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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls snap election By Emmanuel Ayiku and Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto, ON

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced snap elections for September 20, two years ahead of schedule, in a bid to capitalize on the country’s pandemic response which has received cross-party support. Despite Trudeau’s COVID policies being widely seen as a success, he called the early vote in a bid to give his Liberal government a new mandate to steer Canada’s pandemic exit. The election, which is scheduled for Sept. 20, 2021 will come less than two years after the previous vote and at a time when coronavirus cases are rising. Trudeau formally requested the dissolution of parliament from Governor General Mary Simon, who holds a mostly ceremonial position representing Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II as head of state on Sunday August 15, “Everyone understands that we are really at a pivotal moment in the history of our country,” Mr. Trudeau said after asking Governor General Mary Simon to dissolve Parliament to permit the snap election. “This is a moment where Canadians can and should be able to weigh in on what we’re going through and on how

we’re going to build a society that is stronger and better.” “We will be taking decisions that will last not just for the coming months but for the coming decades. Canadians deserve their say. That’s exactly what we’re going to give them,” Trudeau told reporters after he spoke with Governor Simon. “We’ve had your back, and now it’s time to hear your voice,’’ Trudeau said.”Canadians need to choose how we finish the fight against COVID-19.”

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Trudeau is seeking an election on Sept 20 .Although the current Parliament’s four-year term does not expire until October 2023, Trudeau is betting that high COVID-19 vaccination rates and a post-pandemic economic rebound will help him prolong and strengthen his grip on power. Trudeau, 49, is eyeing September 20 for what would be his third election, sources said. He first won a majority in 2015. But in a federal vote two years ago, Trudeau came up short of a majority, forcing him to depend on opposition parties to

pass legislation. The Liberals need to pick up just over a dozen more seats in the 338-seat House of Commons to be able to govern on their own.   To assist our community members

to make their minds and make the rightful choice, the Ghanaian News reproduce below some of the published Manifestos and platform messages and visions of the various political parties who are contesting the elections. cont’d on pg. 6

Amend the 1992 constitution to reflect CRC recommendations — NDC to Akufo-Addo The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), is urging President Akufo-Addo to initiate processes to amend the 1992 Constitution to reflect the recommendations of the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) presented to the Presidency 10 years ago. The party, which emphasized electoral reforms in the commission’s report, has also justified a 34-point electoral reform it has proposed.

Nana Ato Dadzie Key among the proposals is parliamentary scrutiny of the selection of the Electoral Commission (EC)

Chair and other commission members, a ban on the use of the military during elections, and a legislative instrument to give legal backing to the operations of the Inter-Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) among others.

the constitutional reform committee on 20th December 2011″, Nana Ato Dadzie, Chairman of NDC Electoral Reform Committee said at a press conference on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

“We would urge His Excellency the President to accept the interpretation of the Apex Court (Supreme Court) as the correct interpretation of the Constitution and the law and proceed to urgently activate the processes for the early implementation of the constitutional reforms as set out by

According to the party, it hopes the government initiates the necessary steps to operationalize the flagship reform recommendations and proposals, as well as the recommendations of the Constitutional Reform Commission. cont’d on pg. 28


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The re-registration exercise according to government is expected to curb the incidents of fraud, monitor and track down persons who use their phones for criminal activities. Despite an increase in mobile money fraud related activities, government is also hoping to use the exercise to enable authorities to ascertain the accurate number of valid and accurate SIMs on the networks, to enable telecommunications operators to build better demographics of their customer base. It is also expected that the exercise will afford the National Communications Authority, which is the regulator, gain access to accurate data to regulate activities of the telecommunications sector The sector minister for Communications and Digitilisation, Ursula OwusuEkuful  during a press briefing on Sunday September 5, 2021 spelled out a number of modalities for the sim-registration exercise.

to enable subscribers (individuals and Businesses) to check and verify all SIM Cards which have been registered in their names at all times. 6. Foreigners visiting Ghana can acquire a SIM Card using their Passports or Travel Card but they can only use the SIM Card for 30 days after which it will be deactivated. Foreigners intending to use a SIM Card for more than 30 days will have to obtain the Non-Citizen Ghana Card to do so. The NCA has made it mandatory for the Operators to verify Passports and Travel Cards against an international database before registering and activating a SIM Card for Foreigners. Special arrangements will be made for diplomatic personnel living and working in Ghana. 7. One of the interesting things we are also doing is to enforce Regulation 6 of the SIM Regulations which states that: 1) “A network operator or service provider that provides international roaming service in the country to a subscriber from another country shall enter into an agreement with the network operator or service provider of that subscriber”.

2) “The agreement shall provide for the particulars of the subscriber in See the modalities below as first the records of the network operator spelled out by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful: or service provider during the period Modalities for SIM Registration that the subscriber uses the Subscriber Identity Module in the country”. 1. All new subscribers will have to produce their Ghana card to acquire We believe that enforcing this will a new SIM card. For Businesses to address the potential issue of wouldregister sims in bulk, the Operators be fraudsters and criminals using SIM will be required to verify the Cards from other countries to roam on Business Registration documents Ghanaian networks to engage in crime. with the Registrar General’s Department and verify the identity 8. The minimum age for registration of the Shareholder or the Director has been set at 15 years, taking into for Limited Liability Companies consideration the increased use of and Public Institutions respectively. communications services since the onset of the  COVID-19 pandemic to facilitate E-education. 2. Existing subscribers will and register their SIMS via USSD and a sim registration App. 9. For the very first time in Ghana, there will be a SIM Register just like countries 3. The verification of all subscribers like Brazil, Germany and Switzerland, and businesses will be against the which will serve as a database comprehensive statistics databases of the National Identification giving regarding a number of subscribers Authority and the Registrar General’s Department where necessary. Indeed, in Ghana and providing a resource for the Businesses, in addition to for tracking fraudsters and criminals. verifying from the Registrar General’s Barring any unforeseen Department that that Business is 10. eventualities, SIM Registration will valid, a shareholder or director of the begin on 1st October, 2021 for a six (6) organisation will have to personally be month period and end on 31st March, linked to the registration of the SIMs. 2022. Any sim which is not registered at 4. Individuals can register a total the end of this exercise will be blocked. number of 10 SIM Cards across all networks and Foreigners will have 11. The NIA is opening Regional and a limit of 3 SIM Cards across all District Offices to enable Ghanaians networks. Let me caution here, that who have not registered for their people should not think that they can Ghana Card to be able to do so and hide behind Businesses and register as we encourage all Ghanaians and many SIM Cards as they want. All SIM Foreigners resident in Ghana to ensure Cards registered to a Business will be that they have their Ghana Cards and linked to a Shareholder or Director of Non-Citizen Ghana Card ready. In the Business and if a Business SIM addition, those who have registered Card is found to have been engaged in but have not picked up their Ghana a fraudulent activity, the Shareholder Cards should be able to do so from the or Director will be held liable. various NIA offices 5. The NCA will develop mechanisms Ghanaweb


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EDITORIAL KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH WITH NEWS FROM HOME AND LOCAL COMMUNITY ISSUES

EDITORIAL Publisher / Editor Emmanuel Ayiku Contributing Editor Joe Kingsley Eyiah Director of Operations Comfort Ayiku Community Reporter Jonathan Annobil

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

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Let’s vote in upcoming Canada Elections Canadians go to the polls on September 20, 2021 to choose a new Federal government to run the country from Ottawa. Elections have come and gone, but this upcoming one has a lot of implications for our community. Around the world, especially in the Western “democracies”, the past ten years have witnessed a dangerous shift towards extremist political parties whose ideologies are different with the interest of minority groups, especially immigrant groups, of which our community is a part. Across Europe, political parties with anti-immigrant and anti-muslim agendas have gained some prominence and taken significant seats in national elections. Down south in the United States, we have witnessed, over the past three years, the poisonous anti-immigrant agenda and policies of the government that won power in 2016. Here in Canada, some of the political parties contesting the upcoming elections have some agendas pointing in the directions in favour of Minorties. Some are openly expressing these in their manifestoes and platform messages, while others are concealed in some veiled threats and policies. In the light of these published and known policies of these political parties and their leaders, we strongly appeal to our community members not to regard the upcoming elections as “just one of those elections”. There is a lot at stake for our community and its members, for better and for the worse. The success of some of the political parties may not change the fortunes of our community much, but we may continue to live in peace and relative harmony to carry on with our lives in this country.

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.

However, the victory of some other parties will not bode well for our community. Some of the political parties will surely reverse and halt many of the gains that our communities have achieved over the years, which will reverse our fortunes in this country. In this connection, it is absolutely necessary for our community members to participate fully in the coming elections.

Address your letters to the Editor The Ghanaian News 1111Albion Rd., Suite 103 Etobicoke, Ont., M9V 1A9 Tel: 416-916-3700 or Fax: 416-916-6701 or e-mail us at info@ghanaiannews.ca Articles appearing in various columns of the Ghanaian News are intended to generate civil and informed public discussions. You do not have to agree with opinions expressed by the writers. That should encourage you to write to express your own views. This is the way we generate lively and civil discussions in the community. Rejoinders are not forums for personal insults and we want readers to adhere to these principles.

We urge our community members to carefully study the published manifestos and platforms of the various parties which are not difficult to understand. That way, we can make very rightful choices on election day when we go to the polls. We need to go out there in our numbers on election day and vote. We could also participate in the elections in other positive and meaningful ways by volunteering our services to the political parties of our choice: act as polling agents/ assistants; volunteer at party offices; go door knocking, distribute publicity materials; drive voters to polling stations, among others. This particular election is too important to ignore. We should eschew and avoid the apathy of the past. We need to go out in our numbers and vote because our vote can make a difference.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls snap election cont’d from pg. 1

The platforms of the political parties are as follows: Liberal Party of Canada Platform Three-point housing plan-unlock home ownership, promising that a family buying their first home will be able to save up to $30,000 Build more homes- build, preserve, or repair 1.4 million homes in the next four years Protect your rights. Health Care to continue to work with provinces and territories to build a “stronger health care system.” Seniors- To invest $9 billion over five years to support seniors, with a focus on those living in long-term care. Environment, climate change, promises related action to fight against climate change. Supporting businesses, promises to extend Canada Recovery Hiring program to March 31, 2022 for businesses to increase wages, create new jobs Child Care to implement an average $10 a day early learning and child care for families within the next five years outside of Quebec.

Greens Party The need for a Guaranteed Livable Income More local economic activity More teleworking and less commuting More universality in healthcare and universal pharmacare A huge shift to renewable energy Respect for seniors by providing care that suits their needs Affordable housing

NDP Create at least 50,000 units of quality, affordable housing in the next ten years. Environment-set a target of reducing our emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels by 2030. Create a national pharmacare program that provides universal public, comprehensive coverage to everyone in Canada Make sure that small businesses wage and rent subsidies continue until small businesses are able to fully reopen.

Conservative Party of Canada Increase housing supply, root out corruption, ensure housing in Canada is for Canadian citizens and residents first, address homelessness, and make mortgage affordable Healthcare-to take ‘immediate action to restore health funding and tackle the urgent crises of mental health and addiction Plan to improve long-term care, help seniors stay in their own homes or with their children, and maintain financial security via pensions. Climate change-It’s clear that climate change is a reality and they plan to meet the Paris climate commitment and reduce emissions by 2030 without taxing Canadians. Supporting businesses-launch the Main Street Business loans of up to $200,000 for small businesses, offer up to 4 months of prepandemic revenue up to a maximum of $200,000 Child care-Convert the Child Care Expense deduction into a refundable tax credit covering up to 785% of the cost of child care.

People’s party of Canada Health Care-Giving provinces the incentives to deal with wait times and rising costs


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GHANAIAN-CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO (GCAO) ELECTION 2021 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT This message is brought to you by GCAO Elections Committee GCAO is holding elections on Saturday, November 20, at the Continuation Church, 10 Belfield Rd to elect new executives for the next 4 years. The Organization’sactivities areexpanding rapidly to meet the needs of our community and because of that, more positions are now open to be filled. The positions to be contested are: 1

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We are encouraging any member of the community who has experience and skill-set that matches any of the above positions to participate and to help move this organization to even higher grounds. If you are interested, please contact your church, mosque or association for application forms. The forms must be returned to the committee by October 15, 2021. All qualified candidates will be invited to a Town Hall meeting on November 13, from 3:00PM – 7:00 PMat the Continuation Church for introductions and Q & A. Please note the following: • Candidates must belong to a registered member Association, Churchor Mosque of GCAO with no criminal background to be eligible • Names of qualified candidates shall be made public and shall be included on the ballot • Any number of people from any organization can contest for any position • The head of the association, church or mosque has to endorse the application • On Election Day, only ONE representative from the organizationshall vote. It is the member organization that decides who comes that day to cast the vote • For all positions with Assistants, if there is no declared candidate for such a post before the elections, the runner up shall be declared the Assistant. • We encourage the applicant’s organization to please donate $50 for each application to support the election budget. Send your donation to theresaawuni@yahoo.com. As well you can send your request for application form to jntow1@gmail.com. The completed form must be signed by your church, mosque or association head before returning it to the committee.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calls snap election cont’d from pg. 6

Bloc Quebecois

Getting rid of interprovincial barriers

To make sufficient knowledge of French a condition for obtaining Canadian citizenship in Quebec

Global Warming and Environment: Rejecting alarmism and focusing on concrete improvement Balance the budget in first mandate then cutting taxes Encouraging investment productivity growth

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Housing-Cooling down an overheated market-stop funding social housing and substantially reduce immigration quotas.

