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Observations

by David Wilson

This bad-news planet

Columns

September 2016

Spirit Story

by Monica Plant

Moments with Mom

Columns

September 2016

Spiritual But Secular

by Anne Bokma

Jesus told parables, and ministers give sermons. Now secular storytellers are drawing the crowds.

Columns

September 2016

Quote Unquote

by David Giuliano

‘The working poor are the major philanthropists of our society.’

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Faith

September 2016

Rainbow Muslims

by Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBT relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

Essays

September 2016

Home

by Various Writers

They say there’s no place like it. Five recently uprooted writers reflect on the true meaning of the word.

Culture

WATCH LIST: September 2016

by Observer Staff

Video

Merle Robillard

ObserverDocs: Out of Syria

by Observer Staff

For nearly half a century, the Elnabrees family has fled one war after another: Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq and, more recently, Syria. This year, they arrived as refugees in Canada, sponsored by relatives and United churches. Ayman Elshafiy, his wife, Sonia, their two daughters, his sister and mother, were among them.

World

A mother empties a packet of micronutrient powder into a meal of rice for her one-year-old daughter in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo by ©UNICEF/UNI61858/Noorani

Iron Man

by Jocelyn Bell

Common Good

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Undercutting health care

by Dennis Gruending

Most Canadians and their doctors support medicare. But attacks upon it have been constant.

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Sightings

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Celebrate Peace Day by creating your own colouring book

by Carolyn Pogue

Pictures open the doors to understanding whenever there’s a language barrier

Society

June 2016

All the lonely people

by André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

Society

May 2016

Are vegans right?

by David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

Culture

Tatiana Maslany plays about a dozen characters, including Cosima Niehaus (left) and Sarah Manning, in Orphan Black. Photo by John Medland/©BBC-America/Courtesy: Everett Collection/The Canadian Press

Carbon copies

by Elena Gritzan

As scientists tinker with the human genome, TV series Orphan Black reveals the duplicitous side of cloning

Camino de Cancer

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October 2015

by David Giuliano

We have no raisins today

Faith

May 2016

2015 Press Awards

by Observer Staff

The Observer won 41 church press awards and has been nominated for two National Magazine Awards for work published in 2015. The winners’ list included First Place for denominational magazines in the U.S.-based Associate Church Press competition. It was the third year in a row that The Observer was named the ACP’s best magazine.

Justice

April 2015

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

by Anne Bokma

From the 1960s to the ’80s, some 20,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Now adults, many want redress for the loss of cultural identity.

Faith

November 2015

The conversion of Michael Coren

by Jeff Mahoney

Canada’s most strident Christian conservative has had a change of heart

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