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Observer Culture

Transcending normal

'Transparent' stars Jeffrey Tambor (centre) as a trans woman. Photo by Amazon Studios
TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

WATCH LIST: February 2015

Bob Odenkirk stars in 'Better Call Saul.' Photo by AMC

February 2015

 
 

The unlikely ascent of Kathleen Wynne

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Queen's Park in Toronto in 2013. Photo by Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne speaks at Queen's Park in Toronto in 2013. Photo by Dave Abel/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
Ontario’s first female premier has surmounted barriers all her life. But she’s never strayed far from her United Church roots. By John Barber

Faux trade?

A Bridgehead barista brews a cup of coffee. Courtesy of Joelle Guedon
A Bridgehead barista brews a cup of coffee. Courtesy of Joelle Guedon
Buying fair trade coffee doesn’t hurt. But it doesn’t help as much as we might imagine. By Pieta Woolley

ObserverDocs: Faux trade?

Anthony Bradshaw/Getty Images
Anthony Bradshaw/Getty Images
For consumers who care, fair trade coffee is a feel-good drink. But are the actual benefits less than robust? By Observer Staff

Little bundles of good

iStock/ferlistockphoto
iStock/ferlistockphoto
New research suggests that infants are ethical right from the cradle By Drew Halfnight

With this ring, I thee divorce

Jeannie Phan
Jeannie Phan
Separation doesn't have to be adversarial. Some couples are seeking more meaningful ways to untie the knot. By Anne Bokma

Interview with Moderator Rt. Rev. Gary Paterson

Photo by Hugh Wesley
Photo by Hugh Wesley
The United Church head talks about end-of-life ethics, where the personal, the political and the spiritual collide By Chelsea Temple Jones
Parenthood

Loving thy neighbour

Tension over crying babies is widespread, unresolved and, for the sleep-deprived, weirdly vitriolic
By Drew Halfnight
Fair Food

Northern hunger

Can a grocery store boycott ensure food security in the north?
By Chantal Braganza
Short List

Five social justice-inspired things to give up for Lent


By Pieta Woolley
Common Good

'The times are a-changin’

The popularity of Pope Francis shows no signs of abating
By Dennis Gruending
Sightings

Rolling the dice

Research shows that gambling is unhealthy, so why do public leaders continue to promote it?
By Carolyn Pogue
Column

Observations

Philanthropy in free fall
By David Wilson
Column

Spiritual But Secular

Soul coaches help clients live a life of purpose
By Anne Bokma
Column

Currents

God in a mobile world
By Trisha Elliott



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