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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?

Arts Feature

March 2013

WATCH LIST: March 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

March 2013

The sweet hereafter

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent depictions of heaven and hell go well beyond fluffy clouds and fiery infernos

Arts Feature

February 2013

The end of news

By Larry Krotz

Cash-strapped and scandal-ridden, many media outlets have squandered their most valuable asset: the public’s trust

Arts Feature

February 2013

WATCH LIST: February 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

WATCH LIST: January 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

Playing God

By Kate Spencer

Fictional takes on the Supreme Being ultimately reveal more about the human soul than the Divine

Feature

December 2012

WATCH LIST: December 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

December 2012

Made for you and me

By Muriel Duncan

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this year. Decades after his death, his songs of hope and protest continue to echo.

Arts Feature

November 2012

WATCH LIST: November 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

November 2012

Revenge so cold it numbs

By Therese DesCamp

It’s payback time on two popular TV shows that blur the line between good and evil

Feature

October 2012

WATCH LIST: October 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

October 2012

Yearning for authenticity

By Alanna Mitchell

Immersed in a culture of hype and spin, we can’t help longing for something real

Arts Feature

September 2012

WATCH LIST: September 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen, read or heard anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

September 2012

Hollywood's evolving icon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Big-screen tough guy Clint Eastwood has reinvented himself as a tireless explorer of the human spirit

Arts Feature

July 2012

WATCH LIST: July/August 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

July 2012

Reading a nation’s soul

By Lisa Van de Ven

Can non-Canadians write a Canadian novel?

Arts Feature

June 2012

WATCH LIST: June 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

June 2012

The lure of Nordic noir

By Lee Simpson

Murder mysteries offer an irresistible glimpse into the dark corners of the Scandinavian soul

Arts Feature

May 2012

WATCH LIST: May 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others? Share your comments with us.

Arts Feature

May 2012

Grief on the big screen

By David G. Hallman

Recent films about losing a loved one help us grapple with the reality of death and mourning

Arts Feature

April 2012

Hot Docs 2012

By Observer Staff

Interested in movies about faith, poverty and activism? Why not check out these films as part of the 19th annual Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Harry Wilson, Irish immigrant

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Video

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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Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

Justice

May 2017

Stolen mothers

by Kristy Woudstra

Almost 90 percent of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women were parents. With the national inquiry hearings set to begin, we talk to five daughters who were left behind.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

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