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Reuel S. Amdur Reuel Amdur is a freelance writer based near Ottawa.


  • Kim Jong Un and ISISReuel S. Amdur
    September 6, 2018

    Kim Jong Un is a threat to the United States. He wants to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Donald Trump wants to put a stop to that. However, Trump comes to court with unclean hands. Not only does the United States have a massive stockpile of nuclear weapons, but Trump openly brags about the development of new nuclear weapons for various military uses. What is sauce for the goose is not necessarily sauce for the gander.

  • Wanting a good death?Reuel S. Amdur
    May 23, 2018

    People may make application for medically-assisted death. Yet, we attempt to prevent people from committing suicide. Let's imagine the case of someone turned down for medically-assisted death. The person then commits suicide.

  • Improving Long-Term Care in OntarioReuel S. Amdur
    April 17, 2018

    "If you could change one thing about long-term care, what would it be?" the questioner asked Dr. Pat Armstrong, York University sociology professor, at a session held at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

  • Tackling DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    April 17, 2018

    Eight per cent of the population age 65 and older is afflicted with Alzheimer's or some other dementia. However, the rate rises dramatically as people get older. Over 400,000 Canadians are currently demented.

  • Challenges of CaregivingReuel S. Amdur
    March 25, 2018

    So, you think care work is easy. That was the title of a talk given by philosophy professor Monique Lanoix to SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) in Ottawa on March 22.

  • The Threat, North Korean and The OtherReuel S. Amdur
    March 4, 2018

    North Korea's Kim Jong Un shows no sign of curtailing his nuclear ambitions. His nasty rhetoric displays an attitude that makes him a threat to the whole world. Atomic weapons constitute such a threat. However, we should not overlook where else the threat comes from. Just for starters, there is Donald Trump's equally belligerent rhetoric, noting that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.

  • HappinessReuel S. Amdur
    January 28, 2018

    What you do for others produces more happiness for you than what you receive. That was a key message given by psychiatrist Timothy Lau, in a lecture on happiness given at the Royal Ottawa Hospital on January 25.

  • Roadmap into a SwampReuel S. Amdur
    January 9, 2018

    On September 1, a working group headed by Judge George Thomson produced a report for the Ontario government on social assistance reform entitled "Roadmap for Change." While it would take a very long essay to go over the report in detail, I will address a few matters-the proposed increase in Ontario Works rates, changes in the policy regarding so-called dependent and independent adults, and continuation of two programs for social assistance, one for employables, Ontario Works (OW), and the other for the disabled, the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

  • Problems with Guaranteed Income ExperimentReuel S. Amdur
    May 22, 2017

    Ontario is set to carry out a guaranteed income experiment with 4,000 people in the Hamilton area, Thunder Bay, and Lindsay. Half will be in the control group.

  • A Smattering of CriminologyReuel S. Amdur
    March 31, 2017

    Lisa Monchalin's book The Colonial Problem (University of Toronto Press, 2016) attempts too much and too little. Her subtitle: "An Indigenous Perspective on Crime and Injustice in Canada." It is intended as a criminology textbook. Let's begin with the "too much."

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