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June 2018

3 documentaries explore the toll of activism

By Jonathan Forani

Advocacy is seen as necessary work to prevent further suffering. But it can result in new types of pain and some of the most prominent activists suffer in silence.

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May 2018

3 new films put the spotlight on American poverty

By David Wilson

The growing underclass in the U.S. has become too big for moviemakers to ignore

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April 2018

3 fascinating books shed light on the refugee crisis

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent fiction about the refugee experience invites readers to broaden their emotional borders.

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March 2018

This country will eliminate all disposable plastic in 12 years

By Al Donato

Taiwan has set one of the world's most ambitious waste reduction timelines. Will Canada follow suit?

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March 2018

How one woman is helping keep her Indigenous language alive

By Al Donato

Only about 150 people can still speak Moose Cree fluently. But Geraldine Govender is helping keep the northern Ontario dialect alive for present and future generations.

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March 2018

Three devotional books to get you through the wilderness of Lent

By Jane Dawson

Sitting down every day with a structured book of Lenten readings feels more like a genuine spiritual discipline than giving up dessert.

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February 2018

WATCH LIST: February 2018

By Observer Staff

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February 2018

Dear Hollywood: Enough with the disability clichés

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Filmmakers have long used stale disability narratives to nab awards. Recent films hint at more complexity.

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January 2018

WATCH LIST: January 2018

By Observer Staff

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January 2018

Don’t talk. Just listen.

By Julie McGonegal

Indigenous authors Lee Maracle and Arthur Manuel say true reconciliation means restitution, not rhetoric

Feature

December 2017

Sing, choirs of angels

By Paul Knowles

Christmas music gets a bad rap, often for good reason. But done right, it can be joyful, soaring, even ethereal.

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December 2017

WATCH LIST: December 2017

By Observer Staff

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November 2017

WATCH LIST: November 2017

By Observer Staff

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November 2017

Plus-sized potential

By Kate Spencer

Larger women are landing major roles on film and TV. Is the industry squandering their talent on fat jokes?

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October 2017

Observer film review: ’Losing Our Religion’

By Pieta Woolley

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October 2017

WATCH LIST: October 2017

By Observer Staff

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October 2017

Refreshingly ordinary

By Lisa Van de Ven

Casting white actors in Asian roles used to be the norm. Audiences today want better representation.

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September 2017

WATCH LIST: September 2017

By Observer Staff

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September 2017

The new masculinity

By Josiah Neufeld

Despite huge strides, gender equality remains elusive. Two recent books urge men to redefine themselves.

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July 2017

WATCH LIST: July/August 2017

By Observer Staff

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June 2017

The art of resistance

By Julie McGonegal

Indigenous artists are boycotting Canada’s big birthday while also marking 150 years of confronting colonialism

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June 2017

WATCH LIST: June 2017

By Observer Staff

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June 2017

Flawed and fierce

By Hana Shafi

Feminist women of colour say radical inclusivity starts with owning the movement’s imperfections

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May 2017

WATCH LIST: May 2017

By Observer Staff

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May 2017

Nasty women

By Lisa Van de Ven

TV’s likable villains tend to be men. But new female leads show that some gals know how to get their hands dirty

Special Feature

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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April 2017

Watch List: April 2017

By Observer Staff

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April 2017

Political punchlines

By Sharilyn Johnson

Donald Trump may be a disaster for liberal democracy, but he’s a godsend for late-night TV comedy

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March 2017

WATCH LIST: March 2017

By Observer Staff

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March 2017

Colour me sedated

By Pieta Woolley

Global issues? Too stressful! Why think outside the box when it’s so soothing to stay inside the lines?

Society

Sandy and Allan Wilson.

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

by Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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Video

ObserverDocs: Playing by Heart

by Observer Staff

United Church music director Kara Shaw was born prematurely, became almost totally blind and was later diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Today, the 28-year-old showcases her unique musical ability, performing piano on local and national stages.

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Society

June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

by Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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