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March 2012

The locavore conundrum

By Larry Krotz

Buying locally sourced food seems like the right thing to do. But is it an ethical luxury that excludes the less fortunate?


January 2012

A planet’s progress

By Alanna Mitchell

Whether we recycle, use less gasoline or lobby politicians, most of us are taking action for the environment. Is it enough? Not yet. But the evidence shows we are making a difference.


January 2012

Back to the garden

By Margaret Atwood

Theology and ecology were once interconnected, but two millennia of Christianity have steered us away from nature. Can religion recover its roots?


September 2011

Planting a better future

By Lisa Van de Ven

Detroit residents are reclaiming derelict urban spaces one garden at a time


December 2009

Kyoto’s ghost

By David G. Hallman

Twelve years ago, it appeared the tide had turned on climate change. It hasn’t. Can Copenhagen accomplish what Kyoto couldn’t?


April 2008

Eating ethically

By Trisha Elliott

Is it possible to shrink our ecological footprint by changing the way we fill our bellies?

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by David Wilson

If statues could talk

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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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July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots


June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.


June 2017


by Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The ‘sanctuary city’ movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.


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


March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

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

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