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The National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) opened its Booth at the 139th Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2017 with a colorful ceremony on Sunday on 20th August 2017. The first CNE (or Toronto Industrial Exhibition) was held in 1879.The Canadian National Exhibition was originally k n o w n a s To r o n t o Industrial Exhibition (TIE). The name was changed to Canadian National Exhibition in

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1912.From 1942 to 1946 there was no CNE due to the Second World War in addition to one year that was used to clean up the grounds and buildings. Since its inception, the CNE has featured exhibits on technological advances in industry and agriculture. Some of these included electric railway transportation in 1883, Edison’s phonograph in 1888, the wireless telephone in the 1890s, radio in 1922, television in 1939 and plastics in cont’d on pg. 6

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The Ghana Real Estate Developers Association in collaboration with the Canada Chamber of Commerce Ghana and under the auspices of the Ghana High Commission in Canada (with the courtesies of His Excellency, Hon Ayikoi Otoo, Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada) is embarking on a five city Housing Exhibition Road Show to Canada, from the 28th of September to the 9th of October, 2017 The exhibitions will be held in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto to reach out to the Ghanaian

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EDITORIAL Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku Contributing Editors Dr. Michael Baffoe Joe Kingsley Eyiah Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku Community Reporter Jonathan Annobil Winnipeg Bureau Dr. Michael Baffoe The Ghanaian News Publishes news and comments from the Community, serves Ghanaians across Canada with good source of information is committed to give good community Journalism The Ghanaian News is published in Canada by The Ghanaian News Corporation Editorial Office 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising Fax (416) 916-6701 Internet: E-mail: $1:00 per copy Subscription costs $66.00 for one year. including postage U.S. and foreign subscriptions costs US$120 per year. Letters to the Editor We encourage your feedback and value your comments. Please feel free to write to us. keep letters to a maximum of 200 words, include your full name, Telephone # and mailing address with all correspondence. Address your letters to the Editor The Ghanaian News 2256 Sheppard Ave. Suite 202 Toronto, Ont. M9M 1L7 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at Articles appearing in various columns of the Ghanaian News are intended to generate civil and informed public discussions. You do not have to agree with opinions expressed by the writers. That should encourage you to write to express your own views. This is the way we generate lively and civil discussions in the community. Rejoinders are not forums for personal insults and we want readers to adhere to these principles.

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Free Senior High School Program Takes Off And One District One factory Takes Off as well After much wrangling, noise-making, accusations, charges of impossibility, lack of funds and all the hullabaloo, two of President AkufoAddo’s NPP promises are taking off into reality. The first of these: One District, One Factory, the establishment of a production plant in each of the 216 Districts of Ghana, to provide jobs for the local population, was launched at Ekumfi in the Central Region, on Friday August 25, 2017. This factory is to tap into the massive pine-apple farming and production in that area into valueadded secondary goods and products instead of the exportation and sale of just the raw pineapple fruits. We commend Nana Akufo Addo and his government for making this promise, a reality despite all the cynicism and criticism of the idea by opposition forces. We however hasten to caution the government against complacency and weak monitoring and supervision which will derail these laudable ideas and initiatives. It should be recalled that a similar initiative was launched by President Kufuor’s government from 2002 known as Presidential Special Initiatives which also sought to use local produce for industrial production. This initiative started with cassava cultivation and starch production at Bawjiase in the Central Region. That project floundered because of lack of effective supervision, lack of well-researched marketable outlets for the end products and, if we may also add, corruption among the officials charged with running the project. We caution against letting this laudable one-district-one factory initiative go the way of the defunct Presidential Special Initiative, whose maiden project was also, co-inicendtally, launched in the Central Region of Ghana. Now to the most popular and highly debatable of the government’s flagship projects: the free Senior High School Program under which all students entering Senior High Schools in September 2017 will have all their tuition, books, stationery and boarding fees covered from the public purse. The program will be extended to all incoming first year students on a yearly basis until all Senior High School Students are accorded free Senior High School education in three years’ time. This promise was made by Nana Akufo Addo and the NPP in 2008. They did not win the 2008 eloections. They again reiterated the promise in 2012. They were taunted by John DramaniMahama and the NDC as a laughable promise which will be unworkable. Again the NPP lost the 2012 election. Surprisingly, Mahama and the NDC then came out with a similar promise to build and run free Community Senior High Schools in the country promising to build 200 of such schools before the end of 2016. They could not build even 50 of them before they were booted out of office. Fortunately for Nana Akufo Addo and the NPP, Ghanaians believed in their promises and gave them the power in December 2016 to implement these initiatives. We wonder how any patriotic, well-meaning and well-intentioned citizen of Ghana will kick against such an initiative which seeks to provide basic needed education to the youth of the country. It should be noted that many of the politicians in the NDC who are kicking fiercely against this program enjoyed free secondary school education that was introduced by President Kwame Nkrumah and which is still enjoyed by the youth from some parts of the country. What is wrong then, with extending the same program to ALL the youth of the country? We highly commend PresidnetAkufo Addo and his government for taking this bold initiative and launching it. A well-educated citizenery is a good recipe for nation building and national development. An ignorant and uneducated population is recipe for disaster, underdevelopment and life in poverty. We will again caution the government to institute an effective monitoring and supervisory machinery to ensure that this program works to the advantage of the nation’s youth and the whole nation. There is a significant minority of public officials in Ghana: heads of these second cycle schools, and some unscrupulous politicians who would wish this laudable initiative to fail. The government should not let them win. We dare not fail the youth of our county in this initiative.

72 unregistered drugs were imported into Ghana in 2012 By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

The Auditor-General 2012 report in Ghana has indicated that over 72 unregistered drugs were imported into Ghana without seeking approval from the Foods and Drugs Authority (FDA). Some of the unregistered medicines which got into the Ghanaian market between 2012 and 2013, according to the Auditor’s General report are Coartem, a popular malaria drug and de-wormer Zentel.

Also in the report was the revelation that seven drugs were brought into the country “before the importers applied for the FDA permit”. Tres-Orix, Procold, Lofnac-50 tablet, Atenolo, Lofnac Eye drops and Quine Syrup are among other unregistered drops that were also imported into the country.

National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) Opens Booth at Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2017 cont’d from pg. 1 the 1940s. Speaking at the opening of the NEPMCC Booth, Thomas Saras, President and CEO, pointed out that theNEPMCChas been in partnership with CNE for 19 years. The National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada is the only Press Council of its kind, all over the world. NEPMCC is a media organization, nonprofit, nongovernmental, with over 750 member publications, printing in about 110 languages along with 150 radio and television stations, websites and TV producers, directors and journalist across Canada. A number of Community leaders, and politicians participated in the official opening of the NEPMCC Booth. This year also was special, as for the first time in the history of the organization, NEPMCC joined efforts with our brother mainstream media organization “National News Media Council”, which represents equal number of publications with NEPMCC. On hand to assist in the official launch of the NEPMCC Booth

were the following dignitaries: Hon Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Soo Wong (MPP),Scaborough-Agincourt, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Brian Ashton, President of CNE, Hon Marco Mendicino MP Eglinton-Lawrence, Councillor Jim Karygiannis Ward 39, ScarboroughAgincourt, Maria Saras-Voutsinas, Executive Director NEPMCC, Thomas Saras, President & CEO, NEPMCC, Garfield Dunlop, former MPP and special adviser to Patrick Brown, Official Ontario Opposition Leader, Dr.MohammadTajdolati, Ombudsman NEPMCC, Tony Rupretch former MPP who was the host of the ceremony. Plaques and medals were presented to the dignitaries who helped in the official launch of the NEPMCC Booth which is right across the International stage. The booth number is 3527. Ethnic newspapers and magazines across Canada are now on display at the Council’s Booth.

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Attorney General and Deputy ‘clash’ over prosecution date for NDC appointees Attorney General and M i n i s ter of J us tice , G l o r i a A k u ff o s a y s government will not rush into prosecution of suspected criminals under the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (ND) regime, contrary to an October deadline given by her subordinate Joseph Kpemka, in an interview with an Accra based radio station. “You don’t go to court unprepared because there

is pressure for you to go to court otherwise in the end you will embarrass yourself and we are not prepared in the least to embarrass ourselves in any court in Ghana. The courts are on a legal vacation and will be resuming in October by which time things will be ready and we will proceed to court. However I am unable to mention specific cases that are ready for prosecution and

will be taken to court for very good reasons, when we get to the bridge we will cross,” he added.” But in a separate interview, Ms. Akuffo says though government is determined to prosecute those suspected to have misappropriated state funds, they will not rush in prosecution since any poor job cont’d on pg. 32

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Ontario should declare opioid emergency, say health care and harm reduction workers A group of more than 700 hundred harm reduction workers and health care professionals are calling on the Ontario government to officially declare a provincial emergency in response to a “disturbing” spike in opioid overdoses. The request was made in an open letter released Monday by doctors, nurses, frontline harmreduction workers and academics across the province who say they feel “abandoned” by the province. In the letter, which is addressed to Premier Kathleen Wynne and her cabinet, the group calls attention to a “disturbing” and “sustained” increase in non-fatal and fatal overdoses in the province. “As healthcare providers and public health officials, we lament the insufficient urgency and breadth of our response to harm reduction workers’ alerts and are very concerned about the lack of clear,

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FOCUS Forward To School’: Lest We Forget………… By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview MS, Toronto “In merchandising, back to school is the period in which students and their parents purchase school supplies and apparel for the upcoming school year.”Wikipedia September is just around the corner and the number of commercial slogans on ‘Back-toSchool’ are numerous and very interesting. I list a few of them here for my readers: Win Your Back To School GearTake Our Quiz Now And Win; Get Ready For Back To School;Back to School Supplies and Essentials; Back To School- A+ Style At Smart Savings; Teachers and Students, 15% On Purchases! One slogan that amuses me most is that of Rogers in Canada which reads, FORWARD TO SCHOOL. Rogers explains this as, “Offers so good, you’ll look forward to going back!” Very interesting! Isn’t it? Students go to school to learn and teachers are there to teach. Thus, the school is a formal institution where organized process of ‘learning and teaching’ takes place. Teachers facilitate the learning of the official curriculum to extra-curriculum activities and students

engage themselves in activities that prepare them for their individual living and for national development as a whole. The break in the school year is considered as a period of rest for both the teacher and the student which at the same time prepare them for ‘Back-to-School’. Looking forward to the next school year to teachers and students as well as parents is anxious moment in time and many commercial businesses cash on such anxiety! A teacher had this to say when asked about what she was looking forward to in a particular school year:“I am looking forward to seeing my lovely class again, and meeting new members of the class! I want to make sure that every child in the Eagles class is an active, enthusiastic,

independent and resilient learner who can achieve to the best of their ability. We will also have a little fun along the way!” (Mrs Hayley Nicholls, Aug 26, 2014). Niamh Mason, a student of the same Eagles class as Mrs. Nichols also had this to say in an answer to the same question: “I am looking forward to this year to achive my targets  and  improve  my  work and make new  friends.”  The shopping for “Back To School or Forward To School” is frantically going on. Parents are paying more attention here. However, as governments, parents, teachers and students aren’t we forgetting the essence of school? Funding, provisions and determination (good learning habits) which make schools better and more productive to individual as well as national growth? Lest we forget………..! Education as a National Priority: To governments I say, spend more money on education than on arms. Education is the best investment you can make for the protection of your people. The best against under-development and even against coups as

we fear in developing countries! You see, spending more money on arms and bigger armed forces than on education eventually undermines our national security that we seek as a government to protect. We spend less money on education and thus allow our education system to deteriorate producing more school drop-outs than would have been. These dropouts resort to dubious and criminal ways of living. Many become security problem for our nation. They become lawless, uneducable and politically difficult to deal with as citizens. I think what we need in our beloved countryGhana security wise is a better education system that can produce the finest of intelligence which large armed forces and stock piles of the most sophisticated arms would not bring about. Better education leads to development, which in turn alleviates poverty-a fertile ground for dissatisfaction, backwardness, coups and terrorism! I hope the present government in Ghana led by Nana Addo will give the education sector of the country its due share of the national budget. Thank Nana’s government of NPP for sticking to their promise of free Senior High School in Ghana beginning this September. All said and done, the government is also called upon to take immediate measures to addressing the rapidly deteriorating situation and the prevailing uncertainties in the education sector of the country. Parental Role: Perhaps most parents become very happy when it’s September. That’s the time they “ship” their children (with all the headaches they give them at home) back to school and for that matter to the teacher after the long school break. This assumption notwithstanding, parents still have a lot to do for their children and those who teach their kids if we want a successful school year for our children. Please parents, interest yourselves in your children’s education. Save some few dollars on bottles and on fashion for your children’s education. Use those dollars and cedis to buy education insurance for your children’s future. It is very disheartening

to see parents, especially Ghanaian parents who receive child support from governments of the western world spending such money on fashion and parties instead of investing such monies in their children’s future. I know diapers and children’s food could be expensive (especially with HST now in Ontario), more often than not, monies received for child support are not wisely used by parents. Some parents even fail to supply their children with basic back to school materials such as pencils, pens, erasers and exercise books and still expect their children to do well at school! Parents who can must help their children to do their homework from school. Set aside a common study time at home for studying, reading and quiet activities. The experts would say, “Do your best to avoid arguments during that time, and encourage your children not to cram in homework just before bedtime.” There shouldn’t be homework wars between parents and students. Kathy Lynn, a Vancouverbased parenting speaker and author talking on the issue of homework as far as teenagers are concerned points out that, “At this age, kids are trying to do things their own way, and parents have a hard time allowing them that freedom, so that’s when clashes come up about homework.” It is very profitable to supervise or monitor your children’s homework from school each night right at the beginning of the school year. Such early parental supervision of the child’s school work at home would leave no room for laziness on the part of your kids when it comes to school work. The early bird catches the worm! Check your child’s school planner every time he/she returns from school if possible. Make this possible and start as soon as the school year begins. Many if not all schools send information and special permission forms with students home at the beginning of the school year. Parents must ensure that such letters and permission forms are carefully read, understood and those needed to be signed and returned to school

are duly complied with. Let’s demonstrate the sense of responsibility for our children to take us serious. As parents we must show concern for our children’s education as they are back to school, and help keep them in school till a successful completion. Just play your part! Teachers’ Role: To my fellow teachers, I encourage all to embark on practical action research, a reflective inquiry to study their own practices in the classroom. They should seek answers to the questions: What is going on in this place called school? And what role do they play as instructors? This phenomenon emerges from being curious about teachers’ role in the classroom. Thus, we must as part of our work record our students’ “living curriculum” as seen through the “lens” of experience instead of the “metaphor of angels”. Ethnographic approach goes beyond interviewing the respondents and chronicling their experiences to “living and becoming” part of such experiences (see Short, 1991). We must go beyond just teaching subjects to our students and teach them ‘life’. A Note to Students: Students must know and understand that they go to school to learn. Though teachers are there to help them learn, much of how they succeed as learners depends on them. The long vacation often causes students to forget most of what they have learned the previous year and since the early days of the new school year are used to revise stuff learned at the previous grade level students ought to take such days seriously. There should not be playing of truancy. We are going back to school. Students should therefore cut the time they spend playing or watching television late into the night. Many students are late to school in the mornings because they don’t go to bed early. Punctuality, timely completion of homework and positive attitude toward studies are obvious hallmarks of success at school and all students ought to chalk them! I wish all students and teachers a happy ‘Forward To School’ this September.

