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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

Arts Feature

October 2013

Crash course

By Larry Krotz

Recent books help make sense of the 2008 collapse. But the global financial system continues to run amok.

Arts Feature

September 2013

WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

September 2013

Thomas King’s moment of truth

By Julie McGonegal

In his latest book, the celebrated Native author turns to non-fiction. Some of it is storytelling. The rest is history.

Arts Feature

July 2013

Biblical blockbusters

By Chantal Braganza

Hollywood is churning out new versions of scriptural tales, but the best adaptations offer complex characters facing real-life problems

Arts Feature

July 2013

WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

WATCH LIST: June 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

June 2013

The smoothing effect of middle age

By Lee Simpson

The 'Up' series documents the lives of 14 ordinary Brits, filming them every seven years. At age 56, the cohort is getting nicer.

Arts Feature

May 2013

WATCH LIST: May 2013

By Observer Staff

Arts Feature

May 2013

Wild, organic and killed by you

By Pieta Woolley

A new generation of environmentalists argues that hunting for meat is not only Earth-friendly and ethical, it’s spiritual too

Arts Feature

April 2013

WATCH LIST: April 2013

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Arts Feature

April 2013

Silver hair on the silver screen

By Patricia Clarke

Compelling stories about old age are finally making their mark at the movies. But do they always have to be about loss?

Arts Feature

March 2013

WATCH LIST: March 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

March 2013

The sweet hereafter

By Lisa Van de Ven

Recent depictions of heaven and hell go well beyond fluffy clouds and fiery infernos

Arts Feature

February 2013

The end of news

By Larry Krotz

Cash-strapped and scandal-ridden, many media outlets have squandered their most valuable asset: the public’s trust

Arts Feature

February 2013

WATCH LIST: February 2013

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Arts Feature

January 2013

WATCH LIST: January 2013

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

January 2013

Playing God

By Kate Spencer

Fictional takes on the Supreme Being ultimately reveal more about the human soul than the Divine

Feature

December 2012

WATCH LIST: December 2012

By Observer Staff

Have you read or watched anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

Feature

December 2012

Made for you and me

By Muriel Duncan

Woody Guthrie would have turned 100 this year. Decades after his death, his songs of hope and protest continue to echo.

Arts Feature

November 2012

WATCH LIST: November 2012

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

November 2012

Revenge so cold it numbs

By Therese DesCamp

It’s payback time on two popular TV shows that blur the line between good and evil

Feature

October 2012

WATCH LIST: October 2012

By Observer Staff

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Feature

October 2012

Yearning for authenticity

By Alanna Mitchell

Immersed in a culture of hype and spin, we can’t help longing for something real

Arts Feature

September 2012

WATCH LIST: September 2012

By Observer Staff

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Arts Feature

September 2012

Hollywood's evolving icon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Big-screen tough guy Clint Eastwood has reinvented himself as a tireless explorer of the human spirit

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Editorials

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Observations

by David Wilson

Outrage is the new normal

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Video

ObserverDocs: A Tale of Two Cancers

by Observer Staff

Catherine Gordon's October 2017 feature for The Observer, 'A tale of two cancers,' recently caught the eye of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and his Washington, D.C.-based team, and inspired a short documentary. Gordon talks about the experience of writing the article and participating in the film.

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Profiles

October 2017

Fall from grace

by Justin Dallaire

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

Faith

September 2017

Yearning

by Jane Dawson

Restless longing is at the core of the human condition, urging us onward through life. What happens when it veers off course?

Society

July 2017

From far and wide

by Various Writers

Meet 11 immigrants who are putting down new roots

Faith

October 2017

A tale of two cancers

by Catherine Gordon

One year after the writer discovered she had breast cancer, her sister in California received the same diagnosis. They both recovered, but their experiences were worlds apart.

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

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