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  • Help in DyingReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    This article was written before the Liberal government introduced Bill C-14, on assisted dying. On April 14, 2016 the Liberal government introduced the assisted dying bill. It is more restrictive than what the parliamentary committee that studied the matter proposed and may conceivably fail to meet the criteria outlined by the Supreme Court.

  • Not Criminally ResponsibleReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    When the commission of a crime is related to the person's mental condition, a court may declare him not mentally responsible, NCR for short. Section 16 of the Criminal Code sets out the condition:

  • Canada on the brink of change in voting?Reuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    On March 22, University of Montreal Political Science Professor André Blais spoke about proportional representation (PR) on Parliament Hill, before an audience invited by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Government of Ontario lies about WelfareReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    "Ontario Works helps people who are in temporary financial need." That is a lie. It is a lie that the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (COMSOC) has on its website now and that it has been promoting for as long as the program has been in existence.

  • Violence Against Women and DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    "Punch Drunk Wives: for many women there is more to dementia than just getting older." That was the title of a presentation by Carleton University social work professor Roy Hanes before a meeting of SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) held in Ottawa on February 19.

  • Alice in OmbudsmanlandReuel S. Amdur
    June 8, 2016

    Alice in Ombudsmanland may well serve as an additional chapter for Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland. The chapter could well be subtitled "In the Bureaucratic Rabbit Hole." But before beginning this weird and wondrous chapter, we need a bit of background.

  • What's wrong with Long-Term Care?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    How can we make long-term care better? That was the question addressed at the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) building in Ottawa on April 25 at a session sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

  • Health Care: A Book ReviewReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Pat and Hugh Armstrong have brought out a second edition of their blockbuster work Health Care (Fernwood: Halifax and Winnipeg, 2016).

  • The Middle Eastern CauldronReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    “This is the most turbulent time in the history of the modern Middle East.” That was the view expressed by University of Toronto Professor Janice Stein at a lecture on Parliament Hill on April 19, sponsored by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She identified four factors contributing to the turbulence.

  • Living with DignityReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Dying with dignity is coming into its own. We have already had a first case, in which a woman with Lou Gehrig's disease was given court clearance for medically assisted death. Dying with dignity is one thing, but what about living with dignity? We are after all an aging population.

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