To allow Quebec to sign international treaties

Requesting Your Assistance HRBC Federal Liberal Association <hrbcassociation@gmail.com> Our office is looking for some help for this upcoming weekend (September 10, 11, 12 and 13) for the Advance Polls and for Election Day on Monday, September 20th. We are looking for volunteers to assist with phone calls, door to door canvassers and drivers to bring voters to the polls. Phone Calls Everyday: 11am - 8pm Door to Door Canvass

Tax on wealth and a three per cent tax on digital giants

Monday-Saturday: 11am - 3pm and 5pm - 8pm

Government’s spending plan includes support for people 65-75 years old

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Increasing health transfers so the Federal government would cover 35 per cent of provincial health care costs.

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Ghana’s 2.4m tax base won’t meet dev’t needs when donor love dries up – Dep. Governor Out of a population of 30 million, only 2.4 million of individual Ghanaians pay taxes, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr Maxwell OpokuAfari has said at a public lecture organised by the University of Ghana Business School on Thursday, 2 September 2021, on the theme: ‘Rethinking Development Financing: Macroeconomic Management When The Love Is Gone’. Dr Maxwell Opoku-Afari

He said Ghana’s tax revenue-to-GDP ratio is lower than Africa’s average, which is also lower compared to other regions of the world.

comfort and to finance development projects under the SDGs.

The tax-to-GDP ratio for Ghana has averaged 12 per cent over the past two decades, and is lower than Africa’s average of about 17 per cent in 2017, Dr Opku-Afari said.

“This clearly highlights the inadequacy in our tax effort, calling for new measures, in particular, targeting broadening the tax base, upgrading tax policies, and revenue administration systems to mobilise more domestic revenue”, he noted.

He said this also falls short of the 25 per cent of GDP needed to give fiscal

“Business support incentives for tax compliance should be introduced to instil the discipline in all taxpayers to honour their tax obligations”, he proposed.

“It is for this reason that the recently launched Revenue Assurance and Compliance Enforcement (RACE) Initiative, is envisioned as a major transformational effort by the Government to block leakages and increase domestic revenue mobilisation, widen the tax net, and ensure compliance with tax obligations”.

“It beggars to believe that a country of over 30 million, and with over 16 million active MoMo users (an indication of economically active persons), there are only 2.4 million individual taxpayers”, he pointed out.

“If implemented effectively and enforced, it is expected to enhance domestic revenue mobilisation and anchor the needed social contract between the government and the citizens”.

“Does this really show we have the capacity to deliver?” he asked, indicating: “It is not going to be possible to meet our developmental needs with such a tax base, especially when the love is gone and donor assistance has dried up”.

Also, he said the recent introduction of the Ghana card has invariably expanded the tax base, in that, “we now have data on more employees and entities that fall within the taxable bracket”. 

tax base will call for getting more people to honour their tax obligations and minimisation of tax exemptions.

Dr Opoku-Afari said broadening the

“The onus is on the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to reach out and bring all these people and establishments into the tax net”. “As more people and entities are enrolled to pay tax, the per-capita tax burden could be reduced while raising the tax to GDP ratio from a larger base. As our tax to GDP ratio increases towards the Africa average and eventually to the 25 per cent, the needed fiscal space to finance our infrastructural deficit will be created. And, this is one of the most sustainable (non-debtcreating) way of financing and closing our infrastructure gap”.  classfmonline.com

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FOCUS Back-to-School 101: Helping our children to re-engage with learning By Joe Kingsley Eyiah, OCT, Brookview Middle School, Toronto-Canada The Covid-19 pandemic has for the past two school years posed challenges to and, full stops in our children’s learning at school. No wonder the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), Hon. Antonio Guterres described the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education throughout the world as ‘generational catastrophe’. In-person learning for students (especially those in elementary and high school levels) has seen a lot of interruptions which have unfortunately created gaps in our children learning. As back-to-school season after the long break has now begun in many countries, it could be hard to get back into the rhythm of a regular schedule for both children and adults. To help our children with the backto-transition, here are a few 101 tips to ease children back into school life while managing our own stress. Mental Preparation: -Set your children sleep schedules back to ‘in-person school time’. Let them sleep early so as to get up early for school every school day. -Discuss what your children can expect on the first day of school so that they feel more prepared. For example, new teacher for their classroom and new classmates. -Talk openly with your children about

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their feelings about returning to school in-person and answer any questions. Management Plans: -Assist children to choose a planner they would love to use. The scheduling tool chosen must be adhered to by both parents and kids. -Create a family calendar that tracks everyone’s activities and commitments e.g. when the children are expected back from school for the day and who picks them from school. -Hold weekly family meetings to review your children’s schedules for the week ahead -It is very important to make time to check in with each child to see how things are going. (Be VISIBLE in your child’s life).

-Don’t leave home in the morning without making proper arrangements for your children to be well prepared for school in the morning. (Breakfast and transportation for the children in morning before school). -If you have to leave home very early for work arrange for a responsible adult to prepare your children for school. A quick phone call to your home, if possible, to check on your children preparation for school would be helpful. -Have a back-up transportation plan in case your children miss the bus. -Get your children involved in safe programs they can do after school to keep them active. If possible volunteer at some of the after-school programs in which your children are involved. -Make a list of fun after-school activities and games to keep your children entertained. School at Home: -Among other provisions, create a ‘reading space’ at home for your children. John Milton says, “Reading Maketh a Man”. As suggested by a

good friend of mine, “A weekly family visit to the library for an hour or so can help cultivate a good reading habit. Go to the library with your child, have him/her pick a book to read, and pick a book for yourself even if you do not like reading and pretend to read.” -Supervise your children’s homework and give them the needed help by seeking private tutoring or Homework Club for them. -Teach your children to prioritize their assignments by making to-do lists with deadlines. -Remove distractions like TVs and video game consoles from homework areas. GET INVOLVED WITH YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION NOW! -Get to know your child’s teacher either by phone call, email or visit to the school when possible. -Attend PTA meetings, and open house days at your child’s school -Need help or confidence to engage with the authorities at your child’s school? Please, contact your community leaders wherever you are. It is always late than never! Let’s make 2021/2022 academic year a recovery time for children’s learning. They must be helped to re-engage with learning. God Bless.

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Coup d’état Here, Coup d’état There: Is it a sign of a failed Democracy in Africa? By Edmund Agbeko, Toronto, ON

The emergence of Coup d’état on the Africa soil in recent times tells one thing, a failed democracy in Africa. Again, many have said times without number that the formation and existence of the various regional blocs such as Africa Union (AU), Economic Commission of West Africa States (ECOWAS), Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) and Eastern Africa Commission (EAC) is as useless as a worthless salt. What is the use of a body which doesn’t have teeth to bite? A regional body which is more reactive than being proactive? What is the use of heads of regional blocs such AU, ECOWAS, SADC and EAC which cannot look into the eyes of its peer or peers and tell them the truth if they (wrongdoer or wrongdoers) vier off from the path of Democratic rule? Many people in places like Mali, Chad and Sudan who are suffering from one mishap or the another because of the greed of one selfish leader who in one way or the other was pampered by his or her peers in face of all their miss deeds. The question on the lips of many political watchers is will the porous situations being witnessed across parts of African continent today exist, if any of the leadership of the regional blocs have mastered courage and rebuked the contemptuous actions by these presidents or ex-presidents, countries such as Mali, Chad, Sudan and the new kid on the bloc Guinea will not be where they are today. The disturbing developments in Guinea which comes after recent similar undesirable military interventions in Mali, Chad and Sudan must remind the western countries like Britain, Germany among others as well as the United States that, the democracy they foisted on Africa has failed. The irony of Africa’s woes is these see “no evil, hear no evil” international bodies like the United Nations (UN).

blocs such as AU, ECOWAS, SADC and EAC, these toothless bodies should be boldly proactive in calling out their peers on the wrong track and demanding good governance that meets the expectations of the masses, particularly African youth.

The UN Secretary General is so blind that, he sees nothing wrong with the human rights abuses, total disregards of rule of law been displayed openly by those “Africa old boys” who uses force or crude means to crunch unto power no matter the consequences. But let the few brave guys stand up to be counted by ways of writing off the wrong done by the greedy, and selfish old men, then, you will find the the slumbering UN Secretary General and its aliases, being the first come outside to ccondem those arguably doing good instead. For instance, the coup in Guinea is bloodless as compared to the so-called democracy been practiced in Ghana where the 2020 general elections witnessed much brutality than a coup d’état. The hypocrisy of the West and UN have becaming legendary and it will surely not be a surprise if the coup era of the 1960s to 80s return sooner than later. For my colleagues journalists such as Franklin Asare Donkor, the only antidote to these seemingly emergence of coup d’états are for the West and its alias to call to order, these power hungry leaders, whose unwarranted thirst for third-termism have become an obsession; leaving traits of corruption, joblessness, poverty, manipulation of constitutions, profligacy of the ruling elite and naked impunity over the citizenry, who stood in long queues to exercise their democratic franchise of voting.

Instead of waiting late in the day to threaten sanctions on failed democracies, regional and sub regional

It must be time where African leaders must have the balls in condemning their colleagues amending their constitutions to enable them stand for third terms, isolating offending politicians and refusing to attend their coronation ceremonies instead of the unprincipled support for Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Uganda, Guinea, Comoros, Djibouti, Togo, Chad, Congo and Cameroon in flagrant violation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. If the AU and ECOWAS had not conveniently hidden behind non-

interference in internal politics and exhibited courage by stopping President Conde’s third term agenda a couple of years back, this weekend’s explosion would have been averted. African regional intergovernmental organizations should do well to learn from the European Union (EU) which has been loud and clear with their criticism of two member countries: Hungary and Poland over rule of law concerns. Someone should tell these power drunk presidents who wants to die on throne that, if there is any among them with the intention of twisting the constitution to give himself an unfair advantage of any sort, they will suffer a similar problem if not worse tragedy. What happened in Guinea this week should be a wakeup call to African presidents.

Politicians bark like hungry dogs in opposition but silently savour their bones in power Ghanaian politicians only see and point out faults when they are in opposition. While in power, everything they do is right and they defend it to the core using manipulative narratives until they go into opposition and consequently, lose hold of their manipulative spell and, thus, resort to bashing the governing party until they get back to power. What then happened to helping the grassroots to enjoy the fruits of their labour, as they offer unflinching support to various political parties with the hope of a better life with them in charge? What do they do when no one seems to be looking their way? I can see how the MP for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has been monitoring the sitting President of Ghana so closely as far as his international trips are concerned and wonder if he is going to continue like this even if the president were from his party, the National Democratic Congress? This is a political game between the two leading parties – NDC and NPP. We have seen one too many of these poli-tricking behaviours emanating from the likes of Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablawaka and Hon. Kennedy Agyapong that we deem as pretty old and overrated. Flashback On the 21st of July 2021, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa became a self-styled investigative journalist and “leaked” alleged pictures of the chartered plane that President Akufo-Addo used for his trips to South Africa, Belgium and France. He also alleged that the president spent

Isaac Ohene is the author of this article

GHS2.8 million on those trips aboard the chartered Acropolis ACJ320 plane. Right after the president’s recent trip to Germany and the UK on 31 August 2021, the North Tongu MP, once again, alleged that President Akufo-Addo hired a luxurious aircraft at a whopping £14,000 per hour, which accumulated to GHS3.46 million. Taking us back to the 14th of March 2013, Hon. Kennedy Agyapong threatened to expose Zoomlion and RLG, who, he alleged, were “helping” President John Mahama and his government to oil their campaign machinery with stolen cash. This behaviour of politicians is baffling. They only see evil when in opposition. They bark like hungry dogs in opposition and silently masticate their hefty bones when in power without as much as a crackle. Indeed, it is time to arise, Ghanaian youth. Let’s focus on how we can build ourselves and stop being ballot paper guards for politicians. Source: Isaac Ohene


