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October 2018

Day of the Dead helped me find peace after losing my mom

By Nancy Fornasiero

"Maybe a departed loved one simply visits in the form of a beautiful memory that warms, rather than breaks, one’s heart."

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September 2018

Indigenous women say #MeToo

By Julie McGonegal

Three authors revisit the violence they’ve experienced and reclaim their own paths to healing.

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July 2018

3 books on how to forgive the unforgivable

By Jane Dawson

These authors explore what it takes to move forward after experiencing devastating trauma.

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July 2018

Tracing Nelson Mandela’s path a century after his birth

By Tim Johnson

A travel writer visits some of the places that shaped the anti-apartheid icon’s life.

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June 2018

Poet Dionne Brand takes on Donald Trump and Jordan Peterson in powerful commencement speech

By Mugoli Samba

The Canadian poet, filmmaker, educator and activist received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto.

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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

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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

Columns

Courtesy Aurora Coulthard

To those who said I'll only be respected as a minister because I'm pretty

by Aurora Coulthard

A young ministry student says Christians, both within and outside of the United Church, have discouraged her from following her call.

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Editorials

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Sharing a meal with friends is a radical act of gratitude

by Jocelyn Bell

"I’ve begun to consider that regardless of how I’m feeling on Thanksgiving Day, the very act of preparing and enjoying a feast is an expression of gratitude in and of itself."

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Video

Meet beloved church cats Mable and Mouse

by Observer Staff

They're a fixture of Kirk United Church Centre in Edmonton.

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Justice

September 2018

Period poverty is a serious issue in Canada

by Angela Mombourquette

The high cost of menstrual products means many Canadians go without. Activists are seeing red.

Faith

October 2018

My church was literally dying, until we returned to prayer and confession

by Connie denBok

"No magic formulas. Just grace emerging through weakness."

Society

October 2018

4 Canadians with disabilities on the challenges they've faced in the workforce

by Diane Peters

Of the 14 percent of people in Canada with a disability, only half are employed. Companies are losing out.

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