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Justice

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February 2013

Becoming Ruth Wood

By Trisha Elliott

Terry and Anne Wood had a normal married life. All of that changed when Terry, a lay minister, realized he was a woman trapped in a man’s body.

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January 2013

Refuge on Bloor Street

By Chantal Braganza

A Toronto church welcomes an influx of refugees fleeing poverty and repression in North Korea

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January 2013

Manning up

By Evie Ruddy

Almost 40,000 Canadian women were abused by their spouses in 2010. Bruce Wood is part of a movement helping men work through their inner demons.

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January 2013

Change maker

By Samantha Rideout

Samantha Nutt has never been one to pull punches. It’s what makes her a human rights heavyweight.

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November 2012

Cold comfort

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Out of the Cold programs shelter untold thousands every winter. Their success points to a bigger failure: society’s chronic indifference to poverty.

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October 2012

War without end

By Karen Stiller

Each day, refugee camps in South Sudan swell with hundreds of new arrivals as old conflicts continue to rock the world’s newest nation

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September 2012

Uncivil disobedience

By Kasia Mychajlowycz

Is an aversion to leadership allowing a violent minority to hijack the message of today’s mass youth movements?

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June 2012

Where credit’s due

By Susan Peters

How an underprivileged Winnipeg neighbourhood fought back after the big banks up and left

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June 2012

Tough on crime, weak on evidence

By Edward L. Greenspan

One of Canada’s top defence lawyers picks apart the government’s case for more prisons and longer sentences

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May 2012

Three partners, one family

By Pieta Woolley

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May 2012

Handmaids no more

By Laurel Walton

We were young, unmarried and pregnant. They forced us to surrender our babies. Now we're older, braver and determined to change an adoption system that still favours the privileged.

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April 2012

Reconciling to a Hard Truth

By Richard Wright

An adjudication process set up to compensate residential school survivors has been flooded with thousands of new claims. The numbers suggest that abuse was far more common than anyone imagined.

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March 2012

Seven innovations for a better world

By Karen Stiller

These clever fixes may not solve all of humanity’s problems, but they promise to improve the lives of millions

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March 2012

First United’s time of trial

By Pieta Woolley

Resignations, looming funding cuts and bad press have forced a historic United Church mission to rethink its role in Canada’s poorest neighbourhood

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February 2012

Caught in the bottleneck

By Carolyn Morris

New limits on refugee applications are meant to relieve a backlog of unprocessed claims. Churches fear the cap will undo the sponsorship program that has helped thousands flee to safety in Canada.

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January 2012

Could Pathways work on reserves?

By Richard Wright

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January 2012

Dropping in

By Richard Wright

Pathways to Education is a tutoring program that helps low-income students graduate from high school. Manitoba educators are hoping the innovative approach will also reduce dropout rates among First Nations students.

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January 2012

El Salvador’s journey of redemption

By Tim Johnson

Two decades ago, civil war raged in Central America’s smallest country. Visitors today will discover that while the scars remain, the healing power of peace is stronger.

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January 2012

A taste of tolerance

By Cory Ruf

Fleeing persecution in Europe, Roma refugees are building new lives in Canada. But their welcome here is far from guaranteed.

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November 2011

Photo essay: After apartheid

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Twenty years after South Africa abolished its race laws, residents of its most populous township still struggle to get by in a deeply unequal society.

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June 2011

Clouds in my Cuban coffee

By Alicia von Stamwitz

The writer returns to the country of her birth, only to have her illusions met by hard reality

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June 2011

In defence of human smuggling

By Carolyn Morris

When life is at stake, a human smuggler could be a refugee’s only hope of escape

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May 2011

Interview with Maude Barlow

By Frank Dabbs

Author and social justice advocate talks about the values that inform her work and the ideas that sustain her

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May 2011

Stain of terror

By Brian Platt

Iran’s main opposition group laid down its arms a decade ago. But as far as Canada is concerned, it’s still a terrorist organization. What does it take to lose the label?

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May 2011

A new day for the oldest profession

By Pieta Woolley

Will new-found legal respectability protect sex workers or simply encourage more prostitution?

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April 2011

ObserverDocs: To the Ends of the Earth

By Alanna Mitchell

Drawn to the Arctic and Antarctica within a span of six months, award-winning science author encounters the alarming signs of climate change

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March 2011

The other battlefield

By Brian Platt

The author journeys to Afghanistan and discovers that Afghan women don’t need us to rescue them. They need security and education in order to flourish on their own terms.

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March 2011

A forgotten injustice

By Samantha Rideout

In the 1950s, the federal government shipped thousands of Inuit south for tuberculosis treatment. Many died and were buried in graves far from home. A United Church in Quebec is helping to remember and honour the dead.

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February 2011

Palestine’s ‘clear call to action’

By Mike Milne

A document circulating in the United Church opens a new chapter in the Middle East debate

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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.

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: 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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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.

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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.

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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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