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Akufo-Addo’s Cathedral: A Desperate Throw of the Dice! Let me begin with this observation: When the new mosque at Nima was being constructed – and it spanned many years – no Christian church leader or denomination approached the Islamic community with a donation towards its realization. The Islamic community shouldered its responsibility alone until help stepped from outside to complete it. That is a fact now firmly recorded in our spiritual history. None of the Christian denominations, nor their leaders used the argument of “peaceful coexistence” to step forward to canvass for donations to complete the mosque. Indeed, some of them, like the charismatics/evangelicals do not even recognize Islam as a religion and Mohammed (PBABH) as a Prophet/Messenger of God (Allah). They argue openly that Muslims would not go to heaven and Jesus Christ (Nabi Issah to Muslims) their Lord and Saviour, is the only true way. So why all of a sudden this hypocrisy of craving the National Chief Imam’s financial contribution towards the construction of the cathedral? They also overlooked, or were ignorant of the fact that he does not represent all Muslims in doctrinal matters. In addition, no government, including the present, ever exploited the full power of state and government to raise a pesewa for the mosque as is being done for the cathedral. Now even our national budget makes room for the cathedral and government and state officials are darting about everywhere, at home and abroad to solicit for funds in our name. This is provocation of the highest order… To have paraded the centenarian National Chief Imam before cameras to make a grovelling “donation” towards the Akufo-Addo cathedral was not only a dishonour to the Islamic leader personally but a sharp slap and disrespect to the entire Ghanaian Muslim community. If the Christian community and leadership saw no virtue in contributing towards the construction of the new mosque, how dare they try to muscle Ghanaian Muslims through the Chief Imam to sponsor a Christocentric political emblem?! Nana Addo is setting some dangerous precedents and those who should reign him in are rather egging him on. The dismissal of Charlotte Osei, Chairperson of the Electoral Commission; the desecration of our national and African solidarity holidays; the corrupting of our electoral system; the selective prosecution/ persecution of political opponents; the injection of religion into our secular political culture and who knows what else is lurking in the shadows?! They have all remained silent. Because this nonsensical cathedral satisfies a certain Christian hegemony in our body politic, the church leaders, traditional and evangelical, have all rallied behind it, with the courageous exception of the Catholic Church, even if Catholic Archbishop Palmer-Buckle has allowed himself to be complicit in this nugatory caper.  Nana Addo is a cynical politician; he knows how to exploit a situation for his political advantage. This so-called national cathedral has been coldly calculated to exploit Christian gullibility/sensibilities for a political end and he got it spot on! Christian leaders see it as an advancement of their religion and so feel no pangs of conscience lining up behind it. Nana Addo often speaks of the “majority”, that is, of Christians over other faiths, as justification for his “pledge” to his God, but he should not underrate a passionate and radicalized “minority” whose critical mass could decide the balance between peace and instability in Ghana.

The Chief Imam flanked by some Christian clergy The Ghanaian religious communities are very peace-loving, living peacefully for generations, until now, with this government playing up our religious differences. When Nana Addo’s Rasputin showed disrespect to this same National Chief Imam in one of his religious effusions – inspired by his patronage from this government, some youths mobilized themselves to teach him a lesson, but the magnanimity of the Imam saved him and his church. The Imam has proved over and again that he is a magnanimous force for good and therefore must not be compromised in partisan political games. Is it not ironic, but also reckless, that, with all our needs, problems, unfulfilled aspirations and disruptive political partisanship, it is a religious fracas that has been made the focus of our “priorities”? Something has gone wrong – a dislocation. Nothing can justify the Imam’s inclusion into this cathedral lineup. Was it pressure from Nana Akufo-Addo, Dr Alhaji Bawumia, Archbishop Duncan-Williams, Archbishop Palmer-Buckle, the “Old Man’s” own advisors, or some of the “fixers” at Jubilee House? Whoever or whatever it is, bringing the Imam in, was a desperate throw of the dice on an issue that does not enjoy national acceptance. As I said in a previous commentary, they have sullied the Imam’s reverential standing. The ruse has been roundly condemned with some Muslims accusing him of “haram”. That’s like telling archbishops Palmer-Buckle and DuncanWilliams that they have lost their anointing – which may be pending! And all because of Nana Addo’s ego trip. It is not only Greeks bearing gifts that you should beware of, but a politician offering a religious gift…And by the way, they want to take “by force” our rosewood seized from smugglers to the cathedral when in fairness, they should be disposed of in a public auction for any Ghanaian interested to buy. That is how to glorify God’s name: fairness, accountability and equity.  A Postscript After this sordid politico-religious melodrama involving a GhC50,000 “donation”: A Wish, A Hope, A Prayer: That our country would use her democracy and electoral process and freedom of worship wisely to allow the land to flourish for the benefit of all citizens Source: By Amb. Abdul-Rahman Harruna Attah, MOV

Akufo-Addo going in ‘wrong direction with jet-like speed’; his ‘rhetoric not matching actions’ – Lumumba Pan-Africanist Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba has said he is disappointed with President Nana Akufo-Addo’s governance since, according to him, there is a mismatch between the Ghanaian leader’s rhetoric and actions. In an interview with Maxwell Nkansah, the Director of the Kenya Anti-corruption Commission said the man he once held in high esteem has disappointed him. “The problem with a number of leaders is that if you see good in them too soon, they disappoint you very quickly and there is a sense in which I’m beginning to feel disappointed by President Akufo-Addo”, Prof Lumumba, who is also the Director of the Kenya School of Law, said.

Prof Patrick Loch Otieno Lumumba

“He [Nana Akufo-Addo] started very well”, Prof Lumumba acknowledged, explaining: “He had sound ideas”. “He had ideas talking about industrialisation in every district, he said he will perform and look at Ghana beyond aid”, Prof Lumumba enumerated. He, however, observed: “The rhetoric

was right but now, as I watch him consistently, I’m beginning to see a mismatch between rhetoric and action and I’m seeing the widening of the gulf between action and rhetoric”. Citing an instance to buttress his judgement, Prof Lumumba said: “When I see members of parliament going to parliament and saying the president’s wife should have an allowance, then I know that the man, whom I thought had great ideas, is now down a slippery slope”. “That is my unfortunate verdict as I speak now and if I had any doubt in my mind, the young men and women who are now rising up in the streets of Accra are saying with me: ‘Nana, we thought you’re on the right path but

you have now taken an about-turn and you are moving with jet-like speed in the direction that we don’t want you to move in’”, Prof Lumumba noted. It is “sad”, he confessed, “for me to say this for a man, who, in terms of intellectual firepower, he has it, but oh, how I wish he could say with Paul of the Bible: ‘The thing that I hated I hate them no more; the things that I love, I love them no more’”. “How I wish Nana could do that in the next four years that we may speak fondly of him but for the moment, I feel disappointed”, Prof Lumumba reiterated.   classfmonline.com


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Diana Hamilton breaks record, wins ‘Artiste of the Year’ at 2021 GMA-USA

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Being in the industry for over a decade, Gospel musician, Diana Antwi Hamilton has set a pace for many young artistes after being crowned for the second time as the “Artiste of the Year” at the just ended Adonko Ghana Music Awards (GMA) held at the United States of America (USA). The awards seeks to recognise the efforts of Ghanaian musicians and promote their music on the international market. Her victory comes few months after she won from the same award category at the 22nd edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). The singer beat circular musicians like Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, KiDi, Kuami Eugene, Fameye, Mr Drew and Medikal to win the ultimate award of the night. She also won two other awards, namely, the Gospel Song of the Year and the Gospel Artiste of the Year award. Adina took home Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year while Stonebwoy won the Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year award. Mr Drew for the second time won the New Artiste of the Year award while the Highlife Song of the Year award went to Kofi Kinaata with his song “Behind the Scenes.” KiDi on the other hand swept the AfroBeat/Afro Pop Artiste and song of the Year award repectively with his hit song “Say Cheese.” The

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Artiste of the Year went to Gospel act Millicent Yankey. She also picked US-based Best Video of the Year while Jay Hover was crowned the US-based Male Artiste of the Year at the event. Gospel artiste, Herty Corgie was crowned the US-based Female Vocalist and US-based Gospel Artiste of the Year. The colourful event saw performances from multiple award-winning musicians, including Samini, Choirmaster of Praye fame, Oboy Murphy and Jay Hover. The Ghana Music Awards USA (GMAUSA) 2021 was hosted by MzGee, and was held at Atlantic City, New Jersey, in the US on Saturday August 21. GMA-USA is designed to celebrate and honour Ghanaian entertainers in and outside the country. It is also aimed at extending the reach of the Ghanaian music industry at home and abroad. The awards ceremony was organised in partnership with Ghana’s Embassy in the USA.

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

Permanent Resident Applications on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds for Parents with Super Visas It is a basic requirement of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) that, prior to their arrival in Canada, persons who wish to live permanently in Canada must submit their applications outside Canada and qualify for, and obtain a permanent resident visa. Generally, a person is eligible to apply for permanent residence from within Canada only if he or she falls within certain classes such as: Spouse or Common-law partner; Livein caregiver; Protected person and Conventional refugees, and Temporary Resident Permit Holders. If you do not fall within any of the afore-mentioned categories, you need an exemption and this could be done through Humanitarian and Compassionate (H&C) applications under section 25(1) of the Act. This section allows any foreign national who is inadmissible or who does not meet the requirements of the Act or Regulations to make a written request for consideration. Requests under section 25(1) of the Act for exemptions based on humanitarian and compassionate or public policy considerations are submitted alongside applications for permanent residence in Canada. In situations where parents or grandparents are in Canada on a Super Visa and they want to live in Canada permanently with their child or grandchild who is a permanent resident or a citizen of Canada, the child or grandchild cannot sponsor them from inside Canada. The parents

humanitarian and compassionate considerations under the circumstance. And with particular reference to super visa holders, their situation might not be particularly sympathetic taking into consideration the fact that the parents or grandparents can stay in Canada for up to two years at a time if it is a multiple visa.

or grandparents may have to apply to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds themselves. The child or grandchild in Canada could support the applications of the relatives by providing their income, job letter, a written statement and all forms of documentation, depending on the situation. That, however, does not make the child or grandchild a “sponsor” in the legal sense. For humanitarian and compassionate applications made inside Canada, the permanent resident applicants bear the onus of satisfying the decision-maker that their personal circumstances are such that the hardship of having to obtain a permanent resident visa from outside of Canada would be unusual and undeserved or disproportionate. Even though there are general guidelines, it is not easy for applicants to know the exact factors that would be considered by the decision-maker as excessive hardships that should warrant

Applications for H&C considerations filed by parents and grandparents should, whenever possible, mention factors relating to a child’s emotional, social, cultural and physical welfare. Such factors are taken into consideration when raised - and only when raised. Positive consideration may be warranted when the period of inability to leave Canada due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control is of significant duration. Also worthy of mention is the degree or availability of support in Canada. Similar to any other humanitarian and compassionate decisions, officers use their discretion to assess the applicant’s personal circumstances. Even though officers are cautioned to make their discretionary decisions with care and good judgment, the legislation does not provide any detailed explanation or guidance about what specifically constitutes humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Subjectivity can therefore not be ruled out. Among other things, officers are likely to probe the level of establishment of the parents in Canada; the parents level of employability both in Canada and in

their home country; their investments in their home country; availability of close relatives in Canada and in their home country; availability of a place to live in their home country; the Canadian relatives level of dependency on the parents; the extent to which the parents seem indispensable to the family in Canada and several other personal factors which could evoke a feeling of sympathy. It is important not to lose sight of the fact that applications for permanent residence made on humanitarian and compassionate grounds are only approved in exceptional circumstances and it could take up to several years to process such applications. The real question is not whether the relatives could apply for permanent residency from inside Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds but whether such an application has any realistic chance of success. Explore the possibility of initiating the sponsorship of your parents or grandparents from outside while they still hold super visas. Permanent resident applications on humanitarian and compassionate grounds must be made only as a last resort. James A. Kwaateng is an Immigration Law practitioner with offices located at 168A Oakdale Road, Suite 4, Toronto, Ontario. For thorough discussion of your immigration and related social and legal issues, contact him at telephone number (416) 7432758 for an appointment.

Ontario prepares to launch digital ID program and here's how it works Ontario is preparing to launch a digital identification program in the coming months, meaning people will no longer need to carry a physical driver’s licence or health card. According to the government, Ontario’s digital identification program  is scheduled to launch in late 2021. On Wednesday, the province unveiled more information about the program, saying it will be a “convenient and easy identification solution” for Ontarians. HOW DOES IT WORK? Ontarians will be able to have an electronic version of their trusted government ID – like driver’s licences and health cards – which the government says is more safe and secure. Your ID will be stored in a digital wallet app, which will be available for download onto smartphones and other devices like tablets and laptops.

Ontarians will be able to use their digital ID in a wide range of locations. The government says “it will take years to unlock the full potential of digital ID” but has provided a list of where people can use it when the program launches. Some of the settings include: * Making an age-sensitive purchase (like a lottery ticket) *  Picking up a package at the post office *  Apply for government assistance (such as disability support) or benefits (such as CERB or EI) *  Access and use vaccination records *  Open a bank account *  Make a medical appointment

The digital ID will allow people and businesses prove who they are both online and in person.

