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Canadian MPs in the House of Commons have voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada. The motion drew 335 votes in favour on Wednesday March 24, 2021, with no abstentions or nay votes. The day marks the anniversary of when Britain’s Parliament abolished slavery in the British Empire in 1834. Following the unanimous vote by MPs, August 1st is now officially Emancipation Day in Canada. “Recognizing Emancipation Day at the federal level is a step forward in acknowledging the multi-generational harms caused by slavery and recognizing the heritage of people of African descent in Canada and the many contributions they have made and continue to make,” Emelyana Titarenko remarked. Titarenko is the spokesperson for Minister of Diversity and Inclusion andYouth, Bardish Chagger. Rosemary Sadlier, Black History expert and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant based in Toronto, who’s been advocating for this day had this to say: “This would seem to be simple and straight forward, but it is more involved than this. I am delighted that the final reading and passage of M-36 happened!!!!!! I am proud to say that my personal efforts starting from 1995 in both buildings up a renewed interest in Emancipation Day through events and talks, through my successful proposing that this important date be recognized and following this initiative through over the years, has resulted in this newest designation” The motion which was introduced by the Liberal MP for Richmond Hill, Majid Jowhari, also called on the Federal government to recognize “the heritage of Canada’s people of African descent and the contributions they have cont’d pn pg. 6
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Ghana @ 64 Independence anniversary celebrated virtually in Toronto By Jonathan Annobil & Joe Kingsley Eyiah
Consul-General in his remarks marking the celebration welcomed the community and guests to the 64th independence Anniversary. He recalled that 64 years ago on March 6, the black star was launched into the skies as the Ghana flag of red gold and green with a black star in the centre was raised by our forebears, who fought for our freedom with sweat and blood.
The COVID-19 pandemic this year (2021) prevented the Toronto Ghanaian community from raising the Ghana Flag with pride and dignity as well as to sing patriotic songs and the national anthem as the flag is hoisted. However, our spirits were not dampened as the celebration went on virtually on Saturday, 6th March, 2021 through Zoom. The late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s famous speech on 6th March, 1957 at the Old Polo Grounds in Accra was played as background to the rendering of some Ghanaian patriotic songs to commence the virtual program. Grace Damson sang both the Ghanaian and Canadian national anthems, followed with a brilliant poem penned and recited by Nana Yaa Yeboah. It was titled “Liberation and Transformation.”
Hon Ben-Acquah, Ag. Consul-General The Indigenous People of Canada on whose lands we live were acknowledged as protocol demands. Mr. Alexander Ben-Acquaah, Acting
Hon Ben-Acquah added that for that, we recognize the leaders: Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. J.B. Danquah, Mr.E. Obetsebi Lamptey, Sir William Ofori Atta, Dr. Ebenezer Ako Adjei and Mr. Edward Akuffo Addo. He stressed the fact that Ghana’s independence broke the glass ceiling over black people and set us on course to take our rightful place in global affairs. cont’d on pg. 7
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The Ghanaian News Publishes news and comments from the Community, serves Ghanaians across Canada with good source of information is committed to give good community Journalism The Ghanaian News is published in Canada by The Ghanaian News Corporation Editorial Office 1111 Albion Road, Suite 103 Etobicoke, Ont. M9V 1A9 Tel:(416) 916-3700 Advertising Fax (416) 916-6701 Website: www.ghanaiannews.ca E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com $1:00 per copy Subscription costs $66.00 for one year. including postage U.S. and foreign subscriptions costs US$120 per year. Letters to the Editor We encourage your feedback and value your comments. Please feel free to write to us. keep letters to a maximum of 200 words, include your full name, Telephone # and mailing address with all correspondence. Address your letters to the Editor The Ghanaian News 1111Albion Rd., Suite 103 Etobicoke, Ont., M9V 1A9 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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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COVID-19: The importance and Benefits of being Vaccinated Since the development of vaccines to combat the Covid-19 pandemic last year, there have been, unfortunately, some conspiracy theories to discredit the efficacy of such vaccines the worst of them being that Covid-19 vaccines contain Satan’s microchips. Also, the misinformation circulating about the safety of taking the vaccines has been overwhelming and alarming to our community. There has been rumors of instant collapse and dying to deformity and infertility among people who have been taking the vaccine. The Ghanaian News have found such rumors to be unfounded. There are rather numerous benefits for taking any of the vaccines developed and approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) to stop the spread of Covid-19. The fight against Covid-19 has seen vaccine development move at record speed, with more than 170 different vaccines in trials. However, the authorized vaccines in Canada include Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Janssen.
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Since Covid-19 spreads from person to person through droplets aerosols created when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, shouts, or talks when one doesn’t wear a face mask and/or a reasonable distance of 6 feet from each other, the Public Health department has recommended the wearing of face masks and keeping a distance of 6 feet in public places as safety protocols. However, Covid-19 infected persons can get seriously ill and even die, especially the old people and frontline workers The vaccines are the best means to prevent and fight such dangers for the following reasons. COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends and others around you. Our community is particularly at high risk not only for getting covid-19 but also to get complications. Since most of our Community members, especially those in GTA live in high risk neighborhoods it is important that we go for the Vaccine shot Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without you having to become sick with COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19. Or, if you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications. Getting vaccinated also helps to protect people around you from COVID-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 such as your parents or grandparents. The benefit and importance of being vaccinated does not necessarily eradicate the Coved 19; even though, it brings a sense of hope and comfort to the world, knowing that after all, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The economy will re bounce back, Children will be able to attend normal classes, to curb the anxiety some of the children are experiencing. Overly spending of government funds could be recovered, and companies and businesses would be confidence to re build and shape their lost business. Family will be able to live their normal lives without fear of causing the death of another person’s life. Minimization of mental health cases would be taken care of, and most of all global economy would be in full force. Moreover, COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection and the economy on which we depend for our livelihood. The only way to get back to our normal way of living is to encourage members of the society to get vaccinated, so that we can re build our economy and forge ahead Any attempt by any person, group of people or associations to dissuade any person who is eligible to take the Covid-19 vaccine is a big disservice to our community Many People from our community have already had Covid-19 Vaccine shot including the Publisher. Of this Newspaper Emmanuel Ayiku. We at the Ghanaian News are encouraging all our community members to go for their COVID-19 Vaccine shot. It is absolutely free. There are Vaccine centers all over GTA which are open for appointments and registration. Also you can call 1-888-268-4319 for COVID-19 Vaccination centre
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Canada to designate August 1 as Emancipation Day cont’d from pg. 1 made and continue to make to Canada.” Jowhari in an interview with the Media said, the aim of the motion is reconciliation. “It’s about being an informed and inclusive society that is willing to listen to the experience of various ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, and acknowledging the wrongs done in the past,” Jowhari emphasized. Alex Ruff, a Conservative MP who represents Owen Sound, where Emancipation Day has been celebrated consistently since before Confederation seconded the motion. “The root advantage of bringing this motion forward is to make sure we never forget, and at the same time that we educate,” Ruff said.
The Green Party of Canada welcomed the vote, saying it would provide opportunity for members of Black and Indigenous communities to celebrate their achievements, cultures and traditions. “I’m very pleased that there has been overwhelming support,” said Green Party Leader Annamie Paul. It must be noted that for almost 200 years Emancipation Day has gone generally uncommemorated, and untaught, though people of African descent have lived in Canada since the transatlantic slave trade and the Indigenous Peoples of these territories predate the colonialists With the passage of this important decoration it is believed that. Descendents of slaves are hoping this will renew some real change.
Ghana @ 64 Independence anniversary celebrated virtually in Toronto cont’d from pg. 1 “So far, at 64 years, we can proudly point to an evolving community all over the world projecting the black star higher through our collective effort”, the Acting Consul General added. He ended his address by on calling upon all of us, as a community, to remember that we are the ambassadors of the black race, of Ghana and of our respective families and communities back home in Ghana. “Let us therefore stand up, at all times, and be counted as problem solvers and good citizens” he appealed to Ghanaians in Canada. He then remarked, “‘it is heartwarming to learn from various Canadian political leaders of your positive contributions to the communities in which you live. You have indeed kept a good name for yourselves, Ghana and the black race and I commend you all, while urging that we keep it up.” A video of some Adowa dancers was streamed after which Minister/ Acting Head of Mission, Mawutor Alifo gave his remarks on contributions of Ghanaians in to Ghana’s national development. He said wherever we are we can contribute to the country’s development. Most leaders have been diasporans, he added and also acknowledged diasporans have immensely contributed through remittances. And that due to the great importance of diasporans, H.E. Nana Addo on assumption of office created the Diaspora Office to tap into their expertise. He also touched on the mission in Canada on the migration of in-person to online applications during the pandemic which initially encountered some problems but have been fixed and that anyone with concerns should contact them. Mr. Alifo also touched on the associations across Canada which he urged for the formation of national association to be on the same page and mobilize the members to promote the interests of Ghana in Canada. On behalf of H.E. Nana Addo, Mr. Mawotor Alifo concluded that we should be dedicated, united and resolute as Ghanaians abroad. After his remarks the Ga song by Amandzeba”Wobge jeke” was played fittingly for the occassion. Prof Joseph Mensah, Head of Geography Dept, York University did a very interesting and educative presentation on Ghana’s Post Colonial Development with some hidden insight . His main target was for the 2nd generation-one hope, one inspiration. He used some slides to illustrate his points touching on Mali, Ghana and Songhai Empires. According to him Colonization began in 1884 during the
Berlin Conference when the Europeans met and carved the African nations for themselves. Since they needed resources, they carved the nations among themselves, though the Africans resisted but it was the gun powder and machine gun that broke their resistance. The leaders that led the resistance were captured and exiled. The impact of slavery and colonization was so immense. It is estimated that between 10-15 million people were shipped to the Americas, Prof Mensah pointed out. According to Prof. Joe Mensah, some scholars term Africa as people without history. A lot negative stereotypes about Africa but humanity emanated from Africa. “Due to the negative stereotypes about Africa, it is hard for Black Africans to disentangle ourselves from inferiority complex,” Prof. Mensah concluded. Goodwill messages were given by the following VIPs for Ghana’s 64th birthday. First was former Mississauga Mayor Hazel “Hurricane” McCallion, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Toronto Mayor John Tory, MPP Tom Rakocevic (Humber River Black Creek), Matias De Votis, and Councillor Anthony Perruzza. GCAO President, Mr. Emmanuel Duodu thanked all who joined the virtual celebration. He reminded all about the speech Nkrumah gave on that special day and that we should all be great ambassadors for our country. He concluded that we should all join hands to build this community and grow to be a great community. Vanessa Abban then used her flute to play the patriotic song “Hen ara asasie ni”, followed by cultural display from Northern Ghana Cultural Association of Toronto. The Ewe community also showcased their rich cultural display. That segment was capped with the song “Oye” to thank God for the celebration. A toast was proposed by Dr. Awafo, Chair of the GCAO Board of Governors for Ghana’s 64th birthday as Cool & the Gang’s “Celebration” song was played in the background. The vote of thanks was given by Juliet Opoku with Rev. Fr. K Korsah giving the closing prayer. The Master of Ceremony for the occasion was Mr. Emmanuel Quaye. DJ Alex entertained the celebrants with popular Ghanaian music.
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Acting ConsulGeneral of Ghana in Toronto Admonishes Ghanaians to be Problems Solvers and Good Citizens at all times. By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Toronto The Acting Consul-General of Ghana in Toronto, Mr Alexander Ben-Acquah, has advised Ghanaians in Diaspora, especially those in Canada, to be good ambassadors of Ghana and exhibit in their day-today living the spirit of good citizens. Speaking at a virtual celebration of Ghana’s 64th Independence Day anniversary in Toronto on Sunday March 6, 2021, Hon. Ben-Acquah remarked, “I call upon all of us, as a community, to remember that we are the ambassadors of the black race, of Ghana and of our respective families and communities back home in Ghana. “Let us therefore stand up, at all times, and be counted as problem solvers and good citizens.” During his brief remarks, he drew attention to how 64 years ago the black star was launched into the skies as the flag of Ghana was raised by our forebears, who fought for our freedom with their sweat and blood. He then praised the first president of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and the forefathers including Dr. J. B Danquah for their struggles to win independence for us. The independence of Ghana, the Acting Consul-
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Our ‘Complaining Attitudes’ and ‘Backward Mindsets’ costing the Country - Mensa Otabil Founder and leader of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil has attributed Ghana’s current poor economic state and lack of evident development to the ‘complaining attitudes’ and ‘backward mindsets’ of its leaders and citizens. Speaking at the annual National convocation of the Springboard Roadshow; 2017 edition, Pastor Otabil indicated that Ghanaians and Africans have refused to evolve with new changes emerging worldwide, instead they focus on past achievements and complain about everything, this he said is the biggest factor affecting the country and Africa as a whole. “The biggest factor is that we want the rules to always be the same, and when the rules change we complain……20 years, 50 years ago, the rules were like this, they have to bring it back …..when the rules change, and the configuration changes, we spend the rest of our time complaining about the change which has happened, and never studying how to play the new game”. According to him, Ghana is unable to compete with the rest of the world
Pastor Otabil maintained that the economy and the state of affairs in the country will remain unaffected until there is a change in the mindsets and attitudes of Ghanaians beginning with the leaders. He advised that the frontrunners be innovative, learn to adapt to change and find new and better ways of doing things; this he says is the only way Ghana will experience massive progress and development. Mensa Otabil because we cling to the archaic, conventional and unimproved methods of doing things in the name of culture and tradition and the same old ideas and mindset remain government after government. “sometimes in trying to play the game, we always want to go backwards into what we comfortable call “culture”, this is our culture, this is how we were before the white man messed us up, this is how we used to dress before they messed us up, this is how we used to manage our lives….this is the biggest reason why we are not able to play the game with the rest of the world. ”
He also urged policy makers and leaders to abandon their comfort and conventional, traditional ways of doing things and advance as the world evolves. “When the game changes, you need to change along, until you are able to do that, you will always be behind and if we do that, I guarantee you, Ghana can change in the next 10 years. For us as Africans, we have to learn to quickly learn, quickly move, quickly adapt, when the rules of the world changes, the economic rules change, the global rules change, the trade rules change, we still play it the same…so policy makers can’t even think”, he said. ghanaweb.com
Acting ConsulGeneral of Ghana in Toronto Admonishes Ghanaians to be Problems Solvers and Good Citizens at all times General stressed, broke the glass ceiling over black people and set us on course to take our rightful place in global affairs. So far, at 64 years, we can proudly point to an evolving community all over the world projecting the black star higher through our collective efforts. Our challenge, Hon. Ben-Acquah emphasized, “is to sustain it there in the sky through our positive and tangible contribution to the resolution of problems that confront humanity as a whole.” He also pointed out that I t was heart warming for one to learn from various Canadian political leaders that some Ghanaians living in Canada are positively contributing to the communities in which they live. He then applauded, “You have indeed kept a good name for yourselves, Ghana and the black race and I commend you all, while urging that we keep it up.”
