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


  • 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."

  • Fruitless negotiations with ChinaReuel S. Amdur
    September 9, 2020

    Canada continues to spin its wheels in efforts to get Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor released from Chinese confinement. And what is missing is any recognition of the other two Canadians in custody, Sun Qian and Huseyin Celil. Sun has been sentenced to eight years for her participation in Falun Gong and Celil has spent 14 years in custody because he is a Uyghur human rights defender.

  • Ford's Nursing home gift: To whom?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 23, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has thrown a glaring light on the long-standing problems in long-term care. A major part of the outbreak has occurred in these homes, most especially in those that are privately run. The military were called upon to address the most disastrous situations and they detailed the horror stories in some of the homes.

  • The Care and Feeding of the Chinese GovernmentReuel S. Amdur
    July 9, 2020

    Some have argued that a prisoner swap for Meng Wanzhou would be a capitulation that would encourage China to seize more Canadians in order to get their way. Two problems with such a reading of the situation.

  • On the Road to ArmageddonReuel S. Amdur
    June 29, 2020

    On June 18, President Donald Trump issued an executive order authorizing sanctions against International Criminal Court staff investigating possible war crimes committed by U.S. forces and CIA agents in Afghanistan. The court is also investigating the Afghan government and the Taliban in the same regard. Sanctions apply as well to families of the staff and could both include being barred from the U.S. and sanctions of an economic nature.

  • It's not just RacismReuel S. Amdur
    June 23, 2020

    The reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has led to the opening of a serious discussion about police treatment of people of color. It has also raised the wider issue of prejudice and discrimination in society. Putting these matters on the agenda is extremely important but focus on color in police interactions is too narrow. The wider issue is that of abuse of power in general. You don't have to be black to suffer at the hands of police.

  • Meng's case continues to haunt usReuel S. Amdur
    June 23, 2020

    On May 27, Justice Heather Holmes ruled that the American request for extradition of Meng Wanzhou could continue, as the charge of fraud is a valid basis for such action. The implication is for probably years in additional appeals and wrangling. As a result, we can foresee that Chinese custody of two Canadians, Michael Spavor and Michael Kovig, will continue throughout the process of Meng's legal procedures, leaving them to Xi Jinping's not-so-tender-mercies. They were taken into custody in retaliation for her being freed from custody on tight bail conditions. All but forgotten by his government, Imam Huseyin Celil, a Uyghur human rights defender and Canadian citizen, has been held in China since 2006.

  • The Promise of a Guaranteed IncomeReuel S. Amdur
    March 12, 2020

    While the Rob Ford Tories pulled the rug on the basic income pilot project, involving some 4,000 people, researchers have been at work trying to sort out what can be learned. Of course, the unexpected termination caused distress for many of those taking part, who saw their planning for the future unexpectedly torpedoed. Before the election, Ford had promised to continue the program were he elected.

  • Social Prescribing for HealthReuel S. Amdur
    February 18, 2020

    The United Kingdom has a Minister of Loneliness. That is something that Natasha Beaudin noted in her talk to Ottawa's SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) on January 23. She is a health promoter at Ottawa’s Centretown Community Health Centre. She spoke on social prescribing, referral of patients to non-medical activities, be they arts, leisure activities, or the like.

  • An Appeal for Clarification on Bill 21 Reuel S. Amdur
    December 9, 2019

    The head of government in each of the provinces is termed the premier, except in Quebec where he is called the prime minister. In the case of Quebec's François Legault, the title is well chosen, as the term minister has both a governmental sense and a religious one. In the religious sense, he is the Minister of Laïcité, assuring the religious neutrality of the state. With Quebec's Bill 21, he wishes to demonstrate that neutrality by forbidding government employees in positions of authority, including teachers, from displaying religious symbols.

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