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  • 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.

  • Republican Gong ShowReuel S. Amdur
    January 9, 2012

    "Yes we can!" With that slogan, Barak Obama excited the youth of America and got himself ensconced in the White House. Getting out of the recession was not quite that simple, and in the effort he poured money in at the top, to the bankers who were largely responsible for the mess in the first place, along with bail-outs for other corporate fat cats. His lack-luster performance earned him a 2010 Republican Congress.

  • Taking aim at crack cocaineReuel S. Amdur
    December 6, 2011

    How can we minimize the impact of crack cocaine?

  • Can we Trust Uncle Sam on Border Easing?Reuel S. Amdur
    December 11, 2011

    Beyond the Border, the new program that involves the sharing of personal information between Canada and the US along with efforts to enhance cross-border commerce was announced by Stephen Harper and Barack Obama on December 7. It is not a treaty or a formal agreement-just a list of things proposed to be done and of pilot projects to be implemented.

  • Group work bends to realityReuel S. Amdur
    December 19, 2011

    When I was a graduate student in social work at the University of Washington in the early 1960's, we were presented with two different pictures of group work. The history of social work identified our roots as in part being in the settlement house movement.

  • Struggle for decent care in TorontoReuel S. Amdur
    January 20, 2012

    For several years ending in 1992, I worked at Seaton House in Toronto. Operated by the City of Toronto, the facility has a shelter section and a residence, for short- and long-term users.

  • Palestinians in IsraelReuel S. Amdur
    January 29, 2012

    "Israel hasn't declared its borders yet," said Peter Lawson, and there are substantial numbers of Palestinians in the country even now. Larson, a board member of the National Council on Canadian-Arab Relations, spoke at Carleton University on January 25 on the theme of "The Forgotten Palestinians," those who remain in Israel.

  • Claw-Back and Pick-UpReuel S. Amdur
    February 6, 2012

    Two terms that are useful in looking at the impact of social programs are claw-back and pick-up. Let's illustrate.

  • Parlez-Vous?Reuel S. Amdur
    February 27, 2012

    There has been much criticism of the appointments of Michael Moldaver to the Supreme Court and of Michael Ferguson as Auditor General, neither of whom is bilingual.

  • Kenney's Defense of Human Rights Stops at Israeli BorderReuel S. Amdur
    March 13, 2012

    Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, celebrated Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) by denouncing it as an effort to "demonize and delegitimize the State of Israel."

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