* Visit a doctor

According to the government, the digital ID will offer more privacy to users.

* Access medical records online

“For example, if you need to show you are age of majority, the verifier will only know you are over 18, not your date of birth or actual age,” the government says.

* Get, renew or replace a driver’s licence

The digital ID is not stored in a central database and is only saved on your own personal mobile device, which can be turned off remotely if stolen. The government says digital ID is not a tracking device and it will not keep track of where you’ve used your ID. WHERE CAN YOU USE IT?

* Apply for, renew or replace a health card *  Renew or replace a licence plate sticker As a business, the digital ID can be used for: *  Hiring new employees *  Proving business identity or verify those of other businesses cont’d on pg. 49


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Flash flooding in New York and New Jersey kills nine At least nine people have died after flash flooding and tornadoes hit the north-eastern US, local media report. Some people were trapped in flooded basements of their homes, while one body was found in a vehicle that was swept away. The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a “historic weather event”. At least 3in (8cm) of rain fell in just one hour in New York’s Central Park. Almost all New York City subway lines

have been closed, and non-emergency vehicles banned from roads. Many flights and trains out of New York and New Jersey have been suspended. The mayor of the city of Passaic in New Jersey, Hector Lora, told CNN the body of a man in his 70s had been recovered from a vehicle that had been swept away in the floods. NBC New York has reported that at least one more person died in New Jersey. NBC and AFP reported that seven people had died in New York City, some after becoming trapped in their basements.

The US National Weather Service A two-year-old boy was among the declared a flood emergency in New victims in New York City. York City, Brooklyn, Queens and parts of Long Island, and issued tornado Footage on social media showed water warnings for parts of Massachusetts pouring into subway stations and and Rhode Island. people’s homes, and flooded roads. New York resident George Bailey A flood emergency, as opposed to a told the BBC: “Right in the middle of warning, is issued in “exceedingly dinner I hear gurgling, and the water’s rare situations when a severe threat to coming up out of the shower drain in human life and catastrophic damage our bathroom. from a flash flood is happening or will happen soon”, the NWS said. “I went to check the main water line in the utility room, and by the time The extreme weather has been caused I walked back into the living room by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida, there was nearly a foot of water. It was which caused widespread devastation incredible how fast it came through.” in southern Louisiana earlier this week. Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely. The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions. The remnants of Hurricane Ida have been pushing north across the east of the country, having hit Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of homes in Louisiana remain without power and New Orleans is under a night-time curfew. BBC

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Two Ghanaian Social Commentators to face court in America From: Stephen A.Quaye. Two popular Ghanaian social media commentators resident in the United States of America [U.S.A.] have started walking with their tails stuck hard in between their legs. From September 7, 2021, these two social media commentators started walking the streets of America looking over their shoulders to see who might be on their heels. Social media commentators Kwaku Skirt and Kevin Taylor are very hot as they have started thinking hard as to what to do to remain safe in the country since any moment from now they would be hauled before a competent court of jurisdiction to face trial. Kwaku Skirt and Kevin Taylor are being dragged to the court to answer charges of fabrication and libel as well as making unsubstantiated allegations against the Member of Parliament MP for Assin Central in Ghana Mr. Kennedy Ohene Agyapong. Mr. Kennedy Agyapong on August 29, 2021 disclosed that he is dragging the two social media commentators to court in America when he appeared on his television station Net2TV to react to allegations that his travel to America was cancelled because of allegations that he killed the late investigative journalist Ahmed Suale. The MP has denied having a hand in the death of the late Ahmed Suale adding that, “The Ghana Police Service is still conducting investigations into the guy’s death and has not come out with any findings to implicate me so how can someone says I am responsible for the death of Amed Suale?” According to Kennedy Agyapong, some distinguished Ghanaians resident in Worcester Massachusetts in America invited him to address a town hall meeting as a guest speaker to discuss burning issues in Ghana and also create a platform for business entrepreneurs between Ghanaian companies and companies based in America. The event had to be rescheduled since the mayor of Worcester in Massachusetts-America; Mr. Joseph M. Petty & Councilor-at-large, could not attend the programme because of equally important assignments that took him elsewhere for the celebration of this year’s Labour Day. But these two social media commentators appeared

Kevin Taylor Kwaku Skirt on their social media platforms and alleged that Mr. Kennedy Agyapong was denied visa permit to travel to America because the security agencies were notified of the murder charges against him Kennedy [Agyapong] which is not true. Explaining, the MP for Assin Central said he was already scheduled to travel to America to officially make fabrication and libel charges against Kwaku Skirt and Kevin Taylor and drag them to court for consistently making serious but unsubstantiated allegations against him that he killed the late investigative journalist Ahmed Suale. Kwaku Skirt, severally on his social media shows listened and watched by many on facebook and youtube has alleged that Kennedy Agyapong killed Ahmed Suale. “I have evidence that Kennedy Agyapong hired Daniel Asiedu to kill J.B.Dankwa as a ritual sacrifice to be used to take power from the NDC” Kennedy Agyapong quoted Kwaku Skirts as saying and played the audio recordings purported to be the voice of Kwaku Skirt as his evidence. Kevin Taylor is standing by his words on his social media platform “With All Due Respect” and “Loud Silence” alleging that it was Kennedy Agyapong who killed Ahmed Suale.  According to the audio recording which had Kevin Taylor’s voice played on the show, he said, “ Because Kennedy Agyapong asked that should Ahmed Suale be seen in his premises he should be beaten so if he has been killed it was Kennedy Agyapong who killed him.” The lawmaker said, in order to set the records straight he is dragging the two social media commentators to court  for them to substantiate their allegations backed by evidence  that he Kennedy Agyapong]

killed Ahmed Suale. What has made this case very serious is that another social media commentator Daddy Fred of the Announcer Newspaper, on his platform has revealed that he personally went to the Mayor of Worcester and lodged complaint against the two and even filed documents to support the complain that they have been both declared wanted in Ghana therefore have to be arrested and put before court and if found guilty punished severely. On a more serious note, Daddy Fred, further revealed that he has personally filed complaints against the duo before the security agencies in their various states and metropolises with supporting documents that Kevin Taylor has been declared wanted by a competent court in Ghana and therefore cannot be admissible in America. Investigations by this reporter indicates that the duo upon getting noticed that the MP was coming to America to drag them to court, have already consulted their lawyers and lacing their boots for the big legal fight in American court between Kennedy Agyapong and the duo Kwaku Skirt and Kevin Taylor. A double check has also revealed that the MP for Assin Central has already landed in America, this time not coming to talk much about politics between the New Patriotic Party [NPP] and National Democratic Congress [NDC]. Under his sleeves are full of documents to prepare court summons to serve the duo for the court proceedings to begin which would be interesting to follow. Yours truly, will keenly follow proceedings and inform our avowed readers.

Pragya accidents kill 104 in H1-2021; 220 impounded The Ashanti regional police command has impounded 220 commercial rickshaws (pragya) for various road traffic offences. The tricycles and their riders were arrested during an operation by the police to enforce road traffic regulations. The Regional MTTD Commander, Superintendent Emmanuel Adu Boahen, told Kumasi FM’s Elisha Adarkwah that the enforcement was a result of several people dying accidents involving pragyas and aboboyas. He said 104 people died from 697 such accidents in the region in the first half of 2021. In all, 357 people have died from 2,135 road crashes in the region from January to July 2021. Mr Boahen said most of the offenders arrested during the operation were below 18 years and riding the tricycles for commercial purposes. He said others were also riding the tricycles on the shoulders of the road among other offences. The Regional Manager of the DVLA, Mr Amos Abeka, also advised the riders to ensure that they have the requisite documents before hitting the road.

A rickshaw

The General Secretary for Adedeta (Pragya) Drivers Association, Mohammed Haruna, said they are in support of the police action taken to ensure sanity on road. Source: classfmonline.com


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Can a Man of God do immigration fraud? By: Stephen A. Quaye When “white clerical collar” wearing pastors are appointed, seconded and posted by their church headquartered in foreign countries to head a branch in America and Canada, they swear, “I will not over stay my service period to prevent reassignment else where my service would be needed.” But when their service period expires, their visiting visas expire and their mother church reassigns them elsewhere, then again they swear, “O it was the Holy Spirit that brought me to save souls for Christ and for that matter won’t go on transfer.” Very soon, some men of G-d would be walking with their tails stuck hard in between their legs for fear of being pursued by security personnel. Some of them would also be walking looking over their shoulders to see who is on their heels? Please do not worry or be shocked when you find that your pastor that you trust so much and has been giving a lot of accolades is one of these supposed “white immigration, crime, hates and immoral issues in America and Canada are those clerical collar” wearing men. compiling the list to file the petition. Since Covid-19 pandemic broke out, some of them have moved from their resident Don’t underrate such individuals when it comes to firing anonymous letters and province[s] to settle in another province[s] quietly, peacefully and quietly gone petitions to inform politicians, law makers, law enforcers and the government to into hibernation for what reason I will tell you later in this article. take action on burning issues in America and Canada. Plainly speaking, others have gone into hiding from the public in order to avoid The memories of the 36 soccer fans from Ghana who were denied Canadian visas the bird’s eye view of the green uniform officers in America and Canada who to support the under 20 female team the Black Princess have not gone away yet. have teamed up to ensure discipline in these “white clerical collar” wearing men in their various countries. One of these individual anti human traffickers fired a petition to the government to stop those supposed soccer fans from coming to Canada. This brings to mind a question someone asked me a while ago that, between a man of G-d, police officer and immigration officer, who should fear who? Or who  Unclear purpose of visit, personal assets, financial status and insufficient funds should trust, respect, and believe who is very just and fearful? to travel were the reasons Canadian government gave for the denial of the visas. Your guess is as good as mine, but why should a man of G-d go into hibernation But alarmed over the reported cases of some Ghanaian fans that traveled to Brazil to avoid coming into contact with either a police officer or immigration officer in to watch the past world cup but later sought asylum in Brazil after the tournament North America? caused the 36 visa denial to Canada. In the days of yore, pastors were considered too powerful and just to the point If the Canadian government was wrong in denying visas to the 36 soccer fans, that they were constantly consulted for their counseling, prophetic leadership in what about the 25 supposed sports journalists who were denied entry into ruling a town, state and kingdoms. Australia to participate in the Commonwealth games? But now, the table is turned as many of these men are no more feared but rather For security reasons, [Samuel] who gave only his first name observed how referred to as crooks, thieves, corrupt, immigration fraudsters and misleading abhorrent ministers of God who swore to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in other ordinary persons to follow in their crime ways. foreign countries sell their souls to the devil for immigration status. As a result, a number of “white clerical collar” wearing men in the United States He could not understand why pastors, evangelists and reverend ministers and of America [U.S.A] have gone into hiding from state security officers such as bishops cannot be honest to God and to themselves by living truthful and police, customs and lately immigration officers for fear of being arrested. principled lives thereby betraying their followers. Yes it is not too common here in Canada, though there are some pastors who have “A pastor of good standing in a foreign church has been nominated, seconded and or are maneuvering the immigration system best described as immigration fraud, approved by the church council to come and head its society in either America or of the country which is a big shame to Christian Kingdom. Canada for five years. However in America, on daily bases, reports fill the airwaves of immigrant pastors hiding in church basement.  For months and years just because they are illegal immigrants and want to avoid being deported back to their home country[s] these illegal immigrants go into hibernation? Whew?

“Visiting visa permits have been issued to the pastor, his wife and three children to live in America or Canada for five years. When they complete their five year terms then they defect from their original church which brought them over and form different churches to enable them overstay their visas” he revealed.

