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Arts Feature

May 2014

WATCH LIST: May 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2014

A once and future folly

By Patricia Clarke

The First World War started 100 years ago. A spate of new history books pin the cause on national pride.

Arts Feature

April 2014

WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2014

‘Canada’s church’

By Kenneth Bagnell

A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

Arts Feature

March 2014

WATCH LIST: March 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

March 2014

Genuine Coen

By David Wilson

In their latest movie, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen get real about authenticity

Arts Feature

February 2014

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2014

Original sin

By Julie McGonegal

Forget your sanitized history. Author Joseph Boyden reminds us that this country was built on violence.

Arts Feature

January 2014

WATCH LIST: January 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2014

Mythologies of war

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A new wave of documentary filmmakers avoid platitudes as they explore the enigmas of conflict

Arts Feature

December 2013

WATCH LIST: December 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2013

Prime-time pastors

By Lee Simpson

Minister characters often tend to be caricatures. But these screen clergy offer more faithful depictions of men and women of the cloth.

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: November 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

The billionaires’ club

By May Warren

As the gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us expands, authors and filmmakers call for change

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

Crash course

By Larry Krotz

Recent books help make sense of the 2008 collapse. But the global financial system continues to run amok.

Arts Feature

September 2013

WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2013

Thomas King’s moment of truth

By Julie McGonegal

In his latest book, the celebrated Native author turns to non-fiction. Some of it is storytelling. The rest is history.

Arts Feature

July 2013

Biblical blockbusters

By Chantal Braganza

Hollywood is churning out new versions of scriptural tales, but the best adaptations offer complex characters facing real-life problems

Arts Feature

July 2013

WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

The smoothing effect of middle age

By Lee Simpson

The 'Up' series documents the lives of 14 ordinary Brits, filming them every seven years. At age 56, the cohort is getting nicer.

Arts Feature

May 2013

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2013

Wild, organic and killed by you

By Pieta Woolley

A new generation of environmentalists argues that hunting for meat is not only Earth-friendly and ethical, it’s spiritual too

Arts Feature

April 2013

WATCH LIST: April 2013

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Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

April 2013

Silver hair on the silver screen

By Patricia Clarke

Compelling stories about old age are finally making their mark at the movies. But do they always have to be about loss?

Arts Feature

March 2013

WATCH LIST: March 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

March 2013

The sweet hereafter

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent depictions of heaven and hell go well beyond fluffy clouds and fiery infernos

Arts Feature

February 2013

The end of news

By Larry Krotz

Cash-strapped and scandal-ridden, many media outlets have squandered their most valuable asset: the public’s trust

Arts Feature

February 2013

WATCH LIST: February 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Justice

Photo: Courtesy of Josée Cardinal

How families cope when a loved one goes missing

by Justin Dallaire

A Quebec man went for a walk in the early morning of March 16, 2016, and hasn’t been seen since. His family, like many loved ones of the missing, finds it impossible to grieve — or give up hope.

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Observations

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Observations: Our magazine's plastic problem

by Jocelyn Bell

"While I can easily defend the use of a polybag on financial grounds, it would be unconscionable to deliver a cover story about plastics . . . in plastic."

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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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Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

Tea bags and other surprising places plastics lurk

by Susan Nerberg

Hidden plastics rarely get recycled and often can’t be reused. Here we make some of the invisibles visible.

Features

April 2018

Drag queens help church raise money and awareness

by Darrell Noakes

The event, called “Take Me to Church,” after a popular song, was a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth in Saskatchewan.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Faith

April 2018

4 science-trained faith leaders share what still gives them goosebumps

by Various Writers

"This greater knowledge amplified my belief in a mysterious God who still offers so much more for us to discover."

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