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Culture

Arts Feature

February 2015

Transcending normal

By Jonathan Forani

TV families have come a long way since Leave it to Beaver. Today’s shows feature gay couples, trans parents, alcoholism and poverty.

Arts Feature

January 2015

WATCH LIST: January 2015

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2015

Rock of ages

By David Wilson

Recent documentaries revisit the era when music got all ‘ooh-aahh’

Arts Feature

December 2014

WATCH LIST: December 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2014

Climate revolution

By David MacDonald

Naomi Klein’s new book calls for a seismic shift in the global economy. Our survival as a civilization depends on it.

Arts Feature

November 2014

WATCH LIST: November 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

November 2014

Writing reconciliation

By Julie McGonegal

Aboriginal authors refuse to be confined to a tragic script. Their search for healing is far more expansive.

Arts Feature

October 2014

WATCH LIST: October 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2014

Image conscious

By Nancy Bauer

Freeman Patterson’s new book of nature photos reveals a soulful expression of the spirit within

Arts Feature

September 2014

WATCH LIST: September 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2014

Confidence boosters

By Alison Shouldice

Insecurity holds women back, say the authors of recent books. Their advice? Get over it and get in the game.

Arts Feature

July 2014

WATCH LIST: July/August 2014

By Observer Staff

Feature

July 2014

Unsustainable cities

By Pieta Woolley

Books on urban environmentalism may be trendy, but feel-good activism only goes so far

Arts Feature

June 2014

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2014

Making claims on a ‘mere Christian’

By Paul Knowles

Every segment of Christianity considers C.S. Lewis one of its own. But as a new biography by Alister McGrath shows, the man had no interest in church tribalism

Arts Feature

May 2014

WATCH LIST: May 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2014

A once and future folly

By Patricia Clarke

The First World War started 100 years ago. A spate of new history books pin the cause on national pride.

Arts Feature

April 2014

WATCH LIST: April 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

April 2014

‘Canada’s church’

By Kenneth Bagnell

A new book by Phyllis D. Airhart charts the rise, fall and remaking of The United Church of Canada

Arts Feature

March 2014

WATCH LIST: March 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

March 2014

Genuine Coen

By David Wilson

In their latest movie, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen get real about authenticity

Arts Feature

February 2014

WATCH LIST: February 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

February 2014

Original sin

By Julie McGonegal

Forget your sanitized history. Author Joseph Boyden reminds us that this country was built on violence.

Arts Feature

January 2014

WATCH LIST: January 2014

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

January 2014

Mythologies of war

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A new wave of documentary filmmakers avoid platitudes as they explore the enigmas of conflict

Arts Feature

December 2013

WATCH LIST: December 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

December 2013

Prime-time pastors

By Lee Simpson

Minister characters often tend to be caricatures. But these screen clergy offer more faithful depictions of men and women of the cloth.

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: November 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

October 2013

The billionaires’ club

By May Warren

As the gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us expands, authors and filmmakers call for change

Arts Feature

October 2013

WATCH LIST: October 2013

By Observer Staff

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Free speech and civility

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Video

ObserverDocs: Stolen Mother

by Observer Staff

The daughter and adoptive mother of one of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women share their story

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Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

World

June 2017

A suitcase for Cuba

by Christopher Levan

You’ll find more than giveaway toiletries and hand-me-downs in the writer's luggage. Each carefully chosen gift offers a glimpse into the lives of Cubans today.

Justice

June 2017

Undocumented

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.

World

June 2017

Resisting genocide

by Sally Armstrong

In August 2014, ISIS attacked Iraq’s Yazidis, slaughtering thousands and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. Today, the survivors are fighting for their ancient way of life.

Society

April 2017

Dear Grandkids

by Various Writers

Six acclaimed Canadian authors write letters from the heart

Society

March 2017

Called to resist

by Paul Wilson

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

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