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Nana Akufo Addo Re-Elected as President of Ghana in tight Presidential Elections By: Prof. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB The incumbent President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has been re-elected in the just-ended Presidential Elections held in Ghana on December 7th, 2020. In announcing the results of the President Elections at a crowded News Conference in Accra, monitored by The Ghanaian News, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission who is also the Statutory Returning Officer for the Presidential Elections revealed that the total number of votes cast in the Presidential

Elections was 13, 434, 574 representing 79 per cent of the total registered voters. The incumbent President, Nana Akufo Addo obtained a total of 6,730,413 representing 51.59 per cent of the votes while his closest challenger, former President John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress Party obtained 6,214,889 votes representing 47.36 per cent of the total votes cast.

President Nana Akufo Addo Nana Akufo Addo thus becomes the 8th President of the 4th Republic of Ghana that began in 1993. The results of the Presidential elections,

in the bitterly fought contest, represent two dramatic outcomes for both candidates: For Mahama and his National Democratic Congress (NDC), it was an unbelievable

shock for having come very close, improving his 2016 record of 44.4% by three percentage points to 47.36%, while Nana Akufo Addo of the New Patriotic Party dropped from his 2016 vote level of 53.86% to a low of 51.59%. The major shock for the New Patriotic Party was in the Parliamentary Elections where they dropped dramatically from a solid majority of 169 Seats to a low of 137 seats while the Opposition NDC dramatically increased their Parliamentary seats from the 2016

level of 106 seats to 137. At the time of going to Press there was one Independent Member of Parliament, the former Member of Parliament for the Fomena Constituency in the Adansi District in the Ashanti Region who won his seat after losing the NPP Party’s Parliamentary Primaries contest. It remains to be seen which side the Independent MP for Fomena will align himself with in Parliament which will determine the balance of power in Parliament.


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EDITORIAL Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku Contributing Editors Prof. Michael Baffoe Joe Kingsley Eyiah Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku Community Reporter Jonathan Annobil Winnipeg Bureau Prof. 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 1111 Albion Road, Suite 103 Etobicoke, Ont. M9V 1A9 Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising Fax (416) 916-6701 Website: www.ghanaiannews.ca E-mail: cayiku@gmail.com info@ghanaiannews.ca $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 1111Albion Rd., Suite 103 Etobicoke, Ont., M9V 1A9 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at info@ghanaiannews.ca 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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MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR Message from the Ghanaian News As the New Year is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the year 2020. It has been a year like no other, difficult and challenging to all amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. During this season, the management and publication team of the Ghanaian News, takes this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to our community who have steadfastedly supported the growth of the paper for the past 22 years and to our customers who continue to support us in advertising. We also thank our writers, contributors and our distribution team across Canada and Ghana for a good work done; we hope we can count on the continuous support and encouragement from all of you.  As we all know, the year 2020 has been a difficult and challenging year due to COVID-19, but in all the Lord has seen us through but unfortunately we lost some of our friends and loved ones from our community.  May their souls rest in perfect peace.  It’s indeed out of God’s grace that we’re here today and we thank God for that and hope for the best to come as we welcome the year 2021.  It is in this spirit that we say thank you again during this festive holiday season, we wish you all Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Peace, good health and prosperity in the coming New Year. 

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New Year Message President Ghanaian-Canadian Associations of Ontario (GCAO) alias Ghana Union -Emmanuel C. Duodu 2020 Reflections and Looking Forward To 2021 With Hope and Optimism !! What a year 2020 was!! It began with Happy New Year Wishes and then evolved into totally new acronyms or words such as – Corona Virus, COVID-19, PPE, Social Distancing, Physical Distancing, Quarantine, Isolation, Lockdown, Zoom.  Our community continues to reel from the impact of COVID-19.   As a mainstream organization in Ontario representing different demographics, Associations, and Churches, our community has had its share of layoffs, business retrenchments, health issues, food security, Church closures, virtual classes, and much more. Considering the rapid and disruptive impact to our community we had to respond to the immediate needs of our community by sourcing some PPEs for some our PSWs, Nurses, and Seniors. We collaborated with our local media to heighten the fatal and disruptive nature of the virus.  

Our community has come of age during this pandemic. We adapted very quickly and pivoted to executing programs for our community. We are exceptionally grateful to our dynamic and exuberant team of volunteers and leaders who have piloted our community to greater heights. They have demonstrated effective leadership through selfless service.  We have also opened a new frontier of partnership with Ghanaian grocery stores as we deliver services to our community members. Strengthening our businesses is a major part of our strategic priorities and we will intensify our efforts through our Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  To those who lost loved ones, you are in our minds, hearts and prayers. You are not alone. The community is here for you. Please stay strong and reach out. We are ushering in 2021 with momentum to scale programs to benefit our community and also planning to accelerate our efforts towards the acquisition of our Ghanaian-Canadian Heritage Center (GCHC). With our strong youth leadership, and vibrant associations and churches, our potential to do great things is immense and I have no doubt our community is set for greater success.   Please stay informed about the vaccine and do not allow yourselves to be swayed and confused by sensational stories. We will have a health townhall soon. Stay tuned!Continue to practice social and physical distancing please and observe all the safety protocols.

With the massive needs of our community, we got some assistance in grants and in kind, from the Ref Cross, City of Toronto, United Way, NABC in assisting vulnerable members of our community with food, PPEs, Zoom Webinars in various fields as in Health, Education, Youth, Women, Welfare. Be proud of what we have accomplished together and let us stay focused With so many of our community members who went to Ghana to visit and united. Looking forward to 2021 with HOPE and OPTIMISM.  family members and got stranded due to flights cancellations, we were called upon to embark in evacuation. We collaborated with Global Affairs Canada, Ethiopian Airlines, Ghana High Commission, and Community Leaders in evacuating our community members on two occasions. 

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In 2008, Britney Spears’s dad took legal control over her life. Now the pop star is trying to wrest it back—and the #FreeBritney movement wants to help. Britney Spears’ desire to be free of her father’s guardian role in her life remains in limbo following another court hearing in Los Angeles closed to the media and public. Judge Brenda Penny declined to rule Tuesday on Britney Spears’ and her lawyer’s legal efforts to regain greater control over her life and her $60 million fortune after 12 years under a conservatorship run mainly by her father, James “Jamie” Spears. What does this bored for budding young talents in the Ghanaian entertainment context? Should parents of young artistes assume legal control over their careers as did

Britney Spears’ dad? Is it right or wrong for budding talents either in the music or acting industry be under conservatorship of their parents? Well to be honest. The records indicate that in Ghana, most celebrities have had great relationships with their parents to the point of them even quitting their jobs to manage them full time.

children. The situation can benefit them financially, at least they no longer need to support their children in financial terms. However, there are challenges that parents may need to face and it is much more about money. In many cases, they could get a professional accountant to handle finances, but there are more things that they need to

As one celebrity put it succinctly, “They supported us, showed us genuine love and taught us most of the things we know from our childhood. They were and still are our biggest support; our parents are the ones who nurtured us to become who we are today.” For many parents, having a celebrity child may seem like winning a huge lottery. This can be a life-changing situation for them, because they need to nurture and support their

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consider. It is imperative for parents to consider how they could avoid turning their celebrity children into troubled adults in the future. Remember Macaulay Carson Culkin, of Home Alone fame? Yes! Lousy parenting is only one of the reasons and we have seen celebrity children who experience difficulties later because parents only think about money. It should be noted that many instant millionaires eventually lost it all, including their family relationships in just a few years. They end up experiencing worse financial situation than before. In this case, parents should avoid experiencing a huge jolt of energy, indulging themselves in temporary enjoyment and then losing everything. Parents should make sure that their celebrity children are not affected by these pitfalls. So, when the phone finally

stops ringing and there are no more contract for performance shows, children will still have enough financial reserves and knowledge to proceed with their lives. Both parents and celebrity children should be prepared for changes, because wealth and fame won’t last forever. It should be noted that much of the change isn’t in the new celebrity family, but people around them. They will be invited to more events and parties. They will get free gifts etc… Everyone wants to be their friend, although they do not have their best interests at heart. If parents want their celebrity children to survive, they should become model parents themselves. Parents should confidently accompany their children in the entertainment world. They should be able to step in front of their children and protect them against potentially manipulative adults in the entertainment industry. Parents should make sure that children don’t get carried away with their success. Lasting success in the entertainment industry is actually very rare and many celebrities only become popular for a specific period of their lives. Parents should tell their children how to not get blinded by the spotlight, even during the height of their success. Finally, Children should be reminded of earlier child celebrities that stop becoming popular when they reach their adolescent years. This is a simple knowledge that any celebrity child should know. If both parents and children are determined enough to continue their career in the entertainment industry, it is important to educate children on how to perform as adolescents and as adults. In the end, it is important for children to get a true sense of fulfilment and self-worth, but only parents can help to achieve them.

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FOCUS What happens to BECE in Ghana after the December 7 Elections? Asks Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada During an online event organised by the Ghanaian Diaspora in Canada on November 28 to discuss issues relating to the 2020 elections in Ghana, it was reported on Ghanaweb that, “Dr Kusi-Ampofo commended the NPP government for its bold and progressive free Senior high school policy. However, he argued that free education can be made more cost-effective. He called for the need to extend basic education to include senior high school and introduce a day school system which will allow every child to be schooled in their own community thereby making education less expensive while ensuring quality access. “To ensure basic education is redefined to include senior high school, Dr Kusi-Ampofo said the BECE must be abolished.  “The BECE is a structural barrier; dictating who goes to high school and whose education is truncated,” he concluded.    Examinations are part of the tools used to assess students’ progress at schools. We have individual school examinations; provincial

Well, as an educator (with experience from both Ghana and Canada) and as a social commentator who leads in discourses on socioeducational issues that affect our children I agree with the call by Dr. Kusi-Ampofo for the abolition of BECE in Ghana. examinations like the EQAO in the Province of Ontario-Canada for Elementary and High School Students at certain grades; and national examinations like the BECE in Ghana for Junior Secondary School (JSS) students in their final year among others. Are these examinations the best means of assessing student academic achievement and the best way to promote students to the next level of the academic ladder as in the case of Ghana as well as other African countries? What are the benefits of such standardized national examinations to the countries which administer them? Are these standardized provincial or national examinations fair to students?

It could be recollected that the Progressive People’s Party (PPP) before the 2016 elections in Ghana was reported to have promised to abolish the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) written by Junior High Schools in the country if the party were voted into office that year. National Chairman of the party, Nii BrewHammond, disclosed this at a ceremony to acclaim the party’s Wa Central constituency in the Upper West Region of Ghana. How welcoming was such pronouncement to students and teachers in Ghana? Was there any wisdom in it? Should this proposed abolition of BECE in Ghana remain as a political gimmick even after the recent elections? Or should

it be carefully and prudentially considered by all as viable national educational policy? Whatever be your answers to the foregoing questions, let’s briefly look at the nature of this examination in Ghana. THE BASIC EDUCATION CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION is both for certification and selection to Senior High Schools and Technical Institutions. Candidates in the third year of Junior High Schools approved by the Ghana Education Service are eligible to take part in this examination. The examination is conducted nationwide in June each year and the following are the subjects which the students write: - English Language  - Ghanaian Language and Culture  - Social Studies  - Integrated Science  - Mathematics  - Basic Design and Technology  - Information and Communication Technology  - French (optional)  - Religious and Moral Education  Candidates are graded based on performance in the external examination (objective and written) and Continuous (Internal) Assessment marks provided by the schools. A nine-point scale is used in grading the candidates with Grade 1 denoting the highest performance and Grade 9 the lowest.  What were some of the reasons advanced by the PPP for its plan to abolish the BECE in Ghana? Before that I will like to remark here that Elementary Teachers of Toronto (ETT) are against the provincial standardized examination-the EQAO-administered by Ministry of Education to Grade 3, 6 and 9/10 students. The teachers claim that all schools

in the province do not enjoy the same academic resource! ‘The EQAO is therefore not fair to students in the province’, they argue! ETT advise the Government of Ontario to channel funds spend on that provincial standardized test (examination) into procuring more learning and teaching materials for classrooms throughout the province! Note here that EQAO in no way determine the elementary/middle school student’s access to high school in Ontario as the BECE does in Ghana! The PPP contended that the BECE debars some young students (ages 13-15 years) access to High School in Ghana before they reach 18 years! That, basic education must be free to all children. In Ontario as I know, all Grade 8 students are promoted to High School in their areas of abode. Students whose academic achievement at the end of Grade 8 is below standard are transferred to High School and given support to succeed. Can we say that basic education in Ghana which must see the student to high school is being undermined by BECE? Should the BECE be abolished? I will answer YES. However, we must not make this important decision as party politics. It must be part of our national policy on education. GHANA NEEDS A NATIONAL POLICY ON EDUCATION! Since independence, we have had Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s Accelerated Development Plan of Education, which sought to expand rapidly recruitment into basic and secondary schools; the Prof. Alex Kwapong Education Review Committee, which brought about continuation schools

in 1966, the Professor Dzobo Review Committee of 1974, which introduced the comprehensive junior secondary school (JSS) concept, and reform which began in 1987 as well as Kufour’s 2007 reform and the Nana Addo’s free Senior High School (SHS) education which is the latest major change in education in the country. The country has had to struggle with the duration of senior high school (SHS) education from 3 years (NDC) to 4 years (NPP) and back to 3 years (NDC).  It would not be farfetched to surmise that education in Ghana today is apparently in crisis - from the JSS through the SHS to the tertiary institutions. There is so much uncertainty about and mismanagement of the educational policies put in place by the NDC and NPP governments.  I would like to stress here that we need to build a solid foundation for students in Ghana by investing in preschool education and teacher education for effective pedagogy. Though things are not as expected, all is not lost yet. Precisely, it is in the light of this crisis that we must do something about and with our education. We have to put our heads and hands together to revamp education in Ghana as we are trying to do now for our electoral system. Let all the stakeholders in education in Ghana and the technocrats in the field of education come together to develop viable and acceptable guidelines (blue prints) that should govern any educational reform in Ghana and save our educational system from the ‘political butcher’s knife’. If the government of Ghana follows a national policy (not party policy) on education developed by a cross-section of our experts in education we would be doing our nation a great service!

