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28 Ghanaian Canadians to be honored in Toronto on Nov. 26, 2017 The 16th Annual Ghanaian-Canadian Achievement Awards Dinner and Dance, will be held on Sunday November 26, 2017 at 65 Claireport Convention and Banquet Hall, (Albion/Steeles) in (Etobicoke) 5:30pm. The Event Dubbed “Tribute to our Achievers” was instituted by The Ghanaian News to recognize and honor individual Ghanaian-Canadians and groups who have excelled or achieved honors in their fields of endeavor. The 28 recognition awards will be in the following areas: ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE, RELIGION, CULTURAL PROMOTION, COMMUNITY SERVICES, BUSINESS, GOSPEL MUSIC, ENTERTAINMENT and SPORTS.

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It’s expected that hundreds of enthusiastic Ghanaian community members and well-wishers from all over Canada will gather on the evening of November 26, 2017, at the said venue to recognize outstanding achievers in the community. Dignitaries who will be attending the expected mammoth gathering will include some members of the African Diplomatic Corps and representatives from the Municipal, Provincial and Federal levels, community leaders, cultural groups, church members and the general public. The Ghana High Commissioner to Canada, H.E. Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, will join us in Toronto at the Awards on Sundays. There will be an interlude of African cultural Display by “ORKESTRA GATIGO” (All White Cultural Group) of Toronto, and Music by various groups and DJ’s cont’d on pg. 9

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Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) embarked on 5 City Housing Exhibition in Canada By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto Ghana Real Estate Developers Association (GREDA) embarked on a five city Housing Exhibition Road show in Canada from 28th September to 9th October 2017. The exhibition started from Calgary on Saturday September 30th then to Edmonton on Sunday, October 1st and moved to Montreal October 4th and Ottawa October 5. The climax was a 2 day show in

Toronto on 7th & 8th October 2017. H . E . Ay i k o i O t o o performed the official opening of the Exhibition. The event was supported by various people from both African and Ghanaian Canadian community across all the five cities. The Exhibition w a s o rg a n i z e d o n behalf of GREDA by the Ghanaian News Canada.

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

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Let’s celebrate 17 years of recognizing our Community Achievers Seventeen years ago, The Ghanaian News launched a modest effort to recognize, showcase and celebrate the achievements of members in our communities across Canada who have and continue to excel in various discipline and fields of endeavor. This initiative was borne out of the conviction that many members of our community in Canada have been making strenuous efforts not only to achieve laurels for themselves and their community, but to the development and improvement of Canadian society as well. To a very large extent, this innovation has been a great and a splashing success. Over the past seventeen years we have unearthed and showcased an average of twenty-five high-flying achievers in various fields of endeavor from our community every year. That comes close to nearly three hundred and fifty persons to date. This year we will be showcasing close to thirty more achievers. These Achievement Awards have proven a number of important points: First, there are great talents in our community. Secondly, our community members are not just sitting on these talents; they are utilizing them to achieve results. Thirdly they have proven that our community members are contributing significant efforts to the improvement of Canadian society. Against the background of all the misinformation, myths and stereotypes that are bandied around about immigrants and immigrant communities, we are delighted to note that this events have achieved the purpose for which they were instituted: showcasing the best and brightest from our community in the larger Canadian context. We wish to however to comment on a disturbing aspect of these events in our community: the low involvement and participation of our community members in these awards ceremonies. We have observed over the years that it is the same people who regularly attend these events although the awards recipients may be different every year. We also wish to note the constant presence of a large number of mainstream Canadians: from politicians, public servants to Police Officers at these events. If these high-profile people from mainstream Canadian society recognize the importance of this event and regularly show up to support us, then it is incumbent on us as the community organizing this event to embrace it and turn out in our numbers to support it. We also depend on community members to nominate the known achievers in our community who are deserving of these awards. We therefore entreat community members to constantly be on the lookout for those that are achieving laurels in various aspects in our community and nominate them for the awards when the time comes. We call on community members to turn up to support and applaud our achievers for this year on Sunday November 26, 2017. They deserve our recognition, our praises and our support. Finally we extend our heartfelt and warm congratulations to all our award recipients for this year. Do not rest on your oars. Keep pushing to make yourself, your community and our nation proud. We are proud of you!

21.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan Census 2016 shows more immigrants, visible minorities and Indigenous people The share of immigrants in Canada has reached its highest level in almost a century, according to 2016 census figures released Wednesday. The Statistics Canada data also shows the Indigenous population is growing at more than four times the rate of the non-Indigenous population, reaching nearly 1.7 million in 2016. These are some of the findings of the latest data set from the 2016 census, focusing on  the population related to immigration, ethnocultural diversity, housing and Indigenous people.

The largest individual source of new immigrants is the Philippines (15.6 per cent), followed by India (12.1 per cent) and China (10.6). Close to three per cent of new immigrants come from the United States, while Canada’s former colonial masters, France and the United Kingdom, combine for four per cent of all new immigrants. In large part due to the influx of refugees, Syria was the seventh most important source of immigrants. It was ranked 50th in 2011. 7.7 million visible minority population

The numbers come just days before the annual immigration levels are set to be tabled in the House of Commons by the Liberal government. The levels were set at 300,000 per year in 2017.​

The census shows 7.7 million Canadians belong to a visible minority, representing 22.3 per cent of the population. That is up from just 4.7 per cent in 1981 and could rise to about one-third by 2036.

The census figures show 21.9 per cent of Canadians report being or having been an immigrant or permanent resident, nearly matching the high of 22.3 per cent in 1921 and up from 19.8 per cent in 2006. The number was slightly higher than 21.9 per cent in 1931 too.

South Asians are the largest visible minority group at 25.1 per cent of the total. Another 20.5 per cent of visible minorities are Chinese, while 15.6 per cent are black.

Statistics Canada estimates immigrants could represent up to 30 per cent of all Canadians by 2036. The country welcomed 1.2 million new immigrants between 2011 and 2016, with 60.3 per cent of them being admitted as “economic” immigrants — nearly half of those through the skilled workers program. Immigrants headed West Immigrants are heading to the Prairies in larger numbers, with increases in the share of new immigrants settling in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. While 39 per cent of new immigrants still head to Ontario, that is down from 55.9 per cent in 2001. “This isn’t just about the economy, but because some provinces are taking advantage of the Provincial and Territorial Nominee Program and using this program to attract immigrants that fit their economic needs,” says René Houle, senior analyst with Statistics Canada. Immigrants vs. Refugees: How are people getting into Canada? Urban centres in the Prairies have also welcomed disproportionately large numbers of new immigrants. Nevertheless, 56 per cent of them live in and around Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, while these centres are home to just over one-third of all Canadians. More than 60 per cent of new immigrants come from Asia (including the Middle East), by far the largest source. Africa, however, has now surpassed Europe as the second-most important source of new immigrants, increasing to 13.4 per cent. This is largely due to Quebec and its efforts in attracting French-speaking individuals. Nearly half of new immigrants from Africa settled in Quebec.

About one-third of Canadians report having at least one ethnic origin from the British Isles and another 13.6 per cent report French descent. The largest group – 32.3 per cent — reported “Canadian” ethnicity. These tend to be Canadians with European ancestors who have been in the country for many generations, says Houle. Just over six per cent of the population reported some Indigenous ancestry. 42.5% increase in Indigenous population since 2006 There were 1,673,785 Indigenous Canadians in 2016, representing 4.9 per cent of the country’s population. That is an increase of 42.5 per cent since 2006, a rate of growth more than four times that of the non-Indigenous population. Factors behind the pace of growth include greater life expectancy, a higher fertility rate and an increase in the selfreporting of Indigenous identity. The Indigenous population is young, averaging 32.1 years old — almost a decade younger than non-Indigenous Canadians — and more are living in cities. The population in large metropolitan centres has grown by nearly 60 per cent since 2006, in part due to the increase in Indigenous self-identification, according to Thomas Anderson, an analyst with Statistics Canada The Indigenous population  “is young and growing, and will continue to grow,” he says. Statistics Canada estimates that on these trends, the Indigenous population could be 2.5 million by 2036. The proportion of Indigenous people living in housing needing major repairs decreased for every category except for on-reserve status Indians. That share increased slightly by 0.8 points to 44.2 cont’d on pg. 13

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Ontario creating 1,200 new hospital beds across province to ease overcrowding TORONTO - The province is creating 1,200 new beds in hospitals across Ontario in an effort to address overcrowded wards.

The reopened sites will be used to care for alternate level of care patients, many of whom are waiting in hospital for a bed in a long-term care facility.

As part of that effort, the government is reopening two shuttered Toronto hospital sites - the Humber River Hospital’s Finch Site and the University Health Network’s Hillcrest site - to create a total of 225 beds.

The province will spend $140 million on its plan to create more hospital beds and home care services.

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Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate at one per cent OTTAWA -- The Bank of Canada left its benchmark interest rate unchanged Wednesday after raising it twice since the summer -- but it signalled that future hikes are likely on the horizon.

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To make its case, the bank also pointed to the substantial, persistent unknowns around geopolitical developments as well as U.S.-related fiscal and trade In its scheduled announcement, the policies, such as the renegotiation of the central bank said it held off this time North American Free Trade Agreement. in part because it expects the recent strength of the Canadian dollar to slow Governor Stephen Poloz has introduced

Canada winter forecast: Snowstorms to frequent Ontario, Quebec; Dangerously cold air to grip the Prairies AccuWeather Global Headquarters - October 17, 2017 - AccuWeather reports a snow-filled winter is in store for much of eastern Canada as storms frequent some of the country’s most populated cities. Meanwhile, storms will also bring ample snow to the Canadian Rockies, promoting good skiing conditions all winter long. The weather pattern setting up over Canada this winter will be influenced by the development of La Niña. “ A c c u We a t h e r. c o m meteorologists expect weak La Niña conditions in the equatorial Pacific, which is expected to play a role in the overall weather pattern across North America during the upcoming winter,” AccuWeather Canadian Weather Expert Brett Anderson said. Snowstorms to frequent Ontario, Quebec A snowy winter is expected for much of eastern Canada with the prospect of a few big snowstorms throughout the season. “There are opportunities for several significant snow events from Windsor through Toronto and up into Ottawa and Montreal this winter, especially in January and February,” Anderson said. The abnormally warm waters in the Great Lakes will also fuel significant lake-effect snow events, especially for cities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Barrie and London, Ontario, according to Anderson. Th e c o m b in a tio n o f frequent snowstorms and lake-effect snow events will make for a good ski and snowmobile season

across eastern Canada. While much of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Valley will face a snowy winter, milder conditions are in the forecast for Atlantic Canada. “Cloudier and milder conditions will prevail in cities such as Saint John, Halifax and Charlotteown,” Anderson said. The expected track of storm systems and the w a r m e r- t h a n - n o r m a l waters in the North Atlantic will help to keep the bitter cold of winter at bay. “This may also increase the potential for some major ocean storms during the winter that may target Newfoundland with rain or snow,” Anderson said. Dangerously low temperatures to grip the Prairies Wa v e s o f a r c t i c a i r will blast across the Canadian Prairies in the coming months, causing temperatures to plummet to dangerously low levels multiple times throughout the winter. These arctic intrusions will be short-lived and followed up by fairly quick warmups in the western Prairies, including Calgary and Edmonton. Meanwhile, winter will start off on a mild note across the eastern Prairies before the bitter cold settles across the region. “Compared to last winter, the upcoming winter is expected to be colder from the eastern Prairies to Quebec,” Anderson said. Biting winds accompanying the frigid arctic air will make it

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two rate hikes since July -- at consecutive policy meetings -- in response to the economy’s impressive run over the last four quarters. The increases removed the two rate cuts introduced in 2015 as insurance following the collapse in oil prices. The bank signalled Wednesday it expects to stick to its rate-hiking path, although at perhaps a more-tentative pace. “While less monetary policy stimulus will likely be required over time, governing council will be cautious in making future adjustments to the policy rate,” the bank said in a statement. The bank stressed it will pay particular attention to incoming data to assess the unfolding impact of higher interest rates, the evolution of economic capacity, wage growth and inflation. Its next rate announcement is set for Dec. 6. The central bank also released updated projections Wednesday that forecast economic growth to moderate after Canada’s powerful performance, particularly since the start of the year. It now expects growth, as measured by real gross domestic product, to slow from its robust annual pace of 3.1 per cent this year to 2.1 per cent in 2018 and 1.5 per cent in 2019. The economy expanded at a annual rate of 3.7 per cent in the first three months of 2017 and 4.5 per cent in the second quarter. The bank’s latest outlook now predicts real GDP to grow at an annual rate of 1.8 per cent in the third quarter and 2.5 per cent in the final three months

of 2017. “Real GDP growth is expected to moderate to a still-solid pace close to two per cent ... over the second half of the year,” the bank said. The bank forecasts declining contributions from residential investment and consumption, which largely fuelled Canada’s recent growth spurt. These changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said. The bank provided an estimate for the economic impact of incoming guidelines to reinforce mortgage underwriting practices, which were announced recently by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. The changes, which will take effect Jan. 1, are expected to trim 0.2 per cent from GDP by the end of 2019, the bank said. Moving forward, the bank said economic activity will advance on a “moresustainable” trajectory led by rising foreign demand, recent increases in commodity prices, still-low borrowing rates and government infrastructure spending. It also projects steady growth in business investment, which rebounded in early 2017. The weaker-than-expected roll out of federal infrastructure spending will provide a smaller boost for the economy in 2017 than the bank had anticipated. The commitments, however, are expected to lift growth over the coming quarters, the report said. The Canadian Press



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FOCUS School Curriculum must be Relevant to Community Needs. By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview MS, Toronto going is our potentials. Students therefore have to take opportunities of new learning initiatives and improve upon what they have already. The job market keeps on changing. What students learn at school should therefore be geared towards preparing them for needs of the community. This calls for dynamic and relevant curriculum. In Ontario, it is reported that for the past four years college graduates have overtaken university graduates in securing better employment. This is partly due to the nature of courses offered at the college which are more hands-on and meets the present needs of the community. Rising Graduate Unem-

ployment in Ghana: World Bank report on Ghana in 2016 laments the growing youth unemployment in Ghana. It says 48% of Ghanaian youth are jobless. The report reveals, “In Ghana, youth are less likely than adults to be working: in 2012, about 52% of people aged 1524 were employed (compared to about 90% for the 25-64 population), a third were in school, 14% were inactive and 4% were unemployed actively looking for job. Young women in the same age group are particularly disadvantaged and have much higher inactivity rates that men: 17% of young female are inactive as opposed to 11% of males,”

It recommended that “government must work towards equipping the youth with relevant skills through the educational system.” Obviously, policymakers are confused about what the real issues are and what, possibly could be done about them. It must be noted here that Ghana is not the only country battling with the rise in graduate unemployment. Our communities are undergoing radical changes as technology advances. Schools, colleges and universities ought to acknowledge such changes and make what students are taught in these formal institutions of learning more relevant to the needs of the community.