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IMPROVING STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada “Doing Nothing Gives You Nothing!” The common assumption is that students go to school to LEARN and teachers go to school to TEACH! That is true. However, successful learning and teaching results in ACHIEVEMENT. The biggest question is: Are our students, especially those in the inner city schools or of immigrant parents achieving as they should? In Ontario, all students are expected to achieve level 3 of the Provincial Standard in the curriculum expectations. Well, LEARNING IS FOR LIFE and any achievement in learning is for a better life. It is said that, “What students believe about themselves and their opportunities, and what their peers and adults in their lives believe about them, significantly influence the choices they make and the degree to which they are able to achieve their goals.” How true!! Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic since last school year has adversely affected students’ academic achievement. A recent report sheds light on the adverse effect of COVID-19 school disruptions on K-12 learning. Titled, “How Kids Are Performing: Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Reading and Mathematics Achievement,” the report was released by a leading pre-K–12 education technology leader, Renaissance. Among its key findings, it
school must be centered on a journey with CLEAR VISION and CLEAR MISSION. It might not be perfect, yet it is a process with better results in sight. The journey calls for determination, consistency, perseverance and absolute commitment on the part of all (both teachers and students) involved in it. For sure it is NOT an EVENT, therefore no obstacles or frustrations can prevent it from happening!
shows that while reading performance has been average, math achievement has been more affected by these disruptions. It must be acknowledged here that inequalities have existed in the education system before COVID-19; the pandemic just made it worse. A recent report by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. (USA) states that the academic achievement gaps could have a more lasting impact. We may see long-term harm to individuals and society, along with higher dropout rates. Unless there are urgent interventions and support for the most vulnerable students, we may expect greater income disparities, higher crime rates, and low economic grade of living. In Ghana, research has shown that school closings did not impact only teachers, students and families but have had extensive economic and societal costs. The story to be written at any
TEACHING IS A CALLING NOT POLITICS: According to Carol Ann Tomlinson (Education Leadership/December 2010/January 2011), what builds a solid teacher are the right setting, a sense of calling, a zeal for learning and a renewable energy source. How true! For ‘a calling is something more than a job. It challenges us to be more than we think we can be and draw on capacities we didn’t quite know we had. A calling becomes a way of life, offering us the opportunity to affect individuals in profound, enduring way. Teachers like nurses are called to SAVE LIVES! Unfortunately, some governments are playing politics with students learning taking undue advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ghana had its share of the Covid-19 politics with our schools just before the December 2020 Presidential and Parliamentary elections in the country. However, the incumbent government after the ‘surprising results’ of the elections
has appointed a new Minister for Education who is now leveraging support from all Ghanaians to make the current school successful as much as possible. The story in Ontario-Canada is troubling. Though educators in this province have done an amazing job teaching remotely during the pandemic, and they have had significant successes under incredibly challenging circumstances this past year, the Ontario government is undermining the efforts of teachers here to improve students’ achievement during this difficult time of COVID-19. Online learning has played a part in delivering lessons to students at home during the pandemic and even some parents have opted for it as schools went back to in-person learning. However, we need to be cautious that we don’t see individual anecdotal experiences as evidence that remote learning will work for any student who chooses it - and this is the plan the Ontario Ministry of Education is proposing. We need to consider the long-term impacts on the mental health and wellness of students and teachers, the short-term and long-term funding implications, and how this will impact all students across Ontario. Teachers, students, parents and the government must come together to work to improve students’ achievement everywhere. We must take note of Henry Ford’s quote on TEAMWORK, that; “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
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64 years of independence; the pluses, minuses and the prospects By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto, ON
It has been 64 years since Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, made the historic “At long last, Ghana is free forever” speech on March 6, 1957 to mark the cutting of the country’s umbilical cord from our British colonial masters. On that day, the efforts made by key nationalists such as Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr Joseph Boakye Danquah, Mr Obetsebi-Lamptey, Mr Ebenezer Ako Adjei, Mr Edward Akuffo Addo, and Mr William Ofori Atta, popularly referred to as the “Big Six” in Ghana’s political history, in the freedom fight paid off as Ghana was declared an independent state. Since that historic event, annual national events have been held on March 6 to commemorate the liberation struggle and to eulogise those who toiled and laid down their lives to gain independence for the country. These celebrations are usually marked with pomp and ceremony, including parades across the country mostly involving schoolchildren and the security agencies. Perhaps, the most glamorous of the celebrations was the 60th anniversary held in 2017 which saw President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo inaugurate a 30-member committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Ken Amankwah to plan the activities around a GH₵20million budget. The 64th independence anniversary will however go down in history as one that was marked without glitz and glamour.
political and other facets of national life. We should concern ourselves with why Ghana lost her position as the world’s leading exporter of cocoa and struggles to make ends meet in the midst of abundant natural resources such as gold, diamond, bauxite, manganese and hardwood such as mahogany. This is against the backdrop that the government had earlier announced the cancellation of the annual independence day parade as part of measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which continues to wreak havoc across the world. R e f l e c t i o n As we observed this historic feat from our homes, it is was important to reflect on the sacrifices made by our forefathers and the unflinching nationalists’ activities by our great freedom fighters in the journey for liberation from the colonial master. The fighting spirit of the “Big Six”, backed by solid support from chiefs, students, farmers and fishermen and the ordinary person on the street that led to the attainment of political independence for the country remains indelible. Aside the annual celebration of this historical milestone, we also need to reflect on the gall and glory moments and try to see how far we have come in all spheres of human endeavour, ranging from economic, social,
Dr. Nkrumah’s government embarked on massive road infrastructure projects and completed the Volta Dam project as part of a robust hydro-electrification which created the largest artificial lake on earth. In the first three decades after independence, Ghana had established itself as a formidable force in Africa, with massive industrialisation initiatives, such as the “operation feed yourself” and “operation feed your industry”, and promoted the concept of domestication. How far we have sustained these gains is the big question that begs for answers. The reality that Ghana has not been able to properly harness its abundant natural resources to transform the economy; lost its first spot on the league table of Cocoa production to its West African neighbour, La Cote d’voire; and now battles with erratic power supply, known in the local parlance as “Dumsor,” as it stares us in the face. Not much has been done to add value to the natural resources, a situation which has kept the country in the periphery of the global economy.After 64 years of independence, Ghana still turns to the Western world cap in hand, seeking loans to finance the national budget. These loans come with huge interests and strings that keep the country’s economic umbilical cord tied to the Western world. While the country is bed-ridden with loans, official corruption in the form of bloated contracts, kickbacks, nepotism, and other well-orchestrated mechanisms to siphon public resources, continue to put the economy on its knees. The annual Auditor General’s reports have ample examples of such cases. The educational system is still geared towards making graduates to ask to be given fish, rather than create avenues to fish for themselves. S u c c e s s e s Despite these low points, however, the country has chalked up significant successes, especially, in democratic governance. For almost three decades now, there has been massive improvement in the political environment, unlike in some countries in Africa which are still grappling with military interventions and dictatorial regimes.
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After Lt Gen. E.K. Kotoka led the military intervention of February 24, 1966, that abruptly ended the rule of Dr Nkrumah and put a permanent embargo on the first republic, the political history of the country had been punctuated by other military take overs, until the inception of the Fourth republic in 1993.
However, the Fourth republic has seen the country go through eight successive elections and changes in political administration from one party to the other on three different occasions. The giant stride which has been made in deepening the country’s democracy has been a major weapon which has kept the country’s flag flying high in Africa and the world. Some significant progress has also been made in other aspects of national life, including strengthening of the justice system, expansion of the education infrastructure, as well as contribution of human resource to the world economy. Ghana’s illustrious son, Mr Kofi Annan was named the United Nation (UN)’s Secretary General in 1996, with Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas and scores of others putting their leadership qualities to bear in Africa and beyond. P r o s p e c t s The 2010 Population and Housing Census (PHC) showed that more than 60 per cent of the national population is youthful, and with the country’s population now estimated at over 30 million, it means that more than 18 million people fall within the youth bracket. These statistics give the strongest indication that if the energy of the youth is properly harnessed, the country will be heading for greatness. It is important to formulate deliberate policies to create employment opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth. Additionally, Ghana has a huge untapped potential in the agricultural sector which needs to be exploited by rolling out appropriate technologydriven policies and innovations, including improved irrigation systems to ensure all-year-round food production. The “one village, one dam” initiative rolled out by the government in the five regions of the North to boost food production needs to be refocused and made more relevant to the needs of small-holder farmers. Another great opportunity for growth lies in the “one district, one factory” (1D1F) initiative by the government. If this policy is decoupled from the usual political talks and is strategically rolled out, Ghana will be on its way to boost its industrial sector. This initiative has the potential to inspire the process of adding value to the country’s natural resources and create jobs. Emphasis should be placed on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a measure to train the right human resource that will drive industrialisation policies. If Ghana must take its rightful place on the path of development, there is the need to create more space for women’s participation in decision making and governance at all levels. This calls for the strengthening of femalefriendly policies, especially the call for affirmative action. God bless our homeland Ghana and make our nation great and strong.
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Ghanaian Songstress Gyakie signs international record deal with RCA Label Group UK*
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE
partnership with the international record would expand her horizon to enable her compete effectively and for her dream of being superstar in African Music scene to be realised.
Ghanaian afrobeat artiste, Gyakie, a daughter of legendary highlife musician, Ernest Nana Acheampong has signed a record deal with RCA Label Group UK, a flagship recording label of Sony Music Entertainment. The deal is to enhance her career and promote her art to international market. Her signatory to the international deal forms part of the partnership of her local label, Flip The Music with RCA record. According to RCA record UK, Gyakie was signed to it due to her unique form of song composition, her creativity and track record on the local music scene. Speaking in an interview with the media, Gyakie revealed that the deal would ensure her musical
works were well promoted on various international musical platforms as well as honing her talent to suit international market. She expressed joy for the deal and promised to do her best to promote the craft of Ghana. “I am excited to join RCA/ Sony Music International with my label Flip The Music on my journey to become a global superstar,” Gyakie said. She
After the release of the remix of her hit single “Forever” with Nigerian artiste Omah Lay, the 20 years old songstress who is known in private life as Jackie Acheampong has gained attention and trending in the Ghana music industry. She became popular in 2019 when she released songs including “Love Is Pretty,” “Never Like This” and “Sor Mi Mu,” a track that featured Bisa Kdei. Currently she has an Extended Play (EP) album christened “Seed” and was released in 2020.
Rev Fr Kwofie drops ‘You know me Lord’ album BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE
come to the realisation of the love of God.
A Catholic priest of the Archdioces of Accra, Reverend Father Emmanuel Kwofie has released his debut album dubbed: ” You know me Lord” to encourage Christians to always remain steadfast to God.
“This Psalm talks about the omniscience of God and his ever abiding presence with us. How the Lord who knit us together knows our every move and for that matter we cannot hide from him.”
The album which is made up of eight choral songs, he said gained its inspiration from Psalm 139.
“He knows our thoughts and is ever ready to lead us to accomplish the task and purpose he has for us if we will submit to his laws and decrees,” he added.
Speaking in an interview with Ghanaian News in Accra on Saturday, Rev Fr Kwofie explained that the Psalm talked about how God knew humans and their needs and dropped it to inspire and motivate them to
Farting is usually considered to be the most shameful or humorous function of the body. Everyone farts but have we ever taken a moment to think about the science and history behind it? 12 Facts About Farting Probably Didn’t Know.
1. Females tend to fart less than males. 2. First used in 1962, fart means the wind coming out of the anus. Pretty apt don’t you think? 3. A normal human being will fart over a dozen times every day. 4. And the air they produce can be used to blow up one balloon. 5. Don’t ever be embarrassed about a fart because it is actually an indication of good health. If your digestive system is working as it
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Rev Fr Kwofie indicated that the beautiful melody was made out of the Psalm as a form of evangelism to draw people closer to God and urged Ghanaians to access the album on all the streamline media.
should, you will fart. If you feel like you haven’t been farting lately, it is the frequency of your farts. best to get a medical opinion. 11. Most of our daily farts happen 6. The main component of a fart when we are asleep. is hydrogen sulfide which helps decrease any damage to the 12. Termites may be small in size mitochondria. This means that but they fart more than any other taking in the smell is actually good creature. Camels come a close for you. second, followed by zebras and cattle. 7. While women don’t fart as much as men, their farts tend to smell About 87,9% of men who don’t fart more because they have greater when urinating are inferti levels of hydrogen sulfide. This makes the air they produce better Don’t be so hard on yourself. for your health as well. At least you feel better if you do 8. Your farts are much faster than what nature intended. you because they travel 10ft/sec. After all, it’s healthy for you. 9. The tighter your sphincter, the more sound your farts will make Go ahead and let it rip! because they can’t get out easily. Stay Healthy always 10. If you chew a lot of gum and drink aerated drinks, it will increase Stay farted!
