Good work = Good health

Last week, a major victory was won for worker's rights in a precedent setting decision handed down by the Supreme Court. The ruling determined that the Saskatchewan's Public Service Essential Service Act (Bill 5) is unconstitutional because it violates workers’ rights as laid out in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Wait a minute. We don't use evidence?

Growing up in Whalley, a low-income working class neighbourhood in Surrey, BC, I wasn’t exactly surrounded by policy makers. Policy was made by people with fancy degrees that lived in different, wealthier neighbourhoods, located on the other side of town, or in entirely different cities.

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Transforming Society: 5 Wild Ideas for a Better Future

Needing inspiration? Feeling stuck at work/life and needing some new ways of thinking? 

Have some crazy bold ideas on changing how we do things but not sure where to share them?

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Tangible Steps for Canadian Childcare Policy

A blog by Dave McGrane

When we first saw that positive symbol on the pregnancy test, letting us know we were expecting our first child, there was no doubt in our minds who would be the first to know. Who was that first call? Our prospective childcare centre, where we were successfully placed on the waiting list. Our joyful news wasn’t shared with parents, family or friends until weeks later.

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Health care a small part of true health

Dr. Trevor Hancock has a weekly column in the Times Colonist about health, which we are excited to begin bringing you regularly! We start with a piece about the road to true health.

This column was originally posted in Victoria's Times Colonist.

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Do Canadians have the right to good health?

In partnership with Mass LBP and the Wellesley Institute, Upstream presents the event Upstream Action: New Approaches for Connecting Policy and Health.

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The Memoir of a Late Bloomer

This blog comes to us from Denae Stegeman, an education student at the U of S. Denae bravely shares her story of struggle in the education system from a young age through until today, where she is making change and empowering her students as an educator.

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Health on the Horizon

This week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Premier’s Summit on Healthcare in Newfoundland and Labrador. Flying from Saskatoon to St. John’s in the winter is no mean feat, and a series of delays and cancelled flights meant I had a lot of time
to reflect en route.

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Christmas bonus: TD makes the business case for fairness

By Ryan Meili

A moneylender sees the light, discovering a spirit of giving and generosity. It’s a classic Christmas tale of redemption – and redistribution ­­– but this year the convert in question appears to be one of Canada’s biggest banks. In a recent report, economists at TD bank laid out “The Case for Leaning Against Income Inequality” pointing out the dangers of the widening divide, and giving some strong suggestions on how to turn the tide.

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An Upstream Take on Food Bank Giving This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year when hunger drives are in full swing. There’s huge push for donations of food, funds, and time to food banks in communities across the country. 

Here in Saskatchewan we have, for example, the CBC’s Comfort and Joy Campaign. While I appreciate the efforts the CBC and many other organizations go to in order to raise awareness about hunger in the lead up to the holidays, as a food security researcher and advocate, I’m left wondering how we can have a more upstream public conversation about this important problem.

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