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Feature

May 2016

Sidebar: ‘He looked at me and said, “Look what you made me do.”’

By Denise Davy

Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk battled depression, anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder for years and chronicled it all in his book, The Crazy Game. In 2008, in a fit of depression, he shot himself in the head. His wife, Joanie Malarchuk, was sitting beside him at the time. She talked to Denise Davy in a phone interview from Nevada.

Feature

May 2016

Spare the rod, protect the child

By John Barber

With the Trudeau government on the verge of banning spanking, critics ask: why has it taken Canada so long?

Feature

May 2016

Are vegans right?

By David Macfarlane

The writer is in the midst of a radical six-month change of diet. He’s discovering that no cheeseburger tastes as good as being ethical feels.

Feature

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

Feature

May 2016

Special report: Syrian refugees

By Various Writers

More than 300 congregations mobilized to help Syrian refugees. A sampling follows.

Feature

May 2016

Anglicans at a crossroads

By Michael Coren

They will vote on same-sex marriage at their General Synod in July. The consequences could be far-reaching.

Feature

May 2016

Verbatim

By Kylie Taggart

‘Parts of our lives are beyond scientific understanding’

Feature

April 2016

Churches under the gun

By Anne Bokma

Shootings in the sanctuary. Pistols in the pulpit. The culture of violence is infiltrating U.S. places of worship.

Feature

April 2016

For gun-control activists, the cause is political — and personal

By Anne Bokma

Feature

April 2016

The United Church of Christ: two decades of demanding gun control 

By Anne Bokma

Feature

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.

Feature

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.

Feature

March 2016

The fighter

By Richard Wright

When he was 13 years old, Willie Blackwater stood up to his abuser at a B.C. Indian residential school. His defiance would eventually help change the course of Canadian history.

Feature

March 2016

Our national folly

By Trisha Elliott

Canada endeavours to be secular and multicultural at the same time. Who are we trying to kid?

Special Feature

February 2016

Interlove

By Colin Boyd Shafer

An intimate portrait series documents love between partners of different faiths

Feature

February 2016

Man problems

By Trisha Elliott

It’s not easy to be male these days. It’s even tougher to talk about it.

Feature

February 2016

Sidebar: What I learned about men in the United Church

By Gary Paterson

Feature

February 2016

Sidebar: 'Manifest' ministry seeks to shape better men

By Pieta Woolley

Feature

February 2016

When values collide

By John Barber

Should faith and tradition trump comprehensive sexual education?

Feature

January 2016

A complicated love story

By Alanna Mitchell

After the death of her alcoholic ex-husband, Alanna Mitchell confronts a terrible question: could she have done more to save him?

Feature

January 2016

This baby’s life

By Sanjay Khanna

Climate chaos. Economic upheaval. Psychological stress. A futurist looks for hope amid the coming turmoil.

Feature

December 2015

O cannabis

By Pieta Woolley

With the Trudeau government set to legalize marijuana, it’s time for a truly sober look at the pros and cons of pot

Feature

November 2015

Photo Essay: The Hillhurst effect

By Lyle Aspinall

Inside a United Church success story

Feature

November 2015

Sidebar: 'The pornography filled a void'

By Trisha Elliott

A United Church minister describes how a pornography dependency hurt his first marriage and how he recovered a healthy sex life. The 50-something church leader spoke to The Observer on condition of anonymity.

Special Feature

November 2015

The topic churches won't touch

By Erica Lenti

Online erotica is booming, and so are porn addictions. But mainline churches seem all too content to look away.

Feature

November 2015

Too much information?

By Kylie Taggart

Genetic testing can warn you about serious illnesses lurking in your DNA. The downside is chronic worry — and snooping insurance companies.

Feature

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

Feature

October 2015

ObserverDocs: Clearing the smoke

By Observer Staff

Special Feature

October 2015

The bridge

By Laura Eggertson

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

Feature

October 2015

Verbatim

By Alanna Mitchell

'What if we talked about cancer as a dance instead of a war?'

Features

Photo: Darrell Noakes

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.

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Observations

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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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Video

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

What that recycling logo actually means

by Susan Nerberg

Contrary to popular belief, its presence doesn’t guarantee the product is reusable or recyclable.

Columns

April 2018

Why Canada needs a free-range parenting law

by Pieta Woolley

Justice

January 2018

Jehovah's Witnesses cover-up

by Kristy Woudstra

Canadian survivors of childhood sexual abuse are coming forward to reveal how their church failed them — and protected their predators

Profiles

October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

Don Hume was a United Church minister nearing retirement. Then he tried crack cocaine.

Features

April 2018

10 easy ways to kick our nasty plastic habit

by Susan Nerberg

It's not as hard as you think.

Features

April 2018

What that recycling logo actually means

by Susan Nerberg

Contrary to popular belief, its presence doesn’t guarantee the product is reusable or recyclable.

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