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  • Surviving with FibromyalgiaReuel S. Amdur
    September 8, 2013

    Over the years I have had the occasional client suffering from fibromyalgia. I have one right now. I am a social worker in private practice who assists people in appealing disability applications rejected under such programs as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), CPP, and Régie des rentes du Québec. That is how I come to encounter them.

  • The Syrian tragedyReuel S. Amdur
    October 8, 2013

    Last summer, Vladimir Putin has, it seems, let the air out of President Barack Obama's balloon. Obama was carefully attempting to craft support at home and abroad for a limited action against Bashir al-Assad, to punish him for unleashing chemical weapons on his own citizens. However, Putin proposed, and Assad agreed, that all Syrian chemical weapons would be put under international control.

  • Harper brings third world health care to CanadaReuel S. Amdur
    October 8, 2013

    On September 25, Stephen Harper boldly announced to the UN Panel on Maternal and Child Health that over a period of five years Canada would contribute $203 million to improve conditions of child birth and pregnancy in the developing world. This announcement apparently amounted to a steep discount from the pledge of $3 billion over five years made at the G8 summit in 2010 but with Harper's accounting skills, one is never sure.

  • What is trauma?Reuel S. Amdur
    October 8, 2013

    On September 18, there was a horrific accident in Ottawa, involving a bus and a train, with injury and loss of life. In quick response to this event, the Royal Ottawa Hospital held a public information session a week later, to inform survivors, families and friends, and the general public about how to cope with such traumatic events. Psychologists Luis Oliver and Michele Boivin presented the information.

  • UN looking at Canada's Aboriginal conditionsReuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2013

    James Anaya, UN special rapporteur on the rights of Aboriginal people, recently completed a nine-day visit to Canada.

  • A Book Review: I Am Malala Reuel S. Amdur
    October 22, 2013

    I Am Malala, By Malala Yousafzai, Little, Brown & Co., 2013.

  • Ottawa acts to contain GangsReuel S. Amdur
    November 5, 2013

    In a public reporting session on October 21, Crime Prevention Ottawa outlined the community's cooperative response to the problem of gang activity in Ottawa.

  • What is Harper Trading Away?Reuel S. Amdur
    November 29, 2013

    Stephen Harper recently described the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) as "the biggest deal in our country's history." That is a claim rather difficult to substantiate, considering that many of the provisions of the agreement are unknown. According to Nadia Alexan, not only the general public but even members of Parliament and provincial governments are being kept in the dark. "Only the corporations are involved in the discussions," she charged.

  • A Giant has fallenReuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    Following Nelson Mandela's death we are being deluged by hagiography. Indeed there is much to praise, but better we should try to understand his role in history. To begin, it is clear that the festering sore of apartheid could not survive indefinitely, with a privileged white minority astride a much larger subjected black minority and growing international isolation. The seething unrest threw up Mandela as the leader and spokesman for the unrest, but had it not been Mandela it would have been others. In that sense, he was not indispensible. The anthropologist Leslie White, writing in the American Sociological Review back in 1947, expressed the matter eloquently.

  • Ford: A Criminal in Denial Reuel S. Amdur
    December 8, 2013

    The Rob Ford fiasco undermines the Rob Ford solution to the urban situation. His solution to the cost of services is to cut taxes and let services shrivel. He even contemplated closing libraries. His solution to gun crime is to ban all criminals convicted of gun offenses from living in Toronto and to demand an additional $10 million from the province for more police. Notice the contradiction between cutting taxes and demanding more money. He wants no part of "hug a thug" programs, and while he has had his football team he has opposed City Council giving financial support to other youth programs that might have a role to play in prevention.

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