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Reuel S. Amdur Reuel Amdur is a freelance writer based near Ottawa.


  • François LegaultReuel S. Amdur
    October 29, 2021


  • Problems in Long-Term CareReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2020

    In Ontario, the key problem in availability of staff in long-term care pertains to personal support workers (PSW's). That is what Bernard Bouchard told a virtual audience in Ottawa's Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology (SWAG) on October 22. Bouchard is a recently retired social worker and administrator of long-term care facilities.

  • Trudeau talks toughReuel S. Amdur
    October 19, 2020

    Prime Minister Trudeau has decided to get tough with China, but the timing is off. The time to get tough is after our four (not two!) political prisoners are back home and our four prisoners in China sentenced to death for drug offenses have their sentences reduced. Getting tough will simply irritate the Chinese leadership. In retaliation they may begin to execute the drug offenders.

  • RacismReuel S. Amdur
    October 18, 2020

    Queen's University professor of political philosophy Will Kymlicka identified two elements in racism, racist stereotypes and the view that "the others" are not really part of "us." The latter was supported by the results of a survey of opinion that he promoted. He spoke at an event sponsored by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Masks and no masksReuel S. Amdur
    October 5, 2020

    Donald Trump is paying the price for his failure to adhere to the practice of wearing a mask whenever in contact with other people, especially in crowds. His diagnosis of COVID-19 serves as a stern warning for the rest of us.

  • Asks too littleReuel S. Amdur
    October 5, 2020

    Former diplomat Gar Pardy has rallied an impressive group of prominent Canadians in appealing to the government to undertake an exchange with China of Meng Wanzhou, currently held on an extradition request from the United States, for Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, two Canadians seized by China in retaliation. What Pardy proposes is a low-ball offer.

  • Netanyahu and BismarckReuel S. Amdur
    October 5, 2020

    Binyamin Netanyahu is a Jewish Bismarck. He has combined a malicious cunning with a wilful strategy and effective tactics to accomplish his imperialist aims. At one point, he promised that as long as he was prime minister of Israel there would never be a Palestinian state. So far, he has kept his word.

  • Dementia and Culture Reuel S. Amdur
    September 25, 2020

    With three-quarters of new immigrants coming from Africa and Asia, we need to give attention to the peculiar health needs of this population. One aspect of the problem is how we address dementia, including Alzheimer's. Dementia mainly affects older people, 65 plus. There are roughly 25,000 new cases annually in Canada. A quarter of people over 85 are afflicted. The disease is seen by people from various cultures in different ways.

  • DeprescribingReuel S. Amdur
    September 25, 2020

    Deprescribing is as important for patient care as prescribing. Too many prescriptions may cause serious problems, according to Dr. Ali Elbeddini, the pharmacy manager at Winchester District Memorial Hospital. He was speaking by videoconferencing to Ottawa's Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology on September 24. Deprescribing may involve either stopping or lowering the dosage of a prescription.

  • Needed changes in Long-Term CareReuel S. Amdur
    September 9, 2020

    Canada is at the very top, and not in a good way. We lead in the percentage of COVID-19 deaths in long-term care—81%, compared to 28% in Australia, 31% in the United States, and 66% in Spain. Surely, we are doing something wrong. According to the Working Group on Long-Term Care of the Royal Society of Canada, we're doing lots that is wrong. Their report is titled "Restoring Trust: COVID-19 and the Future of Long-Term Care."

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