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From: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Accra, Ghana

Group picture of participants and invited guests Hilton Airport hotel, 5875 airport Road, Mississauga was the venue of the launching of the Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of commerce (GCCC) and the Diaspora Engagement Think Tank (DETT) on Saturday July 29, 2017 by the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) The launching’s theme was “Breaking barriers through business, innovation and service.” The launching of these two pillars of GCAO’s strategic vision is to drive business and to think tank socioeconomic issues. The Chamber of Commerce and Think Tank is grass root community based initiative intended “to create opportunities for our community to innovate and develop entrepreneurial and trade skills’. These were contained e in the welcome address of Emmanuel Duodu, President of GCAO after the rendition of the national anthems of both Canada and Ghana. After the introduction of VIPs at the event, the Acting Ghana High Commissioner to Canada, Mr. Philbert Johnson brought greetings from Ottawa and said the epoch meeting has been fantastic and he is impressed with the self-motivation and coming together towork for the advancement of the land of our

birth. He pointed out that Africa cannot be a continent of poor people as we are endowed with natural resources. He added that leadership alone cannot bring change but with the full support of the citizenry together will necessitate the necessary change. Mr. AkwasiAwuahAbabio, Director of Diaspora Relations office at the Office of the President was on hand to support the launching. He stated that he was here also to listen to the concerns of diasporans and report to the President for action to be taken on them. He also said that students in the diaspora can do their national service in Ghana. He also touched on the implementation of the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA). He continued that his office is lobbying Parliament to remove the restrictions on disporans and that the Speaker of Parliament is in support of such measure. The just ended Homecoming Summit held in Accra in July was a big success and that the outcome is being forwarded to the government for implementation. Mr. Awuah also appealed to diasporansto provide basic information about themselves to the various embassies so that it will enable the government to tap into it to mobilize cont’d on pg. 15

President Akuffo Addo The President of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo DankwaAkufo Addo, has strongly assured Ghanaians living abroad that his government will ensure the full implementation of the Representation of the People’s Amendment Act (ROPAA) that was passed as far back as February 2006 to enable Ghanaians living outside the shores of the country to vote in the next and

subsequent national elections. The President gave this strong assurance when he delivered the KeyNote Speech on the Opening Day of the second Diaspora HomeComing Summit at the International Conference Center in Accra on Wednesday July 5th, 2017. Over two thousand Ghanaian Diasporans and former diasporans jamcont’d on pg. 6




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

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Crisis at Electoral Commission does bode well for democratic stability in Ghana The body that is charged with the conduct and supervision of elections in Ghana, the allpowerful Electoral Commission is in serious crisis. Events that have been exposed at the Commission over the past one month are so disturbing that one wonders whether this is the same Organization that has been so respected and entrusted with the very keys and locks to our democratic dispensation. Ghana has had a number of Electoral Commissioners over its democratic history. There has been Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe who supervised the conduct of the Second Republic Elections in 1969. Then there was a long military inter-regnum during which the SMC government of General Kutu Acheampong sought to introduce a strange political concept called “Union Government”. They appointed Justice Abban as Electoral Commissioner to supervise a referendum on the concept in the country in April 1978. The military government lost the referendum and chased the Electoral Commissioner out in the process. Then came the long-serving Electoral Commissioner, Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan who was appointed by the Rawlings PNDC military government to oversee the conduct of the postmilitary “democratic” elections in 1992. Dr. Afari Djan was to go on to conduct six elections under the Fourth Republic in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. Of all these elections, the only one that was embroiled in big controversy was the 2012 elections. This led to the losing political party, the NPP, filing a petition at the Supreme Court of Ghana that lasted eight solid months until the Judges rendered a very laughable decision. It was the tension and stress surrounding this election petition that led to the retirement of Dr. Kwadwo Afari Djan from the helm of the Electoral Commission in 2015. His appointed successor, Charlotte Osei, came into the office with impeccable credentials. A Lawyer by training, she had worked in so many Corporate Organizations with her last stint at the National Commission on Civic Education. The Ghanaian News wrote an editorial extolling her credentials when she was appointed and wishing her well. We were of the firm belief that she would rise to the occasion and be seen to be above board. Our impressions on the performance of Madam Electoral Commissioner has far not been so much to our satisfaction and high expectations. She has been engulfed in controversy with the stakeholders in the electoral process and political scene in Ghana right from the time she was appointed. She undertook a massive disqualification exercise of more than half of the Presidential candidates in the 2016 election and these ended up in very unnecessary legal challenges and court battles. The Supreme Court of Ghana had to intervene at some point to restore some semblance of sanity to the electoral process. The recent events at the Commission being played out in the public gallery by the EC Chair and her deputies seem to bemuch deeper than meets the eye. The reports of accusations and counter accusation among the EC Chair and her deputies underscore a system and an institution rotten to its core. Whatever credibilitty the EC had left coming out of the December 2016 election has now been shattered by the Chair and her top officials. It is our fervent hope that the process of investigations that has been triggered by these happenings at the Electoral Commission will lead to a proper house cleaning which will restore sanity to the institution and protect the integrity of our electoral process.

Letter To The Editor Dear Hon. Minister of Health, This personal letter is from your childhood friend and brother Ben Kwame Poku. Although belated, I wish, first of all, to congratulate you on your appointment as Minister of an important ministry as health. and also to draw your attention to some troubling issues which are wreaking untold and deadly havoc on the very lives of Ghanaians. As you may have observed, the rate at which Ghanaians of all ages are facing untimely death has become rampant. In my humble opinion, this is mostly due to the contaminated foodstuff Ghanaians eat now. Some years gone by, bushes were cleared for farming through manual labour weeding. And the leaves which fell enriched the soil for planting. Ghanaians were comparatively healthy. Nowadays, Ghanaians, as “smart” as they want to portray, ignorantly clear bushes for farming with chemicals, But this time, the leaves which fall to the ground rather contaminate the soil and the produce therefrom. Ironically, these chemicals are always being advertised and promoted on TV, radio and newspapers without anybody raising a finger to denounce their use and negative effects. In the West, it is prohibited to use chemicals on even flowers near homes let alone on farm produce. Secondly, imported food items from some countries particularly China and some other Asian countries should undergo rigorous checks and if possible banned. There is some truth in the demonstrations which are shown on social media. Take for instance the “rubber rice” which is being sold in all African countries, canned meat mixed with non-meat stuff such as saw dust, fruits and vegetables injected with chemicals etc. These countries manufacture all such “killer” food items which are not consumed in those countries but exported to Africa because they care less about us and know we value and cherish whatever comes from overseas. Thirdly, it is no secret that food sellers and even most homes in Ghana cover the food (kenkey, rice, plaintain, kooko etc) they cook with plastic. Plastic, when heated, produces poisonous chemicals which pollute the food. Hon. Minister, these are concerns which, I think, deserve to be brought to your attention and thought about in Parliament. I fervently hope you will give serious consideration to these issues. Yours faithfully Ben K. Poku Toronto - Canada

Ghana’s Electoral Commission on “Fire” From: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Accra, Ghana The supposedly “independent” body charged with conducting and supervising elections in Ghana, The Electoral Commission (EC) is embroiled is very serious controversies that are threatening to collapse the Institution. Over the past few weeks in July, the top officials of the Commission: The Commission Chair, Charlotte Osei Kerson-Smith and her two Deputies, Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, (Director of Corporate Affairs) and AmaduSulley, (Director of Operations), have engaged in accusations and counter accusations as to who is more corrupt at the Commission. It all started early in July when the Chairperson of the Commission, Charlotte Osei, asked the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) to investigate Georgina Opoku Amankwaa, (Director of Corporate Affairs) for alleged misappropriation of the commission’s staff welfare fund. She then wrote to Opoku Amankwaa to proceed on leave while EOCO investigates her. Bent on a massive house-cleaning exercise, the EC Chair also asked Joseph Kwaku Asamoah, EC’s Director of Finance, to also proceed on leave over alleged misappropriation of the commission’s staff welfare fund totaling about GH¢480,000. She also asked Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi, Chief Accountant to also proceed on leave for financial misconduct. Mr. Asamoah then caused his lawyer, AkotoAmpaw of Akufu-Addo and Prempeh Chambers, to write to Ms. Osei demanding his re-instatement, otherwise he would resort to the court of law for redress.

A few days later,on July 13, 2017, the scandals at the commission escalated to fever pitch. Some group of the EC staff wrote a long petition to the President of Ghana asking him to commence impeachment proceedings against the EC Chairperson for corruption and abuse of powerunder Article 146 (3) of the 1992 Constitution. The EC Chairperson responded to the allegations in the petition with a long 28-point rebuttal in which she counter accused her accusers and top Deputies of massive corruption and illegalities at the Commission. The Deputies also counter accused the EC Chairperson of all kinds of shady and corrupt deals. Among a litany of damning allegations, they accused Mrs. Charlotte Osei of unilaterally abrogating contracts without recourse to the Commission. They accused her of single handedly renegotiating contracts with vendors without involvement of the members of the Commission not even the deputies. She was also accused of awardinga contract to the tune of $21,999, 592 without going through tender contrary to the Public Procurement Act. The Chairperson awarded these contracts without seeking approval from the Commission. In the opinion of the Commission, these contracts could have been negotiated further down if members of the Commission had been involved. The Commission Chair responded with further wilder allegations. She accused cont’d on pg. 10

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Ghana’s Electoral Commission on “Fire” cont’d from pg 6 the Deputy Chairperson in charge of Operations, MrSulley, of collecting GH¢6 million in cash from some political parties for the organisation of party primaries without recourse to the structures of the EC. She charged also that Mrs OpokuAmankwah, of entering into and executing a $40-million contract without her approval. T h e D e p u t y Commissioner (Operations), AmaduSulley complained bitterly over nonrecognition of his office by Charlotte Osei ever since she resumed from leave. In a memo dated July

27, 2017 and addressed to the Chairperson of the Commission and copied all the Commission members AmaduSulleysaid “I have observed with concern of your non-recognition of my presence in the office since you resumed from leave. This is because you have been dealing with the Director of Human Resource (Mr. Samuel Boadu) in the absence of the Deputy Chairperson, Corporate Services.” “It will be recalled that on 5th July, 2017, you wrote to the Deputy Chairperson, Corporate Services, to proceed on leave following EOCO’s

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FOCUS From Brain Drain to Brain Circulation! By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview MS, Toronto Brain drain is simply defined as “the emigration of highly trained or intelligent people from a particular country.”

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At the recent launching of the Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) cum the Diaspora Engagement Think Tank (D.E.T.T.) by the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) in Toronto, the Canadian Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Hon. Ahmed Hussen (born and raised in Somalia and came to Canada as a refugee at the age of 16 years in 1993) said that Canada welcomes immigrants from other parts of the world who come here to study. He continued, “such immigrants after their studies stay back in the country and contribute hugely to the socio-economic as well as political development of Canada!” How true! One can cite the Honorable Minister as a ‘brain drain’ to Africa.

Dr. Odame, a Ghanaian pediatrician working in Toronto (far away from his motherland, Ghana) is giving back to Ghana by bringing Ghanaian nurses to Toronto to learn more about caring for kids in hospital and return to Ghana with their skills gained in Canada to help hospitals in the motherland. Dr. Odame recently at the launching of the GCCC cum DETT by GCAO in Toronto made the following comment: “how well we treat infants and children is an indicator of growth a country.” I couldn’t agree with him the more!

