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March 2017

Culture thieves

By Pieta Woolley

There’s a line between appreciation and appropriation. Why do white people keep crossing it?

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February 2017

The secret lives of cows, chickens and pigs

By Larry Krotz

What really happens on farms today? Many urbanites believe the worst. The writer heads into the countryside to see if the stereotypes are true.

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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.

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February 2017

Putting white supremacy behind him

By Douglas Tindal

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February 2017

Single and satisfied

By Elena Gritzan

In defiance of social expectations, many mid-life adults have chosen to go it alone — and wouldn’t have it any other way

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January 2017

‘Love Trumps Hate’

By Denise Davy

A Canadian woman marches on Washington and sees a generation of feminists ready to take on the world

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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.

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January 2017

Little bundles of nerves

By Denise Davy

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem among children and youth today. Why is this generation so jittery?

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January 2017

From kennel to courtroom

By Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans

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January 2017

Prisonland

By Anne Bokma

Three years after shutting down, Canada’s oldest and most notorious prison is now a blockbuster tourist attraction. Is it trading on tragedy?

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January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

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December 2016

A black and white problem

By Anthony Bailey

Canadians are deceiving themselves if they think racism is only an American affliction. A recent deadly police beating casts our own prejudice in stark relief.

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December 2016

Empty nests, broken hearts

By Anne Bokma

How today’s ultra-engaged parents suffer when their children take flight

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November 2016

Neglected no more

By Evie Ruddy

The remains of dozens of children lie buried near the location of the residential school they attended in Regina. Local activists are determined to protect the site from being developed or forgotten.

Special Feature

October 2016

Ghost whisperers

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

Special Feature

September 2016

Rainbow Muslims

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBT relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

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July 2016

Mr. Trump comes to Cleveland

By Mark Giuliano

The eyes of the world will be focused on the Republican National Convention this month. A landmark church near the meeting site is offering a warm welcome while bracing for unrest.

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July 2016

The disease of colonialism

By Larry Krotz

Can a straight line be drawn between rising rates of diabetes among Indigenous peoples and cultural assimilation?

Special Feature

June 2016

A new way to die

By Various Writers

Five United Church people who helped shape Canada’s groundbreaking laws about options at the end of life

Special Feature

June 2016

Spirit bear

By Pieta Woolley

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June 2016

Remembering Gloria Taylor

By Chelsea Temple Jones

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June 2016

All the lonely people

By André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

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May 2016

Married to mental illness

By Denise Davy

The burden of caring for a spouse with serious psychological issues will test even the strongest relationship

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May 2016

Sidebar: ‘He looked at me and said, “Look what you made me do.”’

By Denise Davy

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk battled depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder for years and chronicled it all in his book, The Crazy Game. In 2008, in a fit of depression, he shot himself in the head. His wife, Joanie Malarchuk, was sitting beside him at the time. She talked to Denise Davy in a phone interview from Nevada.

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May 2016

Spare the rod, protect the child

By John Barber

With the Trudeau government on the verge of banning spanking, critics ask: why has it taken Canada so long?

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May 2016

Are vegans right?

By David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.

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May 2016

Out in the wilderness

By Alison Brooks-Starks

For one week last summer, a United Church camp in Saskatchewan welcomed transgender kids and their siblings

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May 2016

Special report: Syrian refugees

By Various Writers

More than 300 congregations mobilized to help Syrian refugees. A sampling follows.

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May 2016

Anglicans at a crossroads

By Michael Coren

They will vote on same-sex marriage at their General Synod in July. The consequences could be far-reaching.

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May 2016

Verbatim

By Kylie Taggart

‘Parts of our lives are beyond scientific understanding’

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by Jocelyn Bell

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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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Society

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.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

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.

Society

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.

Faith

November 2017

Involuntary pilgrim

by David Giuliano

The return of a tumour sets David Giuliano on a path he calls his ‘Camino de Cancer’

Faith

November 2017

Grey matter

by Trisha Elliott

Is consciousness just a function of the brain — or something more?

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