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Society

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September 2017

Clamour on campus

By Justin Dallaire

Ideologies are colliding at Canadian universities, and free speech is caught in the crossfire

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September 2017

Sidebar: Free speech flashpoints

By Justin Dallaire

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September 2017

Sidebar: ‘Most students are very respectful of diverse political and religious views’

By Justin Dallaire

Rev. Ralph Carl Wushke, a United Church minister and ecumenical chaplain at the University of Toronto, talks about free speech on campus

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September 2017

The other residential schools

By Trisha Elliott

Nine Canadian boarding schools for the deaf and blind have faced legal action. Former students remember the abuse and displacement they experienced as children.

Special Feature

July 2017

From far and wide

By Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

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July 2017

Just peachy

By Jeff Mahoney

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June 2017

Undocumented people share how they live outside the system

By Kristy Woudstra

Up to half a million people are living in Canada without official status. The 'sanctuary city' movement is growing, but the fear of deportation persists.

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June 2017

Southern exposure

By Ian Coutts

Ottawa plays host each year to thousands of Inuit seeking medical treatment they can’t get in Nunavut. Two local residences offer some comforts of home, but the experience can still be disorienting.

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May 2017

Family without borders

By Sara Jewell

The writer’s younger sister and her husband have seven children. Four of the kids were adopted internationally. Four have special needs. It all adds up to one boisterous household full of love.

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May 2017

The sound of silence

By Bertrand Marotte

Once a fixture of the aural landscape, the pealing of church bells may soon be a distant memory

Special Feature

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

By Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

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April 2017

Living young in Canada’s oldest town

By Mike Milne

With the highest percentage of seniors in the country, Qualicum Beach, B.C., offers a glimpse into our greying future

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April 2017

The trouble with Justin

By Julie McGonegal

Struggles with addiction led the author's nephew to crime and imprisonment. Is there hope for him on the outside?

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March 2017

Q&A with Don Evans

By Kevin Spurgaitis

The executive director of the Victoria-based, United Church of Canada-affiliated Our Place Society and the former acting executive director of Vancouver's First United talks about the opioid crisis in British Columbia

Special Feature

March 2017

Aging and addicted

By Kevin Spurgaitis

When you picture drug abuse, Canadian seniors may not come to mind. But the over-prescription of painkillers has made them another face of the opioid epidemic.

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March 2017

How different regions are tackling the opioid crisis

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Special Feature

March 2017

Liberal Christians in the United States test their faith against a demagogue

By Paul Wilson

After Donald Trump’s election, The Observer visits United Church of Christ congregations to learn more about how the denomination is responding to “the new reality.”

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March 2017

Pilgrimage to the Washington Women’s March

By Katie Toth

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March 2017

Culture thieves

By Pieta Woolley

There’s a line between appreciation and appropriation. Why do white people keep crossing it?

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February 2017

The secret lives of cows, chickens and pigs

By Larry Krotz

What really happens on farms today? Many urbanites believe the worst. The writer heads into the countryside to see if the stereotypes are true.

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February 2017

An anatomy of hate

By Douglas Tindal

It’s on the rise everywhere. The writer explores our most troubling emotion and asks how we might overcome it.

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February 2017

Putting white supremacy behind him

By Douglas Tindal

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February 2017

Single and satisfied

By Elena Gritzan

In defiance of social expectations, many mid-life adults have chosen to go it alone — and wouldn’t have it any other way

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January 2017

‘Love Trumps Hate’

By Denise Davy

A Canadian woman marches on Washington and sees a generation of feminists ready to take on the world

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January 2017

7 millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling

By Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. These millennials are ready to takeover — turning their passion for ecology and food security into their career.

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January 2017

Little bundles of nerves

By Denise Davy

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem among children and youth today. Why is this generation so jittery?

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January 2017

From kennel to courtroom

By Kat Eschner

A legal bid to save 21 former fighting dogs from being euthanized is part of a growing movement to grant animals some of the same rights as humans

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January 2017

Prisonland

By Anne Bokma

Three years after shutting down, Canada’s oldest and most notorious prison is now a blockbuster tourist attraction. Is it trading on tragedy?

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January 2017

The platitude trap

By Jonathan Orbell

Faced with senseless tragedy, many of us cling to religious clichés. But there's a different path.

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December 2016

What the beating of Abdirahman Abdi says about racism in Canada

By Anthony Bailey

Canadians are deceiving themselves if they think anti-Black prejudice is only an American affliction. A recent deadly police beating casts our own bigotry in stark relief.

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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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