Catch and release
Prior to his current role at the West Side Community Clinic, Upstream founder Ryan Meili was a travelling locum physician in small towns all over Saskatchewan. His clinical experiences then and now reveal to him the limits of medicine and the importance of upstream action to address the social determinants of health.... more
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Cultivating a real plan for Canadian food security
Over the past few weeks, we have learned a good deal about what can be done to improve food security in Canada, a key element of our collective health. The scope of the issue is considerable, with over 3 million Canadians not getting enough to eat to 2014,  but what... more
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Our food issues are so much bigger than overpriced cauliflower
We’ve fielded several calls lately from journalists working on stories about rising food prices. You've probably read a few: most aim to provide quick tips for how Canadians can make a dollar go further in the grocery store, and how to eat healthy for less. more
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We need food policy action for health equity
We all have a personal food policy that speaks to our health, our income level, our ethical and cultural priorities. Yet if we were to look at our country, we would find it deeply divided when it comes to food. read more and comment
Basic income could end food insecurity
Eating is an essential act of survival that we do every day. But eating is much more than biology. It's also social, cultural, psychological, emotional and political. The food we eat and the circumstances we eat it in tell us who we are and where we belong in our society.... read more and comment
Smart policy can restore food deserts
A ‘food desert’ is an urban area where people face serious physical and economic obstacles to accessing healthy foods, especially without access to a personal vehicle. Here in Saskatoon, we had a large food desert that was restored to sustainability by a co-operative grocery store. Now that it has closed... read more and comment
Nunavut needs a sustainable food system
Food prices are incredibly inflated in order to compensate for the high costs of shipping, storage, and running a grocery store in the north. The federal government program Nutrition North Canada aims to make foods more accessible and affordable for northern communities by applying a subsidy to healthy foods. read more and comment

Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. We work to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.

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