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


  • Why we are what we areReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    It's not what's wrong with you: it's what happened to you. That is the message of the ACE findings. ACE: adverse childhood experiences. ACE findings are accredited to the research of Dr. Vincent Felitti, head of Kaiser Permanente's Department of Preventive Medicine, in San Diego, and Robert Anda, of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Looking at Restorative JusticeReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    On September 26, there was an Open Caucus meeting of the Canadian Senate on the topic of restorative justice. This was a joint effort of the Independent Senators, Independent Liberals, and the Government representative's office of the Senate. The subject was presented as follows:

  • Unions fight Climate ChangeReuel S. Amdur
    October 20, 2018

    Unions can be a powerful force in the fight against climate change. That was the message that Carla Lipsig-Mummé brought to an event in Ottawa sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on October 3. She is Professor, Work and Labour Studies, at York University.

  • Kim Jong Un and ISISReuel S. Amdur
    September 6, 2018

    Kim Jong Un is a threat to the United States. He wants to develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them. Donald Trump wants to put a stop to that. However, Trump comes to court with unclean hands. Not only does the United States have a massive stockpile of nuclear weapons, but Trump openly brags about the development of new nuclear weapons for various military uses. What is sauce for the goose is not necessarily sauce for the gander.

  • Wanting a good death?Reuel S. Amdur
    May 23, 2018

    People may make application for medically-assisted death. Yet, we attempt to prevent people from committing suicide. Let's imagine the case of someone turned down for medically-assisted death. The person then commits suicide.

  • Improving Long-Term Care in OntarioReuel S. Amdur
    April 17, 2018

    "If you could change one thing about long-term care, what would it be?" the questioner asked Dr. Pat Armstrong, York University sociology professor, at a session held at the main branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

  • Tackling DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    April 17, 2018

    Eight per cent of the population age 65 and older is afflicted with Alzheimer's or some other dementia. However, the rate rises dramatically as people get older. Over 400,000 Canadians are currently demented.

  • Challenges of CaregivingReuel S. Amdur
    March 25, 2018

    So, you think care work is easy. That was the title of a talk given by philosophy professor Monique Lanoix to SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) in Ottawa on March 22.

  • The Threat, North Korean and The OtherReuel S. Amdur
    March 4, 2018

    North Korea's Kim Jong Un shows no sign of curtailing his nuclear ambitions. His nasty rhetoric displays an attitude that makes him a threat to the whole world. Atomic weapons constitute such a threat. However, we should not overlook where else the threat comes from. Just for starters, there is Donald Trump's equally belligerent rhetoric, noting that his nuclear button is "much bigger" than Kim's.

  • HappinessReuel S. Amdur
    January 28, 2018

    What you do for others produces more happiness for you than what you receive. That was a key message given by psychiatrist Timothy Lau, in a lecture on happiness given at the Royal Ottawa Hospital on January 25.

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