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The Aftermath of Ghana’s General Elections: Matters Arising By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto, ON

Every individual has a political right. In other words, we have the right to join any political association of our choice. Furthermore, we have the right to vote for any political party we fancy. The 1992 constitution of Ghana mandates this right. It underpins the fact that no one has the absolute power to muzzle any individual based on his or her political right. Once the person attains the legitimate age of 18 years and above, he or she qualifies to exercise his or her political franchise. Indeed, politics is a way of life. It has to do with people and the choices they make on a daily basis. I prefer to weigh political issues from a non-partisan or nationalistic slant. This year’s General Elections, both at the presidential and parliamentary levels have given us an insight into life’s lessons. I believe every wise person should glean great lessons on the rise and fall of candidates in this just-ended political contest and apply their circumstances to all porticos of our endeavours. Thus, I bring to the fore, time-tested issues of great concern that are intended to change our persuasions forever:

No Position is Permanent Nothing we so desire in this world is everlasting. Whether it is political position, power or influence, it doesn’t last forever. Therefore, be mindful when you occupy any position of authority. Yes, nothing in this life is permanent. Take the case of Members of Parliament who have lost their seats; it indicates that the electorate cannot be taken for granted. Electorates of nowadays are extra-wise and they know whom to accept and those to show the exit door. Well, some may argue that some constituents may be churlish or unappreciative but the big lesson is, politicians should learn to stay humble, focused and

become purposeful in their line of duty. The reason is that, nothing is everlasting. You have a limited time to work. Therefore, on the job, you either stay above the status quo or maintain the existing state of affairs. If you fail to do so and slump below the bar, your exit will never appear shocking. Anyway, your core responsibility as politicians is to help serve soar people through the development of your constituencies and for that matter, the nation as a whole. Until social and economic developmental projects become your topmost priority, your position(s) will hang in a limbo. Stay humble and wear this thinking cup true democracy belongs to the people and if you underperform, the citizens will show you where you belong. In any case, no condition is permanent.

Pride and SelfCentred Leadership Skills are Dangerous to Good Governance Leadership is about service. Your position gives you power to lead people towards the attainment of the bigger picture - goal. True leadership is not about the position you occupy; it is about people. I have come to the realisation that, most people want to be led but they will not easily follow someone that appears contemptible, disreputable, despicable and above all, has an arrogant attitude. In other words, wellmeaning followers will refuse to place their trust in the hands of an unproven leader who does not know where he or she is going. Politicians (specifically, incumbent Members of Parliament) who have lost, probably didn’t fully get in touch with their constituents and

maybe focused their attention on other issues and hid themselves under the umbrella of complacency. When things are left to chance, the power of the electorate’s thumb does the magic – they show you the red card. Until you learn to understand the dynamics of the human mind, nothing you do as a leader will impress them. For your information, the human mind is impressed with and aligned towards change. Therefore, do what will cause a lift in the lives of the people you lead either within your constituency or the nation as a whole. Remember, when developmental projects are not done on time till the election year, wise electorates weigh all the options. Modern-day election is teaching us about the critical concerns of man. A critical research should be conducted in identifying the most important needs within a constituency and with perfect timing, executed to the letter.

time for gratified and self-centered leaders. Thus, when a strong contender shows up, electorates quickly gear up to shift camp and signal that they should be taken seriously. The drift here is that we should lay off our pride and conduct selfassessments to determine if we are really moving to the next phase of our priority module. Life presents a lot of challenges to us. It is left with us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and humbly deal with the latter whilst increasing the magnitude of the former in order to up our game.

Your Success or Fall Depends on the People You Lead In real life situations, your success or downfall depends on the people you lead. The moment you take people (your subordinates) for granted, your fall begins. If you are a leader in an organisation, college,

ecclesiastical setting or in a community, you have a herculean task. You have to identify the core needs of the people and intelligently meet them. Humans are agents of change. If they are not comfortable with you, you better look for ways of developing your skills to meet their sensitivity else prepare for the worse. When you continually undermine the worth of your subordinates, you should as well, make the attainment of your vision a forgettable experience.

As a leader, your responsibility is to love the people you lead. Do not throw your weight about and disgrace your subordinates in public, forgetting that your success or fall depends on them. Most offices in our country need orientation in the way we handle employees or subordinates. Sometimes, we are unable to remember that those who work hard to uplift the image of

the organisation may be at the base of the ladder. Out of extreme anger, some managers sideline the very people who can be of a great support to them and rather pick yes-men in building weak structures which may not be in the interest of the growth of the organisation. If you allow your position or wealth to eat you up without building a cordial relationship with clear-minded subordinates, you make one of the greatest mistakes in life. It doesn’t mean that unscrupulous subordinates shouldn’t be penalized, rather, my point is that, we should always ask ourselves if our actions are timely and relevant. Do you know that your progression or retrogression is tied down to those selfless employees you lead? Therefore, treat them well. Be cautious of the words you use on them. Treat people with respect, else their silence breeds discomfort in your organisation.

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Any leader who disrespects his or her subordinates without any justifiable cause plans for his or her own downfall. When you delay projects till the last minute before you ‘spray’ cash around, most wise electorates will deceive you. Some may accept the bribe but ultimately disappoint you. It is time we shifted our focus from pride and complacency and redirected our attention towards excellence in leadership which creates development in all facets of the society – healthcare, business, education, culture, science and technology, media handling and improvement in good governance. Politicians should know that the average Ghanaian is not looking for an arrogant leader. He/she is not looking for that leader in that four-wheel drive who is only interested in power at the expense of the development of their community. The outcome of this year’s general election has proven to most legislators that constituents have no

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Lacing her talent as vocalist with dancing and acting skills, the United States based Ghanaian philanthropist, Stacy Amewoyi has set the Christmas tone to put smiles on the face of many needy children, traders, widows and youth in Ghana. for the deprived people in the society. The philanthropist, who used to be a dancer for She noted that Christmas renowned musicians was celebrated to show including Okyeame love, thus used the Kwame, 4×4, Dada occasion to exhibit KD, Nana Tuffour, Slim the love she has for Busterr, and Joe Frazier humanity. among others became a blessing to many after As part of the celebration, feeding, clothing and her team came up with providing funds to about “feed the street project” 1000 orphans and traders to distribute food this Christmas. including rice, tomatoes, eggs, meat, drinks, Through her Stacy biscuits among others Foundation, a non- to people in Circle, g o v e r n m e n t a l Kaneshie, and other part organisation, she of Accra. provided entrepreneurial skills to about 100 female She promised not to teenagers in a week-long only be the Santa for training project dubbed; this Christmas but would “Wegurlzconnect” to continue to shape life empower them. and society, through her outreach projects Speaking with Ghanaian and appealed to other News in Accra on benevolent individuals Thursday, the beautiful to support her projects. model who became the face of Akosombo Ms Amewoyi is an Textiles Limited and author who changed her Daviva stated that story from a poor orphan these projects she was to a well accomplished embarking on was woman. to make the X’mas celebration memorable She has touched the lives

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Lead with people as your focus. Apologise where necessary. Bring your people on board through the power of association and build a system where apathy or indifference becomes very minimal. Where necessary, give the right people the opportunity to unearth their skills, talents and potentials. That is the strength of any wise leader. It is in the light of this selfawareness that your success will soar higher like the strength of an eagle. Develop a Core Tempo for your people What is the rhythm of your life? What is your eccentricity which attracts people to your space? When people continually withdraw from you, you better sit up to assess your lifestyle. Maybe the way you talk to them, or the way you carry yourself may not be the best. Make this self-assessment in knowing what repels or attracts people’s attention to your core mandate. I choose to call it a tempo as in the musical mode. Apart from the lyrics or librettos of a song, the speed (either fast or slow) becomes a major determinant of the immensity of such a tune. This analogy is like policies (either economic or social) that must be developed in making lives better in a country. The significance of this core tempo suffuses or saturates leadership in every aspect of life, whether we discuss leadership within the family, church, corporate organisation or any field of endeavour. Since national political affairs touch each one of us and because the media applies such detailed and extensive analysis to those involved in the political ring, the world of politics provides the most accessible leadership at the moment. When your tempo is untimely, the flow of the song fails to impress your constituents. Electorates are looking for leaders to give them the right tempo to enjoy the beauty of that song – livelihood. In leadership, a core tempo can also be classified as a LID. It is the most intriguing or functional skill, idea, word, or action-oriented policy that easily moves people to fall in love with your unconventionality. I am of the view that we cannot have a perfect system, but with a rhythm of discipline to the cause of a good socio-economic policy, a good system can be developed, regardless of where we find ourselves. We should work in unison to build a better nation. Once you are controlled by any distasteful subordinate who carries an ulterior motive, you will reach nowhere. This is what has reflected in some of the incumbent Members of Parliament who have lost their seats. No matter how

morally upright you are, electorates, voters, or citizens are looking for a core tempo. Conduct a proper research in identifying it to advance your career. Our Ultimate Responsibility Whether your political party has won or not, the core principle of patriotism or nationalism must be our anchor. The key variables to the attainment of any corporate vision have been the leader, the task at hand, the environment and the people involved. As citizens of this nation, we have a task to perform. We have a duty to perform wherever we may find ourselves. We cannot sit on the fence and expect only a select few to build this nation. After 63 years of sovereign rule, we have to help develop our country. Ghana needs better roads with street lights in all 275 constituencies. Politicians should wake up from their slumber and commit themselves to building a better nation for all of us. Our healthcare system, rich culture, science and technology, business, education, and the totality of our governance system should move to a higher level. We have to fight corruption and bring it to the barest minimum in all sectors of our economy. We have all the resources to make Ghana better. What we need is the power to implement good policies devoid of biases and ethnocentrism. Competent people should be given the chance to work. The government must be closer to the people in building a solidified country which can become the beacon of hope not only for Africa but the world at large. After Election 2020, Ghana must go back to the drawing board in asking what exactly we want to achieve as a country and work together towards it. I respectfully charge all citizens to support the president-elect in leading us to build a better Ghana. To those who have lost their seats in parliament, it is not over. Sit back and do your homework properly and come back stronger in the year, 2024. To the newly-elected Members of Parliament, I congratulate you all on your efforts. Remember, the people must be your focus. I commend the statesmanship of H.E. John Dramani Mahama for giving his opponent, H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, a run for his money. We are proud of your great services to our motherland. To our president-elect, I take this opportunity to wish you well. It is time to strategise in appointing the right team to work with in improving upon the state of affairs in this country. Long Live Ghana…Long Live Our Rich Democracy…Long Live Africa.

