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  • Violence Against Women and DementiaReuel S. Amdur
    April 19, 2016

    "Punch Drunk Wives: for many women there is more to dementia than just getting older." That was the title of a presentation by Carleton University social work professor Roy Hanes before a meeting of SWAG (Social Workers in Aging and Gerontology) held in Ottawa on February 19.

  • Alice in OmbudsmanlandReuel S. Amdur
    June 8, 2016

    Alice in Ombudsmanland may well serve as an additional chapter for Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland. The chapter could well be subtitled "In the Bureaucratic Rabbit Hole." But before beginning this weird and wondrous chapter, we need a bit of background.

  • What's wrong with Long-Term Care?Reuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    How can we make long-term care better? That was the question addressed at the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) building in Ottawa on April 25 at a session sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

  • Health Care: A Book ReviewReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Pat and Hugh Armstrong have brought out a second edition of their blockbuster work Health Care (Fernwood: Halifax and Winnipeg, 2016).

  • The Middle Eastern CauldronReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    “This is the most turbulent time in the history of the modern Middle East.” That was the view expressed by University of Toronto Professor Janice Stein at a lecture on Parliament Hill on April 19, sponsored by the Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences. She identified four factors contributing to the turbulence.

  • Living with DignityReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Dying with dignity is coming into its own. We have already had a first case, in which a woman with Lou Gehrig's disease was given court clearance for medically assisted death. Dying with dignity is one thing, but what about living with dignity? We are after all an aging population.

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Tool in Treating DepressionReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been found to be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety in two-thirds of cases and is now also used with other psychiatric conditions. Medication is also effective with comparative results. Sometimes both CBT and drugs are used together.

  • Tackling DepressionReuel S. Amdur
    July 11, 2016

    Understanding depression. That was the topic of a lecture at Ottawa's Royal Ottawa Hospital on September 17. Presenting were three psychologists, Kelsey Collimore, Andrew Jacobs, and Michelle Todd.

  • Trudeau's Visit to ChinaReuel S. Amdur
    September 20, 2016

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit to China is all about trade, in particular about a new Chinese regulation setting a one per cent ceiling on impurities in canola oil, a ceiling that producers claim is too hard to meet. The visit also provided an opportunity for him to raise the cases of Canadians imprisoned in that country.

  • Religion and CrimeReuel S. Amdur
    September 20, 2016

    Religion has a role to play in dealing with crime. That was the message at a presentation by Crime Prevention Ottawa on June 15. Dave Atkins of Redemption Grace Prison Ministries of Ottawa, which serves young men, and Dr. Zijad Delic, imam at the South Nepean Muslim Community were presenters.

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