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  • Harper: the poor can waitReuel S. Amdur
    April 21, 2011

    The report on poverty reduction by the House of Commons Human Resources, Skills and Social Development Committee took two and a half years to produce.

  • Harper scare tactics on refugeesReuel S. Amdur
    April 21, 2011

    "This government has turned into something nasty and mean," Peter Showler told an attentive audience at Ottawa's First Unitarian Congregation on April 18. Showler, a former chairman of the Immigration and Refugee Board and currently a law prof at the University of Ottawa, was wearing a sweatshirt with a picture of Albert Einstein and the inscription "Einstein was a refugee."

  • Posties stamped on by Canada PostReuel S. Amdur
    June 16, 2011

    CUPW (Canadian Union of Postal Workers) is on strike. The union is resisting Canada Post's efforts to cut beginning pay from $24 per hour to $17.50. Canada Post also wants to switch from a defined-benefit retirement plan to a defined-contribution plan, with no guaranteed amount of pension at the time it is taken.

  • Canada: Who is an Antisemite?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 13, 2011

    While the authors of the report of the Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism set out to combat the pernicious ideology and its practical outcomes, paradoxically they only help to perpetuate it, if not to exacerbate it.

  • Who are the terrorists?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 29, 2011

    A bomb blast in Oslo. The first reaction-it must be Muslim extremists. But no, it turns out that Anders Behring Breivik is anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and an Evangelical Christian right-wing extremist. Why do Muslims come to mind first?

  • Harper's HypocrisyReuel S. Amdur
    August 10, 2011

    Back in 2006, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "I think the government of Canada, when a Canadian citizen is ill-treated and when the rights of a Canadian citizen need to be defended, I think it's always the obligation of the government of Canada to vocally and publicly stand up for that Canadian citizen. That is what we will continue to do." That was then and this is now. He was talking about the case of Huseyn Celil, a Uyghur from China who is a Canadian citizen and who served as an imam in Hamilton, Ontario.

  • We lost our war on AfghanistanReuel S. Amdur
    August 22, 2011

    Canada has gone from success to success in Afghanistan. Too bad that it has lost. It has captured one area after another and defeated the Taliban in all the major encounters. No wonder our military leaders talk of the end of the Taliban being clearly in sight. Yet, the areas have a marked tendency to fall back into enemy hands when Canadian forces leave.

  • A new school year: Can we educate to prevent rioting?Reuel S. Amdur
    September 5, 2011

    The recent rioting, involving property destruction, arson, assaults, looting, and robbery, has raised questions about the morals of those involved. To put it simply, one might ask, "Where did these young people learn their behavior?" Or their morals. Alternatively, "How can we teach pro-social attitudes and behavior?"

  • Britain: Cutting social programs can be very expensiveReuel S. Amdur
    September 5, 2011

    Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democratic deputy prime minister of Britain, told the world that the riots in London, Leeds, and Birmingham had "absolutely nothing to do with the death of Mark Duggan", who was killed by police in circumstances that raised question about police conduct in the situation. Wrong, Nick. The death of Duggan served as a trigger.

  • Fighting gang violenceReuel S. Amdur
    September 14, 2011

    The U.S. Embassy recently sponsored a talk in Ottawa by Dr. Garry Slutkin, an epidemiologist who heads an anti-violence project in Chicago called Cease Fire. The program has been replicated in 14 other American cities and five other countries. While the program has garnered attention as the new tool in the struggle to end violence in low-income areas, in fact the approach is not new.

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