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Ethics

Feature

May 2009

Pain and possibility

By Larry Krotz

Our economy was sick before the recession took hold. The crisis presents a chance to imagine a healthier and more sustainable future.

Feature

April 2009

Miracle or dilemma?

By Richard Wright

Tens of thousands of people are living testimony to the benefits of harvesting vital organs from the dead. Yet the ethics of organ donation are surprisingly complex.

Column

October 2008

At Issue

By Connie denBok

Have our best efforts to eliminate sexism and racism morphed into new exclusions?

Feature

September 2008

Where’s Darwin?

By Drew Halfnight

Nearly half of Canadians believe that dinosaurs and humans co-existed. Is there a missing link in our education system?

Column

June 2008

Restless Soul

By Sara Jewell

Turn off the cell phone. Put away the iPod. Your language skills are suffering.

Feature

May 2008

On the worthy cause beat

By Paul Waldie

A veteran business reporter discovered that the philanthropic spirit is thriving in Canada today

Feature

April 2008

Eating ethically

By Trisha Elliott

Is it possible to shrink our ecological footprint by changing the way we fill our bellies?

Feature

October 2007

An ethical enigma called Afghanistan

By Mike Milne

It used to be that the United Church was almost automatically anti-war. Times have changed.

Feature

October 2007

The shadow side of nuclear energy

By Mike Milne

Nuclear energy promises lots of electricity with minimal greenhouse gases. Its waste `footprint' is a different matter, though.

Feature

May 2007

Death by design

By Larry Krotz

We enjoy unprecedented control over how we live. Should we also control the way we die?

Feature

April 2007

Eco-ethics and the winds of change

By Larry Krotz

The fierce debate over an Ontario wind-energy project signals a looming ethical storm

Feature

November 2006

When war in not an option

By Jennifer McPhee

Feature

December 2005

New casino, bad idea

By Donna Sinclair

Feature

September 2005

Fighting back against elder abuse

By Melissa Walker

Feature

April 2005

Climate change

By David Wilson

Into the gathering haze

Feature

June 2004

Spanking: Why a good smack isn't

By Jocelyn Bell

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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