This has made the issue of posting immigrant pastors and reverend ministers Samuel quizzed, “Is it right for pastors, reverend ministers and evangelists to from foreign countries to come and head societies here in America and Canada involve themselves in these kinds of fraudulent immigration practices to create come up for serious discussion. problems for everybody?” Those who support their church heads for posting pastors and reverend ministers He observed that most foreign churches with their societies in America and to head mission churches in America and Canada claim they serve as heads of Canada were more united, vibrant and excellent in spreading the gospel without the society and apart from an ordained pastor or minister the church could not be pastors only to face problems when the pastors arrived. licensed as such. According to him, some members of protestant, Pentecostal and evangelical But others are seriously campaigning against the deal calling for a total end of churches in America and Canada are raising red flags about the collapse of their that exercise as according to them it has been creating platforms for divisions, churches here due to the behaviour of these recalcitrant immigrant pastors. factionalism and shame in various churches. The concerned Christians from church societies in America and Canada are not Swelling the argument, those who oppose the idea posit that the visiting pastors happy about the way some visiting pastors, ministers and evangelists focus on only come to pursue their selfish interests in the churches and not unite members money, luxury, foreign citizenship to create factionalism in the various societies to pursue spiritual growth so the programme should be stopped. that kills the idea of Christianity in foreign missions. Undercover investigation into the whole palaver has revealed that some illegal Samuel said some ministers appointed by their church overseers to lead its immigrants are now posing as men of G-d in order to escape deportation from societies in America and Canada, only take up their post to seek their personal North America. needs and not offering pastoral leadership to members and the community. Investigations again revealed that a list of recalcitrant protestants, Pentecostal He further observed that many of these pastors have either defected from the and evangelical pastors is being put together in the United States of America, and church that posted them to head the mission societies or have refused to return to Canada. their countries of origin to be reassigned. The list will include names of illegal immigrant pastors as well as recalcitrant Rather they are overstaying their offices imposing their ideas outside that of the visiting pastors who have overstayed their visiting visas in America and Canada. bible and their church constitution on members thereby creating factionalism in these societies. When compiled, the list will form the basis that will support a petition to the government of America and Canada to hunt and deport these illegal immigrant As a result of these, most Christians in America and Canada are slacking in church pastors who have overstayed their visas. attendance as rampant breakaways loom, and creating family feuds. Again when the list is ready with the petition, it will make a strong call to these Apostle Paul, whom Jesus Christ built the kingdom of Christianity on, made four governments to cancel the visiting visa issued to foreign pastors to head societies journeys to plant churches. After his journey, he returned to Jerusalem and wrote in America and Canada. to those churches that strengthened them but did not illegally migrate to those countries. Accordingly, instead of issuing visas to foreign pastors to head societies in America and Canada, the affected societies would train pastors locally to head The missionary work that the apostle’s of Jesus Christ did is that what the present their societies. day “white clerical collar” wearing men of G-d are doing? Some individual persons who are fighting against human trafficking, illegal Missionary or Mercenary, who the paper tray leads to?


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Are The Ghanaian Women Our Sacrificial Lambs Now? From voice of reason;

equalizer .Amazingly, those heinous crimes don’t occupy the major newspapers’ headlines .

Let’s safe our women from their lunatic spouses now! When the innocent vibrant Ghanaian women are literally, getting hammered and killed by their How many more Ghanaian women need to be spouses ,left and right, on a daily basis, it should be murdered in the hands of their lunatic spouses in a major news item in Ghana, but as always,;’ If -it’sGhana before the nation comes to terms with this not -completely-broke-don’t- fix- it attitude is back senseless national disgrace and tragedy ? My again. inquisitive mind wants to know because our women’s lives matter! Regrettably, I haven’t heard any vocal MP making it as a national crusade by fighting on behalf of these These days, a day won’t go by without reading or women. I am talking about a Parliament House that is hearing about spouse abuse or more specifically, a filled and controlled by a bunch of chauvinistic men, wife being murdered by her husband...and almost all who think and feel they have an exclusive copyright of them were in their prime age. on intelligence and empathy. Unfortunately, women and children are the In fact, the Ghanaian children and women are the endangered species in the land; where money is the

most vulnerable segment of the society because they’re hopeless, hapless and defenseless. Indeed, the Ghanaian young women are disproportionately marching into their graves senselessly ,in an alarming rate in the hands of their spouses. But, no one gives a damn because human life in Ghana is the most cheapest commodity in town and is on sale at ‘donkomi’ price. What a sad way to neglect the source of our human resources! Stay tuned. And be blessed and educated about the issues of the day. Kwaku Adu-Gyamfi (voice of reason)*The author is a social commentator and a die -hard citizen(not a spectator) of this great land.

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GCAO 2nd Virtual Modern Batik summer workshop ends in Toronto By Joe Kingsley Eyiah The 2nd virtual Modern Batik summer workshop organized by the Homework Club of the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario (GCAO) for some children in the Toronto Ghanaian community ended on August 20, 2021. The summer workshop was forced to go virtual for two consecutive years, this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Participants aged between 7 years and 15 years followed instructions via zoom from the renowned

Some of the beautiful fabric designs created by the kids during the summer workshop

Modern Batik artist, David Kibuuka in far away Uganda-Africa and the Toronto based fashion stylist, Lorena Andrade to do their work in the comfort of their Toronto homes. Earlier, Mr. Eyiah of the GCAO Homework Club in the company of Lorena had visited the homes of the registered participants with the necessary supplies needed for the workshop which included fabric pieces, dyes, wax, brushes, calligraphy pens, newsprint pads, black ink, plastic cups, rice cookers, electric hand blowers and electric pressing irons. Parents of the kids were advised on how to supervise their kids

in the use of the items in their homes for safety sake. Kids who were participating in the Modern Batik workshop for the first time were resilient in practice and finally came out with beautiful fabric designs which are sent for printing after been photoshopped by the fashion stylist, Lorena. All the final works by participants would be on exhibition during a proposed public traditional show to be organized by the fundraising wing of GCAO in October, in aid of a community centre for Ghanaians in the Greater Toronto Area. The workshop was sponsored by the Toronto Arts Council.

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Exciting Summer Leadership & Basketball training workshop for Ghanaian kids in Mississauga From Joe Kingsley Eyiah The Health Wing and the Homework Club of the Ghanaian Canadian Association of Ontario in collaboration with the D3P sports led by Coach Felix Adjei organized a summer Leadership and Basketball training program for Ghanaian children aged 4 years and up from July 17 to August 28, 2021. The program welcomed about 20 Ghanaian children to a modern private sports facility at 6315 Shawson Dr. in Missassuaga.  It was ably handled by Coach Felix Adjei and supported by Vivian Ofori and Augusta of the GCAO’s Health Wing who Coach Felix Adjei engages kids in basketball skills initiated it.  Coach Felix Adjei screened the kids for symptoms of Covid-19 at the entrance of the sports facility every Saturday evening before allowing the entry to the facility.  Kids were engaged in basketball training (shooting and dribbling) and leadership training based on ‘Focus’ sponsored by Toronto based NGO called Create Wealth Network.  Augusta, on behalf of the NGO, presented cash prizes of $25 each to kids who excelled in the leadership training during a pizza party at the closing ceremony. The Create Wealth Network had earlier presented a cheque of $500 to support the program. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr. Awafo of GCAO’s Board praised the kids and their parents for their dedication to and resilience during the program. He advised the kids to prepare themselves mentally and physically for their return to school in September. A token of appreciation from GCAO was presented to Coach Felix Adjei by Mr. Eyiah who is the head of the GCAO Homework Club based in Toronto.

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PEOPLE AND PLACES Marriage Blessing of Mr. & Mrs. Manu at St. Andrews Catholic Church By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Brampton, ON

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Manu blessed their marriage at the St. Andrews Roman Catholic Church, Etobicoke on Saturday August 21st, 2021. The officiating minister for the blessing was Father Alex Osei, CSSp.

Amos Quansah celebrates 60th Birthday By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Brampton, ON

Amos Quansah feted family and friends in celebration of his 60th birthday at his residence in Brampton. The celebration happened on Saturday August 21st, 2021.

Amend the 1992 constitution to reflect CRC recommendations — NDC to Akufo-Addo cont’d from pg.1 “The NDC’s reform proposals, together with the supplementary reform proposals that may be submitted, are intended to be used to undertake a dispassionate and open discussion and review of the EC’s operations. They are aimed at contributing to a national conversation on electoral reforms against the background of critical and lingering cross-party dissatisfaction with the electoral process”, Nana Ato Dadzie added. NDC’s flagship recommendations: 1. The continuous registration of voters system already approved by IPAC and accepted by the EC must be implemented. However, for reasons of cost and convenience, the registration should be undertaken at the district offices of the EC once a month on the last Friday of every month. 2. The mandatory requirement for the publication of applicants for recruitment as temporary EC staff for registration of voters and for elections and for allowing the public to object to applicants who have questionable backgrounds or have overt partisan biases must be strictly complied with. 3. The EC should make sure that recruitment for the various categories of election officials is made as non-partisan as possible, with the available positions being advertised and non-partisan and competent persons being selected after interviews. 4. The list of all polling stations to be used for an election with their names, code numbers and locations should be published in the Gazette and as supplements in the state-owned newspapers not later than 30 days to the election.

5. The Regional Collation Centre should be abolished. 6. The voting period of 7 am to 5 pm should be maintained. 7. The EC should establish Election Adjudication Committees (EACs) at the national and constituency levels as administrative-disputeresolution mechanisms for first instance grievances against decisions and actions of election officials. 8. The EC should be required to publish details of all election results on polling stations by polling stations and constituency by constituency basis on its website and in the Gazette. 9. There must be a public broadcast of the Presidential vote collation process at the EC Head Office as and when the constituency Presidential results are received and certified. • • Stakeholder engagement proposals • 1. The silence of the reform proposals on the issue of the increasing “monetization” of electoral politics in Ghana is deafening. 2. The proposed Office of the Regulator of Political Parties (ORPP) should be re-designated “MultiParty Democracy Commission (MPDC) with an expanded mandate to address the pathologies of the political system and to monitor the health of Ghana’s democracy, especially in periods in between elections. 3. The proposed name of the ORPP should be changed to “Political Parties Regulatory Commission” (PPRC). 4. There should be a cap on political party funding for

electoral campaigns. 5. The NDC’s engagement with stakeholders should be broadened into a “National Consultation on Electoral Reforms”. 6. The membership of the EC should be technocratic rather than political, with the membership positions being advertised, candidates interviewed and the most suitable persons appointed. 7. There should be criteria to sieve out registered but inactive and moribund political parties and political parties that do not appear to be serious from the electoral process and from membership of the IPAC. 8. The proposed Election Adjudication Committees (EACs) should be given a time frame within which to finish their work. 9. The NDC should keep faith with Ghanaians and implement its reform proposals when it finds itself in government and the proposals have not been implemented at that time. 10. The NDC may wish to secure the buy-in of other political parties before the proposals are tabled at a meeting of either the EC or the IPAC. 11. The military must not be deployed in civilian elections under any circumstances whatsoever. 12. The Legal and Technical Sub-Committees of the IPAC should be revived when the IPAC is restructured and becomes fully functional. 13. If official legislative backing for the IPAC proves difficult, an MP or MPs should sponsor a Private Member’s Bill to that effect. 14. There should be a mechanism to reduce the incidence of “spoilt ballots” during elections. ghanaweb


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Zumunta Muslim Association of Canada BBQ By Jonathan Baah Annobil, Toronto, ON

September 5th at the Centennial Park, usual there was DJ on site to provide Zumunta Muslim Association of Canada Picnic Area 6, Etobicoke.It was a well music .Prayer was called by Alhaji organized a BBQ for its members attended picnic with lots of food. As Mohammed and Alhaji Toloba led the prayers. and friends. It was held on Sunday

Some members enjoying the picnic

Prayer time led by Alhaji Toloba

Women cooking

Some kids at the picnic Women cooking

Alhaji Zubair (President) 2nd r and some members Grill time Some Zumunta ladies

Some kids having fun Zumunta executives

BBQ time

Cross section of members enjoying the picnic

Zongo chief and some members

Cross section of Zumunta ladies

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Auditor-General unearths messy financial irregularities in pre-university institutions Cast Your Vote on the 1992 Constitution Are these still relevant today? Indemnity clause, ex-gratia, state sponsor of expresidents, MPs car loans, etc...

GH¢8,625.00 out of total bursary payments of GH¢18,000.00, and hence recommended for the recovery of the outstanding amount from the school’s accountant.

stated that management of the College spent GH¢73,895.10 on construction of lecture theatre but failed to provide total expenditure on date on the project valued at GH¢199,859.00.

The 2020 Auditor-General Report on the public accounts of the country has made significant findings of financial irregularities in Pre-University Educational Institutions in the Ahafo Region.

The report said, the Accountant of the OLA Girls High School paid GHS3,824.00 meant for 39 officers to one beneficiary without requesting for authority notes from 38 others, and thus, recommended the accountant to produce the authority notes from the beneficiary officers or refund the amount.

The school’s management has, therefore, been asked to keep a register to track every expenditure made on the project to ensure transparency, effective monitoring, excessive payments and proper accountability.

The report cited 17 institutions, consisting of eleven Senior High Schools (SHS), one College of Education, two Senior High Technical Schools, one Special School and two Vocational Schools in the Ahafo Region. These institutions submitted their annual accounts and financial statements for validation within the statutory deadline of February 28, 2021. According to the Auditor-General, the irregularities identified included; misappropriation of funds, unaccounted for payments, uncompetitive procurement, payment of unearned salaries to separated staff, unaccounted for stores and statutory tax infractions. These irregularities, the AG said, resulted, generally from the lack of commitment on the part of the Head of the Institutions to ensure compliance with established internal controls and regulations governing the management of financial resources. The Report for the year ended December 31, 2020, revealed that the Accountant of Derma SHS could not account for

According to the report, “three institutions paid a total of GH¢216,406.84 for works and repairs without evidence to provide assurance of satisfactory completion of work done,” and requested the said amount be recovered from the Headmaster and accountant. The report stated that the Headmaster of Bomaa SHS engaged and paid GH¢8,230.00 as remuneration to four casual workers without obtaining the necessary approval from the Ministry of Education or the Governing Board.