Ontario makes it illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics TORONTO - It will soon be illegal to protest outside and near abortion clinics in Ontario. The legislature passed a bill today to create zones around the eight clinics in the province of between 50 and 150 metres in which anti-abortion protests, advising a person not to get an abortion, and intimidation or interfering with a woman’s ability to access the services will be banned.

The ban will also automatically apply to 150 metres around the homes of abortion staff and health professionals who provide the services. It isn’t immediately in force after the bill’s passage, because Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says the exact zones have to be set out in regulations, but he predicts that will happen sooner rather than later. He also says there

will be an application process for other health-care providers or pharmacists, as some Ontario pharmacies recently started offering the abortion pill, Mifegymiso. Anyone who violates the safe zones will face up to $5,000 in fines and six months in jail for a first offence and fines of $1,000 to $10,000 and up to a year in jail for a second or subsequent offence. The Canadian Press

JFK assassination: Trump allows release of some documents US President Donald Trump has ordered the release of 2,800 files on President John F Kennedy’s assassination. But he blocked the release of other files, citing national security concerns. Senior administration officials did not divulge the contents of the records being shared by the National Archives on Thursday.









Conspiracy theories have swirled since President Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, 54 years ago.



explain this complex phenomenon known as curriculum, it can be simply referred to as a course of study or plan for what is to be taught in an educational institution (Wiles, “Bondi in Curriculum Development: A Guide to Practice”, 1998).According to Gatawa in the book “The Politics of the School Curriculum: An Introduction” (1990), the curriculum is general in nature, for it encompasses all societal speculations about knowledge and what constitutes it. Knowledge should have a basis as determined by society. However, because knowledge is dynamic as it

constantly changes with the coming on board of new truths in the ever changing universe, policymakers should always be privy to any shift in expectation, so that what is considered as knowledge remains relevant to societal needs Relevance is our big challenge now: The greatest challenge we face today is relevance. Our students require a curriculum that provides them with meaningful experiences, that engenders deep and significant learning. It has to be relevant and responsive to the age in which we live. In other words, it must educate for life. This reminds me of a recent talk by my school Principal, Mr. Karl Subban to parents and students who attended our transition information night for our Grade 8 students. He said that technology keeps on changing how we live. And that, the only possession we have that keeps us


By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada “A curriculum is considered the ‘heart’ of any learning institution which means that schools or universities cannot exist without a curriculum. With its importance in formal education, curriculum has become a dynamic process due to the changes that occur in our society.” Feb 28, 2015 In my over forty years as a professional teacher, I have encountered the term curriculum in different ways. Curriculum could be described as lists of subjects, learning areas and courses of study.  The syllabus outlines everything that the teacher needs to teach to his/her class.  It must be argued here that this content-prescriptive approach limits the scope of teachers to really personalize the learning. Although, there is no single definition that can be used to holistically

A 1992 law passed by Congress required all records related to the assassination - around five million pages - to be publicly disclosed in full within 25 years. The deadline was Thursday.

More than 90% of the files were already in the public domain. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in Dallas less than an hour before his assassination Allegations of a government cover-up are unlikely to be assuaged by reports that the CIA, FBI, Department of State and other agencies lobbied at the last minute to keep certain documents under wraps. In a memo directing heads of executive departments to release the files, Mr Trump said the American public deserves to be “fully informed about all aspects of this pivotal event”. “Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” the president wrote. cont’d on pg. 14

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10 reasons why Bukom Banku lost to Bastie Samir By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto

1. Hitherto undefeated Bukom Banku aka Braimah Issa Kamoko did not respect his opponent, who was former captain of the national team, an unbeaten African Amateur Champion, as well as an Olympian with experience from t h e camps of w o rld champions, Floyd who is Ghana’s only Mayweather and Oscar international coaching DelaHoya in the USA. instructor, and handler of the national team, the 2. Bukom Banku shed too Black Bombers. He also much weight and even wanted to prove a point as Bastie weighed more many boxing coaches in than him. At the weigh Accra feel they are better in Banku was 193lbs than him. while Bastie was 194lbs. 3. While Banku was bragging and insulting, his opponent was preparing hard in the Wisdom gym. Bastie is younger and hungry for success. He wanted a platform to relaunch his career.

5. Bukom Banku commanded a bigger support and was the favourite with his record and experience, but Bastie’s fans were ready for the battle of the undefeated, though they were the underdogs. Their slogan – “Na Aba Laba” really worked. Bastie wore a battle dress like a warrior for the fight.

4 . B u k o m B a n k u ’s Coach Godfred Biney aka Wadada is not much experienced in the class of Bastie’s Ofori Asare 6. Bastie was always

h u m b l e an d s h o wed discipline in all his movements, while Bukom Banku was bragging and showing off with his Bukom ladies. When he was asked the change his gloves in the ring, though it was not professional, he compiled. He is not intimidated by the stature of Banku. 7. Bukom Banku who stopped training as a boxer and got into politics and entertainment should blame himself, because during those times, Bastie S am i r was t rai n i n g . 8. Bukom Banku bleached himself forgetting he was harming his skin and body, which he uses to fight. While he was bleaching Samir was lifting logs and carrying tractor tyres. 9. Politically, Bukom Banku’s party was not in power, so the powers he had under NDC was reduced, and his mentors were not at the arena to cheer or back him.

Many NPP devotees were against him.

in Accra on Saturday, 21 October 2017.

10. Socially, Bukom Banku lost some supporters due to his lifestyle in Accra as he often had problems with ladies. Many women in Bukom were happy that he lost, his paddy Ayitey Powers has advised him to give himself to Jesus Christ and gain salvation. On the other hand, Bastie is a devout Muslim who prays five times a day.

Ta l k i n g a b o u t t h e financial gains from the bout, Bukom Banku told Accra-based Kasapa FM on Monday, 23 October 2017 that: “I got paid GHS50,000, you can ask the promoter. I wasn’t paid GHS1million. I was paid half the money to aid my training and I’m yet to get the balance.”

.... Banku bagged GHS50K in Samir bout Bukom Banku has disclosed he earned GHS50,000 from his bout with Bastie Samir. Bukom Banku suffered his first defeat after he was knocked out by Samir in the seventh round in a fight dubbed “Make or Break” at the Bukom Boxing Arena,

Meanwhile Bukom Banku, has called for a rematch with Samir on 6 March, 2018. “I’ve lost the fight, but this is not a correct defeat. Bastie Samir is the winner but this is not a correct defeat. I’ll come back for a return fight on the sixth of March. When I defeated Ayitey Powers, he came for a rematch so Bastie has beaten me and I’ll come back for a return bout,” Banku said.

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1.9% of Canadians are immigrants, the highest share in 85 years: StatsCan cont’d from pg 6 per cent, compared to 19.4 per cent for all Indigenous. Home ownership stagnant Among the general population, ownership of homes has slipped marginally over the last decade to 67.8 per cent. It was 68.4 per cent in 2006, but it had increased by nearly six percentage points over the previous 15 years. The highest rate of home ownership was in Atlantic Canada, where 76.7 per cent of the population owned homes. Quebec was the province with the lowest rate, at 61.3 per cent, while it was just 20 per cent in Nunavut. The data also shows that millennials are less likely to own homes than their parents were, with fewer 30-year-olds in 2016 owning their homes than in 1981, and more living in apartments. The data from Wednesday’s release was drawn from the mandatory long-form portion of the census that had been ended by the former Conservative government and replaced with the voluntary National Household Survey for the 2011 census. This had been panned by statisticians, demographers and researchers for the unreliability of the data, particularly in small communities. The mandatory longform census was reinstituted by the Liberals in time for the 2016 census. The last results of the census, including data on education, labour, commute to work, the language used at work, and mobility and migration, will be released by Statistics Canada at the end of November. By Éric Grenier, CBC News

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Four million Ghanaians ‘mad’ – Mental Health Authority About four million Ghanaians, out of the estimated population of 28million are suffering from mild to severe mental illness, the Mental Health Authority (MHA), has said. The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Dr Caroline Amissah who disclosed this on the sidelines of the launch of a nongovernmental organisation (NGO), Friends of Mental Health, in Accra on Monday, said one in every four persons in Ghana has a mental illness. According to her, the four million persons were suffering from mild to severe mental disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia, with depression and schizophrenia as the lead mental disorders in mild and severe mental disorders respectively. Mental health not a priority Speaking at the launch, Dr Amissah said in spite of the huge number of persons with mental disorder conditions, m e n t al health co ntinue d to be low in the priority of health planners at all levels, especially, the government. That, she said was reflective in the quality and quantity of mental health services in the country, adding that poor funding, lack of adequate medication and personnel were some of the major challenges of the mental health delivery. “Last year for instance, the government did not release any funds for mental health services, while this year the government has not provided any drugs although GH¢500,000 had been released for the various mental health facilities,” she said. Although there was also an allocation of GH¢3million

for drugs for mental health in the budget for this year, Dr Amissah said the drugs were yet to be purchased, a situation forcing the authority to rely on NGOs and other partners for drugs to sustain mental patients in the country. Compounding the challenges, Dr Amissah s aid almo s t all mental health inpatient beds were located in the only three mental hospitals, Accra Psychiatric, Pantang Psychiatric, both in Accra a nd Ankaful P s y ch i at ri c hospital in the Central Region. Friends of Mental Health For that reason, Dr Amissah said the authority was striving to curb the challenges facing mental health delivery through collaborative efforts with stakeholders, including NGOs to ensure equity and quality h ealth care. In his address, the Chief Executive Officer of the Friends of Mental Health, Nana Okase Essandoh said the lack of resources at the various mental health facilities, as well as the daily struggle to feed and ensure that patients received their required medications informed the establishment of the organisation. A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Prof. Stephen Adei, who is also a member of the board trustee of the organisation, said persons with mental disorders were the most vulnerable in the society who needed help. He said persons with mental disorders could hardly do anything about their condition, hence the need for society to show humanity by helping them to recover.

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The future requires new skills, ECA’s Opoku-Mensah tells African governments eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government

education on the continent has to be adapted to suit the emergent future. Mega-trends and technology are influencing education with the world continuing to change as a result of trends and Africa should not be left behind, said Ms. Opoku-Mensah.

African governments must refocus their education curricula and put in place new programmes that factor in mega trends and 4IR, which is the fourth industrial revolution that is all about connectivity, Economic Commission for Africa’s Aida Opoku-Mensah recently said.

“The increase in our population will significantly intensify existing challenges on creating meaningful job opportunities to address youth unemployment in each country so our governments must act quickly and collaborate with private and education sectors to address this,” she told participants.

Ms. Opoku-Mensah, ECA’s Special Adviser on the Post2015 Development Agenda, was speaking at the eLA2017’s 12th international conference on ICT for development, education and training that was held in Port Louis, Mauritius.

The future is here and it requires new skills. This goes straight to the centrality of education Ms. Opoku-Mensah said ICTs and the new wave of technological advances were creating newer opportunities.

eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government. ‘Learning in Context’ was the theme of this year’s eLearning Africa. Context, said Ms. OpokuMensah, is a vital factor in education in Africa, especially with all the challenges that need to be addressed if the continent is to adequately prepare for the future. “The future is here and it requires new skills. This goes straight to the centrality of education,” she said, adding

“This is a big test for governments’ ability to harness benefits and devise plans to shape the future of education and its oversight,” she said, adding African countries also need to have a say on how to influence international conventions to ensure optimum economic benefits. Ms. Opoku-Mensah also spoke about the significance of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) targets, indicators and impacts. She said education was important for the continent’s economic transformation, adding governments need to create a new playing field for new business models. Ms. Opoku-Mensah emphasized the importance of education

for the 4IR; a curriculum that is based on educating students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); investments in ICTs in education sector and in building technical knowledge skills. “We need to address the skills challenge in Africa and produce more better-quality teachers with great teaching materials as well as use e-Learning more often to speed up the skills gap,” the ECA Adviser said, adding sector-specific training should be prioritized. These include skills for mining to prevent enclave economies due to limited local skills; skills for agribusiness; and manufacturing training. Ms. Opoku-Mensah said building skills set for manufacturing in Africa was a priority as they are on the decline, adding this is why it is important for the continent to refocus its education curricula. The conference considered a range of important issues, which relate to context, including how context affects the overall provision of education in Africa; what the opportunities are of a properly contextualized approach to education and training; how exactly context can be designed into education initiatives; and how eLearning and digitalization can support inclusivity, increase access to information and help to pass on Africa’s rich heritage of traditional knowledge. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

JFK assassination: Trump allows release cont’d from pg. 12 of some documents Some redacted documents are undergoing a further six-month review, but it is possible those records could stay secret after the deadline on 26 April next year. The president, according to White House officials, was reluctant to agree to agency requests to hold the remaining documents. “I have no choice - today - but to accept those redactions rather than allow potentially irreversible harm to our Nation’s security,” Mr. Trump added in his memo. The records are being released on the National Archives website. What happened? President Kennedy was shot dead on 22 November 1963 as he travelled through Dallas in an open-topped limousine. Texas Governor John Connally, who was sitting in front of the president, was wounded. Police officer JD Tippit was killed shortly afterwards. Lee Harvey Oswald was ar-

rested and charged with killing Kennedy and Tippit, but he denied this, saying he was “just a patsy”. On 24 November, Oswald was shot dead in the basement of the Dallas police department by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner. What was the official explanation? The Warren Commission’s report, published in September 1964, said that Lee Harvey Oswald had fired the fatal shots from the Texas School Book Depository building. There was “no evidence that either Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby was part of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign”, the commission said. A 1979 investigation by the House Select Committee on Assassinations said there was a “high probability” that there had been two gunmen. Who was Lee Harvey Oswald?

