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Justice

Feature

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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October 2009

Meet Doreth Brown

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Single. Mother of three. Determined to do more than just get by.

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September 2009

Black gold or green disaster?

By Larry Krotz

Governments see jobs. Oil companies see money. When it comes to debating Alberta’s oil sands, there’s no middle ground.

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September 2009

No place for a woman

By Trisha Elliott

Shelters across Canada have seen a dramatic rise in homelessness among women. What’s often hidden are the causes.

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July 2009

Aid under fire

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Mounting dangers are forcing humanitarian workers to rethink the way they deliver relief

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May 2009

‘I remember you. You were my teacher.’

By Richard Wright

They hadn’t seen each other since he was a student at a residential school in Manitoba and she was a teacher. A chance reunion started a remarkable journey of healing.

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March 2009

Photo Essay: Lost and Found in Guatemala

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central America’s biggest city is home to some of the region’s poorest people. But a church-supported project is offering hope to children living in appalling squalor.

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March 2009

When will you bring food?

By Gary Kenny

With Zimbabwe lurching toward famine, the United Church responds with its biggest food-aid partnership ever

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February 2009

AIDS enters adulthood

By Larry Krotz

Twenty-five years on, HIV/AIDS continues to wreak tragedy upon vast swaths of the developing world. The rest of us are getting used to it.

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January 2009

Condition critical

By Kevin Spurgaitis

As strains on the public health-care system mount, so does the clamour for more competition from the private sector

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December 2008

The trouble with Angel

By Lee Simpson

She is the street person I’ve chosen to “adopt.” I give her money, food and companionship. She personifies questions I cannot answer.

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November 2008

Sprawl: Living in a mega-city world

By Larry Krotz

The global population shift raises profound ethical challenges for cities already straining at the seams

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October 2008

An epidemic of hunger

By Mike Milne

How to feed a world threatened by mass starvation? Those who have suffered the most may have the best answers.

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October 2008

Wayfaring spirit

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Bruce Cockburn’s musical career spans 40 years and 26 albums. But his quest for deeper meaning is lifelong.

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September 2008

Northern Ireland’s troubled generation

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A decade of peace has coincided with a disturbing spike in suicides among Catholic and Protestant youth

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July 2008

A road map for healing

By Andrea Davis

How congregations can engage Aboriginal neighbours as part of the national journey toward justice

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June 2008

Youth mission trips, 21st-century style

By Caley Moore

Exposure visits, as they’re now called, can open young people’s eyes and change their view of the world. Here’s how to do them right.

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May 2008

Street survivors

By Jocelyn Bell

Still a bastion of colonial civility, balmy Victoria is also a haven for the homeless. Newly opened, church-supported Our Place is part of the city’s response.

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May 2008

Reconciled to hard truths

By Mike Milne

Rebuffing accusations of genocide, churches join Aboriginal groups and Ottawa in an effort to account for children who died in residential schools

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

If statues could talk

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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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Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

World

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.

Justice

June 2017

Undocumented

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.

World

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.

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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