But wait a minute! Could this successful African in Canada also be a ‘brain gain’ to Africa? Yes! He is already the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress, which

“works to promote the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations between Canada and Somalia as well as assisting the Somali people in building a peaceful, united, independent and democratic Somali state.” What a give-back to Somalia and Africa as a whole! This bring to the fore the argument that those of us who have left the shores of our motherland, Ghana, with our expertise and skills to other parts of the world are considered ONLY as ‘brain drain’ to Ghana. I contend here that such argument is defeated with the fact that Ghanaians in Diaspora give back to Ghana as a ‘brain gain’ and even in some circumstances as ‘brain circulation’ in the world! Let us take for example Dr. Isaac Odame of the Toronto Sick Kids

FOCOS’s mission is to provide comprehensive, affordable orthopaedic care to those who would not otherwise have access to such treatment. FOCOS’s founder has established a modern hospital in Ghana which provides spine or orthopaedic care to patients in West Africa and beyond. It is reported that, “FOCOS has operations in the

United States and Ghana. Its US operations provide funding and operational support to our Orthopedic Hospital, an ultra-modern 50-bed specialty facility providing services to adult and pediatric patients in need of orthopaedic care. Specializing in complex spine and joint replacement surgeries, the FOCOS Hospital is fully accredited to operate both inpatient and outpatient departments.” What is brain drain? Any Advantages? According to Cervantes, Mario; Guellec, Dominique (January 2002), the term “brain drain” was coined by the Royal Society to describe the emigration of “scientists and technologists” to North America from post-war Europe. Another source indicates that this term was first used in the United Kingdom to describe the influx of Indian scientists and engineers. There are also other relevant phrases, “brain circulation” and “brain waste”. Although the term originally referred to technology workers leaving a nation, the meaning has broadened into “the departure of educated or professional

people from one country, e c o n o m i c s e c t o r, o r field for another, usually for better pay or living conditions”. “Brain-drain‟ is a phenomenon where, relative to the remaining population, a substantial number of more educated (numerate, literate) persons emigrate. Research suggests that migration (both lowand high-skilled) is beneficial both to the receiving and sending countries. According to one study, welfare increases in both types of countries: “welfare impact of observed levels of migration is substantial, at about 5% to 10% for the main receiving countries and about 10% in countries with large incoming remittances”-di Giovanni, Julian; Levchenko, Andrei A.; Ortega, Francesc (1 February 2015). A Global View of Cross-Border Migration, Journal of the European Economic Association. I must point out that besides the huge remittances that immigrants send back home knowledge and skills transfer is also important to both the receiving and sending countries. One of such areas is the education

sector where Ghanaians professors and teachers abroad engage in research work and/or ‘sabbatical’ lectures in colleges and universities in Africa to the gain of the lecturers as well as the students. Some Ghanaian educationists are also involved in students’ exchange programs between learning institutions in the Western World and Ghana “Brain Drain” results in “Brain Gain”? It is worth noting here that more often than not, there is a “brain gain” instead of a “brain drain” to emigration. One study finds that sending countries benefit indirectly in the long-run on the emigration of skilled workers because those skilled workers are able to innovate more in developed countries, which the sending countries are able to benefit on as a positive externality. Some Ghanaian professionals and skilled workers in diaspora are giving back to Ghana and Africa in what could be termed as BRAIN CIRCULATION as in the case of Dr. Odame of Canada and Dr. BoachieAdjei of USA to mention just a few.

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Experts say surge of drug overdoses in Toronto a wakeup call By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

recent overdose surge shows people should not become “numb to the numbers.”

TORONTO -- A surge of drug overdose deaths in Toronto was called unusual by police on the weekend and it generated the kind of publicity all too familiar to residents in Vancouver, which has been grappling with a crisis for years.

The number is small compared to what has been recorded in Vancouver, where the city’s police service says 25 people died from drug overdoses in June alone. The opioid crisis claimed 935 lives in the British Columbia last year.

The deaths of four people and more than 20 reported overdoses in downtown Toronto between Thursday, July 27th and Sunday, July 30th prompted police to issue a public alert.

But those on the front lines who deal with Toronto’s drug problems like Jason Altenberg, program director a t To r o n t o ’s S o u t h The social geography Riverdale Community may be one reason why Health Centre, say the

“It’s like, if it’s so much worse there, we’re not going to see it as a crisis here, when in fact the numbers are appalling,” he says. “The number of deaths in the last week or two alone due to any single cause would be considered a public health crisis anywhere.”

After lengthy closure Toronto Islands officially open for business on July 31 2017 By Jonathan Annobil, Toronto

The Toronto Islands are officially open for business Monday morning July 31 after an extended closure due to heavy flooding this spring and summer. Mayor John Tory, who was at Centre Island, spoke to reporters at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal at around 7 a.m., shortly after the first round of visitors boarded a ferry bound for Ward’s Island. The mayor encouraged Torontonians to go to the island to support local businesses, which have taken a hit this summer due to the closure. Ferry service was suspended to nonresidents in early May due to “unprecedented” flooding and members of the public have not yet been able to visit the popular Toronto tourist attraction this summer.

Last year, the city said there were more than 1.46 million visitors to Toronto Island Park and the islands saw upwards of 20,000 people per day during the summer season. “Businesses on the island are expected to resume normal business operations, in fact I think they are wildly enthusiastic about the prospect of resuming normal business operation. I’ve been in touch with a number of them, including Centreville, the theme park, which will be opened July 31,” Tory said. “I hope that people across Toronto find it in themselves in these summer days to go the islands specifically to make a point of going and to make a point of patronizing these

businesses, which have suffered so much by the fact that the islands have been closed by the worst flooding we’ve seen in decades and decades, if not 100 years.” Tory added that all of the city’s recreation programs on the islands will resume and all beaches will be opened.

The Bank of Canada said it also anticipates exports to pick up in the coming quarters and make an increasing contribution to growth, while business investment is also expected to rise.

The announcement follows signs that the housing market, a key economic driver in recent years, is adapting to government changes meant to cool the real estate sectors of Toronto

Toronto Police are still trying to determine why so many drug fatalities occurred in such a short amount of time. It’s too early for conclusive test results, but investigators suspect the deaths may be linked to heroin laced with fentanyl. Because fentanyl is so potent, even trace elements included in other drugs can be fatal. Police issued a public safety alert after the fourth overdose death on Saturday, July 29th 2017 afternoon. On Sunday, Const. Craig Brister said there had been three more non-fatal overdoses overnight, one of which was confirmed to be fentanyl-related. Toronto Mayor John Tory issued a statement

Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, says she is “extremely concerned” about overdoses in Toronto. “Since 2004, there has been a 73 per cent increase in the number of preventable deaths from drug overdose,” she says. The city of Toronto released a drug action plan in March. Three safe injection sites will be opened this fall, and the city plans to expand a provincial initiative to provide pharmacies with nalaxone, an antidote to opioids that can be used to counter overdoses.

crisis,” he says. The three clinics that will host safe injection sites, including South Riverdale, were approved based on data collected in 2012. “It’s hard to know if that need has been static, or if it’s expanded,” he says. “I think it’s safe to assume, given what’s happening, that there may be a need for more than just the three that have been proposed.” Both Altenberg and de Villa also pointed to broader social changes that can improve health conditions. Social stigma and fear of criminal prosecution can be significant deterrents for people seeking help for health issues linked to drug addictions, Altenberg says. And de Villa pointed to isolation as an impediment to safety: a recent local survey found that 80 per cent of people who injected drugs did so alone, which she calls “a known risk factor for overdose.”

Altenberg says he hopes the city’s plan will go far “It’s essential to respond to enough. the crisis, but we move in waves from crisis to crisis “When we first decided in this country,” Altenberg that we needed supervised says. “We need a longerinjection services, we term solution.” didn’t have this level of

“I know that for many To r o n t o r e s i d e n t s , summer isn’t complete without a visit to the islands, which is why I’m so pleased they are reopen for both residents and visitors to enjoy,” he said. “It really is one of the gems of the city’s park system.”

cont’d from pg. 11 expected to fade. The bank expects inflation to ease further this year due in part to Ontario electricity rebates, but return close to two per cent by the middle of next year.

“In Toronto, we don’t see the same concentration of poverty and drug use in one postal code or neighbourhood,” he said, a reference to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

expressing concern about the city’s drug overdoses on Sunday. “Every one of these overdoses is a tragedy and each loss of a life has a devastating impact on families, friends and the community as a whole,” he said.

He added that some sections of the beaches will be closed off due to damage caused by flooding.

Bank of Canada Hikes Interest Rate For First Time In 7 Years Consumer spending is expected to continue to be a significant contributor to the economy, but the bank said it believes high levels of household debt and a slowdown in the housing market will weigh on spending.

Toronto has not seen the degree of overdose deaths as Vancouver is experiencing, Altenberg said.

a n d Va n c o u v e r a n d help improve financial stability. “Looking ahead, residential investment is anticipated to contribute less to overall growth,’’ the bank said. “Macroprudential and housing policy measures, as well as higher longerterm borrowing costs resulting from the projected gradual rise in global long-term yields, are all expected to weigh on housing expenditures.’ Canadian Press

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Canada revises plan for European cheese imports after concerns from EU

Toronto mayor to hold emergency public health meeting after string of overdoses

European trade deal takes hold Sept. 21 with 18,000 tonnes of new cheese imports phased in over 5 years By Jonathan Annobil, Toronto the new trade deal. Trade Minister FrançoisPhilippe Champagne has disappointed Canada’s dairy industry with a reworked plan for how nearly 18,000 tonnes of European cheeses will be imported once CanadaEU trade deal takes effect in September. A much-anticipated announcement came Tuesday, August 1, 2017 on how Canada will allocate tariff rate quota (TRQ) for 16,000 tonnes of fine cheese and 1,700 tonnes of industrial cheese. Those who hold the rights to import this tariff-free European cheese stand to reap the profits. But Canada’s plan to give 60 per cent of the quota to its domestic dairy industry, to compensate for the market share they were about to lose, didn’t go over well in Europe. Negotiators were called back to Brussels and relented, hammering out the compromise announced Tuesday:  half the new quota will go to t h e d o m e s t i c i n d u s t r y ’s cheesemakers while the other half is allocated to distributors and end retailers. Each will get about 8,000 tonnes of new quota. Small and medium-sized businesses will receive the majority of quota in each half — artisanal cheesemakers and independent vendors are intended to have a large slice of the profits, in keeping with a commitment the Trudeau government made to ensure smaller enterprises reap the economic benefits of future free trade agreements. Canada had already agreed during its negotiations with Europe to award about onethird of the quota to new entrants during CETA’s  fiveyear phase-in period.  Canadian cheesemakers were disappointed and “very concerned” to see the government relent to European demands, calling it a “missed opportunity” to help the dairy sector adjust to potential competitive losses under

“How do you justify attributing licences to people that won’t be impacted?” said Jacques Lefebvre, the CEO of the Dairy Processors Association of Canada. For retailers, he said “it’s Christmas in July.” Imports poised to double U n d e r C a n a d a ’s s u p p l y management system for dairy products, imports are strictly limited in order to manage domestic market prices. Relatively few European cheeses currently are allowed into Canada duty-free, with enormous tariffs applied to all others to discourage a significant volume of imports. The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) changes that. Canada will nearly double the volume of EU cheese it imports duty-free. It’s the first time it’s awarded new cheese quota since the 1970s. Cheese-loving consumers can’t know yet exactly what this means for them. The businesses that apply for and are granted the TRQ will decide which kinds of cheese from what countries will be available for sale, at what times of year.  Importers may bring in unique cheeses not currently available in Canada. But they could also bring in familiar cheeses at a lower price to compete with and potentially displace domestic cheese. Q u e b e c a n d O n t a r i o ’s governments asked the federal government to give the quota to the domestic industry to help it adjust to the new trade deal. Dispute delayed CETA’s implementation CBC News reported in June that when Canada briefed the EU on its plan for allocating this quota last spring, the Europeans did not like what they heard. Europeans were skeptical that the full amount of cheese they

City’s medical officer of health, police chief and Ontario’s health minister have been invited Laura Fraser · CBC News bargained for would really Toronto Mayor John Tory has enter Canada if the people called an emergency meeting given the right to import it with the provincial health were effectively allowed minister and other public health officials following at least four to decide what cheese would drug-related deaths and 20 compete with their own. overdoses in less than a week. What one source described as a “row” ended up delaying the planned date for implementation of CETA, originally expected on July 1.

Mayor John Tory said that the three supervised injection sites slated to open in the city this fall should help with drug death prevention. (Tina MacKenzie/ CBC)

​“ These are unimaginable tragedies,” Tory said when speaking to reporters Wednesday. “There are young and family of drug users how people, in many cases, who are to administer the antidote.   somebody’s son or daughter, in Imports make up about five the beginning of their life and Tory said that firefighters will per cent of Canada’s current to have them lose their lives soon be trained and equipped cheese market. The new EU because of preventable activity with naloxone, as well. cheese will bump that to nine is … very disturbing to me.” per cent (7.5 per cent will be “But I know much more work from Europe.) The mayor highlighted the [needs] to be done [and it’s] fact that the city will open something all the governments T h e f e d e r a l g o v e r n m e n t three supervised injection have to work on together.” believes that because consumer sites this fall pending any demand is rising by about one regulatory issues, which is one of the pillars of the overdose per cent per year, the Canadian prevention policy approved by Tory has invited the chief medical officer of health, industry can adjust, given the council last March. Toronto police Chief Mark five-year phase-in period for Saunders, Ontario Health the new import volumes. Minister Eric Hoskins, as well The city has already increased as other public health officials Importers can apply now for the availability of naloxone, to the summit Thursday to see which can swiftly reverse the if there are any others measures fall  effects of an opioid overdose, that might reverse the rise of among first responders. HarmP r i m e M i n i s t e r J u s t i n reduction programs across the fentanyl-related deaths in the T r u d e a u   a n d E u r o p e a n city have also trained friends city, he said. CBC Commission President JeanClaude Juncker announced at last month’s G20 meeting in Hamburg, Germany that roughly 98 per cent of CETA would be provisionally applied Sept. 21, including this new market access for cheese. By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The remainder of the agreement is on hold until votes are held The TTC says a new facility for streetcar track maintenance could in member state legislatures save nearly $2 million a year and reduce transit delays. across Europe, because of jurisdictional disputes over Mayor John Tory and TTC Chair Josh Colle toured part of the new some specific parts of the Streetcar Way shop at the TTC’s Hillcrest Complex near Bathurst agreement. Five of the 28 Street and Davenport Road Tuesday, August 1 2017. current member states have fully ratified to date. Speaking with reporters afterward, Tory said the new facility is expected to save the TTC about $1.8 million in leases and other A n o t h e r i s s u e h o l d i n g efficiencies. up the deal, a dispute over changes coming to Canada’s  “This new facility will have a great impact on the TTC’s bottom pharmaceutical patent process, line, but it will also have an impact on commuters,” Tory said. also appeared to be moving along last month, when draft The new shop will be able to bend longer pieces of rail, meaning regulations posted online those sections of track will be more durable and less prone to kicked off a public consultation breakage and hence lead to fewer disruptions to service. process for changes the EU argued hadn’t been sufficiently “This will save time for our passengers and save money for the transparent on Canada’s side. city and the TTC,” Colle said. “The TTC experiences major Tuesday’s announcement starts delays on a daily basis and much of it is because of track that we an application process for have to upgrade.” would-be importers. The first duty-free cheese could arrive At the moment, Streetcar Way, the division responsible for repairing switches and rails for streetcars, is spread out over a as early as October. number of facilities across the city. The new centralized shop at the Hillcrest Complex will save money by reducing the amount of space the city leases, as well as reducing the costs of transporting tools and parts between the different facilities.

