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  • Does the city of Ottawa's new broom sweep clean?Reuel S. Amdur
    September 19, 2011

    The City of Ottawa is seeing some changes. Jim Watson's mayoralty has been quite a shift in style from the days of Larry O'Brien, whom he defeated. And the comparison is not just to O'Brien.

  • Israel: Turn on the boycottReuel S. Amdur
    September 28, 2011

    On July 11, the Israeli Knesset moved the country into even more dangerous territory. Haaretz columnist Bradley Burston called the new law punishing Israelis engaged in boycotts against Israel or the West Bank "the threshold test for Israeli fascism." His article was headed "Israel's boycott law: the quiet sound of going fascist."

  • Harper on "Islamicism"Reuel S. Amdur
    October 4, 2011

    Stephen Harper told CBC's Peter Mansbridge that "Islamicism" poses the most important terrorist threat to Canada. But Islamophobia is an ongoing problem in the contemporary world, so it behooves a prime minister to choose his words carefully. Would he, if talking about Jewish settler violence, casually throw in a term like "Judeacism"?

  • Deal with crime before it occurs, says Prof Irving Waller Reuel S. Amdur
    October 15, 2011

    Irving Waller is a distinguished criminology professor at the University of Ottawa. He was asked what he thought of the Conservatives' omnibus crimes bill, the Safe Streets and Communities Act. "I was surprised," he said, "that Minister of Justice Victor Toews used some real statistics for his case." He was referring to Toews' citing 400,000 violent crimes and 200,000 break-and-enters at a cost of $14 billion in tangible losses and another $68 billion in other losses.

  • Torture at GuantánamoReuel S. Amdur
    October 15, 2011

    Doctors, psychologists, and other mental health professionals either turned a blind eye to evidence of torture at Guantánamo or actively assisted. That is what Doctors Vincent Iacopino and Stephen Xenakis found in a review of records for nine prisoners. Their findings are published in PLoS Medicine.

  • October: Say NO to domestic violenceReuel S. Amdur
    October 23, 2011

    October is Domestic Violence Month. Hardly anyone advocates such violence, but what is to be done about it?

  • Occupying OttawaReuel S. Amdur
    October 30, 2011

    Occupy Ottawa began on October 15, with around 500 participants. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) took part, along with CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) and NUPGE (National Union of Public and General Employees).

  • Ottawa: The Challenge of Street GangsReuel S. Amdur
    November 6, 2011

    Ottawa has some gangs but does not have a major gang problem, according to Staff Sergeant Mark Patterson. He was one of the speakers at a recent forum on gangs, under the auspices of Crime Prevention Ottawa and the Youth Services Bureau.

  • Mental Health Policy for NewcomersReuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2011

    According to Farah Mawani, international studies have shown that immigrants and refugees have higher rates of mental health problems, and the problems may increase over time. She is a Ph.D. student at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and was speaking at St. Paul University in Ottawa at the "Cultural Diversity & Mental Illness" conference of Healthcare Canada on November 18. She recently completed a contract with the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

  • Homelessness and HealthReuel S. Amdur
    November 27, 2011

    Healthcare Conferences Canada held a conference in Ottawa November 18, looking at "Cultural Diversity & Mental Illness." One would expect such a conference to focus on issues relating to immigrant groups and Aboriginals, and it did. However, it also looked at homelessness and mental illness. The underclass that includes the homeless is part of a subculture or counterculture that overlaps with both the wider culture and with a criminal subculture. Mental health is a serious concern in this milieu.

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