A former Marine and self-proclaimed Marxist, he travelled to the Soviet Union in 1959 and lived there until 1962. He worked in Minsk in a radio and TV factory and met his wife in the city. The Warren Commission found that he visited the Cuban and Russian embassies in Mexico City two months before Kennedy was shot. What other theories are there? Some people suggest there may have been a second shooter, while others say it is more likely the fatal shot came from in front of Kennedy and not behind. A paraffin test on Oswald’s cheek after he was arrested suggested he hadn’t fired a rifle, although the test’s reliability has been questioned. Mr.Connally has said he was not hit by the same bullet as Kennedy, contradicting the Warren Commission’s findings. BBC News

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If NAFTA Dies, Old Canada-U.S. Trade Deal Would Live On, Right? Not So Fast, Canada There may not be any insurance policy if NAFTA collapses WASHINGTON — It’s a refrain frequently heard in Canada: That ending NAFTA wouldn’t change much in economic relations with the United States, because the countries could simply pull their older agreement off the shelf, dust it off, and persist in trade without tariffs. It’s also wrong, some analysts say. A few people interviewed this week disputed the idea that the original Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement of 1987 would automatically snap back into place if NAFTA disappears, an increasingly relevant topic as hostilities mount in the trilateral trade talks. “That’s so naive,” said Sarah Goldfeder, a former U.S. diplomat in Mexico and Canada who is following the trade negotiations at Earnscliffe Strategy Group in Ottawa, on the idea of an automatic snapback. That would raise new challenges, she said. First of all, she said the current American political climate would not make for an easy re-implementation. She said there would be demands for a renegotiation within the U.S., and the parties would soon be back at the table struggling with many of the same sticking points. “There’s no way this (Trump) administration would do this (re-implementation) without negotiating a new agreement,” she said. “So you’re still going to have to negotiate all the same irritants.” The current talks have become bogged down amid huge gaps between the countries — and not only in material things like dairy, automobiles, and public works’ Buy American rules, but in basic philosophical differences on the architecture of a trade deal. The Trump administration’s proposals would make it easy to cancel the agreement within five years, and hard for countries to count on stable long-term access to each other’s markets. More from HuffPost Canada: Insiders now view termination

as a real possibility, raising unprecedented procedural questions — like what the rules are for cancelling a trade deal and, of particular importance to Canadians, what the rules are for reviving an old one. The suspension of the old agreement was signalled in diplomatic notes exchanged between the countries. The 1993 notes were brief and vaguely worded. The countries complimented each other on their new deal with Mexico, and confirmed that each would make separate arrangements to suspend the old deal.

dangerous complacency that there’s some insurance policy if NAFTA dies. “I think it’s highly questionable that this insurance policy will pay out, and pay out in full, in the case of an accident,” he said. “I’m highly doubtful the agreement would come back into place and everyone would be fine with it... If Congress believes they’re going to have to vote on it, then they’re going to have to vote on it.”

“It would require a lot of action, a lot of consensus in Congress. ... So far, there haven’t been a lot The American suspension is of profiles in courage.”Michael laid out in Section 107 of the Froman, ex-U.S. trade czar law implementing NAFTA in that country in 1994. The The U.S. Constitution, after earlier deal negotiated by Brian all, gives Congress the power Mulroney and Ronald Reagan over international commercial was to be suspended, and, agreements. Historically, according to the law, it would Congress has merely lent that remain suspended until such power to the president, and time as that suspension might worked out a compromise set be “terminated.” of rules known as fast-track It doesn’t define how you legislation. “terminate” a suspension. But a trade consultant who two Now some analysts suggest the decades ago advised Canada’s Congress could try wresting parliamentary committee on back its rightful power, block NAFTA implementation said any Trump effort to cancel it obviously requires someone NAFTA, and avoid all this uncertainty over the 1993 deal, to do something. the 1987 deal, and trade in “ I t ’s b e e n s u s p e n d e d . general. Somebody has to un-suspend But a former U.S. trade czar it,” Peter Clark said. expresses some doubt this will T h a t s o m e o n e c o u l d b e happen. Congress. And even if Congress does successfully vote to re- B a r a c k O b a m a ’s t r a d e introduce the old FTA, its representative Michael Froman vote would either require the points to the track record of this approval of President Donald current Congress — which has Trump, or an overwhelming, failed to pass a single piece two-thirds majority vote of policy legislation of any in Congress to overcome a significance. presidential veto. “I think it would require a lot No insurance policy if NAFTA of action, a lot of consensus in Congress. And that may dies emerge,” Froman told the Council on Foreign Relations A Washington trade expert this week. says lawmakers could also try sneaking bits of trade “But so far, there haven’t been a legislation into larger bills lot of profiles in courage.” — it’s a common practice in The end of free trade in North American lawmaking to tack on America would leave new unrelated items to a bill. tariffs averaging 3.5 per cent But Eric Miller says his own in the U.S., 4.2 in Canada, and congressional sources have 7.1 in Mexico. Some analysts already told him: American say that would reduce Canada’s lawmakers would expect a vote GDP by about 2.5 per cent on a on any FTA re-implementation. long-term basis. He’s warning Canadians Canadian Press now — over what he calls a


Ghana: Diversity Visa Lottery relaunches Oct. 18 - Nov. 22, 2017 Any entries submitted before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will not be considered, and the entrant will need to submit another entry during the new registration period Due to a technical issue, the registration period for the U.S. government’s Diversity Visa Lottery 2019 program is being restarted. All entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. This is a global issue. Any entries submitted before Wednesday, October 18, 2017, will not be considered, and the entrant will need to submit another entry during the new registration period. Applicants may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries. Individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified. All other eligibility requirements remain the same. The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at 4:00 pm Ghana time on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at 5:00 pm Ghana time on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website,, during the registration period. DV instructions also are available on the U.S. Department of State’s public webpage at dv/instructions. The U.S. Department of State will send an automated email notification to each Diversity Visa entrant from whom an entry was received before October 18, 2017, using the email address provided on the lottery entry form, directing the entrant to check the website ( for an important announcement.  As always, applicants are encouraged to remain vigilant of individuals who might try to use fraudulent means to take advantage of the Diversity Visa opportunity. The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages applicants to submit their own entry and to read the instructions before entering to ensure their eligibility. The U.S. government will never ask applicants to send payment in advance by check, money order, or wire transfer. Fees for the DV application process are paid to the U.S. Embassy cashier at the time of the scheduled appointment if an entry is selected. Beginning May 15, 2018, DV-2019 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at to see if their entry was selected. Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members. The U.S. Department of State will also confirm visa interview appointments through the Entrant Status Check. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those concerned, however, we must restart the entry process for this year (DV-2019). Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana. Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana | 

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

Stiff Language Proficiency Requirements for Canadian Citizenship Applications One becomes a Canadian citizen either by birth or by naturalization pursuant to the Citizenship Act. In many cases, adults applying to become citizens must meet certain language requirements. This short article focuses on the strict enforcement of the language eligibility which has been introduced recently. As it has been the case for several years, persons applying to become Canadian citizens by naturalization must, before applying, be 18 years of age, be permanent residents of Canada and must meet the residence requirements of at least three years (1, 095 days) in the past four years. All applicants must also not be subject to any prohibition under the Citizenship Act and must not be under a removal order. Children under 18 years, however, can apply for Canadian citizenship and do not need to meet the residence requirement It has, over the past years, b e e n a r equir em ent tha t applicants between the age of 18 and 54 years must be able to communicate in either English or French and have adequate knowledge of Canada’s history, geography, government and

citizenship applications. Some examples of this proof can be: the results of an Immigrationapproved third-party test or transcripts or a diploma from a secondary education in English or French, in Canada or abroad; or evidence of achieving Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 4 or higher in certain governmentfunded language training programs. the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The authorities, however, have, over the past years, been reasonable and flexible over these requirements and have been having faceto-face interviews with the applicants who do not meet the aforementioned requirements to determine their eligibility for citizenship notwithstanding their inability to meet the requirements. The flexibility the Government used to exercise over the language requirement seems to be over. With the new introduction, applicants between 18 and 54 years will have to send proof of their ability to speak and listen in English or French with their

Applicants who would like to provide proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening through a language instruction for Newcomers (LINC) course should indicate on their citizenship application forms if they successfully completed LINC courses between January 1, 2008 and October 31, 2012 and Immigration will verify the completion electronically. Applicants who successfully complete a LINC course after November 1, 2012 should however submit a copy of the certificate that is issued to them with the application. Immigration will not accept initial placement tests by a LINC assessment centre as proof of achieving CLB 4 in speaking and listening.

The new third-party test results acceptable to the Immigration include: CELPIP General (Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program General test; CELPIP GeneralLS a two-skills (listening and speaking) version of the CELPIP; IELTS – General training (International English Language Testing System) or other approved French language tests.

statements and questions, and express basic information or answer questions in either English or French. When you talk to CIC staff or when a citizenship judge interviews you, you may be engaged in short, everyday conversations about common topics; they will expect you to understand simple instructions and directions; they will expect you to speak using basic grammar, including simple structure and tenses; and The proof of completion of a will expect you to show that secondary or post-secondary you know enough common education program in French or words and phrases to express English, in Canada or abroad, yourself. can be; a transcript, diploma or certificate from a secondary Eligibility requirements for school; or a transcript, diploma, Canadian citizenship are certificate or degree from a post- changing. I therefore strongly secondary school. It should advise readers to contact a be noted that the applicants professional in immigration w h o p r o v i d e t h e a b o v e and citizenship law for clearer documents would meet the understanding of issues they requirements only in situations may not understand. where the applicant must have successfully completed a James A. Kwaateng is an secondary or post-secondary Immigration Law practitioner program in English or French with his offices located at and not when only a single 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, course has been done in English Toronto, Ontario. For thorough or French. discussion of your immigration and related social and legal In addition to the above, CIC issues, you may contact him at staff may also look at how well telephone number (416) 743you understand basic spoken 2758.

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Toronto gets a new Consul General from Ghana By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, Toronto-Canada

Mr. Thomas Frank Kwashikpui Seshie Following the 2016 elections victory won by the National Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana, the new government headed by President Nana AkufoAddo has appointed a politician to head the Ghana Consulate in Toronto, Canada. He is in the person of Mr. Thomas Frank Kwashikpui Seshie.He assumed office at the Toronto office at the beginning of September, 2017. Speaking at a meeting with community leaders in Toronto on September 4, 2017 Mr. Seshie introduced himself as a humble servant appointed to serve the government of Ghana in Toronto and that his work here in Toronto would be successful if he collaborated well with the Ghanaian community in Toronto to raise the image of Ghana

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Thousands of dishwashers recalled in Canada due to potential fire hazard in the United States, where 408,000 affected OTTAWA - Health dishwashers have been Canada is issuing sold. a recall notice for thousands of No damage has been dishwashers that it says reported in Canada. could be a potential fire hazard. A full list of the models included in the recall The agency says about can be seen on Health 61,000 dishwashers Canada’s website. sold between January 2013 and May 2015 are To check to see if your being recalled because machine is recalled, the power cords can you can find model and overheat and possibly serial numbers printed spark a fire. on either the top of its inner door panel or on It says the affected the right side of the b r a n d s a r e B o s c h , dishwasher panel. Thermador, Gaggenau, Kenmore and Jenn-Air. Anyone who owns one of these dishwashers is There have been no advised to stop using injuries reported, but it immediately and Health Canada says call the Safety Recall there are five reports H o t l i n e a t 1 - 8 8 8 of property damage 965-5813 for a free inspection and repair. The Canadian Press

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“Bethlehem, the City of Bread” Thegeneral strike was declared by the Palestinian officials in Bethlehem district of the occupied West Bank on Saturday September 9,2017 to mourn 22 year old slain Palestinian, Raed al-Salhi whose body was returned by Israel on Friday night after being withheld from his family in al-Duheisha refugee camp for six days.

By: Stephen A.Quaye,Toronto-Canada. Reporting live from the West Bank has always been hurling of stones by Palestinians at Jews who exchange with gun fire. As the motion pictures keep rolling on your television screens, you watch stones smashing of helmets of Israeli soldiers whiles ambulance rush to take injured persons with gunshot wounds to the hospital for treatment. Do the Western Media tell us the truth or the reality on the ground at all times? Your answer is as good as my. But you won’t be able to answer right unless you visit the area to access the situation yourself. Crossing Gilo border from Israel to Bethlehem which is under [Palestinian Authority],recently was as easy as any exercise I have ever done in my life. Apart from gun wielding Israeli border security officers who were manning their side of the border check point, not a single soldier from the Palestinian side was spotted manning their side of the border. After the free flow of tourists, pilgrims, visitors and holiday makers across the border, I stood still for a while, heave a sign of relief, turn round and asked where the security personnel are?

Stephen Quaye, Dr. Salim Munayer and Dr. Bishara Awad in Bethlehem Wondering where I was, I turned around again and looked at the tall concrete wall that separates Palestine from Israel, the long cross border security tunnel and realized, “Oh yeah I am in Bethlehem and now under Palestinian control”. The hospitality of the people in the city, the beautiful ancient but well maintained manger baby Jesus was put, the gift of the three wise men and the shining star on the spot where the saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth was born, called me to visit Bethlehem, the city of Bread for the second time. Infectious smiles on the faces of Palestinian commercial drivers just over the border check point, who are always ready to help tourist, visitors, pilgrims and holiday makers will always make one to return for a visit.

As the strike was on, the busy streets of Bethlehem went dead silent, stores and shopping malls were closed within the stipulated time from morning till 3:00 p.m. before business bounced back. Tourists, holiday makers and visitors who were not aware of the strike were not barred from either visiting the Church of Nativity, Jesus birth place as well as other equally important places like chapel of St.Catherine, shepherds fields, Church of Milk Grotto,the manger square market, Rachel tomb and Herodion. A little bit scared and shaken that I would be caught in the strike, I kept looking over my shoulder as I tried to be more submissive in speaking to the residents as I needed direction to go to my destination, [BBC.] Because the strike affected schools, shops and malls, transport services, colleges and universities, I was caught standing at the main gate of the college for over 45 minutes before another Mohamad, a “Good Samaritan” handed me his phone to call my host. When I was not making any in road, the idea of cont’d on pg. 30

So for me twice a Jerusalem Pilgrim [J.P], it was not surprising to cross the border to the city only to be mobbed by commercial drivers who asked me where I was going and how they could help me. “Where are you going and how can I help. Please come and let me take you to your destination. Do not be afraid, I will treat you nice because you are in safe hands were the welcome message” I received from these kind Palestinian drivers. Among the several drivers who came to my side, Mohamad a taxi driver got the green light from his cousin and drove me from the border check point to Bethlehem Bible College [BBC] which was not far from the church of Nativity where Jesus Christ was born in a cave over 2000 years ago. The spot where Jesus was born in the cave

Few minutes after we took off from the taxi rank near the checkpoint in Bethlehem, Mohamad got me scared a bit by breaking the news of a massive strike which was ongoing in the whole city of Bethlehem.

