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WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Mixed Blessings: Indigenous Encounters with Christianity in Canada
(UBC Press)

While acknowledging the damage of colonialism, including the trauma of residential schools, Mixed Blessings illuminates our understanding of the relationship between Indigenous people and Christianity in Canada. With an unbiased historical account, academics Tolly Bradford and Chelsea Horton analyze the complex ways the two have and will continue to interact from the early 1600s to the present day. May 1

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own
(Penguin Random House Canada)

The More of Less explores the modern inclination toward consumerism and the desire for more. Joshua Becker, a leading voice in the simplicity movement and founder of
the website Becoming Minimalist, explains that passion for “things” never brings true happiness but rather leads us astray from our God-given passions; a streamlined life provides far more than it takes away. May 3

Transcendent Love: Dostoevsky and the Search for a Global Ethic
(University of Notre Dame Press)

In Transcendent Love, Leonard G. Friesen provides insight into the ethical issues of Dostoevsky’s Russia through an exploration of the classic author’s novels, journalism, notebooks and correspondence. Friesen argues that Dostoevsky’s ethical debates, based on his Christian morality, continue to be relevant today. May 15

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
(Exhibition On Screen)

A film journey examining the influence of gardens on some of the most influential Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and and Avant-garde contemporaries of Monet. This special exhibition, guided by curators and projected on threatre screens, showcases over 120 works from the early 1860s to the 1920s including Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II. May 19

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by David Wilson

If statues could talk

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ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.


June 2017


by Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The ‘sanctuary city’ movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.


June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart


March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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