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Ethics

Feature

September 2010

Can big business save the planet?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Philanthro-capitalists are putting their money where their morals are, using cash and clout to redefine the meaning of good business

Feature

July 2010

Gambling on casinos

By Richard Wright

Casinos bring much-needed jobs and revenue to First Nations communities, but can also exacerbate social problems. Do the wins outweigh the losses?

Feature

June 2010

Photo Essay: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years ago, a monster storm flattened a small town in Tornado Alley. Instead of reconstructing what was lost, townsfolk seized the opportunity to build the greenest community in North America.

Feature

June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

Feature

May 2010

A motherlode of debate

By Mike Milne

Should the church sell its stock in controversial mining firms, or press for change from within?

Feature

March 2010

Overpopulation

By Lisa Van de Ven

More tiny footsteps equal a bigger collective footprint. How many people can our planet sustain?

Debate

February 2010

Friend or spouse?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

Your marriage has been under stress, and your husband has planned a second honeymoon for Valentine's. Just before your departure, your best friend calls. It is the first anniversary of her spouse's death, and she says she really needs company. What do you do?

Feature

January 2010

Kicking the oil habit

By Lisa Van de Ven

Sooner or later, plentiful oil will be a thing of the past. Transition Towns are starting now to prepare for the future.

Feature

January 2010

'Fighting to be our daughter’s parents'

By Trisha Elliott

Born with severe cerebral palsy, Daria Gallinger needs 24-hour care. Now her parents face a cruel choice: keep her at home and accept financial ruin, or give her up so she qualifies for the help she needs.

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Twelve

By David MacDonald

They have looked into the abyss

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eleven

By David MacDonald

Nowhere else to go

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Ten

By David MacDonald

A question of power

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Nine

By David MacDonald

'What on earth has the Gospel got to do with climate change?'

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eight

By David MacDonald

A unique Canadian contribution

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Days Six and Seven

By David MacDonald

Thinking the unthinkable

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Days Four and Five

By David MacDonald

'This is about more than climate change'

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Three

By David MacDonald

Two solitudes

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Two:

By David MacDonald

From Rio to Copenhagen: not a good trip for Canada

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day One

By David MacDonald

Now that it has started, where is it going to go?

Feature

December 2009

United Nations Climate Change Conference

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Feature

December 2009

Green your Christmas

By Jennifer McPhee

Tips for a more eco-friendly holiday

Feature

December 2009

Kyoto’s ghost

By David G. Hallman

Twelve years ago, it appeared the tide had turned on climate change. It hasn’t. Can Copenhagen accomplish what Kyoto couldn’t?

Feature

December 2009

Front page challenge

By David Hayes

The United Church found itself in the media crosshairs this past fall, wondering how — or whether — to respond to a spate of negative news stories

Feature

November 2009

When green isn't green enough

By Lisa Van de Ven

Think you’re doing your bit for the environment? Here’s the deal: you’re just getting started.

Feature

June 2009

Growing food security

By Katrina Simmons

How that patch of earth outside your church can be part of a more equitable food system

Feature

May 2009

Pain and possibility

By Larry Krotz

Our economy was sick before the recession took hold. The crisis presents a chance to imagine a healthier and more sustainable future.

Feature

April 2009

Miracle or dilemma?

By Richard Wright

Tens of thousands of people are living testimony to the benefits of harvesting vital organs from the dead. Yet the ethics of organ donation are surprisingly complex.

Column

October 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Have our best efforts to eliminate sexism and racism morphed into new exclusions?

Feature

September 2008

Where’s Darwin?

By Drew Halfnight

Nearly half of Canadians believe that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. Is there a missing link in our education system?

Column

June 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Turn off the cell phone. Put away the iPod. Your language skills are suffering.

Announcement

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

New editor named

by Observer Staff

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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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