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September 2018

Thousands of Ontario students protesting Doug Ford’s changes to curriculum this Friday

By Mugoli Samba

High school students across the province are taking part in We The Students Do Not Consent protests this Friday at 1 p.m.

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September 2018

Queen's Park likely hasn't seen the last of this 73 year old

By Alex Mlynek

Sally McLean was arrested after she refused to leave the Ontario legislature's public gallery in an act of protest. Here, she explains why she thinks she is obligated to stand up against injustice.

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September 2018

New small-business projects aim to prove that 'downtown is for everyone'

By Will Pearson

Instead of treating low-income people and others on the margins like a drain on local economies, some small businesses are making them part of the solution instead.

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September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

By Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

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September 2018

How I fight loneliness as a senior with a disability

By Dorothy Palmer

This writer might not have The Golden Girls' lifestyle, but she’s making the best of her golden years.

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September 2018

Canadian newcomers finally learn the true history of Indigenous people

By Bonnie Scheidel

Innovative KAIROS events foster friendship and understanding between Indigenous people and new Canadians.

Special Feature

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

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September 2018

'Feeling alone in a place you don’t know is just crazy'

By Sarah Treleaven

For some refugees, coming to Canada is incredibly lonely. Volunteers are trying to change that.

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August 2018

New Edmonton camp allows transgender kids to just be themselves

By Alison Brooks-Starks

Camp Dragonfly is a break from public life from trans children, says the organizer, where their 'existence is constantly under question.'

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August 2018

Why harm reduction can help end the drug crisis once and for all

By Kat Armstrong

'I’d like to see it be part of the education system so that the stigma can be lifted about people accessing these drugs,' says one youth councillor.

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July 2018

9 of the most memorable protests in sports history

By Mugoli Samba

These athletes made powerful statements on pressing issues of the day.

Special Feature

July 2018

Babies behind bars

By Raizel Robin

Women incarcerated in federal prisons are allowed to keep their children with them for up to five years, but few mothers do. We investigate why.

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July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

By Kate Spencer

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

Special Feature

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.

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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

The Swedish tradition of death cleaning explained

By Fiona Tapp

The practice of a final tidy up is making its way to North America. Here’s how to lighten your load one last time.

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June 2018

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

By Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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June 2018

When friends decide to co-parent: A look at the modern family

By Raizel Robin

A year after Ontario allowed platonic friends to be the legal guardians of a child, Raizel Robin reports on this new way of parenting.

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June 2018

5 steps to help you start death cleaning

By Fiona Tapp

The Swedish tradition of a final tidy up might sound depressing, but it will lighten your load physically, mentally and spiritually.

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June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

By Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

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May 2018

Syrian refugee finds beautiful way to help those he ‘left behind’

By Mugoli Samba

Soon after moving to Canada, Ousama Alkhatib helped launch an arts program for Syrian newcomers in Toronto that also gives back to refugees still in camps.

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May 2018

These Canadian Muslims are tackling Islamophobia with kindness


By Sarah Treleaven

From free coffee to stand-up comedy, Muslims are finding creative ways to deal with stereotypes

Column

March 2018

Humanitarian in Haiti discusses her work and Trump's recent remarks

By Jackie Gillard

After her high school graduation in 2010, Morgan Wienberg decided to go to Haiti to help after the earthquake. She has never left.

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March 2018

14 writers share their moving final conversations with loved ones

By Various Writers

These stories will make you laugh, cry and rage. Maybe they’ll spark a fond memory. Or perhaps they’ll prompt you to consider the things you need to say now, before it’s too late.

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February 2018

Canada has yet to begin the process of reconciliation

By Stephanie Strachan

We now have a responsibility to Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie to face our structural racism and work toward decolonization together.

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February 2018

Every Canadian needs to read Senator Murray Sinclair's response to Stanley verdict

By Kristy Woudstra

After the acquittal of Gerald Stanley for the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, many expressed their anger, hurt and frustration on social media, including Senator Murray Sinclair, who chaired Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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February 2018

Screen time: Painless ways to curb your smartphone addiction

By Trisha Elliott

Lent is the perfect time to stop getting distracted by your mobile

Special Feature

January 2018

Jehovah's Witnesses cover-up

By Kristy Woudstra

Canadian survivors of childhood sexual abuse are coming forward to reveal how their church failed them — and protected their predators

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January 2018

Photos celebrating children with Down syndrome and their families are pure joy

By Kristy Woudstra

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January 2018

One resolution you should actually keep

By Kristy Woudstra

Ring in the New Year by tuning out your inner critic

Columns

Rev. Don Collett had a hand in writing the document that paved the way for the open ordination of LGBT folks in the United Church of Canada. (Credit: Bayne Stanley)

For me, the landmark United Church vote on sexual orientation came at a high personal cost

by Don Collett

"Justice was served at General Council. Yes. And harm was also done," says Rev. Don Collett.

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Observations

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Should we apologize for the hurt surrounding the 1988 decision?

by Jocelyn Bell

The groundbreaking United Church vote on gay and lesbian ministers has transformed the denomination in the years since, but there's still work left to do.

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Society

September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

by Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

Society

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

by Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

Faith

September 2018

I send my kids to Catholic school, but I'm not Catholic

by Pieta Woolley

A lifelong United Church member explains why she's embracing lessons in reading, writing and rosaries.

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