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We are, of course, always living through history. But some years are more “historical” than others. During these years, extraordinary events occur that change the shape of future, global culture in profound and often unexpected ways. These years usually warrant their own pages, or even their own chapters, in history textbooks. Take, for example, 1945. This year saw the end of World War II, as Germany and Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces. The Nuclear Age, and the subsequent Arms Race, were ushered in as the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The German concentration camps were liberated. At the Potsdam Conference, Soviet Leader Joseph Stalin, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and U.S. President Harry Truman, divided up Europe, and essentially the rest of the world, into spheres of influence, thereby bringing about the Cold War for the next 40 years and beyond. The United Nations was also established this year. Life on Planet Earth would never be the same. And then there is the remarkable time spanning 1968-1969, years of both social unrest and human achievement. 1968 witnessed the shortlived Prague Spring in Czechoslovakia. The Tet Offensive in Vietnam solidified the U.S.’s losing position their war with the country. The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his “Promised Land” speech, only to be brutally assassinated the following day. This event sparked a wave of riots across the country. Mass student protests against the war in Vietnam and in favor of human rights swept the globe, especially in Europe and North America. Robert F. Kennedy, then running for nomination for president on the Democratic ticket, was unceremoniously shot and killed, much like his older brother, President John F. Kennedy, had been only years before. 1969 saw a continuation of social unrest in North America and beyond, as the hopefulness of the early 1960s appeared to finally be quashed. But

not all news from this year was bad. The United States’ government sent the very first communication through its ARPANET, laying the foundations for what would ultimately become the Internet. The PBS show “Sesame Street” made its, debut, successfully educating young children worldwide. And of course, it was this year in which mankind accomplished one of its greatest feats, sending astronauts to walk on the moon for the very first time. Photos taken from this voyage revealed the Earth to be a “pale blue dot” which all of humanity must come together and care for. This fired the fuel of the burgeoning Environmental Movement, which has only grown in scope and influence over the course of the last half a century. These are only a two examples of extraordinary periods in human history, albeit extremely important ones. Likewise, 2020 has turned out to be one of these “historical” years. Where do we even begin? This has been a year of extreme climate change. People across the globe have been struggling with massive hurricanes, droughts, floods, and record wildfires, all of which can be traced back, to one extent or another, to the warming of the planet. “Strong Men” and dictators continue their reigns in numerous countries. In the U.S., President Trump was impeached and lost the presidential election to his rival, Joe Biden. Kamala Harris became at once the first AfricanAmerican, Asian, and female vice president of the United States. On May 25th, George Floyd was brutally murdered by a Minneapolis police officer. This murder, along with the murder at police hands of toomany-other AfricanAmerican civilians,

further animated the BLM movement, bringing protesters of all races together in the U.S. and beyond. Black women in the U.S. emerged as an undeniable force in U.S. politics. Yet this year will always be synonymous with the world-wide Coronavirus Pandemic. Since March of 2020 (and even in the preceding months) people began contacting, spreading, and dying from this deadly plague. At this point, at the very end of the year, millions of people have died, and millions more have been infected and perhaps permanently compromised because of the disease. It has disrupted how many of us live our daily lives— restricted, if not totally prohibited, have been gatherings with friends and families, outings to restaurants and shops, workouts at the gym, and in-person church services. Cinemas as we know them may be gone for good. Countless businesses have gone under, and even more people have found themselves jobless, poor, evicted, and/or homeless. Many people no longer kiss or hug or even shake hands. Face-to-face communication is often relegated to Face time or Zoom calls. Students have been largely unable to attend brickand-mortar classrooms on a regular basis. The young adults who have been high school seniors in 2020 have had their childhoods bookended by tragedy: born shortly after 9/11, they reached adulthood during the onset of Corona. In the U.S., these students have only known war during their lifetime, the longest war in their country’s history, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. They face extremely reduced economic opportunities when they graduate and enter the workforce. Let me now put the lens on the continent that birthed me. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, predicted it could claim about 10 million lives in Africa. His wife and co-chair of the Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates, added that without drastic actions, COVID-19 could lead to dead bodies lining cont’d on pg 14


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

Immigration Applications in Canada made on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds is a cornerstone of

It the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that, prior to their arrival in Canada, persons who wish to live permanently in Canada must submit their applications outside Canada and qualify for, and obtain a permanent resident visa.

However, subsection 25(1) of the Act allows any foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not meet the requirements of the Act or Regulations to make a written request for consideration. A request under subsection 25(1) for an exemption from the in-Canada selection criteria based on humanitarian and compassionate or public policy considerations must accompany an application for permanent residence in Canada. Thus, a foreign national who is criminally or medically inadmissible and other persons in similar situations who simply do not meet the requirements of the Act or the Regulations may

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apply to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. And, if applicable, a sponsorship in support of the applicant may accompany the application. Humanitarian and compassionate decisions are more complex and more subjective than most other immigration decisions because officers use their discretion to assess the applicant’s personal circumstances. Even though officers are cautioned to make their discretionary decisions with care and good judgment, the legislation does not provide any explanation or guidance about what constitutes

In applications based on humanitarian and compassionate considerations, applicants bear the onus of satisfying the decision-maker that their personal circumstances are such that the hardship of having to obtain a permanent resident visa from outside of Canada would be unusual and undeserved or disproportionate. Applicants must present whatever facts they believe are relevant to their situation but must know that the Immigration would not consider cost and inconvenience as excessive hardships that should warrant humanitarian and compassionate considerations. Generally, factors relating to a child’s emotional, social, cultural and physical welfare are taken into consideration when raised - and only when raised. Also, positive

consideration may be warranted when the period of inability to leave Canada due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control is of significant duration and, also, in situations where there is evidence of a significant degree of establishment in Canada. In determining the applicant’s degree of establishment in Canada, officers are likely to take into consideration, the applicant’s history of stable employment; pattern of sound financial management; and integration into the community through involvement in community organizations, voluntary services or other activities. It’s also most likely that officers would consider any professional and academic studies the applicant has undertaken; the applicant’s family ties in Canada; and whether the applicant and the applicant’s family

members, if applicable, have a good civil record in Canada.

There are two steps of assessment in humanitarian and compassionate applications. In the first- step assessment, the officers determine whether the foreign national should be exempted from the selection criteria related to becoming a permanent resident from within Canada. The second-step assessment is the processing of the application for permanent residence and, at this stage, the applicant and his family members, if any, whether accompanying or not, are required to meet the requirements of the Act and Regulations. Thus, inadmissibility issues like criminality could resurface at this stage. Generally, applications for permanent residence made on humanitarian

and compassionate grounds are only approved in exceptional circumstances and it could take up to several years to process an application. And, most discouragingly, there is no right of appeal for a refused application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. It would therefore be advisable for anybody with such problems to contact a specialist in Immigration Law and discuss specifics of his or her case with the specialist before such applications are made. 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 for an appointment.

We are living through History cont’d from pg. 13 the streets of Africa. These earlier predictions of doom of course were based on the assumption that Africa’s weak health systems would be overwhelmed by the outbreak. But the worst did not happen. The case fatality rate in Africa is among the lowest globally, hovering around 2%. Education however suffered a major loss; many children have received no education after schools closed across the continent in March 2020. Nigeria’s Historical End Sars protest dominated headlines. Calls emerged for the disbanding of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a notorious unit of the Nigerian Police with a long record of abuses. The protest took an ugly dimension shortly after when soldiers drafted to stop protesters at the epicenter of the EndSARS Rally allegedly shot at unarmed protesters, injuring and killing a yet-to-be confirmed number. According to the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an estimated N700bn was lost in economic value by Nigeria but some other economic experts put the loss beyond a trillion Naira. It has become evident more than ever that much attention must be given to Africa’s youth, particularly in the decision-making process, if we want to secure the future of the continent. Discussions on youth unemployment must move from conference rooms to action. Curricula on job creation must be factored into the high school education system as well. So where do we go from here? What are we to do? We must and will do what our ancestors did in the wake of other tragic years such as 1945, 1968, and 1969. We will pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, and

hopefully learn from our mistakes in order to make a better future. Human ingenuity and compassion have always won in the end, and will continue to do so. Amidst the horrible events of 2020, the glimmer of a brighter future has already begun to reveal itself. People of all genders, races, and creeds have come together to stand up to social injustices and climate change. When our governments have failed us, citizens have stepped in to contend with the shortcomings. People have generously donated to their fellow citizens. Ordinary people in the private sector have come up with novel solutions to fight the Coronavirus. Neighbors have organized “drive-by” graduation parties for students and birthday parties for the elderly. Nurses and doctors and EMTs have worked tirelessly and heroically. Scientists all over the world have successfully scrambled to create vaccines for this plague, and the end might be in sight. (Scientists in Ghana, for example, worked diligently to create a low-cost antibody test for Covid-19, as well as spearheading the use of Zipline drones to deliver samples to testing sites. The U.S. has learned from, and followed, Ghana’s example.) Ironically, Covid 19, while keeping us apart, has also largely had the opposite effect of bringing us together. Many people have had to move back in with their extended families due to economic or other challenges. Neighbors check in on neighbors, and many people have reconnected with old friends through technology. Protests have united disparate people for common goals. Many of us have been forced to reconsider what is truly important in our lives. We obviously did not have a plan for 2020. We know better now. What will your plan for 2021 be?

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3 lessons from how schools responded to the 1918 pandemic worth heeding today Much like what has happened in 2020, most U.S. schools closed during the 1918 influenza pandemic. Their doors were shut for up to four months, with some exceptions, to  curb the spread of the disease. As a professor who teaches and writes about children’s history, I have studied how schools responded to the 1918 influenza pandemic. Though wary of painting the past with the present’s favorite colors, I see three main lessons today’s

educators and policymakers can draw from how schools and communities responded to the last century’s pandemic. 1. Invest in school nurses School nurses were transformative when they were first introduced in 1902. Rather than simply send sick students home, where they would miss school while receiving no treatment, nurses cared for children’s illnesses and provided health information to their families.

After a study showed that nurses cut student absences in half, more and more cities funded them. Within 11 years of the first nurse being hired, nearly 500 U.S. cities employed schoolbased medical professionals. In 1919, nurse S.M. Connor, while apologizing for not doing more “owing to the handicap of the influenza epidemic,” submitted a report to the Neenah, Wisconsin school board of her work. Connor made 1,216 home

visits, took children to doctors and delivered community health talks, in addition to conducting school-based examinations and follow-up.

educate both the children and their parents to the demands of health,” he said in a report titled “Epidemic Lessons Against Next Time.”

In November 1918, New York City Health Commissioner Royal Copeland underscored the role of school nurses. Being under “the constant observation of qualified persons” gave students “a degree of safety that would not have been possible otherwise” and “gave us the opportunity to

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In a version of the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” a study of schools in 43 cities during the 1918 pandemic  identified “planning that brings public health, education officials, and political leaders together” as key to successful responses. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Rochester, New York, school and health officials combined forces with organizations representing immigrant communities. In Los Angeles, the mayor, health commissioner, police chief and school superintendent collaborated to monitor infection rates, provide teachers additional training, and create and deliver homework for 90,000 schoolchildren. Such cooperation also helped schools as they reopened. In St. Louis, while schools were closed, police cars became ambulances, and teachers worked in health agencies. Students returned to school November 14, but by the month’s end the city saw a new influenza surge, leading to another school closure. Political, health and education leaders designed a gradual reopening that saw high schools open first, followed a month later, once cases in younger children had dropped, by elementary schools. Thanks to these collaborative efforts, St. Louis had 358 deaths per 100,000 people, among the best outcomes in the country. 3. Tie education to other priorities In 1916 the U.S. Bureau of Education proclaimed that the “education of the schools is important, but life and health are more important.” Reformers of the period, known as the Progressive Era, took that notion to heart. In addition to school nurses, they established school lunch programs, built playgrounds and promoted outdoor education. They attacked societal barriers to child health and welfare by

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Congratulations to NADAA on 4More 2DoMore! I would humbly like to share a few thoughts with our victorious and semi-victorious politicians. Congratulations Mr. President on your second term, you now have 4 more and we fully expect you to do more - please let your party know when they try to interfere with your development agenda that we the electorate have soaked their cane in diesel to keep it supple for the next time it is needed. You are president first and foremost for all Ghanaians, we don’t particularly care about your party, as you might have realised by now. We voted for you, not for your party. This election is one of the few in which the cliche that Ghana won actually rings true. Parliament is balanced and therefore we hope to see all hands on deck at all times. We look forward to a drastic reduction in arrogance and indiscipline by (especially ruling party) parliamentarians and appointees, particularly on the roads, where they acquired the most obnoxious habits and appeared think themselves to be above the law. Let that appalling behaviour be a thing of the past, please. Mr President kindly delete 60 or 70 from the 110. We gave you the benefit of the doubt when you appointed them. After 4 years we can assure you that the vast majority of them have not been particularly useful. The boys did not perform so they do not deserve the jobs in which they do no work in the best case scenario. In the worst case scenario they just scheme and plot and rob us blind. You are no longer beholden to their sponsors, please ditch the hangers on and streamline your operation for all our benefit.

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We would be most grateful for less corruption, fewer scandals, meaningful achievements and actual progress. It is not a request please. It is a requirement. Congratulations to NDC for your stellar performance in both presidential and parliamentary races. We are delighted with the number of seats you have been able to acquire this time round.  We hope that your numbers in the chamber will be a force for measured, ethical and principled oversight, and an engine for positive development  instead of meanspirited opposition for opposition’s sake. You are there to serve Ghana first before party. Remember this.

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To the runner-up we would say that maybe had you made more of an effort to embrace and include those you defeated in your flag-bearer contest and deployed them on the campaign trail the story today might have been different. Nonetheless you ran a solid race and performed extremely well at the polls. Well done Sir.

