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February 2018

Pro-choice advocates still at risk despite Ontario’s new abortion law

By Jackie Gillard

Threatening messages spray-painted on their doors and lawns won’t stop those advocating for reproductive rights. If anything, they feel even more determined to help protect those seeking an abortion.

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February 2018

Every Canadian needs to read Senator Murray Sinclair's response to Boushie verdict

By Kristy Woudstra

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February 2018

Screen time: Painless ways to curb your smartphone addiction

By Trisha Elliott

Lent is the perfect time to stop getting distracted by your mobile

Special Feature

January 2018

Jehovah's Witnesses cover-up

By Kristy Woudstra

Canadian survivors of childhood sexual abuse are coming forward to reveal how their church failed them — and protected their predators

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January 2018

Photos celebrating children with Down syndrome and their families are pure joy

By Kristy Woudstra

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January 2018

One resolution you should actually keep

By Kristy Woudstra

Ring in the New Year by tuning out your inner critic

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January 2018

The good death

By Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Special Feature

December 2017

A Canadian pilgrimage

By Jonathon Reed

An adventure photographer's cross-country cycling journey spotlights less-familiar layers of our national identity

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December 2017

Inaccessible

By Kristy Woudstra

Immigration rules say would-be Canadians with disabilities can put an ‘excessive demand’ on the medical system. Families and supporters are fighting back.

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December 2017

Move over, Freud

By Ian Coutts

Philosopher-therapists are using their abstract discipline to help people lead more meaningful lives

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December 2017

Halifax blast remembered

By David Gilchrist

A century ago, on the frigid morning of Dec. 6, 1917, a blast rocked the city of Halifax, obliterating everything within an 800-metre radius of the waterfront, damaging hundreds of other buildings and killing nearly 2,000 people.

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November 2017

Trump country

By David Macfarlane

A northern Alabama county voted almost unanimously for Donald Trump in 2016. One year later, the writer, together with photographer Nigel Dickson, travels there to try to understand why.

Special Feature

October 2017

Fall from grace

By Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

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October 2017

A tale of two cancers

By Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

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October 2017

Language lifeline

By Richard Wright

As Indigenous elders pass on, a new generation is turning to technology to keep ancestral tongues alive

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October 2017

10,000 meals

By Anne Bokma

As Canadian families prepare to mark Thanksgiving, the writer reflects on the routine and ritual of breaking bread together

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October 2017

Indigenous cuisine

By Kristy Woudstra

One of Canada’s hottest food trends has been millennia in the making. In Toronto alone, three Indigenous restaurants opened their doors over the past year, putting the spotlight on First Nations cuisine and traditions.

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September 2017

Clamour on campus

By Justin Dallaire

Ideologies are colliding at Canadian universities, and free speech is caught in the crossfire

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September 2017

Sidebar: Free speech flashpoints

By Justin Dallaire

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September 2017

Sidebar: ‘Most students are very respectful of diverse political and religious views’

By Justin Dallaire

Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, a United Church minister and ecumenical chaplain at the University of Toronto, talks about free speech on campus

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September 2017

The other residential schools

By Trisha Elliott

Nine Canadian boarding schools for the deaf and blind have faced legal action. Former students remember the abuse and displacement they experienced as children.

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July 2017

From far and wide

By Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

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July 2017

Just peachy

By Jeff Mahoney

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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.

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June 2017

Southern exposure

By Ian Coutts

Ottawa plays host each year to thousands of Inuit seeking medical treatment they can’t get in Nunavut. Two local residences offer some comforts of home, but the experience can still be disorienting.

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May 2017

Family without borders

By Sara Jewell

The writer’s younger sister and her husband have seven children. Four of the kids were adopted internationally. Four have special needs. It all adds up to one boisterous household full of love.

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May 2017

The sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

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April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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April 2017

Living young in Canada’s oldest town

By Mike Milne

With the highest percentage of seniors in the country, Qualicum Beach, B.C., offers a glimpse into our greying future

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April 2017

The trouble with Justin

By Julie McGonegal

Struggles with addiction led the author's nephew to crime and imprisonment. Is there hope for him on the outside?

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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