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WATCH LIST: July/August 2017

By Observer Staff

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
(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
(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
(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
(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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by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.


September 2017


by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?


July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


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.


June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.


April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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