A basic income guarantee may be the best medicine

194 physicians signed a letter sent today to Ontario's Minister of Health requesting his leadership to introduce a Basic Income Guarantee for the people of Ontario.

It is a reflection of pervasive income-related health problems they see every day. Adequate, stable income is the only treatment.

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"The More We Get Together": an interview with Raffi

Remember Raffi? Of course you do. Which means you should probably also remember “Baby Beluga”, “Bananaphone”, and “Down by the Bay” – songs we loved as kids and still love today. The Canadian children’s singer is touring Canada with a new album after having taken time away to focus on and develop the Centre for Child Honouring.

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Will wildfire refugees in Canada finally spur action on climate change?

A young child arrives at the hospital emergency room in respiratory distress, his asthma worsened by smoke exposure. An elder has uncontrolled blood pressure because there wasn't time to get her medications when the evacuation orders came through. Scabies and other illnesses related to crowding spread quickly through the close quarters of the evacuees. Sudden departure from, and worry about home, bring significant mental stress.

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Climate activists should focus on public health to inspire action

When we talk about climate change it can often seem like something abstract, or like something that our grandchildren will have to deal with.

According to the World Health Organization climate change is the biggest global health threat in the 21st century, and it’s not just being felt by people with breathing problems. climate change means more heat stress, more injuries from extreme weather; more prevalent diseases such as West Nile and Lyme disease - which is on the rise. So we are going to explore the link between climate change and public health in the present and in our future.

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Want action on Climate Change? Push public health, not polar bears

Ed Maibach, professor and Director at the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, was recently on CBC's The Current speaking to Priya Chattopadyay, following an interview with Ryan Meili, to discuss the relationships between Climate Change and Public Health in Canada.

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Canadian democracy needs a check-up, for the future of citizen health

If Canadian democracy was a patient, it would be in the hallway on a gurney on its way to palliative care.

- Rick Mercer, Rick Mercer Report March 31st

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Journey Home year one: ‘Housing First’ critical to ending homelessness

United Way has been an active participant in the Saskatoon Poverty Reduction Partnership over the past few years. Moving people “from poverty to possibility” is one of three main goals that United Way works towards, and housing stability — a social determinant of health — is a key factor in achieving that goal.

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Wildfire alarm: Climate change and health

I remember the first time I heard mention of increased wildfires as a health effect of climate change—it seemed somewhat inconsequential, a footnote compared to the heat-stress, floods, malnutrition and population displacement mentioned elsewhere. No more than that.

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The path to ending homelessness in Regina

What would it take to end homelessness in Regina?

It's a difficult question, but upstream thinking teaches us that the answer lies in dealing with the causes of homelessness — not only its symptoms.

So what are the causes of homelessness in Regina?

Every instance is unique, but we can think of there being "recipes" for each situation of homelessness made up of different "ingredients", instead of more rigid causes. Many of these recipes share common ingredients, but it is their unique combinations that ultimately lead to homelessness.

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Maude Barlow: On the state of Canadian democracy

Council of Canadians Chair Maude Barlow recently toured the country as part of the Go Vote! cross-Canada campaign, speaking about the state of Canada’s democracy. With the 2015 federal election set for October 19th, the goal of the campaign is to directly engage with the voting public about the kind of change people want to see in their communities, their country, and how they can come together to make it happen.
 
Upstream founder Ryan Meili spoke with Maude Barlow to hear her thoughts on the state of Canadian democracy and her predictions for the upcoming federal election.

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