The Report called on the management to complete a Service Level Agreement with the contractor to ensure its effective and efficient execution. The 2020 report said, Management of Ahafoman SHS failed to collect total rent of

The report noted the payment of unearned salaries of GH¢1,982.08 and GH¢4,123.50 to two separate staff of the Bechem School for the Deaf and Boakye Tromo SHS respectively, and recommended the Heads of the institution and salary validators to refund the amount if the unearned salaries could not be recovered from the beneficiaries or their next of kin. The report stated that management of Bechem Presby SHS could not account for fuel and lubricants purchased amounting to GH¢8,264.00, while the management of Ahafoman SHS could not produce a 49inch flat screen TV at the staff common room for audit inspection. The Management of Sankore SHS, the report noted, could not account for stores worth GH¢13,724.00, and thus recommended the Headmaster, Accountant and Storekeeper to jointly account for the lost stores. GNA

Also, the report said, “Management of Sankore SHS made physical cash payment of GHS83,971.00 to suppliers and other third parties instead of effecting payments through electronic transfer or cheque as required,” and thus recommended for the right procedure to be followed to ensure transparency in the school’s Financial Management System.

The gap between the lending rate of the commercial banks and the monetary policy of BoG

The Management of St. Joseph’s College of Education, the report averred, failed to recover a total advance of GH¢11,250.00 granted to 21 staff of the College, and

In his review of the economy in parliament in 2003, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo described the gap between BoG and the lending rate of the commercial banks to be unacceptably high. He called on the banks to respond positively to the decline in the inflation rate.

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The report further noted that without an official contract of engagement, “Management of the St. Joseph’s College of Education engaged the services of Amasko Enterprise to provide Labour for the construction of a new lecture hall at a cost of GH¢32,845.00,”

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In 2021, the senior advisor to the President of Ghana and my fellow Akora from Achimota again, in his address to the gathering at the 2021 Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition in Accra, called on Commercial banks to reduce their lending rate. His call at the Summit was mainly based on the fact that factors such as exchange rate, inflation and prime rate that affect the cost of lending rates have been on a decline due to the banking sector reforms. Therefore, the reforms have addressed the inherent risk elements of commercial banks’ lending, and as such, the interest rate and the Bank of Ghana (BoG) policy rate gap should be narrowed. He is absolutely right. The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Ghana (BoG) sets the prime rate, which various commercial banks and other financial institutions also operate within Ghana. This influences the commercial banks’ lending rates. It serves as a benchmark used to signal the cost of funds, which is expected to be transmitted throughout the financial system, as banks reflect it in transactions among themselves and with the general public. The degree of transmission of the policy rate depends on the degree of development and competition in the financial system. However, in Ghana, the transmission of the policy rate through the lending rates of the individual banks has been extremely tardy (Kwakye, 2010). In as much as the decline in the BoG’s policy rate is a major determinant of the lending rates of the commercial banks in Ghana, other facts equally exert significant influence on the lending rates of commercial banks. Notable among

them is the commercial banks’ Minimum Reserve. The commercial banks’ Minimum Reserve is the percentage of deposits commercial banks must be retained as a backup. The BoG also determines this, such that whenever BoG makes an upwards adjustment of the commercial banks’ reserve, the amount of money available to the banks to lend to their customer is reduced. Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor is a qualified accountant, financial economist and Professor of Finance with a lot of years’ expertise mainly in economics research and development finance. Abor (2004) asserts that the commercial banks’ Minimum Reserve requirement eventually leads to an increase in interest rate. It safe to suggest that the impact of the increase in the minimum capital requirement for commercial Banks from GH¢ 120 million to GH¢ 400 million by the BoG is one of the reasons why the lending rate is still high. The central premise of the call of Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo is the impact of the banking sector clean-up exercise. He believes that the reform has reduced the risk elements of commercial banks’ lending. One of the indicators of this risk element is the non-performing loan ratio (NPL), which measures the effectiveness of a bank in receiving repayments on its loans. The 2020 BoG Banking Sector Report indicates that the NPL ratio was 18.4% at the end of 2018, this declined to 14.3% in 2019 due to the reforms. However, the NPL ratio at the end of 2020 began to rise again due to real non-recovery of credit. Since this is a ratio, it is possible that the total amount of outstanding loans the bank holds is increasing whilst the amount of non-performing loans in a bank’s loan portfolio remains unchanged, causing the ratio to increase. cont’d on pg. 50


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Welcome to Cross-Point Medical and Rehab Centre, Accra, Ghana By Staff Reporter, Accra, Ghana •

For those who think that Specialist Medical Facilities in Ghana is a problem, Cross-Point is saying otherwise.

What is Cross point Medical and Rehab Centre? Cross-Point Stroke Medical and Rehab Centre is an innovative social intervention in the healthcare sector, aiming to provide both general medical care and specialized care for persons with mobility and motoring disabilities deriving from stroke, accidents, and other conditions. Cross-Point was established to provide residential care to relieve families from the burden of caring for their immobilized loved ones. The social interventionist approach to healthcare is in recognition of the challenges facing clients in need of continuous rehabilitative care following discharge from the hospital. At Cross point Medical and Rehab Centre we understand the struggles families face in caring for their relations suffering from stroke and accident injury etc., and the challenge of balancing work and care for their loved ones. We focus on getting stroke sufferers to regain their normalcy through a coordinated effort and patient management approach by a team of professionals in collaboration with the patient, family and caregivers. The idea of providing a facility such as Cross-Point has stemmed from an evaluation of the health service sector which revealed a gap in continuous medical care for patients suffering debilitating conditions. Most families struggle with provision of care for their loved ones when they are discharged from the hospital after the acute stroke therapy. So Cross-Point provides an intervention for families that are struggling to care for their loved ones with stroke conditions. The residential rehabilitation service provided by Cross-Point will bring relief and assurance of professional care and recovery to families of stroke patients. At Cross-Point, we work with the patient and family towards full recovery and re-bouncing into a life of dignity.

Our Mission The mission of Cross-Point Medical and Rehab Centre is to improve the quality of life of persons with mobility and motoring disabilities deriving from stroke and other conditions or accidents by providing high quality physical and cognitive rehabilitation services to restore them to wholeness as much as possible.

Our Vision •

To be the preeminent, independent provider of physical and cognitive rehabilitation services within the African market.

To be the national leader for rehabilitation excellence and innovation in the delivery of care and patient safety, continually improving quality and the patient care experience. • To provide exemplary clinical care that sets a world community standard for excellence as measured by outcomes. • To be the employer of choice, providing a highly rewarding environment for our employees thus attracting and retaining the most competent

Cost of Treatment Treatment of stroke and other mobility conditions is intensive, demanding, and therefore costly. Whilst Cross-Point empathizes with patients and their relatives on the costs involved in recovering and getting well, we also believe that the cost is worth seeing oneself or a loved one get back on their feet and return to normal life with the family. Consequently, at Cross-Point we count on clients’ diligent adherence to payment plans and fulfillment of financial obligations. Cost of treatment varies per patient and will depend on the treatment package prescribed by the physiatrist following a review of their medical records, as well as the customized program selected by the clients, who have the option to pay for their treatment in the following ways: 1. 50% upfront before admission and start of treatment and remaining 50% within 30 days 2.

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PLACES OF WORSHIP DIRECTORY

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

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

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Bringing the Gospel to our Community By Rev. Isaac De-Graft Takyi THE CHRISTIAN AND COVID-19: LOVE REPENTS “Panic not, fear not, worry not, blame not, complain not, condemn not and criticize not, BUT Trust God, Have Faith, Be Hygienic, stay home, socially distance, Mask Up, pray always, love people, worship God, reach out and Serve society” —Isaac De-Graft Takyi The Lord does not delay and  is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people’s conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.—2 Peter 3:9 AMPC Hosea 14:1-9 Return,  Israel, to the  Lord  your God.Your sins  have been your downfall!2  Take words with you  and return to the  Lord. Say to him:  “Forgive  all our sins and receive us graciously,  that we may offer the fruit of our lips.3 Assyria cannot save us;  we will not mount warhorses.We will never again say ‘Our gods’  to what our own hands have made,for in you the fatherless  find compassion.”4  “I will heal  their waywardness and love them freely,for my anger has turned away  from them. 5 I will be like the dew  to Israel;he will blossom like a lily.Like a cedar of Lebanonhe will send down his roots;6    his young shoots will grow.His splendor will be like an olive tree,his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.7  People will dwell again in his shade;they will flourish like the grain;they will blossom  like the vine—Israel’s fame will be like the wine  of Lebanon.8  Ephraim, what more have I  to do with idols?I will answer him and care for him.I am like a flourishing juniper;your fruitfulness comes from me.”9  Who is wise?  Let them realize these things.  Who is discerning? Let them understand.The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Be encouraged to show our love to God by our true, genuine, and sincere repentance. It is possible to repent. Our repentance shows our love for God. We will look at answering the questions of what? How? And the why? Of repentance based on the Prophet Hosea.

1. WHAT: What is repentance? To repent literally means to change the way we think. Thus, repentance is sometimes described as “coming to our senses” —Ken Sande. (The Peacemaker). Surely no rebel can expect the king to pardon his treason while he remains in open revolt. No one can be so foolish as to imagine that the judge of all the earth will put away our sins if we refuse to put them away ourselves. —Charles Spurgeon. Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! 2. HOW: How is repentance lived out? 2 

Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. 3 

Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.” Example: King David David, he argues, was a power-hungry outlaw, a wife-stealer, a murderer, a traitor, and a usurper—and he almost certainly didn’t kill Goliath, write the Psalms, or plan the Temple. “David was a successful monarch,” Baden writes, “but he was an awful human being.” Pray with King David: Psalm 51  Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2  Wash me thoroughly

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from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. 6  Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. 7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. 8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice. 9  Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. 10  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11  Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. 12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit. 13  Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. 14  Deliver me from blood guiltiness, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness. 15  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. 16 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it; you will not be pleased with a burnt offering. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. 18  Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem; 19  then will you delight in  right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and  whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar. 3. WHY: Why significant?

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“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. 5  I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots 6  his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.7 People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain, they will blossom like the vine— Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon. 8  Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a flourishing juniper; your fruitfulness comes from me.” Genuine repentance will bring you: • Growth • Splendor • Fragrance • Healing and health • Love • Forgiveness • Dwell in His Presence • Blossom • Fame • Answers • Care • Flourish • Fruitfulness Genuinely stay repentant as a child of God. Love is possible through genuine repentance. Know what, how and why it is worth repenting. Your love for God is seen in your genuine heart of repentance. God bless you!


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

416-614-7771 Email:

info@disciplesrevivalchurch.org www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org

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

www.disciplesrevivalchurch.org

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CHRIST REDEEMER CHURCH

Pastor-in-charge: Pastor Eric Amoah Tel: (416) 748-1242 Cell: (416) 300-9970 Church Services Sunday Service: Bible Study: 10 a.m.-11a.m. Worship Service: 11a.m. - 1p.m. Wednesday: Bible Study 6:30p.m.-7:30p.m. Pastor Eric Amoah Friday Night Prayer: 8p.m.-10p.m. Location: 14 Haas Rd. , #100, Etobicoke, ON, M9W 3A2

EVANGEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH 314 Rexdale Blvd. Etobicoke, Ont. M9W 1R6 Tel: 416-242-7950 Fax: 416-242-8573 Church Activities Sunday School: Church Service: Sunday Evening: Pastor in Charge Wednesday Bible Studies: Rev. Milton Offei Friday Prayer Meeting:

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

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

JESUS Loves You

Contact: Rev. Isaac K. Bonful Tel: 289-814-5482 Email: transformcentreag@yahoo.ca Website: www. transformationcentreag.ca

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

Pastor Joseph Nash Sarfo Founder & Pastor-in-charge

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

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

Bishop John Mensah

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

Tel: 416-419-6671

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind… “Rom.12:2a

Good Shepherd Prayer Ministry

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

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

Contact:

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)

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THE APOSTLES'

The Apostolic Church Int'l.

