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Culture

Arts Feature

July 2014

WATCH LIST: July/August 2014

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2014

Unsustainable cities

By Pieta Woolley

Books on urban environmentalism may be trendy, but feel-good activism only goes so far

Arts Feature

June 2014

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2014

Making claims on a ‘mere Christian’

By Paul Knowles

Every segment of Christianity considers C.S. Lewis one of its own. But as a new biography by Alister McGrath shows, the man had no interest in church tribalism

Arts Feature

May 2014

WATCH LIST: May 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2014

A once and future folly

By Patricia Clarke

The First World War started 100 years ago. A spate of new history books pin the cause on national pride.

Arts Feature

April 2014

WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2014

‘Canada’s church’

By Kenneth Bagnell

A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

Arts Feature

March 2014

WATCH LIST: March 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

March 2014

Genuine Coen

By David Wilson

In their latest movie, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen get real about authenticity

Arts Feature

February 2014

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2014

Original sin

By Julie McGonegal

Forget your sanitized history. Author Joseph Boyden reminds us that this country was built on violence.

Arts Feature

January 2014

WATCH LIST: January 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2014

Mythologies of war

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A new wave of documentary filmmakers avoid platitudes as they explore the enigmas of conflict

Arts Feature

December 2013

WATCH LIST: December 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2013

Prime-time pastors

By Lee Simpson

Minister characters often tend to be caricatures. But these screen clergy offer more faithful depictions of men and women of the cloth.

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: November 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

The billionaires’ club

By May Warren

As the gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us expands, authors and filmmakers call for change

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

Crash course

By Larry Krotz

Recent books help make sense of the 2008 collapse. But the global financial system continues to run amok.

Arts Feature

September 2013

WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2013

Thomas King’s moment of truth

By Julie McGonegal

In his latest book, the celebrated Native author turns to non-fiction. Some of it is storytelling. The rest is history.

Arts Feature

July 2013

Biblical blockbusters

By Chantal Braganza

Hollywood is churning out new versions of scriptural tales, but the best adaptations offer complex characters facing real-life problems

Arts Feature

July 2013

WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

The smoothing effect of middle age

By Lee Simpson

The 'Up' series documents the lives of 14 ordinary Brits, filming them every seven years. At age 56, the cohort is getting nicer.

Arts Feature

May 2013

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2013

Wild, organic and killed by you

By Pieta Woolley

A new generation of environmentalists argues that hunting for meat is not only Earth-friendly and ethical, it’s spiritual too

Arts Feature

April 2013

WATCH LIST: April 2013

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Arts Feature

April 2013

Silver hair on the silver screen

By Patricia Clarke

Compelling stories about old age are finally making their mark at the movies. But do they always have to be about loss?

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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Video

ObserverDocs: A shoulder to lean on

by Observer Staff

Sheima Benembarek was born in Saudi Arabia, grew up in Morocco and moved to Canada in 2005. In 2015, she relocated to Toronto. At first, the city seemed so much bigger, impersonal — and even threatening — until a fateful encounter in the subway one day.

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Faith

January 2017

Presbytery turns down bid to halt Vosper hearing

by Mike Milne

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

February 2017

An anatomy of hate

by Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

World

February 2017

Many faces, one humanity

by Wade Davis

The words and photographs of the Canadian author and explorer capture the richness — and fragility — of global cultures and rituals

Society

January 2017

The new agrarians

by Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

Faith

March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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