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Championing made-in-Ghana and the President’s infectious attire By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto

In Public Relations (PR), it is said that every Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of an organisation is regarded as the chief PR officer for the organisation. He or she is always the foremost face of the institution, to the extent that even when he or she coughs badly in public, it can affect the image of that institution. Woe betides that institution if it is publicly listed on the Stock Exchange. And so, for Ghana Incorporated, our CEO, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is leading the Ghana agenda by example. He has been consistent in spotting made-in-Ghana wears and promoting open neck shirts made from the “ntama” designs or African prints. It is not surprising that his move has been somewhat infectious for some shareholders of Ghana Incorporated.

the people by way of his dressing, another PR plus. Whoever has been doing his selection of local prints for him has been spot on with traditionally named and timeless local prints too. In my observation over a period of months, I have been trying to recollect the names of some of the prints he has been wearing and without reading meanings into them, I recount a few.

During his recent fiveday working visit to the Central and Western Regions, he wore the “Akyekyedie Akyi” which when translated means the back of a tortoise, to a durbar with F R E Q U E N C Y A N D the chiefs and people of NAMES OF “NTAMA” Twifo Praso traditional DESIGNS a r e a . We a l l k n o w how hard the shell of I tried an exercise by a tortoise is. He wore counting on daily basis “ N s r o m a , ” m e a n i n g the number of times as stars for a visit to the well as the names of the Effia-Nkwanta Hospital original timeless “ntama” in Sekondi-Takoradi design shirts the President with transformational wore and as captured in promises. the media. At a point, I g a v e u p c o u n t i n g The other day when because it was coming the leadership of the too frequently and I was T i j a n i y y a M u s l i m losing track. Council called on him at the Flagstaff House, Be it from attending a he wore his “Awherepo” festival as he did when he or literally translated went to Akyem Abuakwa means sugarcane joints. for the Ohum festival the He has worn “Felicia,” other day, to meeting the “Nsubura,” and many media to account for his more other local prints stewardship, or swearing whose local names I could in members of the Council not readily recollect. of State, Boards of some state institutions, or new It has set me thinking Envoys, whatever the as to where all those occasion, so long as it b e a u t i f u l p r i n t s o f is on Ghanaian soil, he yesteryears vanished to has tried to identify with and why we could not

SENSE OF PRIDE I agree that patronising and showcasing our own is the best way to promote country Ghana. And not only that, it instils a sense of pride in the people. That is why I have always admired the former President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo. He made sure that wherever he went in the world as the head of state of Nigeria, even on a state visit to Buckingham Palace, he spotted his typical Nigerian attire and which distinguished him as a proud Nigerian.

Ontario’s Health Minister Eric Hoskins previously

His office also said additional support will be provided as part of the

Bawumia, when he recently attended a dinner hosted by the Ministry of Finance in honour of the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Akinwumi Adesina, who was on a visit to Ghana. It was a beautiful deviation which brought some atmosphere of relaxation to the event. The media did not take

him on because we are all warming up to seeing the President himself championing the cause of made-in-Ghana wear. And so, as the Vice President, the Senior Minister and many other appointees including Ministers and CEOs continue to embrace the concept of made-

We should make the Ghana wear concept work effectively this time round.

INFECTIOUS The President’s subtle campaign on made in Ghana wear has no doubt become infectious, particularly among his appointees. Who, in times past, would have accepted a Vice President of Ghana Incorporated attending a dinner for a foreign dignitary in locally made shirt? Rare as it is, it happened with the Vice President, Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu

cont’d from pg. 11 said that an opioid addiction and overdose strategy that launched last year has provided money for new addiction and mental health workers and more than 6,500 naloxone kits.

Nana Akufo Addo and some students

What we need now is for the Ministry of Trade and Industry to come to the aid of our local textile industries and all the allied industries, so once again, the concept of made- in-Ghana clothes would not fade away. The Ministry coming in also means protecting our local markets from grey imports and unfair competition. The industry in turn should make their products affordable to encourage patronage.

We are looking forward to the day when our legal system will also localise their dress codes, to be precise, their robes and wigs. It may not be in our life time but hopefully, the country would one day get a Chief Justice who would make the change happen.

Ontario should declare opioid emergency, say health care and harm reduction workers “We call on you and your government today to exercise your power in the interest of an effective and moral response to this growing public health emergency before more lives are unnecessarily lost,” the letter concluded.

in-Ghana clothes, be it occasional, as part of their work attire, no doubt the idea will flourish sooner. We all know the positive e ff e c t s o f w h a t t h e patronage would mean for the textile manufacturers, for employment, direct and indirect, for the export market, and for the feel-good mentality of the people.

sustain the “Friday wear” concept introduced by the then and now Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Alan Kyerematen. The concept was to get Ghanaians to show off the Ghanaian in them by wearing their Ghana made clothes at least on Fridays. A beautiful concept that was and I remember it caught on quite well only to have faded into oblivion.

opioid strategy. Harm reduction workers delivered the open letter to Queen’s Park this morning and Wynne’s staff has confirmed that the premier plans to meet with them. Wi t h f i l es f ro m T h e Canadian Press

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International adoptions decline dramatically in Canada Global trend is to encourage domestic adoptions to keep kids in their countries of origin By Kathleen Harris, CBC News

He said the response rate was “abysmal.”

The number of international adoptions has declined dramatically in Canada in the last five years due to tighter country controls, exorbitant costs and alternative routes to parenthood.

increasingly using other ways to have a family, including surrogacy and in vitro fertilization, Brennan hopes fewer international adoptions will mean more domestic adoptions in Canada.

Last year, there were only 793 international adoptions in Canada, according to data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). That’s the lowest number in decades, and nearly half the total from 2012, when there were 1,379 inter-country adoptions.

Right now, more than 30,000 children are available for adoption around the country.

Deborah Brennan, chair of the Adoption Council of Canada, points to a number of factors driving the downward trend. These include hefty costs (an international adoption can cost up to $50,000) and an increasingly onerous administrative process that can take anywhere from 18 months to several years. A growing number of countries have imposed restrictions or all-out bans on international adoptions, and many have developed stronger systems to encourage more adoptions within their own borders. “I think they are paying more attention to making sure they create an infrastructure within their own country where they can take care of their children themselves,” Brennan said. She sees the trend as potentially positive for adoptee children, because remaining in their countries of origin helps ensure their family connections, culture and ethnicity are not lost. “Our preference is that kids do stay … in their own countries of origin because it is risky for kids to come here and lose that. Many parents who adopt internationally, in my opinion, can sometimes do not a great job of maintaining those ties and those roots,” she said. More domestic adoptions? While Canadians are

Noah Irvine, Ontario Teen, Sent A Letter On Mental Health To Every MP Only 40 Replied

Many of them are over six years old, are in sibling groups or are have visible special needs. Brennan said a big part of the problem with matching parents with children is a lack of social workers and a huge gap in the inter-provincial adoption system. In 1993, the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption imposed strict safeguards to make sure all adoptions were in the best interests of the child. It also adopted new measures to crack down on the abduction, sale and trafficking of children. Some provincial and territorial authorities have imposed suspensions on certain countries of origin including: •






Data shows that the number of international adoptions to Canada remained high in the aftermath of the Hague convention, with moderate fluctuations between 1999 and 2009 that ranged from 1,535 to 2,127.  Country suspensions But the number of children adopted from China — which was long a top source country for international adoptions — has dropped significantly in the last decade, from 660 in 2007 to just 94 in 2016. In that time, China relaxed its one-child policy so that

families were not forced to give up subsequent children. IRCC spokes Rémi Larivière could not speculate on how that has impacted Canada’s program, but said China’s development of a “robust” domestic adoption system has led some Chinese provinces to close their inter-country adoption programs. “This has led to a longer wait time for an adoptable child, which may discourage some Canadian prospective adoptive parents during the process,” Larivière said.

Seventeen-year-old Noah Irvine mailed a letter calling for improved mental health services in Canada to every MP in the country. Noah Irvine says his mission to raise awareness about mental health in Canada was solidified when, at age 15, he had to visit two graves. In one lay his mother, who committed suicide when he was five years old. She was 24. In the other, his father, who lost his battle with mental illness a decade later. He was 40.

“I believe that no 15-year-old child should lose their parents within a span of a decade to mental health and suicide,” he told HuffPost Canada.

Russia, which was another top source country for prospective Canadian adoptive parents, has also imposed restrictions in 2013, including a prohibition on countries that legalize samesex marriage.

Irvine, now 17, kicked off his effort to promote mental health issues in the country earlier this year. He mailed a letter to every single member of Parliament, explaining how mental illness has touched his life. In his letter, he called on MPs to fight for more funding for mental health services and to work toward establishing a ministry dedicated to the issue.

Children without homes, parents Robin Pike, executive director of Choices Adoption and Counselling in Victoria, B.C., said while the idea to keep children in their countries of origin is a noble objective, it’s not yet clear if it is having the desired effect. “We know that there are hundreds of thousands of children without families, orphaned or detached from their families for whatever reasons,” she said. “I think it’s a very good principle, but I think the children who were previously

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“Well, I have serious issues with that statement.” Irvine said any efforts to improve mental health services in the country won’t stop at the boundaries of Guelph or any other constituency. “My postal code should not dictate whether or not I get a response from members of Parliament,” he added. Only 22 Liberal MPs responded

I’m one voice but I can make a lot of noise.

China has also imposed strict rules around who is eligible to adopt a child from their country, ranging from age and income requirements to a ban on parents with facial deformities or who are obese.

The Government of C an ad a web s i t e l i s t s 2 4 countries which do not currently allow international adoptions, including Argentina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

response that I received from a vast majority...was ‘you’re not our constituent, this is not our concern,’” he said.

“That’s when I finally said, ‘you know what? I’m one voice but I can make a lot of noise.’”

He challenged MPs to speak to their constituents about mental health, to reach out to caregivers and to the families of suicide victims. He asked them to care. “ We c o n t i n u e t o f a i l i n providing for the mentally ill. My mother and father are prime examples of our country failing to provide to the mentally ill,” Irvine wrote in the letter. “Please do not let my mother’s death have been in vain or my father’s death. Both of their deaths and the thousands that die every year should fuel your fight in ending this crisis.”

That response led him to reach out to the media. He first spoke to a local outlet, Guelph Today, on Tuesday and then to Global News. The calls started coming in. Health Minister Jane Philpott spoke to Irvine on Wednesday. Her press secretary told HuffPost she “expressed her sympathies for his tragic loss” and apologized for her late response. Irvine said the two will meet in Ottawa this September. The Prime Minister’s Office also reached out. When he spoke to representatives, Irvine expressed his disappointment that so many MPs from Trudeau’s party didn’t respond to his letter. Out of the 40 that replied, 22 were Liberal MPs. A response from Trudeau to Irvine is “working its way through the system,” a spokeswoman for the PMO told HuffPost. The prime minister will also contact Irvine “directly.” Trudeau and his ministers have pointed to mental health as a priority for their government. In the latest budget, the Liberals earmarked $5 billion over 10 years for mental health initiatives. That promise didn’t square with the response rate to his letters, Irvine said.