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The new facility will cost $27.7 million and is being funded by a 50-50 partnership with the federal government through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The new shop is set to open by the end of 2018.

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Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s A winning formula? China daughter Caroline Mulroney seeking to invests in Canadian dairy run for the Ontario PC nomination in to help feed its baby boom York-Simcoe Feihe International investing “It might be out of the ordinary, $225 million to build infant formula plant in Kingston, Ont.

TORONTO -- Former prime minister Brian Mulroney’s daughter is seeking a nomination to run for the Ontario Progressive Conservatives in next year’s provincial election.

Janyce McGregor · CBC News Donald Trump called Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector a “disgrace.”

Caroline Mulroney, the vicepresident of an investment firm, announced on social media Wednesday, August 2, 2017 that she will run for the nomination in York-Simcoe. The riding has been held since 1995 by Progressive Conservative Julia Munro, who is retiring. Munro tweeted Wednesday that Mulroney has her full support. In an announcement on Facebook, accompanied by a YouTube video, Mulroney said that as a working mother of four she knows change is needed in Ontario so people can thrive. “ To d o t h a t w e n e e d a government that focuses on affordability, manages our taxes properly, so we get the services we expect -- like reliable health care and a quality education system that links to jobs,” she wrote.

Indeed, Canada’s strict system of production quotas, import restrictions and price and quality controls is a perennial target for free traders.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney, second from left, arrives for the Spirit of Hope benefit with his son Mark, left, and daughter Caroline in Toronto Monday, May 31, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

The party attracted the star potential candidate at a time when it is polling consistently ahead of the governing Liberals. “After 14 years of Liberal governments, life has become more difficult for hard-working Ontarians,” Mulroney wrote in her Facebook announcement, echoing familiar Progressive Conservative messaging. Mulroney is the vice president of BloombergSen Investment Partners. Formerly, she worked at a venture debt fund, as a lawyer in New York City, as the associate director of the New

Supply management is a big reason why a Chinese corporation is investing an unprecedented $225 million in eastern Ontario. Feihe International, Inc. wants cows. Goats, too. Lots She also co-founded the of them. Shoebox Project for Shelters, which collects and distributes gifts to women who are That’s because as China’s onehomeless or at risk, and is child policy phases out, it’s on the board of directors of going to need a lot of baby the Hospital for SickKids formula. Foundation and the Fraser Institute. “It’s one of the largest economic development projects in our Mulroney used to be a member city’s history,” said Kingston, of the board of directors of Ont., mayor Bryan Paterson, the Windsor Detroit Bridge calling Canada’s largest-ever foreign investment in agriAuthority. food “off the charts.” 

By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

The city will see 70 new stations added in close proximity to TTC subway stations and streetcar stops this month to encourage people to integrate cycling into their trip rather than using a car to get to a stop or for their entire journey. The new bike share spots will be spread out as far west as South Kingsway and as far east as Victoria Park Avenue, though the city has not yet said exactly where all the stops will be located. The expansion was officially announced by Mayor John Tory, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca and MP Julie Dzerowicz Wednesday, August 2, 2017. “I believe there’s a great appetite on the part of people both for cost reasons and congestions

reasons to get out of their cars,” Tory told reporters. He said that people use the bikes when they have the option and it’s convenient to do so and he said encouraging the use of bikes is part of building a better overall transit system for the city. “I think it’s working and I think we have to turn our minds to the fact people are going to get around this city in different ways than before,” he said. A Bike Share membership currently costs $90 per year and includes an unlimited number of 30 minute trips. Additional charges apply incrementally for trips that are longer than half an hour. Presto Card users are also eligible for 40 per cent off their membership for the first year. While the program has been lauded for encouraging cycling, some critics have pointed out that the number of stations and their concentration in the downtown core limited the usefulness and appeal of the

But guess who likes it? The biggest market Canada is wooing right now: China.

York University Center for Law and Business, and an analyst in investment banking at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.

City of Toronto adds 70 new stations to its Bike Share program Dozens of new stations are being added to the city’s bike share program in an effort to encourage people to make cycling a part of their regular commute.

but I think that’s what was most exciting.”

program. Tory said the idea of expanding around transit stations is to get people to go “that last mile” of their journey using a bike in order to make the overall trip more convenient. “I am very determined to see us spread this across the city in a businesslike way,” he said. The expansion of the program is being funded with $2.75 million from the city and $1.25 million from the federal government. The province, in 2016, contributed $4.9 million to add 80 stations around the city. The expansion means that the bike share program, run under the Toronto Parking Authority, will boast 270 stations, 2,750 bikes and 4,700 docks. According to the city, riders have collectively travelled a total of nearly 17 million k i l o m e t r e s s i n c e 2 0 11 , offsetting more than 3 million kg of carbon dioxide emissions.

The first concrete trucks are already pouring at the future site of a 28,000-square-metre infant formula plant. When the state-of-the-art facility opens in 2019, it will employ over 200 people in manufacturing and research jobs. Over a thousand more could come from its construction and eventual supply chains. A small team of Chinese managers have moved to Kingston. Everyone else will be local. Last winter, Feihe brought the mayor and a delegation from Kingston over to northeastern China for a tour of its factories and farms. Paterson was struck by how geographically similar it was to eastern Ontario. With one big difference: scale. A “typical rural village” they visited was three times the size of Kingston, he said. “When you have millions and millions of babies, you need to be able to manufacture a lot of infant baby formula.”

Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Diaspora Engagement Think Tank launched in Toronto cont’d from pg. 1 the citizens for their skills and expertise. He announced that the next summit to be held in 2019 will be dedicated to the youth to thunderous applause. A lot of experts were also on hand to share their experiences at the event. Amongst them was Hon. Jean Augustine first Black female MP to parliament, Kelly Hadfield of Ghana Medical Help, MadiMurariu , Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs, Mark Robentherm an International Tax & Customs Expert. Messrs. OdoiYemoh and Albert Armah explained the benefits of GCCC and DETT in detail supported by graphs followed by Dr. Awafo and prof. Joseph Mensah’ presentation. Dr. Odame of the Sick Kids Hospital Toronto also spoke on the impact of the contribution of the Hospital and Canadian government’s initiative of reducing infant mortality rate in Ghana by training the necessary frontline workers. Honorable Ahmed Hussein,

Federal Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship also spoke at the event. He said that building bridges is very important for this country and that the government is listening to the citizens to make amends and make things work better especially in studies (education) and business. He added that the time for renewal of the Permanent Resident (PR) cards has been shortened. Enhancement of business entry into the country has been initiated by this government. Family reunification has been shortened considerably. Lastly, the Canadian government is making it easier for client services as one navigates the website. Sponsorship applications are being streamlined to make things fair across board, he added.Foster Owusu also gave s short speech followed immediately with the official launching of GCCC and DETT. The anniversary cake was also cut as part of the launching. The MCs for the well-attended event were Anna Aidoo and Emmanuel Quaye.


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

Loss of Refugee Protection status in Canada revisited As indicated in the previous article I wrote on this issue, the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) allows refugee protection status to be conferred on a person when the person has been determined by the Refugee Board to be a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection or when the Minister allows an application for protection. This issue is being revisited because many people get the realization that they have stripped themselves of the protection Canada accords them when it is too late. A claim for refugee protection may be made in or outside Canada. Claims made inside Canada are made to an immigration officer, who, pursuant to the Act, shall, upon receipt of a claim, promptly determine whether the claim is eligible to be referred to the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) for further action on the claim. Several acts of a successful refugee claimant could trigger an application by the Minister for cessation of refugee protection. Under the section

country that the person left or remained outside of and in respect of which the person claimed refugee protection in Canada; ; or (e) if the reasons for which the person sought refugee protection have ceased to exist.

108 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, there are several grounds upon which a cessation application may be initiated by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Section 108 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act indicates that a claim for refugee protection shall be rejected, and a person will not be considered a Convention refugee or a person in need of protection, if (a) the person has voluntarily re-availed himself of protection of his country of nationality; (b) the person has voluntarily reacquired his nationality; (c) the person has acquired a new nationality and enjoys the protection of the country of that new nationality; (d) the person has voluntarily become re-established in the

Thus, if a person who has been offered refugee protection, obtains a passport of the country in respect of which he claimed refugee protection and returns to the country, there could be a presumption that the person has re-availed himself of the protection of the country. Based on the alleged re-availing, the Minister will argue that the person being protected no longer needs international or Canada’s protection as he has demonstrated that he is no longer “unable or unwilling to avail himself of the protection of the country of his nationality” The Minister, in a cessation application, will seek to demonstrate that the refugee acted voluntarily and with the intention to re-avail himself of the protection of the country of his nationality and has actually obtained that protection.

It will be up to the refugee to demonstrate that he did not re-avail or intend to re-avail himself of the protection of his country of nationality. A refugee who finds himself in such a situation must necessarily address the issues of voluntariness, intention to re-avail and actually re-availing himself of the country’s protection to disprove the allegation. Voluntariness could be mitigated in circumstances such as returning to care for a sick parent. But how you obtained the passport of that nation if you did not possess one already will also be an issue to address. A number of factors such as the refugee keeping himself hidden from the police authorities while in his country and precautions he took to keep himself safe in the country will determine whether or not he availed himself of the protection of the country. The law is not clear on how long after a successful refugee protection claim the refugee would be free to go back to the country in respect of which he made a claim for protection. A refugee must think of doing so after a reasonably

long period of time after he has successfully made his claim and when the factors that necessitated the refugee protection claim have ceased to exist. What is reasonably long is subjective and would depend on the circumstances of each case. Also, if a visit to the refugee’s country of nationality is necessitated by an emergency situation, adequacy of protective measures that the refugee might have taken to avoid agents of the Government and persecution may be determined subjectively by the Canadian authorities since these are not clearly defined. Refugees intending to go back home must exercise some caution and must, if n e c e s s a r y, d i s c u s s t h e probable consequences with an immigration law specialist to avoid surprises. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner. He has his 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.

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1st Annual Ghanaian-Canadian Games & Recreation Day Marks Canada’s 150years Celebrations By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto, Ont. Ghanaian-Canadians in Brampton joined millions of Canadians in the country in celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Canada, her linguistic, cultural and regional diversity, as well as her rich history and heritage. Canada is renowned to be the most multicultural country in the world mainly due to its diversity while it comes as no surprise, as you will find people from many different races; from Asian to Latin, African to Indian and most importantly, with a lot of Canada’s development and success been attributed to migration of immigrants into Canada.

As thousands of partygoers congregated on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill to watch Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday at the Nation’s biggest bash, Canadians from across the country found other unique ways to mark the momentous occasion. And in Brampton, the Bramalea Limited Community Park was the place to be when Ghanaians across the length and breadth of Ontario participated in the 1st Annual GhanaianCanadian Games and Recreation Day event in commemoration of

Group picture at the picnic C a n a d a ’s 1 5 0 y e a r s celebrations; as well as that of Ghana’s Republic Day celebrations which is also celebrated on the

1st of July. The event, which was to foster intercultural understanding, civic memory and pride as

Ghanaian-Canadians was organised in collaboration between the GhanaianCanadian Association of Ontario and the Ghanaian-Canadian

Soccer League, with participants expressing their appreciation and satisfaction with the event cont’d on pg. 46

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By Gabriel Odartei, Toronto, Ont. On, Monday July 27th, 2017, a Brampton native, Mr. Kris Roopnarine and his family donated wheelchairs and medical supplies to the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) in collaboration with Ghanalinx Foundation.

Some volunteers from the GCAO and Ghanalinx Foundation took delivery of the donations of 58 wheelchairs, 33 walkers and other medical supplies which are to be shipped for donations in Ghana. The short, but impressive ceremony took place at the Roopnarine`s residence in Brampton, Ontario. Mr Roopnarine has been donating slightly used wheelchairs and medical equipment for

several years in other countries such as Mali, Guinea, Trinidad and Ecuador with support from organizations and individual donors.

