All Night Prayer”): 7:30 p.m.-12 mid-night Youth Service (Fridays): 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Departmental Meeting (Every other Sunday): 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
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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: gcmuc.org Invites all Christians to join us to worship and glorify the Living God
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)
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)
Bethel Prayer Ministry Int'l
Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5
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)
It’s Harvest Time So Reach Out And Make A Difference
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Lighthouse Assembly of God Church
Lead Pastor: Isaac Takyi De-Graft SUNDAY: 9:00am-10:00am 10:00am-11:00am 11:00am-1:30pm
Prayers School of the Light Joint Service
Other Weekly Opportunities: Tuesday- (Time with the Holy Spirit) 10:00am-12:30pm (At Church) Wednesday- (Bible Studies) 7:00pm- 9:00pm (On Phone 647 722 5570 Access code 731 297#) Friday- (Time in His presence) 7:00pm-9:30pm (At Church) Every First Friday is a Special Youth Service 7:00pm-9:30pm (At Church) Every Fourth Friday is Half Night Service 8:30pm-12:30am (At Church)
42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2
(Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6
Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 Email:
Power of Grace Chapel Int'l
CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA)
Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the Resurrection Power Tradition to join us worship the Great Jehovah
Place of Worship:
North American Headquarters: 10 Belfield Road Toronto, Ont., M9W 1G1 Tel: 416-247-6629 Fax: 416-247-5308
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)
Disciples Revival Church
Healing & Deliverance Centre
Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu
Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance
- Sunday 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 9:00 p.m. - Friday 9:30 p.m. - Saturday 4:00 p.m.
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Rev. Dr. & Rev (Mrs) Charles Mantey Foundes/Senior Pastors
10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629
378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5
Scarborough Assembly 1632 Midland Ave., M1P 1C2 Tel: 416-288-1333
Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin
Contact: Res: 450-687-4916 Cell: 514-654-6178
Pastor In-Charge: Pastor Ohene Kena Contact: 647-281-5303
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org
SUNDAY SERVICE - Morning - 10:00 am
Immanuel Assembly of God Church, Scarborough Sunday School: Church Service:
Wed: Bible Study & Prayer: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday: Youth Service 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Friday: Adult Intercessory Prayer - 7:00 - 9:00 pm For deliverance & healing, come to Disciples, a Church that caters to your needs Do visit our website and sign up for the Pastor's monthly newsletter
30 Gordon Mackay Rd, North York, ON, M9N 2V6
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:
The Ghanaian News January 2014
Twin attacks on Nigerian church, village leave 74 dead Islamist sect Boko Haram resisting military crackdown in the region
Rev. Raymond Baah Abekah
New Light Chapel International 190 BOVAIRD DRIVE, UNIT 12 @ HWY 10, BRAMPTON
You have been to Calvary for pardon, but you have not been to Pentecost for power. We invite you to worship with us and experience the Pentecostal power in your life.
WORSHIP SCHEDULE. Sunday - Divine Worship 10am- 12pm Wednesday - Bible Study 7pm - 10pm (Call ahead) Friday Prayer Meeting 7pm - 10pm (Call ahead)
Rev. Kwaku Asare
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905-654-7364, 905-840-2012, 416-270-6822 GHANAIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH ST. ANDREW’S PARISH 2547 KIPLING AVE. TORONTO ONTARIO M9V 3A8
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A woman prays during a New Year’s day service at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Abuja on Jan. 1, 2014. Churches are often a target in Nigeria’s sectarian violence aimed at Christians. (Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters) At least 74 people have been reported killed in two attacks in northeast Nigeria, including a siege on a Catholic church, as part of the ongoing sectarian violence gripping the region. Attackers armed with guns and explosives killed 22 people at a busy church service, in a region where Islamist sect Boko Haram is resisting a military crackdown, witnesses s a i d o n M o n d a y. They set off bombs and fired into the congregation in the Catholic church in Waga Chakawa village in Adamawa state on Sunday morning, before burning houses and taking residents hostage during a four-hour siege, witnesses said. President Goodluck Jonathan is struggling to contain Boko Haram in remote rural regions in the country›s northeast corner, where the sect first launched an uprising in 2009. The shady sect, which wants to impose sharia law on a country split roughly equally between Christians and Muslims, has killed thousands over
the past four and a half years and is considered the biggest security risk in Africa›s top oil exporter and second largest economy after South Africa. Its fighters› favourite targets have traditionally been security forces, politicians who oppose them and Christian minorities in the largely Muslim north. The spokesman for the Catholic Diocese of Yola, Reverend Father Raymond Danbouye, confirmed 22 people killed in the attack were buried at a funeral on Monday. The military and police did not respond to requests for comment but one army source confirmed the attack, asking not to be named because he wasn›t authorized to speak with the media. 5 2 k i l l e d in Kawuri village attack Waga Chakawa is near the border with Borno state, in which there was a separate assault on Monday by suspected members of the shady sect in Kawuri village, witnesses said. Vi e w L a r g e r M a p Security officials say suspected Islamic extremists used explosives to attack a village in Nigeria’s northeast, killing 52 people and razing more than 300 homes. A security official said Monday the attackers planted several explosives at a market around
