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  • 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."

  • Ontario’s NDP Government: A Sad HistoryReuel S. Amdur
    March 31, 2017

    The current official abandonment by political parties of concern for the poor, in their focus on "the middle class," calls to mind the Ontario NDP's disregard for the poor going back to the days when they were in power, from 1990 to 1995. At the time, I was working first at Seaton House, a men's shelter and residence operated by Toronto's welfare department, and then as a supervisor in Ottawa's welfare department.

  • Elmasry's 'More and Less': A Roadmap to Health and Happiness? Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    March 31, 2017

    At age 73, I have rededicated myself to taking the best care I can of my body, mind and soul. Here is my personal “more and less” list. Perhaps many ideas here resonate with your life too.

  • ISIS is Obama's Legacy: Strip Him of His NobelScott Stockdale
    March 21, 2017

    It's time for Barack Obama, the American President, January 20, 2009 - January 20, 2017, to return the Nobel Peace Prize because his support of ISIS has resulted in untold death and destruction - the opposite of peace.

  • Could you live without Wi-Fi? Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    February 27, 2017

    Few of us could function "normally" for very long without Wi-Fi. Unheard of just a generation ago, this system uses a transmitter and a receiver - a transreceiver for short - to send and to receive electrical signals carrying data, voice and video signals.

  • Donald Trump and Washington's Power Elite: can they compromise?Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    February 27, 2017

    To understand what is happening between Donald Trump and Washington's power elite, I strongly recommend reading Charles Wright Mills' 1956 classic, The Power Elite.

  • Ins and Outs of RetirementReuel S. Amdur
    February 21, 2017

    The retirement income system "is complex, with lots of moving parts that intersect with each other and with the tax system." These words, of Bob Baldwin, former Director, Social Economic Policy for the Canadian Labour Congress and member and chairman of the Canada Pension Plan Advisory Board, were echoed in presentations at an Ottawa Council on Aging luncheon session on November 23. He and Richard Shillington, an author, statistician, and researcher who has produced reports for the C.D. Howe and Broadbent institutes, attempted to unpack some of the complexities.

  • Ombudsman in need of an OmbudsmanReuel S. Amdur
    February 21, 2017

    Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé issued a hard-hitting report on his organization's investigation of short-comings of the Ministry of Community and Social Services in its handling of the situations of the mentally deficient. He found "a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top." Well, the ancient Romans had a word for it. "De te fabula narrantur." That's your story. Let me explain.

  • Getting inside the BrainReuel S. Amdur
    February 21, 2017

    It is at least in part a question of philosophy and physiology, as well as psychology and medicine. Where is the location of thought, and then of disturbed thought and mood? For Zul Merali, President and CEO of the Royal Institute of Mental Health Research, the answer is the brain.

  • Mental Health Care from Past to PresentReuel S. Amdur
    February 21, 2017

    At a session for the general public held on November 1, the Royal Ottawa Hospital's Psychiatrist in Chief Raj Bhatla gave a brief history of psychiatry, ending with a list of new treatments and trends.

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