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BRIDGING THE GAP By Gifty Annobil, Toronto, ON
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid, a popular saying credited to Albert Einstein,one of the greatest physicists of all time. History has it that Einstein failed to talk until the age of four, could not read until the age of nine, failed his first attempt at entrance into college, and lost teaching positions because he had difficulty communicating clearly.
to laziness, a stigma that affected my self esteem. In order not to let people know I kept buying books which ended up under my bed just for show off until I discovered I was an auditory learner.
I had a D in public speaking in journalism school but ended up The above-mentioned being a news anchor. challenges were, What an irony. however, not a barrier to birthing his abilities. This is a silent cry of Today, the world many in Ghana where continues to celebrate I come from whose his theory of relativity, abilities have been which revolutionized buried because they our understanding of couldn’t learn like space, time, gravity, everybody or pass and the universe. their exams. I have had my own experiences with regards to being looked down upon because I couldn’t learn in a particular way or score high grades in subjects related to journalism. To begin with, right from primary to journalism school I had a seeming challenge reading; my condition was on several occasions attributed
Our educational system still hasn’t made many provisions for persons who have special learning needs. Even in the US, it had only been about a quarter of a century so far in which the educational system is modifying itself to address the needs of students who have dyslexia (a condition in which people reverse numbers and
letters when they read, write, or do math), autism, and Asperger’s Syndrome. Many of these students are geniuses with beautiful minds for whom our traditional system of lectures and standardized testing fails. Our educational system, despite many advanced in methodology and technology, still remains rooted in a medieval tradition. Now, more than ever, with all of the challenges facing our world, we need to rectify this, serve these exceptional students, and tap into their creativity and insights. We need to celebrate neurodiversity. Months ago I met a 26-year- old financial consultant who confidently told me he did not see the need to go to college because he had already discovered what he wanted to do after high school. With the costs of higher education skyrocketing, economies teetering on the brink of collapse, and technology constantly changing job prospects for future generations. We need to re-examine our educational systems and plan as much as we can for an unknown and unknowable future. We owe this to our children.
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IMMIGRATION AND SOCIAL ISSUES By: James A. Kwaateng, B.A. (Hons), LLB (Hons)
Responsibilities of Applicants in the Course of Pursuing Immigration Matters Applicants are solely responsible for the contents of application forms and documents they submit to the Immigration in respect of their cases even if a counsel acts on their behalf. It is needless to overemphasize the need and necessity for both the applicant and his or her counsel to strive to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Immigration Act and regulations in the course of immigration applications or proceedings. Immigration would expect information provided by an applicant to be true to the best of the applicant’s knowledge and would expect consistency from an applicant in matters, directly or indirectly, related to the issues being dealt with. Forgetfulness and oversight may not be acceptable excuses. In almost all immigration applications, the burden of proof rests on the applicants. Applicants must act prudently, honestly and credibly and must bear in mind they are solely responsible for the information and documentation used in their immigration matters.
or proceeding. Counsels are normally not required to substitute their information and documents for a client’s.
The fact that an applicant has hired the services of a counsel does not necessarily mean the applicant should be unconcerned about the quality, genuineness and admissibility of information and documents he or she presents to the Immigration. Hiring a counsel does not necessarily relieve an applicant of his responsibilities as an applicant. Unlike an engineer who may provide materials for construction of buildings or bridges as part of a contractual agreement, a counsel in immigration matters has no such responsibility. The client furnishes the counsel with much, if not all, of the information and documents that are used for the application
Problems arise where clients, knowingly or unknowingly, provide untruthful and inconsistent information to the counsel for their immigration cases. For example, a client who claims to have separated from a spouse in 2008 and have since then been living separate and apart, may include a document dated 2010 that indicates that he or she and the spouse were living together in 2010 (contrary to the separation date) in an application submitted in 2011. The counsel, believing the client is reasonably intelligent and would act truthfully, may not pay attention to the date on the supporting document and may include the document in the application. The client who knew or ought to have known he or she was acting untruthfully would turn round and blame the counsel for not having microscopically scrutinized the potentially damaging document. Who
should be blamed? One should not underestimate the investigative capabilities of the Immigration. The Immigration authorities store past information for future use and reference. For that matter, applicants must draw counsels’ attention to past information they might have provided the Immigration during their previous applications, if any. Non-disclosure of such information is never helpful to an applicant. The onus is on the applicants to provide all relevant information and documentation in support of their applications and cases. Applicants are free to present to the Immigration authorities whatever documents and information they consider worth-considering and want to be considered. The decision maker’s role is to review what is in front of him and come up with a decision based on the totality of the information and documents presented. Applicants in immigration cases should avoid or minimize self-representation
in serious and complex matters. They should be truthful and consistent with the information they give to their counsel and to the Immigration. They should disclose to their counsel past and present information in the hands of the Immigration that could be relevant to their cases. The effectiveness of a counsel could be severely limited by non-disclosure of facts, inadequate cooperation, untruthful disclosure and inconsistency. Rather than unnecessary attribution of blame, clients and counsels can considerably minimize the likelihood of failure by working cooperatively as described above. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with his offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, you may contact him at telephone number (416) 743-2758 for an appointment.
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FORMER US PRESIDENT PATERNAL GRANDMOTHER, MAMA SARAH OBAMA HAS PASSED ON
The former US President Barack Obama has lost his paternal grandmother Dr. Sarah Obama popularly known as Mama Sarah Obama, who passed away at the aged 99 years. She died at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu, Kenya where she was undergoing treatment. Mama Sarah has been unwell for the last couple of years according to her daughter Marsat Onyango Obama who has been taking care of her at their rural home in Nyang’oma village, Kogelo, Siaya County, Kenya.
Mama Sarah Obama has been at the forefront of championing the plight of the orphans, the girl child and widows in Africa for decades. She awarded the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear of Kenya (EBS) in 2017 by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta for her dedicated service to the poor. She was honored in 2014 by United Nations Women in New York, USA for her efforts and work towards GirlChild Education, Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in Africa. Despite having never gone to school, Mama Sarah Obama has an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree awarded by Great Lakes University in 2010 for her work in poverty eradication programs for poor communities.
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She kept a very low profile due to her worsening health condition and has been concentrating on philanthropy mainly focusing on orphans, vulnerable children and widows through her community-based organization Mama Sarah Obama Children Foundation. She started the charity organization with her daughter Marsat Obama, two decades ago in Siaya, Kenya. In 2015, she visited Canada where she was received by a host of Canadian political and community leaders including former Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa, former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion and Annie Bynoe, Executive Director of Knights Table, a charity organization based in Brampton. Mississauga Airport Rotary Club led by Ms. Monica Czornyhosted a colorful dinner in honor of Dr. Sarah Obama. While in Canada she was the Chief Guest at the 2015 GoodLife Fitness Toronto Marathon. She was very passionate about using sports as a way to address some of the challenges facing the youth in her community. She has been holding Mama Sarah Obama Kogelo Road Race in collaboration with Siaya County Government to raise funds for HIV/AIDS orphans, vulnerable children and widows. Source: Ephraim Mwaura, President Kenyan Canadian Association
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YOU ARE WARNED!!! “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IS A NEW CRIME WAVE” By: Stephen A. Quaye, Toronto-Canada
In one edition, I warned you of a serious crime in our society presently. Let me use this article to further warn you of more serious crime wave in North America and the need to stay away. You have read about nonconsensual distribution of pornographic materials, a serious crime and punishable by not less than 25 years imprisonment or a fine of 30,000 Ghana Cedi’s if found guilty by a competent court of jurisdiction. It will be disservice on my part if I don’t inform and educate readers about the looming danger or heavy punishment it goes with the act which is now a crime wave. People must be concerned about what they do in their time in their bedrooms, classrooms and offices. In general, what goes on in your private life is likely to cause a problem, provided it remains private. But this is not assured anymore where in the past, all private affairs remained secret. Today, in the internet age, many private activities can become public, that means being careful about what you say or record and post online. Someone can record your activity on his cell phone and give you out without your concern though it is criminal, all needs to be aware and be smart. Children are in danger in the world as a new UNICEF U.K. has indicated. According to the report, every five minutes a child dies as a result of violence where vast majority of them are killed outside warzones. The physical, sexual and emotional abuses are wide spread with millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities. Amongst all the crimes being committed against children, child pornography has been identified as the new crime wave which is threatening the development of children the world over. WHAT IS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY? Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. The Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving minors or persons less than 18 years old while’s images of child pornography are also referred to as child abuse images. Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, importation, reception, or possession of any image of child pornography. A violation of federal child pornography law is serious crime, and convicted offenders face fines severe statutory penalties. The possession of child pornography and its transportation across international boundaries is a very serious crime in North America and other developed countries.
Officers of the immigration, customs and boarder security continues to identify to arrest and prosecute those who are hurting the most vulnerable segment of our society [children]. Health experts have observed that a sexually explicit image of a minor will leave the young victim with permanent psychological, physical and emotional scars and it should not be tolerated at all. With the advent of the internet, the sharing and d trading of child pornography now primarily occurs online. Investigation conducted by this journalist revealed that since Homeland Security Investment [HSI] in USA launched Operation Predator in 2003, it has so far arrested more than 20,000 individuals for crimes against children. The crimes were the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors and sex trafficking of children. It further revealed that in the 2013 fiscal year alone, more than [2,000] two thousand individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative. With the advanced technology in media that allows nearly [30,000] thirty thousand persons to view pornographic sites and in every minute internet users sending 1.7 million pornographic materials one can suspect that this crime is seriously going on in Canada, United States of America and now Ghana. Science and technology is good but, “be careful because the SHERIFF [U.S. Police] and MOUNTIES [Canadian Police] are watching to arrest suspects and keep behind the iron curtain. THERE IS HOPE Yes there is hope as Jesus Christ taught us how to protect our children in the book of life. In Mathew 19:14 read, “Jesus said, let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”, he was reaching out to a segment of society that was thought to be insignificant.
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What was Britain’s involvement in the slave trade? A cultural revolution sweeping the UK is seeing more people learn and acknowledge Britain’s history in the slave trade. As the Black Lives Matter movement grows, so too does the call for more awareness on the UK’s involvement in forcing millions of African people into slavery over hundreds of years.
together and packed into the cramped decks of slaving ships in inhumane conditions. Some 10 to 20% are estimated to have died on the journey. Plantation life for slaves involved back-breaking work with poor diet and conditions. Many did not live to middle age. They were branded, whipped and executed for trying to run away.
On Thursday morning the statue of Edward Colston was dredged out of What was Britain’s role? Bristol Harbour after being thrown in the River Avon by protesters at Britain’s involvement in the slave trade spanned more than two the weekend. centuries, with the first slaving Colston amassed a huge fortune expedition led by John Hawkins from the slave trade as a member in 1562, and the first Africans of the Royal African Company introduced to colonial America in (RAC) which traded gold, ivory and 1619. enslaved Africans. Spain and Portugal originally Between 1680 and 1692, at dominated the trade but by the 18th least 84,500 enslaved African century Britain had become the men, women and children were most important slave-trading nation purchased, branded and forced onto in the world. RAC ships, of which nearly 19,300 It is estimated that Britain died on the transatlantic crossing. transported more than three million His fallen statue will be housed Africans to the British colonies, in a museum in Bristol, along many of whom died on the way. with the BLM placards from the What cities were slaves imported demonstration. from? Here is what you need to know about Britain’s involvement in, and The slave trade was carried out from the main advocates of, the slave many British ports and British ships made about 11,000 slaving voyages. trade: Of those, Liverpool, London and What was the slave trade? Bristol were responsible for 95%, while Glasgow was also a major Traders from Britain, Europe and trading port. Africa moved millions of people from west Africa in the transatlantic It brought great wealth to the slave trade, which became known cities, who have streets, squares as the “middle passage”, being the and monuments honouring those middle leg of a three-part journey involved in the trade. between Europe, Africa and the When did it come to an end? Americas. Traders would export manufactured goods to west Africa where they would be exchanged for slaves from African merchants. The enslaved people were sent across the Atlantic and sold for huge profits in the Americas, where they worked the plantations, producing raw materials such as sugar, rum, tobacco and cotton, which were shipped to Europe
In the 1760s, concern about the slave trade and the treatment of the African people started to become a social issue.
Protesters throw statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson were among the leading voices of the abolition movement, with Wilberforce introducing the first abolition bill before Parliament in 1789.
they were traded for pearls, hides and sugar.
He is remembered for building ships that withstood the Spanish Armada, but before that, in 1562, John Hawkins set out on a voyage that marked the beginning of the English slave trade.
The Scottish merchant made a fortune as a Demerara sugar-planter and had hundreds of enslaved people working in plantations in the decade before emancipation.
His expedition proved so profitable that Queen Elizabeth I provided him with money and ships for his subsequent journeys and gave him After many defeated bills, the 1807 a unique coat of arms bearing a Abolition of the Slave Trade Act bound slave. finally outlawed the slave trade throughout the British Empire and His expeditions to Sierra Leone made it illegal for British ships to between 1564 and 1569 saw 1,200 Africans captured and shipped be involved in the trade. across the Atlantic. It was not until 1833 that slavery itself was banned throughout the John Gladstone British Empire, and 1838 before slaves in British territories gained John Gladstone was one of the largest slaves owners in the British their freedom. West Indies, and his son William Who were notable slave traders and Gladstone, whose statue stands in Hawarden, Wales, at the library owners besides Edward Colston? named after him, served as British Prime Minister for 12 years. John Hawkins
Hawkins, who has a square named after him in Plymouth, captured 300 Africans in Sierra Leone and transported them to Spanish plantations in the Americas, where
William Beckford The two-time Lord Mayor of London, born in 1709, was the son of one of the wealthiest sugar planters in Jamaica, Peter Beckford, who owned more than 22,000 acres of land with plantations worked by enslaved people.