Kawuri village Sunday. A police official who evacuated wounded victims confirmed at least 52 people were killed. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not permitted to speak to reporters. Residents of that village who fled to the state capital Maiduguri said gunmen killed several people and set homes ablaze in the early morning attack. Ari Kolomi, who escaped the massacre, said there were more than 50 attackers. The security official blamed Boko Haram for the village attack. Police commissioner Lawan Tanko confirmed the attack, but would not give details on casualties. An army spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Jonathan replaced his chiefs of defence, army, navy and air force last week in a widespread military shake-up. No reason was given for the overhaul, but security experts believe there was a need for a change of tactics in combating Boko Haram. Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May last year and launched an intensified military campaign to try to end the insurgency. The Associated Press
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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
CONTACTS; FR. ALEX OSEI CSSp (Priest-In-Charge) - 416-266-6787 FR. ANTHONY ADUSEI CSSp 416-266-6787 REV. MR. JOSEPH OWUSU AFRIYIE - 905-970-0824
Contact: Pastor Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: email@example.com
"...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
"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)
"COME AND EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF GOD"
Gospel Action Ministry Location: 135 Oakdale Rd. (Back door)
GHANAIAN ANGLICAN CHURCH OF TORONTO 1796 Lawrence Avenue West (Jane & Lawrence) Sunday: Bible Study - 2pm-3:00pm - 3pm-5:00pm Sunday Worship 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
Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada
Snr. Pastor & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.
Worship Celebration Services
Senior Pastor: Rev. Peter Awuah
Tel: 416-836-9235, 416-667-8637
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
Rev. Peter Awuah
Service Schedule Sunday: Church Service 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday: Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday: Bible/Prayer Meeting 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Last Friday of the month: All Night Prayer Meeting 11:00 pm
St. John's Anglican Church
Sunday Worship Celebration: 10 a.m. Friday Prayer Meeting / Discipleship Group: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. Last Sunday of Every Month: Healing Service
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The Ghanaian News January 2014
Around the Ghana Sports Scene Nigeria, Ghana make it three on the trot
Canada 2014 will see a return of Nigeria and Ghana to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup as the two giants of African women’s youth football emerged victorious from the CAF qualifiers - albeit in very different fashion.
rial Guinea match, so I think we were match rusty. But we will prepare very well before we travel to the World Cup.” In contrast, Nigeria, who with Brazil, Germany and USA have been omnipresent at the finals, had to play in all three rounds. They thrashed Sierra Leone 16-0 on aggregate in the first round, including a 10-0 rout in the first leg, with Uchechi Sunday scoring five times. The striker, who represented the Super Falcons at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011™ and was a member of the Nigerian under-20 side that finished second at the World Cup in 2010, top-scored in the qualifiers with ten goals.
The Super Falconets won their six matches, scoring a record-breaking 31 goals in the process without conceding one, while Ghana had to come from behind to oust Equatorial Guinea, who beat them 1-0 in the first leg of their final round tie. The west Africans won the return leg in Accra 1-0 courtesy of Grace Adams’ early goal, sending the game straight to a penalty shoot-out. There the Black Princess’ won 4-3 to ensure their third consecutive In the second round the appearance at the finals. west Africans, who finished fourth in Japan two After the contest, coach years ago, enjoyed two Bashir Hayford said 4-0 victories against Tuthat they dominated the nisia to qualify for the game, even though their final round against South opponents played well Africa. A 6-0 in the first defensively. “We went leg in Abuja all but killed forward, but we could the tie, with the Nigerians not penetrate because following up with a 1-0 they were too compact win in Johannesburg in in the middle, and they the return leg. Yetunde were tall and physical.” Adeboyejo scored the only goal of the game The two games against early in the first half. the central Africans were the only two matches the N i g e r i a n c o a c h P e Ghanaians played as their ter Dedevbo dismissed first round opponents suggestions that NigeGuinea-Bissau withdrew, ria had no tough matches as did Uganda, whom because the opposition they were to face in the was so weak. “No, it is second round. Hayford not because we do not said the lack of matches have any opposition. It hurt the players. “We did is because I have a good not play any competitive team. This present U-20 games until the Equato- team has been together for a long time. This was
the team that played in the U-17 World Cup in 2012 together. So you know, this team is experienced.” A record-breaking victory In the preliminary round, Uganda set a scoring record, beating newcomers South Sudan 13-0 in the return leg in Kampala for the biggest-ever victory in the African qualifiers. Disappointingly it was to remain their last game in the competition as their first-round opponents Egypt withdrew and the east Africans themselves then failed to play their second round games against Ghana. South Africa, who received a bye into the second round, had few problems in overcoming Tanzania 4-1 and 5-0 for a 9-1 aggregate victory before becoming unstuck against the dominant Nigerians. The other side in the final round, Equatorial Guinea, beat Côte d’Ivoire 6-2 on aggregate in the first round and qualified for the play-offs by beating Zambia 2-0 and 4-0. There were also good performances from Tanzania, who twice beat Mozambique (10-0 and 5-1) before losing out to South Africa and Zambia - who beat Namibia 1-0 and 2-0 - as well as Tunisia who overcome their North African rivals Morocco 4-0 and 4-1. But at the end of the day, none of them were strong enough to prevent the Super Falconets and the Black Princess’ from making their third finals in a row.
