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

The new name of 'The Observer' revealed!

by Jocelyn Bell

"United Church" will no longer be on the cover, but our commitment to sharing denominational news and perspectives remains the same


Julie Green and her son. (Photo courtesy Julie Green)

Ontario autism program doesn't fit my son

by Julie Green

The author's child learned to write thanks to a private occupational therapist, and she worries her family will get little or no money under the government's new plan


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Why Canada should decriminalize all drugs

by Carmen Lansdowne

Critics’ worst fears about Portugal, which did so 17 years ago, have not been realized.


The MacEwan Student Centre at The University of Calgary has multi-faith rooms for student use. (Photo: Google Maps)

This Canadian university campus is struggling to create enough space for students of faith

by Maria Iqbal

Multi-faith centres are in such high demand that one school is struggling to accommodate everyone


(Photo: cuatrok77/Flickr via Creative Commons)

Cormorants aren't the devil

by Douglas Hunter

Ontario's proposed new measures amount to a slaughter of an entire native bird species for no scientifically compelling reason, says this writer


Marlene Brown shops at Feed it Forward in Toronto, Canada's only pay-what-you-can grocery store. (Photo: Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

Food waste in Canada is finally being addressed by this new movement

by Diane Peters

Canadians throw out 35.5 million metric tonnes of food every year, according to one report


Photo: Matt Jiggins/Flickr via Creative Commons

United Church theology book corrects view that denomination stands for nothing

by Jane Dawson

But this writer wonders whether a church's theology lies in its doctrinal statements or its people


Journalist Catherine Porter. (Photo by Tara Walton)

Catherine Porter on finding comfort in church after reporting on Haiti's earthquake

by David Giuliano

While covering the disaster for the Toronto Star, Porter witnessed devastation and formed relationships that changed her life

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