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November 2018

Calgary church offers caffeine fix

By Mario Toneguzzi

Knox United Church now has a café with free WiFi in its sanctuary.

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November 2018

Canadian joins migrant caravan to change how the world sees them

By Alex Mlynek

Paola Gomez didn't like how the media has been portraying people in the caravan, so she wanted to help share their stories. She spoke to Alex Mlynek.

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November 2018

Found WWII letters from Canadian hero reveal beautiful love story

By Christine Estima

Writer Christine Estima traces a story of romance and fate after stumbling upon the letters in a Toronto market.

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November 2018

Cindy Blackstock is quietly teaching Twitter how to refer to the first peoples in Canada

By Amy van den Berg

The advocate is targeting those in the media and anyone who wants to join these conversations, but doesn't know how.

Feature

November 2018

Liberal MP on racism in politics and the backlash she's received for speaking out

By Glynis Ratcliffe

Celina Caesar-Chavannes recently stepped down from her role as parliamentary secretary to the minister of international development due to negative attention.

Special Feature

November 2018

War Amps: The story of how a Methodist minister started the 100-year-old organization

By Trisha Elliott

Lt-Col. Sidney Lambert helped start the organization at the close of the Great War. It is still doing vital work for Canadians with disabilities.

Feature

October 2018

Why Christians need to take a stand against nationalism

By Michael Coren

If we truly believe the Gospel message, we have to condemn a worldview that expunges people's humanity, says this writer.

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October 2018

Canadian artist who painted horrors of post-war Europe was nearly forgotten

By Trisha Elliott

Mary Riter Hamilton created more than 300 paintings that capture the death and destruction of the Great War. But years later, some of her works ended up molding in a library.

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October 2018

Tranquil Sri Lanka and futuristic Dubai

By David Craig

Sri Lanka remains relatively undiscovered, a wonderful benefit for the inquisitive traveller of today.

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October 2018

This small Newfoundland mining town has its own amazing 'Come From Away' story

By Jennifer Bain

The community of St. Lawrence, on the Burin Peninsula, hopes to draw in tourists with its tale of a terrible disaster and the people who came to the rescue.

Feature

October 2018

Canadians are taking advantage of our urban harvest

By Jonathan Forani

Look closely in cities across the country, and you’ll find alleyways, backyards and campus lawns brimming with fruit. Much of it used to simply rot, but that’s changing as more people discover the hidden treasures of the urban orchard.

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October 2018

Two Canadian teens are battling suicide with messages of hope

By Emma Prestwich

"We see a lot of people struggling, and just not knowing who to turn to and what to say about how they’re feeling."

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October 2018

Here's why Southern Africa is the trip to take next year

By David Craig

It's a journey that should be on everyone's bucket list.

Special Feature

October 2018

Day of the Dead helped me find peace after losing my mom

By Nancy Fornasiero

"Maybe a departed loved one simply visits in the form of a beautiful memory that warms, rather than breaks, one’s heart."

Feature

October 2018

Country's most iconic intersection is still inaccessible to people with disabilities

By Ben Waldman

One disability activist says Winnipeg has a chance to show it values his rights by opening Portage and Main.

Special Feature

October 2018

Dinner for one? Why so many Canadians are choosing to eat with strangers

By Alanna Mitchell

The revival of community dinners reveals that we long for more than good food—we want human connection.

Special Feature

October 2018

4 Canadians with disabilities on the challenges they've faced in the workforce

By Diane Peters

Of the 14 percent of people in Canada with a disability, only half are employed. Companies are losing out.

Feature

September 2018

Thousands of Ontario students protesting Doug Ford’s changes to curriculum this Friday

By Mugoli Samba

High school students across the province are taking part in We The Students Do Not Consent protests this Friday at 1 p.m.

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September 2018

Queen's Park likely hasn't seen the last of this 73 year old

By Alex Mlynek

Sally McLean was arrested after she refused to leave the Ontario legislature's public gallery in an act of protest. Here, she explains why she thinks she is obligated to stand up against injustice.

Feature

September 2018

New small-business projects aim to prove that 'downtown is for everyone'

By Will Pearson

Instead of treating low-income people and others on the margins like a drain on local economies, some small businesses are making them part of the solution instead.

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September 2018

11 Ontarians share their opioid stories in this powerful project

By Mugoli Samba

The Opioid Chapters hopes to add nuance to the public discussion on opioids.

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September 2018

How I fight loneliness as a senior with a disability

By Dorothy Palmer

This writer might not have The Golden Girls' lifestyle, but she’s making the best of her golden years.

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September 2018

Canadian newcomers finally learn the true history of Indigenous people

By Bonnie Schiedel

Innovative KAIROS events foster friendship and understanding between Indigenous people and new Canadians.

Special Feature

September 2018

Do we face a future without Down syndrome?

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Advances in prenatal testing mean parents can detect the chromosomal difference earlier. What does this mean for the future of Down Syndrome?

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September 2018

'Feeling alone in a place you don’t know is just crazy'

By Sarah Treleaven

For some refugees, coming to Canada is incredibly lonely. Volunteers are trying to change that.

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August 2018

New Edmonton camp allows transgender kids to just be themselves

By Alison Brooks-Starks

Camp Dragonfly is a break from public life from trans children, says the organizer, where their 'existence is constantly under question.'

Feature

August 2018

Why harm reduction can help end the drug crisis once and for all

By Kat Armstrong

'I’d like to see it be part of the education system so that the stigma can be lifted about people accessing these drugs,' says one youth councillor.

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July 2018

9 of the most memorable protests in sports history

By Mugoli Samba

These athletes made powerful statements on pressing issues of the day.

Special Feature

July 2018

Babies behind bars

By Raizel Robin

Women incarcerated in federal prisons are allowed to keep their children with them for up to five years, but few mothers do. We investigate why.

Feature

July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

By Kate Spencer

Counsellors, teachers and ministers share what it looks like for them.

Culture

Indigenous actor and singer Tom Jackson has named his annual Christmas charity concert after the song. (Photo: Craig Koshyk)

6 must-hear recordings of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

From a beloved version by Tom Jackson to one translated into Mi’kmaw, Jesous Ahatonnia has been adapted in many creative ways over the years.

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Editorials

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

Why we pay our interns a fair wage

by Jocelyn Bell

But $15 an hour is only a small step in the right direction.

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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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Faith

December 2018

The complex history of the Huron Carol

by Will Pearson

A product of 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, the popular hymn was written to introduce the Wendat people to Christianity. The Observer explores its troubled origins and continued use today.

Columns

November 2018

Christians should stop using God to sanctify adoption

by Jackie Gillard

This adoptive mom writes that she's frustrated by the common evangelical Christian message that adoption is always the best outcome for a child.

Columns

November 2018

Christmas music was meaningless to me, so I started listening to this instead

by Paul Fraumeni

Tunes about snow and chestnuts and silent nights didn't bring the power of the holiday home to this writer, so he found a new soundtrack.

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