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Feature

September 2017

As we approach the future of feminism, this is the new masculinity

By Josiah Neufeld

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

Feature

July 2017

WATCH LIST: July/August 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

June 2017

Indigenous artists mark 150 years of confronting colonialism

By Julie McGonegal

By boycotting Canada’s big birthday these artists are celebrating their resistance and snubbing nationalism

Feature

June 2017

WATCH LIST: June 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

June 2017

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

By Hana Shafi

More than ever there is a need for intersectional feminism and to see our stories represented in the movement

Feature

May 2017

WATCH LIST: May 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

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

6 acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart to their grandkids

By Various Writers

Sally Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, David Suzuki and others share incredible wisdom and love.

Feature

April 2017

Watch List: April 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

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

Feature

March 2017

WATCH LIST: March 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

March 2017

How adult colouring books are sedating us

By Pieta Woolley

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

Feature

February 2017

WATCH LIST: February 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

February 2017

In awe of the cosmos

By Kevin Spurgaitis

New astronomical discoveries are inspiring movie directors to boldly go where no filmmaker has gone before

Feature

January 2017

WATCH LIST: January 2017

By Observer Staff

Feature

January 2017

Author Richard Wagamese breaks with tradition in new book

By Julie McGonegal

"Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations" challenges the notion that sacred teachings should only be passed down orally

Feature

December 2016

WATCH LIST: December 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

December 2016

Bad person, good art

By Lisa Van de Ven

Director Nate Parker is yet another artist accused of a crime. The question for audiences: do you see his movie?

Special Feature

November 2016

‘Mystical Landscapes’

By Trisha Elliott

Conceived and developed by Katharine Lochnan, the Art Gallery Of Ontario’s senior curator of international exhibitions, Mystical Landscapes is the first exhibit of its kind to explore the intersection of art, nature and mysticism that lies behind some of the world’s most popular art.

Feature

November 2016

WATCH LIST: November 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

November 2016

Comics come of age

By Simon Lewsen

Canadian women are on the leading edge as graphic novels go mainstream

Feature

October 2016

Beyond the music

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Immersive, multi-day festivals have become a modern rite of passage

Arts Feature

October 2016

WATCH LIST: October 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

WATCH LIST: September 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2016

Carbon copies

By Elena Gritzan

As scientists tinker with the human genome, TV series Orphan Black reveals the duplicitous side of cloning

Feature

July 2016

WATCH LIST: July/August 2016

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2016

Can gaming be good?

By Trisha Elliott

Video games are often cast as violent, sexist and addictive. But a new genre of virtual fun is serving a higher purpose.

Arts Feature

June 2016

WATCH LIST: June 2016

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2016

Cartoons with IQs

By Simon Lewsen

Recent animated features edify as well as entertain. The young people in your life might enjoy them too.

Feature

May 2016

WATCH LIST: May 2016

By Observer Staff

Columns

(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer

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Editorials

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

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same

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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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Society

February 2019

Marriage problems: Is the ancient tradition worth saving?

by Pieta Woolley

Bitterness and boredom seem to define many mid-life marriages, but we might not have to settle for apathy ever after

Ethics

February 2019

A Yukon artist and a Tlingit trapper create this stunning jewelry

by Amy van den Berg

The fur jewelry in Whitehorse boutique store V. Ægirsdóttir is creating a new possibility for future partnerships with the region's trappers

Columns

February 2019

Why white people need to stop asking, 'where are you from?'

by Mike Sholars

"...For all intents and purposes, Canada is the only home I really recognize or remember. But none of that matters if I look like I don’t belong, and that single question makes that abundantly clear every single time."

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