The GCAO President Mr Emmanuel Duodu expressed his deepest gratitude to Mr Roopnarine and family for the donations and promised to acknowledge his efforts to the Ghanaian community. The GCAO and Ghanalinx Foundation will be presenting the wheelchairs and walkers to various hospitals and clinics in Ghana later this year. Any support towards this project is welcome and you can reach Gabriel Odartei at 647-895-5073 or email Members of the Ghana Union and GhanaLinx Foundation receiving the wheelchairs

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We will support young girls and young women from Northern Ghana to reach their full potential Minister Otiko Djaba Declares From: Dr. Michael Baffoe& Jonathan Annobil, Accra The Minister of Women, Gender and Social Protection, Hon. Otiko Afisa Djaba has declared that her Ministry is embarking on a number of projects to train girls and young women from the Northern regions of Ghana into viable and productive ventures. The aim, she said, is to assist them to realize their full potentials which will stem the growing tide of northsouth migration of girls from the North into the cities and urban centers in the south to engage in head porter business known as “Kayayei”. The Minister made this declaration at a colourful fashion show by young girls of northern Ghana origin on the night of Friday July 7th, 2017 as part of the events closing the 2nd Diaspora HomeComing Summit at the Accra International Conference Center. The show featured ladies’ business suits, dresses and casual wears made exclusively with Smock (Fugu) materials made in Northern Ghana. It was a colourful and elegant display of fashion featuring exclusively with girls and young women from the North who have been trained in the clothing and fashion business. They were all former head porters (“Kayayei”). In attendance was the First Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo who pledged her unflinching support for these and similar initiatives by the Ministry and other stakeholders. She appealed to Ghanaians in the Diaspora who were present at the event to support these and other initiatives aimed at improving the lots of girls and young women in the country.

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Annual celebration of Children’s Day at Living Word By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto The Living Word Assembly of God Church in Toronto dedicated Sunday, July 16, 2017 for their annual Children’s Day celebration. In what was a lively event showcasing, the surprisingly intelligent, articulate and funny children of Living Word, the whole day was completely run by the children’s ministry. The morning began with the children courageously leading a powerful praise and worship, while MC Jude Mensah Bonsu entertained the congregation. She eventually made way for Berlinda Owusu Boateng, who took over Rev. Isaac De-Graft Takyi’s podium to give an encouraging message, with confidence that surpassed her age. Berlinda’s service on the Children’s Day also marked the first time in the local church’s more than 20-year history that a child was given the opportunity to preach on Sunday morning.

Group picture of Children and their handlers As a whole the event had a historical feel, in recent years, Living Word has seen a rise in marriages among its members, which would explain its large and still growing number of children. While in the last few months the youth of Living Word aged between 12 years

and 22 years have found leadership in newly appointed Youth Pastor Rev. CyrilOpoku, the Children’s Ministry continues to search for a pastor of their own. However, there is no doubt that the position will be filled in the near future. As it has been seen in the past, Living

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Government Inaugurates Ghana Export-Import Bank Board one-factory programme.

Government has inaugurated a nine-member Board to steer affairs at the Ghana Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) with a charge to members to pursue an export-led agenda to help restructure the economy.

“The government expects the board to come up with prudent policies and programmes that will ensure that exporters are well resourced; be it financing exportable products and services, so that the nation can reap appreciable foreign exchange from the sector,” he said.

Mr Kwaku Kwarteng, Deputy Minister of Finance, who inaugurated the Board, said it must help the government in the realisation of its flagship initiatives, such as the one-district,

He urged the board to focus on non-traditional export products such as poultry, cassava, cashew,

oil palm and pharmaceuticals, which had the potential to facilitate the government’s export trade and enhance socio-economic development. He said while the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF) had undertaken many interventions in the past to enhance the contribution of SMEs to economic development, these efforts did not adequately address the funding



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Ghana in desperate need of population control – Experts

The Head of the National Population Council, Dr. Leticia Appiah has charged government to prioritize population management if it wants to see remarkable growth in the nation’s economy. According to her, although government is instituting social intervention programmes such as the one-factory, one-district programme, and the school feeding programme, attention should be shifted to controlling the numbers. “We should be looking at the supply side of the population and not only the demand side…population growth is key to national development,” she told the host of The Lounge,

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with population growth, the West “In the 60s when we were struggling were also struggling but now they give us money because they can save… controlled their population growth rate. Mauritius was the first African country countries because they have effectively to have a population policy in 1958. are able to give financial aid to African Their population was 700,000. In 2015, the village, it is the same way the West their population is just 1.3 million. relatives with 1o and eight children in Slow growth rate translates to better fewer children are able to support other economy,” Dr. Appiah explained. She said just as families in Accra with Social Marketing Consultant citizens, as well as the environment. and Population Evangelist, Alex spending, affects quality of life of Banful revealed that Ghana has population growth increases government a population management strategy Dr. Appiah pointed out that uncontrolled b u t i s n o t b e i n g i m p l e m e n t e d . “There is a population management Kwaku Sakyi-Addo last Friday. strategy but if you take a look at the 40cont’d on pg. 32

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

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Ghanaians living abroad to vote in next Elections in Ghana President Akufo Addo assures Diasporans cont’d from pg. 1 packed the main Conference Hall for the three-day “Home Coming Event”. The President expressed his regret to the Diasporans for the fact that the ROPAA had been passed into law without implementation for eleven years. He repeated his recent statements that many of Ghana’s African neighboring countries have extended the right to vote to their citizens living abroad and there is therefore no excuse for Ghana not to do the same. The President extended a warm welcome to his compatriots who had traveled from far and near to be part of the deliberations at the Summit. He reiterated the fact that his government is a pro-business government and it will

create the necessary enabling conditions for people, including Ghanaians in the Diaspora to set up businesses in the country which will in turn create more jobs for the youth of the country. He therefore strongly appealed to Ghanaians living abroad to take advantage of the many initiatives of the NPP government, including the One District One Factory, One Village One Dam, and Planting for Food and Jobs programs, to invest in the country. The President was accompanied to the Summit by a large number of his Ministers including the Trade and Industry Minister, Allan Kyeremateng, Gender and Social Protection Minister, OtikoDjaba and Information Minister Mustapha Hamid.


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Community Information Ghanaian Refugee Claimant Passes away in Winnipeg By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

The Ghanaian Community in Winnipeg, Manitoba was hit with very sad news on Canada Day July 1st when Mohamed Opoku Antwi, passed away at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. The late Mr. Antwi was one of the Ghanaian refugee claimants who crossed the border last December from the United States into Manitoba. He had been diagnosed earlier in the year with a rare form of cancer. The news hit the Ghanaian community, most of whose members were then in a happy and celebratory mood at the Crescent Park enjoying a picnic as part of the Canada@150 celebrations. They paused to on were joined by the Member of parliament for Winnipeg South, Hon. Terry Duguis to observe minutes of silence for the departed community member. His funeral was held on

Highlife legend Paapa Yankson dead The ‘Tena Me Nkyen’ hitmaker died at a hospital in Accra Friday morning, his wife confirmed to The last time Paapa, as he was affectionately called, was seen in public was when he left his sick bed to perform at the Bottles and Bands Festival at the Polo Grounds in November 2016. The late Paapa Yankson





of a neighbor. He landed his first music contract during his mother ’s funeral. And for more than 30 years Paapa Yankson has produced music that has brought life to many dead souls.

Benjamin Paapa Kofi Yankson was born on June 22, 1944 at Winneba in the Central region. His latent music flair was discovered at the funeral

Even though both of his parents were musicians, they didn’t want him to take up singing. Instead, they wanted him to have a white collar job.

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The Late Mohamed Opoku Antwi Saturday July 15, 2017 Antwi left behind a wife at the Club Traverse and four children in Community Center in Ghana. St. Boniface, Winnipeg.






His father, Benjamin Akono Yankson, was a reputable trumpeter with the Apam Brass Band while his mother Akua Doma, a trader, was a member of the Christ Little Band of the Methodist Church. According to him, anytime his mother sang while doing her house chores, he sang along with her.


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More Canadians living alone and without children, census figures show Childless couples and empty-nesters growing at faster rate than couples living with children, 2016 census figures show. By Éric Grenier · CBC News Canadians are living increasingly alone and without children, according to the latest census figures released by Statistics Canada. The number of Canadians living alone increased to its greatest share since Confederation and was the most common type of household in the country in 2016, representing 28.2 per cent of all households in Canada. That is an increase from 25.7 per cent in 2001. Fully 13.9 per cent of the Canadian adult population now lives alone. That figure stood at just 1.8 per cent in 1951.

becoming empty-nesters,” said Laurent Martel, director of the demography division at Statistics Canada. The census also found that 69.7 per cent of all children under the age of 15 live with both their biological parents, while 6.1 per cent live with two parents, one of them a step-parent.

Common law, same-sex couples increasing Though married couples still form the majority of couples in Canada, the share of common law couples has increased dramatically since 1981 to 21.3 per cent from 6.3 per cent.

The single-person household is most common in Quebec at 33.3 per cent, while British Columbia and Nova Scotia also have more single-person households than the Canadian average. The lowest rates could be found in Nunavut (18.9 per cent), while less than one-in-four adults in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador were living alone.

After Nunavut, where half of couples are common law, Quebec has the highest share of unmarried couples at 39.9 per cent. That gives Quebec a far higher share of common law couples than some countries like Norway and Sweden that have relatively high rates.

Women are more likely than men to be living alone due to their longer life expectancy. On the bright side, however, the share of senior women living alone has decreased. “This is the result of an aging population,” said Johanne Denis, a director general at Statistics Canada. “We’re also seeing higher rates of separation and divorce, delayed couple formation among younger Canadians and more women in the labour force. These are trends that other countries are also experiencing.”

Empty-nesters growing at faster rate The 2016 census found that the rate of growth since 2011 among couples living without children has been greater than among those couples living with children, at 7.2 per cent to 2.3 per cent. Couples with at least one child represented 51.1 per cent of all couples, their lowest share on record. The biggest decline occurred in Atlantic Canada, with Nova Scotia having the lowest share at 42.8 per cent. Nunavut had the highest share of couples living with children at 76.5 per cent, while the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba were all above the national average. “The growth is fuelled by boomers

households in general. This could be explained by the greater frequency of multi-generational households among Indigenous and immigrant communities, two growing sectors of the population.

But just under one-fifth of Canadian children live in single-parent households — four-fifths of them with a single mother. However, the rate of singlefather households has increased significantly since 2001.

According to Statistics Canada, this puts Canada well in line with the United Kingdom and the United States, though countries like France and Germany have more single-person households.

Due to its aging population, the biggest increase in single-person households occurred in the Atlantic provinces, with rates of growth two to four times greater than Canada as a whole.

Multi-generational households, however, are the fastest growing in the country — up 37.5 per cent since 2001, a greater rate of increase than

According to the census, 42.7 per cent of common law couples in Quebec live with children. The rate in other Canadian provinces is just 11.7 per cent. The census counts 72,880 same-sex couples in Canada, representing 0.9 per cent of all couples. About half of them live in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Ottawa-Gatineau. About 12 per cent of same-sex couples live with children, well below the 51.4 per cent of opposite-sex couples that do. About four-fifths of same-sex couples with children are female.

Third of young adults still living with their parents While more Canadians might be living alone and without children, Canadian parents with children are seeing them stay at home for a longer time. Among Canadians between the ages of 20 and 34, 34.7 per cent still live with their parents, with Ontario having the highest rate in the country. That is up from 30.6 per cent in the 2001 census. Toronto is the city with the most young adults yet to leave the nest at just underhalf, or 47.4 per cent. Accordingly, the share of young adults living both outside of their parents’ homes and with families of their own has fallen to 41.9 per cent from 49.1 per cent in 2001. “Economic conditions and the higher cost of housing, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area, are behind this increase in children living with their parents for a longer time,” said Denis.

Ghana in desperate need of population control – Experts cont’d from pg. 28 year plan developed by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), it talks about what will be driving the plan but nowhere is population mentioned. We’ve already lost the battle before we start,” he said. T h e

accessible I would want family planning to be – mobile family planning clinics with a schedule,” she recommended.

She again charged the media to help the cause by “talking about the advantages and the beauty of manageable family size. We have to make it enticing S o l u t i o n and appealing to the population.”

Dr. Appiah advocated for family Mr. Manful on his part advised that planning to be put on the same pedestal religious leaders should also be roped in as immunization by making it easily to help because they are very influential. accessible, affordable and available. “In every district, there are more “ M y v i l l a g e h a s i m m u n i z a t i o n churches than schools. People get up centers and the women know when every Sunday, go and sit in front of the the public health nurses will come clergy and say talk to me so they are an for immunization and that is how important constituency whom we need to rope in,” he said.