That was in February. ‘Abysmal’ response Earlier this week, the Guelph, Ont. student’s campaign reached a tipping point. He saw that in more than six months, only 40 MPs had replied. It was a “pretty abysmal” response rate, Irvine told HuffPost Canada. And if the lack of response wasn’t aggravating enough, he said, it was what some MPs told him that added to the frustration. “I had called well over 70 constituency offices from B.C. to Newfoundland and the

“For a party that says mental health is a top priority, I would have expected that number to be higher,” Irvine said. He’s still waiting on responses from other cabinet ministers. “For some issues, they only pertain to one ministry. For this issue, mental health, it affects every facet of the Canadian economy, every facet of our social system in Canada, our defence, our correctional facilities. It affects far more than just health,” he said. Some leaders of other parties didn’t respond until the media picked up Irvine’s story. cont’d on pg. 15

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Emancipation Day 2017 By: Dr. Rosemary Sadlier 2017 is the 150th Anniversary of Canada, the 150th Anniversary of Ontario and the 50th Anniversary of the largest festival in the world: Caribana. Significantly, this is also during the UN International Decade for People of African Descent and it significantly marks the 9 years since the passage of Bill 111 – the Emancipation Day Act in the Province of Ontario: Dr. Rosemary Sadlier ”Ancestors of Ontario’s Black community were one of the founding communities of Ontario and Canada. The Black community has been present in Ontario for more than 300 years.” From the preamble of the Emancipation Day Act, 2008 When slavery was abolished, there was an immediate and powerful expression of freedom by those who had been enslaved. The celebration of the abolition of the enslavement of Africans was met with spontaneous outbursts of praise, dance, song and jubilation – a fitting expression to match the release and joy felt when freedom was now a reality under the law. It was celebrated by those who just threw off their shackles, as well as those who had already managed to make themselves free, and by those who had worked to see slavery end, the abolitionists, be they natives of African, Europe or the Americas.

the world, August 1st 1834, was the date of the enactment of this bill, but in some countries such as Jamaica, a ‘gradual emancipation’ was instead begun. For some, the end of slavery did not begin until 1838. The significance of August 1st as Emancipation Day is monumental. It was the first global human rights act facilitating freedom for enslaved Africansfrom chattel slavery, and for others, the hope that emancipation would soon be theirs. Following this British move to end slavery outright, other global powers followed suite, leading to the current situation in which slavery, from birth to death, for successive generations, was abolished. The abolition of chattel slavery came about due to the agency, the efforts, the initiatives of enslaved and free Africans to rid themselves of a horrendous experience and life marked by lack of ownership of themselves, excruciatingly long and difficult working situations, all sustained and perpetuated through violence or victimization. Their strength and courage to resist their circumstances from capture through to plantation revolt is remarkable and merits our commemoration. However, it was the larger acts inspired by witnessing these acts of resistance that garnered the greatest change.

A similar trend to fewer international adoptions is occurring in the U.S., where the number dipped to 5,370 in 2016 from 19,601 in 2007. Pike said there are often politics at play when countries choose to stop foreign adoptions even if it is not necessarily in the best interests of the children. “A lot of countries are looking

Neither the Compromise of 1793 nor the 1807 Abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Act freed a single enslaved African, but it did add to the movement to bring about its demise. It was the British Imperial Act of 1833, the Abolition Act, that ended chattel slavery. This was the first global power to eradicate African slavery. Emancipation Day was celebrated throughout the British Empire immediately following the passage of the British Imperial Act of 1833. Black communities throughout Ontario – including Amherstburg, Hamilton, Brantford, St. Catharines, London, Owen Sound, Toronto and Windsor held annual celebrations until, overtime, the communities

and the inspiration dwindled or until the celebrations werestopped due to civil rights marches and security concerns in the 1960’s. In Toronto, once the abolitionist centre of the province, new found interest in supporting the 1967 Canadian Centennial project called Caribana overshadowed Emancipation Day celebrations in Toronto, and the earlier “Big Picnic” organized by Lawyer B.J. Spencer Pitt that drew hundreds from American and Canadian cities, converging in Port Dalhousie. While with the OBHS, I had been working to have August 1st as Emancipation Day since 1997 when the OBHS supported the international efforts of the Caribbean HistoricalSociety of Trinidad and Tobago to have it commemorated. Immediately successful inhaving it formally recognized with the City of Toronto, Metro Toronto and the City of Ottawa, the attempt to have Provincial recognition through the initiative of Jim Brown MPP only got to second reading. I revived/advocated for this Bill and shared it with other community advocates resulting in the cont’d on pg. 41

Noah Irvine, Ontario Teen, Sent A Letter On Mental Health To Every MP Only 40 Replied cont’d from pg. 14 He said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair reached out to him with a “gracious apology.”

Horwath will be sending a personal message to Irvine, according to a party spokesperson.

Provincial efforts The student’s campaign isn’t only targeting the federal government.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been with me through this whole process,” Irvine said.

Irvine said he sent similar letters to six Ontario MPPs in March. Three went to provincial party leaders, Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown, and Ontario NDP to be seen as First World Leader Andrea Horwath. countries on the world stage, Out of the three only Wynne so if other countries are taking replied. Irvine said she sent him your children and finding homes a “compassionate” letter. for them — and you should be He also sent a letter to Ontario doing this yourself — then the Health Minister Eric Hoskins. attitude has changed in a lot of The minister’s office eventually countries to say, ‘We’ll manage reached out, Irvine said, but our own child welfare issues, that wasn’t enough. thank you,’” she said. “I want him to respond directly, as his boss did,” he said. “If “On the ground, whether it’s Premier Wynne can make the changed for those children, time to respond I would assume that’s the big question. But her health minister could as certainly politically, it’s well.” probably a very favourable HuffPost has reached out to decision to make in most Brown and Hoskins’ offices for countries.” comment.

He also listed MPs Harold Albrecht, Rob Oliphant and Phil McColeman as early allies in his cause. He said Wellington—Halton Hills MP Michael Chong also sent him a letter “in the middle” of his campaign for the Conservative party’s leadership.

International adoptions decline dramatically in Canada adopted fairly quickly prior to the Hague convention are still available but lingering longer without a permanent solution, a permanent family for them.”

such law of its kind. It led to the abolition of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade by 1807 through the efforts of William Wilberforce.It was his view that the ‘voyage’ was the most heinous aspect of enslavement and ending it would end much suffering. He may not have imagined what restrictions and what intensified actions may have developed to increase and maintain the enslaved population.

Irvine has developed a close bond with his local Liberal MP, Lloyd Longfield. Irvine volunteered on his campaign, and since Longfield was elected the two have met many times to discuss mental health issues and services. He said Longfield was the only candidate in the riding who was willing to listen to him during the last federal election.

2017 also marks the 20th Anniversary of my efforts, in co-operation with the Caribbean Historical Society of Trinidad and Tobago, to revive – in Canada - the once annual celebration that existed throughout the British Empire in response to the passing of the 1833 British Imperial Act – the legislation that abolished chattel slavery. In Canada, Abolition followed the most and several other British successful revolution against controlled countries around slavery in the west, and the creation of the first African-

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controlled nation in the west, Haiti, following the successful revolution led by Toussaint L’Ouverture. Abolitionists, of African, European and indigenous backgrounds, found their efforts making more headway. In Britain, abolitionists issued a leader to the fledgling colony of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. As our first Lieutenant Governor, he was drawn into the situation revolving around Chloe Cooley. Chloe, forcibly bound and conveyed across the Niagara River, was sold to American slave agents. He feared the beginning of a trend by Canadian slave owners trying to make a quick profit selling their slaves to the Americans. Simcoe attempted to eradicate slavery so that this could not occur again. Given many of those he was in government with were slave owners and unwilling to divest themselves of their property, his effort resulted in compromise legislation. The slave-owning members were able to keep their slaves. It provided freedom to indentured servants (European Canadians) but providing for gradual freedom of African Canadians after they reached the aged of 25. This compromise legislation led the way for the end of enslavement in Canada, and was the first

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer will be replying to Irvine’s letter, according to his office. Elizabeth May has yet to respond. “The media pressure is helping,” Irvine said.

Irvine said those MPs showed a “deep commitment” to the cause in their responses to his letter. And that dedication, Irvine said, is what he wants MPs to show constituents who might be facing mental health battles or caring for loved ones fighting their own. He wants Canadians to know that there are people out there who care, “who have a deep drive in wanting to fight for all Canadians to be better funded and be better supported by the federal government and their

provinces.” I firmly believe that in this country we can stop it and we can make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of Canadians. He wants to spread the same message to Indigenous communities. “We care,” he said. “I care about what’s happening on reserves and I think it’s appalling.” “I care, and I hope that our politicians after this will care and will do something more to better your lives.” Irvine said the personal toll mental health has had on the lives around him has fuelled his commitment to the cause. “I don’t believe that any 15-year-old child, or any mother or any father across this country, or anybody, should lose a loved one, a friend, a family member to mental health or suicide,” he said. “I firmly believe that in this country we can stop it and we can make a huge difference in the lives of thousands of Canadians.” Are you in a crisis? If you need help, contact your local crisis centre. If you know someone who may be having thoughts of suicide, visit suicideprevention. ca to learn how to talk about suicide with the person you’re worried about. HuffPost:


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

Examining the Necessity to Apply for and Acquire Dual Citizenship of Ghana is perhaps the most important b en efi t en j o y ed b y d u al citizenship holders.

Dual citizenship is now a reality in Ghana. The citizenship Act 2000 allows a citizen of Ghana to hold the citizenship of any other country in addition to his or her Ghanaian citizenship. Dual citizenship confers several rights and privileges on the holder. It gives the individuals the right to obtain passports from either country of citizenship. A Ghanaian dual citizenship holder will be entitled to apply for a Ghanaian passport despite the fact he or she might be holding the passport of another country.

an offence if he uses two passports interchangeably and the Immigration is of the view that it is being done to deceive an immigration officer.

Dual citizenship could, in effect, be viewed as a simplified procedure for individuals to visit former homelands for extended periods of time. For example, Ghanaians holding dual citizenship are permitted to remain in Ghana without limitation provided they enter Ghana on a Ghanaian passport and not on a foreign passport. It should however be noted that a dual citizenship holder can be charged with

Dual citizenship also creates the opportunity to pursue employment opportunities in either country of nationality. Thus, by virtue of being a citizen of the countries, the dual citizenship holder would be allowed to work in the countries without work permit. He could also be entitled to social benefits, own land or property and to inherit assets from either country. The entitlement to convey nationality to offspring

Despite the foregoing advantages, dual citizenship has its own problems of which “divided loyalty’ is one. That the person holding dual nationality would contribute fairly and equally to the countries of his nationality by way of national service, taxation and in some other respects is an unrealistic and unreasonable expectation. Also, some domestic legal issues such as custody and inheritance disputes could be complicated when a dual national is involved as the laws of the countries of nationality might be in conflict with each other. The Government of Ghana has a policy of discriminating against dual citizens in certain respects and this has been under debate for some time now. A citizen of Ghana who also holds the citizenship of any other country in addition to his citizenship of Ghana, does not qualify to hold

several appointments among which are: an appointment as a Chief Justice and a Justice of Supreme Court; an Ambassador or a High Commissioner; a Secretary to the Cabinet; a Chief of Defence Staff; an Inspector-General of Police; a Commissioner, customs Excise and Preventive Service; and a Director of Immigration Service. In addition, the dual citizenship holder can also not be a Commissioner, Value Added Service; a Director-General of Prisons Service; a Chief Fire Officer; a Minister or Deputy Minister; a Chief Director of Ministry; a rank of Colonel in the Army or its equivalent in other security services; and any other public offices that the Minister for Interior may by legislative instrument prescribe. Holding dual citizenship, no doubt, gives the citizen some sense of belonging and security while in Ghana. That notwithstanding, the current

Dual Citizenship Act that bars dual citizens from holding certain high public offices does not, in this regard, seem to treat dual citizens on an equal footing as the other Ghanaians. Several dual citizenship holders complain about this discriminatory treatment but the Government could cite reasons of “divided loyalty and allegiance” and “national security” to justify the policy of excluding such persons from holding certain “sensitive” positions. The reasonableness and justification of the Government’s policy of “exclusion” may depend on how one perceives fairness and equality as balanced against loyalty to a nation and national security.

James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758.

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Man fined ¢1,000 for stripping woman

By Joe Kingsley Eyiah and Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

A man who manhandled awoman and stripped her naked in publichas been fined 1,000 cedi by an AgonaSwedru District Magistrate Court in the Central Region of Ghana. The 29-year old man, MaxwellAdzeame, who operates an internet café has also been instructed by his Worship Isaac Apeatu, to compensate the victim whose name has been withheld.The convict, also known nocturnal Maxwell, was accused of pouncing on the complainant at her shop, held her by the throat, manhandled her and stripped her naked in the full glare of her workers.

Maxwe l l d i d t h i s aft er h e h ad been asked to stop sending the complainant’s workers on errands without her permission. Incensed by the instruction, the accused confronted the complainant and started a fight with her. In his judgement, His Worship Apeatu indicated that the misunderstanding which arose between the complainant and the accused needed not have resulted in the latter stripping the former naked. From the evidence given, he said, the actions of the accused were ‘calculated and intentional’ and that Maxwell

“carried out his actions with precision to arrive at the desired outcome”. “He [the accused] was only interested in provoking the complainant into a fight so that he could beat her and do something worse to humiliate her. “When on both two attempts he was not successful in provoking her, he came the third time and that time, he succeeded,” the judge intimated. He added that “it is becoming too many these days to hear men strip women naked and snap their nakedness on their phone for public display”.

“[While] I do not think the accused intended to expose her and video her the way others have been doing”, he continued, “…the very thought of squeezing her neck to provoke her into a fight in order to raise her dress to expose her was in every way intended.” His Worship Apeatu held that the accused “intended to cause harm, pain, fear, annoyance and humiliation” by the manner in which he treated the complainant and therefore found him guilty of assault. TheCourt also warnedGhanaian men to stop stripping women naked and humiliating them at the least provocation.

