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  • The passing of Dr. Frances Kelsey at 101 Reuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2015

    The recent passing of Dr. Frances Kelsey at the age of 101 in London Ontario is an occasion for remembering her courage in saving families of having seriously deformed children due to pregnant women taking thalidomide during pregnancy.

  • The Ununited WayReuel S. Amdur
    January 30, 2016

    The Oakville United Way is looking at the possibility of creation of an area-wide United Way, according to a Toronto Star editorial from last year. That reminded me of a United Way consolidation effort of which I was a part back in 1975.

  • Adult offenders at 18?Reuel S. Amdur
    February 19, 2016

    There is no scientific basis for making 18, as the case in most countries, the age at which a person is deemed to be an adult offender, no longer a juvenile. That is what Dr. David Farrington recently told Crime Prevention Ottawa. He is a forensic psychologist and professor emeritus at Cambridge University.

  • Islam is a religion for peace, Tariq RamadanReuel S. Amdur
    March 19, 2016

    "I never say that Islam is a religion of peace. No, it is a religion for peace," Tariq Ramadan told an audience in a packed 742-seat auditorium at the Adult High School in Ottawa on November 22.

  • Help in DyingReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    This article was written before the Liberal government introduced Bill C-14, on assisted dying. On April 14, 2016 the Liberal government introduced the assisted dying bill. It is more restrictive than what the parliamentary committee that studied the matter proposed and may conceivably fail to meet the criteria outlined by the Supreme Court.

  • Not Criminally ResponsibleReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    When the commission of a crime is related to the person's mental condition, a court may declare him not mentally responsible, NCR for short. Section 16 of the Criminal Code sets out the condition:

  • Canada on the brink of change in voting?Reuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    On March 22, University of Montreal Political Science Professor André Blais spoke about proportional representation (PR) on Parliament Hill, before an audience invited by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Government of Ontario lies about WelfareReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    "Ontario Works helps people who are in temporary financial need." That is a lie. It is a lie that the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services (COMSOC) has on its website now and that it has been promoting for as long as the program has been in existence.

  • Violence Against Women and DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    "Punch Drunk Wives: for many women there is more to dementia than just getting older." That was the title of a presentation by Carleton University social work professor Roy Hanes before a meeting of SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) held in Ottawa on February 19.

  • Alice in OmbudsmanlandReuel S. Amdur
    June 8, 2016

    Alice in Ombudsmanland may well serve as an additional chapter for Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland. The chapter could well be subtitled "In the Bureaucratic Rabbit Hole." But before beginning this weird and wondrous chapter, we need a bit of background.

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