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  • Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne a social justice premier?Reuel S. Amdur
    October 25, 2014

    In her post-election publicity, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne promised, among other things, "better support" for those on social assistance. "We will increase Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program rates. . . by one per cent in 2014-15. We will also increase benefits for single Ontario Works clients without children, giving them a total benefit increase of $30 per month in 2014, for a total increase over two years of $50."

  • Every day is a moving dayReuel S. Amdur
    October 25, 2014

    Staying in bed is dangerous to your health. That was the theme of a recent presentation at the Civic Campus of the Ottawa Hospital.

  • Older AlcoholicsReuel S. Amdur
    November 19, 2014

    Between 6 and 10% of seniors are estimated to have an alcohol problem. Metabolizing alcohol is more difficult for seniors, so an amount that was not a problem when younger may be one now, especially in the case of women.

  • The ins and outs of marihuana useReuel S. Amdur
    November 19, 2014

    On October 24, Carleton University Professor emeritus Peter Fried spoke to Ottawa's Council on Aging about marihuana. He directed an investigation begun in 1978 on the consequences of mothers' use of marihuana during pregnancy for development and behavior of their offspring.

  • Wealth of information but poverty of understandingReuel S. Amdur
    January 1, 2015

    "I love the long-form census," declared Bartha Knoppers in response to a question from the Charger. She was speaking at the Parliamentary Dining Room in Ottawa last October 30 as part of the series of talks sponsored by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her topic was "The Impact of Big Data on the Health Care System." Knoppers is Director of the McGill Centre of Genetics and Policy and Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine.

  • What is new about shock treatment for mental illness?Reuel S. Amdur
    January 1, 2015

    Is electroshock therapy, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), for mental illness like a scene from the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?"

  • For care-givers trauma is a two-way streetReuel S. Amdur
    January 1, 2015

    Suicide was the topic at the table during a weekend program on health care evaluation, many years ago. One of those present was a child psychiatrist. Mischievously, I asked which medical specialty had the highest rate of suicide. "Psychiatry," she replied without hesitation, "but surgeons have one-car fatal crashes." Her answer illustrates the fact that in helping people who have severe problems the helper may also be affected.

  • Harper's Canada: Big Brother at it againReuel S. Amdur
    February 23, 2015

    Stephen Harper is seeking legislative authority to give more power to CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) in order to fight terrorism. At least that is the cover story.

  • The "J" word - understanding extremismReuel S. Amdur
    February 23, 2015

    Islam is a religion of moderation. That was the point made by Ismail Albatnuni, imam of Ottawa's Assunnah Muslim Association Mosque. He and Sikander Hashmi, imam of the Kanata Association of Muslims, spoke at a public education session held in conjunction with Friday prayer at the Assunnah Mosque on February 6.

  • Rights often without legal remediesReuel S. Amdur
    February 23, 2015

    The Canadian judiciary is responsible for an original and important development in provision of remedies. Remedies for wrongs are provided in the courts, in legislation, and in executive branch regulations.

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