When did it take place? From the mid-15th century, for more than four hundred years, Europeans enslaved millions of Africans.
Beckford – who has a statue inside London’s Guildhall – and his family became one of the largest landowners in the West Indies, with more than 2,000 enslaved Africans working on their plantations.
Between 1501 and 1866, it is believed more than 12 million people were put onto slave ships, with millions thought to have died en route. Hundreds of slaves were shackled
After slavery was abolished in 1833, he received the largest compensation payment made by the Slave Compensation Commission – around £93,000, the modern equivalent of about £10 million.
ITV Report The statue of slaveholder Robert Milligan covered in a cloth and Black Lives Matter sign Credit: Renee Bailey/PA Wire
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Why August 1st Emancipation Day is important
BY ROSEMARY SADLIER OOnt On March 22, 2021, a virtual reading of M-36 took place in the House of Commons with evidence of all party support when read by MP Majid Jowhari. On March 24, 2021, through in-person and online voting, M-36 was passed unanimously!! This would seem to be simple and straight forward, but it is more involved than this. I am delighted that the final reading and passage of M-36 happened!!!!!! I am proud to say that my personal efforts starting from 1995 in both building up a renewed interest in Emancipation Day through events and talks, through my successful proposing that this important date be recognized and following this initiative through over the years, has resulted in this newest designation. As you may be aware, I have been working to see official commemoration of August 1st as Emancipation Day since 1995 (in a non-partisan approach) while with a Provincial Heritage Organization - the Ontario Black History Society; while selfrepresented; and while with, most recently, the Royal Commonwealth Society - Toronto Branch with the support of the National Branch representing the first advocacy of the RCS in over 42 years. My initiatives succeeded in seeing the 1990s proclamations issued with the City of Toronto, Metro Toronto, and the City of Ottawa and on a unanimous motion through the Province of Ontario in 2008. I have seen it go to second reading several times at the federal level both in the House and in the Senate. I thank the many who have supported this initiative through signing my Parliamentary Petitions, attending informational or celebratory events, and in keeping their support centred on seeing this go through from the Shouter Baptists to the many
individuals, from MPPs Ted Arnott, Maria Van Bommel and Peter Kormos; from Mayor Tory through to Lieutenant Governors David Onley and Elizabeth Dowdeswell; from MP Deepak Obdrai through to Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, and, MPs Arif Virani, Greg Fergus, and most recently, Majid Jowhari who will did the reading on March 22nd with the unanimous vote on March 24, 2021. I built a community of interest through numerous public events which I organized with other board members with Bi-National support: from the first (contemporary) celebrations of August 1st as Emancipation Day in Toronto beginning in 1995; the first (contemporary) celebration in Windsor at the Caboto Banquet Hall where I provided the keynote address at the invitation of U.S. Consul General John Nay in 2008 who I had been working with on many Black History initiatives; and many other celebrations and programs at Queen’s Park with representation from all political parties; as well as the combined celebration (Emancipation Day/Simcoe Day), sometimes with international guests, held in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley at Fort York National Historic Site with attendance of 2000 persons. I have also represented a force for August 1st Emancipation Day in
Dr. Rosemary Sadlier speaking at Queen's park flanked by former MPP Margarett Best & another MPP
conjunction with the Shouter Baptists; been invited to Trinidad and Tobago to speak on Emancipation Day, been invited to speak to DC Emancipation Day events in Washington, D.C. (meeting government officials, heritage activists as well as comedian/activist Dick Gregory and Gospel singer Kirk Franklin) and to speak at Juneteenth events in the US - all in efforts to raise awareness and support, and to further our own awareness and celebration of August 1st as Emancipation Day. In considering the international connections of Emancipation Day, I had already connected with the Royal Commonwealth Society and while
Chair of the Toronto Branch took this initiative to National level. Since the RCS, who are supposed to represent the 54 countries of the Commonwealth primarily in Africa and the Caribbean, were striving to express their stated goal of diversity,I was able to secure their support for this proposal (as well as a later statement on systemic racism) for Emancipation Day and effected a Parliamentary Petition receiving 500 signatures to encourage the Black Caucus/MP Greg Fergus to champion this prior to its being with Senator Bernard, then back to MP Majid Jowhari.
So why seek the commemoration of August 1st as Emancipation Day? Emancipation Day speaks directly to the reality that the land upon which Canada developed was created through the enslavement of Africans as well as First Nations people. It speaks to the reality that the negative views and actions directed at people of African Descent can be traced back to this and that they have permeated successive generations of thought and action. Knowing this helps us all have brave conversations about the issues that we face today and the location of the Black population as a group in this society as well as the inspiration to actively find and carry out those steps that will Fmr. MPP Margarett Best left, Rosemary Sadlier and some guests at Emancipation Day address anti-Black racism. at Queen's Park
The Historical Background of Emancipation Day BY ROSEMARY SADLIER OOnt
The significance of August 1st as Emancipation Day is monumental. It was the first global human rights act facilitating freedom for Africans from chattel slavery, and for others, the hope that emancipation would soon be theirs. Following this British move to end slavery outright, other global powers followed suite, leading to the current situation in which slavery, from birth to death, for successive generations, was abolished. The abolition of chattel slavery came about due to the agency, the efforts, the initiatives of enslaved and free Africans to rid themselves of a horrendous experience and life marked by lack of ownership of themselves, excruciatingly long and difficult working situations, all sustained and perpetuated through violence or victimization. Their strength and courage to resist their circumstances from capture through to plantation revolt is remarkable and merits our commemoration. However, it was the larger acts inspired by witnessing these acts of resistance that garnered the greatest change. Abolition followed the most successful revolution against slavery in the west, and the creation of the first African-controlled nation, Haiti, following
the successful revolution led by Toussaint L’Ouverture. Abolitionists, of African, European and indigenous backgrounds, found their efforts making more headway. In Britain, abolitionists issued a leader to the fledgling colony of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe. As our first Lieutenant Governor, he was drawn into the situation revolving around Chloe Cooley. Chloe, forcibly bound and conveyed across the Niagara River, was sold to American slave agents. Fearing the beginning of a trend, this raised community angst. Simcoe attempted to eradicate slavery so that this could not occur again. Given many of those he was in government with were slave owners and unwilling to divest themselves of their property, his effort resulted in compromise legislation. The slave-owning members were able to keep their slaves. It provided freedom to indentured servants (European Canadians) and provided for the gradual freedom of African Canadians after they reached the aged of 25. This compromise legislation led the way for the end of enslavement in Canada, and was the first such law of its kind. It led to the abolition of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade by 1807 through the efforts of William Wilberforce. It was his view that the ‘voyage’ was the most heinous aspect of enslavement and ending it would end much suffering. He may not cont’d on pg. 31
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Canada should formally apologize for slavery, Essex historian says Elise Harding-Davis is a local author and historian. (Meg Roberts/CBC)
Reached for comment on Tuesday, the Prime Minister’s Office referred CBC News to the office of Bardish Chagger, the minister responsible for diversity and inclusion as well as youth.
A Windsor-Essex historian wants the Canadian government to formally apologize for slavery, and she’s seeking the support of local municipalities in her advocacy efforts.
A statement from a spokesperson did not say whether the government would move ahead with an apology, but referenced the government’s recognition of the International Decade for People of African Descent and a 2020 private members’ motion to recognize Emancipation Day, which marks the abolition of slavery.
Elise Harding-Davis said an apology from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau could bring about healing and acknowledgement of the effects of slavery. “African-Canadians might feel a little more comfortable in their own country, the country that they fought for ... the country they’ve contributed mightily to and not gotten a fair shake,” said Harding-Davis, who lives in Harrow, Ont.
“Recognizing Emancipation Day at the federal level would be another step forward in acknowledging the multi-generational harms caused by slavery and the contributions peoples Elise Harding-Davis of African descent in Canada have made Harding-Davis spoke with CBC Radio’s Tony throughout generations,” the spokesperson said A 2017 report from a working group of the Doucette on Windsor Morning. in an email. United Nations Human Rights Council noted Slavery was outlawed in the British Empire in that the enslavement of Black people in what’s The spokesperson went on to say that more needs 1834, more than 30 years before confederation. now Canada began in the 16th century. to be done to tackle anti-Black racism and bring Even though slavery pre-dates Canada, the about awareness of Black history — “which is “Canada’s history of enslavement, racial nation still benefited from the vestiges of it, why we are committed to do the work.” segregation and marginalization of African she said, and Black people were not invited to Canadians has left a legacy of anti-Black Over the years, Trudeau and his predecessors become citizens until 1911. racism and had a deleterious impact on people have formally apologized for historical injustices “People don’t know these things,” Harding- of African descent, which must be addressed in against various groups. Davis said. “There were many, many anti-Black partnership with the affected communities,” the report’s authors stated. legislations over the years.” Among the official apologies include several to Indigenous peoples, an apology over the The report called on Canada to apologize for Harding-Davis has written to the prime minister Chinese head tax and an apology for sending several times advocating for the apology and the enslavement of Black Canadians, consider Japanese-Canadians to internment camps during reparations and take steps to preserve the history the Second World War. was also behind a petition last year. of slavery in Canada, as well as the contributions She’s currently seeking support from of Black Canadians. Slavery was abolished here decades before municipalities in the the Windsor-Essex region and has letters of support from the towns of Essex and Amherstburg. Harding-Davis appeared before Lakeshore town council on Tuesday to deliver a presentation on the topic, and council agreed to send a letter of support to Ottawa.
Prime Minister Trudeau asked about slavery apology Last June, in the midst of the global reckoning on anti-Black racism sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of police, Trudeau was asked about the UN report and an apology for slavery.
Canada officially became a country. But a local Black historian feels an apology is in order from the prime minister. Elise Harding-Davis wrote to Justin Trudeau about it last week, but it’s not a new campaign. She has written to him several times before. Now, she’s working to get support from elected officials in Windsor-Essex.
2017 UN report calls on Canada to apologize Harding-Davis’ concerns reflect mounting criticism that the legacy of slavery within Canada has gone unacknowledged.
He did not provide a direct answer but said the government has worked closely with the community to support Black Canadians and acknowledged more needs to be done.
She speaks with host Tony Doucette. 6:23 For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community CBC
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have imagined what restrictions and what intensified actions may have developed to increase and maintain the enslaved population. He was on a human rights journey. Neither the Compromise of 1793 nor the 1807 Abolition of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade Act freed a single enslaved African, but it did add to the movement to bring about its demise. It was the British Imperial Act of 1833, the Abolition Act, that ended chattel slavery. Emancipation Day was the date when the British Imperial Act went into effect and in Canada, that was on August 1, 1834. People immediately rose up in spontaneous acts of joy, dancing in the street, praising in the church, and parading in rapture. There were celebrations across Ontario and wherever there were communities of Black people celebrating their own freedom, with any allies and challenging the ongoing enslavement of those in other parts of the world including the U.S. and the Caribbean. Emancipation in Ontario initiated the speed of the first freedom movement of the Americas, the Underground Railroad. They marked the date through various means and the largest and most dynamic celebration was held in Windsor, Ontario which continued until
it was ended during the Civil Rights protests in the 1960s since the BiNational nature of the celebrations were viewed as a security threat and later, the space where these events took place fell into disrepair. At one time, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt had all been among the distinguished visitors to add to the parades, the beauty pageants and the talent shows that were a part of this event. It was the largest such celebration in North America until the rise of Caribana. Some communities sponsored their own celebration or joined in others held in Windsor or Pt. Dalhousie. Some held family picnics which continued until today, with one very recently emerging as a festival in Owen Sound. Another huge event was organized in Port Dalhousie (St Catharines) which attracted people from New York and Ontario travelling by ferry boat, or bus. It mush have been very exciting since their were opportunities to have fun, reconnect with family and meet potential marriage partners! They could also attend services at the Salem Chapel, BME Church, the church that Harriet Tubman attended while she lived in Canada. It was cultural, spiritual and educational.
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The Ghanaian Musician who helped put West African music on the world map West African roots Born in 1936, Taylor grew up listening to the highlife music that has always been at the heart of his style, which fuses jazz elements with traditional highlife for a groovier sound. “I was inspired by the pioneering saxophonist and trumpeter E.T. Mensah and his band The Tempos,” he said in a recent interview in Saltpond. Taylor joined the Stargazers, a highlife band led by saxophonist Teddy Osei and drummer Sol Amarfio (who would both go on to form the legendary Britishbased Afro rock band, Osibisa) shortly after leaving college. In 1962, Taylor moved to London to study music at the Eric Gilder School of Music with funding from a government cultural program instituted by Ghana’s first prime minister and president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, who secured independence for Ghana from British rule. It was in London that Taylor first met and collaborated with Nigerian saxophonist Peter King and Afrobeat legend Kuti. “Fela used to come to my apartment in Willesden quite often and we’d spend hours playing records,” Taylor said. “When he came to Ghana in ‘67, he drove to Cape Coast to see me and we spent the afternoon talking about African Unity.” Taylor credits Kuti with pushing him, and others, to compose distinctly African music. “He (Fela) never understood why as Africans we like playing jazz; he wanted us to be ourselves, be original and tell our stories,” Taylor said.