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The 16th Annual Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards a celebration of Excellence Honoring our Community Achievers Hosted by The Ghanaian News in November 26th 2017

Call for 2017 Award Nominations Awards Criteria and Selection Process This year’s (2017) presentation recognizes achievements in the following areas: 1. National honour: A community member whose work/contributions have been recognized nationally in Canada and thus brought recognition and pride to our community. 2. Community Service/Voluntarism: Persons who have consistently volunteered their time for a minimum of two years to a project or cause in our community or the larger Canadian society which has contributed to the quality of life of our community and/or Canadian society. 3. Professional Excellence: A continuous display of professional competence and excellence, devoid of any ethical violations in a person’s professional field or practice which can serve as a model for other professionals in our community. 4. Academic Excellence: Top class performance in academic pursuits at various levels of the educational ladder from High Schools, Colleges (CEGEP in Quebec), University or vocational/Professional training. Cultural Promotion: An individual, group or organization which has worked consistently to promote Ghanaian culture for visible recognition in Canadian society. 6. Music, Arts and Entertainment/Firm Production: Individual or group artistes living in Canada who have consistently excelled and promoted Ghanaian music, Arts or other entertainment activities to international recognition levels over the past five years. 7. Sports: A consistent performance and achievement in the sports sector which has won nation-wide recognition and thus brought honour to our community. 8. Religion: Church groups or Religious organizations that have promoted religious and moral values in our community over the past five years. 9. Community Business Pioneers: Individuals or groups whose pioneering efforts in the business sector have spurred on and motivated other community members to venture into the business field.

2017 Nomination Form I wish to nominate: Mr./Mrs./Ms/Miss/Dr........................................................................................................................................................................ Address.......................................................................................................................................Category........................................................................ For an award at the above event for the following reasons:............................................................................................................................................. Name of Sponsor.................................................................................................................Tel #...................................................................................... Please mail, fax or e-mail this nomination form to: The Awards Selection Committee, c/o The Ghanaian News Corporation, 2256 Sheppard Ave., Suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M9M 1L7, Fax: 416-916-6701, Email: Deadline for nominations: Sept 30, 2017

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Mohamed Ibn Chambas undertakes a solidarity visit to Freetown The SRSG welcomed all the assistance to the country and particularly commended West Africa and Africa for their mobilization The Special Representative of the Secretary General carried out a solidarity visit to Freetown, Sierra Leone from august 23 to 25, following the mudslide that claimed 494 lives and the disappearance of hundreds of people. During his stay, the SRSG interacted with the UNCT and the diplomatic community, including the Secretary General of the Mano River Union. He was also granted an audience by the President of the Republic. He finally visited the site. The SRSG was apprised of the situation on the ground and the efforts being deployed to assist the country. He extended UN’s solidarity and support to the Government and the people of Sierra Leone, including in the area of rehabilitation. He announced that UN Habitat and UNEP will carry out an assessment

mission with a view to developing a medium to long term strategy to prevent and manage risks. The SRSG welcomed all the assistance to the country and particularly commended West Africa and Africa for their mobilization. He acknowledged the tremendous work of the UNCT and encouraged them to stay the course. The SRSG highlighted the mandate given to WFP to particularly help the authorities with the logistical management of the aid received. He finally reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to continue assisting Sierra Leone with the development of its organizational and logistical capacities as part of joint efforts to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) | 


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Removing the name of John A. Liberals target 60,000 student work MacDonald from federal building placements with funding roll out is not in the plans of the Liberal Jordan Press, The Canadian Press co-ops being offered, which have more Government than doubled in recent years.” OTTAWA -- The federal government is says Prime Minister Trudeau rolling out millions in new spending to Employers are asking for it too. By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Ottawa

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government has no plans to delete the name of Sir John A. Macdonald - Canada’s first prime minister - from anything under federal responsibility. Tr u d e a u m a d e t h e c o m m e n t M o n d a y, August 28, 2017 outside o f Rideau Hall, the G o v e r n o r G e n e r a l ’s residence, following a cabinet shuffle. Ottawa has faced increased pressure from Indigenous advocates to confront the way historical figures are celebrated after an

Federation of Ontario for its motion, but Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said she thought it missed the mark.

Ontario teachers’ union passed a motion last week calling for the removal of Macdonald’s name from elementary schools in the province. Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde commended the Elementary Teachers’

In June, Trudeau decided to remove the name of Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation, from the Ottawa building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office. Tr u d e a u m a d e t h e announcement after Bellegarde and Indigenous MPs called for the change because Langevin was an architect of the residential school system.

Cabinet shuffle reveals sharper focus on Indigenous affairs By Joan Bryden OTTAWA Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made former TV host Seamus O’Regan his new veterans affairs minister Monday in a mid-mandate shakeup that puts cabinet stalwart Jane Philpott at the heart of a retooled Indigenous Affairs department. Philpott is taking on a new Indigenous Services portfolio to work alongside Carolyn Bennett, whose new title - minister of CrownIndigenous relations and northern affairs signals a sharper focus on reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples. Ginette Petitpas Taylor becomes the new health minister, while Carla Qualtrough becomes minister of public works and procurement, replacing Newfoundland and Labrador MP Judy Foote, whose resignation p r o m p t e d M o n d a y ’s shuffle. It’s widely seen as one of the toughest portfolios in cabinet, responsible for handling the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system as well as handling defence procurement challenges. O’Regan and Bennett were seen arriving at Rideau Hall for the swearing-in ceremony. Asked his feelings about being named to cabinet, O’Regan would

only say, “For once, I’m speechless.” Foote, who had been on leave from her cabinet portfolio, said last week that she was resigning her House of Commons seat for family health reasons. O’Regan’s promotion ensures a continued seat at the cabinet table for Newfoundland and Labrador. With Trudeau having made gender parity in cabinet a big part of his government’s identity, he also needed to add a promising female backbencher to the cabinet table to restore the balance upset by Foote’s departure. That turned out to be Ginette Petitpas Taylor, whose promotion to the Health portfolio indicates a strong degree of confidence in the rookie New Brunswick MP. The opposite could perhaps be said about Kent Hehr, who was shuffled out of Veterans Affairs to take over for Qualtrough in the Sport and Persons with Disabilities portfolio. The Liberals were elected two years ago on a promise to address many of the complaints veterans had raised about their treatment under the Conservative government. The biggest promise was to re-introduce lifelong disability pensions, which

had been eliminated in favour of a lump-sum payments and a new system of benefits for injured ex-soldiers in 2006. But the Liberals have since waffled on that promise, and Hehr ’s folksy style and vague promises had failed to quell growing complaints that the government was breaking its key promises to veterans. In terms of cabinet newcomers, the 46-year-old O’Regan, a former CTV television p e r s o n a l i t y, w a s a marquee choice. He was first elected in 2015 and is a close personal friend of the prime minister.

help thousands of students heading back to campus find work placements during The government has been told by its their studies. economic advisory council that it needs to put more resources into what’s known The Liberals had promised to spend as work-integrated learning because $73 million over four years on provided existing efforts are “insufficient to make work-integrated learning opportunities real impact” in the “real gap” that exists with the money supposed to start in worker readiness. flowing a year ago. Not all companies want to make the The spending was delayed until this investment that some, like Siemens academic year to sign funding deals with Canada, have made in work-integrated the employer groups that are going to learning, which would only further delay provide spots to students. closing the gap in worker readiness, said Tom Murad, head of Siemens Canada’s The 2016 budget predicted the money Engineering and Technology Academy. would create up to 8,700 placements over four years, but Labour Minister Without deep funding, “you’re not Patty Hajdu announced Monday going to see too many people going in the funding will create up to 10,000 that direction,” he said. positions. It was the first in a series of federal back-to-school announcements. “They will do shortcuts, partial implementation, but those partial Over half of undergraduates already implementations are not going to give have the opportunity to work as part of the same results and they may be selftheir studies by the time they graduate, defeating.” but the hope from universities is to have 100 per cent coverage in the future, A blunt October 2016 presentation because schools see it as such a critical for the economic advisory council’s way for students to transition into the sub-committee on education and workforce, said Pari Johnston, vice- training says companies believe the president, policy and public affairs at “majority of graduates are unprepared Universities Canada. for the workforce” and that schools are “sometimes constrained by professional “Students are asking for it,” she said. accreditation groups” that hinder “The demand is very high and we’ve changes to curriculum and training seen a real increase in the number of programs. cont’d on pg. 32


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Community Information Book Launching Title: Understanding Love: Biblical & Cultural Perspectives Author: Rev. Dr. Charles Mantey Date: Sunday October 22, 2017 Time: 2:00 p.m. Venue: De Runa Banquet Hall 30 Gordon Mackay Road, North York (formerly Luna Ballroom)

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United States and Ghana Promote New pilot nominee program in Seed Sector Development Ontario for construction and agri jobs By Kaitlin Jingco

In Ghana, Feed the Future works to enhance agricultural productivity, links farmers to market and trade opportunities, and boost the nutrition of the most vulnerable populations

Last week, the Province of Ontario launched a new pilot project for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program(OINP): the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream. This potentially permanent addition to OINP will help Ontario employers in the high-demand sectors of construction and agriculture to secure foreign workers. ONIP was developed by the Government of Ontario to help fill positions that employers have been unable to fill with Canadians. While helping the province to meet economic and labour goals, the program simultaneously helps foreign workers gain permanent residency in Canada. “Newcomers to Ontario are a valuable source of skilled labour,” says the Ontario Immigration website. “If you are an Ontario employer having difficulty finding the workers you need, Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program may be the program for you.” With the new In-Demand

Skills Stream project, foreign installers and servicers, heavy equipment operators, farmhands, greenhouse and nursery labourers, construction workers and butchers and meat handlers will be able to find employment in Ontario more easily. These occupations were selected as the government says workers for these specific jobs are in especially in demand. Further, they say that foreign talent in these fields will help the market to improve. “Ontario’s economic growth depends on attracting immigrants with

the right skills to fill our labour market needs so that our employers and communities can thrive and excel,” says Laura Albanese, the Ontario minister of citizenship and immigration. “The new In-Demand Skills Stream under the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program will put these talents where they are needed and support Ontario’s booming construction and agriculture industries.” For more information on the Employer Job Offer In-Demand Skills Stream, visit OI_PNPINDEMAND. html.  

Liberals target 60,000 student work placements with funding roll out cont’d from pg. 30 The presentation obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act suggests companies need to have a hand in shaping curriculum, without mentioning that the process is usually long and can get bogged down in debates. The Liberals are keen to fund placements for undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields -- known as “STEM” disciplines. Those fields are typically ones that lend themselves well to work-integrated learning because of the need for students to apply their education in a real-world environment, said Murad. The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations said this week it was

happy to see the government provide opportunities to STEM and business students, but hoped the Liberals would expand the program to all academic disciplines. Minutes from a Dec. 8, 2016 meeting of federal and provincial education officials showed interest in doing just that, but also creating similar opportunities at the high school level. In the ensuing months, Ontario promised to spend $190 million over three years so secondary and post-secondary students could get on-the-job learning. “If provinces were to say to me, ‘Hey we really want the federal government engaged at a younger age’, I would not be opposed to exploring that, but I actually haven’t heard that request from the provinces yet,” Hajdu said in a recent interview.

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On August 24, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future Initiative, launched the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG), in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other development partners. NASTAG is a partnership between producers, traders, government institutions and processors in the seed industry. The Association aims to spur private sector investment and promote the use of high-quality certified seed. In attendance were, USAID/Ghana Agriculture Team Leader Jenna Tajchman and Deputy Minister of Agriculture Honorable Dr. Sagre Bambangi, who highlighted the importance of growing Ghana’s seed industry to build a food secure future. At the event, seven new Executive Council Members of the Association were inducted into office to grow the competitiveness of Ghana’s seed industry. The Executive Council will work to strengthen the business and technical skills of its members, promote collaboration between seed value chain actors, and advocate on regulations, standardization and the provision of general seed information to all stakeholders.

Developing Ghana’s seed sector is a top priority for USAID and its partners, and today’s launch is a milestone for the sector’s growth The Government of Ghana has prioritized seed as a pillar in its flagship agriculture program, “Planting for Food and Jobs,” and NASTAG will play a leading role in its implementation. In Ghana, promoting the growth of the seed industry and ensuring access to quality certified seed has the potential to boost agricultural productivity, as well as enhance food and nutrition security in the country. “We believe improving the seed sector is critical to Ghana’s economic growth. Developing Ghana’s seed sector is a top priority for USAID and its partners, and today’s launch is a milestone for the sector’s growth,” remarked Mrs. Tajchman. “NASTAG is a critical and necessary organization to develop Ghana’s seed sector.” USAID and its Feed the Future partners support NASTAG with strategic planning, technical assistance, and increasing access to quality seeds for Ghanaian farmers. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to enhance agricultural productivity, links farmers to market and trade opportunities, and boost the nutrition of the most vulnerable populations. Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana | 

Attorney General and Deputy ‘clash’ over prosecution date for NDC appointees cont’d from pg. 20 will impact negatively on the team.

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St. Louis Old Students Association inaugurated at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Sunday 27, August 2017

Guest displaying Ghana flag at Ghanafest

Prof Baffoe of Ghanaian News visits Celebration of life of Abigail Afia Canadian High Commission Accra Bafowaah daughter and mother By Jonathan Baah Annobil respevely of Mr. & Mrs. C.K. Baffoe and Nana Ama Serwaah held at Church of Pentecost on Sat. Aug. 26, 2017

H. E. Heather Cameron, Canadian High Commissioner in Ghana with Prof. Michael Baffoe at the High Commission

Prof. Michael Baffoe, Contributing Editor of the versatile Ghanaian News Canada paid a courtesy call on the Canadian High Commissioner in Ghana, Accra, H.E Heather Cameron. The visit was cont’d on pg. 68

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News Story-Pastor Oppong Damson Elected the new Ministerial Secretary of the Ontario Conference of the SDA Church By Joe Kingsley Eyiah

serving under Pastor Kwabena Donkor, the then Senior Pastor of the church. They worked together to establish another Ghanaian SDA Church (Heritage) in the Jane/Finch area of Toronto.