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U.S. and Ghanaian Officials Mark Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking and Pledge Ongoing Commitment Through U.S. government funding under the CPC Partnership, IOM provided the Ghana Police Service Anti-Human Trafficking Units with six vehicles and investigative equipment Senior officials from the U.S. Government and the Government of the Republic of Ghana met on October 25 to discuss progress in achieving the objectives of the U.S.-Ghana Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership – the first-ever jointly-developed plan to address forced child labor and child sex trafficking in Ghana. The Ghanaian government representatives, the Honorable Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and Chair of the Human Trafficking Management Board; the Honorable Ignatius Bafuor Awuah, Minister for Employment and Labor Relations, the Deputy Minister of Justice Joseph Kpemka, and a representative from the Ministry of the Interior were joined by U.S. Ambassador to Ghana Robert P. Jackson and Kari Johnstone, Acting Director, U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office), during the halfday discussion focused on specific objectives of the five-year Partnership. “We are pleased to partner with Ghana and we offer our continuing support for this unique Partnership, the first of its kind in the world,” commented Acting Director Kari Johnstone. Many children are vulnerable to human trafficking due to economic hardships in Ghana, and some are subjected to forced child labor within Ghana in fishing, domestic service, street hawking, begging, portering, quarrying, artisanal gold mining, and

agriculture. Ghanaian girls, and to a lesser extent boys, are also subjected to sex trafficking within Ghana. A community-level baseline prevalence study conducted by Free the Slaves in 20 communities in 2016, found that 35% of households in the surveyed communities had a victim of trafficking or traffickinglike conditions.    All participants acknowledged the challenges, including Ghana’s low number of traffickers prosecuted and convicted under the Human Trafficking Act. The Ghanaian government highlighted several recent successes in the fight against child trafficking: Our ministries are committed to investing Ghana’s resources to fulfill the objectives of the CPC Partnership to ensure Ghanaian children are not subjected to forced labor •

Development and implementation of Ghana’s National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Human Trafficking in Ghana (NPA) and disbursement of 1.5 million Ghana cedis ($343,000) for trafficking victims’ services in 2017;

Government contributions to the renovation of the shelter for child trafficking victims, including a new perimeter fence, and a reliable water supply;

Government contributions of ¢80,000 for shelter operations and ¢11,000 for the care of rescued children at three private shelters;

Increased efforts by the government, working cooperatively with anti-trafficking NGOs, to mount coordinated operations to remove 159 children from trafficking situations and provide them with assistance, arrest 79 suspected

traffickers, and prosecute and convict two traffickers under the anti-trafficking act; •

Endorsement and plans to implement the Standard Operating Procedures to Combat Human Trafficking in Ghana, which were developed through the interagency CPC Partnership Technical Working Group with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM); and

A commitment to adopting systematic trafficking data collection to enhance the government’s ability to monitor and report anti-trafficking activities.

“Our ministries are committed to investing Ghana’s resources to fulfill the objectives of the CPC Partnership to ensure Ghanaian children are not subjected to forced labor or sexual exploitation,” said Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection Otiko Afisa Djaba. The TIP Office provided $5 million to two implementing partners, IOM and Free the Slaves, to support achievement of the CPC Partnership’s goals and objectives, which include establishing a more holistic approach to improving coordination of government and civil society anti-trafficking efforts; enhancing Ghana’s capacity to investigate, prosecute, and convict child traffickers and recorded data on these activities; expanding specialized services for child trafficking victims; and increasing public awareness of the nature of child trafficking, its devastating impact on children, and promoting prevention of this crime.  Through U.S. government funding under the cont’d on pg. 49


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Seth Oteng - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR YOUTH BRIDGE FOUNDATION AND AFRICAN YOUTH AND GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE (AYGC) INITIATIVE pronged approach to positive youth development. On one hand, he leads Youth Bridge Foundation to advocate for active youth engagement and positive participation in local, national, continental and global governance whilst on the other hand empowering the youth through varied initiatives for meaningful engagement and self development.

From a humble background and raised by a single-parent and uneducated mother, occasioned by the death of his father at his formative years of basic education, Mr. Seth Oteng has, through determination, hard work and humility, braved the storm and worked his way up. He has extensive international exposure acquired through residency, studies and professional engagements in Europe, the Americas and largely across Africa, including post-conflict countries like Liberia and Sierra Leone. Mr. Oteng, a Graduate of International Management, Member of the Institute of Human Resource Practitioners (Ghana) and Fellow of the Boardroom Institute of Governance (Ghana), is the Executive Director of Youth Bridge Foundation and the African Youth and Governance Conference (AYGC) Initiative. A native of Ghana, the rich blend of Mr. Oteng’s African heritage and extensive international exposure in Europe and North America has helped him to better appreciate the strengths and challenges that rests in the diversity of cultures and how they impact on Organizational Development (OD) and youth development. A dreamer, inspirer and leader by nature, Mr. Oteng has great passion for youth work and continues to develop responsive programs for youth positive development.

Although Mr. Oteng condemns the marginalization of Africa’s majority who he identifies as the youth, he concedes that respect and tolerance and commitment to excellence has shaped his philosophy of service to humanity: values he passes on to the youth he joyfully work with and serve. He maintains that the leader’s vision will be challenged when you move away from your comfort zone to embrace higher call to serve. Seth Oteng, Afro Global Award recipient 2016 with Hon. Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigrant, Refugees and Citizenship (R)

policies and placed in the position to contribute and execute advocacy initiatives through meaningful policy engagements and participation. AYGC harnesses Africa’s next generation of leaders. Mr. Oteng bemoans the classical African culture of youth marginalization and adopts a two

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Passionate and sincerely committed to the development of the youth, Mr. Oteng returned to Ghana after foreign studies and founded the Youth Bridge Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation in 2005 and the AYGC Initiative with network in over 40 African Countries and African Diaspora. On youth development front in Africa, Mr. Oteng conceptualized and pioneered the successful implementation of the AYGC Initiative since 2009. The initiative is the only Africa-wide platform that annually brings the youth of over 30 African countries together. AYGC reflects on his recognition of the potential of the African youth to generate wealth using knowledge, skills and creativity for Africa’s development. African youth are mobilized, their capacity built to analyze development agenda/ Seth Oteng (4th left) interacting with McMaster University African Student Youth in Hamilton, Ontario

Ghana sows the seeds for growth and jobs through minerals Workshop participants include a wide range of stakeholders already engaged in past consultative meetings in Ghana Despite the significant contribution of the mining sector to the economy of Ghana, the country is far from tapping its full potential in creating strong and sustainable linkages, both within the mining sector and more broadly with other industrial activities.

The African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC), the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), and the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) will jointly organize a workshop on 1-2 November 2017, at Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The event will present detailed findings on opportunities for upstream value addition and to engage key stakeholders on

moving forward with an innovative Supplier Development Programme for Ghana, which will link directly with the Government’s priorities for industrialization and transformation. Few strong domestic upstream industries have been developed to supply the mining industry, regardless of recent attempts by Ghana to foster local content. As the country embraces its new reform programme

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aborting the visit and return to Jerusalem where I stayed also didn’t come to mind as I was urged to wait further for my host to be contacted and suddenly Dr. Salim J.Munayer a lecturer at the college appeared at the gate and took me in. Bethlehem Bible College [BBC] which was solely founded in 1979 by Dr. Bishara Awad, a Palestinian, exists to train people to serve Christ in the world, advocate a Palestinian evangelical perspective and model Christ through community development in the city of Bethlehem, a Palestinian controlled territory. The lord used Dr. Bishara Awad, to start the light for him with a gift of 20 dollars from a local pastor and the college have four buildings well equipped with 150 students being trained to become pastors, church leaders, Sunday school teachers and educators and the college is fully recognized by the Palestinian Authority, Ministry of Higher Education. After a wonderful tour of the Bethlehem Bible College led by the founder Dr. Bishara Awad, who is now on retirement,we visited the Church of Nativity, the birth place the birth place of Jesus Christ of Nazareth which took place over two thousand years ago. A lot has changed at the Church of Nativity as the whole place is currently undergoing a massive renovation but the power and joy at the spot where the saviour was born, the manger, in which baby Jesus was put and the gifts from the three wise men could still be felt with the blue haze indicating the presence of the Holy Spirit. Long queue was expected at the birth place but not at the time where the city was dead silent because of a general strike. But even when the strike was in effect, the line up spilled over onto the streets with pilgrims, holiday makers and visitors, hopeful of being allowed to visit the holy place. The little town of Bethlehem, which in Hebrew means “city or house of bread”, has many biblical associations reflecting a tranquil, pastoral existence. As its name signifies, in antiquity the district was

known for its fields and terraces. In the old Bethlehem, is often referred to as Ephrat, which means fruitfulness. Here nearly four thousand years ago, Jacob buried his young wife Rachel; here was the home of Naomi and her family; here Ruth gleaned in the fields and fell in love with her kinsman Boaz; here their great-grandson David was born and here Samuel “anointed him in the midst of his brethren”[1Samuel 16:13]. But the event which took place here and transformed the course of history was that “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea” Mathew 2; 1. Today, this town, surrounded by a beautiful hilly landscape, is the home of Christians and Muslim Arabs, many of whom are skilled artisans and craftsmen. After fruitful discussions with my host, a tour of the birth place of Christ, I enjoyed lunch in Bethlehem and headed back to the check point to be let in to Jerusalem. Whew, I heard myself blowing hot air out of my mouth with charred lips because it was really hot and sunny, that made everyone to sweat from the hot sun. That was not a problem because I was born in a tropical country Ghana therefore it was not alien to experience a near heat stroke as it was the condition in Bethlehem on that day. The problem was checking in from a Palestinian controlled area back into Jerusalem where a few Palestinians who were ahead of me in the queue were

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Ask Aunty Doris From this edition, we start a new Question and Answer Column with our Columnist on Relationships titled: ASK AUNTY DORIS. Readers who want to chat with our Counselor/Columnist should send their questions to: She will publish your Question and her Answers in our subsequent issues. Please keep your questions short... maximum of three lines.

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Dear Aunty Doris: Dear Aunty Doris: I am 22years and she is 19. We have been together for a year now and we love each other. I was verbally abusive towards her and she stopped talking to me for about two months. She went to another Province to attend school (University). She came for the summer vacation. I visited her, apologised and requested that we come back together.She accepted the proposal but told me she was dating someone but will end that relationship since she did not love that person. She called me a couple of days later told me she needed us to break up because she wanted to be free alone for a while. I don’t know what she is up to but I love her so much. What should I do? Kevin

It’s been two years since me and my ex- husband broke up. He went to Ghana and got married to another woman without my knowledge. I was devastated so I divorced and cut him out of my life;. This became possible because we had no child together. However he contacted me on my birthday and graduation to congratulate me. He is divorced again, I, on the other hand, have met someone who intends to marry me and my ex has been texting me and I feel I am getting back the feeling I had for him. I got over him and moved on until he reappeared. What should I do? Nancy Dear Nancy:

Dear Kevin: I understand how you feel but I think at your age, you should be taking your books seriously so that you become somebody great in the future. The girl also needs to focus on her education as well. I would advise that you let her be and rather concentrate on your books and at the right time in the future, you will get the right lady to date, and hopefully marry.

If you really don’t like him contacting you, maybe you should block him. If you really can’t stand to speak to him, or even hear from him, in any way shape and form, more distance would be ideal in this situation. Just block his number and his social media, and he’ll have no verifiable way to reach you. I do not think he has anything better to offer you. Focus on your current relationship. Good Luck

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Youth Day at Living Word Assembly of God By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto Another exciting Youth Day has come and gone for the congregation of Living Word Assembly of God. Similar to Children’s Day and Women’s Day earlier this year, Rev. Isaac De-Graft Takyi relinquished his duties for the morning, and handed his congregation over to the Youth of Living Word. The morning began with a lively praise and worship led by Nana Tutu and Maame Yaa, while hosting duties were given to Princess Isaacs, who did a wonderful job guiding the morning along. Although they are young, Living Word’s youth demonstrated their creativity, one of the most memorable events of the morning was a comedic play directed by Maxine Boahen and Hadassah Obeng. While it was heavily comedic the play clearly demonstrated some of the real challenges and difficulties Christian youth face these days while touching on the topic of being born again.

Nathan Owusu Asiedu Preacher

Princess Isaacs, MC

Cross section of congregation

As entertaining and vibrant as all the youth were perhaps the highlight of the event was the preaching by young Nathan Owusu Asiedu. Clearly wise for his age the young man gave a short but powerful message to end the service. While it’s clear our youth face more challenges and tests to their faith than ever before, the youth of Living Word appear to have a strong foundation and guiding hand in Youth Pastor Cyril Opoku. If Youth Day 2017 has taught us anything it is that the youth of Living Word have not forgotten their roots and with continued guidance they will be blessed.

Group picture of youth with Rev. & Mrs. Takyi De-Graft, sitting and Pastor Cyril Opoku, Youth Paster (R)

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Rev. Dr. Charles B Mantey publishes second book –Understanding Love, Biblical & Cultural Perspectives By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto The Second book- Understanding Love Biblical & Cultural Perspectives of Rev. Dr. Charles B. Mantey, Snr pastor and founder of Disciples Revival Church at 30 Gordon Mackay Road in Toronto was officially launched on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The launching took place at the De Runa Banquet Hall (formerly Luna

Ballroom). Rev. Phillip Gai offered the opening prayers, after which the Master of Ceremony, Brother Felix Mensah introduced chairpersons and book reviewers for the occasion. It was immediately followed by Chairperson Mrs. Charlemagne giving her remarks as she entreated the people to get a copy of the book. She also spoke about the impact Rev. Dr. Mantey has had on her. cont’d on pg. 41

From left: Rev. Dr. & Rev. Mrs. Mantey, Rev. Philip Gai, Prof. Phili Alalibo, Mr. & Mrs. Charlemagne

Mr. Joe Kingsley Eyiah Rev. Dr. Charles Mantey and Rev. Mrs. Faustina Mantey

Some of the Church members

Invited guests Invited guests

By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto

Ghana Trade Mission visits Toronto

The Toronto Airport Marriott, 901 Dixon Road was the venue for a business forum hosted by the Ghanaian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) under the auspices of the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO)for the Ghana Trade Mission, on Saturday October 14, 2017. It was under the theme“Embracing entrepreneurship, trade, professionalism and networking for success’’. The delegation was composed of representatives of Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce (Ghana), Ghana Investment Promotion Council, Ghana Free Zones Board, and Ghana Export Promotion Authority. The business sectors represented were: Renewal Energy, Information & Communications Technology, Hospitality, Agriculture & Agri-Business, Shipping & Logistics, Construction, Import & Export, Real Estate and

Business Consulting.28 delegates in total attend the forum. The official opening of the occasion was performed by Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada His Excellency Joseph Ayikoi Otoo after being introduced by Ghana’s Consul General in Toronto Mr. Thomas Seshie. Mr. Emmanuel Duodu, President of GCAO in his remarks at the

H. E. Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, High Commissioner and Thomas Seshie, Consul-General

event touched on the inauguration of the Ghanaian Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Diaspora Engagement Think Tank (DETT) with the aim of impacting positively on Ghanaian-Canadians and Ghanaians in Canada. Promotion of business is one of the pillars of GCCC. He added that being part of GCCC and DETT will be of immense

help to the community as a whole. He ended by saying that such a forum will auger well for business in both Canada and Ghana.