By Ekow Barnes, CNN Ebo Taylor became one of Ghana’s major prolific musicians in the 1950s and ‘60s, making his signature Ghanaian highlife that influenced the father of afrobeat, Fela Kuti. As highlife and afrobeat music has entered the global stage, Taylor’s work has been sampled by international R&B artist Usher on his 2010 track “She Don’t Know,” featuring rapper Ludacris, and by Canadian hip-hop duo Ghetto Concept on their 1992 track “Certified.” His influence can also be seen in afrobeat’s clubbier offshoot, afrobeats (with an “s”), which has hit international charts through West African acts like Wizkid, who has collaborated with artists including Drake and Major Lazer. Guitarist and composer Ebo Taylor has been influencing West African music for six decades. Credit: Carlos Idun-Tawiah And Taylor is still recording new material at age 84. “Uncle Ebo,” as he’s known by locals in Saltpond, the small Ghanaian fishing town he’s called home since birth, has spent most of this year in his home studio observing Covid-19 protocols and recording new material for his third studio album in 10 years. Since the release of his 2010 album “Love and Death,” as well as his collaboration with the Berlin-based Afrobeat Academy in 2011, Taylor’s international profile has been raised. In 2017, the release of Ghana funk anthem “Come Along,” made DJ playlists globally, according to Taylor. But Taylor’s newfound global fame is the culmination of his own influence on West African music since the early 1960s.
Taylor has only seen international fame in recent years. Credit: Carlos IdunTawiah After moving back to Ghana in 1965, Taylor became the in-house guitarist, arranger and producer for the influential Ghanaian record label Essiebons, founded by music producer Dick Essilfie-Bondzie. It was during this period that Taylor recorded over 10 albums and put his stamp on projects by West African music legends like Pat Thomas, C.K. Mann and Gyedu-Blay Ambolley. The quality of Essiebons’ studio and the genius of Taylor made Essiebons one of the preferred recording studios for musicians from all over West Africa. Sadly, Ghana’s tumultuous political and economic environment throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, marked by multiple coups and government reorganizations following the ousting of Nkrumah, stifled the development of its music industry and arguably Taylor’s rise to global stardom. The unexpected art of Ghana’s hand-painted movie posters Global influences Yet Taylor’s influence can be seen across genres today, particularly with the emergence of afrobeats in the early 2000s, fusing afrobeat and highlife with EDM, hip-hop and reggae. Taylor is quick to highlight the fact that the popularity of afrobeats has coincided with its embrace of authentically African arrangements and a departure from heavy hip-hop and R&B sounds which he believes could seem forced. “The music we made was real music, it made you stop and think,” he said. “It’s not surprising that people are connecting with afrobeats more now that it is embracing elements from the music we made.” “I want to be remembered for my music, for my art...” said Taylor. Credit: Carlos Idun-Tawiah Taylor won’t say much about his highly anticipated new release. But it is uncharted territory for the guitarist and composer. He is working on it without support from two of his key collaborators: Essilfie-Bondzie, who became Taylor’s career-long executive producer; and Tony Allen, the legendary Nigerian drummer with whom he collaborated extensively on his recent projects. Allen and Essilfie-Bondzie died within months of each other earlier this year. Taylor fondly remembers both of them and lights up as he recalls his studio sessions with Allen. “The entire studio would freeze,” he said.”We just couldn’t understand how he was creating those sounds. Nobody knew what to expect next. It was magic.” Over the last few years, Taylor has toured extensively throughout Europe with his Saltpond City band, marshalled by his son Roy, and has been more likely to be seen playing in Amsterdam or Berlin than in Accra or Lagos. How a world-famous Congolese style tradition is changing with the times While Taylor is likely to slow down on touring, he intends to continue making music. “It’s what I love to do, it’s who I am,” he said. He intends to introduce his music to younger and more mainstream audiences and was keen to express his desire to collaborate with Ghanaian rappers M.anifest and Reggie Rockstone. Like his hero Nkrumah, who Taylor believes is unique among African leaders past and present for his concern for the common man, Taylor wants to be remembered as a man of the people -- not as a rockstar. “I want to be remembered for my music, for my art and as Ebo Taylor the man,” he said. Kwabena Owusu-Adjei, Bright Boakye-Danquah, Richmond Ayineme Akurugu, Fiifi Abban, Shadrach Stone, Benewaah Boateng, William Annoh and Carlos Idun-Tawiah contributed to this story.
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Africa Signs Historic Agreement with Johnson & Johnson for 400 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines In a historic COVID-19 vaccine procurement Agreement signed on 28 March 2021, all African Union Member States, through the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) set up in November 2020 under the African Union chairmanship of H.E President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, will have access to 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the potential to order an additional 180 million doses. Most of the supplies will be produced at the giant pharmaceutical manufacturing plant in South Africa operated by Aspen Pharma. The vaccines will be made available to African countries through the African Medical Supplies Platform (AMSP), over a period of 18 months. Meanwhile, H.E Cyril Ramaphosa will later today tour the facilities of Aspen Pharma in Port Elizabeth with Johnson & Johnson Executives to inspect preparations for the production of vaccines. The production of vaccines at the facility will be a massive boost for jobs in South Africa. The transaction was made possible through the US$2 billion facility approved by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), who also acted as Financial and Transaction Advisers, Guarantors, Installment Payment Advisers and Payment Agents. The successful conclusion of the Agreement was made possible by the support of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), who supported the negotiation process with Johnson & Johnson. UNICEF is also acting as procurement and logistics agent. The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) was supported in terms of advice on various aspects by the World Health Organization (WHO). Prior to the conclusion of the Agreement with Johnson & Johnson, African Member States were asked to make pre-orders for the vaccines
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TRAVEL & TOUR Site Attractions in Ghana
Compiled by Nana Ama, Toronto, ON
Kintampo waterfalls is one of the highest waterfalls in
The Flagstaff House was reconstructed and inaugurated Ghana. Also known as Sanders Falls during the colonial by the government of John Agyekum Kufour with the name Golden Jubilee House in November 2008 when construction was about 70%–80% completed. In January 2009, the incoming government of President Mills moved the office of the president back to Osu Castle and later changed the sign in front of the building back to its original name claiming that the previous government had not used a Legislative Instrument to effect the change as required by law. The Mills government was in turn criticized that the name Flagstaff House which was given to the building by the British Gold Coast government glorifies Ghana's Gold Coast past. The seat of government was moved back to Flagstaff House in January 2013
days, it is located on the Pumpum river, a tributary of the Black Volta, about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of Kintampo municipality, on the Kumasi–Tamale road. This waterfall, one of the main natural attractions in the area, is hidden in the forest and it is formed by 3 main drops where the longest drop measures 25 metres (82 ft) in height, and, after a number of steps and cascades, the river falls about 70 metres (230 ft
Paga Crocodile Pond is a sacred pond in Paga in
the Upper East Region of Ghana, which is inhabited by West African crocodiles. Due to the friendliness of the reptiles, it has become popular among tourists and the pond is now reliant on tourism to ensure the population of crocodiles remain fed and healthy. The pond is located in Paga in the Upper East Region of Ghana, and is 44 kilometres (27 mi) outside Bolgatanga, the regional capital.
The Akosombo Dam, also known as the Volta Dam,
The Larabanga Mosque is the oldest in all of Ghana,
possibly in all of West Africa. It has survived for centuries despite inclement weather and bad reconstruction projects. As the legend goes, Ayuba, a Moorish trader, was traveling across the Sahara in 1421 when he spent the night in the village of Larabanga. He received instructions in a dream to construct a mosque in the village, and when he awoke the foundations had already been set for him. He built the mosque in the traditional Sudanic-Sahelian style, from mud and reeds. Each side of the building bore a separate entrance: one for men, one for women, one for Larabanga’s chief, and one for the muezzin who calls the community to prayer.
is a hydroelectric dam on the Volta River in southeastern Ghana in the Akosombo gorge and part of the Volta River Authority. The construction of the dam flooded part of the Volta River Basin, and led to the subsequent creation of Lake Volta. Lake Volta is the largest man-made lake in the world by surface area. It covers 8,502 square kilometres (3,283 sq mi), which is 3.6% of Ghana's land area. With a volume of 148 cubic kilometers, Lake Volta is the world's third largest man-made lake by volume, the largest being Lake Kariba which is located between Zimbabwe and Zambia in Southern Africa and contains 185 cubic kilometers of water.
Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, also know as the
Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park(KNMP) is the last resting place of the first President of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. It is dedicated to him for his outstanding campaign to liberate Ghana(by then Gold Coast) from colonial rule in 6th March,1957.
The primary purpose of the Akosombo Dam was to provide electricity for the aluminium industry. The Akosombo Dam was called "the largest single investment in the economic development plans of Ghana." Its original electrical output was 912 megawatts (1,223,000 hp), which was upgraded to 1,020 megawatts (1,370,000 hp) in a retrofit project that was completed in 2006.
The Adomi Bridge is a bridge located in Ghana in West Cape Coast Castle is one of about forty "slave castles", Kakum National Park, located in the coastal environs
of the Central Region of Ghana, covers an area of 375 square kilometres (145 sq mi). Established in 1931 as a reserve, it was gazetted as a national park only in 1992 after an initial survey of avifauna was conducted. The area is covered with tropical forest. The uniqueness of this park lies in the fact that it was established at the initiative of the local people and not by the State Department of wildlife who are responsible for wildlife preservation in Ghana. It is one of only 3 locations in Africa with a canopy walkway, which is 350 metres (1,150 ft) long and connects seven tree tops which provides access to the forest
or large commercial forts, built on the Gold Coast of West Africa (now Ghana) by European traders. It was originally built by the Swedes for trade in timber and gold, but later used in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Other Ghanaian slave castles include Elmina Castle and Fort Christiansborg. They were used to hold slaves before they were loaded onto ships and sold in the Americas, especially the Caribbean. This "gate of no return" was the last stop before crossing the Atlantic Ocean
Africa. It spans the Volta River that drains into the Gulf of Guinea, south of the Akosombo Dam. It is a two-hinged steel arch bridge with a deck suspended by cables. It was designed in 1956 and completed in 1957 by William Brown, of the engineers Freeman Fox & Partners. The Adomi bridge is located in Atimpoku in the Eastern Region of Ghana which is located along the Volta River. It is accessible from any part of Ghana. A trip from the north of Ghana and one will have to go through the eastern corridor and finally use the Adomi Bridge. Accra the capital of Ghana is about 130 kilometres from Atimpoku and Tema is also 100 kilometres away.
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Beni Boo Styles
WELL MADE - WELL PRICED Fashion is a necessity as it's an art we live on daily basis . Vogue described Ghanaian fashion as vibrant with bold colors and eclectic prints, and nowhere is this joyful approach to dressing more apparent than in Accra, the country’s capital city as I've witnessed time a number but this recent trip of 2021 made me feel privileged to be able to experienceand explore fashion in times we are in. The fashion hub is bursting with local artisans and designers, all of whom specialize in reinventing traditional kente or ntouma clothes with a modern twist. Most Distinctive brands now all try to focus or incorporate innovative traditional Ghanaian textiles or African textiles in somewhat eco-friendly production methods in their designs just remember to celebrate a sense of PanAfricanism and love the people and respect the arts and traditions. Beni Boo current collection are all designed and created out of Accra, partnering with local creatives there and sourcing the unique textiles in Ghana. Even though the fabrics are traditional, the designs are anything but—Beni Boo Styles take cues from the streetwear movement, modern and abstract art, and even the city of Accra itself not forgetting the current 0limited one in Toronto due the pandemic lockdowns making for collections thats comfortable and contemporary but infused with a culturally rooted spirit. So still feel free and happy to indulge, shop and live in “fashion with a cause.”
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FOOD AND RECIPES Compiled by Nana Ama, Toronto, ON
Mashed Ripe Plantain (Otor) Ingredients 4 fingers half ripe plantain 5g groundnut paste 1/4 teaspoonful ground pepper 1 large onion 2 tablespoonful palm oil Salt to taste Method 1.
Peel the plantain into a saucepan
Add water and salt to it and boil
3. After 20 minutes, remove it from the fire and drain the water 4.
Grind pepper, onion and salt
Add boiled ripe plantain and mix together
Add groundnut paste and mix
Put palm oil on fire, add chopped onions
8. When the oil with the onion is well cooked, pur it onto the mashed plantain and mix altogether using a wooden spoon. 9.
Serve with eggs or avocado
How to prepare beef macaroni Ingredients 1 pound minced beef Olive oil 1 Ginger root 3 medium onions, chopped 3 cloves of garlic 4 large tomatoes, chopped 4 scotch bonnet, paste 2 large green pepper, chopped 4 carrots, chopped All purpose seasoning Method Cook macaroni per the directions on the package. Saute onion, garlic, and ginger in wok for 2 minutes Add chopped, water, seasoning and cover to cook for 5- 9 minutes Season with salt and pepper. Add minced beef and chopped vegetables Cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Add macaroni, heat through and serve
How to prepare squid curry at home INGREDIENTS
2 margarine tins roasted corn flour 6 medium sized smoked herrings 750ml palm nut liquid 1 small piece of salted fish (optional) 1/2 teaspoonful ground pepper 6 Onions (medium size) 2 Large tomatoes 1/2 margarine tin beans Salt to taste 500ml water Method 1. Boil beans till soft 2. Wash and break fish into pieces and add cut onions and little water to simmer 3. Add palm nut liquid, tomatoes, pepper, beans and salt 4. Skim off oil 5. Add roasted corn flour to soup and stir well with a stirrer to prevent lumps 6. Mould and pile up smoothly in a bowl and garnish with the palm oil skimmed and crab. Serve hot
Squid, chopped Ginger, puree Garlic, puree Onion, puree Lemon zest Coconut milk Curry powder Scotch bonnet Black pepper METHOD Heat oil in a wok over medium heat and add onions. Stir in ginger and garlic and allow to cook for 2 minutes. Add squid and season with salt. Add lemon zest and stir. Add curry powder and coconut milk. Allow to cook for 2 minutes and add your black pepper and scotch bonnet. Leave to simmer for some minutes and serve with boiled rice or yam.