Ghanaian Pastor of the Ruth Seventhday Adventist (SDA) Church based in Brampton, Pastor Damson Kwaku Oppong has been elected the new Ministerial Secretary of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for the next five years. His election took place during the Conference’s weekend-long 34th constituency meeting on Friday, August 18, 2017 at College Park Adventist Church, Oshawa. Over 700 delegates from OntarioCanada attended the weekend of worship, evaluation of the quadrennium, election of officers, ministry directors and a board of governors, and engaged in planning for the church’s first quinquennium (2017-2022). Pastor Damson first came to TorontoCanada (from Great Britain where he

Pastor & Mrs Damson Oppong studied theology and public nursing) in 2001 as the Youth Pastor for the Toronto Ghanaian SDA Church

7th Annual African Day Held in Toronto

When Pastor Donkor was appointed to the World Headquarters of the SDA Church in USA, Pastor Damson became the Senior Pastor for both Ghanaian SDA Churches in Toronto. He served the two churches for 13 years before he was transferred by the Ontario Conference to head the Ruth SDA Church in BramptonOntario. During that time he also served on the Executive Committee of the Conference. He also organized successfully Annual African Day of

Worship for African Adventists living in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) for 7 consecutive years to present. Pastor Damson and his beautiful wife, Linda have served the Ruth SDA Church for nearly three and half years helping to complete a huge church building and establishing a vibrant Seniors’ Ministry for Ruth church! They have 3 sons. The Ghanaian News wish to congratulate Pastor Damson on his higher office in the Conference and prays for God’s guidance for the family as they move to the Conference headquarters in Oshawa to serve the SDA Church in Ontario in the new position. Bravo!

Toronto Ghanaian SDA Church works with Toronto Emergency Services to promote safety

From Joe Kingsley Eyiah, 51 Meadow Place, Toronto The premises of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church at 51 Meadow Place in Toronto was on Saturday, August 5, 2017 filled to capacity with African Seventhday Adventists (SDA) and their friends as well as well-wishers from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to celebrate the 7th Annual African Day. The day instituted in 2010 under the dynamic leadership of Pastor Oppong Damson to

the Ontario Conference of SDA and often been graced by the President or the Executive Secretary o r t h e Tr e a s u r e r o f the Conference. It brings together African Canadian Adventists from countries like Ghana, Nigeria, Angola, Togo, Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cote d’ V to mention a celebrate the ‘Africa ness’ few, to worship, sing and of Adventists living in the dine in the African style. GTA has been recognized T h i s y e a r ’s s e r m o n by the administration of cont’d on pg. 45

By: Andy Norbert On Saturday, August 1 2 TH, 2 0 1 7 , t h e Toronto Ghanaian and MaltonSeventh Day Adventist Churches,

located on 285 Attwell Road partnered with t h e To r o n t o P o l i c e Department’s 23 Division and the Office of The Toronto Fire Department

West District’s Division Commander to conduct an evacuation drill on the church premises. cont’d on pg. 56

GaDangbe Association of Toronto holds dinner/dance to end 2017 Homowo Festival By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto A big dinner cum dance was held at the Forum Banquet Hall Toronto on Saturday August 19, 2017by the GaDangbe Association of Toronto (GDAT to round off their 2017 Homowo festivities. The dinner also doubled as a fundraiser to support the Sick Kids Ghana Foundation. The association on Sunday August 6, 2017 organized a picnic at the G. Ross Lord Park in Toronto where NiiKweiAku V, GaMantse (chief) of GDAT was installed at a very colorful ceremony. The installation was conducted by Numo Akron I (Dr.), GDAT Wulomo in Toronto. Such ceremonies back home are extensive but were shortened over here. After the installation, the people led by NiiKweiAku V danced and jubilated in a big circle of unity. Nii Kwei Aku V and his entourage doing the Wogbejeke dance A chief in the African context is an important leader who rallies his people Koteysaid the opening prayer. It was anthems of Canada and Ghana were with the support of the chieftaincy democracy in the world. followed with brief introduction of the rendered to thunderous applause from the institution that existed before any At the dinner/dance, Mr. Eugene celebration after which the national cont’d on pg. 45


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Good News International Church opens Jane & Finch Intergenerational Computer Literacy Project for Minority Seniors By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto 276 Eddystone Avenue, North York, Ontario was the venue for the official launching of Jane and Finch Intergenerational Computer Literacy project for minority seniors. The project is funded by the Canadian Government and organized by Good News International Church led by Rev. Emmanuel Oduro on Saturday August 12, 2017. A team of dedicated IT volunteers are teaching the minority seniors on how to use a computer eg composing and sending email, video chatting with grandchildren and families across the globe. Classes are held on the church’s premises on

Tuesdays and Thursdays from to 12 noon. As part of the launching p r o g r a m , D r. B e n Ekuban was on hand to lecture the audience on various diseases and its cure especially the use of herbal medicine to cure certain ailments. He said he phases out the orthodox medicine gradually as he dispenses the herbal medicine. After his lecture, he answered series of questions from the audience.Babrinde Williams of Drum Circle (founded Drums et. al) led the congregation in playing various drums to rhythmic beats. The workshop was also part of the senior’s workshop. Babrinde migrated to

Canada in 2000 and is regarded as one of Canada’s most prolific and respected drumming instructors. The MC for the event was Nadine Miller.

Pastor Emmanuel Oduro, Snr. Pastor/Host Group picture of church members and some guests

Free Spirituality Course Good News International Church is offering 3 months free spirituality and prophetic teachings for Pastors and Church Leaders only. Professors are from: Tyndale Seminary, Ghana, Nigeria Date: Sept. 13 2017 Location: 276 Eddystone Ave. Wednesdays: 9 a,m, - 12 noon Tel: 416-559-1000

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IT Workshop Pastor and Mrs. Oduro Dr. Ben Ekuban

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Frankly Speaking Chop, Chop in Ghana: “We no fear huu” The Corruption Saga in Ghana is frightening By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

The new government in Ghana under Nana Addo DankwaAkufo Addo has vowed to fight the deep and entrenched canker of corruption in the country. As part of this crusade, the government has promised to prosecute any public official found to have engaged in any financial malfeasance which may have caused financial loss to the state. Put simply, anybody who is found and proved to have stolen public money will be prosecuted. As part of this avowed mission, the New Patriotic Party (which now forms the government of Ghana), promised during the election campaign to set up an Office of Special Prosecutor whose main duty will be to investigate suspected cases of financial misconduct and prosecute such persons. This exercise, they promised, has a two-pronged objective: to retrieve stolen public monies and to serve as a strong deterrent to other potential thieves of the public finances. This avowed anticorruption agenda of the NPP government has already hit one major road block. The government introduced the Special Prosecutor ’s Bill to

Parliament sometime in May this year but was forced to withdraw it because the Opposition NDC Party raised some technical issues on it claiming that the Bill should have been Gazetted at least fourteen days before being laid before Parliament. The government subsequently withdrew the Bill and we have not heard of it again. This move was surprising… almost shocking. This NPP government is populated by many seasoned lawyers. Most of its 169 Members of Parliament are lawyers. Their majority Leader in Parliament, Kyei Mensah Bonsu, who is also the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, is a veteran of Parliament. It therefore beats understanding how all these experienced and seasoned lawyers, l aw - m a k e r s an d t o p

government legal brains did not detect this simple procedural flaw in the introduction of the Special Prosecutor Bill to Parliament. Questions are therefore being asked by well-meaning Ghanaians and keen observers of the Ghanaian political scene with interest in the proposed fight against corruption whether this “flaw” on the part of the government was a deliberate attempt to stall the very process they themselves have vowed to initiate and prosecute. There has also been public disagreement at the government’s own legal and justice department as the way forward for the prosecution of suspected corrupt public officials. In July this year, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfreid Dame vowed that his outfit was ready to start prosecuting suspected corrupt officials from October this year. However on Monday August 28th, 2017, the substantive Minister for Justice and Attorney General, M s . G l o r i a A k u ff o , announced publicly that the government was not in a hurry to send suspected corrupt officials to court. She claimed that the government was taking its time to build solid

evidence on such persons before proceeding to court. Really?? So who and what should the Ghanaian people believe? Is Nana AkufoAddo’s NPP government really serious in fighting this epidemic called “corruption” which has eaten into every fabric of Ghanaian society? They better be, because the evidence and official information that are emerging from various accounts and sources in the country paint very sickening pictures of the extent to which public officials have brazenly and shamelessly stolen money from the national treasury. A few examples: Information that was released by the Auditor General from its 2014 and 2015 Audits of public agencies, departments and Ministries showed a wanton disregard for decency and the use of public money in these o u t f i t s . To p a m o n g these were the stealing of government vehicles under the guise of public “auction” through which new and used government vehicles were sold to workers in these outfits without going through the laid-down procedures for disposing o ff “ u n s e r v i c e a b l e ” government vehicles. This practice of stealing government vehicles under the guise of public “auction” which were never made public, was even worse at the Electoral Commission where top officials including former the world, freedom from Commission Chair, Dr. chattel slavery. It is the K w a d w o A f a r i D j a n , reason that the largest shared the Commission’s freedom movement in the v e h i c l e s a m o n g west, the Underground themselves at ridiculously Railroad, began since low prices. freedom under the law Another major bombshell could be found in the that has surfaced in area we now call Canada.  Ghana over the past few It is a recognition of the days is a major stealing resistance of African peoples in Africa, syndicate unearthed at on slave ships, on the Social Security and plantations and as part National Insurance Trust of rebellions from Haiti (SSNIT), the public & Toussaint L’Overture body charged with the through to Nat Turner, management of workers’ or from Nanny of the pension funds. There Maroons through to have been complaints and Harriet Tubman.   lamentations of retirees Recently, at an on how difficult it has Emancipation Day event been for them to access hosted by the Office of Equity, Diversity and their pension funds. The Inclusion of Ryerson process of getting paid University, a petition was one’s pension has been publicly launched for a so cumbersome, at times national declaration of taking years to process. Emancipation Day by the Many retired workers Royal Commonwealth h a v e d i e d w i t h o u t Society. Join the been able to access initiative, sign the and enjoy the monies petition:

Emancipation Day 2017 cont’d from pg. 15 successful Bill 111, the first co-sponsored act of the Ontario ProvincialLegislature! It was introduced by Ted Arnott, MPP and Maria Van Bommel, MPP withthe support of Peter Kormos, MPP. It was passed unanimously on December 4, 2008. The first official observance of August 1st as Emancipation Day throughout theProvince of Ontario took place in July 2009 at Queen’s Park with the OBHS. Now commemorated annually in the Province of Ontario. And this is the first reception to mark the enactment of Aug 1st as Emancipation Day, the pinnacle of freedom in the highest office in Ontario. Emancipation in Ontario initiated the speed of the first freedom movement of the Americas, the

Underground Railroad, bringing thousands of people to Toronto and beyond to experience liberty. The greatest impact of the British Imperial Act was framing the Canada that we know even today as a land of freedom. It positioned Canada as open to new arrivals, it secured Canada as being distinct from the United States in terms of slavery, it is the legal president that launched the creation of the Canadian identify and which underscores our present values of being supporting diversity, seeking equity and facilitating inclusion. It is something that we ought to commemorate across this country. Why commemorate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day? It is the symbol of the beginning of freedom for enslaved peoples around

they contributed to the pension fund managed by the SSNIT. In the meantime, while the retired workers are living in abject poverty and suffering, the officials at the SSNIT were stealing their pension money to the tune of millions of United States Dollars. They were investing some of these monies in useless investments with little or no positive returns to the workers’ pension fund. Early this month, August 2017, information was made public by the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) that the SSNIT had purchased a supposed software that was to be designed and used to manage the workers’ pension fund. The contract was initially priced at US$34 million. It ballooned to US$66 million along the line and eventually the SSNIT paid a whooping US$72 million to some company for this software that was then found to be faulty and unworkable. What happened to the US$72 million that was sunk into this project? Wheeeew!!!! It has gone down the drain into the pockets of top officials of the SSNIT. US$72 million has been blown and disappeared into private pockets while the workers who contributed their hard-earned salaries to this fund do not get paid the paltry sums of their pensions in local Ghanaian Cedis and they die in poverty! The most shocking of this SSNIT US$72 million software loot is that the head of the SSNIT Information Management systems (IT) department who managed and oversaw this stealing syndicate did not possess the academic qualifications he claimed to have by which he was hired. This guy named

Dr. CalebAfaglo, claimed to have a Bachelor’s, M a s t e r ’s a n d P h . D Degrees all of which were found to have been faked. How then did he get the job in 2015 in the first place? Then there has been over the past couple of months, another scandal unearthed at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Bulk Oil Storage (BOST) under which millions of refined crude oil were regularly declared as “contaminated” while the officials sold them on the open market and pocketed the monies amounting to millions of Ghanaian Cedis. This practice has gone on for years. You wonder whether people who engage in this practice of stealing public money with not fear of accounting for their evil deed really sleep peacefully at night while millions of their compatriots, including children, live in abject poverty. Millions of children in Ghana have no safe structures to house them in schools; more than half of the road network in the country are impassable; people die in hospitals because there are no drugs; a few people connive and burn down the whole national Medical Stores. A government probe into the incident identified those who did it, yet no one is held accountable. The list goes on and on and on. Where isNana Akufo Addo and his government going to start from in this anti-corruption fight? Are all these revelations backed by solid evidence not enough to kick the government to move quickly on its antigovernment agenda to stop the profuse bleeding going on in the domain of public finances? We pause here for answers. More anon!