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Ghanaian Presbyterian Church Toronto Observes Cultural Day By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Sunday July 23, 2017, the sanctuary of the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church was filled with the entire congregants resplendent in their colorful native attires as they celebrated

Cultural Day. It was under the theme, “The armor of God” taken from Ephesians 6: 1418. The array of colorful

traditional wear:Kente, fugu, adinkra, and African wax prints embroidered and sewn in creative and beautiful styles made the sanctuary

like rainbow. The chiefs and Queens within our community were not left out as they displayed our unique and rich

Obenfo La-Kumi Sasraku, Dr. La-Kumi (middle) and Rev. Raymond Abekah (left) speaker

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culture in their colorful regalia. The reading of scripture in various Ghanaian languages and English were read solely

by Nananom. Call to worship, offertory prayer and blessing as well as conduction of the service cont’d on pg. 60

Group picture of Nananom

Maame Gyamfua and children culture group


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Mr. Eyiah dedicates a ninth grandchild (Ewoo-Eyiah Junior) at the Heritage Ghanaian SDA Church in Toronto on July 8, 2017

Mr. & Mrs. Eyiah with in-laws and some of grandchildren during the dedication

The “Professor’s Ladle”: Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe displays his Culinary Skills to University Students From Jonathan Annobil, Kanda-Accra, Ghana

As part of its scouting of the City of Accra to check on interesting things happening in the nation’s capital as part of the visit of The Ghanaian News Team to Ghana for the Diasporan HomeComing Summit, we were invited to the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) Week Celebration of MOUNTCREST University College in Kanda, Accra on Wednesday July 12, 2017. The event for the day was for some of the University’s Professors to show their cooking skills, dubbed as “The Professor’s Ladle”. The Chief Chef for the day’s

event was former Chief Justice and former Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe who is a Law Professor at MountCrest University College. It was an interesting sight to watch and participate in, as the strong and healthy 94 year-old Justice Crabbe first participated in a twenty-minute interview with the SRC Secretary during which he answered various questions from the students ranging from his early life and school days at Accra Academy, his life as a Judge, as an Electoral Commissioner of Ghana for the 1969 elections to his relationships. A funny question posed by the students was why Justice Crabbe has so many names. He laughed off the question pointing out that he does not have any name of his own: The first letter of his name, “V” for Vincent is his grandfather’s name, “C” for Cyril is his uncle’s name, “R” and “A” for Robert Arthur are his father’s names and Crabbe, he believes, is the Fante name of “Okoto” (Crab). “In effect, and in actual fact”, he said to prolonged laughter of the students, “all I am doing is carrying other people’s names, including that of the Crab” (Okoto). After the interview, Justice Crabbe donned an apron and engaged in the preparation of his favorite stew, tomato gravy with no “particulars” (no fish, no eggs,

Dr Michael Baffoe sampling the food

Dr. Michael Baffoe with some of the students of Mount Crest University

cont’d on pg. 43

Nancy Appiah celebrated her birthday on July 1, 2017 Happy birthday Nancy

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Celebration of Ghana-Canada Day and Dedication of new acquired land

By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto

Bringing to fruition the dream conceived earlier this year, Living Word Assembly of God Church closed the deal on their newly purchased parking lot and carwash directly outside their church premises on 139 Millwick Drive. Needed to accommodate the growing congregation, the purchase of the property was truly a community effort. Almost every member of the church gave something towards the acquisition cont’d on pg. 59

John Bosco Kpebesani, Consul-Gen (left) and Mr. Emmanuel Duodu, President GCAO

Rev. Dr. Frimpong Manso dedicating the new acquired plot by the Living Word Assembly of God

Ghanaian News team receives an award for community service A cross section of the congregation

Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi Presenting an award to PAOC Western Ontario District Representative (right). Looking on is Pastor Cyril Opoku (Youth Pastor)

Billy Debra-Grant (center) Organizer, Nana Kwasi Baffour (left) and Leonard ushers

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Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Diaspora Engagement Think Tank launched in Toronto By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto, Ont Hilton Airport hotel, 5875 airport Road, Mississauga was the venue of the launching of the Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of commerce (GCCC) and the Diaspora Engagement Think Tank (DETT) on Saturday July 29, 2017 by the GhanaianCanadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) The launching’s theme was “Breaking barriers through business, innovation and service.” The launching of these

two pillars of GCAO’s strategic vision is to drive business and to think tank socioeconomic issues. The Chamber of Commerce and Think Tank is grass root community based initiative intended “to create opportunities for our community to innovate and develop entrepreneurial and trade skills’. These were contained e in the welcome address of Emmanuel Duodu,

President of GCAO after the rendition of the national anthems of both Canada and Ghana. After the introduction of VIPs at the event, the Acting Ghana High Commissioner to Canada, Mr. Philbert Johnson brought greetings from Ottawa and said the epoch meeting has been fantastic and he is impressed with the self-motivation and

coming together towork for the advancement of the land of our birth. He pointed out that Africa cannot be a continent of poor people as we are endowed with natural resources. He added that leadership alone cannot bring change but with the full support of the citizenry together will necessitate the necessary

change. M r . AkwasiAwuahAbabio, Director of Diaspora Relations office at the Office of the President was on hand to support the launching. He stated that he was here also to listen to the concerns of diasporans and report to the President for action to be taken on them. He

also said that students in the diaspora can do their national service in Ghana. He also touched on the implementation of the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA). He continued that his office is lobbying Parliament to remove the restrictions on disporans cont’d on pg. 42

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Dr. Isaac Odame and a colleague

Hon. Ahmed Hussein, Immigration Minister

Albert Armah and Odoi Yemoh

Akwasi Awuah Ababio, Diaspora Office Director

Emmanuel Duodu, President GCAO

Foster Owusu one of the speakers

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Philbert Johnson, Ag. High Commissioner

Officials and invited guests at the launching VIPs

Invited guests and community members

Youth participants

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Clergy and community members

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Frankly Speaking Whining” Our Way In and Out of Ghana, the Diasporan Way

Ghana’s Dep. Trade Minister Insults Ghanaians living Abroad By: Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB

The much-touted “Home Coming” Summit of Ghanaians living abroad, otherwise known as the “Diaspora” has come and gone (July 5 th to July 8th) with a mixed, or if you like, a “messed-up” report card. Diasporan Ghanaians had trooped to Ghana from all corners of the world: from Europe (a large number from the UK and Holland), Asia, from as far as Thailand, Indonesia and Australia, from South America (some from Brazil and Chile), and of course the North American Diasporan “Train” landed with hundreds of people. These were joined by their counterparts (former Diasporans) who had relocated to Ghana over the past periods ranging from a few months to a few years back. Yours Truly had arrived in Ghana ten days before the opening of the summit, first to lend my hand and organizing skills to the last-minute preparations and logistics before the expected grand opening on Wednesday July 5th, 2017. I caught up with some of my old Diasporan folks who had been in the Diasporan struggle and activities years back: from organizing the first “Home Coming” Summit in 2001 (also under an NPP government) through the creation and running of the Diaspora Vote Committee (DVC), consisting of thirteen patriotic Ghanaian Diasporans that stormed Ghana in 2005 and 2006 to lobby for the passage of the Representation of the People Amendment Act (ROPAA), in February 2006 but which still sits in the dustbin…unused, eleven years after its passage. I was also wearing another hat as the oneman Advance Team for your versatile Community Newspaper, The Ghanaian News. The rest of the Ghanaian News Team: Publisher Emmanuel Ay i k u , C o m m u n i t y Reporter/Photographer/ Videographer, Jonathan Annobil and versatile Columnist, Doris Osei Bonsu, arrived on Tuesday July 4th and were met at the Kotoka Airport by Yours Truly. There was a lot of excitement in the air in anticipation of the opening of the Summit the next day.The Ghanaian News Team had its first taste of things awaiting the Diasporans in Ghana right at the Immigration counter at the Kotoka Airport when one officer

questioned why The Ghanaian News Team members were carrying Diplomatic Visas in their Passports. “Who gave you this visa?”, he asked with disdain and air of arrogance. Determined not to be pushed around only ten minutes on arrival in Ghana for the summit where Diasporans were at least expecting smiles and cooperation from public officials, The Ghanaian News Team told the officer to take up the matter with the issuing authority and government of Ghana if he had a problem with returning Diasporans carrying Diplomatic Visas. “Oh, sorry, I didn’t know you are part of the Diasporans coming for the Summit”, he shamefully then pretended to be nice. Do returning Diasporans, or for that matter any Ghanaian need to flash their status before public officials to be accorded the needed respect and decorum? The answer is hell no! Welcome to the Land of Our Birth, to which we had come to pledge our allegiance and commitment for development. The Ghanaian News Team got to work right away with a tour of the City of Accra and the Accra International Conference Center, venue for the Summit. We also visited the offices of the Diasporan Home Coming Committee located on the second floor of the Conference Center to acquaint ourselves with the preparations for the Summit opening the next day, especially the Delegates’ Registration process. Things seemed to be working fine at the venue and offices. However, despite all the hype about the Summit outside Ghana, publicity in the country was very limited. There were a few public billboards on the Summit at some strategic intersections in the City. Outside Accra, there were no publicity materials displayed. The airwaves: TV and radio were also significantly silent on the

event. That was strange and disturbing since this Summit was billed as a big national “Akwaaba” event to welcome and interact with our brethren living outside the shores of the homeland. Wednesday July 5 th , 2017: Show Time, Big Day, Opening Day:The President of the Republic, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was billed as the KeyNote Speaker for the Opening Ceremonies. The ceremony kicked off at 11.15 am when the President and his entourage arrived at the Conference Center amid applause and wild cheers from the Diasporans and a horde of media personnel who did not care if they were blocking people’s view of the events as long as they took their shots at strategic positions inside the hall. The President delivered an excellent speech, the highlight of which was re-echoing his promise to implement the ROPAA during his first term to ensure that Ghanaians resident outside the territory of Ghana voted in future national elections. This received a standing ovation from the over two thousand people jam-packed into the hall. T h e P r e s i d e n t ’s presence was followed in the afternoon with a presentation by the Hon. Ken Ofori Attah, Minister of Finance. The gentle, soft spoken, respectful gentlemen delivered an excellent overview of the economy of Ghana, and outlined the economic “opportunities that exist in Ghana as well as the role the diaspora can play in the economic transformation of Ghana”. After his formal presentation, he engaged the participants in a hearty question and answer session. He was simply charming.The first day of the Summit was generally excellent and the expectation was that this was going to be the trend of the threeday formal part of the engagement. What followed on the second day, Thursday July 6th was a shocker, a total disappointment that overshadowed everything that happened at the whole Summit. The first billed speaker for Day Two of the Summit was the Deputy Trade and Industry Minister, a “Honourable” Robert Ahomka Lindsay. His announced and assigned role and topic for

presentation was: “From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: harnessing the potential of returnees in national development”. The man spent the first seventeen minutes talking about himself; how he left Ghana when he was seven years old and returned when he was twenty-five, and what he touted and maybe thought was his personal “accomplishments”, as if that was anybody’s business. We were getting bored, but hei! fasten your seat belts: the man then launched into an eight minutes tirade on the assembled diasporans and their compatriots elsewhere who maybe hold similar “stupid” ideas he was going to expose and attack.He tore into the diasporans of being only interested in whining about things that don’t work in Ghana, how the Diasporans think they know too much, how they get on people’s nerves with their constant whining, and how they are fond of always wanting to “see the Minister”. He was particularly angry about how his cell phone does not stop ringing with calls from people wanting to see him. He angrily waved the phone at the participants. It was a strange sight to behold and a very annoying and provocative spectacle to endure. But we held our breadth till he was done with his unprovoked and angry tirade. Not willing to let this uncivilized and uncouth unprovoked attack on us by this “honourable” Minister go unchecked, I dashed to the microphones immediately he was done with his trash talk and told him that I took very strong exceptions to his behavior and his unprovoked and

unjustifiable attacks and insults on us. I let him understand the fact that we (diasporans) will continue to “whine” as long as there are his kind and type of people in high public places in Ghana who do all the wrong things and do not want to be criticized. The “honourable” guy would not listen. He continued to justify his insults. One after another, many of the participants tore into him to apologize for his behavior. He would not budge. The most telling of the responses came from one diasporan woman from the United States who pointed out to him that “any smart politician would have apologized”. It was obvious that “honourable” Robert Ahomka Lindsay is certainly not one of the smart politicians! The behavior of this Minister overshadowed the rest of the Summit event as people kept referring to it at every turn, every moment of the subsequent sessions. Social media exploded that day and the days ahead about this insult on the very people the Akufo Addo government is trying to woo into Ghana to assist in its forward march. Most people were calling on the President to fire Ahomka Lindsay as Minister. The NPP (as a political party) issued an official apology to the diasporans stating that this does not reflect the party’ position on the diasporans. It called on Ahomka Lidsay to apologize. He responded by coming out with astatement that he did not mean to insult anyone. He refused to apologize for his words and behavior. The NPP Youth Organizer, Sammy

Awuku then came out with the most strongest condemnation of the “honourable” Minister, warning government appointees never to follow Ahomka Lindsay’s behavior. He still refused to apologize. Diasporans are still angry and the social media reaction and discussions on other Ghanaian media reflected their anger. In the process, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo felt it necessary on Monday July 24 to formally apologize to Ghanaian diasporans for the behavior of his errant minister. Most of the summit participants have now left the shore of Ghana still seething with anger. We (Ghanaians in the diaspora) will continue to whine as long as “normal” things do not work in our country. We will continue to whine in and out of Ghana as long as public officials of Ahomka Lindsay’s type continue to roam the corridors of power in Ghana and run the country down. We will continue to whine as long as arrogance continues to be the “normal” behavior of public officials. We will continue to whine as long as bribery and corruption continues to be the acceptable behavior in the Land of Our Birth. I am coming back from Ghana back to my base in Canada with a new title freely conferred on me by “honourable” Robert Ahomka Lindsay. It is called the Chief Director and President of the International Association of Diasporan Whiners. Thank you, “honourable” Ahomka Lindsay!!! May your kind soon find their way out of the corridors of power in Ghana.