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The CRA is watching you: Auditors scouring social media for unreported income from influencers ‘If Canadians could figure out how to get paid to play Call of Duty, the CRA needs to figure out how to tax that’ By Christopher Nardi OTTAWA – Every time Kylie Jenner — a massively popular American social media influencer and member of the Kardashian family — posts an advertisement for a product on her online accounts, she reportedly earns over $1 million from the brand. Canada also has its fair share of social media influencers. Take Evan Fong, a Toronto area videogame commentator and streamer better known as VanossGaming, who reportedly raked in US$17 million in 2018 by attracting eyeballs to his social media channels such as YouTube. Another influencer, Laval-raised video game streamer Félix “xQc” Lengyel, reportedly earned nearly US$2 million in 2020 on Twitch, an extremely popular live streaming service online. His job? Playing video games in front of tens of thousands of fans, who often pay money to subscribe to his channel and can even donate money to him. Fong and Lengyel (who is now based in the U.S.) are just two random examples of the breathtaking revenues that some Canadians are earning through online platforms. And numbers like those have caught the Canada Revenue Agency’s attention. If somebody’s declaring less than $5,000, and they have a Mercedes Benz in their Instagram posts, it’s clear that there’s a question to be answered The CRA is jumping on hundreds of Canada’s top social media influencer’s pages, parsing their content to spot any obvious signs of wealth or gifts. Then, they open up the individual’s tax filings and compare what they see online with what the person previously declared as earnings. “If somebody’s declaring less than $5,000, and they have a Mercedes Benz in their Instagram posts, it’s clear that there’s a question to be answered there,” said Ted Gallivan, Assistant Commissioner at the Canada Revenue Agency and head of the agency’s compliance programs branch, in an interview with the National Post. Scrutinizing social media is only one of the new methods the CRA is using to tackle tax evasion or avoidance by individuals working in the platform economy, a vast and booming sector where Internet or mobile applications serve as the main medium for promoting and selling a product of service. Though they applaud the CRA’s efforts, some experts wonder about the privacy and ethical issues when tax authorities start going through taxpayers’ social media. For the CRA, the platform economy is broken down into four categories: the sharing economy (such as AirBnB, Uber or Lyft), the gig economy (Doordash), peer-to-peer sales (eBay or Kijiji vendors) and social media influencers (Twitch, YouTube, Instagram). It’s an economy worth tens of billions of dollars at least in Canada alone. But the novelty of these platforms, and the fact they operate solely online, is forcing the CRA to innovate in its auditing and verification techniques (such as parsing through people’s online public presence). And in some cases, the results of the social media monitoring have been surprising. Gallivan says there has been a small number of “very large discrepancies” detected, meaning that their public life shows they “obviously have multiple sources of income”, but their latest income declaration is… $0. We come to a social media platform, and we would ask ourselves: who are the power users, the power sellers, or any kind of top tier and then simply consult their tax returns These influencers can be anything from people who make a living off product placement on their Instagram account with thousands or sometimes millions of followers, entertainers who rake in revenue from ads that play before their YouTube videos or fans who pay monthly subscriptions to watch them play video games online. “We come to a social media platform, and we would ask ourselves: who are the power users, the power sellers, or any kind of top tier and then simply consult their tax returns,” said Gallivan. “The social media sites themselves can give a sense of somebody’s popularity and revenue. And then within the posts themselves, prize money or assets they’ve received
are right there. So you have the physical evidence that facilitates a conversation with the person about their obligations,” he added. .In addition to surveying social media accounts for Canada’s top influencers, the agency’s auditing division created a new, distinct unit that focuses “exclusively on the platform economy.” The unit currently staffs 60 people drawn from CRA’s more traditional auditing teams. “They do a mixture of preventing non-compliance through something like e-invoicing, and then education, and then traditional audit,” he said. E-invoicing is an automated digital exchange of transaction documents between two parties done directly through their accounting or sales systems. Not only is it more often more convenient for organizations, but it also creates a traceable trail of documents for CRA auditors. The growth of the platform economy in Canada has been eye-popping in the last decade. According to Statistics Canada, revenues just from short-term accommodation in 2018 were 10 times more than in 2015, jumping from $265 million to $2.8 billion in the span of three years. An earlier study of the gig economy by the same agency showed that 8.2 per cent of Canadian workers said they were part of the gig economy in 2016, up from 5.5 per cent roughly one decade earlier. If Canadians could figure out how to get paid to play Call of Duty, the CRA needs to figure out how to tax that “We know that segment of the economy is going to grow,” Gallivan said. “The gig economy and platform-based sales are definitely the future.” “If Canadians could figure out how to get paid to play Call of Duty, the CRA needs to figure out how to tax that,” said Gallivan. To do so, the agency’s new platform economy audit and verification team is conducting a series of “exploratory audits”. The idea is for auditors to test and identify the best techniques to spot any undeclared revenues tied to the platform economy. To date, the assistant commissioner says the agency has completed 40 such audits and reassessed roughly $500,000 in total suspected unpaid taxes. There are another 200 audits currently underway. “Those 40 audits are really almost learning opportunities for the CRA. We’re not yet operating at scale. We’re doing these audits to really understand what’s the most efficient way to get at this, what’s the fine line between where we can nudge by telling people we have information versus a full audit. So I don’t think they represent maturity at all,” Gallivan said. CRA also uses two software tools called Chainalysis and Cypertrace that help it track cryptocurrency transactions — which can be used as payments on certain digital platforms — as well as detect potential fraud and money laundering. “The software tools kind of help us estimate what is the actual income flow so that we can compare that to the tax return,” he said. It’s kind of unusual for the CRA to go spy on taxpayers But is all of this enough to tackle the emerging risk of aggressive tax avoidance or evasion in such a booming market for Canadians? Two renowned Canadian tax experts interviewed by National Post applaud the agency’s desire to tackle the issue so early on, noting that it’s interest in the platform economy is “bang on”. But they have concerns as to how it’s being done and even if the CRA is investing enough resources. “CRA is actually doing a good job with respect to taxing these social media influencers. This is a relatively new space, which is growing very quickly,” said Arthur Cockfield, associate dean of Queen’s University faculty of law and tax law expert. “That’s why I think the CRA is right to do its test audits and monitoring at this stage of the game, and then get ready for the future.” He, just like Gallivan, believes that tax evasion or avoidance in the platform economy is still a drop in the water compared to the traditional underground economy (think the construction or hospitality industry, for example), but
that is inevitably poised to change. “It’s going to persist, and it’s only going to get worse,” Cockfield said. But he admittedly has concerns about how CRA is sniffing around Canadians’ social media accounts, which he feels is possibly overly invasive despite the public nature of such postings. It prompts a lot of taxpayer privacy concerns on my part “It’s kind of unusual for the CRA to go spy on taxpayers, which raises interesting policy, ethical and maybe even legal issues. Do they have the legal authority to investigate you when there is no evidence of individual wrongdoing?” he asked. “It prompts a lot of taxpayer privacy concerns on my part. I’m not disagreeing with the CRA strategy in the sense that it’s a pragmatic strategy that could work. But it does raise privacy issues.” David Rotfleisch, founding partner at Rotfleisch & Samulovitch, also agrees that the underground platform economy will likely emerge as a “significant” issue for the federal government and that CRA should hone its tools to deal with it as quickly as possible. Considering that, he thinks the federal government desperately needs to beef up its platform economy verification unit. “I really have concerns about the ability of 60 people to solve this problem going forward. It’s a whack-a-mole thing, and you need a lot of people to whack all the moles. It keeps growing, and I don’t see how 60 people can keep up with that,” he said. But Gallivan says that the team is small for now because the agency is still focused on using the carrot while sharpening the stick. In other words: educating taxpayers involved in the platform economy on their tax obligations instead of jumping straight to audits. A lot of undeclared income derived from this emerging industry is due to the fact it is so new — and thus people don’t understand their tax obligations — and because the users are generally younger, Gallivan adds. “It can be a slippery slope too. You can play a video game just for fun or connection the first time and you might get $50, or a coupon or anything like that. So it starts innocently enough. But then it starts to be tens of thousands of dollars, and in some cases you’ve reported even millions of dollars,” he said. “I think the newness and that transition from it being something you’re doing for fun to it starting to be business income and your full time job. So we definitely want to lead with a message of education.” When it comes to methods, Rotfleisch argues that CRA auditors should continue to “think outside of the box” and find “creative audit methods” to help detect when a taxpayer isn’t paying their fair share. “I have no sympathy for people who have a Mercedes in the driveway and who are reporting zero dollars on their tax filings.” But like Cockfield, Rotfleisch warned that methods like parsing through social media posts could present dangerous pitfalls for the CRA. For example, luxury items displayed on social media could have been purchased after receiving a hefty inheritance, which is non-taxable. “I’m very much afraid CRA may jump the gun in certain cases, and that can create an uphill battle for the taxpayer,” Rotfleisch said. All that being said, both him and Cockfield thinks the CRA should still focus on the areas it’s regularly been losing court cases lately: large corporations. “CRA recently lost a case involving a company named Camco, where the present value of the revenue loss is a billion dollars. That’s a lot of money,” Cockfield said. “In other words, they’re going after thousands of these influencers, who are bringing in as much tax as one corporate taxpayer.” REUTERS
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PLACES OF WORSHIP DIRECTORY
Ghana Methodist Churches in Canada ( SOCIETIES UNDER THE GHANA METHODIST CONFERENCE) The Superintendents Minister-In-Charge invites
you to worship with us
Place of Worship: 69 Milvan Drive, North York, Ont. (Finch Av./Milvan)
416-743-4555 (Office) 905-216-2323 (Residence) Day and Time of Worship:
Very Rev. Joseph Owusu Atuahene Minister-in-charge
Edmonton Methodist 587-336-1223
Ottawa Methodist 613-823-2291
Vancouver Methodist 416-833-1615
Sunday: Bible Class Meeting: 10:00 a.m. - 10.30 a.m. Church Service: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Jericho Hour Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Wednesday Mid-day Prayer - 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Friday: Bible Teaching/Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Saturday Organizational Meeting: 6.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. Sunday Brampton Prayer Meeting 8:00 p.m.
Redemption Methodist Church
BETHANY METHODIST CHURCH-BRAMPTON
Weekly Service Schedule: Monday 7 pm - 8 pm Online Bible Study: Thursday 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Prayer Meeting Friday 7:30 pm - 9 pm Divine Service, Sundays 10 am - 12:30 pm Contacts: Agnes Donkor - 647-881-4808, Felicia Owusu - 647-533-1093, Grace Kubi - 647-608-5373
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Location: 955 Wilson Ave., Unit 12, North York, ON
In Montreal at:
Place of Worship: 6870 Rue de Terreborne, Montreal, Que, H4B 1C5
Day and Time of Worship Sunday Divine Service: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Very Reverend Albert K. Appiah,
Friday Prayer Meetings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Contact: Rev. Joshua C. Doughan - 514-542-0871
Stoney Creek United Church (Chapel) 1 King Street West, Stoney Creek, Hamilton Contact: 289-244-5914, 289-700-6815, 289-698-1388
Sunday Divine Service 2PM-5PM Online Prayer Meeting Fridays at 8PM -9PM 416-800-4317 Code # 9632581 Contact: Robert Frans (289-541-5579) Felix Gyimah (289-931-8443)
SERVICES ARE CONDUCTED FOLLOWING THE TRADITIONAL GHANA METHODIST LITURGY. PLEASE COME AND JOIN US. WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU. GOD RICHLY BLESS YOU
FOOD FOR LIFE
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Bringing the Gospel to our Community by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi THE CHRISTIAN AND COVID-19: “LOVE MADE HIM RIDE” “Panic not, fear not, worry not, blame not, complain not, condemn not and criticize not, BUT Trust God, Have Faith, Be Hygienic, stay home, socially distance, Mask Up, pray always, love people, worship God, reach out and Serve society” Isaac De-Graft Takyi Stay home, stay safe, save lives - Premier Doug Ford This is how the churchleaders.com news reported the Boulder shooting incident—very very sad and unfortunate story—may their souls rest in perfect peace and may the Lord heal those at the hospitals at the time of writing: Officer Eric Talley, Father and ‘Devout Christian,’ One of 10 Killed in Boulder Shooting Officer Eric Talley was one of 10 people killed in a mass shooting Monday in Boulder, Colorado. Talley was a husband, a father of seven, and a devoted follower of Jesus. Officer Eric Talley was the first to arrive at the scene, said Herold, who described his actions as “nothing short of heroic.” Boulder County District AttorneyMichael Dougherty said, “He died charging into the line of fire trying to save people who were simply trying to live their lives and go food shopping.”1 This is what I think about him: Like Christ, His love for God, country, and the citizens, made him drive to the scene. This is how the Bible reported Jesus’ incident as he traveled to Jerusalem for the last time: As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3 If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion,‘See, your king comes to you,gentle and riding on a donkey,and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. 8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,“Hosanna to the Son of David!”“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”“Hosannain the highest heaven!”—Matthew 21:1-9 4 5
CHRIST REDEEMER CHURCH
Pastor-in-charge: Pastor Eric Amoah Tel: (416) 748-1242 Cell: (416) 300-9970 Church Services Sunday Service: Bible Study: 10 a.m.-11a.m. Worship Service: 11a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Pastor Eric Amoah Friday Night Prayer: 8p.m.-10p.m. Location: 14 Haas Rd. , #100, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 3A2
Questions to ponder. 1. WHY DID JESUS GO TO JERUSALEM AT THIS TIME? 2. WHY DID JESUS MAKE THE DECISION TO RIDE ON A DONKEY? 3. DID JESUS KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM IN JERUSALEM? 4. WHY DID JESUS CHOOSE TO GO KNOWING WHAT AWAITED HIM? Illustration: William Rainey once said, “Why didn’t somebody ever tell me that I could become a Christian and work on all my doubt afterward?” The fact is every little step you take toward Christ moves you further away from what I refer to as the Six “D” s—doubt, discouragement, depression, demonization, disease, and despair. We are all moving, but sometimes we move slowly. Are you struggling this Easter with one of these “D” issues? 1. Are you doubting God’s love because you are in a crisis? “God! I have just found out I have a terminal illness! Don’t you love me?” 2. Are you discouraged because you do not think He cares for you? “God! Don’t you see the trouble I am in? Don’t you care?” 3. Are you depressed because life has not turned out the way you thought it would? “God! My spouse is leaving me! Can’t You stop this from happening?” 4. Are you wondering whether your situation is demonic or not?“God, I do not understand what I am going through—is it Satan and his cohort?” 5. Are you battling a disease or another and do not seem to know when your healing will become a reality? “Lord, my health—I need your healing!” 6. Are you despairing because you do not think He has forgiven you for your latest sin? “God! I still feel guilty. Haven’t You forgiven me?” The Bible makes this statement in 1 John 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life” (NASB). There is a lot we do not know, but the most important question has already been answered. The things written in God’s Word are written so that you may know absolutely, for sure, for certain, and with confidence that when you die, you are going to Heaven. cont’d on pg. 50
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Disciples Revival Church
Healing & Deliverance Centre Rev. Dr. & Rev (Mrs) Charles Mantey Founders/Senior Pastors
SUNDAY SERVICE - Morning - 10:00 am Mid-Week Service
Wed: Bible Study & Prayer: 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday: Youth Service 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Friday: Adult Intercessory Prayer - 7:00 - 9:00 pm For deliverance & healing, come to Disciples, a Church that caters to your needs Do visit our website and sign up for the Pastor's monthly newsletter
30 Gordon Mackay Rd, North York, ON, M9N 2V6
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ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH
314 Rexdale Blvd. Etobicoke, Ont. M9W 1R6 Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573 Church Activities Pastor in Charge Rev. Milton Offei
Sunday School: Church Service: Sunday Evening: Wednesday Bible Studies: Friday Prayer Meeting:
10a.m. -11:00a.m. 11a.m. - 1:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 8:30p.m. 7p.m. - 9:00p.m.
