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July 2018

3 books on how to forgive the unforgivable

By Jane Dawson

These authors explore what it takes to move forward after experiencing devastating trauma.

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June 2018

Poet Dionne Brand takes on Donald Trump and Jordan Peterson in powerful commencement speech

By Mugoli Samba

The Canadian poet, filmmaker, educator and activist received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto.

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June 2018

3 documentaries explore the toll of activism

By Jonathan Forani

Advocacy is seen as necessary work to prevent further suffering. But it can result in new types of pain and some of the most prominent activists suffer in silence.

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May 2018

3 new films put the spotlight on American poverty

By David Wilson

The growing underclass in the U.S. has become too big for moviemakers to ignore

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April 2018

3 fascinating books shed light on the refugee crisis

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent fiction about the refugee experience invites readers to broaden their emotional borders.

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March 2018

This country will eliminate all disposable plastic in 12 years

By Al Donato

Taiwan has set one of the world's most ambitious waste reduction timelines. Will Canada follow suit?

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March 2018

How one woman is helping keep her Indigenous language alive

By Al Donato

Only about 150 people can still speak Moose Cree fluently. But Geraldine Govender is helping keep the northern Ontario dialect alive for present and future generations.

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March 2018

Three devotional books to get you through the wilderness of Lent

By Jane Dawson

Sitting down every day with a structured book of Lenten readings feels more like a genuine spiritual discipline than giving up dessert.

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February 2018

WATCH LIST: February 2018

By Observer Staff

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February 2018

Dear Hollywood: Enough with the disability clichés

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Filmmakers have long used stale disability narratives to nab awards. Recent films hint at more complexity.

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January 2018

WATCH LIST: January 2018

By Observer Staff

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January 2018

Don’t talk. Just listen.

By Julie McGonegal

Indigenous authors Lee Maracle and Arthur Manuel say true reconciliation means restitution, not rhetoric

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December 2017

Sing, choirs of angels

By Paul Knowles

Christmas music gets a bad rap, often for good reason. But done right, it can be joyful, soaring, even ethereal.

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December 2017

WATCH LIST: December 2017

By Observer Staff

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November 2017

WATCH LIST: November 2017

By Observer Staff

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November 2017

Plus-sized potential

By Kate Spencer

Larger women are landing major roles on film and TV. Is the industry squandering their talent on fat jokes?

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October 2017

Observer film review: ’Losing Our Religion’

By Pieta Woolley

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October 2017

WATCH LIST: October 2017

By Observer Staff

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October 2017

Refreshingly ordinary

By Lisa Van de Ven

Casting white actors in Asian roles used to be the norm. Audiences today want better representation.

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September 2017

WATCH LIST: September 2017

By Observer Staff

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September 2017

The new masculinity

By Josiah Neufeld

Despite huge strides, gender equality remains elusive. Two recent books urge men to redefine themselves.

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July 2017

WATCH LIST: July/August 2017

By Observer Staff

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June 2017

The art of resistance

By Julie McGonegal

Indigenous artists are boycotting Canada’s big birthday while also marking 150 years of confronting colonialism

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June 2017

WATCH LIST: June 2017

By Observer Staff

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June 2017

Flawed and fierce

By Hana Shafi

Feminist women of colour say radical inclusivity starts with owning the movement’s imperfections

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May 2017

WATCH LIST: May 2017

By Observer Staff

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May 2017

Nasty women

By Lisa Van de Ven

TV’s likable villains tend to be men. But new female leads show that some gals know how to get their hands dirty

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April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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April 2017

Watch List: April 2017

By Observer Staff

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April 2017

Political punchlines

By Sharilyn Johnson

Donald Trump may be a disaster for liberal democracy, but he’s a godsend for late-night TV comedy

Faith

The author is baptized at Central United in Calgary. (Photo courtesy of Al Coe)

Why I got baptized in a United Church at the age of 42

by Jacqueline Mercer-Livesey

"I told myself that I didn’t need to go to church to believe in God. I found peace and the Holy Spirit in the things that surrounded me. But still, there was a nagging sense of something missing."

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Observations

Editor/Publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Observations: The rewards of letting go

by Jocelyn Bell

Editor Jocelyn Bell reflects on the upcoming changes for The United Church of Canada, the magazine and in her own life.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Two nurses tackle Vancouver's opioid crisis

Richard Moore is a resident of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. In this poignant interview, he explains the important work of nurses Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles.

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Columns

June 2018

The moment the Pope asked me to pray for him

by Miriam Spies

A United Church minister on the impact of a simple gesture from a powerful man.

Society

July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

by Kate Spencer

Counsellors, teachers and ministers share what it looks like for them.

Faith

July 2018

Meet your 2018 moderator nominees

by Mike Milne

Later this month, General Council commissioners will choose the United Church’s next moderator. As of press time, 10 leadership hopefuls had been announced. We asked each of them to sum up their pitch in a tweet.

Faith

July 2018

A fond farewell to presbyteries

by Steven Chambers

They will likely be eliminated this year as the United Church restructures. Steven Chambers celebrates the end of an era.

Society

July 2018

Instead of retirement, these two nurses are battling Vancouver's opioid crisis

by Roberta Staley

At age 71 and 65 respectively, Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles embrace their unconventional work in the Downtown Eastside.

Columns

June 2018

I hate you, Canada, for teaching people to treat me like this under your name

by Zach Running Coyote

A Cree actor says he blames our country for the racist comments recently directed at him in a McDonald's restaurant.

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