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New Kantamanto Market WHOLESALE AND RETAIL MOVED TO A NEW LOCATION Opposite CEEKTEX Specializing In African and Caribbean Food & Hair Products

Open 7 Days A Week * Amane * Palm Oil * Atadwe * Adwene * Zomi Oil *Werewere * Fufu * Fish * Momone * Alata Samina * Rice * Fresh Yam * Nkuto * Garden Eggs * Goat Meat * Apem * Koobi * Shito * Kenkey * Geisha * Kpako * Gari * Kokonte * Asanka

Twins Sister Tel: 416-235-1470 Cell: 647-448-3241

Tel: 416-745-5928

Email. new.kantamantomarket@gmail.com

5010 Steeles Ave. W., Unit 2B, Etobicoke (Steeles/Kipling)

266 Eddystone Ave, North York, Ont. M3N 1H7

Xpress Tropical Foods & Meat

UNCLE SETH TROPICAL FOODS Specializing in African, Caribbean, Asian & Canadian Foods

African and Caribbean Grocery Store















Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Mon-Sat. 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sun.

For All Your Family Grocery Needs



We Carry All Your Tropical Grocery Items

We are open 7 Days a week. Sundays from 12 noon to 6:00 pm


We are wholesalers and distributors of smoke fish

Exit West on Dundas, 2nd light left Liruma Road, Behind Mr. Lube

* Fresh Ghana Yam (Pona) * Palm Oil * Titus Sardine * Exeter Corned Beef * Accra Kenkey * Akwaabi * Fresh Garden Eggs * Red Snapper And much more at discount prices


We specialize in African, Caribbean Groceries: *Gari Pounded *Yam *Vegetable Salad *Fufu *Potato Starch *Stock Fish *Salted Fish *Smoked Fish *Cerelac *Rice *Bournvita *Milo *Corned Beef *Phone Cards *Cosmetics *Goat meat and many more

Mississauga, Ontario

Central Market





* Fresh Ghana Yams (Pona) The * Palm Oil * Titus Sardine Lowest * Exeter Corned Beef Prices * Accra Kenkey in * Akwaabi * Fresh Garden Eggs Town * Red Snapper * And much more at discount prices

*SHITO Denton * Red Snapper * Tilapia * King Fish Steak * Mackerell


MARKET AND BUTCHER SHOP We open 7 days a week. We also deliver

OUR BEAUTY AND HAIR PRODUCTS One of the Largest Selection



2069 Lawrence Ave. E. Scarborough, Ont.

We are open Monday - Friday: 9 am to 8 pm Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Tel: 416-249-7007 1712 Jane Street, Toronto (Jane/Lawrence)

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fresh yam * plantain * cocoyam * adwene* koobi * abodoi * egusi * gari * konkonte * goat meat * fufu * kenkey * snails * herrings *sugar bread etc. etc.


Tel: 416-244-4496


Quality Zome * Yams (Pona) * Gari * Konkonte * Goat Meat * Adwene * Maggi Cubes * Prekese Tel:


Fax: 416-749-8536

Email: ben@the-wire.com

1148 Albion Road. Etobicoke, Ont. (at Islington)

Mercies African Supermarket We Specialize in African Caribbean Groceries & much more...

* Red Snapper * Adwene * Mackerel * Goat Meat * Palm Oil * Creams & Lotions * Egusi * Braids Open 7 Days * Fresh Ghana Yams * Gels * King Fish Steak A Week Business Hours Monday - WEDNESDAY - 10 am - 8:00 pm THURSDAY - SATURDAY - 10 Am - 8:30 pm SUNDAYS - 12:30 PM - 5 PM

Tel: 905-846-2897

15 Brisdale Drive (Bovaird Dr. W. & Brisdale Drive)

Atwima Marfo Enterprise (Formerly East-End Tropical Market) WE ARE MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION

200 Bellamy Rd. North Plaza (Opposite Esso gas station)

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* African Yam * Chicken * Box of Mackerel * Burnt Goat * Red Mullet * Ram Goat Meat * Carnation Milk * Black Soap

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

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


Guranteed Lowest Prices on All African Foods Videos and CDs



Tel: 416-286-0516


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New African King Meat Shop Under New Management

Lowest Price Guaranteed Specializing in African, Caribbean and Asian Wholesale deal on Yam, Gari, Kokonte and more • • • • •

Burnt Goat Fresh Goat Ox Tail Cow Tripe Smoke Fish

• • • • • •

Ghana Yam Maggi Seasoning cubes Trofai Palm Cream, Palmnut Cream, Ghana Fresh Palm Oil and Coconut Oil Veggies

Business Hours Monday to Friday 10 am - 8:30 pm Saturdays 9 am to 8 pm Sundays 2 pm - 6 pm

Consumer Hotline: 647-344-0988 2223 Jane Street (opposite Chalkfarm) Toronto

GOLDEN GATES RESTAURANT Best African Cuisine * Dine in - Take out Catering

10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Monday to Sunday

Tel: 416-745-1394 2428 Islington Ave., Unit 104 Toronto Ontario, M9W 3X8

Afro Continental Bar & Grill We Serve All Kinds Of African Continental Dishes * Fried Yam with Tilapia or Red Snapper * Fried Plantain with Beans * Waakye (Rice & Beans) with Assorted meat * Banku with Okro or Peanut Soup * Dieho (TZ) * Konkonte * Jollof Rice * Fufu with Peanut Soup or Light Soup


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CLOSED 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM 11:00 PM TO 10:00 PM 11:00 AM TO 10:00 PM 12:00 PM TO 9:00 PM

Call Kwame or Adwoa @ 416-519-6740 849 Albion Road (Albion/Islington)

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ROSHABET GUEST HOUSE (Bretuo Ba House) ASSIN FOSO Near Immigration Academy, Dompim Road On your next visit to the Assin District in the Central Region, Ghana Stay at the Cozy

ROSHABET GUEST HOUSE One hour drive to Cape Coast & Elmina 90 minutes drive to Kakum Forest Tourist Site

Tel: (233) 54 305 6581 (233)50 408 1356 (233) 54 034 0463

A Royal Welcome Awaits YOU

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Prestige African-Canadian Support Services Round 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program for the Black Community supported by the Canadian Red Cross By Staff Reporter, Toronto, Ontario

Prestige African-Canadian Support Services (PACSS) is a not-for-profit community based organization registered with the government of Canada. PACSS has been in existence since 2018 and is committed to being a positive generation of change by delivering quality programs, support and services through empowerment, advocacy, education and development in the AfricanCanadian Community irrespective of race, gender, age and religious background. PACSS has received Round 2 of the Canadian Red Cross COVID-19 Emergency Support for the African Canadian Community, funded by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund led by Employment and Social Development Canada in the amount of CDN $88,453.50 to distribute food aid and PPE, as well as provide virtual health awareness and education programs to the vulnerable, especially seniors and low income families of the Black Community. In view of that, PACSS will be providing food security, PPE and COVID-19 related virtual workshops to the community. To make this successful, we have collaborated with several African grocery stores in the communityto provide safe, healthy and quality food supplies to participants to aid in the “grocery on the go” project. 

Volunteer enjoying the community service

Donating to a senior

The increase in the COVID-19 cases in our community has been very disturbing, especially for our seniors and low income families in the community. Therefore, PACSS with the support of Canadian Red Cross Society will schedule COVID-19 related workshops with professionals between January and mid February 2021to deliver socially risk information and community engagement services to the marginalized and vulnerable groups impacted by COVID-19. TO REGISTER FOR THE “GROCERY ON THE GO” PROGRAM, KINLDY CALL 416-740-7397, MONDAY TO FRIDAY BETWEEN 2:00PM AND 5:00PM. Once the registration is accepted, we will contact participants to either pick up their groceries from participating stores or have it delivered to them in their homes. Flyers and relevant information has been sent out to the community on how to participate in the “Grocery on the go” program.

Volunteers picked up pre-packed groceries to be delivered to participants

Anastasia Anim (Director) Sponsored by Canadian Red Cross

Grocery on the go to participants

Some community members receiving their groceries


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Looking back Ghanaian News receives from Ethnic Press

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lt. Gov. of Ont. with Jonathan Annobil

President Akufo Addo met Nananom in Toronto


At GCAO Clean Up Campaign Apos. Emmanuel Owusu cutting sod for the Church of Pentecost new boulding

Greda team at Calgary, Exhibition Canada Ghanaian News Team Ghanaian-Canadian Business Expo

Ghanaian Rev. Fathers of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church Black Princesses @ the FIFA 2014 U-20 World cup in Toronto

Some community members

Nana Anokye Bresiama’s coronation thankgiving service

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- People & Places

Rev. Paul Frimpong dedicates a new land purchased by Living Word A/G, Toronto

Ghanaian News and some Torontonians at Edmonton Heritage Festival

Miss Ghanaian-Canadian contestants

Ghanaian-Canadians at Homecoming conference, Accra

A show of Cutural Display

Cultural Dancing A show of our ethnic food

A show of our ethnic food

Ekwam Bilson receives Excellence Award

Jojo Chintoh (r) and former High Commissioner Margaret Amoakohene

At Ethnic Press Christmas party

Community members at Afrofest

Rev. Christian Popo-Ola retirement service


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Looking Back


Community members at Afrofest At Tema Ghana Methodist Church At former consul-Gen. Kpebesani send-off party

At Carassauga Festival At Flag Raising at Queen’s Party

Some members of Zumumta Association of Toronto

Miss Ghanaian-Canadian contestants at Afrofest show

Very Rev. Agyapong and daughter with Emmanuel Ayiku of Ghanaian News at Ghana Methodist, Tema

Afro Global at Afrofest

SDA Path finders team with Eld Dan Oteng (r)

Looking Back

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Nana Okogyeaman Dankwa Ameyaw Kokrooko II ( Prof. Micheal Baffoe of Ghanaian News) riding in a plaquin

Introduction of H.E. Ayikoi Otoo to the Ghanaian Community in Toronto

Ghanaian Women’s Prayer Conference Bishop Joe Bonnah’s installation Prof. Michael Baffoe of Ghanaian News installed Chief in Ghana

District Assembly members of Asante-Akim visit Toronto Tema Ghana Methodist

Ghanaian Presbyterian Toronto Children’s Day

GCAO at community event


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The Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) distributes packed meals to the Community By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto, ON

The COVID-19 pandemic this year impacted the way we celebrate the Christmas. Congregating in numbers was discouraged due to the observance of Covid-19 protocols.  The spirit of Christmas moved the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) on Thursday December 24th, 2020 to distribute toys, packed meals, hard frozen chicken legs for soup and pastries to seniors and the community at large. The event took place at the Apostles’ Continuation Church Banquet Hall, 10 Belfield Road.  These treats were donated courtesy of City Councillor Anthony Perruzza, MPP Tom Rokocevic and United Way. The Rexdale Women’s Center also donated over 300 cooked meals. Mrs. Gina Dapaa of G Central Market at 5010 Steeles Avenue West also donated 20 boxes of hard frozen chicken legs to the seniors. MPP Tom Rakocevic (Humber River-Black Creek) was on hand with his staff, (Maria and others) to help distribute the

pastries he donated. Ms. Sedrene represented Councillor of Ward 7 Humber River--Black Creek to present the toys to the community. Over a hundred of community members were served. It was a pickup and leave event without mingling due to the Province’s lockdown in effect. The frontline GCAO volunteers did a yeoman job in sacrificing their time and energy to distribute the packed meals and pastries as well as the toys to the children.  The volunteers included Mrs. Felicia Botchway, Emmanuel Quaye, Obaa Yaa, o Munira Mahama, Lucy Kyei, Rita Appiah, Sulley Damille, Pastor Eric Nyarko and Jeffrey Bawuah of Apostles’ Continuation Church They put smiles on the faces of the community members as they picked up their meals and toys. MPP Tom Rakocevic also gave community members some souvenirs of personalized pens and fridge magnets.

