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ObserverDocs: Cold Comfort

Last fall, The Observer reported on Canada's Out of the Cold programs, which shelter untold thousands every winter. The magazine recently returned to Waterloo, Ont.'s First United Church and found a continued need.

By Observer Staff

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by David Wilson

A ticking time bomb

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Merle Robillard

ObserverDocs: Out of Syria

by Observer Staff

For nearly half a century, the Elnabrees family has fled one war after another: Palestine, Kuwait, Iraq and, more recently, Syria. This year, they arrived as refugees in Canada, sponsored by relatives and United churches. Ayman Elshafiy, his wife, Sonia, their two daughters, his sister and mother, were among them.

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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.


October 2016

Books behind bars

by Vivien Fellegi

A novel idea: reading clubs for inmates that foster literacy, empathy and a sense of belonging


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.


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.


March 2016

The Walrus Talks Spirituality

by Observer Staff

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