Signing of Memorandum of understanding

Frederick Attakuma, President of CANCHAM exchanging MOU with Emmanuel Duodu, President of GCCC

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VIPs at the event Participants and delegates from Ghana


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Hailey Donkor’s 4th birthday at Chuck N Cheese at 2945 Argentia Rd. Mississauga on Sunday October 15, 2017 with family and friends

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Ghanaian Women’s Prayer and Thanksgiving Conference By Vernon Ayiku, Toronto While we were all recovering from our thanksgiving dinners on October 9, 2017 the women of our community met for the 2nd annual Ghanaian Women’s Prayer Conference. As we draw closer to the holiday season we should begin to think of things we are thankful for. One thing we all can be more appreciative of is our mothers, who constantly pray for us even when we forget to pray for ourselves. The theme of the event was “I will fear no evil.” taken from Psalm 23. Apostle Dennis Wilbert Awuku of Bethel Prayer Ministry International preached. After

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his sermon he led the women in series of prayers for our community, marriages, problems facing our youth, untimely death in our community, our motherland Ghana as well as our second home Canada and for peace throughout the whole world and for persecuted Christians worldwide. Prayers was also offered for community leaders, as well as the politicians. Praise and worship segment was led by Opanin Kofi Asabre. The church was full with exuberant worshippers. As the years go by we should continue to be thankful knowing our community as a strong group as its foundation. The program was hosted by Mrs. Comfort Ayiku. It was a lively celebration of thanksgiving to the Lord.

Mothers in praying

Group of the Ghanaian Women’s group

Apos. Dennis Wilbert Awuku

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Back to Motherland

Minister Alexander Opoku and his wife, Mrs. Comfort Opoku have made a bold decision to go back home after twenty-five year stay in Canada. Their Church and children organized a well befitted send-off party on Saturday the 21st October 2017 which saw a large number of well-wishers. They extend their thanks to the organizers of the party, The Holy Temple Church their children, and also, The Living Word Assembly of God Church and all individuals who contributed to the success of the party.

Elder Alex Opoku and wife Mrs. Comfort Opoku

Cutting of retirement cake supported Mrs. Comfort Ayiku and Deacon Sampson Oduro Boadu

Rev. Carl Newell presenting a gift on behalf of Holy Temple Church to Minister Opoku

Elder & Mrs. Opoku and family Elder Alex Opoku (R) with Rev. Dr. & Rev. Mrs. Adu-Anane, Bishop John Mensah and a guest

Mrs. Comfort Opoku (center) and friends Elder & Mrs. Opoku with family and well-wishers

Holy Temple Church members

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“Ghana looks to build an economy past commodities” HE AyikoiOtoo declares By Dr. Michael Baffoe, Toronto

His Excellency Ayikoi Otoo, the Ghana High Commissioner in Canada has reiterated the commitment of the Akufo Addo government to build an economy that does not only rely on the production and export of commodities. Speaking at the launch of the Ghana Business forum in Toronto on October 14, 2017, the High Commissioner pointed out that the Ghana government working to grow the economy of the nation and open up opportunities for all our its citizens. He made reference to the speech delivered by President Nana Akufo Addo at the recent United Nations General Assembly in which the President outlined his vision of the type of economy that he wants for Ghana and which should inform our relations with other countries. The Ghanaian President had told the United Nations that, Ghana does not “want to be a scar on anybody’s conscience. We want to build an economy that is not dependent on charity and handouts. Long and bitter experience has taught us that no matter how generous the charity, we would remain poor”. He pointed out that his government wants to build a Ghana which looks to use of its own resources and their proper management as the way to engineer social and economic growth in our country.

H. E. Joseph Ayikoi Otoo, High Commissioner

The High Commissioner also underscored the government’s position that Ghana was not disclaiming aid, but it is aiming at discarding a mind-set of dependency and living on handouts. He mentioned that the Ministry of foreign Affairs, through its Missions abroad, is required to play a catalytic role in the mobilisation of Foreign Direct Investment into the country in the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing, agro-processing, technical and vocational education: In this regard, Missions are requested to furnish the Ministry with report with special emphasis on economic, trade and investment opportunities in host countries and countries of concurrent accreditation.

In addition, they are to indicate sectors of the economy that could be beneficial to Ghana; Missions are further expected to intensify their efforts in support of national objectives of diversifying our economy and increasing Ghana’s export base, through active participation in the Global value Chains. “It is against this backdrop”, he said “that immediately the Mission had wind of the launch of this Ghana Business Forum that we became interested and sought to draw attention to the need for effective collaboration between the actors being Ghana-Canada Chamber of Commerce, the Ghanaian-Canadian Association of Ontario, the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC), the Ghana Exports Promotion Council and Business Executives of Canada and Ghana”. Present at the launch were representatives from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), the Ghana Free Zones Board and the Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA) officials as well as the GhanaCanada Chamber of Commerce officials and other Private business executives.

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

The new government in Ghana under Nana Addo DankwaAkufo Addo has vowed to fight the deep and entrenched canker of corruption in the country. As part of this crusade, the government has promised to prosecute any public official found to have engaged in any financial malfeasance which may have caused financial loss to the state. Put simply, anybody who is found and proved to have stolen public money will be prosecuted. As part of this avowed mission, the New Patriotic Party (which now forms the government of Ghana), promised during the election campaign to set up an Office of Special Prosecutor whose main duty will be to investigate suspected cases of

financial misconduct and prosecute such persons. This exercise, they promised, has a two-pronged objective: to retrieve stolen public monies and to serve as a strong deterrent to other potential thieves of the public finances. This avowed anticorruption agenda of the NPP government has already hit one major road block. The government introduced the Special Prosecutor ’s Bill to

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

Genetics is a big reason divorce runs in families that genes influence it. However we don’t necessarily know what It is known that children specific genes or genetic of divorced parents are variants contribute to that more likely to experience heritability. So no, there the failure of their own is no one locus in your marriage later in life. genome that would tell Researchers, including you whether or not you’re Dr. Jessica Salvatore, going to get divorced. an assistant professor in the department of BM: So then what kind psychology at Virginia of genetics are we talking C o m m o n w e a l t h about. University in Richmond set out to answer the JS: We looked at inferred question “Why does genotypes. The same sets divorce run in families?” of genes that contribute P r e v i o u s s t u d i e s to divorce also are have suggested that involved in personality divorce is transmitted traits that are related a c r o s s g e n e r a t i o n s to divorce.  Something psychologically —  if like neuroticism, that’s you witness your parents someone’s proneness to struggle in their marriage, negative affective states, you may internalize things like anxiety and t h a t b e h a v i o u r t h e n worry.  And we know from replicate in your own more clinical, laboratoryrelationship. Dr. Salvatore based studies of couples, decided to investigate that when someone is high in neuroticism, they divorce’s genetic roots. tend to see their partner’s T h e p a p e r a w a i t i n g behavior as more negative publication in the journal than an objective observer Psychological Science views that same type of behavior.  This can really This transcript has been lead to a pernicious or edited for length and damaging cycle within a clarity relationship because that can be hard to please a B o b M c D o n a l d : I f partner when everything divorce really does run you do is disappointing. in families, but not for the S o t h e s e t y p e s o f reasons we think, is there p e r s o n a l i t y - d r i v e n in fact a divorce gene? cognitive distortions I think make a really Dr. Jessica Salvatore: high potential target for We d o k n o w t h a t therapeutic intervention divorce is what we call for distressed couples. a heritable trait, meaning The question: Why does divorce run in families?

BM: Well tell me about your study that showed this relationship between genetics and divorce across generations. JS: So we studied this question in the context of an adoption design. Adoption design is really useful for helping to tease apart the degree to which genes versus the environment contribute to an outcome. That’s b ec a u s e w h a t w e ’ r e looking at in an adoption study is whether the adoptees resemble either their biological parents, who contribute genes, or their adoptive parents, who contribute the rearing environment.  We were able to look at the resemblance between adoptees and their biological parents histories of divorce, and adoptees and their adoptive parents histories of divorce. This was a massive sample size for this type of study. We were looking at about 20,000 individuals who had been adopted. They were placed up for adoption almost immediately after they were born. So they didn’t experience the dissolution of their biological parents’ marriage. What we found was that the adoptees tended to resemble their biological cont’d on page 66

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

announced publicly that the government was not in a hurry to send suspected corrupt officials to court. She claimed that the government was taking its time to build solid evidence on such persons before proceeding to court. Really?? So who and what should the Ghanaian people believe? Is Nana AkufoAddo’s NPP government really serious in fighting this epidemic called “corruption” which has eaten into every fabric of Ghanaian society? They better be, because the evidence and official information that are emerging from various accounts and sources in the country paint very sickening pictures of the extent to which public officials have brazenly and shamelessly stolen money from the national treasury. A few examples: Information that was released by the Auditor General from its 2014 and 2015 Audits of public agencies, departments and Ministries showed a wanton disregard for decency and the use of public money in these o u t f i t s . To p a m o n g these were the stealing of government vehicles

under the guise of public “auction” through which new and used government vehicles were sold to workers in these outfits without going through the laid-down procedures for disposing o ff “ u n s e r v i c e a b l e ” government vehicles. This practice of stealing government vehicles under the guise of public “auction” which were never made public, was even worse at the Electoral Commission where top officials including former Commission Chair, Dr. KwadwoAfariDjan, shared the Commission’s vehicles among themselves at ridiculously low prices. Another major bombshell that has surfaced in Ghana over the past few days is a major stealing syndicate unearthed at the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), the public body charged with the management of workers’ pension funds. There have been complaints and lamentations of retirees on how difficult it has been for them to access their pension funds. The process of getting paid cont’d on pg. 68

Rev. Dr. Charles B Mantey publishes second book –Understanding Love, Biblical & Cultural Perspectives cont’d from pg. 35 Mr. Joe Kingsley Eyiah of Ghanaian News who reviewed the book was called upon share his review. He began by recommending the book to the gathering and went on to substantiate his recommendation of the book. Mr. Eyiah said, “In this book, Rev. Mantey carefully takes us through his own journey of love with his wife, Faustina, for forty years now and, teaches us what love really entails using expositions from Biblical as well as cultural perspectives. These perspectives are well researched and documented, thus, making this book a useful textbook for students, especially those studying religion and culture as well as good source of

knowledge for every Mantey also spoke and reader. shared how her husband toiled to write the book “Overall, from reading and that, “Rev. Dr. Mantey this book I’m sure that is a man of integrity and m a n y w i l l c o m e t o that he practices what he understand love from preaches.” the biblical and cultural perspectives and will find R e v. D r. C h a r l e s B the courage to confront Mantey on his part paid that which is not love such glowing tribute to Mr. as hatred, envy, pride and Eyiah who also reviewed selfishness wherever and his first book-African whenever these negative Spirituality as well as Mr. concepts of life arise,” he Emmanuel Duodu and Dr. concluded. Awafo. He admonished that, “one has to get close Mr. Emmanuel Duodu, the to people who can offer President of the Ghanaian help and can also tell as is Canadian Association to enable you improve on o f O n t a r i o ( G C A O ) the shortcomings.” who was present at the ceremony applauded Rev. Deacon Sampson OduroDr. Mantey for writing Boadu then took his turn such a powerful book as the climax of the event on love with biblical and was the sale of the book. cultural perspective. It was well patronized by those at the launching Rev. (Mrs) Faustina and Rev. Dr. Mantey too Mantey, wife of Rev. Dr. personally signed every purchased book.


