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WATCH LIST: July/August 2017

By Observer Staff


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
DIRECTED BY BONNI COHEN AND JON SHENK, FEATURING AL GORE
(Actual Films/Participant Media)


In this sequel to the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, environmentalist and former U.S. vice-president Al Gore renews his call for concrete and immediate action on climate change. He contends that climate change naysayers, including U.S. President Donald Trump, have stalled humanity’s progress and jeopardized the renewable energy revolution. July 28

The Canadian History Hall
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY
(Gatineau, Que.)


In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History explores the diverse people and perspectives that have shaped our nation’s collective history. The Canadian History Hall highlights what makes Canada unique, from the country’s earliest inhabitants — brought back through scientific reconstruction — to the struggles and triumphs that led to Confederation, to the social and political rights underlying our inclusive society. July 1

Refuge: A Novel
BY DINA NAYERI
(Riverhead Books)


An Iranian girl escapes to America, leaving her father behind. After immersing herself in a western way of life, she moves again, this time to Europe, as refugees from around the world are flowing into the continent. Transformed by her experiences, she realizes, after infrequent visits with her father, how different their lives have become. In this exploration of migration and family, Tehran-born author Dina Nayeri ponders whether home is found in a place or in a person. July 11

Adopted: The Sacrament of Belonging in a Fractured World
BY KELLEY NIKONDEHA
(WM. B. Eerdmans)


Drawing on her experiences as an adopted child and adoptive mother, Kelley Nikondeha, a self-described “practical theologian,” delves into the Christian meaning of adoption. She offers a biblically inspired interpretation of the concept — Jesus as God’s son and humanity as God’s adopted children — broadening our sense of what it means to belong. Aug. 17



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Justice

Photo: Courtesy of Josée Cardinal

How families cope when a loved one goes missing

by Justin Dallaire

A Quebec man went for a walk in the early morning of March 16, 2016, and hasn’t been seen since. His family, like many loved ones of the missing, finds it impossible to grieve — or give up hope.

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Observations

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Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

by Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

Tea bags and other surprising places plastics lurk

by Susan Nerberg

Hidden plastics rarely get recycled and often can’t be reused. Here we make some of the invisibles visible.

Features

April 2018

Drag queens help church raise money and awareness

by Darrell Noakes

The event, called “Take Me to Church,” after a popular song, was a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth in Saskatchewan.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Faith

April 2018

4 science-trained faith leaders share what still gives them goosebumps

by Various Writers

"This greater knowledge amplified my belief in a mysterious God who still offers so much more for us to discover."

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