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Culture

Feature

November 2016

Comics come of age

By Simon Lewsen

Canadian women are on the leading edge as graphic novels go mainstream

Feature

October 2016

Beyond the music

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Immersive, multi-day festivals have become a modern rite of passage

Arts Feature

October 2016

WATCH LIST: October 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

WATCH LIST: September 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

Carbon copies

By Elena Gritzan

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

Feature

July 2016

WATCH LIST: July/August 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2016

Can gaming be good?

By Trisha Elliott

Video games are often cast as violent, sexist and addictive. But a new genre of virtual fun is serving a higher purpose.

Arts Feature

June 2016

WATCH LIST: June 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2016

Cartoons with IQs

By Simon Lewsen

Recent animated features edify as well as entertain. The young people in your life might enjoy them too.

Feature

May 2016

WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

May 2016

Lake Wobegon bids adieu

By Ray Ford

Radio host Garrison Keillor retires in July. His iconic brand of Christian-flavoured storytelling will be missed.

Arts Feature

April 2016

WATCH LIST: April 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2016

How much is enough?

By Pieta Woolley

Author Heather King says Christians should earn a sum that allows them to enjoy life and share generously. Figuring out how is another matter.

Feature

March 2016

WATCH LIST: March 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2016

Refugee on the run

By Julie McGonegal

Lawrence Hill’s new novel about a displaced runner moves at a frenetic pace. Readers of 'The Illegal' might need to catch their breath.

Arts Feature

February 2016

WATCH LIST: February 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2016

Abuse in the spotlight

By Drew Halfnight

Recent films cast a glaring light on the Catholic Church’s pedophile priests. They make the Vatican’s response seem too little, too late.

Feature

January 2016

WATCH LIST: January 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2016

Good news for kids

By Pieta Woolley

Illustrated Bibles and apps pull out all the stops to grab young people’s attention. But are they obscuring the message?

Arts Feature

December 2015

WATCH LIST: DECEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2015

Meet your microbes

By Caley Moore

Trillions of tiny organisms live within our intestines. Science writers say it’s time we got to know our guts.

Arts Feature

November 2015

WATCH LIST: November 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2015

Tarnished treasures

By Richard Wright

The publication of Harper Lee’s 'Go Set a Watchman' prompts a disappointed reader to revisit other ‘gems’ from his youth

Arts Feature

October 2015

WATCH LIST: OCTOBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2015

Our problems, our selves

By Julie McGonegal

Self-help books are seen as light reading for navel-gazers. Two new volumes show the category still carries weight.

Arts Feature

September 2015

WATCH LIST: SEPTEMBER 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2015

Lingering, not living

By Julie McGonegal

How do we face the burden of mortality? Three recent books question the medicalization of old age.

Arts Feature

September 2015

Interview with Karen Stiller

By Christopher White

The senior editor at Faith Today magazine and the author of ‘Shifting Stats: Shaking the Church,’ co-written with Patricia Paddey, talks about how churches are responding to upheavals in Canadian society

Feature

July 2015

WATCH LIST: JULY/AUGUST 2015

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2015

Lovers, not fighters

By Paul Knowles

Canada’s folk musicians still harness the power of musical protest. But it’s love, not anger, that overcomes

Announcement

New Observer editor and CEO, Jocelyn Bell. Photo by Lindsay Palmer

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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Editorials

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Observations

by Jocelyn Bell

We’ll miss you, David Wilson

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

Society

November 2017

Trump country

by David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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