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Justice

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November 2016

Sidebar: ‘A place to visit and remember ancestors’

By Evie Ruddy

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October 2016

Supporters renew bid to free war resister

By Pieta Woolley

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October 2016

Books behind bars

By Vivien Fellegi

A novel idea: reading clubs for inmates that foster literacy, empathy and a sense of belonging

Special Feature

September 2016

Unity Mosque provides a space for observant Muslims who openly live in LGBTQ relationships

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBTQ relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

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July 2016

The disease of colonialism

By Larry Krotz

Can a straight line be drawn between rising rates of diabetes among Indigenous peoples and cultural assimilation?

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June 2016

The hidden epidemic of loneliness in Canada

By André Picard

An estimated six million Canadians live in isolation. Social researchers are now calling it a hidden epidemic.

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May 2016

Out in the wilderness

By Alison Brooks-Starks

For one week last summer, a United Church camp in Saskatchewan welcomed transgender kids and their siblings

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April 2016

Hell and high water

By Josiah Neufeld

The writer visits the shifting shorelines of Bangladesh and discovers tens of millions of people on the brink of climate disaster

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April 2016

Diagnosis: poverty

By Susan Peters

Being poor can actually shorten your life. A new tool is helping doctors query patients about their physical and financial health.

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March 2016

A citizen of nowhere

By Feras Saedam

For stateless Palestinians like Feras Saedam, life can be one long identity-card crisis. Occasionally there’s a happy ending.

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March 2016

At 13, Willie Blackwater stood up to his abuser at a B.C. residential school

By Richard Wright

His defiance would eventually help change the course of Canadian history.

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February 2016

‘You know the story. Syria is hell.’

By Andrew Faiz

A report from the heart of Europe’s refugee crisis

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January 2016

Clash of freedoms

By Pieta Woolley

Despite its successes in court, Trinity Western University still draws fire for discriminating against LGBT students

Special Feature

December 2015

To the ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Travelling to the North and South poles brings moments of redemption amid overwhelming evidence of a planet in peril — April 2011

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December 2015

A road to freedom

By Susan Peters

United churches in Manitoba and northern Ontario call for a road to be built to an isolated First Nation

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November 2015

‘It’s like a death in the family’

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church that welcomed 50 North Korean refugees speaks out against the mass deportation of their new friends

Special Feature

October 2015

The bridge

By Laura Eggertson

How a traumatized Aboriginal community fought back against an epidemic of youth suicide

Special Feature

September 2015

Murder on the margins

By Richard Wright

The beating death of Andrew Mixemong in small-town Ontario three years ago seemed like a blatant case of racist violence. It turns out the truth goes deeper — exposing gaps in the social fabric we’d rather ignore.

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August 2015

Broken dreams in Little Mogadishu

By Andrew Livingstone

Canada's Somali community continues to struggle with higher-than-average levels of violence, unemployment and discrimination

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July 2015

Sharing the path

By Julie McGonegal

Walking was a healing force at the end of the truth and reconciliation process. But the journey is far from over.

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June 2015

Grim reminders

By Pieta Woolley

What should be done with Canada’s remaining Indian residential school buildings?

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June 2015

‘Es complicado’

By Christopher White

Nothing about Cuba is straightforward or simple — including its impending reconciliation with the United States

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May 2015

Men, not monsters

By John Barber

Offenders labelled 'NCR: Not Criminally Responsible’ are often judged to be beyond redemption. Documentary filmmaker John Kastner offers a different take and is transforming public opinion.

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April 2015

Confronting the Sixties Scoop

By Anne Bokma

From the 1960s to the ’80s, some 20,000 Aboriginal children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native families. Now adults, many want redress for the loss of cultural identity.

Special Feature

March 2015

Beyond Ferguson

By Alicia von Stamwitz

Did Michael Brown’s shooting death in Missouri last August reawaken the civil rights movement?

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March 2015

Rainbow refugees

By Marc Colbourne

Persecuted in their home countries, LGBT asylum seekers hope for a safe haven in Canada — but it’s getting harder for them to gain entry

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January 2015

Extracting justice

By May Warren

Can Canadian mining companies be held accountable for alleged human rights abuses in Guatemala?

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January 2015

Stubborn streak

By Rob Thomas

Cindy Blackstock is a relentless campaigner for the rights of First Nations children. If you want her to do something, just tell her she can’t.

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December 2014

Canada’s hidden literacy crisis

By Krystina Mierins

A recent study revealed that almost half of Canadian adults don’t read very well. So why has the federal government cut its support for literacy organizations?

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November 2014

Interview issue: Kathryn Anderson

By Mike Milne

Crusader for human rights in Guatemala

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Editorials

The Observer has a bright future ahead

by Jocelyn Bell

Change is as vital to the publication's history as our founding Christian values are to our future, says editor and publisher Jocelyn Bell.

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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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Ethics

January 2019

Where to donate your unwanted stuff so it actually goes to those who need it

by Glynis Ratcliffe

It may be tempting when you declutter to just drop off all your items at Value Village, but sticking with local organizations is a better option.

Faith

January 2019

Former fundamentalists describe the trauma of leaving their faith

by Anne Bokma

At a weekend retreat, participants find the strength to reclaim their lives.

Columns

January 2019

I worry the United Church doesn't want evangelicals like me

by Marilyn Myhre

While the church community says it accepts everyone, one woman wonders if that is still true.

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