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Ghana Black Stars beat Super Eagles to reach CHAN 2014 Final Ten man Ghana Black Stars advanced to the final of the African Nations Championship 2014 (CHAN) after beating arch-rivals Nigeria 4-1 on penalties o n We d n e s d a y. After the full time and extra time played, the match ended 0-0 between the both sides. Ghana holds the Super Eagles for almost an hour at the Free State Stadium after suffering a setback in the 64th minutes when defender Kwabena Adusei was sent off for a second booking following a
foul on striker Abubakar Ibrahim in a thriller West Africa semifinal derby. Nigeria plays very poor, and cannot hold the advantage of 10 man Ghana Black Stars, taking the match to the penalties, where they lose 4-1. Ghanaian goalkeeper, Stephen Adams who got a groin injury in the extra time was the hero of the day, saving Solomon Kwambe’s spot kick before Ugonna Uzochukwu missed his penalty to extinguish Nigeria’s hopes of a continental double after they won last year African
Nations cup in 2013. Ghana has reached the final since 2009 for the first time, after a successful penalty kicks from Michael Akuffo, Theohilus Anobaah, Samuel Ainooson and the clincher from Abraham Attobrah. Zimbabwe will face Nigeria in the third place match after they lose to Libya on penalties, while first semi-final winner Libya will take on Ghana in the final of the African Nations Championship 2014 (CHAN) on February 1, 2014. ghanagfa.org
Essien signs for AC Milan Chelsea›s Ghanaian international midfielder Michael Essien has joined AC Milan, the Italian Serie A side announced on Friday. “Michael Essien will arrive in Milan this evening,” AC Milan said in a statement, praising the “high level curriculum” of the player. Essien, 31, arrives on a free transfer having signed an 18-month deal with the northern outfit placed 11th in Serie A, the Italian press reported. Essien is the first recruit of new Milan coach Clarence Seedorf, and he could play in their UEFA
Champions League last 16 tie against Atletico Madrid next month with two Milan midfielders suspended for the match - Riccardo Montolivo and Ghanaian Sulley Muntari. Essien started his career with Corsican side Bastia (2000-2003), making his name at French club Lyon (2003-2005) before joining Chelsea (2005-2012). He teamed up again with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid (2012-2013), but headed back to England with the Portuguese coach to Chelsea this season, but has failed to feature for the English side.
Before confirmation of the move Mourinho had said Essien would be allowed to leave the club. «Michael Essien is, in this moment, in a position where he can go or he can stay. If he stays we’re more than happy he stays. «But he›s another player who gave everything to this club and, if a great situation for him arrives, for his future or to give him a chance to go to the World Cup with more years of contract and a career at the high level, the same way Chelsea let him go to Madrid when I was there.» AFP
Clottey challenges Mayweather Ghanaian international boxer Joshua Clottey, believes, he has what it takes to stop Floyd Mayweather when they come face to face in the ring. The former IBF Welterweight champion who has lost four times in his career, consider he is better than the undefeated Mayweather, whom he feels has been over hyped. “Both of us can block well, but the deficiency Mayweather has is that he cannot throw more punches. A bout between us will be very tight, but at the end, I will be victorious,” said Clottey in an interview. He also thinks the speed of Pacquiao will be an advantage to him when
he faces Mayweather. “Mayweather is very slow, but Pacquiao can throw more punches and he is fast at the same time, so a bout between then will be in favour of the Filipino,“ he said. Clottey is scheduled to fight in March of this year but he has refused to name the opponent, to avoid any breach of contract.