I AM ALPHA & OMEGA MINISTRY INT'L We invite you to worship with us Church Service:
Sunday Worship: 10.00a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies: 6.00p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7.00p.m. - 9.00 p.m.
JESUS Loves You
Bishop John Mensah
NEW LOCATION 100 Penn Drive, Unit #6, North York, Ont.
Assembly of God Church, Mississauga Join us on Sundays for Worship at:
Venue: 161 Lakeshore Road W, Mississauga, ON Time: 10:30am—1:30pm
Contact: Rev. Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www. transformationcentreag.ca Be transformed by the renewing of your mind… “Rom.12:2a
Good Shepherd Prayer Ministry Invites you all to come worship with us Venue: 95 Eddystone Ave unit 4 North York, ON Time of worship: Sunday:10am - 1pm Wednesday bible studies 7pm - 9pm Friday Prayer / Deliverance 7pm - 9pm
Bethel Prayer Ministry Int'l
Do you desire to experience the power and the presence of God demonstrated in your life? Do you want to experience the marvelous work of God's grace in your life? Then, Bethel Prayer Ministry International would like to invite you to visit their church where the word of God is preached powerfully to release the power of God in your life. Pastor Dennis Awuku COME AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED Senior Pastor
Cell. 416-400-8211 Church 416-642-0390 Worship Hours: Sunday Service: 9am - 1pm Tuesday 9am - 2 pm Consultation Wednesday: 7pm - 9p.m. Friday: 9pm - 12 pm Saturday (Prayer Warriors) 6pm - 8pm Location: 52 Carrier Drive, Unit 12, (Albion/Hwy 27)
Etobicoke, Ont., M9w 5S5
Harvest Christian Church Invites you for a wonderful time with the Lord
Worship Hours Pastor Joseph Nash Sarfo Founder & Pastor-in-charge
The thief cometh not , but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.11.l am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Amen. John 10 :10-11
Tel: 416 667-9763 cell 647 500-4415 / 647 718-4819 / 416 300-4258 Email:email@example.com I encourage you to join us in worship regardless of your situation the power of God is available to make you whole
Sundays (Mornings) 10 - 12:45pm Wednesday (Bible Study) 7 -8:30 pm Friday (All Night Prayer) 8-10:30pm Rev Moses Sarpong
Come and Experience the power of the Word Join us at 196 Toryork Drive(Corner of Weston/Finch)
It’s Harvest Time So Reach Out And Make A Difference
It’s A Great Commission!
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The Apostolic Church Int'l. The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana Apostle Nii Aryee (Area Supt. Canada-Wide)
Meeting Schedule Sunday (Worship) Wednesday Teaching Service Friday Prayers Friday: Monthly All Night Service Saturday : Movements -
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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)
CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA)
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 THEME FOR YEAR 2020:
“PRAYER AND THE WORD” Acts 6:4 SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 am-1:30 pm Ghanaian Service
Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson
WEEKDAY SERVICES: Wednesday - Bible Studies 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday - Holy Ghost Service 7:00 pm -9:00 pm LOCATION:
42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2
(Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6
Tel: 416-740-1200 Fax: 416-740-6435 Email:
Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l
Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance
Rev. Bishop Joe Bonnah
Sunday Divine Worship Twi Service - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Multicultural Service - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Midweek Service Friday - All Night Service
8p.m. - 10p.m. 10p.m. - 1a.m.
Contact Lines: 416-321-2796 (Pastor's Res) 416-747-9225 (Church) Cell: 647-921-2414
10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629
378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5
63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7 Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445
Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin
Contact: Res: 450-687-4916 Cell: 514-654-6178
Immanuel Assembly of God Church, Scarborough
Place of Worship:
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
Invites all Christians, Non-Christians and members of the community to join us worship the Great Jehovah
350 Deerhide Cres, North York, ON
Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge
Sunday School: 9:30am -10:30am Church Service: 10:30am - 12 noon
LOCATION Don Montgomery Community Centre 2467 Eglinton Ave. E. Scarborough, Ont., (Kennedy/Eglinton Subway Station) For more info contact:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: immanuelaog.ca.
Africa Signs Historic Agreement with Johnson & Johnson for 400 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines cont’d from pg. 35
Advisors, Guarantors, Installment Payment Facility Arrangers and Payment Agents, we look forward to beginning the deployment of the US$2 billion Vaccine Procurement facility approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors towards assisting the continent to begin to rid itself of the pandemic and rebuild its economy. This financing will support Intra-African Trade and we have already commenced engagement with our financial partners to secure the additional funding that would support procurement if Africa decides to procure the additional 180 million doses.
AVAT, while Mr. Jaak Peeters, Johnson & Johnson Special Envoy for COVID-19 vaccine, signed on behalf of Johnson & Johnson.
Mr. Masiyiwa thanked H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission for his tremendous support to the work of AVATT. He also thanked H.E Amira Elfadil Mohammed Elfadil, Commissioner for Social Affairs, Africa Union Commission, for her contributions to AVATT. Finally, Mr. Masiyiwa expressed his appreciation to the staff of Afreximbank, the Africa CDC, ECA and UNICEF for their extraordinary effort over the last three months in Dr. John Nkengasong, Director putting this Agreement together. of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa About Africa CDC CDC), said: “The Africa CDC recommended to the African Africa CDC is a specialized Union that a minimum of 750 technical institution of the African million Africans (60%) must be Union that strengthens the capacity immunized if we are to contain and capability of Africa’s public the spread of COVID-19. This health institutions as well as transaction enables Africa to meet partnerships to detect and respond almost 50% of that target. The key quickly and effectively to disease to this particular vaccine is that it is threats and outbreaks, based on and interventions a single-shot vaccine which makes data-driven it easier to roll out quickly and programmes. Learn more at: www. africacdc.org effectively, thus saving lives.
Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, African Union Special Envoy signed for
Slaughter and May represented AVAT.
Ghanaian Presbyterian Church of Montreal
Minister: Rev. Stephen Azundem Services: Tel (office): 450-314-0871 Sunday 10:00AM – 1:00PM Tel (Cell): 514 660 2422 Divine Worship Service Res: 514-542-4142 Wednesday 7:00PM – 9:00PM Teaching Service (Bible Study) Friday 7:00PM – 9:00PM – Prayer Service
3000 Boul St-rose Laval, Quebec, H7R 1T6
Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada
Gen. Overseer & Founder: Evang. & Prophetess Winnie Manu BRE, M. Div.
Heart Lake United Church 85 Sandalwood Pkwy E. Brampton, ON Sunday Worship Service Start from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday Discipleship class is 7pm Friday Prayer meeting is 7pm Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789
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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
Pastor Appiah Jacob
For information call: 905-840-7387, 647-208-1093 416-209-9136, 647-710-2573
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Sarah Efumwaa Obeng
4 Tips to evaluate your currency and keep going or redirect Hello, friend. It’s almost the end of March 2021 as write this. It’s amazing how time and flying by and for that matter how our lives are passing by – whether we know it or not – whether we like it or not. March is usually considered the month where the strong and the weak are identified. It is the month where those who would give up on all those new year resolutions start giving up and the time when the goal getting keep going! Which one are you!? In this piece I hope to share with you some tips that I am using to keep me going so that we can prioritize or reprioritize ourselves and take inventory of our state of mind and our reality – because living life well does not all depend on the grace of God – a lot of it depends on you and on me! #1 – Stop looking at others. Stop looking to others. Start looking at yourself. Start looking to yourself. If you are not one of those who are gazing at the album and life of others but are working on your own life and loving your own life, kudos to you! Looking at others shifts your focus from you to them, but at the end of the day you are living your life and they are living theirs. Looking at others wastes your time. At the end of the day, the time spent looking at them cannot be recovered – unless you are learning something by looking at them. Looking at others does not make you achieve your goals and dreams. You must put in the work and live your life. Looking to others shifts your mindset from
‘my life is my responsibility’ to ‘my life is someone else’s responsibility’. You know by now that everyone is responsible for our own lives. No one is going to pause their life and come live yours for you. Your life is your own responsibility! The moment we become aware and accept this fact, we become free, and we fly like birds. So, shift your focus to yourself and realign things in your life and keep going. #2 – Identify what makes you happy Define in your own terms and in your own language what your bliss is – what brings you joy - makes you happy. If we keep our focus on others and see them happy and think what they are doing will make us happy if we go do those same things, we are wrong. We may end up frustrated, disappointed, and possibly hating our lives. That’s why my first tip is to take your eyes off other people’s lives and focus on yourself. Quit chasing other people’s version of happiness and find yours. With each one’s unique thumbprint, we all have different things that makes us happy and brings and joy so find yours if you haven’t found it already. Not what the media tells us. Not what our groups and clubs tell us, and certainly, not what society tells us. Define yours. Identify what brings your joy in all aspects of your life and go after it: relationships, friendships, careers, jobs, business, life experiences, and even spirituality. Customize your happiness and joy because you are custom-made by the Creator – just as I am and just as everyone else! When you have identified your bliss, happiness and joy, and you have defined it, and customized it, move on to make a plan. #3 – Make a Three-Year Plan
With the above idea, craft out a plan for what you want to see in your life in the next three years. I love the number three because it is the number of the Trinity. So, for example, in March 2024, how would your life be looking like and playing out. Yes, we are taking it one day at a time, yet the Bible says commit your plans to the Lord and you will be successful in carrying them out. Proverbs 16:3. Maybe I want to own a home. Maybe I want to become a millionaire. Maybe you want to meet the right person and get married. Maybe you want to move to another city. This exercise may charge our nerves, but that’s okay because we are just not used to it – we may be more used to our comfort zones and things being unstable. Still, write out a plan and commit it to the Lord. After writing, ask yourself if you are on that path to make them happen with what you are doing right now. This information is valuable because you will start to make changes and create the reality that you want.It can be a sobering exercise and give you a few wow moments, but it will also be a wakeup call for you and would possibly get you going in the right direction if you had been in the wrong direction. #4 – Write Yourself a Thank You Letter One of my mentors says, ‘your fortune is in your faith’. We must believe before we can see and experience. Although this letter will be read in the future, we can believe now that what we want for ourselves in the next three years would happen for us because we will put in the work and our best efforts so heaven can top for us. So, we want to thank ourselves right ahead of time.
Write yourself a thank you letter that you will read 3 years from now. Thank yourself for the things you have accomplished by the help of God. For example 1. Thank you for getting your body fit, staying in shape, and living a healthy life 2. Thank you for respecting yourself more and teaching others to respect you 3. Thank you for loving yourself fand allowing yourself to be loved 4. Thank you for getting your credit card paid off 6. Thank you for saving $150,000. 7. Thank you for starting that business you have been talking about for long I want to thank you for writing 2 books Write the thank you letter, read it three times, and then put it in a safe place and get busy with productive work by taking inspired actions! Your mind will help you remember this and help you going. God by His love and grace will help you as well. Have fun and stay joyful.