Preparing the meal for distribution

MPP Tom Rakocevic, staff and GCAO volunteers at the event

Ms Sedrene (2nd right) presenting the toys to Emmanuel Quaye

Preparing the meal for distribution

GCAO Volunteers

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Frankly Speaking Nana Akuffo Addo and NPP’s Re-election: A Case of Victory in Defeat By Prof. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, Manitoba The much-touted Ghana Elections 2020 has come and ended in very dramatic fashion. It ended with the incumbent President Nana Addo retaining the Presidency with a depressed margin of 51.59 per cent, down dramatically from his 2016 margin of victory of 53.85 per cent. His Party lost their solid Parliamentary majority from the 2016 level of 169 to a near loss of 137 seats. The Opposition Candidate, John Dramani Mahama who lost the Presidential election moved up from his 2016 tally of 44% to a high of 47.36% while his Opposition Political Party, the NDC moved from their 2016 seat level of 106 Parliamentary seats to a high of 137 seats at a tie with the NPP seats with one Independent Member of Parliament. To all intents and purposes, this was an election that the incumbent President, Nana Akuffo Addo and his NPP Political Party needed to, and should have won hands down. They had engaged in, and presided over a four-year period of unprecedented growth, stability and development of the nation never witnessed in its post-independence nation-building. These developments included a major social intervention program, a free government-financed Senior High School educational program that touched the lives of almost every family in the 30million-plus population. Other sociopolitical interventions included the creation of six new Administrative Regions to satisfy the long and yearning demands of certain parts of the country The President and his party therefore went into the elections hoping that their records in government and power were evident and manifestly clear for all citizens and voters to see, feel, experience and appreciate. In the end, all these socioeconomic and political interventions and developments made

no difference in the outcome of the elections which was a shocker to many citizens as well as political observers. This is what can be termed as a painful show and display of political ungratefulness by an ungrateful citizenry and electorate. The ungratefulness of the citizenry and electorate aside, the President, his government and political party should take full responsibility and blame for their abysmal electoral performance. There was too much show and display of complacency and arrogance on the part of the Party and government machinery in the conduct of the political campaign leading up to the elections. They were under the illusion that their public records would speak for them. It had been observed by many political observers way back over the past twelve months that the NPP party electioneering machinery was not up to the task. They resorted to too much public showmanship of loud music and dance produced by music celebrities, and large political rallies, even in the face of the corona virus pandemic whose management the President was championing and touting as one of his notable achievements. Much of the grassroots door-to-door, personto-person contacts of political campaigning was virtually missing from their play book. Many of their national party executives lacked the political skills for the giant task of national electioneering campaigning. One notable weakness of the NPP governments

historically has been communication: the art of communicating in plain, simple and lay-man’s language and parlance to the electorate. The party and government had very powerful messages out of their very notable and enviable achievements, but the salesmanship of same to the public was lacking. In my trips to Ghana over the past four years, especially in the last one year, I heard numerous complaints from ordinary people in the country about the government and party not explaining issues clearly for people to understand. The government and party assumed that the popularity of the President, Nana Akufo Addo and the visibility of most of the development projects will win them the day. Sadly, one great political lesson that the NPP and its government and functionaries need to learn…and learn hard… is that “all politics is local”. That is the elementary and cardinal rule of politics. The people that vote do not vote on national issues.

At the local and rural levels especially, people do not care about the big and gigantic projects like interchanges and motorways that are constructed mainly in the capital city and the big urban centers. They want to see the impact of the government actions in their own local communities.Many of such rural folks have never and may never visit Accra or the big cities and urban centers. They want the roads in their local communities to be constructed to assist them in the economic activities, especially carting their agricultural produce to market centers. They want electricity in their small towns and villages. The politicians could shout at each other publicly in Parliament and talk their usual accusations of corruption against each other. These have little or no impact on the people in my Holy Village. They are interested in their local issues and local development. Yes, all politics is local!! President Akufo Addo, Vice President Bawumia, the entire government

and the NPP political party need to do very serious introspection and honest self-examination about their individual and collective roles of events and activities in the run-up to the elections of December 2020. The party machinery let the President and government down. They simply did not do the work required of them. Now to President Akufo Addo: the message from Ghanaians in the Diaspora is clear: you did not show honesty to them for all the promises you made to Ghanaians in the Diaspora of ensuring that they are registered to vote in the just-ended elections. The ROPAA, the Representation of the People Amendment Act which gave the right to vote in elections in Ghana to Ghanaians living abroad was passed in February 2006, under an NPP government. Nana Akufo Addo was then the Foreign Minister and this fell right on his lap. He did nothing about it until his government then headed by President Kufour was overthrown in 2008. Nana Addo strongly promised Ghanaians in the Diaspora in

July 2017 that he will ensure that ROPAA was implemented within his first mandate from 2017 to 2020. He reneged on that promise and did nothing for four years. NPP governments historically enjoy a large goodwill among Ghanaians in the diaspora and the President, Nana Akufo Addo could have easily garnered nearly one million votes from Ghanaians living abroad if they had been given the opportunity, the legal right to vote. I simply do NOT understand why Nana Addo and the NPP keep dragging their feet on this important issue. Well, they have paid a very heavy price in the just-ended elections and we sincerely hope that they have learnt great lessons out of their complacency, inactions, omissions and commissions. They actually blew up a golden opportunity to have strengthened their party and government. They failed!! This was a “victory in defeat”. There is absolutely NOTHING to celebrate and cheer about from this election. I hope people will be held accountable for this electoral mess.

3 lessons from how schools responded to the 1918 pandemic worth heeding today cont’d from pg. 15 enacting child labor laws, making school attendance compulsory and improving the tenement housing where millions of children lived. By the time the pandemic hit, President Woodrow Wilson had declared 1918 the “Children’s Year.” Schools stood ready to deliver not only lessons but food and health care. When schools reopened, children could learn in what Copeland described as “large, clean, airy school buildings” with outdoor spaces.

These figures are higher for urban schools that educate more students of color, poor students and immigrants, and come as the pandemic’s economic fallout is already causing districts to cut budgets. Even so and despite the federal government’s  sometimes divisive response, local communities, as in 1918, are fighting this devastating pandemic with teamwork. In Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Sacramento and elsewhere, city councils, school districts, nonprofits, and labor and business groups are working together to meet their communities’ needs.

Heeding those lessons in 2020 A century after Americans learned the importance of investing in school nurses, fewer and fewer schools employ them. Only 60% of schools have a full-time nurse, and about 25% have no nurse at all. A recent analysis concluded that reopening safely will cost an additional  US$400,000 per district, on average, to hire more school nurses.

And a movement, spurred by anger over the death of George Floyd, police brutality and widespread concerns about systemic racism, is demanding that all jurisdictions spend less on the police especially now, when the challenges brought about by the pandemic make funding for public schools more essential than ever. The Conversation

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Tel: 905-565-0059 Fax: 905-565-0559

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LITIGATION SERVICES * Motor Vehicle Accidents * Slip and Falls * Long-Term Disability Claims * Short-Term Disability Claims * Family Law * No-Charge Initial Consultation 7025 Tomken Rd. #204, Mississauga, Ontario, L5S 1R6


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Immigration Law Other Practice Areas * Family Class Sponsorships * Uncontested Divorce * Sponsorship appeals * Small Claims Court Matters * Refugee Claims * Landlord and Tenant Matters * Humanitarian Applications * Power of Attorney * Invitation Letters * Agreements and Wills * Visa extensions * Bankruptcy Consultation * Work and Study Permits James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons); LLB (Hons); CCIC Legal consultant; Commissioner of Oaths

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Buying a home may be the most important investment in your life. We ensure that it is done properly * Buying and selling your home * Transfers of property * Placing Mortgages, Refinancing FAMILY LAW CRIMINAL LAW IMMIGRATION Divorce Custody, Access and Support Separation Children Aid Cases

Adult Criminal Code offences Youth Criminal Justice Act (Young Offenders)

Sponsorships Sponsorship Appeals Humanitarian and Compassionate Cases

Also: Wills, Powers of Attorney, Foreign Divorce Opinions, Affidavits and Declarations, Certifying and Notarising documents

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BANSAH & ASSOCIATES Immigration Counsel

Areas of Specialization: ♦Immigration Hearings ♦Foreign Sponsorship & Appeals ♦Applications from inside Canada ♦Humanitarian & Compassionate Cases ♦Detention Reviews & Deportation Order Cases ♦Visa Extensions ♦Federal Skilled Worker Applications ♦Family Class Sponsorships ♦Student Visa ♦Provincial Nominee Program. Contact: Edward Bansah B.A (Hons), CCIC, FCMI Cert. Mig. & Ref Studies

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Immigration (IRB) Small Claim Court Accident Benefits Claim Canada Pension Plan Landlord & Tenant Disputes Traffic Tickets Criminal Matters Misc. Visitor’s sponsorship and oath commissioners services

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Licensed Paralegal

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Member: Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

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15 Fandor Way, Unit 201 (2nd Floor) Brampton, ON L7A 2G9

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CARGO - LINK INTERNATIONAL (Freight Forwarders & Consolidators) Competent Commitment & Excellence

For your Reliable Export Services - Shipping Services to Ghana, Nigeria, Clearing & Delivery Services in Ghana

* You don't need to go to the Port * You don't need to see any Agent * Just see a CARGO-LINK Representative in Accra & Kumasi for your Safe & Affordable Shipment * We also do door to door in Accra & Kumasi at very low transportation cost (EXTRA) * We give Bill of Lading too to those who want to clear their own goods Contact: Regina or B'B Manu

Tel: 416-736-1905 416-822-9462 Fax: 416-736-9973 1111 Finch Ave. W., Unit 31, North York

Go Seko Shipping Inc. Freight Forwarding Division & Bailing of Used Clothes * Yam * Gari * Rice * Accra Kenkey * Canned Food * Dry Fish * Koobi and Many More We ship Cars, Trucks, Electrical Appliances, Computers, Clothing, Barrels, Personal Effects and many more Call Nana Djan

Tel: 647-895-1315, 416-913-1986, Fax: 416-850-0580 E-mail: sekoshipping@gmail.com

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www.220v.com We Carry Brand Name 220v/50Hz Export Model Restaurant and Household Products Kitchen Appliances


GSM Cellphones DUAL SIM

Generator Heavy Duty Restaurant Range

Freezer Deep Fryer

Commercial Oven

BIG Generator Sale



Tel: 416-646-0495

5707 Steeles Ave. West,Toronto, Ont. M9L 1S7 South East Corner of Steeles and Fenmar / Pine Valley

BLACK STAR FAST SHIPPING INC. Freight Forwarding WE BAIL USED CLOTHINGS The Most Reliable Way to Ship Overseas! Fast, Reasonable and VERY Great Competitive Rates! Tawiah We Ship Trucks to Cars, Personal Items, Building materials, Used Clothes and Electronics. Also Deep Freezers and other.


Tel: 647-231-4504 or 416-988-1842 63 Huxley Rd. Unit 61 (Wilson/Clayson) Toronto, ON, M9M 3B4

Hi-Tech Shipping Freight Forwarders & Consolidators 230 Milvan Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M9L 2A5

We ship to all African Countries. We are the cheapest, Fastest and most reliable agents in town. We have been in successful business for twenty years. We have moved to 14,000 sq ft. facility to serve you better. We have quality mattress for sale all sizes

Call Kobby or Nana Ababio

Tel: 416-744-2300 / 416-640-2310


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Eagle Iye Driver Consultancy Magazines and Training (Early G2 and G Road Test bookings)

Ministry Approved Certified Driving Instructor For Over 15 Years


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66 Milvan Dr. Units 6& 7, North York, Ont.

Sammy Lartey 647-428-6837

Guaranteed Job Satisfaction YOU ARE IN GOOD HANDS !!!

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Tel: (416)743-6969

Eastern Automotive Repair Inc.

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Complete Service for all Foreign and Domestic Cars

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Auto Repairs For All Makes and Models

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Obeng Tel: 905-782-4305 Cell: 647-225-4223 1625 Trinity Dr., Unit 4 Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1W9

B.B’s Auto Int’l Ghana Ltd. Auto Repair and Body Shop Oyibi on the Dodwa Road For all your car repair contact Bismarck Bright 0277-709000 / 0266-858050 Nick Bright - 416-522-2416

Peaceful Driving School Best Driving School In Canada M.T.O. Approved course provider Toronto and out of City Road Test Full Package Includes: * 10 hours in car, 20 hours in class and 5 hours home links, for insurance discount certificate * Private lessons and pre-test packages * Let the professionals lead you to safety. Solomon Adjei-Yeboah * We also provide driver improvement course as well as defensive driver improvement peacefuldrivingschool.com

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B. B.'S AUTO Inc. Complete general repairs to all foreign & domestic cars, Body and Custom painting Contact: Bismarck Bright or Nick Bright

Tel: (416)745-5690 Fax: (416)745-1514 16 Taber Rd, Etobicoke, Ont.

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Out of City Road Test * Do Your 'G' Road Test Without Driving On Any of The 400 Highways * We Offer New And Nervous Drivers Until They Pass Their Road Test Contract (some conditions may apply) * Attend Our Classroom 25 hrs. Session To Get Your Certificate for Insurance Discount

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NEW YEAR MESSAGE The Year 2020 has been very difficult and challenging for all with regards to the outbreak of the Corona virus - COVID-19 Pandemic. In view of that I thank you all for your co-operation throughout this year. I wish every one a happy and prosperity in the coming New Year and hope for the best year 2021 for all.

