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  • Judge calls Canada's refugee policy cruelReuel S. Amdur
    September 11, 2014

    The decision by Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish throws a spanner in the wheels of the Harper government's attack on refugees.

  • Aging: When you've got to goReuel S. Amdur
    September 11, 2014

    Incontinence was recently addressed in an on-line seminar given by Champlain Rehab Solutions. The presenter was Susan Watson, RN, Regional Manager of the Chatham-Kent, Sarnia-Lambton Branch of VHA Home Health Care. What follows is a summary of her remarks, both condensed and enhanced.

  • Canada's immigration policy moving in the wrong directionReuel S. Amdur
    September 11, 2014

    Canada's immigration policies have been more successful than those of the United States and European countries. That was the view expressed by Irene Bloemraad, a sociology professor at the University of California, in a talk given to the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Parliamentary dining room on April 3.

  • Who are the Yazidis?Reuel S. Amdur
    September 11, 2014

    Iraqi Yazidis have been in the news lately, and not pleasant news. The Islamic State extremists have overrun some Yazidi villages, with the command to convert to their brand of Islam or die. Many have been killed or have fled. Women have been carried off. But who are the Yazidis?

  • World Suicide Prevention DayReuel S. Amdur
    September 29, 2014

    September 10 was World Suicide Prevention Day. On that occasion, Dr. Ian Colman of the University of Ottawa, Canadian Research Chairman in Mental Health Epidemiology, spoke before a gathering sponsored by the Ottawa Suicide Prevention Coalition.

  • Harper and Canadian researchReuel S. Amdur
    October 25, 2014

    On October 7, the Royal Society of Canada Academies of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, issued a position paper, "Driving Growth through Research." In the paper is a recommendation that Canadian research funding should be increased at least to the average level of OECD and G8 countries.

  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne a social justice premier?Reuel S. Amdur
    October 25, 2014

    In her post-election publicity, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne promised, among other things, "better support" for those on social assistance. "We will increase Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates. . . by one per cent in 2014-15. We will also increase benefits for single Ontario Works clients without children, giving them a total benefit increase of $30 per month in 2014, for a total increase over two years of $50."

  • Every day is a moving dayReuel S. Amdur
    October 25, 2014

    Staying in bed is dangerous to your health. That was the theme of a recent presentation at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

  • Older AlcoholicsReuel S. Amdur
    November 19, 2014

    Between 6 and 10% of seniors are estimated to have an alcohol problem. Metabolizing alcohol is more difficult for seniors, so an amount that was not a problem when younger may be one now, especially in the case of women.

  • The ins and outs of marihuana useReuel S. Amdur
    November 19, 2014

    On October 24, Carleton University Professor emeritus Peter Fried spoke to Ottawa's Council on Aging about marihuana. He directed an investigation begun in 1978 on the consequences of mothers' use of marihuana during pregnancy for development and behavior of their offspring.

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