We can’t get enough of the stories Broadview’s contributors reported this year. While Broadview’s top stories of 2023 were excellent, the digital team was eager to gather seven insightful stories that shaped the year – in case you missed it! Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Broadview’s art director Carol Moskot takes readers on an emotional journey, reading handwritten letters from her grandfather, László Braun. In 1943, the Nazis made Braun a slave when they sent him to the copper mines in Bor, Serbia. His postcards tell the story of her late grandfather’s final years. Braun wrote about yearning to meet his newborn daughter (Moskot’s mother) and reassured his wife (Moskot’s grandmother) that things would soon be okay. Unfortunately, Moskot only met her grandfather by the news he wrote home about.
What started as Nettie Wiebe’s curiosity and gut feeling led to a movement to stop the development of a uranium refinery on rural Saskatchewan land. Winnipeg-based illustrator Jonathan Dyck and writer Josiah Neufeld’s comic strip paints a picture of how community outreach can make a world of difference.
Though abortion is legal in Canada, accessing them – and the contraceptives to prevent pregnancies in the first place – is not always easy. London-based writer Mary Baxter takes readers through the barriers rural-based Canadians have to overcome to receive reproductive healthcare.
Funded by the Global Sisters Report, photojournalist Gregge Brekke travels to Ukraine to document the lives of nuns supporting civilians trying to survive. From sheltering displaced citizens to helping pregnant mothers and their newborns, these nuns are determined to challenge the war with love.
When wildfires swept through Lahaina on the island of Maui in August, the Lahaina United Methodist Church congregation lost their century-old building. The congregation members were safe, leaving them with the determination to pray and rebuild their sanctuary when the danger eventually subsided. Vancouver-based journalist Charlotte Alden reports on their community resilience and fundraising plans.
Authors Raja G. Khouri and Jeffrey J. Wilkinson did not know their book about Palestinian-Israeli relationships would be published less than a week before the Oct. 7 Hamas attack and subsequent Israeli airstrikes. Marathon-based writer David Giuliano interviewed the Palestinian Lebanese Canadian and Jewish American community leaders about their book, The Wall Between: What Jews and Palestinians Don’t Want to Know about Each Other.
Sherlyn Assam is Broadview’s assistant digital editor.
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