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What Is The Goal Of Our Prison System: Rehabilitation Or Incarceration? By Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi

What do we want for our prisoners? Is it rehabilitation or incarceration? This is one most debated and compelling question in every prison system—even in the western countries. And, it’s often a riddle that remains unanswered. Due to our culture and society’s stance on retribution, the Ghanaian prison system is more or less designed to put more emphasis on incarceration instead of rehabilitation. But, how long can we do that? There is a need to change things around to reflect on the new prison management and administration procedures. Do to that we have to go back to ‘ Mother Nature’. Incorporating some aspects of nature in the rehabilitation or restitution twist in our penal code can balance things and perhaps make the system more responsive to the nation’s needs is a right thing to do because the inmates will one day join the main stream economy. It’s another way of saying; let’s get back to Mother Nature, to balance our rehabilitation process in our prison system. Ms Sneed, a founder and director of the garden project, a prison program in California,

Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi USA— believes that working with the land breaks the circle of crime. She also believes that gardening or farming reduces recidivism rate (or the tendency to go back to prison) because prisoners or inmates change their attitudes and behaviors, when they’re both outside the prison walls and inside. You might be tempted to ask: “How could cultivate the land through gardening changes the prisoners’ outlook on life outside and inside the prison walls?”Well, it’s believed that cultivating the land, planting, harvesting and maintaining gardens require nurturing, dedication, patience and caring. These are all perquisites for a sound social interactions and social tools that people need in order to survive in a real world. Now, with planting for Food initiative which the

government is proposing, it will be a good idea to introduce that concept vigorously in our prison system to produce food for the nation and the Ghanaian prison system. We also can incorporate their vocational education with the farming, gardening or whatever we want to call it because we have nothing to lose but time. The vegetables or produce from the proposed gardens or farms could be a source of fresh organic food for the inmates, civilian population and the officers who patronize the prison’s cafeteria. It will be a win, win situation for the inmates, nation and the health –conscious employees of Ghana prisons system. Yes, I know we will come up with thousands of excuses to justify our lack of creativity. But, we shouldn’t forget that an idle man is an angry man .When the inmates are busy attending to their farms and gardens they will learn to appreciate life more and maybe(just maybe) fight less. Imagine (just imagine) the positive effects of an inmate spending several hours working on his garden every day and raising nice vegetables. He can either sell some of these fresh veggies to prepare for his life outside the prison walls or give

some out to the officers and cafeteria workers for general consumption. To make it very attractive endeavor, we can perhaps top it off with giving the participants (inmates) time credit towards their parole assessment. This will be very enormous and infectious initiative beyond measured. Let’s not underestimate the power of nature and the willingness of the inmates’ ability to engage in activities that will boost their self-esteem and inner satisfaction.

Is this proposal going to solve all the problems in the prison system of Ghana? Nope, I’m not that naive! But, it will be a step in the right direction. Farming has its unique way of giving the farmer some kind of emotional stability, selfesteem, self-reliance and selfassurance that cannot be found in other trades or professions. It’s time to reduce the recidivism rate in our prison system and feed the nation as well. I hope someone is listening.

The “Professor’s Ladle”: Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe displays his Culinary Skills to University Students cont’d from pg. 38 no meat etc). Justice Crabbe is a strict vegetarian and at 94 years old, you will struggle to pull your hand if the man gives you a handshake. The secret behind his strength? “Eat healthy”, he advised. It took the distinguished Judge and Law Professor about half an hour to prepare a very tasty stew good for all kind of meals, including

of course his staple Ga diet, Kenkey. The first to be invited to taste the cooking “handwriting” of Justice Crabbe was Dr. Michael Baffoe of The Ghanaian News, who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work at MOUNTCREST University College. Pictures by: Jonathan Annobil


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The Importance of Summer School for Teens By Golda Abena Quayson

Most Parents and other teen’s think that attending summer school is only for the students you did fail a course during the school year but this is not always the case. You can attend summer school to take a course preferably for the following year and to better your grades. You can attend Summer School to take courses for the following year. Or you can take those courses if you are staying back a year, or, if it’s an elective you want to get out of the way. Whichever is the reason, it is all part of preparing your teens to end up with better grades to allow them enter into university or College of preference. Here are few reasons why summer school is a viable choice for your teenager: Summer school will give your teen more time to learn the basics of the subject being taught. Middle and high school classes mimic the fast-paced world in which we live. Unfortunately, teens learning math and science often cannot keep up and get lost. Considering each step is a building block for the next concept in the course, it is not a mystery why many teens do not pass a class the first time around, and most teens learn by getting more exposure of the course. The time that these teens need is offered during summer school sessions.

The environment of a summer school class offers your teen a different approach. It tends to be more relaxed with smaller classes. It is the optimal learning environment in which all teens could benefit. Couple that

and the push to perform well. Summer school will help those teens, who get overloaded by having too many classes to focus on at one time. So, if the work load during the school year was a problem for your teen, summer school is the option to take to get with having a different the class credit. teacher who uses their unique teaching approach and your teen may do very well with Summer school will the subject that he/ give your teen the she previously failed. chance to raise his/her Teens, such as these, do grade point average. well in summer school A failure in any class and often become more really hurts a teen’s positive about their cumulative average and can cost him/her academics. the chance to go on to the university/ college or technical school of Summer school will his/her choice. While give your teen a second letting an elective class chance to obtain class go and not retaking it c r e d i t , p r e v e n t i n g is an option, summer doubling up a core class school grades replace during the school year. the failing grade already Here is how today high earned, thereby raising school programs work: your teen’s grade point Each province requires average. a certain amount of core classes to be taken by every student and passed before they can You can help take away graduate. So, even if the stigma of going your teen isn’t going to summer school by to college, he/she may talking to your teen and still have to pass four letting him/her know math classes including that, not passing a math, algebra and geometry science, or whatever t o o b t a i n h i s / h e r class does not define diploma. This can be who he/she is. That demoralizing to a teen your teen’s grades do that has a hard time not make or break how in math classes. If he/ much you love him/ she fails one, having her. Create a positive to take two of these c o n v e r s a t i o n b y together the next year bringing up something can lead to more failure your teen does well. with the possibility of Then discuss ways to the teenager dropping keep a failing grade out of school. Summer from happening again school prevents t his by using study groups problem. and perhaps hiring a tutor at the first sign of trouble in a class. When it is all said and During summer done, summer school school, your teen will will get your teen back be able to focus on just on the right track with that particular class. passing grades and you Remember, your teen can use the experience is facing the same type t o s t r e n g t h e n t h e of stress that we are parent-child bond. It facing in our adult is a definite win-win lives with deadlines situation.

Doris Osei Bonsu, Crisis Counselor, Toronto

The effects/impact of successful marriage on parenting

As parents, we are constantly faced with new challenges along the developmental process. We are “forced” to find a solution to bedtime resistance, potty training, tantrums, deviant or criminal behaviour etc. Sodeal with these issues, we attend parental workshops/seminars, we read books, we learn strategies and techniques. We do everything possible not to “ruin” our children, to do it better than our parents did with us. We want them to grow up with healthy self-esteem, good character traits, etc. However, But somewhere along the way, we have forgotten about the most important ingredient in successful parenting: a successful marriage. Below are reasons why a successful marriage is essential to successful parenting: Modeling: The way we act towards our spouses has a direct effect on our children. If you were ever surprised to hear your child repeat something they overheard you say, you know what I mean. Children look up to parents as models for how to be in this world. If kids witness parents yelling at each other or making demands and not saying “please” and “thank you,” it is quite likely that they will engage in relationships in a similar fashion.

The Family System: While the effect of marital strife on a family is quite obvious in a home where the marriage is in crisis, it may be less apparent in a home where a “cold peace” exists. Although the parents may not see it, kids are brilliant. Even when a marriage remains intact, kids can detect there is something unhealthy in the relationship. This affects a child’s sense of self, as children need to feel secure in their home environment. We often see children acting out. Stopping the behavior is not the ultimate solution, because their actions are telling us something about the system as a whole. We know of plenty of families that have their “problem child.” Perhaps the child has been diagnosed with some “disorder,” or is not necessarily behaving in the way we want them to. It is quite easy to view the child as the problem or the “identified patient.” What takes more maturity is to look at the family as a whole, starting with the parent

Even if your marriage is livable, is it vibrant? Peace in the home, does not mean the absence of conflict. When parents build a strong foundation for the home, they will find themselves having a much easier time as parents. And while your children may act out on occasion, you will be much better equipped to deal with them. While we may prefer to think that How many arguments stem from they learned it at school or a friend’s how to parent a child? One parent house, the necessary first step is self- feels the spouse is the enabler, while reflection. Think for a moment about the enabler feels the other one is too all of your children’s undesirable harsh. behaviors, and ask yourself if you and your spouse treat each other When a husband and wife learn that way. We can verbally teach our how to be in relationship with each children what is “proper,” but if other, to talk to each other, and to we do not model that behavior and understand each other, they will be practice what we preach, they will able to form a united front as they pick up on our insincerity and not parent their children. Otherwise, there will always be one parent who be receptive to our wishes. feels that his or her efforts are being You are not only assisting them undermined. in their current interpersonal relationships, you are ingraining The best gift you can give your in them the proper traits that are children and future generations is necessary for a healthy marriage one to work on your relationship. Good day. Modeling is the most obvious intentions aren’t enough; make your way your marriage affects your marriage a priority. children.

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Ask The Doctor


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


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

WOMEN’S HEALTH Pap smear: Screening test for cervical cancer Understand the importance of the Pap smear, including how it’s done, what it means when it’s abnormal and why it needs to be part of your regular health checkups.

comes first. After age 29 recommendations differ slightly but it is generally recommended that women undergo Pap test between 1 to 3 years depending on their individual circumstances. Women who have risk factors should have tests yearly. Some risk factors include :

Definition A Pap smear, also called a Pap test, is a procedure to test for cervical cancer in women. A Pap smear involves collecting cells from your cervix — the lower, narrow end of your uterus. Detecting cervical cancer early with a Pap smear gives you a greater chance at a cure, should cervical cancer be detected. A Pap smear can also detect changes in your cervical cells that suggest cancer may develop in the future. Detecting these cells early with a Pap smear is your first step in halting the possible development of cervical cancer. Why it’s done A Pap smear is typically done in conjunction with a pelvic examination — a procedure that allows

your doctor to examine your external genitals, vagina, uterus, ovaries and rectum. Although pelvic examinations can screen for reproductive problems or abnormalities, only a Pap smear will detect early cervical cancer or precancers. Who should have a Pap smear? A number of organizations have recommendations regarding when a woman should have a Pap smear. Groups generally agree that you should have your first Pap smear about three years after first having sexual relations or at age 21, whichever

A diagnosis of cervical cancer or a Pap smear that showed precancerous cells , Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth , HIV infection or Weakened i m m u n e s y s t em d u e to organ transplant, chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use. On the other hand, women who have had hysterectomy (surgery to remove the womb), or women over age 75 who have had 3 negative tests in previous 10 can stop having Pap smears. Risks A Pap smear is a very simple test. It is generally done in a doctors office

and does not require anesthesia.It is a safe way to screen for cervical cancer. However, a Pap smear isn’t foolproof. It’s possible to receive false-negative results — meaning that the test indicates no abnormality, even though you do have abnormal cells. Estimates for the occurrence of falsenegative results with a conventional Pap smear vary widely but are at least 5 percent — or one in every 20 women. The liquid-based Pap test, in which the sample of cells is preserved in liquid rather than smeared on a microscope slide, provides fewer falsenegative results. With either test, false-positive results — when the test indicates an abnormality when there really isn’t one — are extremely rare. A false-negative result doesn’t mean that a mistake was made. Many factors can cause a falsenegative result, including:

§ An inadequate collection of cells § A small number of abnormal cells § An inaccessible location of the lesion § A small lesion § Abnormal cells mimicking benign cells § Blood or inflammatory cells obscuring the abnormal cells Although it’s possible for abnormal cells to go undetected, time is on your side. Cervical cancer takes several years to develop. And if one test doesn’t detect the abnormal cells, the next test most likely will. . Results The Pap smear can alert your doctor of suspicious cells that need further testing. Normal results If only normal cervical cells were discovered during your Pap smear,

you’re said to have a negative result. You won’t need any further treatment or testing until you’re due for your next Pap smear and pelvic exam. Abnormal results If abnormal or unusual cells were discovered during your Pap smear, you’re said to have a positive result. A positive result doesn’t mean you have cervical cancer. What a positive result means depends on the type of cells discovered in your Pap smear. All abnormal results should be discussed with your doctor to determine the significance and also plan further tests. Married women should discuss results in the presence of their husband or a family member. Single women should be accompanied by a family member or a trusted friend for support. It is important to understand that a positive test does not necessarily mean you have cancer.

