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Culture

Arts Feature

March 2010

Planet Earth

By Drew Halfnight

BBC series is a breathtaking survey of the majesty and beauty of life

Arts Feature

March 2010

Kings

By Trisha Elliott

Kings teases out the complex relationship between its characters and God

Arts Feature

March 2010

In Treatment

By Karen Stiller

Series about a therapist and his patients is intense and revelatory

Arts Feature

March 2010

Battlestar Galactica

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Reimagined series asks what it means to be human in an increasingly technological society

Arts Feature

February 2010

Six Months in Sudan

By Kevin Spurgaitis

MSF doctor asks why atrocities draw so little reaction from the global community

Arts Feature

February 2010

Dead aid

By Gary Kenny

Economist-turned-author says foreign aid is a political and humanitarian disaster

Arts Feature

February 2010

Common Wealth

By Mike Milne

Sachs shows that sustainable development is achievable

Arts Feature

February 2010

Half the Sky

By Caley Moore

Authors say elevating women is key to making progress on poverty

Arts Feature

January 2010

Wars, Guns and Votes

By Kenneth Bagnell

New book links honest democratic elections to rising incomes

Arts Feature

January 2010

No Direction Home

By David Wilson

Famed folk singer's musical expedition is retraced in Scorcese film

Arts Feature

January 2010

We Are Together

By Jocelyn Bell

Documentary shows the joy, sadness and hope of an orphaned South African girl

Arts Feature

January 2010

War Dance

By Karen Stiller

Directors shine a light on the musical talents of Ugandan students amid war and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2010

Young @ Heart

By Patricia Clarke

Film about a seniors' choir gives new meaning to old, familiar songs

Arts Feature

January 2010

Playing for Change

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Music documentary gives insight into far-flung cultures, despairs and desires

Arts Feature

December 2009

Skim

By Chantal Braganza

Graphic novel is not your usual coming-of-age story

Arts Feature

December 2009

Three Cups of Tea

By Trisha Elliott

Best seller's children's edition offers important lessons about cultural sensitivity, religious tolerance and the power of education

Arts Feature

December 2009

Recycling the old Scrooge story

By Chantal Braganza

Modern-day Ebenezers are far more sinful than Dickens' classic character, but their role in Christmas movies remains the same

Arts Feature

December 2009

One Peace: True Stories

By Kylie Taggart

Young activists' stories show that peace is more than the absence of war

Arts Feature

December 2009

Gwen

By Karen Stiller

Overcoming adversity is the hallmark of this historical tale about homeless children sent from England to work as domestics in Canada

Arts Feature

December 2009

The Sweetest One of All

By Sheryl Spencer

Children's book bears an important message about yearning and belonging

Arts Feature

November 2009

Fifty Dead Men Walking

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Film about Northern Ireland depicts explosive passions without indulging in brutality

Arts Feature

November 2009

My Sister’s Keeper

By Drew Halfnight

Heartfelt story spins a web of human bonds and then delicately undoes them

Arts Feature

November 2009

Food, Inc.

By Chantal Braganza

Hard-hitting documentary sets out to empower us as consumers

Arts Feature

November 2009

The Hurt Locker

By Jocelyn Bell

Tensions are high in this film about bomb experts in Iraq

Arts Feature

November 2009

Away We Go

By David Wilson

Road movie is a cross-country tour of 21st-century family dysfunction

Arts Feature

September 2009

Food movies for the soul

By Chantal Braganza

Food as an act of love, healing and personal achievement is something we can’t seem to get enough of in cinema

Arts Feature

September 2009

Prisoner of Tehran: A Memoir

By Chantal Braganza

Author vividly describes the horrors of imprisonment in Revolutionary Iran

Arts Feature

September 2009

Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune

By David Wilson

Former governor general embraces a Canadian physician as the true Canadian hero he was

Arts Feature

September 2009

True Patriot Love

By Lee Simpson

Liberal leader believes in the brand of patriotism expressed in our national anthem

Arts Feature

September 2009

A Memoir of Friendship

By Jocelyn Bell

The exchanges between two authors brim with the details of their everyday lives

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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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