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  • The will to live or die Reuel S. Amdur
    May 22, 2013

    It is not that uncommon for a long-married person to die shortly after a spouse. Similarly, a parent in his 80's might pass away shortly after the death of an adult child. We all know of such cases. But what can be made of this?

  • Socking it to the poorReuel S. Amdur
    June 3, 2013

    It seems that, when governments decide that it is time for sacrifices to be made, the poor are called upon first. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty followed this principle on his way out the door, leaving social assistance recipients with new burdens. He cut discretionary welfare funding to local governments. Let's take a look at Ottawa as an example of the consequences.

  • Can we afford pharmacare?Reuel S. Amdur
    June 3, 2013

    The average cost of producing a single generic pill is less than ten cents. That is what people attending the "Rethinking Drug Coverage" conference in Ottawa held on May 24 and 25 were told. The conference was sponsored by the Canadian Health Coalition and the Carleton University School of Public Policy and Administration. Available at the conference was a report by Carleton professor Marc-André Gagnon, The Economic Case for Universal Pharmacare, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Institut de recherche et d'informations socio-économiques.

  • Hope for Ontario welfare?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 3, 2013

    The shift in the premiership of Ontario from Dalton McGuinty to Kathleen Wynne provides reason for cautious optimism on the welfare front.

  • The lessons from a resignationReuel S. Amdur
    July 24, 2013

    Brent Rathgeber's resignation from the Tory caucus raises several issues. What does it mean for Harper's firm control over everything? What are the implications of what Rathgeber said about the Prime Minister's Office and the Duffy affair? And is control by party leaders in general too tight on caucus?

  • The case against FrackingReuel S. Amdur
    August 9, 2013

    "Fifteen years ago I witnessed a massive boiling, exploding ball of gas that had just leveled a building, killing 11 people, most of them teenagers. I thought I had learned how dangerous natural gas can be. I was wrong." Those were the introductory words by Jennifer Burke, from a sermon recently delivered at Ottawa's First Unitarian Congregation. In university, she studied biology and ecology, and she has lived in places where fracking is going on.

  • Fighting terrorism, the Harper wayReuel S. Amdur
    August 24, 2013

    Last May, Tory MP Devinder Shorey introduced a private member's bill, C-425. It is now before the House. There are three elements in the bill.

  • Gander is part of the US rendition expressReuel S. Amdur
    August 24, 2013

    Gander has been a way-station for CIA rendition flights secretly headed for Guantánamo and to overseas destinations. British academics from Kent and Kingston Universities have put together a detailed account of flights, identifying the specific airplanes used, their trajectories, names of companies involved (in many cases shell companies belonging to the CIA), dates of departure from Gander and return, starting points, and destinations.

  • Canada's place in the worldReuel S. Amdur
    August 25, 2013

    There is a continuing on-and-off controversy about Canada's sometimes plan to purchase a fleet of F35 fighter jets.

  • Palestine/Israel: The mirage of a peace settlementReuel S. Amdur
    August 25, 2013

    What can we make of the 2000 new housing units that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has authorized for the West Bank and East Jerusalem? There are several factors.

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