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


  • We should swap for MengReuel S. Amdur
    March 9, 2019

    Canada is holding Meng Wanzhou, a Chinese bigwig, for possible extradition to the United States. The U.S. wants to try her on charges alleging that business interests controlled by her firm Huawei are trading with Iran in violation of U.S, sanctions. In retaliation, China has arrested two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, charging them with endangering national security. China has also increased Canadian Robert Schellenberg's sentence for drug offenses to capital punishment.

  • 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.

  • Men and SuicideReuel S. Amdur
    November 26, 2018

    On November 22, the Royal Ottawa Hospital's psychiatrist-in-Chief Rajiv Bhatta gave a presentation on men and suicide. "Men have low rates of depression compared to women, yet they are four times more likely to die by suicide." Thus, of people with depression only a third are men, while some 75 to 80% of deaths by suicide are by men.

  • The Challenge of Alzheimer's DiseaseReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    Person A: "I've just learned that there is a new cure for Alzheimer's."

  • New NAFTA HurtsReuel S. Amdur
    October 27, 2018

    USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement), son of NAFTA, means that Canada has been forced to make some important concessions. The notorious tariff on steel and aluminum, exempted from coverage as being necessary for defense, may be a prelude to other similar exceptions. The ongoing softwood lumber battle is not resolved, as the U.S. appeals and appeals, but objects when Canada does to the World Trade Organization.

  • Behaviour Analysis for DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    October 24, 2018

    On October 18, the Royal Ottawa Hospital hosted a presentation by two staff from the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) who spoke about behaviour analysis with dementia patients. Their presentation began with a film of a mute man suddenly activated when earphones were installed, playing music he liked. He started talking animatedly about the music and then began to sing. Mary Lesiuk, a registered nurse and the manager of geriatric outreach for the LHIN, said that to be effective the music should be to the person's taste. Lesiuk was accompanied by behaviour analyst Nick Feltz.

  • 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.

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