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The Ghanaian Workforce Is Responsible For Lack Of Jobs In The Country By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi

“All the money you’re ever going to have is currently in the hands of someone else’s” – Earl Nightingale. Now throw out the Suggestion box and listen to your customers if you want to stay alive! Before you start this piece you need a word of warning. That means there will be parts of this piece you won’t like. It will make you blow your emotional gasket easily without notice. Why would I say that? Why would any writer begin his writing by telling his readers they won’t like what he’s about to write? Because you will find out soon enough anyway, and I think you should be forewarned .Telling you this upfront just seems more honest to me. Now to begin with I think you’re a thief! “What? Hold it! .How dare you called me a thief! You don’t even know me!” Oh sure I do. I know you well enough without ever having to meet you face to face and tell you that every day you steal at work. While you are probably not stealing money from the cash register or embezzling funds from the big accounts or even swiping papers; I can still guarantee you are a lowdown, dirty thief. Yes, anytime you don’t give your best effort at work, you’re practically stealing from your company and co-workers because they have to pick up your slack. You steal from your customers because they pay retail for your best effort with the hope that they will get a better service

Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi from you .And, it doesn’t matter if you work for the government or you’re a self –appointed, potholes road contractor on weekends on our pot-holes infected and accident- prone roads. Remember customers don’t do business with companies; they do with the employees of the company. And, they pay your salary and define the market share of your service or products. Now that we have that out of the way, can you tell already that this is not going to be your typical article to read today? I hope so! However, don’t delete this; you might like part of it. This piece is for you if you work for a living, have ever worked for a living, or ever planned on working for a living. It’s for young adults who are straight out of college and about to start their first real jobs. It’s for the CEO who has been around for five decades. It’s for the receptionist, secretary, the salesperson, the stock clerk, and the janitor and anyone who

has a job---whether you manage others or others manage you. Now let’s get started. Let me beat you up, tick you off, and possibly teach you something along the way about things you probably know already, but didn’t know you do. To begin with, we should understand why we all get up and go to work every day. Supposedly, there are three basic reasons why we go to work: 1 . To k e e p o u r e x i s t i n g customers. 2. To create new customers 3. To make yourself and your organization (company) the kind that other people are dying to do business with. This is it! Those are the reasons you go to work every single day. Of course, I know many of you will immediately vow or swear and put their hands on the Bible to reject these reasons by saying you do not have customers because you probably work for the government, but you do. Everyone has customers unless you’re blood donor. You might call them something else, but you still have them .You might call them clients, patients, students, audience, spectators, fans, listeners, consumers or co-workers or employees. The thing to remember is this: As long as you’re providing a service you have customers. We all have to serve “somebody”, and in business that somebody is called ‘a customer’. You got it? Good! And businesses exist because of customers not employees. Customers determine whether

or not to increase supply, hire more workers, deliver shareholders’ dividends, build more factories and warehouses, relocate, or make more music albums. Therefore customers should be treated like kings and queens if we want to stay in business. The problem is we forget that while we still want to create more jobs. This is one thing Ghanaians don’t get it and it’s the reason why there are no jobs in Ghana. Forget the onedistrict- one- factory mumbo -jumbo if we’re not willing to change. The funny thing most of us do in this part of the world about work is that we lie to our significant others when we say we’re going ‘to work’. You’re all lairs! You and those you work with. Just turn around and tell your neighbor ,’you’re all liars!’. Most studies say that people actually work only about half of the time they are on the job. We spend the major part of the work hours to goof- off. You know about goofing -off, don’t you? You do it about half of the time when you’re “at work”. Yes, only half of the time is spent at work the rest is for socializing, eating, griping, working on lottery numbers, writing e-mails, gossiping, surfing the web, drinking coffee, whatsapping, facebooking, daydreaming, going to the bathroom more than you need to, etc. And you’re stretching every thirty minutes break to fifty minutes and lunch hour to seventy-five minutes. I’m not even putting in

the time you use faking illness. This translates into a fifty percent effort from 100 percent of the employees. And the reason this is unchecked is because every person in the company (or organization) is doing it—from the janitor to the CEO and driver to the mail man and from the K-G 1 teacher to the head teacher. When everyone works half of the time, it takes twice as many people to do the work. That translates to higher payroll expenses, higher insurance costs, higher taxes, and higher prices. The high cost of doing business in Ghana is the result of lazy people like you working. Oh, you surely don’t want to know the long -term effects of lazy workers on our education system, health and longevity . You were hired to generate more revenue for your company than you cost the company. Your contribution must outweigh the expenses your company makes on you. You do that by not goofing –off but doing the assigned tasks in a fast, efficient, cost-effective way. You do that by being proficient at doing the right things. You know you’re doing a great job when your customers are happy and become your company’s evangelists. You know you’re doing a great job when you can do the following: 1. When you can satisfy your ‘customers’ needs, want, or cont’d on pg. 61


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Tips for Preparing for Secondary School Course Selection By Golda Abena Quayson One of the important challenges that face our youth, and especially parents, is the choice of courses they take in High School which will prepare them for post-secondary education or training. Most parents have no idea what courses are available for their children and the process of making informed choices in this area. Most of our youth also take certain courses because their friends are taking them. They also do not consider whether they have the aptitude to take these courses. They do not consider whether these courses will offer them the tools that they need in post-secondary education or training We also know that most visible minority youth are pushed into certain courses by School Guidance Counselors who know very well that those courses will take the youth no-where. It is a known fact that some school counselors have the tendency to push visible minority youth, especially Black youth, into courses that have the impact of pushing them into only vocational training. As parents, we need to constantly ask ourselves whether we are knowledgeable about or familiar with the type of High School courses that will determine the program our children will take after high school. These courses will also determine the type of program your child will take in college or university. Students are usually given course selection forms at the beginning of the year which they need to fill out and submit to their teachers. These forms will determine the type of course selections which are used to place them into various courses. It is important for parents to be involved in the course selection process to help their children pick the pathway and courses that are appropriate for their interests and abilities. The courses that students choose can affect their opportunities to obtain higher grades and their career path after they leave High School. Guidance counselors are also available to provide information and advice to parents and students. I strongly suggest to parents not to leave this important exercise to their children and Guidance Counselors alone. Being involved sends a powerful message to the schools and their counselors that you are interested in the academic and career path of your child. It will also reduce the possibility of counselors just pushing your child into any courses and diverting their academic and career

path in the process. There are three different selection areas of study that will determine y o u r c h i l d ’s f u t u r e academic and career path: These are: Academic/ Advance, Applied/Regular and Essential/Vocational/ Locally Developed. The Academic/Advance area of study will allow your child to enter university after grade 12 and to be able to enter into almost every program in the university. These courses Academics/ Advance subjects are selected in the area of study where more emphasis and details are taught for deeper understanding. This area allows your child to have broad knowledge about the entire subject she/he took at high school. It also allows your child to enter into programs that will lead her/him to careers like law school, medicine/medical school and teachers’ colleges and many other options. It is possible easy for your child to make a change in program along the line. The Applied/ Regular courses will allow your child to enter into some universities and most colleges and register into specific programs like nursing, dental assistants and lab technicians. These areas of studies allow your child to have the basic understanding of various courses and subjects. The Vocational/ Essential/Locally Developed courses or training is geared towards trade and apprenticeship programs in vocational schools. This program allows your child to learn a specific trades like carpentry, hair dressing but they limit your child’s options. The student becomes specialized in only one trade field. Graduation Requirements: In order to graduate from an Ontario secondary school, students need to earn credits in 30 courses between grades 9 and 12, usually earned within four or five years. They need to earn credits in 18 compulsory and 12 optional courses.  They also need to complete 40/30 hours of community service depending on the school policy. Students must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or the Ontario Secondary School

Literacy Course.   Course Choices in Grades 9 and 10: Students must take a number of compulsory courses including English, mathematics, science, geography, history, physical education and French. They choose their compulsory courses from three pathways known as Locally Developed (sometimes called Essentials), Applied or Academic. These pathways are based on proposed destinations after high school: Workplace, College, University/College or University. Not all high schools offer all types of courses. Students can choose courses from more than one pathway. For example, a student can take Applied English and Academic math. They also choose from optional courses (called Open courses) in subjects that interest them. In some cases, students may switch from one kind of course to another by repeating a course or by taking a transfer course, offered in summer school or as an independent study course. English as a Second Language Programs, parents whose children will be taking English as a Second Language (ESL) need to inquire about which ESL credit courses are offered in what subject areas and in what grades. This mostly applied to incomers to Ontario- Canada. Special Education Support, Parents whose children require special education support should inquire about the kinds of special needs the school can support, the resources the school can offer (e.g. staff, programs, special courses). Parents are encouraged to visit the principal or vice-principal of their child’s school with any questions they have regarding course selection. When deciding on specific courses or pathways, parents should consult with the elementary school teacher as to their child’s strengths and abilities. They also need to talk to their children about what they would like to do after high school. Parents are advised to review the school’s course calendar to determine what courses are offered. Read the school profile, as not all schools offer the same streams and courses. Be aware that many academic courses have prerequisite courses that must be previously earned. Visit high school Open Houses and ask questions about course options.

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How Insecurity Can Ruin a Marriage

“I’m driving him away, I just know I am,” she sniffed. “It’s just that I love him so much and I can’t bear the thought of losing him!” Kwasi had been badly hurt before by her former cheating fiancé. Once bitten, twice shy. Part of her knew that her new man was decent, caring, and honest, but the emotional bit of Emma felt that it was “just a matter of time” before things went wrong.”If he’s quiet I actually start panicking! I’m thinking: What’s he planning? Is he going to finish with me? Has he met someone else? If I don’t know exactly where he is I get suspicious. He constantly has to reassure me. What can I do?”Insecurity spoils relationships. Insecurity drives people to become too ‘clingy’ or needy and this creates problems.Insecurity can strain your marriage and cause it to fail if you don’t take steps to resolve the feelings of insecurity, I believe that some levels of insecurity are normal at the beginning of a relationship, but after the relationship settles into a pattern, insecurity should become less of an issue. Jealousy and Suspicion Insecurity can cause you to see problems where none exist, leading to suspicions that the partner is engaged in activities he shouldn’t be, such as cheating or hiding something or planning to leave. In reality, your spouse often isn’t doing anything to warrant the suspicions. Distinguish between fiction and reality, realizing that many of your fears will never materialize. Suspicion is sometimes justified if you choose partners who aren’t reliable. If your feelings are unfounded, focusing on the good things in your relationship will help. Reassurance Insecurity can make you anxious and cause you to constantly ask your partner to reassure you of her love and devotion. You have to work at assuring yourself that things are fine. Challenge what you think is happening with what is really happening and calm your fears by seeing the relationship for what it is. It might not be perfect, but a clear picture of reality can help you target what’s wrong. You can also explain to your partner that sometimes you need validation and let

her help you see what she sees in you. Believe that your partner’s support and love are unconditional until proven otherwise. Clingy and Needy A clingy and needy partner can make you want to run away to get some space. Your partner needs the freedom to be and do things on his own, and he can’t if you demand that you always know where he is and what he is doing. This can occur because of your need to control all aspects of the relationship. Make peace with the unpredictability of life and the relationship, rather than trying to control everything. Find a hobby or something that you find enjoyable so you can turn your energy into something productive. Baggage of the Past Insecurity can cause you to see visions of the past overlaid on the reality of the present. If you were hurt in the past, it’s normal to have some fears about a recurrence, but remind yourself that your current spouse is not your former partner. Don’t abandon the marriage for fear that the past could repeat itself. Instead, work at making your current relationship healthy and happy, seeking out professional help if you can’t get a handle on the problem by yourself. Don’t turn your spouse into your therapist, counselor or clinical psychologist, because it could burn her out and destroy your relationship. There are normal ‘mechanisms’ to any relationship. There are ebbs and flows and mood changes, moments of intimacy and closeness and comfortable spaces. These ebbs and flows are normal. Wanting to be absolutely close and intimate all the time is like wanting an aeroplane to never make a sound or a movement. Next time you feel insecure, ask yourself what it is you are imagining. Write it down on paper under, ‘Stuff I am making up in my head.’ Being able to distinguish between what you imagine and what is actually happening is a massive step toward self-assurance. And it is a giant step towards overcoming your constant and unnecessary feelings of insecurity.

