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1) After the last disaster, Haiti was supposed to 'build back better' — what happened? (Via CBC News, Oct. 12, 2016)

Aid organizations 'only ever accountable to the people who are giving it money,' author says Read the full article


2) Grandmothers Unite (Via The Agenda, Oct. 10, 2016)

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is marking 10 years of its Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which supports elders in sub-Saharan Africa who take care of their grandchildren and others whose parents have died of AIDS. The Agenda speaks to a panel of women involved in the campaign.




3) Watch what happens when we build walls and fences to keep people out (Via Quartz Oct. 10, 2016)

It’s been over a year since Donald Trump announced his US presidential run in a speech that promised to build an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall” along the US-Mexico border. At the same time, Europe was confronted with its worst refugee crisis since World War II.  Read the full article

4) The Walrus Talks: Making New Traditions from Our Old Ways (Via The Walrus, Oct. 7, 2016)

Kevin Kablutsiak, executive director of the Arctic Inspiration Prize, grew up in Arviat, Nunavut and, after high school, spent a year in the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training Program in Ottawa. Within the last ten years, he’s been a broadcaster with CBC North in Iqaluit, first as a reporter and then as host of the morning show Qulliq. Kevin also spent three years with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Canada’s national Inuit organization, where he led a group studying the feasibility of a standard Inuit-language writing system.




5) The Syria war: a history (Via Vox, Oct. 11, 2016)

A brief history of how Syria fell into a war that, since 2011, has killed 250,000 and sent half the population fleeing — including 4 million refugees. Read full article


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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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