For parents of color, schooling at home can be an act of resistance My 6-year-old hates the British. To be more specific, the British Empire that ruled over up to a quarter of the world’s land by the early 1900s. Hates that one of the biggest diamonds in the world, found in India over 1,000 years ago, now sits in the queen’s set of crown jewels. Hates that they drew up borders quickly and exited South Asia in the 1940s, resulting in the death of millions, and making his grandfather and great-grandparents refugees in the newly formed nation of India. How does my 6-year-old know all about this? Well, because we talk about it and have a lot of books at home. We have always read books about South Asian culture and history. And now that we have more flexible schedules since we have to work at home – and the kiddo has to do school at home – we have even more time together. He naturally gravitates to the books with characters that look like him. As a scholar of multicultural education, I know that children are able to understand complex issues, like racism, if they are broken down and explained in a way that they can grasp. So, when books talk about subjects like segregation, slavery, colonialism or sexism, my partner and I explain those terms as best we can. A different worldview Conversations about world history in our home go a little like this: Parent: “People from Europe really liked the spices and cloth from South Asia, so they wanted to go there to buy stuff.” Kiddo: “Even Christopher Columbus was lost and trying to find India, right?” Parent: “Right! Europeans went to South Asia, first to trade and buy things. But then they wanted more power, and the British decided to take over and bully people around.” Kiddo: “How did they bully them?” Parent: “They made people give them money (land-taxes), didn’t let them make their own clothes to wear, and didn’t even let them make salt out of the water in the sea next to where they lived!”

Books like “A Taste of Freedom,” which recounts Gandhi’s famed Salt March to protest British rule, and resources like the website and podcast “Parenting for Liberation,” certainly help with these conversations. The coronavirus pandemic has brought on a lot of hardship and heartache to families everywhere, and it has also made it easier for parents like us to spend more time with our children. For parents of color, this means a chance to educate our children as we see fit. We have an opportunity to offer counter-stories that focus on people who look like us, as opposed to having our children forced to learn from narratives written from a European or white perspective. Our family traces our origins to different parts of South Asia, and we are using this time at home to read about anti-colonial and anti-caste activists like B.R. Ambedkar and Dakshayani Velayudhan, people my son wouldn’t ever encounter in his school curriculum. Racism in schools and society There’s no shortage of examples of inaccurate textbooks like the one in Texas that made headlines a few years ago for referring to enslaved people as immigrant “workers from Africa.” There is also a cultural mismatch between America’s teachers and students – 80% of America’s teachers are white, but more than half of the nation’s students are children of color. And this mismatch matters: Studies show that black students are more likely to graduate from high school if they have an African American teacher in elementary school. No matter the teacher’s ethnic identity, research shows that students are more interested in school and do better when they feel like they can relate to what’s being taught and when the lessons reflect their own heritage and history. This is where schooling your children at home can make a difference. That is, parents can select lessons on historical or contemporary issues that do reflect their children’s history and heritage. Hard histories No doubt, some social justice education can get to be too much and provide too early an exposure to graphic images

of violence and suffering. For example, a friend’s son at age 5 watched a video at a neighbor’s house that showed the targeting of an African American boy by the police – something that is part of a larger documented issue of police violence against black Americans in the U.S. Afterward, the child would get quiet and scared whenever he saw a police officer. “The talk,” or discussions African American parents have with their children about the police, is both necessary and real. But, all forms of racial justice education have to be done with nuance and from a place of liberation rather than fear. Earlier this year, when my son and I read a book about abolitionist and Civil War hero Harriet Tubman, we listened to some songs on YouTube from the movie “Harriet,” but I didn’t let him see the video. Studies show that early exposure to graphic violence can cause trauma and distress, so home-based social justice education has to be delivered with care and attention. That means carefully preselecting videos and clips to watch with children to screen for excessive violence, and taking time to explain tough concepts and issues. In search of liberation In reading and discussions in our family, we focus on movements and activists. Educator and TV legend Fred Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” I would modify that Mister Rogers quote slightly for parents of color to say “When you see injustice, look for the people who are resisting. You will always find people who are resisting.” While my kiddo still hates “the British,” he also knows about the British abolitionists who helped former slave, activist and author Frederick Douglass fight for an end to slavery in the 1800s. Schooling at home provides a unique chance for children of color to build up their knowledge of their histories and larger struggles for social and racial justice locally and globally. Perhaps this moment can be an opportunity, a place of possibility within the overwhelming and daunting task of parenting during the pandemic. The Conversation


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Looking Back Ghana’s Flag hoisted at Queen’s Park to celebrate 63rd Independence Anniversary By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

MPP Mike Schriner, Hon. Theodore Arnott (Speaker) Mrs. Faustina Acquah and MPP Hussein Hassan

Consul Gen. Thomas Seshie being helped by Det. Don Yirenkyi in raising Ghana’s flag

Queen’s Park staff

A section of community leaders and members

MPPs at the event Rev. Fr. Kenneth Korsah praying before the event

A section of community members

Ghanaian-Canadian service personnel saluting after the flag raising

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Looking Back Ghana’s Flag hoisted at Queen’s Park to celebrate 63rd Independence Anniversary By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

Group picture of attendees

Ava & Page Kyere (from Hamilton) singing the national anthems

MPPS Tom Rokocevic, Hussein Hassan, Consul Gen. Thomas Seshie and MPP Kevin Yarde

MPP Norm Miller presenting a certificate to Consul General

A section of community members

MPP Norm Miller and staff

Consul General and some nananom Ghana Consulate staff


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FOOD AND RECIPES Compiled by Nana Ama





200g groundnuts 100g flour 50g sugar 1/2 teaspoonful baking powder 1 pinch of salt 1medium egg 125ml diluted milk Oil for deep frying

Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Par-boil the groundnuts, peel and dry Prepare batter, leave to set Put the groundnuts into the batter Pass them through the flour Deep fry in hot oil Serve as snack

Ofam Ingredients 4 over ripe plantain 100 palm oil 1 medium size onion 200g ground corn or corn dough/rice flour Pepper and salt to taste Ground ginger

2 margarine tins roasted corn flour 6 medium sized smoked herrings 750ml palm nut liquid 1 small piece of salted fish (optional) 1/2 teaspoonful ground pepper 6 Onions (medium size) 2 Large tomatoes 1/2 margarine tin beans Salt to taste 500ml water

Method 1. Boil beans till soft 2. Wash and break fish into pieces and add cut onions and little water to simmer 3. Add palm nut liquid, tomatoes, pepper, beans and salt 4. Skim off oil 5. Add roasted corn flour to soup and stir well with a stirrer to prevent lumps 6. Mould and pile up smoothly in a bowl and garnish with the palm oil skimmed and crab. Serve hot

Fried Rice



1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

400g rice 100g green beans 2 teaspoon soy sauce 2 medium size carrots Salt to taste 2 tablespoon cooking oil 2 eggs 2 green pepper 1/2 teaspoonful Adobo 2 spring onions 1 shrimp cube

Peel and pound or mash the plantain until free from lumps Mix it with ground corn, or rice flour, pepper, ginger, onion and salt Add the palm oil Put into tins greased with palm oil Bake in a hot oven for about 39 minutes

Savory Rice Ingredients 200g rice 1 teaspoonful puree 1/2 teaspoonful cayenne pepper 500ml white stock 50g onion 250ml cooking oil

Method 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Cook the onion in the oil Add the puree and cayenne and cook for some few minutes Add the rice, braise, then add the stock and leave to simmer Cover the rice and leave to cook Garnish with green pepper and serve

Method 1. Cook rice and dry it 2. Wash and peel vegetables, cut carrots, green pepper and beans into cubes 3. Separate the white and green parts of the onions and cut into small rounds 4. Heat oil and add white spring onions, stir for 30 to 40 seconds 5. Beat the egg and salt and pur into the pan and cook for some few minutes unti it sets, stirring all the time. Add other vegetables 6. Add rice and stir 7. Mix in the soy sauce and season to taste 8. Add the green spring onion and serve

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African Development Bank unveils Top 20 AfricavsVirus winners in virtual event

Rewind Your Memory Archive And Be Generous (Part 1)

More than 25,000 participants from Africa and around the world pitched their ideas during a 72-hour ideathon

The Writer’s note: ‘SUCCESS’ has little to do with out-earning and out-spending those around us. It’s the ability to remember those who have helped us along our journey. Yes, it’s also the ability to develop an interest in a CAUSE which is bigger than us; that can also outlive us. For our positions in life is a direct result of someone’s effort. So now that we have found our bearings we should think of our villages, towns, neighborhoods and those who gave us the ladder. With that, I’d like to urge you to be a little generous in this festive season. What would it feel like to be a blessing to someone in this season when we’re practically on a borrowed time --literally? It takes intentionality and a mindset of abundance to want to be the one who gives. But, that will open doors of opportunity that most people will never experience. Unfortunately, many people assume that they’ll be generous as soon as they get pretty wealthy or when they hit a lottery jackpot or paid off all their bills, the retirement account is fully funded and the kids’ college funds are in place. But, giving first may in fact be the door opener to wealth. For our potential for wealth is not shown in our bank accounts, as much as in our hearts and actions. While we’re at it, don’t forget your parents, teachers, well-meaning strangers, family members, friends, good Samaritans, neighbors and spouses; who had played meaningful roles to shape your current status in life. With all that firmly planted, you have to stop trumpeting that you pulled yourself up by your own bootstraps therefore you don’t owe anyone a thing. In effect, someone had to provide you with the boot. So do not forget that your position in life right now is not your own making or fortitude. Stop beating your chest loudly and patting yourself on the back repeatedly because it’s not your own effort that made you who you are today. Our positions in life are covertly or overtly shaped as a result of special favors we had from other people. Had it not been for those countless individuals, whose names we have conveniently and deliberately tucked in our short-term memory archives, our paths in life would have been atrocious or difficult and different. Seriously, there are no souls on this troubled planet who can’t remember the name of at least one person, who has played unparalleled role in his /her life-provided one doesn’t have a self-induced amnesia or selective memory. Sadly, one’s good deed is usually written in the sand to make it easier for the wind to blow it away faster. Whereas a bad deed is engraved in the rock to preserve its longevity and historical facts. Happy holidays!! Stay tuned for more....!. From Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (voice of reason) *The author is a social commentator and a diehard citizen(not a spectator)of our great land.

The African Development Bank (www. AfDB.org) has announced 20 finalists of the AfricavsVirus Challenge (https:// AfricaVsVirus.com) who will receive a grant of up to $20,000 as well as access to business development and other inkind services. The Top 20 Winners, announced during a virtual event held Friday, have been selected from a shortlist of a hundred applicants who pitched ideas for innovative solutions to the health and economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The 20 winning solutions, including a distance learning device from Cameroon, digital business training from Uganda, color-coded soap from Nigeria and digitally-encoded health records in Senegal, are designed to tackle education, economic and health challenges arising from the pandemic.

Response Facility (http://bit. ly/3paMU2N) to help countries tackle the health and economic impacts of the crisis. The initiative was funded by the Bank’s Fund for African Private Sector Assistance, Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-donor Trust Funds (YEI MDTF) and received direct support from the government of Switzerland and the European Commission through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab (IEL). Both YEI MDTF and IEL are programs of the Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy, which aims to create 25 million direct and indirect jobs over the next decade and uplift the lives of 50 million young people. To learn more about AfricavsVirus and the Top 20 Winners visit www. AfricaVsVirus.com

“The AfricavsVirus Challenge highlighted a diverse capacity for creativity and innovation. It is a direct reflection of how young people are creating tangible opportunities despite facing the adversity of quickly changing and unprecedented times,” said Martha T.M. Phiri, the Bank’s Director of Human Capital, Youth and Skills Development during the event.


More than 25,000 participants from Africa and around the world pitched their ideas during a 72-hour ideathon that the Bank’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab hosted in partnership with the Youth Entrepreneurship and Innovation Multi-Donor Trust Fund in April. The top 20 entrants and their solutions were chosen according to the relevance and impact of each solution, proposed implementation and the qualifications of team members.

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“Joining AfricavsVirus was an opportunity to work with a global team to find solutions that were unique to the African perspective. Since the challenge we have been able to gain additional support from government stakeholders and start conversations on the need for more public-private partnerships,” said Tizzita Tefera, a Top 20 Winner who participated in the virtual event. Tefera’s team, Maisha Technology, has developed a solution that uses affordable drones to deliver COVID-19 test kits to rural health centers in Ethiopia.

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The AfricavsVirus Challenge is part of the Bank’s continent-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic that includes an up to $10 billion COVID-19

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Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada ( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE) The Superintendents Minister-In-Charge invites

you to worship with us

Toronto Society Place of Worship: 69 Milvan Drive, North York, Ont. (Finch Av./Milvan)

416-743-4555 (Office) 905-216-2323 (Residence) Day and Time of Worship:

Very Rev. Joseph Owusu Atuahene Minister-in-charge

Edmonton Methodist

Sunday: Bible Class Meeting: 10:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jericho Hour Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday Mid-day Prayer - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday: Bible Teaching/Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Saturday Organizational Meeting: 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Sunday Brampton Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m.