THE CHRISTIAN AND COVID-19: “LOVE MADE HIM RIDE”
cont’d from pg. 45
Let us try to find some answers from the ride Jesus took: THE PICTURE OF JESUS RIDING THE DONKEY. 1. WHY DID JESUS GO TO JERUSALEM AT THIS TIME?—Matthew 21:1-3 a. His time was drawing near—John 12: 27“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!” b. His Father’s will for the world demanded it. c. His arrest, trial, maltreatment, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension must take place in Jerusalem. d. His love for the Father and sinful humanity compelled Him. e. It was His way of showing His disciples the Kingdom way—John 12:15 “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
They were on their way up to Jerusalem, with Jesus leading the way, and the disciples were astonished, while those who followed were afraid. Again, he took the Twelve aside and told them what was going to happen to him. 33 “We are going up to Jerusalem,” he said, “and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles, 34 who will mock him and spit on him, flog him and kill him. Three days later he will rise.”—Mark 10:32-34 NIV. 32
4. WHY DID JESUS CHOOSE TO GO KNOWING WHAT AWAITED HIM? a. To accomplish the purpose for which He came to the earth. To restore sinners to their God so that they may have eternal life forever with Him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
2. WHY DID JESUS MAKE THE DECISION TO RIDE ON A DONKEY?—Matthew 21:45 a. To fulfill the Messianic prophecy Look at how John the beloved puts this Scripture in Matthew: “Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.Look, your King is coming,riding on a donkey’s colt.”16 His disciples did not understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him. —John 12:15-16 b. To reveal Himself as a humble King. He was solemnly entering as a humble King of peace. Traditionally, entering the city on a donkey symbolizes arrival in peace, rather than as a war-waging king arriving on a horse. c. To reveal the Savior. 11 The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth:“Say to Daughter Zion,‘See, your Savior comes!See, his reward is with him,and his recompense accompanies him.’” —Isaiah 62:11
a. To be obedient to the Father’s will.“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”(Luke 22:42) b. To reveal His willingness to sacrifice His life.“No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:18) c. To show His love for humanity. (John 3:16) His love compelled him to go to Jerusalem as part of the redemptive plan. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10. d. To show us what will happen in eternity. 9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”—Revelation 7:9-12 ESV
LORD, save us! LORD, grant us success! 26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD, we bless you.—Psalm 118:25,26
3. DID JESUS KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM JERUSALEM? a
Yes, but how did we know that? He told His disciples.
For Jesus, His love for God and for sinful humanity made Him ride a donkey. How about you? I pray that you will be encouraged not to take the unfailing, faithful, selfless, and sacrificial love of our Lord for granted.
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This column is devoted to answering your questions on health and discusions of diseases which are common among the African Canadians.
Covid-19 Vaccine : Should you get it, Is it safe?
Dr David Y Twum-Barima
parents or grandparents. 2.What COVID-19 vaccines have been approved and how do they work? Currently Health Canada has approved 2 vaccines for emergency use authorization.
Here are some FAQ’s The answer to both is an emphatic yes. There is a lot of misinformation on social media but I will strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with the facts before you make up your mind. Personally, I will like our readers to know that I have had my first injection and due for my second dose in a few weeks. Let’s look at some of the facts. COVID-19 vaccines: Get the facts Looking to get the facts about the new COVID-19 vaccines? Here’s what you need to know about the different vaccines and the benefits of getting vaccinated. Vaccines to prevent the corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) are perhaps the best hope for ending the pandemic. But you likely have questions as you should. Find out about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, the possible side effects and the importance of continuing to take infection prevention steps. • What are the benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine? COVID-19 can cause severe medical complications and lead to death in some people. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you. If you get COVID-19, you could spread the disease to family, friends and others around you.
Our community is particularly at high risk not only for getting covid-19 but also to get complications. Most Ghanaians, especially those in GTA live in high risk neighborhoods (including North York, Brampton and Mississauga) all of which are areas with high covid counts. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you by creating an antibody response in your body without you having to become sick with COVID-19. A COVID-19 vaccine might prevent you from getting COVID-19. Or, if you get COVID-19, the vaccine might keep you from becoming seriously ill or from developing serious complications. Getting vaccinated also helps to protect people around you from COVID-19, particularly people at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 such as your
• Pfizer/BioNTech vacci.ne Health Canada has given emergency use authorization to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Data has shown that the vaccine starts working soon after the first dose and has an efficacy rate of 95% seven days after the second dose. This means that about 95% of people who get the vaccine are protected from becoming seriously ill with the virus. This vaccine is for people age 16 and older. It requires two injections given 21 days apart. • .Moderna vaccine Health Canada has also given emergency use authorization to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Data has shown that the vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.1%. This vaccine is for people age 18 and older. This vaccine requires two injections given 28 days apart. iii) Astra Zeneca covid vaccine The Astra Zeneca covid vaccine unlike the the mRNA vaccines is made from a weakened common cold virus from chimpanzees. It has been modified to look more like corona virus but it cannot cause illness. Once injected it teaches the body’s immune system how to fight the real corona virus. Recent data shows that this vaccine is 74% effective against getting corona virus, over 90% effective against severe disease or hospitalization and 100% against death from corona virus after the vaccination. Unfortunately there have been some bad press about this vaccine but on balance I will say it is better to get it rahter than getting covid. 3. Can a COVID-19 vaccine give you COVID-19? No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved uses the live virus that causes COVID-19 so you cannot get covid-19 infection from the vaccination. Keep in mind that it will take a few weeks for your body to build immunity after getting a COVID-19 vaccination. As a result, it’s possible that you could become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or after being vaccinated. 4. What are the possible side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine? A COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild side effects after the first or second dose. Common side effects include : Pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given Fever Fatigue Headache - Rare side effects include Muscle pain Chills Joint pain You will be monitored for 15 minutes after getting a COVID-19 vaccine to see if you have an immediate reaction. Most side effects happen within the first three days after vaccination and typically last only one to two days. The COVID-19 vaccine may cause side effects similar to signs and symptoms of COVID-19. In fact getting some or all of the above symptoms is an indication
that your body has recognized the protein and that your immune system has been stimulated into action. • Is there anyone who should not get a COVID-19 vaccine? • a)There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet for children under age 16. Several companies have begun enrolling children as young as age 12 in COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. Studies including younger children will begin soon. b)People who have severe immune suppression such as those who have received organ transplants or are being treated for certain forms of cancer with immunosuppressants should discuss with their oncologist as to their eligibility for getting a vaccine. • Can I stop taking safety precautions after getting a COVID-19 vaccine? No. It is recommended to follow the same basic precautions as every body else until enough people have had the vaccine to create a herd immunity. 3. Is it ok to delay the second dose to more than 3-4 weeks? Ideally the second dose of Pfizer vaccine should be given 21 days after the first dose and 28 days after the first Moderna dose. However because of limited supply the national Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), has recommended that the second doses for all vaccines be delayed until a majority of the population have received at least one dose. This will ensure that the majority of Canadians have at least partial protection and hence reduce covid -19 counts across the country and reduce severe illness and deaths. 4. How safe am I, if I don’t get the second dose? As noted above you only get partial protection after the first dose and hence it is strongly recommended that every body get 2 doses of the available vaccines. 5. Can I choose which vaccine I get? NO, You should get whichever vaccine is available to you when it is your turn. All the covid vaccines approved in Canada are safe and effective and NACI does not recommend one over the other. As of today (March 30, 2021) Astra Zeneca vaccine is not to be given to people under 55 years. All others are ok to take it. 6. Can I get the Astra Zeneca vaccine if I have had a blood clot before? There have been rare cases of blood clots in some patients who received the AZ vaccine but it is noted that the incidence of these complications is extremely rare (1 in a million to 1 in 100,000) and hence the risk to benefit ratio is in favour of getting the vaccine It is therefore recommended that you get the vaccine even if you have had blood clot in the past. 9. If I have had covid and recovered, should I still get the vaccine? YES, you get the vaccine even if you have already had covid infection. That is because experts don’t know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering. Additionally you may not be protected from the new variants of covid virus.
The Ghanaian News March 2021
Around the World Sports Scene
with Jonathan Baah Annobil
Ghana’s AFCON qualifying coach not paid for twelve months, official residence unavailable Italian-born forward Emmanuel Black Stars coach Charles coach in January 2020, Lippert, the German Gyasi ‘proud’ of dream Ghana Kwablan Akonnor On received salary for just Technical Director of Sunday, March 28, three months with the the Ghana Football debut 2021, mission was payment coming in Association. Other accomplished as Charles Kwablan Akonnor and his charges wrapped up qualification matches for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Akonnor took charge of three games, losing, drawing and winning each with the draw coming against South Africa which confirmed Ghana’s spot at Cameroon next year.
Akonnor has passed his first task which was to ensure that Ghana makes a ninth straight appearance at the AFCON and he achieved that with a game to spare. Unlike his predecessors who might have played their qualification matches under the best possible conditions, Akonnor’s situation is the opposite. Akonnor as sources tell GhanaWeb, has since assuming the role of Black Stars
Three months have passed since Akonnor received what was believed to be the first tranche of payment but sources tell GhanaWeb that between January and March, no payment has been made to Akonnor. Akonnor signed a twoyear contract in February last year to earn $25,000 a month but was impressed upon by the Ministry to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. No official residence As head coach of the Black Stars, Akonnor is entitled to an official residence from government. The facility was enjoyed by Kwasi Appiah but Akonnor’s case is unfortunately different. Instead, some parts of the facility have been converted into offices for Bernhard
national team coaches not paid The situation is not any different in the other national teams. Information available to GhanaWeb indicates despite being placed on government payroll, the coaches of the other national teams are yet to receive salaries. Your email address... Subscribe Related Articles: Five lessons from Ghana versus Sao Tome game Join our Newsletter SWAG congratulates Black Bombers, Black Stars for the Olympics and AFCON qualification Watch how players, officials adhered to coronavirus protocols in Ghana’s 3-1 victory over Sao Tome Black Stars seek to end AFCON qualifying campaign on a high Ghana leaves South Africa wobbly in AFCON qualifiers ghanaweb.com
Ghana’s Benjamin Azamati breaks 22-year record to grab Olympic Games ticket by Frank Darkwah
Ghana’s Benjamin Azamati has set up a new National record after making a time of 9.97s at the Texas Relays. The Young Athlete broke the record held by former Ghana sprinter Leonard Myles-Miles in the last 22 years. Myles-Miles, former Ghana Olympian held the record since 1999. The former student of the University of Ghana also broke Darell Green’s record set in 1983, going on to make his personal best. The time thus make him only the third Ghanaian to book a ticket to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after Joseph Paul Amoah and Nadia Eke. At 23, the 2019 Ghana’s fastest man and Africa Games Gold winner has already written his name in history books. Frank Darkwah/GhanaSportsonline
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Spezia Calcio attacker Emmanuel Gyasi says he is proud to make his international debut for the Black Stars as Ghana qualified for the AFCON next year.
The Italy-born attacker marked his dream debut with an impressive performance to help Ghana hold South Africa at the FNB stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday evening. Gyasi lasted 89 minutes and was replaced by Emmanuel Boateng in a game that saw two quick goals in the second half from either sides. “The biggest dream for every football player is to reach the national team, this dream comes true only with hard work, humility and a lot of commitment. I am proud and proud to represent my country Ghana,” he wrote on social media. “Once aspiration, now reality; synonymous with the fact that in life
nothing is impossible, with dedication and perseverance, you can get anywhere,” he added. Having been born in Italy, the 27-yearold had to make a tough decision on representing the Africa nation with the Azurris lurking around. Gyasi is expected to make his second cap when Ghana plays São Tomé in Accra on Sunday. GHANAsoccernet.com
Ghana U20 goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim disappointed in age cheating claims against him Ghana Youth goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim is disappointed at claims leveled against him about age cheating. The 18-year-old has already come through the youth ranks playing for both the Ghana U17 and U20 teams. Danlad represent the country at U17 level in 2017 and has gone on to feature for the U20 side 4 years later.
The Kotoko goalkeeper is unhappy about accusations indicating he is not using the right age. “In 2017 at the U 17 world cup, while I was fighting for my country, my own people back home were accusing me of age cheating on,” he told Starr FM. “It really affected me and it showed in our game against Mali which I
Samed Shakul wants to win gold for Ghana at Tokyo Olympics, Ghanaian lightweight boxer, Shakul Samed has targeted gold medal for the country at the upcoming 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo. The boxing sensation became the third boxer from Ghana to qualify for the mega sporting event having been ranked as the thirdbest in Africa and 10th in the world according to the Boxing Task Force Rankings.
the nod and promised Ghanaians a medal in Tokyo. “I am very excited to book the qualification and I was expecting qualification despite having placed fourth during qualifiers in Senegal. I put up my best at the qualifiers but couldn’t get automatic qualification but thankfully I have gained qualification.” “I want to assure Ghanaians that I am not going to joke at the Olympics. My target is to reach the medal zone and hopefully to win a gold medal but I will surely not come back empty-handed,” he said. Shakul said that he had step-up preparations
even made a mistake and we got eliminated from the competition” He earned himself a callup to the Black Stars team for the upcoming Cup of Nations qualifiers after emerging as the best goalkeeper at the Africa U20 Cup of Nations early this Month. Frank Darkwah/ GhnanaSpoartsonline
Samed Shakul wants to win gold for Ghana at Tokyo Olympics
Speaking to GNA Sports after securing qualification to Tokyo, Shakul was elated with
for the Olympics and he was plotting to make a name for himself and make Ghana proud at the forthcoming Olympics. “I started preparations long ago and we are currently doing nonresidential training and hopefully I would step up preparations when we start proper camping in the few weeks ahead. Making Ghana proud is all I have in mind and hopefully with hardwork the set target will be achieved,” he stated. Shakul joins Suleman Tetteh and Samuel Takyi as they set to represent Ghana when the Tokyo Olympics kick starts in July. GNA
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