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  • Men and SuicideReuel S. Amdur
    November 26, 2018

    On November 22, the Royal Ottawa Hospital's psychiatrist-in-Chief Rajiv Bhatta gave a presentation on men and suicide. "Men have low rates of depression compared to women, yet they are four times more likely to die by suicide." Thus, of people with depression only a third are men, while some 75 to 80% of deaths by suicide are by men.

  • Parents and Grandparents Program in Canada will open to interested sponsors in early 2019. Edward C. Corrigan and Selvin Mejia
    November 18, 2018

    Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has closed its Parents and Grandparents Sponsor Program for Canadian citizens and permanent residents for 2018. The Federal Government in December 2016 decided to change the process for acceptance of an Application to Sponsor a Parent or Grand Parent from a first come first serve basis to a lottery approach. This year the online submission form to show interest closed at noon EST on February 1, 2018.

  • The Challenge of Alzheimer's DiseaseReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    Person A: "I've just learned that there is a new cure for Alzheimer's."

  • New NAFTA HurtsReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), son of NAFTA, means that Canada has been forced to make some important concessions. The notorious tariff on steel and aluminum, exempted from coverage as being necessary for defense, may be a prelude to other similar exceptions. The ongoing softwood lumber battle is not resolved, as the U.S. appeals and appeals, but objects when Canada does to the World Trade Organization.

  • Khashoggi's murder could be a game changerJaved Akbar
    October 24, 2018

    The murder of a dissident journalist has had more global impact than unchecked Saudi aggression in Yemen.

  • Behaviour Analysis for DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    October 24, 2018

    On October 18, the Royal Ottawa Hospital hosted a presentation by two staff from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) who spoke about behaviour analysis with dementia patients. Their presentation began with a film of a mute man suddenly activated when earphones were installed, playing music he liked. He started talking animatedly about the music and then began to sing. Mary Lesiuk, a registered nurse and the manager of geriatric outreach for the LHIN, said that to be effective the music should be to the person's taste. Lesiuk was accompanied by behaviour analyst Nick Feltz.

  • Why we are what we areReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    It's not what's wrong with you: it's what happened to you. That is the message of the ACE findings. ACE: adverse childhood experiences. ACE findings are accredited to the research of Dr. Vincent Felitti, head of Kaiser Permanente's Department of Preventive Medicine, in San Diego, and Robert Anda, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Encountering the Canadian Island of Anne Shirley Dr. Mohamed Elmasry
    October 20, 2018

    "You don't want me!" cried the child, dropping her worn-out suitcase. "You don't want me because I'm not a boy! I might have expected it! Nobody ever did want me. Oh, what shall I do? This is the most tragical thing that ever happened to me! I'm going to burst into tears."

  • Looking at Restorative JusticeReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    On September 26, there was an Open Caucus meeting of the Canadian Senate on the topic of restorative justice. This was a joint effort of the Independent Senators, Independent Liberals, and the Government representative's office of the Senate. The subject was presented as follows:

  • Unions fight Climate ChangeReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    Unions can be a powerful force in the fight against climate change. That was the message that Carla Lipsig-Mummé brought to an event in Ottawa sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on October 3. She is Professor, Work and Labour Studies, at York University.

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