Redemption Methodist Church

Ottawa Methodist 613-823-2291

Vancouver Methodist 416-833-1615

Location: 955 Wilson Ave., Unit 12, North York, ON Weekly Service Schedule: Monday 7 pm - 8 pm Online Bible Study: Thursday 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Prayer Meeting Friday 7:30 pm - 9 pm Divine Service, Sundays 10 am - 12:30 pm Contacts: Agnes Donkor - 647-881-4808, Felicia Owusu - 647-533-1093, Grace Kubi - 647-608-5373

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

Day and Time of Worship Sunday Divine Service: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Friday Prayer Meetings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Contact: Rev. Joshua C. Doughan - 514-542-0871

Hamilton Society Stoney Creek United Church (Chapel) 1 King Street West, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Contact: 289-244-5914, 289-700-6815, 289-698-1388

Very Reverend Albert K. Appiah, BETHANY METHODIST CHURCH-BRAMPTON PLACE OF WORSHIP1A KNIGHTSBRIGE ROAD (Senior’s Lounge) Sunday Divine Service 2PM-5PM Online Prayer Meeting Fridays at 8PM -9PM 416-800-4317 Code # 9632581 Contact: Robert Frans (289-541-5579) Felix Gyimah (289-931-8443)



Bringing the Gospel to our Community

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by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi

THE CHRISTIAN AND COVID-19: HOW TO REACH OUT TO LEAD LIKE JESUS-THE ULTIMATE LEADER (PART 1I) “Panic not, fear not, worry not, blame not, complain not, condemn not and criticize not, BUT trust God, have faith, be hygienic, stay home, socially distance, mask up, pray always, love people, worship God, reach out and serve society” Isaac DeGraft Takyi “Self-discipline is the ability to give yourself a command and keep it” unknown. “Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” 1Hebrews 12:2 Thanks be to God for His protection, unfailing love, and divine provision to us in 2020,

1 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Heb 12:2). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

which undoubtedly was a year filled with uncertainties. I wish you a fruitful 2021 and pray that you will lead yourself with these Christ centred principles. Last month we learnt that Jesus the ultimate leader, loves the Father, loves people, builds a team, and empowers people. This first and fresh month of the new year we will remind ourselves of the rest of the principles of Christ: 5. Jesus is a s e r v a n t . Scripture: Matthew 20:2428 (NKJV) 24

And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. 25  But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. 26  Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your

always operated in humility serving those around Him. Jesus was never an ‘untouchable’ leader. He was always with those He served.

servant. 27  And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—  28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” L e a d e r s h i p Lesson:  Leaders know that they are servants Jesus understood that His leadership position was not a place of superiority but a place of servanthood. Jesus was always focusing on serving the needs of His disciples and followers. He never had an attitude of entitlement, but


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. Pastor Eric Amoah Friday Night Prayer: 8p.m.-10p.m. Location: 14 Haas Rd. , #100, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 3A2

As leaders, we must realize that we are servants. We must have an attitude of humility and serve those around us. It is vital that we realize that leadership does not place us higher than others, but lower than others because we are called to serve them. John Maxwell states: “In order to go up, we must give up.” Leaders must realize the higher we are, the more rights we lose because our job is to serve the needs of those around us. How true of a servant areyou? 6. Jesus meets n e e d s . Scripture: John 6: 5,6 (NKJV) ‘Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great

multitude coming toward Him, He aid to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.   Leadership Lesson: Leaders see the needs of those around them and do something about it. Jesus understood that true leaders perceive and meet the needs of those around them. He knew that perceiving and meeting the needs of the people around Him was a vital piece to His leadership success. In Scripture we find continual stories that point to Jesus’ ability to meet the needs of those around Him—the poor, blind, lepers, sick, hungry, the dead. As leaders, we must understand the power of perceiving and meeting the needs of the people around us. It is our job to meet the needs of

those around us whether they are our family, friends, team, followers, customers, or even mentors. The saying is true: “People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” We must understand that as leaders we will never reach people or gain influence until we meet their needs! What are the needs around you and what are you doing about it? 7. Jesus is intentional about His time investment in his spiritual h e a l t h Scripture: Luke 5:16 (NKJV) ‘So, He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.’ L e a d e r s h i p Lesson: Leaders are intentional with their time investment in their personal growth. cont’d on pg. 50


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Disciples Revival Church Healing & Deliverance Centre Rev. Dr. & Rev (Mrs) Charles Mantey Founders/Senior Pastors

416-614-7771 Email: info@disciplesrevivalchurch.org www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org

SUNDAY SERVICE - Morning - 10:00 am Mid-Week Service Wed: Bible Study & Prayer: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday: Youth Service 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Friday: Adult Intercessory Prayer - 7:00 - 9:00 pm For deliverance & healing, come to Disciples, a Church that caters to your needs Do visit our website and sign up for the Pastor's monthly newsletter


30 Gordon Mackay Rd, North York, ON, M9N 2V6

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EVANGEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 314 Rexdale Blvd. Etobicoke, Ont. M9W 1R6 Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573 Church Activities Pastor in Charge Rev. Milton Offei

Sunday School: Church Service: Sunday Evening: Wednesday Bible Studies: Friday Prayer Meeting:

10a.m. -11:00a.m. 11a.m. - 1:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 9:00p.m.

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

JESUS Loves You

Bishop John Mensah

NEW LOCATION 100 Penn Drive, Unit #6, North York, Ont.

Tel: 416-419-6671

Transformation Centre Assembly of God Church, Mississauga Join us on Sundays for Worship at: Venue: 161 Lakeshore Road W, Mississauga, ON Time: 10:30am—1:30pm

Contact: Rev. Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: transformcentreag@yahoo.ca Website: www. transformationcentreag.ca Be transformed by the renewing of your mind… “Rom.12:2a

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


Cell. 416-400-8211 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)

Good Shepherd Prayer Ministry Invites you all to come worship with us Venue: 95 Eddystone Ave unit 4 North York, ON Time of worship: Sunday:10am - 1pm Wednesday bible studies 7pm - 9pm Friday Prayer / Deliverance 7pm - 9pm

Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5

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

Worship Hours Pastor Joseph Nash Sarfo Founder & Pastor-in-charge

The thief cometh not , but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.11.l am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Amen. John 10 :10-11

Tel: 416 667-9763 cell 647 500-4415 / 647 718-4819 / 416 300-4258 Email:pastorjsarfo@gmail.com I encourage you to join us in worship regardless of your situation the power of God is available to make you whole

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

Come and Experience the power of the Word Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)

Tel: 416-743-2507

It’s Harvest Time So Reach Out And Make A Difference

It’s A Great Commission!


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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 -

- - - -

10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Field Superintendent contact: 416-454-6141 (cell) 905-913-2037 (Res)


168 Rexdale Blvd.,

North American Headquarters: 10 Belfield Road Toronto, Ont., M9W 1G1 Tel: 416-247-6629 Fax: 416-247-5308

Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 1P6 Church Office 416-740-1979 Field Secretary: Pastor Cyril Williams - 416-875-9616 Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church



“PRAYER AND THE WORD” Acts 6:4 SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 am-1:30 pm Ghanaian Service Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson

WEEKDAY SERVICES: Wednesday - Bible Studies 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday - Holy Ghost Service 7:00 pm -9:00 pm LOCATION:

Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance


Montreal Assembly

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629

378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5

Scarborough Assembly

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

63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7



Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l

Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445

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

Sunday Divine Worship Twi Service - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Multicultural Service - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Midweek Service Friday - All Night Service


8p.m. - 10p.m. 10p.m. - 1a.m.

Contact Lines: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 416-747-9225 (Church) Cell: 647-921-2414

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

Church, Scarborough

Place of Worship:

Founder &Pastor-in-charge

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

Immanuel Assembly of God

Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the community 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

42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2

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

Website: www.apostlescontinuation.org

Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

Sunday School: 9:30am -10:30am Church Service: 10:30am - 12 noon

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


Email: immanuelscarborough@gmail.com Website: immanuelaog.ca.

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Church of Christ Ghanaian Congregation Greater Toronto Area Matthew 16:18

Address: 1771 Albion Rd. (Forum Banquet Hall) Hwy 27/Albion

Every Sunday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Contact Information Adu Kwasi 647-745-8074 Brother Acheampong 416-671-4268 Sam - Ghana House 647-867-2020 Brother Agyenim 647-656-9905 Brother Ato 416-728-8574 Brother Asamoah 647-867-0945

All Are Invited Ghanaian Presbyterian Church of Montreal

Minister: Rev. Stephen Azundem Services: Tel (office): 450-314-0871 Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM Tel (Cell): 514 660 2422 Divine Worship Service Res: 514-542-4142 Wednesday 7:00PM – 9:00PM Teaching Service (Bible Study) Friday 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Prayer Service

3000 Boul St-rose Laval, Quebec, H7R 1T6

Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

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

New address: Heart Lake United Church 85 Sandalwood Pkwy E. Brampton, ON Sunday Worship Service Start from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Discipleship class is 7pm Friday Prayer meeting is 7pm Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789 Website: www.whemfamily.com

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The Ghanaian News December 2020

Sarah Efumwaa Obeng

In 2021, Do life with Jesus – it makes a big difference! HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are here; it is a great blessing to be here, and you know it! Many didn’t make it into this new year, but that’s not my subject here. This is simply to set our minds right and bring our perspectives into the right place of gratitude and appreciation and praise. We are fortunate to be here. I don’t know how those who are selected to keep enjoying this beautiful life get to be selected. However, we are thankful to be alive! It is a new year and a new beginning. I hope you had a great Christmas. I am still in the Christmas mood and feeling! So, I want to talk about Christmas and set us on a joyful mood for the start of the new year. I am a Christian and I am happy to share a little bit of my faith with you all.

I love the Christmas spirit and feeling, giving and receiving gifts, baking, and listening to Christmas songs and simply being joyful. It’s all fun. However, what Christmas really is about for me and I believe for Christians is the gift of Jesus Christ!I personally wouldn’t be the person I am today without Jesus in my life. I am very thankful and grateful to be born into a Christian family and growing up to understand things for myself – I have independently and taken it as my personal responsibility to receive and know Him for myself and walk with him in my life. Jesus is our example. His example of forgiveness and non-judgement. His example of love and compassion. His example of hope and care. His example of humility and obedience.

His example of inspiration and hope. His example of joy and reconciliation. He teaches me to humble myself instead of living in my ego.He teaches me that it’s never been about perfection, we all fall short of the glory of God, yet, we are thankful for His sacrifice and grace, we can all make progress and it’s never too late to change. Through Jesus, I understand that although I am created as a masterpiece by God, I am also a work in progress, and He understands my flaws and faults and He forgives me and still loves me. It is the same for everyone who believes on Him and receives Him into your live. For the year 2021, we are all not sure what the year holds for our world – just like it was with 2020. However, we

can trust that the God who created the world will be in with us and take care of us. Know this. Believe this andaffirm it for yourself. God bless you and be gracious to you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you His peace! I want to believe that by now, you have a plan for the year and have set some goals. If for nothing at all, make it a point to seek God and put Him first place in your life and He will help you have a great year in 2021. I will be here to render my support and inspiration as our Lord leads me and works through me. I am going to be a blessing to you and be part of your great support system throughout the year. God is with us and for us, and He will never leave us nor forsake us. Remain blessed.

The Christian and COVID-19: How to reach out to lead like JESUScont’d from pg. 45 the ultimate leader (part 1I) Jesus was intentional about how His time was spent. He knew the power of balancing time alone and with others. Jesus knew the importance as a leader to spend time alone to regroup and recharge. He was aware of how important it was to schedule time to rest and unwind. Jesus also knew when it was time to be around others to grow, fellowship, and serve. He was never reactive with His time; He was always intentional with it, whether it was spent alone or with others.

Jesus understood the power of forgiveness. He realized that forgiveness is an attitude and at the end of the day everyone makes mistakes. Jesus knew that being quick to forgive allowed Him to live a happier life and closer with those around Him. He understood that people are human and gave them grace. Jesus was always quick to forgive those closest to him and His followers.

As leaders, we must learn to be intentional with our time. It is vital that we recognize the importance of our time and be intentional to balance it between others and ourselves. If we fail to balance and take time to recharge, we will burn out and become ineffective as leaders. When we are intentional about our time, we become proactive and not reactive in our lives.

As leaders, we must understand the power of forgiveness. We must have an attitude of understanding toward others. People are human and make mistakes. We all do. It is our job as leaders to have an attitude of forgiveness and be prompt to grant grace to others. Quickly forgiving others keeps us happier, keeps those around us loyal, and keeps all of us more productive and striving toward our main goal.