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DO YOU KNOW THAT upholstered furniture , garments ,drapery and other clothing that are made from fabrics that contain cotton, polyester blends, rayon, and acrylic are relatively easy to ignite and burn rapidly and therefore can kill you? Ever wondered why deceptive and defective products and drugs that present a risk to our health, or can possibly kill us; easily go through the cracks undetected and find their way into our homes? Well, the answer is there is no robust consumer Safety Protection Agency in Ghana to protect us from manufactures of these products the poor service providers. Since the NPP came to power we’ve been hearing “one-district-one factory”, slogan a lot. In fact, it has become a household word. Is all good, except that no one is talking about what the industrialization will bring. Absolutely, no one is talking about Consumer Safety Protection outfit that can vigorously protect us from the hands of quacks, defective and deceptive products and schemes practitioners. . Since hundreds of quack devices and products do appear, advertise and market regularly in Ghana, it will be hard for our present government outfit to eliminate this menace from our towns and villages. Please don’t get this confused with the Ghana Standard Board, Environmental Protection Administration and other governmental authorities like Food and Drug Administration. By the way, they’re doing absolutely nothing to

the comparative safety of consumer products. c) To develop uniform safety standards and regulations for local and international consumer products (aphrodisiac, bitters, miracle drugs, etc) d) To promote research and investigation into the causes and prevention of product-related deaths, injuries and illness. (E.g. some herbal medicines) e) To force consumer products

manufactures to display their products disadvantages or adverse effects on the consumers’ health. f) To help the consumers (who have been affected negatively by defective products) to take legal action against the products’ manufactures. This means it will have the sole jurisdiction over every consumer cont’d on pg. 60

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Understanding Going to College or University – Freshmen and Women By Golda Abena Quayson Who goes to College?According to a survey in October 2009, 70.1 percent of 2009 high school graduates were enrolled in colleges or universities, with women outpacing men 73.8% vs. 66.0%. With regard to ethnicity, 92.2% of Asian graduates, 69.2% of White graduates, 68.7% Black graduates and 59.3% Hispanic High School graduates went on to College. Going to college is more than just “going back to school.” Students are apt to find their parents were right when advising them to get a College degree or at least obtain additional education after high school. It is the beginning of career choice. In fact, those with a college degree will earn $500,000 more over a lifetime than their non-degree peers, and even technical jobs will require advanced learning of some kind. College isn’t the end of learning, and students don’t necessarily have to have only one set career goal in mind. It is fine to use college as a way to explore areas of interest while keeping in mind that the average worker holds 10.8 different jobs between the ages of 18 and 42. Financing College is one of the financial experiences ever taken and it has to deal with properplanning and advice to understand the process. Financing higher education is a source of stress for many college-bound students and their families, especially in today’s troubled economy. In fact, according to one survey, nearly one in three college students say financial pressures are a big source of daily stress for them, up from 27% in 2008; 17% had seriously considered dropping out of school, with financial pressures as the main reason cited as the cause. 54%; 7% had trouble getting a student loan funded because their bank was having trouble; and 57% are at least somewhat worried they won’t be able to find a job after graduation with high interest added to the principal loan.

group or trend, students should take their time getting to know other students, investigating different activities and deciding what makes them feel most comfortable. Affiliations change a great deal over the course of the first year as students become more knowledgeable and confident On the other hand, adjusting to college life is also stressful. Most Freshmen/women go through the process of withdrawal from parents/ guardians and change of environment all together. The stress levels of college students have been on a constant rise. The increased number of students feeling stressed has been accompanied by an increase in utilization of mental health and counseling services; one institution reported a 29% increase in the use of counseling and psychological services in the last four years and another reported that 40% of the first-year students visit their counseling center. College provides a time of socially-recognized independence from parental rules and restrictions. Although the legal age of adulthood varies for such things as voting and drinking, going to college is an obvious sanctioned move towards independence.However, independence is not conferred automatically at a certain age or in a specific place. It is achieved by practicing how to think for oneself and take responsibility for one’s actions. College students can feel invincible and able to take risks. But both the opportunities and the consequences can be high. The college freshman will be confronted with abundant pressures related to social situations - sex, drugs and alcohol. With respect to academics, students today are feeling increasing pressure to know what they want to do, pick a career path and plan for their futures. This pressure is causing unfortunate substance abuse, anxiety and depression. There is also continuation of peer pressure. Before committing to any one

Participate and prioritize. No one can do everything. When students narrow their focus they often feel less overwhelmed. Finding a passion is one of the most exciting aspects of the college experience. Personalize the experience. It’s easy for students to feel lost in the crowd. Students who take responsibility for their education by seeking out particular adults often have the best experience. Getting to know professors will personalize college and help the student feel connected to an institution that may seem impersonal. Be patient. It takes time to understand the rhythm of a new academic life and for students to develop a personal learning/studying style. Over the first semester it becomes easier to understand the flow of work and realize how to accommodate different teachers’ standards and course requirements. Advice for both parents and students. Expect ups and downs. One minute college students are the models of independence, the next they call in tears. Parents may also try too hard to advise from afar. This back and forth is natural and expected, as both students and parents become more comfortable and confident in the ability of students to handle situations on their own. Stay connected.Little things do count. There can be some truth to “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but parents may worry that “out of sight means out of mind.” So parents and students need to determine ways to stay involved in each other’s lives and remember to say, and do the little things that remind someone of their love.

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Look for the Best Instead of the Worst in Your Spouse

I have noticed that in marriage if you don’t keep your spouse’s good qualities in the forefront of your mind, the less desirable ones tend to take center stage of their own accord.It generally starts with being tired and feeling overwhelmed with house chores or other obligations. What the other spouse is doing to help slips from your mind and you focus on what he’s not.  You look past the fact that he helped the kids with their homework, as you focus instead on why he couldn’t make the kids’ lunch?  This line of thinking generally propels itself into what one researcher calls the negative spiral of marital misery.

much, and why we are reacting the way we are. Our reaction is usually to the instant ‘interpretation’ that our own brain makes up about the event.   Other times it is something weneed to discuss with our spouse after we have done our own self reflection. But we should regularly remind ourselves that while we hold that in one hand, we can also continue to hold the best of who our spouse is in our other hand.

Looking for and holding the best goes beyond just our spouses in our own lives. There are terrible things that happen in the world and as human beings we need to name them Living with a negative spouse can and take action, but those things do take its toll on you and begin to not take away the best of what is in bring you down as well. You may the world. We have to able to hold have noticed that you no longer see both the terrible and the truly good things in a positive light as much as of humanity. There are devastating you did when you were first married. forces of nature, but that does not Alternatively, perhaps, you have take away its beauty. We can hold shut down and don’t talk as openly the sadness or anger at the tragedy with your spouse for fear of that he of a natural disaster and in the other might criticize you or view you in a hand we should try and hold the birth negative light. Chances are that you of a new baby. want to continue to have or to gain back your positive demeanor and to I don’t know about you, but I know find ways to deal with his negative there are people who when they energy so that the two of you can experience physical, emotional, or have a harmonious relationship. relational pain, the pain becomes Consistently looking for the best like a whirlpool that wants to suck in people you love helps create them into it. It pulls their energy, atand deepen happiness. It does not tention and if they are not careful, it mean to pretend negative things can easily become all that exists for do not exist. Looking for the best them in that moment. But truly, they acknowledges that something has know it isn’t all that is. There is the a negative effect on us or others. pain, and there is the reality of the But it also acknowledges that the good in life, in a person, in the day. negative is not the only reality in a Sometimes, as human beings we get given time or person.People are not in that whirlpool before we realize perfect (including you and me!). Yet, that it is pulling us into it. But, we even though we all do and say stupid have to get our heads out of the wathings sometimes, and sometimes acter to gulp in some air, so we get the cidentally say or do things that have chance to remind ourselves of having hurtful effects on our spouses, that two hands in which we can hold both doesn’t take away the best of who the worst and the best. Sometimes we are. So even when your spouse we literally have to look at our two does something that frustrates you hands to remind ourselves! or feels hurtful, we have to hold that behavior in one hand as something we need to address while in the other By becoming self-aware means hand, we continue to hold the best of tapping into your compassion, and protecting your positive space. You who he/she is. may even help your negative spouse Sometimes we need to explore inside by fostering a sense of peace within ourselves why the person’s words or yourself that their negativity cannot behavior bothered us or hurt us so pierce or penetrate.

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Ask The Doctor


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


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

MEASLES: What every parent should know .Until a few decades ago, measles was an important public health disease that was responsible for many childhood deaths. Thanks to effective vaccines, it was largely eliminated from the front pages. In developing countries like Ghana, it was a devastating disease and a trip to the children’s block at large hospitals like Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye in the seventies presented a sad spectacle of children dying from measles. Today, it is a thing of the past, but due to misinformation, some younger parents who did not witness this sorrowful sight are making the dreadful mistake of refusing to vaccinate their children. This article highlights some of aspects of the disease and emphasizes why children should be vaccinated. The concern about measles and autism is unfounded and should not dissuade any parent from vaccinating their child.

Causes The cause of measles is a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult. When someone with measles coughs, sneezes or talks, infected droplets spray into the air, where other people can inhale them. The infected droplets may also land on a surface, where they remain active and contagious for several hours. You can contract the

virus by putting your fingers in your mouth or nose or rubbing your eyes after touching the infected surface. Risk factors for measles include: Being unvaccinated. If you haven’t received the vaccine for measles, you’re much more likely to develop the disease. Traveling internationally. If you travel to developing countries, where measles is more common, you’re at higher risk of catching the disease. Having a vitamin A deficiency. If you don’t have enough vitamin A in your diet, you’re more likely to contract measles and to have more-severe symptoms. Ear infection. One of the most common complications of measles is a bacterial ear infection. Bronchitis, laryngitis or croup. Measles may lead to inflammation of your voice box (larynx) or inflammation of the inner walls that line the main air passageways of your lungs (bronchial tubes). Pneumonia. Pneumonia is a common

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complication of measles. People with compromised immune systems can develop an especially dangerous variety of pneumonia that is sometimes fatal. Encephalitis. About 1 in 1,000 people with measles develops encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that may cause vomiting, convulsions, and, rarely, coma or even death. Encephalitis can closely follow measles, or it can occur months later. Pregnancy problems. If you’re pregnant, you need to take special care to avoid measles because the disease can cause pregnancy loss, preterm labor or low birth weight. Low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). Measles may lead to a decrease in platelets — the type of blood cells that are essential for blood clotting. · Tests and diagnosis · · Your doctor can usually diagnose measles based on the

disease’s characteristic rash as well as a small, bluish-white spot on a bright red background — Koplik’s spot — on the inside lining of the cheek. If necessary, a blood test can confirm whether the rash is truly measles.

Treatment The best treatment for measles is prevention. Once it occurs the mortality rate is very high. If you or your child has measles, keep in touch with your doctor as you monitor the progress of the disease and watch for complications. Also try these comfort measures: Take it easy. Get rest and avoid busy activities. Sip something. Drink plenty of water, fruit juice and herbal tea to replace fluids lost by fever and sweating. Seek respiratory relief. Use a humidifier to relieve cough and sore throat. Rest your eyes. If you or your child finds bright

light bothersome, as do many people with measles, keep the lights low or wear sunglasses. Also avoid reading or watching television if light from a reading lamp or from the television is bothersome. If someone in your household has measles, take these precautions to protect vulnerable family and friends: · Isolation. Because measles is highly contagious from about four days before to four days after the rash breaks out, people with measles shouldn’t return to activities in which they interact with other people during this period. It may also be necessary to keep nonimmunized people — siblings, for example — away from the infected person. · Vaccinate. Be sure that anyone who’s at risk of getting the measles who hasn’t been fully vaccinated receives the measles vaccine as soon as possible. This includes anyone born after 1957 who hasn’t

been vaccinated, as well as infants older than 6 months. · All parents planning a visit to Ghana or other developing countries should ensure that all children are vaccinated against measles before they leave.

Preventing new infections

If you’ve already had measles, your body has built up its immune system to fight the infection, and you can’t get measles again. Most people born or living in Canada before 1957 are immune to measles, simply because they’ve already had it. 1. Modified from Mayo Clinic Housecall, 2014 2. Dr David Yaw Twum-Barima is a specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology. Appointments ( by referral only through your family doctor), may be made by faxing referral letter to : LMC Endocrinology and Diabetes, 3075 Hospital Gate, #301, Oakville, Ont. L6M 1M1, Fax:905 337-0044 ·

Pediatricians ‘increasingly’ being asked about assisted death for kids Nearly half of doctors surveyed support assisted dying for kids in some cases The Canadian Paediatric Society says its members are “increasingly” being asked by parents about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children, while a survey of doctors found nearly half of the respondents supported assisted death for kids with “progressive terminal illness or intractable pain.” Some 2,600 pediatricians were asked to participate in a survey about inquiries regarding assisted death for minors, both by parents and by children themselves. About 40 per cent responded, the society said Thursday. Thirty-five pediatricians said they had “exploratory discussions” with a total of 60 patients under the age of 18 in the preceding year. Nine pediatricians received “explicit requests” for assisted death from a total of 17 minors. Another 118 pediatricians said they had exploratory discussions about assisted death with the parents of sick children, involving 419 kids in all. Forty-five respondents said they had received explicit requests for assisted death from parents, involving a total of 91 children. More than half of the requests involved a child under a year old. A second survey was submitted to almost 2,000 members of the Canadian Pediatric Society and had a 29 per cent response rate. In that survey, 46 per cent of respondents said they would support assisted death legislation being extended to include so-called “mature minors,” a patient under 18 who can understand the nature and consequences of a particular decision. ‘Far too early’ Dr. Dawn Davies, a pediatric palliative care physician and chairwoman of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s bioethics committee, said she was surprised by that response. “I didn’t think that there would be that much support for it,” said Davies, adding that pediatricians who

supported the idea did so with many caveats. “There was a lot of ‘Yes, but ...”’ she said. “Yes, it could be supported, but there would have to be a lot of oversight.” Thirty-three per cent of the pediatricians who responded said assisted death should not be considered for minors under any circumstances. Davies said it’s “far too early” to make any decisions, but the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors and when it could be the more compassionate choice. There needs to be “a recognition that parents are making this request not as a self-serving thing,” she said, “that children have illnesses where there is really profound suffering.” Independent review Legislation enacted in June 2016 allowed eligible adults the right to seek out assisted death in cases of incurable illness or intolerable suffering. The bill also ordered an independent review regarding the idea of assisted death for mature minors. The review will be presented to Parliament in December 2018. Davies, who was one of the co-authors of the two surveys, said only two countries — Belgium and the Netherlands — have laws allowing assisted death for children and such cases are extremely rare. “I don’t know how much we can learn from them because the numbers at this point are so small,” she said. “Globally, there does not seem to be a lot of places to look for direction.” In the meantime, as a palliative care physician, Davies thinks there might be fewer requests for assisted death if end-of-life care were improved. “Given that all of us will eventually die, it’s going to be the common experience of our entire population,” she said. “Medical assistance in dying ... is accessible to every Canadian, but excellent palliative care has not been similarly enshrined.” The Canadian Press


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Census: Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to rent cent in 2011 after 20 steady years of baby boomers OTTAWA -- Not everyone wants to own a home these days, Evan Siddall concedes -- not even his own millennial-age son. For the head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., that’s really saying something. But Siddall’s experience is far from uncommon, the latest census figures show: 30-year-old Canadians are less likely to own a home today than their baby boomer parents did at the same age, mirroring a modest but unmistakable decline in the national home ownership rate. At age 30, 50.2 per cent of millennials owned their homes, compared to 55 per cent of baby boomers at the same age. Young adults today are more likely to live in apartments than their 1981 counterparts, are less likely to live in single-detached homes, and -- as Statistics Canada revealed over the summer -- more

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The figures should change the way Canada thinks about its real estate sector, said Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute in Toronto. Policy-makers have focused almost exclusively on policies to promote home ownership over the last 20-plus years, he said, pointing to tax policy and incentives.

Since 2011, the census shows, the value of homes has steadily increased to a national average of $443,058, up from $345,182 in 2016 dollars. Vancouver had the highest prices in the country with the average home valued at over $1 million; Toronto was at $734,924 and Calgary at $527,216. Montreal came in at $366,974.

“We have to start thinking about -- if rent is going to start becoming a more important part of our real estate sector once again -- how we make sure we’re building the right type of rental, rental where we need it and rental that’s affordable for the people who are going to be using it,” Haines said.

