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Justice

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June 2011

Clouds in my Cuban coffee

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The writer returns to the country of her birth, only to have her illusions met by hard reality

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June 2011

In defence of human smuggling

By Carolyn Morris

When life is at stake, a human smuggler could be a refugee’s only hope of escape

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May 2011

Interview with Maude Barlow

By Frank Dabbs

Author and social justice advocate talks about the values that inform her work and the ideas that sustain her

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May 2011

Stain of terror

By Brian Platt

Iran’s main opposition group laid down its arms a decade ago. But as far as Canada is concerned, it’s still a terrorist organization. What does it take to lose the label?

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May 2011

A new day for the oldest profession

By Pieta Woolley

Will new-found legal respectability protect sex workers or simply encourage more prostitution?

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April 2011

ObserverDocs: To the Ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Drawn to the Arctic and Antarctica within a span of six months, award-winning science author encounters the alarming signs of climate change

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March 2011

The other battlefield

By Brian Platt

The author journeys to Afghanistan and discovers that Afghan women don’t need us to rescue them. They need security and education in order to flourish on their own terms.

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March 2011

A forgotten injustice

By Samantha Rideout

In the 1950s, the federal government shipped thousands of Inuit south for tuberculosis treatment. Many died and were buried in graves far from home. A United Church in Quebec is helping to remember and honour the dead.

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February 2011

Palestine’s ‘clear call to action’

By Mike Milne

A document circulating in the United Church opens a new chapter in the Middle East debate

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February 2011

Pipe dreams

By Will Braun

Churches and Aboriginals were once allies in the fight against industrial megaprojects. These days, some First Nations are seeking economic salvation in partnerships with their former foes.

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January 2011

Politics and prisons

By Patricia Clarke

As the federal government gets tough on crime, Canada’s jails are expanding. Many wonder if larger prisons — and ballooning corrections budgets — are the right way to go.

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December 2010

Prescription for a pandemic

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Scientists, activists and politicians agree that generic drugs can slow or stop the global spread of HIV-AIDS. So why haven't they been made more accessible?

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November 2010

Abortion wars: the next front

By Kevin Spurgaitis

After 20 years of relative peace, activists on both sides of the abortion debate are mobilizing for a new battle that threatens to reopen bitter ethical divisions

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September 2010

Shaken to the core

By Various Writers

Last winter's earthquake changed Haiti forever. It also left an indelible mark on four writers who witnessed the disaster and its aftermath.

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September 2010

The cost of doing good

By Trisha Elliott

Donors often wonder how much of their money goes directly to the causes they support. But that may not be the question to ask.

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September 2010

Can big business save the planet?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Philanthro-capitalists are putting their money where their morals are, using cash and clout to redefine the meaning of good business

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July 2010

A home here is possible

By Miriam Spies

Twelve years ago, the author felt excluded at church because of her cerebral palsy. By speaking out, she helped her church become more accessible for all.

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July 2010

Gambling on casinos

By Richard Wright

Casinos bring much-needed jobs and revenue to First Nations communities, but can also exacerbate social problems. Do the wins outweigh the losses?

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May 2010

Photo Essay: A refuge from despair

By Terry Asma

Thirty years after the Sandinista revolution, Managua, Nicaragua is a study in contrasts — none starker than the numb despair of the city’s poorest kids and the infectious hope of child street vendors at a United Church-supported school

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May 2010

A motherlode of debate

By Mike Milne

Should the church sell its stock in controversial mining firms, or press for change from within?

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May 2010

Toil and trouble

By Carolyn Morris

Every temporary worker who comes to Canada has a dream of a better life. Too often the reality they face is exploitation and a system that seems to invite abuse.

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May 2010

Pure grit

By John Bird

Rallied around a common cause, church people, Natives, cottagers and environmentalists halted a massive dump near Georgian Bay that threatened some of the purest water on Earth

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March 2010

Interview with Jim Hodgson

By Richard Wright

Shortly after Haiti’s devastating earthquake, the United Church’s co-ordinator of Caribbean, Central America and Colombia partnerships talks about the church’s response

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March 2010

Overpopulation

By Lisa Van de Ven

More tiny footsteps equal a bigger collective footprint. How many people can our planet sustain?

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March 2010

Living in limbo

By Carolyn Morris

Zimbabwe-born Tanya Mpala has no legal status in Canada. College-age students like her face systemic barriers that can bring their education to a screeching halt.

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February 2010

Fighting a new battle

By Larry Krotz

Soldiers wounded in Afghanistan face a different kind of adversity when they return home and try to restart their lives

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January 2010

A sanctuary for conscience

By Brian Platt

U.S. war resister Rodney Watson asked a Vancouver United church to shelter him after exhausting his refugee-claim options

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January 2010

'Fighting to be our daughter’s parents'

By Trisha Elliott

Born with severe cerebral palsy, Daria Gallinger needs 24-hour care. Now her parents face a cruel choice: keep her at home and accept financial ruin, or give her up so she qualifies for the help she needs.

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January 2010

‘We have to turn the page on the past'

By Richard Wright

As a girl, Elsie Robinson attended a United Church-run residential school in Ahousaht on Vancouver Island. Her grandson is Shawn Atleo, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations and a strong advocate of better education for First Nations children. Last October, one day before she died unexpectedly near Nanaimo, B.C., she spoke with Richard Wright.

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January 2010

A national disgrace

By Richard Wright

Sixty percent of children living on First Nations reserves do not graduate from high school. Aboriginal leaders and educators agree: something must be done to fix Native schooling

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Enclaves of the elderly

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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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