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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

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December 2012

WATCH LIST: December 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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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

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October 2012

WATCH LIST: October 2012

By Observer Staff

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

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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

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Arts Feature

July 2012

Reading a nation’s soul

By Lisa Van de Ven

Can non-Canadians write a Canadian novel?

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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

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May 2012

WATCH LIST: May 2012

By Observer Staff

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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

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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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April 2012

WATCH LIST: April 2012

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April 2012

Prophet with a paintbrush

By John McTavish

Once dismissed as the fantasy of a religious oddball, William Kurelek’s expansive vision is back and attracting new converts

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March 2012

Watch List: March 2012

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

March 2012

Resurrection on Broadway

By Kate Spencer

The songs still sparkle, but the shock is gone as Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell return to the stage

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February 2012

WATCH LIST: February 2012

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

February 2012

A house of dark mirrors

By Lisa Van de Ven

Stories of death and violence pervade teen fiction today. What’s behind the attraction — and should parents be worried?

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January 2012

WATCH LIST: January 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched any of these new releases? Would you recommend them to others? Share your comments with us.

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January 2012

The new normal

By Therese DesCamp

Paranormal phenomena and psychic abilities are dominating prime-time TV. What do they tell us about the human need for mystery beyond the ordinary?

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December 2011

The Camino Letters

By John Montgomery

Author completes 26 tasks, assigned by friends, along her spiritual path

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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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