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Ask The Doctor


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


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

Zika virus infection and Zika fever: Frequently asked questions What is Zika virus infection? Zika virus infection is caused by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, usually causing mild fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and muscle pain. It is important to point out that the Aedes mosquito, even though found in Ghana and many parts of Africa is not the same mosquito (Anopheles) which causes malaria.  The virus was isolated for the first time in 1947 in the Zika forest in Uganda. Since then, it has remained mainly in Africa, with small and sporadic outbreaks in Asia. In 2007, a major epidemic was reported on the island of Yap (Micronesia), where nearly 75% of the population was infected.  On 3 March 2014, Chile notified WHO that it had confirmed a case of indigenous transmission of Zika virus on Easter Island, where the virus continued to be detected until June 2014.  In May 2015, the public health authorities of Brazil confirmed the transmission of Zika virus

in the northeast of the country. Since October 2015, other countries and territories of the Americas have reported the presence of the virus. See updated list at: www. What are the symptoms? The most common symptoms of Zika virus infection are mild fever and exanthema (skin rash), usually accompanied by conjunctivitis, muscle or joint pain, and general malaise that begins 2-7 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. One out of four infected people develops symptoms of the disease. Among those who do, the disease is usually mild and can last 2-7 days. Symptoms are similar to those of

GaDangbe Association of Toronto holds dinner/ dance to end 2017Homowo Festival cont’d from pg. 39 audience. Mrs. Christiana Nuamah, President of GDAT gave her welcome address in the Ga language. Mr. Philbert Johnson, the Acting High Commissioner also gave a short speech in which he commended the association and urged them to forge ahead with its lofty ideas. After dinner had been served, NiiKweiAku V, G a M a n t s e l e d his entourage as they gyrated their bodies to the rhythmic song of Wogbejeke and all the people were then invited to participate in the merry making. Some of the dignitaries at the event were Hon. Titus Glover, MP for Tema East Constituency who

is the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Consul General John BoscoKpesani, Dr. Rosemary Sadlier, immediate past President of Ontario Black History Society and Mr. Emmanuel Duodu who is the President of the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO). Funds were raised as part of the program to support Sick Kids Hospital Foundation. An amount of $2000.00 was raised and presented to Dr. Isaac Odame of the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation as a contribution from GDAT. Mr. John Ahoni was the MC for the well patronized event.

dengue or chikungunya, which are transmitted by the same type of mosquito. Neurological and autoimmune complications are infrequent, but have been described in the outbreaks in Polynesia and, more recently, in Brazil. As the virus spreads in the Americas, giving us more experience with its symptoms and complications, it will be possible to characterize the disease better. How is Zika virus transmitted?  Zika virus is transmitted to people through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. This is the same mosquito that transmits dengue and chikungunya.  Can it be transmitted through blood or sexual contact?  In general, the Zika virus needs a vector (a means of transportation) to infect people. That vector is the mosquito. The virus has also been isolated in semen, and one case of possible person-to-person sexual transmission has been described, but not confirmed.  Zika can be transmitted through blood, but this is an infrequent mechanism. The usual recommendations for safe transfusions should be followed (e.g., healthy volunteer donors). What treatment is there? Treatment consists of relieving pain, fever, and any other symptom that inconveniences the patient. To prevent dehydration, it is recommended to control the fever, rest, and drink plenty of water. There

is no vaccine or specific drug for this virus. Can it cause death? In this Region, it is a new virus that up until now has had a very limited geographical and demographic distribution, and there is no evidence that it can cause death. However, sporadic cases have been reported of more serious manifestations and complications in patients with preexisting diseases or conditions, causing death.  Who is at risk of Zika infection?  Anyone not previously exposed to the virus and who lives in an area w h er e th e mo s q u ito is present, and where imported or local cases have been reported, may be infected. Since the Aedes mosquito is found throughout the Americas (except in continental Chile and Canada), it is likely that outbreaks will occur in other countries that have not yet reported any cases.  How is Zika diagnosed? In most people, diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms and epidemiological circumstances (such as Zika outbreak in the patient’s area or trips to areas where the virus is circulating). Blood tests can help to confirm the diagnosis. Some (virological PCR tests) are useful in the first 3-5 days after the onset of symptoms, while others (serological tests) detect the presence of antibodies but are useful only after five days. 

7th Annual African Day Held in Toronto cont’d from pg. 39 captioned, ‘The Special Name of Jesus’ was delivered by the Dean of Students for the Nairobi Satellite Campus of the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in Kenya, Pastor Alex Ambuchi. Pastor Ambuchi admonished Christians to cherish the good name of Jesus and live their lives on earth full of hope in that ‘special name’. He brought home to the worshippers the essence of a name and stressed the truth that the Name of Jesus is special and meaningful to all believers.

Once it has been demonstrated that the virus is present in a given area or territory, confirmation of all cases is not necessary, and laboratory testing will be adjusted to routine virological surveillance of the disease.   What is the difference between Zika, dengue, and chikungunya? All these diseases present similar symptoms, but certain symptoms suggest one disease or another:  Dengue usually presents with higher fever and more severe muscle pain. There can be complications when the fever breaks: attention should be paid to warning signs such as bleeding.  Chikungunya presents with higher fever and more intense joint pain, affecting the hands, feet, knees, and back. It can disable people, bending them over so that they cannot walk or perform simple actions such as opening a water bottle.  Zika does not have clearly characteristic features, but most patients have skin rashes and some have conjunctivitis.  C I R C U L AT I O N O F ZIKA VIRUS Which countries have reported cases of Zika in the Americas?  On 3 March 2014, Chile notified PAHO/WHO that it had confirmed a case of indigenous transmission of Zika virus on Easter Island, where the virus continued to be detected until June 2014.  In May 2015, the public health authorities of Brazil confirmed the transmission of Zika virus in the northeast of the country. Since October 2015, other countries and territories of the Americas have reported the presence of the virus. (See updated list at: www. What causes rapid transmission in an area? There are two factors for rapid transmission (documented in other countries): (1) Since this is a new virus to the Americas, the entire population is susceptible,

lacking defenses to Zika virus; and (2) The Aedes mosquito is widespread in the Region, given the climatic conditions, temperature, and humidity in tropical countries. Is it advisable to travel to countries where Zika virus is circulating?  On Feb 1, 2016, the WHO announced that the rapid spread of Zika virus is of global concern and declared it as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. WHO experts have announced that there appears to be a causal relationship between Zika virus infection and the congenital malformation called microcephaly (babies born with small heads and brains). The WHO has so far not imposed any travel ban to affected countries. However, in Canada and the United States, health authorities have urged pregnant women or those who could be pregnant to postpone travel to Zika-hit countries. All travelers are advised to take the suggested precautions to prevent mosquito bites. So far the worst hit country is Brazil where a large number of babies have been born with microcephaly in the past few months. For our readers information, no cases have been reported in Ghana or the West African region to date. How many Zika cases have been reported in the Region of the Americas?  Countries begin reporting when they detect the circulation of the virus in their territories. However, maintaining a case count is difficult because symptoms of the disease tend to be mild and not everyone affected is seen by health services. What is most important is to detect the circulation of the virus, strengthen the response of health services, and step up surveillance of serious cases and complications.  So far, 3 cases of Zika have been reported in Canadians coming back from infected countries ( 2 cases in British Columbia, cont’d on pg. 46


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Focus on Progressive Traditional Rulers in Ghana Obrempong Appiah Nuamah Omanhene of Twifu Traditional Area By: Dr. Michael Baffoe& Jonathan Annobil

As part of our visit to Ghana for the Diasporan Homecoming Summit in July,The Ghanaian News Team caught up with some of the progressive Traditional Rulers who are making an impact on the development of Ghana. In this edition, we profile one of such progressive Traditional Rulers. Obrempong Appiah Nuamah IIis the Omanhene (Paramount C h i e f ) o f Tw i f u

of the Paramountcy is the town of TwifuMampong. He has been the Chief of this area since the year 2000. In private life,Obrempong Appiah Nuamah is a professional teacher who graduated from Akrokeri Te a c h e r ’s Tr a i n i n g Obrempong Appiah College in 1987 and the Nuamah at his Council University of Education, of State Office Winneba in 1997. He has served as Guidance/ Traditional Area in the Counseling Coordinator western part of the Central and District Welfare and Region of Ghana. The Logistics Officer for the capital or traditional head Ghana Education Service

at the TwifuPraso District Education Office in the Central Region. He also served as a Catechist in the Roman Catholic Church in his town for fifteen years, prior to becoming the Chief of his town and Paramountcy. The Ghanaian News asked the “Obrempong” (meaning the Mighty One, the Upright One) what his motivation was for becoming a Chief. He reflected on it for a while and in a very pensive mood alluded to

Obrempong Appiah Nuamah with his family

cont’d on pg. 61

African Focus Service and Family Day at New Apostolic Church Rexdale Sunday August 20, 2017

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Ghanafest 2017 in pictures Philbert Johnson, Ag. High Commissioner


From left Wofa Yaw Nyarko, Philbert Johnson, Kelly Hadfield, Dr. Awafo



Gye Nyame Band Nero X, Muscian from Ghana (center) Opanin Acheampong (l) and Richmond

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St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church picnic on Sunday August 20, 2017 at the church’s park 2547 Kipling Etobicoke

The African-Canadian Social Development Council’s Summer BBQ for Leaders at the Downsview Dell’s Park Toronto on Saturday 19, 2017

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Canada @ 150 and Ghana Republic Day Picnic Montreal 2017

By Frank Oduro (Public relations office (PRO) of Ghana Canada House Inc)

As part of Canada @ 150 /Ghana Republic Day celebration, Montreal’s Ghana Canada House Inc in collaboration with Ghanaian Youth of Montreal organized a Picnic/BBQ on Saturday the 1st of July, 2017. All community members, Associations, Churches and other groups were invited to participate in this historic event. The Theme for this year’s event was Unity and Health Awareness. As per the theme, the organizers focussed on unity and of course health. A health stand of was setup with professional health personnel providing community members with information various health issues and assisting them on how to apply or get registered for a Family Doctor.

The entire picnic area had colours of both Canada Ghana fully represented as well as rich Ghanaian traditional clothing, food, dance, music and culture was on display for the greater Montreal community. The Deputy Mayor of Montreal Madam Mary Deros was in attendance. Special performance by the Ghanaian Montreal based artist Adaboo Ade-Azikiwa (Adaboo) and Nii Okai were simply stunning and enjoyable by all generations. The president of Ghana Canada House, Mr. Edem Dzirasah gave a speech where he commended the efforts of the community members to unit and thanked all groups for their continued

support and collaboration in House and the Montreal building a solid Ghana-Canada Ghanaian Community we would like to Congratulate Canada community here in Quebec. on its 150th Anniversary and On behalf of Ghana Canada Happy Republic day to all Ghanaians.

Special Thank you to the Event Organizers and all participants. Photo credits to Ed Acheampong @ 514-265-7806

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Apostolic Church Education Fund - Fashion & Culture Event On Saturday August 19, 2017 , Fashion and Culture came together to form a 'Splash' at The Apostolic Church Intl. located at168 Rexdale Blvd. The show, dubbed 'ASPIRE Fashion Splash' was held to raise funds to support University and College students in the church. In 2016 the church set up ASPIRE Education FUND to provide financial support to University and College Students. Funds are raised through donations.

Toronto Ghanaian SDA Church works with Toronto Emergency Services to promote safety cont’d from pg. 39 The purpose of the event was to promote safety and awareness to the congregation in the event of an actual fire or any other emergency. Exercises such as this also provide critical insight to Fire Safety team members and the Congregation on potential obstacles and challenges that may be encountered during a real evacuation. The organizers stressed the importance of collectively recognizing exercises such as this, as it provides necessary training for t h e c h u r c h ’s S a f e t y a n d R e s p o n s e Te a m

and church members in order to successfully accomplish a building evacuation during the most critical emergency situation. Activities involved in the exercise were as follows: The Toronto Ghanaian Seventh day Adventist Church Evacuation tones were activated at 10:40 a.m. A total of approximately 470 occupants from both churches participated in this exercise. The evacuation of the church was achieved in less than 4 minutes. T h e o rg a n i z e r s a n d the team provides the following

recommendations to further ensure your personal safety and that of your church members in the event of a real emergency. • Ensure to keep a list of all Persons Requiring Assistance (PRA). • Ensure that you have adequate number of trained personnel on hand. • E n s u r e t h a t all members participate in the evacuation exercises.

• Ensure to provide regular reviews of building emergency procedures including the area of assembly/ evacuation meeting area. Throughout the evacuation, The Toronto Ghanaian Seventh Day A d v e n t i s t C h u r c h ’s Safety and Response Team and Toronto Fire Department monitored the occupants exiting and were impressed with the overall evacuation process.

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20% of sausages tested in Canada contained meat not labelled By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Test by researchers on sausage samples from Canadian stores contained meat that was not listed on the label in one of five samples. University of Guelph researchers tested 100 raw meat sausage samples labelled as

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Focus on Progressive Traditional Rulers in Ghana The Ghanaian Workforce Is Obrempong Appiah Nuamah Omanhene of Twifu Responsible For Lack Of Jobs In Traditional Area cont’d from pg. 49 The Country the fact that there was a protracted litigation and challenges among the three Gates that make up the paramountcy, as is the case in most traditional areas in Ghana, before the people and kingmakers settled the issue in favour of his family Gate. Obrempong pointed out that these often protractedch ieftaincy litigations retard development and threaten the peace in the country especially the areas that these occur. His motivation for accepting to be the chief was, and still is, to promote peace in his area which will lead to development and progress. He was glad to emphasize that most traditional practices have been modernized and transparency now seem to be the order and modus operandi of the Chieftaincy institution in the country. The famous Pra River runs through his traditional area which consist of twenty-five (25) indigenous communities and eighty-eight (88) settler

farming communities. He pointed out that most of the former taboos and “sacred days” that were previously observed or adhered to in his area have been modernized to pave the way for development projects, major among which is the establishment of the TOPP Oil project. Obrempong Appiah Nuamah is the Vice President of the Central Regional House of Chiefs, a position he won through a hotly contested election in October, 2016. On the big national scene, Obrempong also contested and won, early this year (2017), against a field of six contestants, a position as a member of the Council of State representing the Central Region on the August Body that advises the President of Ghana on major national issues.The Council of State was established in accordance with Article 89 of the 1992 Fourth Republican Constitution.Among other functions, the Council of States vets most major appointments of the President to Public and State Agencies, Statutory

Boards and Institutions. It also intervenes in the solution of issues and problems of national importance. By virtue of his position as the Vice President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Obrempong is also a member of the National House of Chiefs along with the President of the Central Region House of Chiefs.His vision is to build networks with the government and other stakeholders to bring development to the country especially his region which abound in natural resources, river bodies and tropical rain forests. Obrempong has an important message for Ghanaians and Ghanaian Communities living outside Ghana:Do respect and preserve your traditions so that you, your children and future generations can know and keep your heritage. He also calls for cordial relations and collaboration between Ghanaians living abroad and traditional rulers at home to generate ideas and projects for national development.