As values have climbed in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, so too have the percentage of renters, even though the supply of purpose-built rental units nationally has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.

In 2016, more than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households captured in the census owned their homes, an ownership rate of 67.8 per cent -- down from 69 per

Census data showed renters are more likely to be overstretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.

Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate cont’d from pg. 46 at one per cent changes will largely be consequences of higher borrowing rates, higher household indebtedness and policy measures aimed at cooling hot real estate markets, the report said.

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Trudeau not impressed with Quebec’s attempt to clarify Bill 62 MONTREAL -- Justin Trudeau has opened the door to federal intervention to challenge Quebec’s new law on r e l i g i o u s n e u t r a l i t y, widely seen as targeting Muslim women who wear face veils. Immediately after Quebec passed Bill 62 last week, the prime minister was hesitant to come out strongly against the legislation. He said the responsibility to challenge the law lay with citizens, not the federal government.

Trudeau replied: “You call those clarifications?”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Stephanie Vallee said the province has the right to legislate on matters within its jurisdiction.

“Mr. Trudeau has the right to not share our opinion,” she told reporters in Quebec City. “And he has the right to have an But he was considerably opinion on the law. But I more forceful Wednesday, am not going to get into a scoffing at the Quebec debate in the media about government’s attempts that. to clear up confusion about how the law will be applied and disclosing that “ B u t I a m r e a l l y the federal government is confident that the law is exploring its options for constitutional and I am protecting the rights of convinced that it would women who cover their w i t h s t a n d a n y l e g a l challenge.” faces. “I will always stand up for individual rights and I will always stand up for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and we are looking very carefully at what tools we have and what steps we have to make sure we make this situation better for everyone,” Trudeau said. Among the federal government’s options: it could wait for an individual to challenge the constitutionality of the law and then intervene in the court case or it could pre-empt a lengthy legal battle by referring the law to the Supreme Court for advice on its constitutionality. The federal government could also help finance a court challenge through the court challenges program, which the Trudeau government reinstated to help fund individuals or groups who initiate cases involving charter rights and freedoms. However, decisions on which cases to fund are made by an independent third party, not the government.

If the law were to be struck down as unconstitutional, Vallee said the provincial government has not yet considered whether it would use the so-called notwithstanding clause to override the charter of rights and keep the law intact. “We’re not there yet,” she said. “The notwithstanding clause is not part of the debate because there is no legal challenge so far.” Bill 62 requires anyone providing or receiving provincial and municipal public services in Quebec to uncover their faces. Last week, Vallee said the law would oblige people riding a bus or the subway to do so with their faces uncovered for the entire journey. On Tuesday, however, she backtracked, saying only those whose fare requires a card with photo ID will need to uncover their faces before riding public transit -- and that they can put the veil back on once they’ve been identified.

In response to Trudeau’s stepped-up criticism, Asked Wednesday about Quebec Justice Minister Vallee’s clarifications,

“I think we’re seeing there are still a lot of things to clarify in this bill, including how it will be applied,” he said. “We will do our homework here in Ottawa. As I’ve said several times, I don’t think a government should be telling a woman what to wear or not wear.” NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he’s been clear from the outset that he’s opposed to the law and suggested Trudeau’s position “has been evolving.” However, he did not offer any support for federal intervention in the matter. “That’s something that’s going to be decided by the people of Quebec ... if they want to question this law. There are tools that exist. There’s a strong charter of rights and freedoms that exist in Quebec and that will be a decision made by the people of Quebec if they want to challenge this legislation.” Even within Liberal ranks, opinion is split on whether the federal government should intervene. Montreal MP Alexandra Mendes called on the Trudeau government last week to challenge the law. But her fellow Montreal MP, Nicola Di Iorio, said Wednesday he believes the federal government should butt out and give “all the deference, all the latitude” to Quebec’s national assembly. Earlier this week Social Development Minister Yves Duclos and Transport Minister Marc Garneau also said the federal government shouldn’t get involved. “It’s not up to the federal government to tell Quebec how to do things,” said Duclos. The Canadian Press


Former astronaut Julie Payette sworn in as Canada’s 29th Governor General By Terry Pedwell

O T TAWA - F o r m e r astronaut Julie Payette has taken the formal oath of office to become the country’s 29th Governor General in a traditional ceremony on Parliament Hill. The 53-year-old is in the Senate chamber for her former installation as the Queen’s representative. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood by as Payette read the oaths of allegiance of the Governor General and c o m m a n d e r- i n - c h i e f of Canada, and of the Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada. The audience included justices of the Supreme Court, political and Indigenous leaders and other dignitaries, including former governors general, several provincial premiers and Payette’s friends and family. While much of the ceremony is dictated by protocol, Payette herself chose the music, which included a rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” sung by Joannie Benoit and Melissa Bedard. T h e J u n o Aw a r d w i n n i n g Ta f e l m u s i k Baroque Orchestra and Choir, of which Payette was a member, is also performing.

Canada’s 29th Governor General Julie Payette looks on from her seat in the Senate chamber during her installation ceremony, in Ottawa on Monday, October 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Adrian Wyld

One of the first things Payette plans to do as the Queen’s representative in Canada is to open an Instagram account. Her predecessor, David Johnston, never had one, but officials from Heritage Canada say Payette will add to the G o v e r n o r G e n e r a l ’s social media arsenal. She will also take over her predecessor’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. Payette’s embrace of social media appears to be in step with Buckingham Palace, which posted a job advertisement for a social media manager earlier this year as the number of people following the Queen on Twitter was heading toward the three million mark. It has since surpassed that.

Payette, a Montreal-born astronaut, engineer and businesswoman, was accompanied by her 14-year-old son, Laurier Payette Flynn. Her parents and sister and brother were among the invited guests who felt the rumble of a 21-gun salute after Payette signed the oath book and took her seat on the Senate throne. Following the ceremony, Payette, her son and other dignitaries were scheduled to visit the National War Memorial where the new Governor General would lay flowers on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Payette had her first audience with the Queen less than two weeks ago, at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where she received several honours, including the Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada. In his parting statement, issued Friday, Johnston thanked Canadians for the privilege of serving them. “It has been a great honour to serve as Canada’s 28th Governor General, to represent Her Majesty The Queen in this important role within our constitutional monarchy and to give back to this country I love so much,” the former academic said. The Canadian Press

U.S. and Ghanaian Officials Mark Progress in Addressing Child Trafficking and Pledge Ongoing Commitment cont’d from pg. 21 CPC Partnership, IOM provided the Ghana Police Service Anti-Human Trafficking Units with six vehicles and investigative equipment and organized 22 training programs for approximately 500 individuals from the Ghana police and immigration services, social welfare department, labor department, attorney general’s department, and the judiciary. The trainings focused on identification and screening of human trafficking victims, direct assistance, as well as investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of child trafficking cases.         Free the Slaves, in collaboration with local NGO partners International Needs Ghana, Right to be Free, Challenging Heights,

Don Bosco Child Protection Center, and Partners in Community Development trained 114 traditional authorities and local government officials in identifying and appropriately responding to child trafficking, worked with local communities and law enforcement to remove 127 children and eight adults from labor trafficking situations, provided 196 individuals with shelter and other services, reached more than 7,600 people through awareness raising activities, and convened a national symposium that approximately 100 stakeholders attended to develop strategies to combat trafficking. The CPC Partnership, signed in Accra in

June 2015, outlines the commitment of the four participating ministries – the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection; the Ministry of Justice; the Ministry of the Interior; and the Ministry of Employment and Labor Relations – and the United States of America to work collaboratively to enhance the protection of Ghanaian children and hold traffickers accountable for their crimes through arrests, prosecutions, and convictions. Activities have focused primarily in the three regions of Volta, Central, and Greater Accra. Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana.


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Ms Agnes Summers (Makola) celebrates her 70th birthday

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In the first week of September 2017, the Caribbean got hit by Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. This category 5 storm was quickly followed by Hurricane Jose, a category 4 storm. Many countries such as Antigua, Anguilla, Barbuda, St. Maarten and the Virgin Islands got hit quite badly. Some islands are said to have 95% of their buildings wiped out and other countries are said to now be inhabitable.


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Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu’s mother passes away at 88 Obaapanin Elizabeth Ama Kyeremaa whose sadden death happened on Saturday October7, 2017 was 88 years.

She passed away at Chiraa near Sunyani, Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Obaapanin Elizabeth Ama Kyeremaa is the mother of Apostle Charles AnokyeManu of Apostles Continuation Church International, Toronto Canada. Funeral arrangement will be anounced later.

One week observation at Apostles’ Continuation Church, Toronto on Sunday October 22, 2017

Apostle Charles Anokye Manu and wife From left: Pastor Patrick Antwi, Dr. & Mrs. La-Kumi and Chairman Clement Brakatu

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In loving memory of Mrs. Agnes Asare-Amoako Alias Auntie Angie (1954- 2007) It has been 10 years October 23rd 2007 since you were laid to rest. A caring and wonderful human being that you were and a great grandmother that you would’ve been to your grand children. We all miss you each and everyday. Your children miss you very much and never stop thinking about what a life it would’ve been if you were still here. Although you’re gone, you are not forgotten. We love you very much and may you continue to rest in perfect peace. With love, From husband Alfred Asare-Amoako, children; Mavis, Gloria, Samuel, Nana Kofi, Grand children, ln-laws, the entire family, friends, loved ones and Living Word Assembly of God Church. For ever you are in our heart.

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FOOD AND RECIPES Compiled by Nana Ama


1/2 kilo Chicken or beef 50g Tomato puree 4 Pieces Yellow pepper 2 Stock cubes 2 tsp Mill ginger & garlic 70 g Okro 250g Groundnut paste (peanut better) 50g Onions 10g Kpakpo shito 1/2 ltr Water 1 spring local mint

Method: 1. Clean and cut chicken 2. Season and steam for 20 minutes 3. Add all ingredients except groundnut paste 4. Mix groundnut paste with 1/2 liter water. 5. Cook paste in clean saucepan, until oil comes on top and leaves the side of the pan 6. Add the remaining water to the cook pasted 7. Add the mixture to the steamed chicken 8. Correct the seasoning, reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes 9. Add okro and other vegetables Accompaniment: Fufu, Banku, Kokonte or Kelewele Note: Beef, Fish and Crobs could be used.

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. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Peel the plantain into a saucepan Add water and salt to it and boil After 20 minutes, remove it from the fire and drain the water 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 When the oil with the onion is well cooked, pur it onto the mashed plantain and mix altogether using a wooden spoon. Serve with eggs or avocado

PALMNUT SOUP Ingredients 2 tins of plam nuts paste 2 large tomatoes 1 large size onion chopped salt and pepper to taste 500g fish and or meat 2 small size salted fish (optional) 1 tablet cabe maggie 8 large Okro (optional) 4 large garden eggs (optional) Method 1.Prepare fish/meat, chopped onions, salt and tomatoes and simmer 2. Mix palm nut paste with warm water and strain the liquid through a strainer. 3. Add liquid to the simmered meat/fish and the other vegeables and spices. 4. Allow the soup to simmer to the desired thinkness. 5. Skim off the excess oil from the top of the soup 6. Take it off the fire, serve with fufu, banku, kenkey, rice, yam etc.

YAM BALLS Ingredients 250g Yam 50g Margarine 1 or 1/2 Egg Yolk beaten 1 tlsp Milk Pepper, Salt, grated Nutmeg (to taste) Egg and bread crumbs for coating Oil for deep frying Method 1. Boil yam thoroughly till cooked, drain and mash to get a smooth result 2. Add margarine while still hot 3. Add pepper salt and grated nutmeg 4. Add egg, malk if mxture is dry 5. Divide them into pieces and dredge with flour 6. Roll into balls and coat with eff and breadcrumbs 7. Fry in deep-frying until golden brown 8. Drain and serve

JOLLOF RICE Ingredients 400g - Rice 200g - Onions 2 tbsp - Powdered Shrimps 400g - Fresh Tomatoes (Blend) 1/4 ltr. - Cooking Oil 1 ltr. - Water 200g - Tomato Puree 2 Stock Cube 1 tbsp Powdered Pepper 1/2 tbsp Mix Spice 1 tbsp Mill Ginger/Garlic Salt to taste Method: 1. Prepare tomato gravy with cooking oil by adding chopped onions, tomato puree and shrimps powder. 2. Add mill ginger and garlic with all dry ingredients 3. Cover to cook for 5 minutes 4. Add water to the gravy and leave to boil 5. Add rice, stir and correct the seasoning and cover to cook for 15 minutes. ACCOMPANIMENT: a. Grilled Chicken, Meat or Fish gravy b. Boiled vegetable or salad

KAKLO Ingredients

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


1. Wash and peel plantain 2. Blend into a pulp 3. Add mixed spice and mill ginger and gradually incorporate in flour. 4. Add sugar and salt 5. Scoop and fry in moderately hot oil until golden brown in color 6. Drain and place on a kitchen paper. ACCOMPANIMENT: Bambara Beans, Red Red or Bean Stew

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cont’d from pg. 35

The Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce (Ghana) represents a wide range of business interests in Canada, Ghana and the West African sub-region. Its president Mr. Frederick Attakumah in his address to the forum, stated that there is much room for improvement of the current trade between the two countries from about $100 million to about $1billion in the not distant future. Mr. Emmanuel Duodu and Mr. Frederick Attakumah, Presidents of both chambers signed a Memorandum of

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Census: Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to rent cont’d from pg. 47 Almost 40 per cent of renters captured in the census spent more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income on housing -- a figure largely unchanged from 2011 and more than double the approximately 17 per cent recorded for homeowners. Overall, affordability remains an issue for almost a quarter of Canadian households, a figure that hasn’t changed much in a decade, with the pressure most acute in the hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver. The federal Liberal government has promised to address affordability issues as part of an $11.2 billion, 11-year housing plan to be released in the coming weeks. It’s expected to have a heavy focus on building affordable units, with a new portable housing benefit that would be tied to individuals, rather than properties. Speaking earlier this fall about work on the strategy, Siddall said that the focus wasn’t solely on helping the ranks of homeowners. “Rent or own, a home is a home,” Siddall said in an interview. “When we think about housing we have got to think about renters who need support to rent, renters who rent on a market basis, and make sure people can migrate and own homes who should own homes.”

