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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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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.

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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.

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July 2018

Best self-care tips for caregivers

By Kate Spencer

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

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July 2018

Instead of retirement, these two nurses are battling Vancouver's opioid crisis

By Roberta Staley

At age 71 and 65 respectively, Evanna Brennan and Susan Giles embrace their unconventional work in the Downtown Eastside.

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June 2018

Poet Dionne Brand takes on Donald Trump and Jordan Peterson in powerful commencement speech

By Mugoli Samba

The Canadian poet, filmmaker, educator and activist received an honorary degree from the University of Toronto.

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June 2018

The Swedish tradition of death cleaning explained

By Fiona Tapp

The practice of a final tidy up is making its way to North America. Here’s how to lighten your load one last time.

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June 2018

“Thank you for being my dopted parents”

By Allan Wilson

Eighteen years after his teen son died of cancer, this writer celebrates a new type of fatherhood when he becomes legal guardian of a man with disabilities.

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June 2018

When friends decide to co-parent: A look at the modern family

By Raizel Robin

A year after Ontario allowed platonic friends to be the legal guardians of a child, Raizel Robin reports on this new way of parenting.

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June 2018

5 steps to help you start death cleaning

By Fiona Tapp

The Swedish tradition of a final tidy up might sound depressing, but it will lighten your load physically, mentally and spiritually.

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June 2018

Why some women of colour are hesitant to say #MeToo

By Jacky Habib

Three women share their stories in the hope of creating safe spaces they never had.

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May 2018

Syrian refugee finds beautiful way to help those he ‘left behind’

By Mugoli Samba

Soon after moving to Canada, Ousama Alkhatib helped launch an arts program for Syrian newcomers in Toronto that also gives back to refugees still in camps.

Columns

Courtesy Aurora Coulthard

To those who said I'll only be respected as a minister because I'm pretty

by Aurora Coulthard

A young ministry student says Christians, both within and outside of the United Church, have discouraged her from following her call.

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Editorials

Editor/publisher of The Observer, Jocelyn Bell.

Sharing a meal with friends is a radical act of gratitude

by Jocelyn Bell

"I’ve begun to consider that regardless of how I’m feeling on Thanksgiving Day, the very act of preparing and enjoying a feast is an expression of gratitude in and of itself."

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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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Justice

September 2018

Period poverty is a serious issue in Canada

by Angela Mombourquette

The high cost of menstrual products means many Canadians go without. Activists are seeing red.

Faith

October 2018

My church was literally dying, until we returned to prayer and confession

by Connie denBok

"No magic formulas. Just grace emerging through weakness."

Society

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.

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