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We invite you to worship with us

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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


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Bringing the Gospel to our Community by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi “The Christian, From Monday to Saturday”: Introduction “I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.” Dr. Billy Graham Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2  Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:1-2 NIV Have you given a thought to some of these questions? Hope you do if you have not already. What is the church of Jesus Christ all about? Who is the church? Why do we have so many churches with so little impact in our world? What happens when Christians take the Word of God literarily and use it at the place where they spend most of their time during the week—their workplace? What do you see and feel anytime you wake up to go to work? Is the business world your ministry? Is your work your pulpit? Do you see the marketplace as your place of ministry? What happens when Christians view their work as their ministry? What do you think will likely happen when believers see their work as

worship? What do Christians do from Monday to Saturday? What is your motivation for work? How often do pastors affirm the work that Christians do outside the four corners of the church? What does Christ expect from the Christian from Monday to Saturday? In the next few months we will attempt to help answer some of these questions. According to Ed Silvoso (founder and president of Harvest Evangelism, and the leader of the Transform Our World Network) the Marketplace is the combination of Business, Education, and Government. Any Christian who wants to make an impact in society or seeks to bring about transformation and lasting change in a nation cannot do without the right networking with all these parts. Jesus commanded His disciples to go

and make disciples of nations. It is important for Christians to remember that Jesus did not save us to reach out to only individuals, although that might be implied. Jesus, expects Christians to make disciples of nations. Christians are individuals with the capacity to make a difference in nations. You are an individual with a God-given grace to make a lasting impact in nations. Arise and do just that. God has brought you to Canada so He can work through you to change the nations. Do you believe this? Please remember that you are here to bring about some form of transformation in your community, city and country. God’s kind of transformation will require some definitive attitudes and lifestyle: cultivating the right mindset about kingdom business, knowing the source of your power and strength, knowing the purpose of your life, building a team of like-minded people but with varied gifts, and having faith in God and in the people you walk and work with. Ed Silvoso reveals that there are four Ascending Levels of Involvement in the Marketplace that Christians go through if they want to

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create transformation in the nations: In other words, there are four kinds of Christians from Monday to Saturday: • C h r i s t i a n s t r y i n g to survive in the marketplace

your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Ephesians 6:6

• Christians who do business in the power and fullness of the Holy Spirit

Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord yourlabor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

• Christians who apply biblical principles in the marketplace • Christians who bring transformation to the Marketplace Which one are you? Walk with me patiently. We shall unpack these in detail in the coming months. Till then note that: Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. Colossians 3:23 (see Colossians 3:22- 4:1) Commit your work to the LORD, and then your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. 2 Chronicles 15:7 Work hard, but not just to please

Work is not a punishment. God did not create work as drudgery, but as a gift of fulfillment to life. A human being can do nothing better than...find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without Him, who can eat or find enjoyment (Ecclesiastes 2:2425)? Work has three purposes: to provide money or resources to supply the necessities of life; to provide for a quality of life in the satisfaction of doing a job well; and to serve God.  Pray this after me “Lord, make me a Servant, make me like your Bread, Your Cup, take me, lift me, bless me, break me & pass me around among Your People” Happy Labour Day to all of my audience.

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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 Tel: 416-614-6110 647-341-7305 Email: Invites all Christians to join us to worship and glorify the Living God

Worship Schedule: Sunday Church Service - Akan: English Service

- 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


10:00 a.m. - 12 noon


- Prayer Meeting: - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


- Organizational Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice

Bethel Prayer Ministry Int'l 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)

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The Apostolic Church Int'l. The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana Apostle Nii Aryee (Area Supt. Canada-Wide)

Meeting Schedule Sunday (Worship) Wednesday Teaching Service Friday Prayers Friday: Monthly All Night Service Saturday : Movements -

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Cell: 647-921-2414

Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin

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

Immanuel Assembly of God Church, Scarborough Sunday School: 9:30am -10:30am Church Service: 10:30am - 12 noon

350 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON Rev. Bishop Joe Bonnah

378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5

Scarborough Assembly

Place of Worship:

Founder &Pastor-in-charge

Montreal Assembly

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629

Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the Resurrection Power Tradition to join us worship the Great Jehovah

Days And Time of Worship

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

Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada

Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson

(Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6 Email:


Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

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


Email: Website:


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The Apostolic Church Int’l Canada Inc.

(Currently, the only Ghana affiliated Apostolic Church in Canada)

Heaven In My Heart Ministries 100 Penn Dr, Unit #3 Rev. Eleanor Adu-Anane, Oversea and Founder MRE, ECE

Tel, 647-892-9412 Fax: 905-846-6257 E-mail

Time of Worship: Apostle Dr. KwabenaAkufo Supervising Apostle

Reverend Festus Ofori Senior Pastor Services

Sunday Worship Service 10am-1:00pm Wednesday Bible Studies 7:30pm-9:30pm Friday Prayer Meetings 7:30pm-9:30pm Contacts Us: 312 Rexdale Blvd, Etobicoke ON M9R 1R6 Major intersection Martin Grove

Wednesday: Bible Studies 7:00pm to 8:30pm Friday: Prayer Meeting 8:30pm to 11pm st 1 . Friday of every month: All Night Prayer Meeting & Deliverance 9pm to 2am Saturday: Youth Meeting: 2pm to 4pm Choir Practice: 3pm to 5pm Sunday: Christian Education: 9am to 10am Celebration: 10:30am to 12:30pm

Rev. Mrs Eleanor Adu-Anane MRE, BA, RECE For Counselling & other matters contact the Pastor

647-892-9412 or 905-846-6257 E-mail: 100 Penn Drive Unit #3, North York, Ontario Canada. M9L 2A9

Tel: 647-607-5124 / 416-274-3378 416-897-4742

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Mathew 5:6

Come and taste the power of Christ.

Mailing Address: 2 Berwick Avenue Brampton Ontario, L6Z 2P6,

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Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

Gen. Overseer & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.

Worship Celebration Services Sunday Worship Celebration: 10 a.m. Wednesday: Bible Studies - 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday: Intercessory Prayer Meeting 8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday: Youth Night - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Healing Service: Last Sunday of every month

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

Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789

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

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

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


Transformation Centre Assembly of God Church, Mississauga Join us on Sundays for worship at: Venue: Clarkson Community Centre (Margaret Marland Room) Address: 2475 Truscott Drive, Mississauga, Ont (Southdown Rd/Truscott Dr. on Winston Churchill Blvd/Truscott Dr.

Time: 10.00AM-1.00PM



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

Invites all Christians and Non-Christians to join us to worship the Almighty God WORSHIP SCHEDULE Sunday Regular Service 11:00 am to 1:30 pm Tuesday Prayer and Healing Service 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday Prayer Night 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

PLACE OF WORSHIP 230 Eddystone Ave., #207, North York, Ont. M3N 1H7 We are more tan our conquerors Romans 8:37 "Come and see the manifestation and the power of the Holy Spirit at work"

Praise Temple of Christ International Snr. Pastor: Apostle Osei-Bonsu 336 Gary Ray Drive @ Signet Worship Schedule Sunday Worship - 10 am - 12:30 pm Wednesday - Bible Study - 7 pm - 9 pm Friday - Prayer Meeting - 8 pm - 10 pm Second and last Friday of each month All Night Prayer Meeting 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Apostle Osei Bonsu

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

For information call: 905-840-7387, 647-208-1093 416-209-9136, 647-710-2573 Pastor Appiah Jacob


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Around the Ghana Sports Scene Anthony Baffoe, Ex-Ghana star now a member of Bundesliga Legend club Ex-Ghana international Anthony Baffoe has expressed delight after being named as a member of the Bundesliga Legends Network. The former FC Köln star is among nine ex-professionals Jiayi Shao and JörgAlbertz (China), Steven Cherundolo (USA), Pavel Pardo (Mexico), Wynton Rufer (Oceania ), Bum-Kun Cha (South Korea) and Paulo Sergio ( Brazil ). As faces of the Bundesliga, these ex-players will be making several appearances, for instance at fan and media events, as coaches at football camps, at CSR events or as experts in various shows of our partner broadcasters in order to boost the popularity of the Bundesliga globally, and especially in their respective homelands. In 1983, Baffoe became only the third-ever player of African origin to make the step up to the Bundesliga. He went on to notch up 199 matches in the top two divisions for 1. FC Köln, RotWeiss Oberhausen, Stuttgarter

Anthony Baffoe

Ghanaians in the English Premier League (EPL) Weekends are about to ‘get lit’, as the kids say, in Ghana, with the English Premier League returning, to add to the Ghana Premier League action already on the go. This weekend there will be an added incentive for Ghanaian football fans, with the opportunity to follow four key national team players as they take part in the most popular league in the world. It is not exactly the era of Michael Essien, John Paintsil, and SulleyMuntari, but the Ayew brothers (Andre and Jordan), Christian Atsu, and Jeffery Schlupp will provide an interesting local perspective on the EPL season.

Kickers, S.C. Fortuna Köln and The number of Ghanaians Fortuna Düsseldorf, scoring 19 linked to English Premier times. League clubs is not reflected in the number of Ghanaians Baffoe Tweeted: ‘’Proud to be due to line up in the league part of the Bundesliga Legends a s t h e s e a s o n b e g i n s . network @Bundesliga_EN AfriyieAcquahwas linked to #thank you DFL-thank you Newcastle, Agyemang Badu Bundesligacan’t wait for the was said to be a target for Hull league to start!.’’

I’ll restore Ghana’s lost glory Isaac Dogboe he said had the facilities and infrastructure to propel him to be become a world champion. A confident Dogboe told the Graphic Sports that he was ready to take over the world. “I don’t want anyone to stand in my way and I am determined to slug it out with any champion either in the WBC, WBO or the IBF in order to conquer the world,” he added. The boxer’s father and trainer, Paul Dogboe, said he was confident he would defy all odds to make sure he seized his opportunity at the world stage. Promising Ghanaian boxer, Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe, says he is on a mission to restore Ghana’s lost glory by ending the country’s long wait for another world title. The youngster is warming up for a potential world title shot against the winner of the October 31 title fight between WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno and Cesar Juarez in Las Vegas. The Ghanaian’s sixth round TKO victory over Argentine Javier Chacon in a WBO super bantamweight title eliminator at the Bukom Boxing Arena last month put

him in line for a world title fight as he improved his ring record to 17 wins in 17 fights. “The time is right and the entire nation is crying for a world title and I believe I can end Ghana’s wait by becoming a champion. “I will move to United Kingdom and Australia to kick start my preparations ahead of my potential world title shot with the winner of Jessie Magdaleno and Cesar Juarez fight,” 22-year-old Dogboe told the media in Accra ahead of his planned trip to the UKand Australia which

with Jonathan Baah Annobil

He debunked assertions in the public domain that Dogboe could be rushing into world title fights too early at his age, and stated that every boxer needed bout to prove his worth. “I believe in him and I have the confidence that he will take his opportunity when given the opportunity soon. “Isaac being desperate to have his world title shot doesn’t mean he is in a rush at his age because I believe he can do it such as Mike Tyson who became a world champion at the age of 19,” he said. Source:

City, and recent reports claimed making the move permanent, MajeedWaris was heading for having helped them return to West Ham. the Premier League. Instead, it is the same faces who will be flying the flag of Ghana but with renewed ambition and hunger. With a religious following in Ghana, and ubiquitous everywhere there is a television set, thriving in the English Premier League is sometimes the easiest way to earn cult status in the eyes of Ghana football fans. The Ayews, Atsu, and Schlupp will thus hope the reviews are positive. For Schlupp, ignored by Black Stars selectors for some time now, this season is about achieving consistency after the last two seasons, as he has not tied down a regular starting place. Atsu needs to find a foothold as well. Long touted as the next big thing from Ghana, he has delivered at international level while badly underperforming at club level.

Having looked good in preseason for Rafa Benitez’ side, the 25-year old will hope this is the season his club form backs up the general belief in Ghana that he is one of the finest football talents to emerge from the country. For much of his first season in England, Andre Ayew left noone in doubt about his skills. He was brilliant for Swansea City, with goals, assists, and a general work rate that would earn him a big money move to West Ham United. Injuries wrecked a season in which he scored six goals for the Hammers, and with a full preseason behind him he could be on to a good season. The jury is still out on his younger brother, Jordan Ayew. There were signs towards the end of last season that he belongs in the top flight, with his form for Swansea impressive after gaining a path back into the Premier League. Now he has to add the consistency and goals to continue to impress.

In four years on the books at Chelsea, he didn’t make a competitive appearance. And in two loan spells at Everton and Bournemouth, he made a total of five appearances in the Premier League. He finally B y M i c h a e l O t i A d j e i , came good during a loan spell KweséESPN at Newcastle United, before

Prof Baffoe of Ghanaian News visits Canadian High Commission Accra cont’d from pg. 38 captured and posted on the official twitter page of the High Commission. She had great discussions with Prof. Michael Baffoe and was impressed with his contributions on building social capacity, resettlement partnership and educational

programs in both Ghana and Canada. Prof. Baffoe currently teaches anti-Oppression Social Work Practice, Community Development and International Social Work Practice at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

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