Heart Disease in women : Is it diferent from men? When it comes to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease, men have traditionally garnered more attention than women have. You might think this is because men are more susceptible to heart disease than are women. But in reality, more women than men die of cardiovascular disease each year. Women are six times as likely to die of heart disease as of breast cancer. Heart disease kills more women over 65 than all cancers combined. Historically, heart disease has been considered primarily a man’s disease. But recent statistics have shown that the rate of heart disease has declined in men but not as much in women. This may be due to a combination of biological and social differences. How do heart attack symptoms differ in women and men? The most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it’s not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. Women are more likely to have signs and symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as: § Neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort

§ Lightheadedness or dizziness § Unusual fatigue These signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks. This may be due to the fact that women usually have smaller arteries than men. In men partially blocked arteries ( plaques) tend to burst open whereas in women, plaques erode, exposing the inner layers of the artery. Differences in symptoms may also relate to a condition called endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction — in which the lining of the artery doesn’t allow the artery to expand (dilate) properly to boost blood flow during activity — increases the risk of coronary artery spasm and sudden death. Ultimately, women tend to show up in the emergency rooms after much heart damage has already occurred because their symptoms are not those typically associated with a heart attack. If you experience these symptoms or think you’re having a heart attack, call for emergency medical help immediately. Don’t drive yourself to the emergency room. Are the risk factors different for men and women?

§ Shortness of breath § Nausea or vomiting § Sweating

Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure

and obesity — are detrimental to both men and women, certain factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. For example:

a different emphasis on diet and physical activity.

§ Mental stress and depression affect women’s hearts more than men’s.

As for the basics: Be active, maintain a normal weight and don’t smoke. Women also need to take their prescribed medications appropriately, such as beta blockers, blood thinners and aspirin, and they need to better manage other conditions that are risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Some women at high risk may also benefit from the use of supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids and folic acid. These are all things you can talk to your doctor about.

§ Smoking is much worse for women than men. § Low levels of estrogen before menopause is a significant risk factor for developing heart disease. Is heart disease something only older women should worry about? No. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for women 65 and older, it’s the third-leading cause of death for women 25 to 44 and secondleading cause of death for women 45 to 64. All women, of all ages, should take heart disease seriously. There seems to be an ethnic disparity in heart disease. Why are black and Hispanic women at higher risk of dying of this disease? It’s complicated. Some of it is socioeconomic. Some of it is also the result of medical disparities. They may get fewer health screenings, or they haven’t received ethnic-specific health messages. There are genetic differences to consider, too. Black women are more likely to have high blood pressure and diabetes, but they actually smoke less than white women do. Other ethnic traditions may put

What can women do to reduce their risks of heart disease?

Regular exercise and healthy eating are the mainstays of heart disease prevention. § What’s a normal weight? How much weight should I try and lose? There is no “normal” weight, but a normal body mass index (BMI) is helpful. This calculation helps you determine if you have a healthy or unhealthy percentage of body fat. BMI numbers of 25 or higher are associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Remember, though, even losing 10 to 15 pounds can help by lowering your blood pressure and helping prevent diabetes — both of which increase your risk of heart disease. cont’d on pg. 61


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1st Annual GhanaianCanadian Games & Recreation Day Marks Canada’s 150years Celebrations cont’d from pg. 20 organisers for holding such a recommendable event. And in an interview with Joseph Boachie, a member of the organizing committee for the event said: ‘We are happy to have put up this event together because it had always been our goal to create a platform for Ghanaians, where families could come together to promotes our cultural connections and foster an intercultural understanding within our communities and most importantly, encourage positive attitudes about living and functioning in a multiracial, multicultural and a fast paced growing global society.’ Boachie also added:

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Trump immigration reform cites Canada Canadian Press Alexander Panetta WASHINGTON - The Trump administration has endorsed a plan to slash immigration in half, limit the entry of nonEnglish speakers, curb family sponsorships and penalize migrants whose spouses are less skilled and it’s selling that plan by pointing northward. President Donald Trump To Canada. The administration is citing its northern neighbour as an inspiration for an immigration reform that contains definite traces of Canadian influence — but to find them, you’d need to squint past major aspects of the plan. The point of commonality is a points-based system in which applicants with high skills get favoured in Canada and Australia, a program pioneered a half-century ago in the Great White North which the U.S. says it now wants to emulate. Such a move would revolutionize an American system that has historically relied on employers and families sponsoring newcomers,

in favour of just letting The plan has almost no people apply and get a chance of becoming law points grade based on in its current form. skills and education. It was swiftly opposed “The points-based system by some Republican that Canada has, has a l a w m a k e r s a n d w i l l lot to recommend it,” inevitably meet resistance said Stephen Miller, a from Democrats, which makes the slog to the presidential adviser. necessary 60 per cent of “We actually took that Senate votes impossible and added things.” without major changes. More precisely, they But it has launched a subtracted things: People. debate. One immigration scholar calls this This is where it differs necessary for the country. from Canada’s system. The reform proposed “I’m surprised that I’m Wednesday would halve not outraged,” Vivek legal immigration to the Wadhwa of Carnegie United States — which Mellon University told already has a far smaller MSNBC. “I thought it proportion at one million would be another Stephen immigrants per year to Bannon special. But it Canada’s 250,000. isn’t. It may actually be

quite reasonable. Who says that immigration can’t be adapted to the needs of the country?

they have a skill that will add to the U.S. economy? Are they being paid a high wage?”

“Now, we can argue about the number of immigrants. ... (But) this is a good debate to be having in America.”

The overall goal is to keep out poorer, less-educated immigrants who are likelier to claim welfare or compete for workingclass jobs, Miller said. He described it as a historic change, a moral issue and something the vast majority of Americans support according to polls.

Miller explained how the points system would work. Again mentioning Canada and Australia, he listed some examples: “Does the applicant speak English? Can they support themselves and their families, financially? Do

The polling, for instance, showed 38 per cent support for reducing immigration, according to Gallup, compared with 38 per cent who wanted the status quo and 21 per cent who wanted more immigrants. Even the White House news conference devolved into heated exchanges.

Miller was indignant at a suggestion that the plan might be seen as But it’s sure to face a racist. Things got tense when CNN’s Jim Acosta noisy fight. cont’d on pg. 61

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21st Anniversary Celebration and Official Opening of Manse of Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church thus becomes the first society to build a complete manse. TheGhana Calvary Methodist United Church of The celebration was witnessed by a solid clergy team Toronto celebrated its 21st anniversary and official led by the Presiding Bishop of Methodist Church opening of Manse. Ghana, the Most Rev. Titus Awotwe Pratt, the Acting SMC of North America Diocese, Prof. Joseph Osei and the Supt. Minister of Toronto Mission Circuit Very Rev. Joseph Atuahene. Six Ministers posted from Ghana have served this church during the 21 years of its existence. Also in attendance were some top Reverend Ministers from the United Church of Canada.Rev. Donald Gibson represented the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell, Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Rev Gibson was the first United Church pastoral supervisor for the church during the time of Rt. Rev. Maclean A Kumi. Rev. Chris of the South West Presbytery was also there.

By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto, Ont.

The theme of the celebration was “ Ebenezer- thus far the Lord has brought us” taken from 1 Samuel 7:12. The climax of the 3-day celebration was the cutting of ribbon to officially open the manse. Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Titus Awotwe Pratt allowed Revs. Gibson and Chris to cut the ribbon amidst thunderous applause from the congregation. After prayers, the Presiding Bishop again allowed 2 children from the Sunday school to unveil the plaque that showed that cont’d on pg. 51

Cutting of the ribbon by Presiding Bishop & Rev. Donald Gibson Rev. Chris

Clergy poses for Mansse ribbon cutting

Presiding Bishop with United Church Reps Supt. Minister as Liturgist Newly built Mansse for G.C.M.U.C.

Praises time Church choir singing anthem

Praises time

Mr. Samora Wiredu (middle) contractor poses with officiating team

Rev. Don Gibson and Agnes Summers at center stage of praises

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21st Anniversary Celebration and Official Opening of Manse of Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto cont’d from pg. 50 the manse has been commissioned and dedicated. The celebration then moved indoors for the church service. The church was packed with church members and well-wishers from the Ghanaian community. The Presiding Bishop the Most Rev. Titus Awotwe Pratt

based his sermon on the theme of the celebration taken from 1 Samuel 7:12. A citation from the United Church was presented to the church and was received by Ag SMC Prof J osephOsei, and also the contractor for the manse Mr. SamoraWiredu was also introduced. The fundraising segment was chairedby Mr. Michael Ansu of Supreme Travels assisted by Mr. Yaw Adabanka, Kofi Otto, Mr. & Mrs. Bofa and Sister Agnes Summers.

Rita Ama Duah reading church history

Past Society Stewards Seth Opoku Agyemang and Kofi Asampong Mr. & Mrs Michael Asante Praise and worship team

Unveiling of plaque

Group of church members Immediate past Society stewards and friends Calvary Men dancing to praise God

Hamilton Society in attendance


Flower presentation to Bishop assisted by Sister Mercy Grant

Delegates from Toronto Circuit Lay Movement

Government of Ghana Representatives

Ag.S.M.C Prof. Osei receiving a citation from Rev. Chris

Michael Ansu chairman ( 2nd right) and supporters Nananom and invited guests

Clergy ready for possession

Lay chairwomen and some members of the church

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Ghana Home Coming Summit in pictures

Ghanaian News Canada Team

Theme song by Tuga Nadia (right) with Summit delegates Canadian delegates

Delegates from Canada Ghanaian News Team at Addisa baba Military personel at the summit

Canadian delegates

Alex Dadey Chairman of summit (center) and other officials Ghanaian News Team. From left: Jonathan Annobil, Emmanuel Ayiku and Dr. Michael Baffoe

Ambassador Erica (middle) and other delegates Ghanaian News team with other officials Participants

Canadian delegates From left: Diaspora Directors Akwasi Awuah Ababio and Nadia Musa with other delegates


Hamza, Info Minister (middle) Dadie, Summit chairman with Ghanaian News team

Ghanaian News team with ushers Canadian delegates

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Ghana Home Coming Summit in pictures

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Canadian delegates at lunch Rocco Acheampong family

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Ghana-Canada Day Picnic in Winnipeg By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB The Ghanaian-Canadian Community in Manitoba threw up one of the biggest Canada Day picnics in recent memories when they organized a day long picnic at the Crescent Park in Winnipeg. It was in commemoration of Canada@150 Celebrations and Ghana’s Republic Day. A large number of community members from across the Province and other nationalities joined in the fun-filled activities throughout the day where food and drinks were in abundance. The revelers were later joined by the Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Hon. Terry Duguid who congratulated the community for a well-organized event. He extended his warm congratulations to all the revelers on the significant celebrations of Canada’s 150th Birthday. He admonished all to feel proud as members of the Canadian Multicultural Mosaic. The celebrations concluded late into the night about 10.00 PM with a splendid fireworks display. Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, Hon. Terry Duguid helping to cut the cake

Playing game at the picnic

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BBQ Time

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Playing “ampe”

Chop chop

Mercy Sackey ordained as a Pastor of The New Anointing Christian Fellowship Centre in Winnipeg By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Winnipeg, MB The New Anointing Christian Fellowship Centre in Winnipeg was the scene of a very solemn but splashy event when a well-known and active Community member, Mercy Sackey was ordained as a Pastor of the Church on Sunday July 2nd, 2017. The ordination was performed by Bishop Friday Bekee from Nigeria and Bishop Joseph Thompson, the head Pastor of the New Anointing Christian Fellowship Church The affable and always smiling Mercy is a very active member of the Ghanaian Community in Winnipeg. From a family of musicians, Mercy is the Director of the Ghanaian Community Choir that has been performing at various events and centers in and around Manitoba. Friends, family, community members and her co-workers turned up in their numbers to grace the occasion and to support the “Smiling Pastor” on her ordination into the Lord’s Ministry. A professional Educator, Mercy is a graduate from the faculty of Education, at the University of Winnipeg,

Welcome to the Ministry of the Lord, Pastor Mercy

Pastor Mercy Sackey

Ps. Mercy Sackey pose with community members

Go forth and win souls for the Lord Mercy gets her ordination

Ps Mercy Sackey and family

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1. Prepare tomato gravy with cooking oil by adding chopped onions, tomato puree and shrimps powder. 2. Add mill ginger and garlic with all dry ingredients 3. Cover to cook for 5 minutes 4. Add water to the gravy and leave to boil 5. Add rice, stir and correct the seasoning and cover to cook for 15 minutes.