The migration to home ownership is likely to pick up for millennials in the coming years as they start families and look for homes or condominiums -- a class of home that saw a 1.2 per cent increase in households from 2011 -- to fit their growing brood. At the same time, seniors will be looking to downsize. That means the baby boomers will continue to fuel changes in the housing market by how long they remain homeowners and whether their children and grandchildren decide to rent or buy. Haines said the two age groups, even though they are at different points in their lives, are likely to compete for the same kind of two-bedroom units that are a rarity in the market, potentially driving up costs. That may require policy-makers to get more involved in the market to make more family-friendly housing gets built instead of a heavy focus on studios and one-bedroom units, Haines said.

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The Apostolic Church Int’l Canada Inc. (Currently, the only Ghana affiliated Apostolic Churches in Canada)

Reverend Festus Ofori Senior Pastor, Toronto

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Brampton Branch 170 Wilkinson Road #6, Brampton, Ontario Worship Schedule Wednesdays: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Online Studies 416-278-3104, 416-278-0884, 647-835-2251, 416-3057753 Thursdays: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Encounter Movement (teaching, healing and intercessory prayers) @ 170 Wilkinson Road, #6 Saturdays: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm - Women’s Movement Online Program 416-278-0884, 416-476-5211, 647-823-7584 Youth’s Movement - 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 647-835-2251, 416-303-7753 Sundays: 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm - MAIN SERVICE @ 170 Wilkinson Road, #6

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Sunday Worship: 10.00a.m. - 12.30 p.m. Wednesday Bible Studies: 6.00p.m. - 7.30 p.m. Friday Prayer Meeting: 7.00p.m. - 9.00 p.m.

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community by Rev. Isaac DeGraft Takyi “The Christian, From Monday to Saturday”: Part Two: “ChristianWho is Living by Christian Principles styles of learning and relating to God. See where do you fall in these two systems?

“Societal transformation is high on God’s agenda and the chief catalytic force to bring it about will be Christians ministering in the marketplace.” C. Peter Wagner, Chancellor, Wagner Leadership Institute “I believe one of the next great moves of God is going to be through the believers in the workplace.” Dr. Billy Graham Ed Silvoso in his book Anointed for Business prescribes for the body of Christ, four types of Christians in the workplace, namely:Christian who is simply trying to survive, Christian who is living by Christian principles, Christian who is living by the power of the Holy Spirit, and Christian who is transforming their workplace for Christ. In this article we will look at the second level as presented by Os Hillman (president of Marketplace Leaders).   The second type of Christian in the workplace is the Christian who is living by Christian principles. America is a society that loves programs and systems to do things. We find 12-step programs and books that claim 7 steps to loose weight or 10 Ways to a Better Marriage as guaranteed formulas to achieve our goals. For some, this type of programmed teaching is helpful. It gives them a track to run on. Some Christian authors

HEBRIC Active - appeals to the heart Process Oriented Emphasizes direct participation Emphasizes age and wisdom Role modeling, mentoringand discipleship indispensable Leadership by personal example Character of leaders essential Personal relationships essential

use acrostics to help their audiences grasp key concepts. Let’s face it, if the whole world lived on Christian principles we would have a better world. All of this can be helpful, but we should recognize the root of this form of teaching. It  largely comes from a Greekbased system for attaining knowledge as compared to the early church Hebraic model of learning. When the early church began to mature in the second and third centuries, more and more Greek scholars came into the faith. When they came into the faith they also influenced the early Hebraic church with their teaching methodology that focused on reasoning, logic and oratory skills. The Hebrews learned obedience through obedience, not reason and analysis. They taught by modeling not by teaching information. Here is a comparison between the two

Biblical Application Doers of the Word Bible -- reality that must beconfronted Goal -- develop Christlikeness Ministry Activity Small intimate groups Leader as facilitator Cooperative, participatoryplanning Spiritual gifts shared Frequent scheduled and unscheduled gatherings Fruit Love, acceptance, forgiveness Transparency encouraged Active participation “How you serve" vital Each believer trained to serve Produces mature believers

Many of us are by-products our world. It alleviates the of a Greek system which is supernatural because it depends why we don’t have impact on on the logic and reasoning of every situation rather than GREEK Cognitive - appeals to the intellect living by the power of the Holy Program Oriented Spirit to be led by God.This Heavy program emphasis system often promotes a worksEmphasizes education based relationship toward God. Relies on speaking Paul warned us against this skills,oratory, programmed materials,information conveyance when he said: “For it is by Leader's personal life less grace you have been saved, essential through faith-and this not from Personal relationships optional yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that Biblical Application no one can boast. For we are Belief without cost to self God’s workmanship, created Bible -- data that must be taught in Christ Jesus to do good Focus on rules -- do's and don'ts works, which God prepared Emphasizes distinct in advance for us to do” (Eph denominations 2:7-10). Paul also warned Ministry Activity against the Greek influence Large impersonal groups when he was speaking to the Leader-directed and controlled Corinthians: “My message and Organizational roles important my preaching were not with Acquisition of knowledgeemphasized wise and persuasive words, Reliance on scheduled gatherings but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your Fruit faith might not rest on men’s Mutual toleration wisdom, but on God’s power”(1 Transparency discouraged Passivity and lethargy Cor 2:4-5). "What you know" vital Trained professionals utilized Produces spectators

Source: Restoring the Early Church, Mike and Sue Dowgiewicz, Aslan Group Publishing To learn more about the Greek and Hebraic systems order The Prodigal Church booklet from www.

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

Minister: Rev. Stephen Azundem

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

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

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Email: Senior Pastor Rev. Isaac Takyi DeGraft

Church Activities

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


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

Worship Schedule: Sunday Church Service - Akan: English Service

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


10:00 a.m. - 12 noon


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


- Organizational Meetings Choir Practice, Singing Band Practice

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


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

Auxilliary Minister Rev. Samuel Victor Mpereh



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

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

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

Tel: 416-743-2507

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

It’s A Great Commission!

Apos. Dr. Emmanuel Anthony Owusu National Head

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

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

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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)


168 Rexdale Blvd.,

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

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

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church


2017: LIBERTY IN THE SPIRIT 2 Corinthian 3:17

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

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

42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2

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

Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l

Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance


63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7 Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445

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

Cell: 647-921-2414

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

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

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

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

378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5

Scarborough Assembly

Place of Worship:

Founder &Pastor-in-charge

Montreal Assembly

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629

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

Days And Time of Worship

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

Worship With Us At These Branches In Canada

Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Boniface Keelson

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


Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

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


Email: Website:


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Genetics is a big reason divorce runs in families

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parents, who contributed genes to the adoptees, and not their adoptive parents who contributed the rearing environment. So from this pattern of facts we infer that it is genes that contribute to the transmission of divorce from parents to children as opposed to the rearing environment. BM: I think what most of us would think about with divorce is the reason it would run in families is that the children just saw their parents go through a really rough time so it’s more of an environmental thing.  You’re saying you were able to separate those two. J S : E x a c t l y. T h e interpretation from these other studies and the evidence coming out of these other studies would suggest that there’s something sort of psychologically damaging about watching your parents go through a divorce, that undermines your ability to stick with it when the going gets tough in your own marriage later on. But the confounding factor that these previous studies

haven’t really addressed is that divorcing parents not only are giving a ‘divorced environment’ to their children they’re also contributing genes to their offspring. BM: If genetics plays a role in divorce how does that fit into the other factors, because clearly there has to be some environmental impact there. JS: Absolutely. Our study certainly does not imply that it’s only genes that matter for divorce. In fact we know that that can’t possibly be true because divorce is something that happens between two people. So there is a super-important part of your environment, and that is who your partner is and how your own traits and liabilities and strengths come together in the context of that relationship. Our study by no means suggests that genes are the only thing responsible for divorce. It’s just part of the picture and appears to be the primary explanation for why divorce runs from parents to children.

BM: You mentioned that your database involved around 20,000 children of divorced parents so how many of those went on to divorce themselves? JS: Of our sample of 20,000 adoptees, of those who got married, about 46 percent of them went on to experience a divorce in their own relationship. BM: Wow. 46 percent. JS: It’s funny, everyone seems surprised by that, but that’s about the going rate in most western countries these days. BM: When it comes to genetics you can avoid being tall or having blue eyes that you got from your parents, but can you avoid the negative impact of genetic personality traits that your parents may have given you? JS: Yeah. Just because something is genetically influenced doesn’t mean that it isn’t modifiable. If someone knows what their liabilities are, certainly those things are amenable to being changed, they’re open to environmental influence. CBC Radio

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

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

Time of Worship:

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

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

647-892-9412 or 905-846-6257 E-mail: 100 Penn Drive Unit #3, North York, Ontario Canada. M9L 2A9 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Mathew 5:6

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

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Welcome Home Evangelistic Ministries Affiliated with the Evangelical Church In Canada

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

New address: Heart Lake United Church 85 Sandalwood Pkwy E. Brampton, ON Sunday Morning Worship Celebration start from 1:30 pm Wednesday Discipleship class is 7pm Friday Prayer meeting is 7pm Contact Info: Tel: 647 210 7057 Fax: 905 495 4789 Website:

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

Apostle Twumasi Ankrah

Tel: 647-916-0780 / 647-703-9717 TIME OF WORSHIP: Sunday 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Tuesday 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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


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

Time: 10.00AM-1.00PM


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Around the Ghana Sports Scene

with Jonathan Baah Annobil

Abedi Pele, 5 other Ghanaians appointed to AsamoahGyan Obtains License For “Baby CAF standing committees Jet Airline” - PrezAkufo-Addo Discloses Former skipper of the Black Stars, AbediAyew ‘Pele’ has been appointed to one of the standing committees of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). According to a statement from CAF, the three-time African Footballer of the Year will Committee for Africa Cup of serve as a member of the Youth Nations completing the list. Africa Cups of Nations for U17, U20, and U23 committee.  They will join KwesiNyantakyi who will serve on two Ex-Ghana FA boss Alhaji- different committees including Jawula maintains his posi- Executive Committee and also tion as a member of the Inter on the Emergency Committee. Clubs Organising Committee They are expected to serve two with Ghana FA vice presi- year terms. dent George Afriyie who had Source: already been announced as a member of the Organising

Black Queens Coach Not Surprised By Heavy Defeat To France Black Queens Coach MasUd Didi Dramani is not surprised by the team’s heavy defeat to France in Tuesday’s international friendly match in Reims.

Akufo-Addo made this known at the 2017 African Airshow currently ongoing at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra.   The President said: “I have been reliably informed that the captain of our senior national team, the Black Stars, AsamoahGyan, Baby Jet has obtained a carrier license and is working feverishly to establish an airline obviously called, Baby Jet Airline”. Aircrafts belonging to the airline called Baby Jet Airlines are expected to hit the runway soon. Reports suggest that the company will commence operations with cargo handling, before expanding

subsequently to airlift travellers. Gyan recently signed for Kayerispor in the Turkish Super League after a stint with Shanghai SIPG in the Chinese Super League and already owns a total of 18 companies. He has interests in music production, entertainment with his Asa Band (as well as his personal music career) and event management (JetLink

Events & Logistics). Gyan has also invested in companies importing food (Mama Vits Noodles and Rice), boxing promotion (Baby Jet Promotions), water (Paradise Pac), transport, real estate, mining and student hostels. Gyan, 31, is the all-time leading goalscorer of the senior national team (Black Stars) with 51 goals.  

Chop, Chop in Ghana: “We no fear huu” The Corruption Saga in Ghana is frightening

Ghana suffered an 8-0 defeat at the hands of the European powerhouse in the friendly which served as preparatory grounds for both teams. The Black Queens having enjoyed possession and conceded just one goal in the first half shipped in seven goals in the second half to taste humiliation.

The captain of the Black Stars, AsamoahGyan has obtained a license from the government of Ghana, to operate an airline company in the country, President AkufoAddo has disclosed.

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play an experience team you must respect the forces of the opponent

Mas-UdDidiDramani who is still building his team for next year’s Africa Women’s Championship says he is not surprised by the result.

“We had our goals, not thinking about the scoreline but thinking about how we wanted to play,( having in mind) what the team went through. This team was just gathered two weeks ago and we have professional players who joined just two days ago.”

“I think in football these kind of football are likely to happen when you build a new team. And when you

The defeat follows an 11-1 drubbing to Germany months ago in a friendly.

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one’s pension has been so cumbersome, at times taking years to process. Many retired workers have died without been able to access and enjoy the monies they contributed to the pension fund managed by the SSNIT. In the meantime, while the retired workers are living in abject poverty and suffering, the officials at the SSNIT were stealing their pension money to the tune of millions of United States Dollars. They were investing some of these monies in useless investments with little or no positive returns to the workers’ pension fund. Early this month, August 2017, information was made public by the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) that the SSNIT had purchased a supposed software that was to be designed and used to manage the workers’ pension fund. The contract was initially priced at US$34 million. It ballooned to US$66 million along the line and eventually the SSNIT paid a whooping US$72 million to some company for this software that was then found to be faulty and unworkable. What happened to the US$72 million that was sunk into this project? Wheeeew!!!! It has

gone down the drain into the pockets of top officials of the SSNIT. US$72 million has been blown and disappeared into private pockets while the workers who contributed their hard-earned salaries to this fund do not get paid the paltry sums of their pensions in local Ghanaian Cedis and they die in poverty! The most shocking of this SSNIT US$72 million software loot is that the head of the SSNIT Information Management systems (IT) department who managed and oversaw this stealing syndicate did not possess the academic qualifications he claimed to have by which he was hired. This guy named Dr. CalebAfaglo, claimed to have a Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D Degrees all of which were found to have been faked. How then did he get the job in 2015 in the first place? Then there has been over the past couple of months, another scandal unearthed at the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR) and the Bulk Oil Storage (BOST) under which millions of refined crude oil were regularly declared as “contaminated” while the officials sold them on the open market and pocketed the

monies amounting to millions of Ghanaian Cedis. This practice has gone on for years. You wonder whether people who engage in this practice of stealing public money with not fear of accounting for their evil deed really sleep peacefully at night while millions of their compatriots, including children, live in abject poverty. Millions of children in Ghana have no safe structures to house them in schools; more than half of the road network in the country are impassable; people die in hospitals because there are no drugs; a few people connive and burn down the whole national Medical Stores. A government probe into the incident identified those who did it, yet no one is held accountable. The list goes on and on and on. Where isNana Akufo Addo and his government going to start from in this anti-corruption fight? Are all these revelations backed by solid evidence not enough to kick the government to move quickly on its antigovernment agenda to stop the profuse bleeding going on in the domain of public finances? We pause here for answers. More anon!

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