CONTINUATION CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (CANADA)

The Apostolic Church International (Toronto Assembly) is a Branch of The Apostolic Church in Ghana

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

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

Immanuel Assembly of God Church, Scarborough

Rev. Douglas O. Ansah Pastor-in-charge

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

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

647-880-4216

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

Rhema Power of Grace Chapel Int'l

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

NEW Place of Worship:

135 Oakdale Rd, North York, ON Days And Time of Worship Sunday Divine Worship Twi Service - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Multicultural Service - 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday - Midweek Service Friday - All Night Service

Rev. Bishop Joe Bonnah Founder &Pastor-in-charge

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

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

Apostle Charles Anokye-Manu

Website: www.apostlescontinuation.org

SERVICE TIMES:

Worship Service Bible Studies Service All Night Service Deliverance

- 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

Toronto

10 Belfield Road Tel: 416-247-6629 Scarborough Assembly 63 Howden Rd., Unit 'F' Scarborough, ON, M1R 3C7 Tel 647-850- 0142 Fax 416-945- 9445

Montreal Assembly 378 Cremazie East Montreal, Quebec, H2P 1E5 Tel: 514-271-9083 Pastor-In-Charge: John Arhin

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

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

Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Contact Information Adu Kwasi 647-745-8074 Brother Acheampong 416-671-4268 Sam - Ghana House 647-867-2020 Brother Agyenim Boateng 647-656-9905 Brother Ato Essel 416-728-8574 Brother Samuel Asamoah 647-867-0945 Nana Samuel Owusu Boakye 647-892-9251

New Church Address 8500 Tobram Rd. Unit 46, Brampton (Tobram/Steeles)

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Ontario prepares to launch digital ID program and here's how it works cont’d from pg. 14 * Open business accounts *  Apply for loans, grants, tax credits *  Verify customers’ identity HOW DO YOU GET A DIGITAL ID? The government has not yet launched the digital ID program. When it does become available, people will download the Ontario digital wallet app to their mobile device or computer.  They will then sign up for the program and verify their ID either online or in person.  Users will then be able to add ID cards to their digital wallet and it will be ready for use.  CTV News

Lighthouse Assembly of God Church THEME FOR YEAR 2020:

“PRAYER AND THE WORD” Acts 6:4

Pastor-in-charge: Rev. Rockson Owusu Atwima - 416-708-7742

SUNDAY SERVICES: 10:00 am-1:30 pm Ghanaian Service Pastor-in-charge:

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

42 Steinway Blvd. Unit 1&2 (Hwy 27/Steeles) Toronto, Ontario, M9W 6Y6

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

lighthouseagtoronto.org

Glory Pentecostal Ministry of Toronto

lighthouseag@outlook.com

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

PLACE OF WORSHIP 230 Eddystone Ave., #207, North York, Ont. M3N 1H7 We are more tan our conquerors Romans 8:37

"Come and see the manifestation and the power of the Holy Spirit at work"

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

Apostle Osei Bonsu

Pastor Appiah Jacob

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


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The gap between the lending rate of the commercial banks and the monetary policy of BoG cont’d from pg. 35 Also, the fact that the non-performing loan ratio has declined does not necessarily mean that the value of the non-performing loans has declined. Would you say that the period after the clean-up exercise represents a feasible time-space to perform a cost-benefit analysis for lending rate declines? It is important to interrogate whether the banking sector clean-up has really reduced the risk element of commercial banks’ lending. The reforms came with some cost – some GH¢ 21billion was spent by the government on the clean-up. This is the reason for the introduction of a new 5 per cent financial sector clean-up levy in the 2021 budget. The levy is expected to help provide the money to pay for outstanding commitments in the sector and is projected to run until 2024 and be reviewed after that. This could be one of the reasons why commercial banks are dragging their feet in reducing their lending rates. Since the banks are in the business of making a profit, they will shift the cost on the borrowers, causing their lending rates and other charges to be high.

more developed financial structures, and less concentrated banking systems tend to have stronger transmission of monetary policy shocks to bank lending rates. Developing economies compared to developed economies score poorly along all of these dimensions. In summary, in as much the policy rate of the BoG has a major influence on the lending rate of the commercial banks. It is not the only factor that determines the interest rate. The factors discussed above also play a vital role in the movement of the lending rate of the commercial banks in Ghana. Therefore, something must be done in addressing these challenges. The sector clean-up exercise has its merits. Nonetheless, calling on commercial banks alone to reduce lending rates might not be enough as financial institutions, like banks, tend to operate as a private business prioritising profit. If nothing more is done about the increasing lending rates, in the end, it is we the citizens that suffer. REFERENCE

Additionally, the clean-up also reduced the number of banks from thirty-four (34) to twenty-three (23). At the same time, three hundred and forty-seven (347) micro-finance institutions, fifteen (15) savings and loans, and eight (8) finance houses had their licenses revoked. Kwakye (2010) asserted that the degree of transmission of the policy rate depends to a large extent on the degree of competition in the financial system. Therefore, the decline in the number of banks and financial institutions will impact the competition in the banking sector. One possible implication of this decline in the number of banks and other financial institutions in Ghana now is that it prevents commercial banks from decreasing their lending rates. The immediate impact of the reduction in the number of banking institutions imposes a constraint on credit accessibility, interest rate, and credit rationing (Maiti et al., 2020). According to Boamah (2019), the expectation is that competition of the commercial banks for customers will result in a substantial fall in their lending rates. However, the contrary is true in the case of Ghana as Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo has stated recently. The truth is, while increased competition in the banking sector in Ghana did not lead to a low lending rate, a reduction in competition through the clean-up exercise will not result in a fall in lending rates even with the declining monetary policy rate, not without some intervention by the powers that be. Also, the traditional theory posits that demand and supply forces are responsible for determining the interest rate of loanable funds. It implies that the interest rate is determined by demand and supply forces that are non-monetary and not by monetary factors such as the monetary policy rate. It does not attribute the responsibility of interest rate determination to neither the commercial banks nor the central bank’s MPR (Boamah, 2019; Tsiang, 1980). Therefore an increased demand for capital credit or loans will cause the banks to increase the rate to segregate down demand so that those that can afford it will go for it (Abor & Biekpe, 2007; Diamond, 1984). Based on the normal demand and supply analysis, a rise in demand for credit from the banks puts demand pressure on the commercial banks to charge high rates. As a result, the gap between the BoG’s policy rate and the lending rate will tend to be high. Furthermore, the banks in Ghana charge high lending rates due to the information asymmetry problem. The commercial banks set these rates high in an attempt to offset higher risks resulting from asymmetric information (Maiti et al., 2020). Similarly, (Asamoah & Adu, 2016) attribute the high rate of interest in Ghana to imperfections in the financial market due to asymmetric information. Researches since the 1980s have always found the existence of information asymmetry in Ghana’s financial system (Stiglitz & Weiss (1981). They assert it is responsible for the inefficiencies in the financial sector. The majority of the businesses, customers, and those who seek credit from the commercial banks do not have the requisite information and are not aware of what the central bank charges. Because of the information limitation, they are unable to adequately negotiate for a reduction in the rate and tend to take what the commercial banks offer them. Also, the cause of the high lending of the commercial banks can be looked at from a speculative point of view. Sometimes banks will want to attract more investors in their commercial assets rather than the state assets by increasing their interest rate. This also explains why there is a gap between the lending rate of the commercial banks and the prime rate of the central bank. According to Lartey (2018), there is a positive relationship between average lending rates and monetary policy rates (MPR) in Ghana. Although the result was that MPR was significant in both the short run and long run, the speed of adjustment was relatively slow in the short run. This implies there are some other factors, like those I have stated above, that are responsible for the upward adjustment of commercial lending rate towards the BoG’s prime rate. Moreover, studies have also shown that developing countries tend to experience weaker transmission of monetary policy shocks to bank lending rates (Mishra et al., 2014). According to the study just aforementioned, countries with better institutional frameworks,

Abor, J. (2004). Internationalisation and financing options of Ghanaian SMEs. Acta Commercii, 4(1), 60–72. Abor, J., & Biekpe, N. (2007). Small business reliance on bank financing in Ghana. Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 43(4), 93–102. Asamoah, L. A., & Adu, G. (2016). An empirical analysis of the determinants of interest rates in Ghana. Journal of African Business, 17(3), 377–396. Boamah, J. (2019). Effects of Monetary Policy Rate on Interest Rate and Level of Customer Borrowing. University Of Ghana. Diamond, D. W. (1984). Financial intermediation and delegated monitoring. The Review of Economic Studies, 51(3), 393–414. Kwakye, J. K. (2010). High interest rates in Ghana, a critical analysis. Lartey, L. (2018). The Signalling Effect of Monetary Policy Rate on Lending Rates in Ghana. Maiti, M., Esson, I. A., & Vuković, D. (2020). The impact of interest rate on the demand for credit in Ghana. Journal of Public Affairs, 20(3), e2098. Mishra, P., Montiel, P., Pedroni, P., & Spilimbergo, A. (2014). Monetary policy and bank lending rates in low-income countries: Heterogeneous panel estimates. Journal of Development Economics, 111, 117–131. Stiglitz, J. E., & Weiss, A. (1981). Credit rationing in markets with imperfect information. The American Economic Review, 71(3), 393–410. Tsiang, S.-C. (1980). Keynes’s “Finance” Demand for Liquidity, Robertson’s Loanable Funds Theory, and Friedman’s Monetarism. The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 94(3), 467–491. Classfmonline.com/Maxwell Ampong


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Ask The Doctor

Lifestyle

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.

Artificial sweeteners: Understanding these and other sugar substitutes Whether your goal is cutting calories or eating healthier, options for sugar substitutes abound. Understand their pros and cons to make an informed choice.

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Sugar alcohols and novel sweeteners

Today, artificial sweeteners and other sugar substitutes are found in a variety of food and beverages marketed as “sugar-free” or “diet,” including soft drinks, chewing gum, jellies, baked goods, candy, fruit juice and ice cream. In addition, other sugar substitutes are being touted as healthier sweeteners than regular sugar, even if they don’t have fewer calories, such as honey and agave nectar. Artificial sweeteners are synthetic sugar substitutes but may be derived from naturally occurring substances, including herbs or sugar itself. Artificial sweeteners are also known as intense sweeteners because they are many times sweeter than regular sugar.

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but the cause is not yet known. Diabetes. Artificial sweeteners may be a good alternative to sugar if you have diabetes. Unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners generally don’t raise blood sugar levels because they are not carbohydrates. But because of concerns about how sugar substitutes are labeled and categorized, always check with your doctor or dietitian about using any sugar substitutes if you have diabetes.

Artificial sweeteners that are currently approved by Health Canada include: Acesulfame potassium (Sunett, Sweet One),Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet),Saccharin (Sugar Twin, Sweet’N Low), and Sucralose Dental cavities. Unlike sugar, artificial sweeteners don’t contribute to tooth (Splenda) decay. Uses for artificial sweeteners health concerns Artificial sweeteners are attractive Possible with artificial sweeteners alternatives to sugar because they add virtually no calories to your diet. Artificial sweeteners have been the In addition, you need only a fraction subject of intense scrutiny for decades. compared with the amount of regular Critics of artificial sweeteners say sugar you would normally use for that they cause a variety of health sweetness. Artificial sweeteners are problems, including cancer. That’s widely used in processed products, largely because of studies dating to the including tabletop sweeteners, baked 1970s that linked saccharin to bladder goods, soft drinks, powdered drink cancer in laboratory rats. Because of mixes, candy, puddings, canned foods, those studies, saccharin once carried a jams and jellies, dairy products, and warning label that it may be hazardous scores of other foods and beverages. to your health. Check the food label to see if a product But according to the National Cancer contains artificial sweeteners. Institute and other health agencies, Artificial sweeteners are also popular there’s no sound scientific evidence for home use. Some can even be used in that any of the artificial sweeteners baking or cooking. Certain recipes may approved for use in the United States need modification, though, because cause cancer or other serious health artificial sweeteners provide no bulk or problems. And numerous research volume, as does sugar. Check the labels studies confirm that artificial sweeteners on artificial sweeteners for appropriate are generally safe in limited quantities, even for pregnant women. As a result home use. of the newer studies, the warning label Some artificial sweeteners may leave an for saccharin was dropped. aftertaste. You may need to experiment with artificial sweeteners to find one or Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the FDA as food additives. They a combination that you enjoy most. must be reviewed and approved by Possible health benefits of artificial the FDA before being made available for sale. In some cases, the FDA sweeteners declares a substance “generally Weight control. One of the most recognized as safe” (GRAS). These appealing aspects of artificial GRAS substances, including highly sweeteners is that they are non-nutritive refined stevia preparations, are deemed — they have virtually no calories. In by qualified professionals based on contrast, each gram of regular table scientific data as being safe for their sugar contains 4 calories. A teaspoon of intended use, or they have such a sugar is about 4 grams. For perspective, lengthy history of common use in food consider that one 12-ounce can of a that they’re considered generally safe sweetened cola contains 8 teaspoons of and don’t require FDA approval before added sugar, or about 130 calories. If sale. you’re trying to lose weight or prevent weight gain, products sweetened with The FDA has also established an artificial sweeteners rather than with acceptable daily intake (ADI) for higher calorie table sugar may be an each artificial sweetener. This is the attractive option. On the other hand, maximum amount considered safe to some research has suggested that consume each day over the course of consuming artificial sweeteners may your lifetime. ADIs are intended to be be associated with increased weight, about 100 times less than the smallest