“I will fight in March this year in Australia, but I can’t make my opponent public, because the announcement ought to come from the organizers and failure to comply will lead to a breach of contract,” said the former IBF Welterweight champion. He has won two and lost two in his last four bouts, including the loss to Manny Pacquaio in 2010.
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Year in review 2013
cont'd from pg. 11 retreat at Braeside Camp in Paris, Ontario
OCTOBER - The Ghanaian community in Ottawa held a send-off party for High Commissioner Akyianu as he ended duty tour in Canada - Apostles’ Continuation FC winner of the 2013 African Canadian Soccer League - Canadian Alice Munro won prestigious Nobel Prize for Literature - The 2013 edition of the Nigeria Telecom Awards won by Ghana’s Roland Agambire as Africa’s Telcom Personality of the Year - Women’s Courage Awards 2013 presented by Endless Possibilities and Hope Development Organization in Toronto - Flexy Godson aka Slimflex launched his latest CD “Confession of a boss” - 3rd Annual Connecting Paths Canada (CPC) Sports and empowerment conference - 6th International Migration Conference held at University of Manitoba - Dan Amankona (aka Obarima Kwadwo Kyereme) of Toronto installed chief of Kato in the Berekum Traditional District, Ghana - Send-off service for Rev. Frank O. Adu and Mrs. Adu of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, Toronto held. - Special Children’s Day celebrated with awards presentation by Apostles’ Continuation Church with Const. Ojo Tewogbade as guest speaker - Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto’s Van dedication and annual harvest service - Farewell Service for Apostle & Mrs. Agyeman of the Apostolic Church International, Toronto after 8 years in Canada - Majestic Black Stars of Ghana routed Egypt 6-1 in World Cup qualification series in Kumasi, Ghana and went on to qualify for Brazil 2014. - Rev. Isaac Acheampong and wife Cecilia Acheampong were tragically killed in an accidents in US - Diversity Award organized by Silvertrust Media in Toronto - GTV Ntoma dance 2013 held in Toronto with Kaakyire Kwame Appiah a Ghanaian Musician as special guest - Legendary Abrantie Amakye Dede thrilled music fans in Toronto - Greenhill Medical Centre opened in Toronto. It’s a multidisciplinary clinic - No Tribe “United Praize wowed Ghanaians in Toronto to a live concert at Apostles Continuation Church - Willie and Mike, Fire Worshippers from Ghana lead the praise and worship team at the Ghanaian Women’s Fasting & Prayer Conference at Living Word Assembly of God, Toronto - Ghana’s Naa Shooter makes history as the 1st Ghanaian to place 3rd at
Miss World 2013 in Indonesia Appreciation service for Rv. Mrs. Osei Amoah at Living Word Assembly of God, Toronto
NOVEMBER - 2014 budget of Ghana Government tabled in Accra - Mayor Rob Ford stripped of powers in Toronto Council vote - Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Bediako National Head of church of Pentecost, Canada passed away - Obaapa Adwoa Ankyaa aka Nanahemaa Adwoa Awindor, Development queen mother of Afigya-Kwabre District becomes the 1st President of the Continental Executive Board of the newly formed African queens and women cultural leaders network (AQWCLN) in Uganda - African Guitar Summit receives 2013 Planet Africa Awards for Entertainment - Women’s Revival 2013 held at Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto - Ghanaian Community in Toronto organizes send-off party for outgoing consul general Mawutor - Economic Community of West African States(Ecowas) court dismisses case against Ghana brought against Ghana by some Nigerian traders doing business in Ghana - Guild inaugurated at Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, 65 Mayall Toronto. - Ghanaian Actress Esther Afua Yirenkyi turns musician - Black Stars of Ghana qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with a 7-3 aggregate over Egypt - Ghana wins WAFU Cup in Kumasi DECEMBER - Nana Tuffour, Ghanaian Musician performed in Toronto - Nelson Mandela passes away in South Africa - The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) held a professional development conference and training seminar in Toronto - Supreme Court strikes down Canada’s prostitution laws - African communities in Manitoba launch Mandela Bursary Fund - Manitoba African Communities paid tribute to Mandela - Appreciation Day for the Very Rev. De-Graft Semie Obiri of Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto - Two Canada presented Christmas celebration at Thistletown community center, Toronto - 3rd anniversary celebration of Our Saviour Charismatic Church in Toronto - Christmas Gospel explosion with OJ a gospel artist from Ghana at the Apostles’ Continuation Church - Ghanaian Canadian Community Center project launched at the Luna Ballroom in Toronto
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