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The double life

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) exits a plane in a still from the seventh season of 'Mad Men.' Photo © Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Characters with secret identities are flooding serial TV dramas. What does that say about a ‘normal’ existence?

WATCH LIST: JUNE 2015

Paul Dano plays the young Brian Wilson in the film 'Love and Mercy.' Photo © 2015 Roadside Attractions

June 2015

 
 

Grim reminders

An image of a black-robed boy stares out from the wall of the now-demolished St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C. Photo by Pieta Woolley
An image of a black-robed boy stares out from the wall of the now-demolished St. Michael’s Indian Residential School in Alert Bay, B.C. Photo by Pieta Woolley
What should be done with Canada’s remaining Indian residential school buildings? By Pieta Woolley

‘Es complicado’

A man wearing an American flag sweatshirt walks along a street in Havana, Cuba, in February. Photo by Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A man wearing an American flag sweatshirt walks along a street in Havana, Cuba, in February. Photo by Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Nothing about Cuba is straightforward or simple — including its impending reconciliation with the United States By Christopher White

Forgive and feel better

Illustration by Min Gyo Chung
Illustration by Min Gyo Chung
Brooding over past wrongs can exact a toll on our health. New research suggests that healing begins with letting go. By Vivien Fellegi

Divorce in a fishbowl

©David Aubrey/Corbis
©David Aubrey/Corbis
Ending a marriage is tough. Imagine what it’s like when you’re a minister. By Trisha Elliott

Interview with Bruce Cockburn

Photo by Kevin Kelly
Photo by Kevin Kelly
The celebrated Canadian singer-songwriter talks about faith, activism and his recently released memoir, 'Rumours of Glory' By Mardi Tindal

'Do we still believe that something vital is in the making?'

Commissioners and delegates attend the inaugural United Church of Canada service at the Mutual Street Arena in Toronto on June 10, 1925. Photo by United Church of Canada Archives, Toronto
Commissioners and delegates attend the inaugural United Church of Canada service at the Mutual Street Arena in Toronto on June 10, 1925. Photo by United Church of Canada Archives, Toronto
The United Church of Canada at 90 By Phyllis Airhart


'Best in class'

Among the 33 awards won in church press competitions for work published in 2014, The Observer placed first in the General Excellence category of the Associated Church Press. Here are other highlights:

Parenthood

Happy, thorny Father's Day

This holiday, keep it simple
By Drew Halfnight
Fair Food

What’s in a bad apple?

Large food retailers catch on to the idea that good fruit doesn’t need to be beautiful
By Chantal Braganza
Short List

Five times the courts and the federal government said Canadians do not, in fact, have a “right to die” with help


By Pieta Woolley
Common Good

Happy warriors

Order of Canada recipients call for the elimination of nukes
By Dennis Gruending
Sightings

Hard family truths

Some people pass on learned violence while many others turn their world around
By Carolyn Pogue
Column

Observations

A historic first – and last
By David Wilson
Column

Spiritual But Secular

New research makes a case for psychedelic drugs offering profound spiritual experiences
By Anne Bokma
Column

Quote Unquote

‘As we begin to listen to each other’s stories, things begin to change . . .’
By Mardi Tindal
Column

Currents

Where science meets faith
By Trisha Elliott



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