Let's explore a more complete story of food
Globalization has played an immense role in the way that we cultivate and produce our food. The globalization of food allows us to experience different cuisines from all around the world. It’s a luxury that is neither sustainable nor practical, and influences not only the way we prepare and consume... more
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Canada's housing crisis is a public health emergency
In emergency rooms and front-line clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger. A high-quality health system would connect these efforts to a larger plan to prevent illness and keep people healthy, but still make... more
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Our National Housing Strategy can be a foundation for better health
The Trudeau government’s first budget announced new investments in affordable housing. Its decision for a National Housing Strategy was warmly welcomed by social housing providers and right to housing supporters. These developments inspired hope for the 1.6 million Canadians struggling to pay their rent, especially the 770,000 who spend more... more
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My Lightbulb Moment: Housing is healthcare
I remember how little my jeans, sneakers and light jacket did against the -30 degree cold of a Saskatoon winter. I’d just woken up on a cold cement floor, shivering under the thin fleece I had for a blanket. I was given a plate with some bread and boiled egg,... read more and comment
Co-operate on the path to food security
Having a choice in what we eat is something many of us take for granted, but four million Canadians aren't sure where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is a real and imminent threat to the health of us all — but there's a lot we can do to... read more and comment
We can't afford poverty. Stop the cuts.
"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members." - Mahatma Gandhi read more and comment
Downstream disaster: the Husky Oil Spill and the social determinants of health
The upstream metaphor — for a better way to think about maintaining a healthy society — may never ring more true than it does right now in Saskatchewan. 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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