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Ethics

Feature

October 2011

Water for sale?

By Cory Ruf

Abundant fresh water is part of the Canadian identity. Prolonged drought is becoming part of the American reality. Are water exports far off?

Feature

September 2011

Pacifism in a post-9/11 world

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Does traditional pacifism still have a role in the 21st century?

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September 2011

ObserverDocs: Planting a better future

By Lisa Van de Ven

Detroit’s urban agriculture movement shows that communities everywhere can reap new life when people refuse to surrender

Feature

September 2011

Planting a better future

By Lisa Van de Ven

Detroit residents are reclaiming derelict urban spaces one garden at a time

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March 2011

Second-hand savvy

By Karen Stiller

Shopping for used clothing isn’t just frugal. It also keeps cast-offs out of our landfills.

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February 2011

Pipe dreams

By Will Braun

Churches and Aboriginals were once allies in the fight against industrial megaprojects. These days, some First Nations are seeking economic salvation in partnerships with their former foes.

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February 2011

Artificial Intelligence

By Kevin Spurgaitis

In making machines that think like humans, are we creating an ethical monster?

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January 2011

Eating locally in winter

By Chantal Braganza

Tired of root veggies? You can expand your January diet without hurting the Earth.

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January 2011

The shaky ethics of selling DNA

By Lisa Van de Ven

With 20 percent of genes currently under patent, critics are turning to the courts to put the brakes on the biotech industry

Feature

December 2010

Prescription for a pandemic

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Scientists, activists and politicians agree that generic drugs can slow or stop the global spread of HIV-AIDS. So why haven't they been made more accessible?

Feature

November 2010

Abortion activism is back, and it's more heated than ever

By Kevin Spurgaitis

After 20 years of relative peace, activists on both sides of the abortion debate are mobilizing for a new battle that threatens to reopen bitter ethical divisions

Feature

November 2010

Losing their grid

By Vidya Kauri

Green pioneers are showing it’s possible to connect with creation by disconnecting from the grid. All it takes is a little sacrifice and savvy.

Feature

September 2010

Can big business save the planet?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Philanthro-capitalists are putting their money where their morals are, using cash and clout to redefine the meaning of good business

Feature

July 2010

Gambling on casinos

By Richard Wright

Casinos bring much-needed jobs and revenue to First Nations communities, but can also exacerbate social problems. Do the wins outweigh the losses?

Feature

June 2010

Photo Essay: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years ago, a monster storm flattened a small town in Tornado Alley. Instead of reconstructing what was lost, townsfolk seized the opportunity to build the greenest community in North America.

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June 2010

Feature: Reborn green

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Three years after being destroyed by a monster tornado, a small town in rural Kansas is setting a global standard for sustainable living.

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May 2010

A motherlode of debate

By Mike Milne

Should the church sell its stock in controversial mining firms, or press for change from within?

Feature

March 2010

Overpopulation

By Lisa Van de Ven

More tiny footsteps equal a bigger collective footprint. How many people can our planet sustain?

Debate

February 2010

Friend or spouse?

By Ruth McQuirter Scott and Ken Gallinger

Your marriage has been under stress, and your husband has planned a second honeymoon for Valentine's. Just before your departure, your best friend calls. It is the first anniversary of her spouse's death, and she says she really needs company. What do you do?

Feature

January 2010

Kicking the oil habit

By Lisa Van de Ven

Sooner or later, plentiful oil will be a thing of the past. Transition Towns are starting now to prepare for the future.

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January 2010

'Fighting to be our daughter’s parents'

By Trisha Elliott

Born with severe cerebral palsy, Daria Gallinger needs 24-hour care. Now her parents face a cruel choice: keep her at home and accept financial ruin, or give her up so she qualifies for the help she needs.

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Twelve

By David MacDonald

They have looked into the abyss

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eleven

By David MacDonald

Nowhere else to go

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Ten

By David MacDonald

A question of power

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Nine

By David MacDonald

'What on earth has the Gospel got to do with climate change?'

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Eight

By David MacDonald

A unique Canadian contribution

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December 2009

Copenhagen Days Six and Seven

By David MacDonald

Thinking the unthinkable

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December 2009

Copenhagen Days Four and Five

By David MacDonald

'This is about more than climate change'

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December 2009

Copenhagen Day Three

By David MacDonald

Two solitudes

Feature

December 2009

Copenhagen Day Two:

By David MacDonald

From Rio to Copenhagen: not a good trip for Canada

Faith

Chris Pratt's church, while claiming to accept everyone, states in its doctrine of faith that marriage should only be between one man and one woman. (Photo: Chris Pratt/Instagram)

Celebrity megachurches need to clarify LGBTQ acceptance: pastor

by Emma Prestwich

Zoe Church, where actor Chris Pratt worships, may not truly "open their doors" to everyone, like he claims.

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Editorials

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

'The Observer' will soon relaunch with a new name and design

by Jocelyn Bell

Our magazine will be going through some changes, but we see blue skies ahead

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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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