Sugar alcohols (polyols) are carbohydrates that occur naturally in certain fruits and vegetables, but they also can be manufactured. They’re not considered intense sweeteners, because they aren’t sweeter than sugar — in fact, some are less sweet than sugar. Sugar alcohols aren’t considered noncaloric or non-nutritive sweeteners because they contain calories. But they’re lower in calories than is regular sugar, making them an attractive alternative. Despite their name, sugar alcohols aren’t alcoholic. They don’t contain ethanol, which is found in alcoholic beverages. Novel sweeteners are combinations of various types of sweeteners. Novel sweeteners, such as stevia, are hard to fit into one particular category because of what they’re made from and how they’re made. As with artificial sweeteners, the FDA regulates the use of sugar alcohols. Approved sugar alcohols and novel sweeteners include: Erythritol, Hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, Isomalt, Lactitol, Maltitol, Mannitol,, Sorbitol, Xylitol Uses for sugar alcohols Sugar alcohols generally aren’t used when you prepare food at home. Rather, they are found in many processed foods and other products, usually replacing sugar on an equal basis. When added to foods, sugar alcohols add sweetness, bulk and texture. They also help food stay moist, prevent browning when heated, and add a cooling sensation to products. Sugar alcohols are used in a broad range of products, including chocolate, candy, frozen desserts, chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, baked goods and fruit spreads. Sugar alcohols are often combined with artificial sweeteners in products to enhance sweetness. Check the food label to help see if a product contains sugar alcohols. Food labels may list the specific name, such as xylitol, or simply use the general term “sugar alcohol.” Possible health benefits of sugar alcohols Weight control. Sugar alcohols are considered nutritive sweeteners because they contribute calories to your diet. Still, sugar alcohols have

fewer calories than does regular sugar about 2 calories per gram on average. This means that sugar alcohols can be considered lower calorie sweeteners, and they may aid weight-control efforts. Diabetes. Unlike artificial sweeteners, sugar alcohols can raise blood sugar levels because they’re carbohydrates. But because your body doesn’t completely absorb sugar alcohols, their effect on blood sugar is less than that of other sugars. Different sugar alcohols can affect blood sugar differently. You can consume sugar alcohols if you have diabetes but you still must pay attention to the total amount of carbohydrates in your meals and snacks. Talk to your doctor or dietitian for guidance. Dental cavities. Sugar alcohols don’t promote cavities. Possible health concerns with sugar alcohols As with artificial sweeteners, the FDA regulates sugar alcohols as food additives. Sugar alcohols typically are labeled as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) and don’t require FDA approval before sale. There are few health concerns associated with sugar alcohols. When eaten in large amounts, usually more than 50 grams but sometimes as little as 10 grams, sugar alcohols can have a laxative effect, causing bloating, intestinal gas and diarrhea. Product labels may carry a warning about this potential laxative effect. Moderation is key with artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes When choosing sugar substitutes, it pays to be a savvy consumer. Get informed and look beyond the hype. While artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes may help with weight management, they aren’t a magic bullet and should be used only in moderation. Just because a food is marketed as sugar-free doesn’t mean it’s free of calories. If you eat too many sugarfree foods, you can still gain weight if they have other ingredients that contain calories. And remember that processed foods, which often contain sugar substitutes, generally don’t offer the same health benefits as do whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Source: Modified from Mayo Clinic Housecall, March 2012

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Around the World Sports Scene Accra 2023: Ghana’s President AkufoAddo cuts sod for commencement of Borteyman Olympic standard stadium The Ghanaian leader said the West African nation will host the best event in the history of the competition

Meanwhile the President announced the initial plan to

construct a 50,000-capacity stadium at the site has been abandoned due to time constraint. He also confirmed part of the games will be held at the University of Ghana, Legon sporting facility which is set to undergo major upgrade.

Ghana won the bid to host the 13th edition of the African Games after beating off competition from Abuja and Ouagadougou. GhanaSportsonline/ El Akyereko

Ghana striker Caleb Ekuban set to sign three-year contract with Genoa Serie A side Genoa CFC have reached an agreement with Turkish Superlig side Trabzonspor for the services of Black Stars forward Caleb Ekuban, GHANAsoccernet. com can report. Genoa has already personal terms with and will join them on year contract after medical.

agreed Ekuban a threepassing

The 27-year-old is expected to undergo his medical examination this week and

The former Leeds United player had an instrumental campaign in the Turkish topflight last term where he scored 10 goals in 32 appearances.

Caleb Ekuban

complete his move to Italy subsequently. Ekuban’s transfer from Trabzonspor to Genoa will cost around 2.2 million Euros.

Ekuban began his career in Italian at Mantova Youth before moving to Chievo Verona where he spent at 7 years at the youth and senior levels. He enjoyed loan spells at FC Suditrol, FC Lumezzane, AC Renate all in Italy and also FK Partizani in Albania.

Ghana defender Gideon Mensah reveals Marcelo inspiration Ghana defender Gideon Mensah draws inspiration from left-back Marcelo, saying he has been watching the gifted left-back since he was a kid. The Real Madrid legend is regarded as one of the best left-backs of all time, having stayed consistent for over a decade. The Brazilian’s honours include four Champions League titles, five Spanish league titles and has

Ghana Badminton’s top female junior player gets five-year sponsorship deal The Benin Badminton Federation (BBF) has offered 13-year old Racheal Quarcoo a five-year sponsorship following her impressive performance in the Badminton Benin International and the All Africa U-15, U-19 championships which just ended on September 1, in Ouidah, Benin.

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cut sod for work to commence on the construction of Olympic standard facility at Borteyman for the 2023 African Games, dubbed Accra 2023. The Ghanaian leader said the West African powerhouse will host the best ever event in the history of the competition. Tuesday afternoon’s action from the President puts to bed any concerns over Ghana’s willingness to host the event as contractors have already moved to site to start work on the project.

with Jonathan Baah Annobil

featured in FIFA World XI six times. “The player who inspires me at my position? Marcelo. In a four-man defence, it’s Marcelo. In a five-a-side defence, I don’t know, but… But when I was little, it was Marcelo that I watched all the time […] I can do both, lateral or piston, but it depends,” Mensah said. “If we play four, I have time to combine with the winger. But

Commonwealth Youth Games, 2024 Olympic Games, and 2026 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Senegal for the first time on the African soil.

Following her marvelous exploits in the competitions, the BBF offered her a sponsorship which includes taking care of her accommodation, feeding and tournament entry fee for the next five years when she participates in the Benin International.

She told the GNA Sports, the offer would spur her on to do better in her subsequent competitions for the nation.

This would offer her the needed support for her tournament points and ranking build up in qualifying towards the 2023 African Games, 2023

FIFA on Monday tweeted Yaw Yeboah’s stunning goal for Wisla Krakow in Poland after a video of the goal went viral.

Mensah made the revelation in an interview with his new club Bordeaux where he is on loan from Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg.

The Ghana international over the weekend featured for his club in the Polish topflight league when the team thumped Gornik Leczna.

Thus far, he has been impressive with three matches under his belt.

With his goal going viral on the internet, most of the comments that have come in are that it is a Puskas award contender.

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The budding talent, was a member of the Mixed Team that won bronze in the All Africa U-15 championship.

Meanwhile, Team Ghana has arrived from Benin after bagging four medals in Bronze and 1 Silver from Francis Obeng Shang, the current number two youth player ranked player in Africa. GNA/ Edna A. Quansah

FIFA amazed by Yaw Yeboah’s stunning goal for Wisla Krakow in Poland

as a piston, that’s good too. I am an attacking player so I can no longer attack with five defenders ”

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13-year old Racheal Quarcoo

Quarcoo, in her first international appearance excelled in the All Africa U-15 championship and the Benin International (U35) where she reached the quarterfinal stage and was eliminated by much older experienced opponents.

In the game, Yaw Yeboah received a pass in front of the Gornik Leczna area, twisted and turned, faked a few times, before firing into the back of the net

Ghana international Yaw Yeboah

an unstoppable low drive. For FIFA, the goal was that good and hence had to be posted on Monday with the caption ‘wow’. footballghana


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HOT CROSS BUNS PANETONE Ingredients 4 tbsp warm milk 2 x 7g sachets fast-action dried yeast 100g caster sugar 250g butter , softened 5 medium eggs , lightly beaten 2 tsp vanilla extract grated zest of 1 lemon grated zest of 1 orange 500g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 80g raisins 80g sultanas 3 tbsp dark rum 100g good-quality candied lemon and orange peel, finely chopped For the topping 30g whole blanched almonds , roughly chopped 1 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp egg white 1 tbsp icing sugar Method Grease a panettone tin (see Tip) or a 20cm deep cake tin, or use a panettone case. Place the warm milk in a bowl and add the yeast and 1 tsp of sugar and leave for a few minutes. Put the remaining sugar in a large bowl and beat together with the butter and vanilla extract until really light, creamy and pale. Stir in the lemon and orange zest. Add the eggs a little at a time until all are well incorporated. Spoon in a tablespoon of the flour if the mixture starts to curdle and beat this in with the eggs. Place the flour in a large bowl and mix with a good pinch of salt and make a well in the centre. Add the yeast mixture then the butter and egg mixture, folding in with a large spoon to make a soft dough. Knead for 5 mins in the bowl until it all starts to come together. It will be a pretty sticky dough at this stage. Turn out the dough onto a floured surface and knead for a further 10 mins, until everything has come together and you have a very soft and stretchy dough. Add a light sprinkling of flour to the surface and your hands as you go to stop the mixture sticking, but try not to add too much. Place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with cling film. Leave in a warm place for 2 hrs until doubled in size. Place the raisins and sultanas in a small saucepan with the rum and heat gently for 5 – 7 mins until the fruit has absorbed the liquid and is plump and juicy. Set aside to cool. When the dough is risen, tip it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for another 5 mins. Gradually knead in the soaked raisins, sultanas and chopped candied peel. Shape the dough into a ball and pop into the prepared tin. If using a 20cm cake tin, wrap a layer of baking parchment around the outside of the tin, to come up about 5cm above the rim, and secure the paper with string. This will help contain the dough as it rises. Cover lightly with cling film and leave to rise for another hour until it has risen to the top of the tin or paper. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Adjust the oven shelf to the right height. Mix together the almonds, caster sugar and egg white for the topping and gently brush over the top of the panettone. Place in the oven and bake for 40 - 50 mins until golden and risen and a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 mins before turning out onto a wire rack. Leave to cool completely before dusting lightly with icing sugar and cutting into wedges to serve.

These sweet spiced buns, best when freshly hot out of the oven, are traditionally served on Easter, marked with a cross to symbolize Jesus's crucifixion. Ingredients 1 lemon 1 navel orange 1 cup sugar 3⁄4 cup currants 1⁄8 tsp. allspice 1⁄8 tsp. cinnamon 1⁄8 tsp. nutmeg 1 1⁄2 tsp. active dry yeast 1 cup milk, warmed to 115° F 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 2 cups bread flour 1⁄2 cup sugar 2 tsp. kosher salt 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened, plus more for greasing 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1⁄4 cup orange marmalade 1⁄4 cup confectioners sugar Instructions Remove sections of the lemon peel in 1-inch strips and, using a paring knife, trim off any of the white pith. Julienne the strips and repeat the process with the orange. Combine sugar and 1 cup of water in a 1-qt. saucepan over high heat; bring to a boil and cook until sugar has dissolved, 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add lemon and orange pieces; simmer for 8 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Drain and combine with currants and spices; set aside. In the bowl of an stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine yeast and milk; let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes. Add the butter, half the eggs, and the dry ingredients; mix on low speed for 8-10 minutes, until a smooth dough forms. Remove from bowl and place on a lightly floured surface; fold in the fruit mixture, working until just evenly distributed. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise until doubled in size, about 60–80 minutes. Divide dough into 10 equal sized pieces; working with one piece at a time, roll into balls. Place balls onto a sheet tray lined with parchment paper; cover with a kitchen towel and let rise again until doubled in size, about 45 min.- 1 hour. Heat oven to 325° F. Combine remaining egg with 1 tbsp. water; lightly brush each roll with egg wash. Bake for 20 minutes, rotating halfway. Remove from oven and cool for 15 minutes. In a 1-qt. saucepan over low heat, combine orange marmalade and 1 tbsp. water; stir until marmalade loosens. Brush each roll with the marmalade glaze and let stand an additional 10 minutes until glaze sets. Combine the confectioners’ sugar with 2 tsp. water. Pour into a piping bag and pipe crosses on rolls. Serve warm.

APPLE PIE Ingredients 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie 1/1 cup unsalted butter 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced Add all ingredients to list

Method Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.


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