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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

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

Called to resist

By Paul Wilson

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

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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

The new agrarians

By Lois Ross

In the next 15 years, almost half of Canadian farms will change hands. Meet seven millennials who view agriculture as a career — and moral calling.

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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

A black and white problem

By Anthony Bailey

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

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December 2016

Empty nests, broken hearts

By Anne Bokma

How today’s ultra-engaged parents suffer when their children take flight

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November 2016

Neglected no more

By Evie Ruddy

The remains of dozens of children lie buried near the location of the residential school they attended in Regina. Local activists are determined to protect the site from being developed or forgotten.

Special Feature

October 2016

Ghost whisperers

By Elena Gritzan

Do the dead remain among us? Paranormal investigators are determined to prove what science rejects, Christianity scorns — and half of Canadians believe.

Special Feature

September 2016

Rainbow Muslims

By Davide Mastracci

More than half of Canadian Muslims believe it’s impossible to be an observant Muslim while living openly in an LGBT relationship. El-Farouk Khaki and Troy Jackson, co-founders of Unity Mosque, are proving there is another way.

Environment

Song leader, police and gate blockers in front of the Kinder Morgan gates. Photo by Kimiko Karpoff

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

A faith leader reflects on protesting the pipeline with the Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation.

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Editorials

The United Church Observer's editor and publisher, Jocelyn Bell. Photo: Lindsay Palmer

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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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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Society

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.

Environment

May 2018

A Kinder Morgan protest in photos and song

by Kimiko Karpoff

On April 28, 2018, faith leaders from many traditions, including the United Church, stood in solidarity with Water Protectors from the Tsleil-Waututh nation to protest the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion in Burnaby, B.C.. Kimiko Karpoff captured the day in pictures.

Faith

June 2018

After 93 years, this will be the United Church's last General Council meeting

by Mike Milne

When the United Church meets in July, top priorities will be a streamlined governance structure and Indigenous ministries.

Justice

June 2018

#MeToo in the United Church

by Trisha Elliott

9 women share their stories of harassment and sexual assault in the United Church.

Columns

May 2018

On grief and the healing power of gardening

by Paul Fraumeni

A writer reflects on how growing tomatoes is helping him find peace while dealing with the loss of loved ones, including his son.

Editorials

June 2018

Observations: #MeToo

by Jocelyn Bell

Our hope is that by giving voice to these #MeToo stories, a new conversation about sexual misconduct can begin.

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