400g - Riped Plantain (soft) 100g - Onion 50gm - Wheat Flour 1/2 tbsp - Salt 1 tbsp - Cayenne Pepper 1/2 tbsp - Mill Ginger 2 tbsp - Sugar

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Method 1. Dress and arrange fish in a saucepan 2. Wash and grind all vegetables into paste 3. Add ground vegetables to the fish and also add salt, water and palm oil to it. 4. Put on a low source of heat to simmer gently 5. Avoid frequest stirring. If necessary stir gently and carefully so that the fish does not break up. 6. When well cooked, take it off the souce of heat and serve warm with banku, kenkey, boiled rice

400g Chevron / mutton 50g tomatoes 75g garden eggs 1 full tablesp peper (ground 25g onions chopped 1 level tablesp ground ginger

Method 1. Simmer the meat, adding chopped onions, ground ginger and salt. 2. Add water, allow to boil, then add blended pepper, tomatoes, onions and a little garden egg 3. Season to taste. 4. Serve hot with fufu, rice, yam

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Ghanaian Presbyterian Church Toronto Observes Cultural Day cont’d from pg. 34 in its entirety was performed by Nananom as part of the cultural day observation. Obenfo La-KumiSasraku, Omanhene of Okuapeman Association of Canada delivered the sermon as speaker

for the occasion. ObenfoLa_ KumiSasraku is not only a member of the Presbyterian Church but also a very influential community member. He thanked Rev. BaahAbekah and the presbytery for making such a celebration possible. “As

and led the congregation in a short but powerful intercessory prayer and continued with his sermon based on Ephesians 6: 14-18- The Armor of God. As a gesture of reverence before God, he removed his chieftaincy headgear as he

believers”, he said, “there are steps that one embarks on that publicly portrays our faith”. “Satan is at war with us and as such we have to be aware of his machinations in order to thwart his sinister inclinations”, he continued. He then paused

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi The Christian Life is the Life of Faith: What is Faith? Part 3 “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” C.S. Lewis “Through the dark and stormy night faith beholds a feeble light, up the blackness streaking; knowing God’s own time is best, in a patient hope I rest, for the full day breaking”. John Greenleaf Whittier Faith-filled Christians know and understand that their faith walk is a journey. Theylive and walk by faith. They love by faith, they care for people by faith, and they face adversity too by their faith. Based on Hebrews chapter eleven we will like to draw out 17 truths of how the people of God are expected to live out theirfaith practically daily: Faith-filled Christians 1. function by faith without losing their senses. Faith does not contradict reason, though it may go beyond reason. For faith is not a bare belief or intellectual understanding. It is a willingness to trust in, to rely on, and to cling to. Hebrews 11:1 Faith-filled Christians 2. produce testimony through their faith, Hebrews 11:2 3.Faith-filled leaders understand that this world was

7. Faith-filled Christians like Noah hear God’s warning of His impending judgement and pray for and seek for the less, the least and the lost in the world with godly fear, Hebrews 11:7

framed by faith in the Word of God and so their world will and must be framed by faith in the Word of God, Hebrews 11:3 4. Faith-filled Christians like Abel offer a more excellent sacrifice to God always, obtain God’s witness of their righteousness by their faith, and God testifies of their faith gifts to Him. They still speak although physically dead. Hebrews 11:4 5. Faith-filled Christians like Enoch determine to live, like, lead and love to please God and God alone so they receive a testimony from God for their faith. Hebrews 11:5 6. Faith-filled Christians believe that God exists, they believe that God rewards diligent seekers, and strongly believe that it is impossible to please God without faith, Hebrews 11:6

8. Faith-filled Christians like Abraham and Sarah obey God completely in all things and at all times regardless of the risk involved, Hebrews 11:8-12 9. Faith-filled Christians are willing to die in faith even if they do not receive what is promised, they look to a heavenly country where God lives, Hebrews 11:13-16 10. Faith-filled Christians when tested by God like Abraham to offer their Isaac, pass the test with excellence, Hebrews 11: 17-19 Faith-filled Christians 11. influence their children’s future like Isaac and Jacob by their genuine blessings. Hebrews 11:20-21 12. Faith-filled Christians like Joseph are predictors of future deliverances of God’s people, Hebrews 11:22 13. Faith-filled Christians like Moses’ parents see their children differently and are not

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afraid to preserve, protect and provide for theminthe face of godless laws, Hebrews 11:23 Faith-filled Christians 14. like Moses know when they are of age and so make the right decisions for God and His people, Hebrews 11: 24-29 15. Faith-filled Christians are willing to accept every challenge for God to be glorified inthe face of unbelievable task and assignments, Hebrews 11: 30-35a 16. Faith-filled Christians are willing to pay the price inthe face of persecutions, trials and suffering.By faith they obey God despite the circumstances or the consequences. Hebrews 11:35b-40 17. Faith-filled Christians obey God, please God, and are rewarded by God According Adlin Sinclair, “Without faith, hope and trust, there is no promise for the future, and without a promising future, life has no direction, no meaning and no justification.” Dear Christians, our Faith is our decision to stand with God. Let us Hold on to God’s Word and God’s Character. Let us arise,Choose God always and trust in Goddaily in this godless

world. I pray that we choose the path of faith in this faithless world. Faith is the key, faith pleases God and faith rewards the faithful.Live by faith to fulfill the purpose for which we were created by God. “I could go on and on, but I’ve run out of time. There are so many more—Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets. . . Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection. Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them! —making their way as best as they could on the cruel edges of the world”. Hebrew 11:32-38 The Message (MSG)

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Church of Montreal

Assembly of God Church (Affiliated with P.A.O.C.)

139 Millwick Drive Toronto, Ont. (Steeles/Islington) Tel: 416- 741-6285 Fax: 416- 741-0133

Minister: Rev. Stephen Azundem

Services: Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM Divine Worship Service Wednesday 7:00PM – 9:00PM Teaching Service (Bible Study) Friday 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Prayer Service

Tel (office): 514 278 8109 Tel (Cell): 514 660 2422

1345 rue Lapointe St. Laurent, QC, H4L 1K5 Location: At the Corner of O’Brien and Poirier.

Email: Senior Pastor Rev. Isaac Takyi DeGraft

Church Activities

Sunday Early Morning Prayer: 8:30 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Worship Service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday Prayer: 10:00 a.m-12 noon Wednesday Bible Study 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday Prayer 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Last Friday of the month“All Night Prayer”): 7:30 p.m.-12 mid-night Youth Service (Fridays): 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Departmental Meeting (Every other Sunday): 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


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Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto Tel: 416-614-6110 647-341-7305 Email: Invites all Christians to join us to worship and glorify the Living God

Worship Schedule: Sunday Church Service - Akan: English Service

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


10:00 a.m. - 12 noon


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


- Organizational Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice

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


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

Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5

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

Auxilliary Minister Rev. Samuel Victor Mpereh



Venue of Worship 65 Mayall Avenue, Toronto, ON Tel: 416-614-6110 Email: Hamilton Society Stoney Creek United Church (Chapel) 1 King Street West, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Contact: 289-244-5914, 289-700-6815, 289-698-1388

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

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

Tel: 416-743-2507

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

It’s A Great Commission!

Apos. Dr. Emmanuel Anthony Owusu National Head

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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


2017: LIBERTY IN THE SPIRIT 2 Corinthian 3:17

SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 am-1:30 pm Ghanaian Service WEEKDAY SERVICES: Wednesday - Bible Studies Friday - Prayer Service LOCATION:

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm 7:00 pm -9:00 pm

42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2

Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 Website: http:/www/

Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l

Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance


63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7 Pastor In-Charge: Pastor Ohene Kena Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445

Sunday - Divine Worship - 10a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday - Bible Studies 8p.m. - 10p.m. Friday - Prayer / Deliverance - 7p.m. - 10p.m. Contact Lines: Tel: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 416-747-9225 (Church)

Cell: 647-921-2414

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

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

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

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

378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5

Scarborough Assembly

Place of Worship:

Founder &Pastor-in-charge

Montreal Assembly

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629

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

Days And Time of Worship

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

Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada

Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson

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


Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

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


Email: Website:


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The Apostolic Church Int’l Canada Inc.

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

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

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

Time of Worship: Apostle Dr. KwabenaAkufo Supervising Apostle

Reverend Festus Ofori Senior Pastor Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

Come and taste the power of Christ.

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

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Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Time: 10.00AM-1.00PM



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

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

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

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

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

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


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Around the Ghana Sports Scene Bursaspor owner Ali Ay reveals Badu capture shows club’s desire to excel Bursaspor chairman Chairman Ali Ay has revealed the signing of Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu underline his side’s resolve to excel in the upcoming season. The 26-year-old completed a one-year loan move to the Turkish side from Udinese on Thursday.

“We have been with Badu since 3 weeks of great struggle. This is our 4th transfer. I hope the future will come,” he told the club’s website

Manchester United defender Tim Fosu-Mensah gives disguised hint of playing for Ghana Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah has given a major hint that he might play for Ghana in future insisting is connection to the West African country is ‘really strong’. The Dutch youth international, whose parents are from Ghana, has been a key target for Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah for nationality switch.

The Ghana international has been presented to the media and the fans after undergoing formalities. And Bursaspor chairman Ali Ay is confident the arrival of the Ghanaian will spark their campaign.

with Jonathan Baah Annobil

Everyone is doing these things this year to watch a good Bursaspor. We traumatized last year and we are trying to bring good artillery to make good transfers to live it again. Thank goodness all the trans-

fers we made are point-andshoot. I hope they will come and we will have a successful season. I say to Badu not to embarrass Allah if you are auspicious . “ The central defender has played for the Dutch youth national Source: GHANAsoccernet. team but he is still eligible to com play for Ghana per FIFA rules.

Sports Ministry releases $84,990 for Team Ghana to participate in World Athletics Championship The Ministry of Youth and

(opted for the 200m), Em-

Sports has released an amount

manuel Dasor (400m ), Alex

of $84,990 for the nine Ghana-

Amankwa (800m), Nadia Eke

ian athletes set to represent the

(Triple Jump) will participate

nation at the 2017 World Ath-

in individual events while

letics Championship in London.

the relay team will comprise

The rules state that a player can switch nationality to play for another country he has ties to as long as he has not played for the senior national team of a country he has represented at the competition due to injury. junior level.

Ghana will be represented by 4

Gemma Acheampong, Per-

individuals and 5 members for

sis William-Mensah, Akua

Break Down of the fund- Despite dithering under previous Ghana coach Avram Grant i n g f r o m t h e M i n i s t r y : when he was contacted by the Ghana FA, Fosu-Mensah To t a l b u d g e t p r e s e n t - still insists he has strong ties with the West African couned by GAA is $84,990. try demonstrating some level of desire to feature for Black T h e a m o u n t c o v e r s A i r Stars.

the Relay team in World Ath-

Obeng-Akrofi and Hor Halutie

Fares, Feeding, Accom-

letics Championship in London

who is facing visa challenge.

modation and Per diem. “I am just focused on developing my game and to become a better player so I can help The total amount given by my team,” Fosu-Mensah told MOYS is from the GNPC KweséESPN.

of Flings Owusu-Agyapong,

form 4th to 13th August 2017. Unfortunately, Javelin ThrowJanet Amponsah — 200m/100m

er, John Ampomah is out of


I’m the greatest Ghanaian footballer George Alhassan Former Ghana international George Alhassan has quashed claims that AsamoahGyan is Ghana’s all-time best footballer. AsamoahGyan, who recently scored his 50th goal for the Black Stars in the team’s 5-0 thumping of the Walias of Ethiopia in the 2018 AFCON qualifiers has been hailed by many as the country’s all-time best following his exploits in the World Cup and AFCON tournaments he’s been involved.

However, according to the former Great Olympics goal scoring machine, anyone who should be given that accolade must have won laurels for the country as he did while he was playing actively.

top scorer in the local league so I will be the number one. Maybe AsamoahGyan can be second following his exploits especially at the World Cup,” the 62-year-old told Happy FM’s AnopaBosuo Sports.

“AsamoahGyan can never be Ghana’s all-time best player. To get that accolade, one must have won laurels for the country. I have won two Africa Cup of Nations for Ghana and I was the top scorer in the 1982 AFCON. I have also won the

Alhassan won two Africa Cup of Nations trophies and a goal king accolade at the 1982 AFCON tourney as well as top scorer in the Ghana Premier League during his hay days with Accra Great Olympics.

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“Both my parents are from Ghana. My bothers are from Ghana.

“And where I am from in Amsterdam, a lot of Ghanaians are there so the connection is really strong. So my connection very good.” Mensah is preparing ahead of the start of new season with Manchester United and believes the Red Devils now have a strong enough squad to win the Premier League title. United have not won the title since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, and have twice finished outside the top four, but the 19-year-old Dutch Under21 international in confident that is about to change. “Definitely we are good enough to compete for the title this season. We have a very strong squad,” he said. Fosu-Mensah has impressed in different positions since making the first of his 12 appearances for United, but on whether he will play a bigger part this season, the youngster says his focus is more immediate.

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