How intentional are you with your time? 8. Jesus is forgiving. Scripture: John 21:15-19 (NKJV) 15

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of [a] Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [b]love You.”He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”16  He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of  [c]Jonah, do you love Me?”He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I  [d]love You.”He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”17  He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of  [e]Jonah, do you  [f]love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”And he said to Him, “Lord,  You know all things; You know that I love You.”Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.  18  Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

In this passage Jesus meets with Peter privately after His resurrection and Peter’s denial of Him to others as He was on the Cross. Jesus shows Peter grace, forgiveness, and His great love to Him despite Peter’s mistakes. Luke 23:34 (NKJV) 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. Jesus forgives His best friend and Jesus forgives His killers. Leadership Lesson: Leaders are quick to forgive.

It is my hope that you all are inspired as I share the lessons from the greatest leader of all time! May we be empowered to live out our lives as leaders according to the example of the greatest leader of all time, Jesus! How quick are you to forgive? Conclusion Jesus the ultimate leader, has revealed to us what true leadership is—true leadersforgive, use time wisely, meet needs, and serves without reservations. In 2021 let us live, love and lead like Christ. God bless you for leading your life with excellence.

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

10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication By David Yaw Twum-Barima, MD , MSc, FRCPC Talk to your doctor about developing an exercise program. Your doctor can help determine whether you need any exercise restrictions. Even moderate activity for 10 minutes at a time, such as walking and light strength training, can help.

Most people who are diagnosed with high blood pressure will eventually require medication to control it in order to avoid complications such as heart attack or stroke. However not everybody needs a drug prescription right away and many people can lower their blood pressure by making some lifestyle changes. In this article we will discuss 10 lifestyle changes, that can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease. Lifestyle plays an important role in treating your high blood pressure. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you may avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication. Here are 10 lifestyle changes you can make to lower your blood pressure and keep it down. 1. Lose extra pounds and watch your waistline Blood pressure often increases as weight increases. Losing just 10 pounds can help reduce your blood pressure. In general, the more weight you lose, the lower your blood pressure. Losing weight also makes any blood pressure medications you’re taking more effective. You and your doctor can determine your target weight and the best way to achieve it. Besides shedding pounds, you should also keep an eye on your waistline. Carrying too much weight around your waist can put you at greater risk of high blood pressure. In general:  Men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 40 inches (102 centimeters, or cm).  Women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 35 inches (88 cm).

But avoid being a “weekend warrior.” Trying to squeeze all your exercise in on the weekends to make up for weekday inactivity isn’t a good strategy. Those sudden bursts of activity could actually be risky.

trigger severe high blood pressure for several days. So when you stop drinking, do it with the supervision of your doctor or taper off slowly, over one to two weeks.  Don’t binge. Binge drinking — having four or more drinks in a row — can cause large and sudden increases in blood pressure, in addition to other health problems. 6. Avoid tobacco products and secondhand smoke

3. Eat a healthy diet

 Asian men are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 36 inches (90 cm).  Asian women are at risk if their waist measurement is greater than 32 inches (80 cm). 2. Exercise regularly Regular physical activity — at least 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week — can lower your blood pressure by 4 to 9 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). And it doesn’t take long to see a difference. If you haven’t been active, increasing your exercise level can lower your blood pressure within just a few weeks. If you have prehypertension (systolic pressure between 120 and 139 or diastolic pressure between 80 and 89), exercise can help you avoid developing full-blown hypertension. If you already have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring your blood pressure down to safer levels.

Eating a diet that is rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products and skimps on saturated fat and cholesterol can lower your blood pressure by up to 14 mm Hg. This eating plan is known as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet. It isn’t easy to change your eating habits, but with these tips, you can adopt a healthy diet: Be a smart shopper. Make a shopping list before heading to the supermarket to avoid picking up junk food. Read food labels when you shop, and stick to your healthy-eating plan when you’re dining out, too.  Cut yourself some slack. Although the DASH diet is a lifelong eating guide, it doesn’t mean you have to cut out all of the foods you love. It’s OK to treat yourself occasionally to foods you wouldn’t find on a DASH diet menu, like a candy bar or mashed potatoes with gravy. 4. Reduce sodium in your diet Even a small reduction in the sodium in your diet can reduce blood pressure by 2 to 8 mm Hg. Most healthy adults need only between 1,500 and 2,400 milligrams (mg) of sodium a day. But if you have high blood pressure, aim for less than 1,500 mg of sodium a day.

On top of all the other dangers of smoking, the nicotine in tobacco products can raise your blood pressure by 10 mm Hg or more for up to an hour after you smoke. Smoking throughout the day means your blood pressure may remain constantly high. You should also avoid secondhand smoke. Inhaling smoke from others also puts you at risk of health problems, including high blood pressure and heart disease. 7. Cut back on caffeine The role caffeine plays in blood pressure is still debatable. Drinking caffeinated beverages can temporarily cause a spike in your blood pressure, but it’s unclear whether the effect is temporary or long lasting. To see if caffeine raises your blood pressure, check your pressure within 30 minutes of drinking a cup of coffee or another caffeinated beverage you regularly drink. If your blood pressure increases by five to 10 points, you may be sensitive to the blood pressure raising effects of caffeine. Regardless of your sensitivity to caffeine’s effects, doctors recommend you drink no more than 200 milligrams a day — about the amount in two cups of coffee.

To decrease sodium in your diet, consider these tips:

8. Reduce your stress

 Track how much salt is in your diet. Keep a food diary to estimate how much sodium is in what you eat and drink each day.

Stress or anxiety can temporarily increase blood pressure. Take some time to think about what causes you to feel stressed, such as work, family, finances or illness. Once you know what’s causing your stress, consider how you can eliminate or reduce stress.

 Read food labels. If possible, choose low-sodium alternatives of the foods and beverages you normally buy.  Eat fewer processed foods. Potato chips, frozen dinners, bacon and processed lunch meats are high in sodium.  Don’t add salt. Just 1 level teaspoon of salt has 2,300 mg of sodium. Use herbs or spices, rather than salt, to add more flavor to your foods.

If you can’t eliminate all of your stressors, you can at least cope with them in a healthier way. Take breaks for deep-breathing exercises. Get a massage or take up yoga or meditation. If selfhelp doesn’t work, seek out a professional for counseling. 9. Monitor your blood pressure at home and make regular doctor’s appointments

 Ease into it. If you don’t feel like you can drastically reduce the sodium in your diet suddenly, cut back gradually. Your palate will adjust over time.

If you have high blood pressure, you may need to monitor your blood pressure at home. Learning to self-monitor your blood pressure with an upper arm monitor can help motivate you.

5. Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

. 10. Get support from family and friends

Alcohol can be both good and bad for your health. In small amounts, it can potentially lower your blood pressure by 2 to 4 mm Hg. But that protective effect is lost if you drink too much alcohol — generally more than one drink a day for women and more than two a day for men. Also, if you don’t normally drink alcohol, you shouldn’t start drinking as a way to lower your blood pressure. There’s more potential harm than benefit to drinking alcohol.

Supportive family and friends can help improve your health. They may encourage you to take care of yourself, drive you to the doctor’s office or embark on an exercise program with you to keep your blood pressure low. Talk to your family and friends about the dangers of high blood pressure.

If you drink more than moderate amounts of it, alcohol can actually raise blood pressure by several points. It can also reduce the effectiveness of high blood pressure medications. Consider tapering off. If you’re a heavy drinker, suddenly eliminating all alcohol can actually

If you find you need support beyond your family and friends, consider joining a support group. This may put you in touch with people who can give you an emotional or morale boost and who can offer practical tips to cope with your condition. Reference: Mayo Clinic House call, May 2010


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Around the World Sports Scene

with Jonathan Baah Annobil

16-year-old Ghanaian Pierre Dwomoh makes history in Belgium The promising midfielder has joined a list of youngsters who have made their debuts in the Belgian top-flight league Belgian-born Ghanaian teen sensation Pierre Dwomoh has made history in the Belgian top-flight league by joining the lists of young players who have made their debuts at the age of 16. Dwomoh, a precocious midfield dynamo, only turned 16 in June but has already made his debut for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League. The young attacking midfielder who can also operate as a centerforward replaced Bryan

Pierre Dwomoh

Heynen on the 88th minute mark wearing the No.80 jersey as he cameoed in Genk’s 2-0 home triumph over Kortrijk on Saturday. After making his debut on Saturday more is expected of the Ghanaian wunderkind who has been penciled for greater feats in the coming seasons ahead of him. The 1.85m tall midfielder signed a fresh 4-year contract with Genk in the summer having

GPL Clubs receive GHC50,000 each from President Akufo Addo All eighteen Premier League Club will receive GHC50,000 as part of the President’s effort to support football clubs. President Akufo-Addo have directed the finance Ministry to disburse an amount of GHC900,000 to the eighteen Premier League Clubs which will see each team receiving not less than GHC50,000. The news comes as a big relieve for Clubs who have been struggling since the ban of football activities was lifted due to COVID-19.

Prez Nana Akufo Addo

The President paved way for the resumption of football three Months ago which saw Clubs hastily preparing themselves for the season. This however propelled the President to set aside a fund to help the Clubs.

impressed with the youth side of the club.

Ghanaian kid Kobbie Mainoo impresses in Man Utd 4-0 hammering of Leeds

Genk secured Dwomoh from Anderlecht Youth team in 2016 and have been patiently horning the talent of the youngster to prepare him for the demands of topflight football.

The 15-year-old who earned his United U18 debut in October is gradually justifying his quality in the U18 Premier League

Dwomoh was born to Ghanaian immigrant family in Belgium and has gone ahead to represent the European powerhouse at U17 level playing 7 times and scoring once. He could switch his nationality to play for Ghana at the senior level in the future.

Kobbie Mainoo

Charlie Savage when United had already taken a commanding lead. Mainoo came close to

He is in the Manchester United U18 set up together with Ghanaian compatriot Forson Omari. By El Akyereko

By El Akyereko

Ghanaian duo Mohammed Kudus and Kamaldeen Sulemana named in breakout stars of 2020 list The 20-year-old was twice named King of the Match in the Eredivisie after providing three assists and scoring a goal in three games.

Ghana youngsters, Mohammed Kudus and Kamaldeen Sulemana have been named in Football Wonderkids breakout players for the year 2020. The pair are having explosive campaigns at their clubs, with recovering Mohammed Kudus playing a starring role at Ajax Amsterdam and Kamaldeen Sulemana the key player at Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. Mohammed

By Frank Darkwah/ GhanaSportsonline

English-born Ghanaian teen striking sensation Kobbie Mainoo overly impressed in the minutes he lasted for Manchester United U18 side in their 4-0 win over Leeds United U18 on Thursday evening. The 15-year-old attacking midfielder took to the pitch on the 79th minute mark to replace

scoring the 5th goal on the 83rd minute but his effort went just wide off the left post. The promising youngster made his Manchester United U18 debut in October after earning promotion from the U16 side where he had demonstrated great precocity.


Mohammed Kudus capped two times by the Ghana national team, moved to the Dutch Eredivisie in the summer transfer window and wasted no time in making his presence felt with swashbuckling performances.

Before his move to Ajax, he had scored 11 goals in 25 games for FC Nordsjaelland in the 2019/20 season. Meanwhile, compatriot Kamaldeen Sulemana who is still with Nordsjaelland earned his first call to the senior national team of Ghana in friendlies against Mali and Qatar.

Sulemana has netted four goals in 12 games this season and has been the main man for FC Nordsjaelland. Other players on the list are Nuno Mendes, Wesley Fofana, Isak B. Jóhannesson, K. Sulemana, Gio Reyna, Florian Wirtz, Noni, Moisés Caicedo, Jens Petter Hauge, Brenner, J. Thielmann, Ryan Gravenberch, Pedro Neto and D. Szoboszlai. Ghana Soccernet

Black Satellites to get $100K bonus from govt for winning WAFU B U-20 tournament  The Black Satellites of Ghana will receive a bonus of $100,000 from the government for winning the WAFU Zone B U-20 Championship held in Benin. The Black Satellites defeated the Young Stallions of Burkina Faso by 2-1  in the final to win the title on Saturday. Ghana came from behind to beat Burkina Faso with goals by Captain of the side Daniel Afriyie Yeboah and Precious Boah who scored two goals in the tournament. The team arrived in Ghana on Saturday night after their triumph and lodged at the M Plaza Hotel here in Accra. Officials from the Sports Ministry met the team on Monday to congratulate them on the fate achieved and also indicated the team will be rewarded

Speaking on behalf of the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mr Oteng, the Chief Accountant, assured the team of a special package to be given out by government. “Ghana is proud of you and so is the Sports Minister. Congratulations for this wonderful feat and be assured that everything due you will be given to you,” Oteng told the players and the technical team.” “The Minister has asked we inform you that the package that was given to the team The Black Statellites of Ghana for winning the 2017 WAFU Tournament just like the Black Stars B in 2017 when they is the same that will be given to you.” lifted the WAFU Cup of Nations here in Ghana. The Black Satellites have booked a place in next The Black Stars B team were year’s Africa U-20 Cup of Nations tournament to also rewarded with $100,000. staged in Mauritania. Ghana Soccernet

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