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Rock of ages

Darlene Love (centre), who features in the 2013 documentary, '20 Feet from Stardom' performs as part of the Blossoms in 1965. Photo by RADiUS-TWC/Everett Collection/CP Images
Recent documentaries revisit the era when music got all ‘ooh-aahh’

WATCH LIST: January 2015

Season five of

January 2015

 
 

Unravelling the mysteries of prayer

Sebastien Thibault
Sebastien Thibault
New research suggests that praying really can transform you — starting with your brain By Trisha Elliott

Extracting justice

Angelica Choc, widow of Guatemalan mining critic Adolfo Ich Chaman, speaks to media in Toronto at a 2013 protest against Hudbay Minerals. Photo by Peter Power/ The Globe and Mail/CP Images
Angelica Choc, widow of Guatemalan mining critic Adolfo Ich Chaman, speaks to media in Toronto at a 2013 protest against Hudbay Minerals. Photo by Peter Power/ The Globe and Mail/CP Images
Can Canadian mining companies be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala? By May Warren

Stubborn streak

Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Photo by Richard Siemens, copyright 2014, University of Alberta
Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. Photo by Richard Siemens, copyright 2014, University of Alberta
Cindy Blackstock is a relentless campaigner for the rights of First Nations children. If you want her to do something, just tell her she can’t. By Rob Thomas

A family like any other

Author Sonya Corbin Dwyer (right) with her husband, Paul, and daughters. Photo by Candace Cunning
Author Sonya Corbin Dwyer (right) with her husband, Paul, and daughters. Photo by Candace Cunning
Author Sonya Corbin Dwyer is as much a mother to her daughters as any biological parent. So why do people keep asking, ‘Where are they from?’ By Sonya Corbin Dwyer

Interview with Katharine Hayhoe

Kimberley Bartholomew/BBC
Kimberley Bartholomew/BBC
The Toronto native is a well-known climate scientist and evangelical Christian who directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. Last April, she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people. By Alex Newman

Small print, big stakes

Sam Dias petitioned the Catholic school board in London, Ont., to have his daughter exempted from religious studies classes in Grade 9. Photo by Mirko Petricevic
Sam Dias petitioned the Catholic school board in London, Ont., to have his daughter exempted from religious studies classes in Grade 9. Photo by Mirko Petricevic
Here’s one lesson they’re not teaching in Ontario’s Catholic secondary schools: The law says you don’t actually have to study religion By Luc Rinaldi
Parenthood

I, Muller

For new parents, questions can multiply and distraction can turn into obsession
By Drew Halfnight
Fair Food

What exactly is an ethical meal?

To ask the question is to consider human rights, business practices, cultural values, income inequality and more
By Chantal Braganza
Short List

Five ways to trump your most politically correct peers


By Pieta Woolley
Common Good

Money talks

CBC bans journalists from making paid appearances
By Dennis Gruending
Pogue Blog

A good place to visit

Winnipeg has taken the lead in areas that are important to us all
By Carolyn Pogue
Blog

My Year of Buying Nothing

That time I aced the big challenge and literally stumbled at the small ones
By Lee Simpson
Column

Observations

New Year’s evolutions
By David Wilson
Column

Spiritual but Secular

There’s a lot more to the ‘spiritual but not religious’ than Oprah and sunsets. Churchgoers, take note.
By Anne Bokma
Column

Spirit Story

Winter’s perfection
By Anne Bokma
Column

Currents

A soft-spoken God
By Trisha Elliott



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