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  • Freedom of Information, for real?Reuel S. Amdur
    February 16, 2011

    "We only get as much an open government as we demand," said Jim Bronskill, in a presentation to the Ottawa Council of Women on February 15. He was describing the current state of affairs with availability of information from the federal government. His major areas of interest as a Canadian Press journalist are security, intelligence, policing, and justice.

  • Ambassadors Address Gender Reuel S. Amdur
    November 26, 2018

    Rima Alaadeen and Souriya Otmani, from Jordan and Morocco respectively, share on a couple fronts. They are the only Arab female ambassadors to Canada, and they both attribute much of their progress in the foreign services to the attitude and policies of their countries' progressive kings. Both governments have implemented more progressive family codes. In Jordan, according to Alaadeen, if your children don't go to school or marry under the age of 18, you go to jail.

  • Canada-US Security Perimeter: Whose Security?Reuel S. Amdur
    February 24, 2011

    There are active discussions taking place between Canada and Washington on a common security perimeter, or more precisely, a common security and economic perimeter.

  • Right to water, what water?Reuel S. Amdur
    March 3, 2011

    Maude Barlow is a woman of many causes, but water is the one that is perhaps closest to her heart.

  • On the streetReuel S. Amdur
    June 9, 2019

    Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, unhealthy, unsafe, stressful, and distressing. That is what Sue-Ann MacDonald old an audience at Ottawa's Algonquin College on May 30. She was citing Stephen Gaetz, Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work at the Université de Montréal.

  • Death of a social work organizationReuel S. Amdur
    March 9, 2011

    The national social work professional organization is in the process of committing suicide.

  • Police MisconductReuel S. Amdur
    October 31, 2019

    As the Roman poet Juvenal put it, Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Who will watch the watchers themselves? We have the police to protect us, but we sometimes need protection from them as well. There have been a number of incidents in which people have been the victims. The most glaring and public of these get attention and sometimes appropriate action is taken. One thinks of the Toronto case of Sammy Yatim, shot by officer James Forcillo. Yatin was behaving in a bizarre fashion but was no immediate danger to anyone at the time. Forcillo was convicted.

  • Gadhafi murders Qatari journalistReuel S. Amdur
    March 16, 2011

    Qatari Ali Hassan al-Jaber was assassinated by Gadhafi agents on March 12. Al-Jaber was working as a photographer for al-Jazeera. He and correspondent Baybah Wald Amhadi were attacked in their car outside Benghazi. Amhadi said that they were aware of being under surveillance for days before the attack. Al-Jaber was struck by three bullets and Amhadi was also wounded in the attack.

  • Learning from the Sharansky AffairReuel S. Amdur
    November 24, 2019

    Natan Sharansky was refused an exit visa from the USSR in 1973. Hence, he was a refusenik. Four years later, because of his activities in conveying information about other refuseniks to the West, he was accused of high treason and spying for the U.S. His punishment, 13 years of forced labor. In 1986, he was released as part of a large spy swap between the West and the Communist bloc.

  • Cornwall DilemmaReuel S. Amdur
    November 24, 2019

    As a social worker, I have a client in Cornwall whom I am assisting in her claim for Criminal Injuries Compensation. I live in Quebec, just north of Ottawa, and so it is not handy to get into Cornwall on a regular basis.

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