Six things you need to know about Child Poverty in SK

Before we can take action, we must first take measure. When poverty among on reserve First Nations children is included, the rate of child poverty in Saskatchewan increases significantly. An understanding of how child poverty is calculated sheds light on the extent of the problem and the road to better results.

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Learning from turkeys

Have you ever witnessed an act of generosity, compassion and determination that just took your breath away? It's times like these that teach us what a real gift is — how to truly honour each other.

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Removing barriers one step at a time

Human rights have so much to do with health and wellness at both individual and community levels. The ability to defend one's rights on the basis of Gender Identity is no exception. In honour of International Human Rights Day, Saskatoon activist and artist Miki Mappin tells her story of working toward equal rights for transgender-identified people in the province of Saskatchewan. 

"There are many issues impacting transgender people that have serious implications for our health; caused by intolerance, discrimination in housing, employment, education and in accessing health care. We felt that if we could get explicit human rights protection under the Code, it would be the most important first step to removing the barriers against transgender people leading healthy and productive lives."

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25 years later - There's still a lot of work to do

Upstream Policy Director Charles Plante talks to Kevin Stanfield on the Global morning news about where Canada and Saskatchewan are on child poverty - 25 years after a unanimous vote in the House of Commons to eradicate poverty.

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The Health Effects of Income Inequality: A Jet with 110 Canadians Falling Out of the Sky Each Day, Every Day, 365 Days a Year

An article for Upstream from

Dennis Raphael, York University &
Toba Bryant, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The crash of an airliner is a tragic disaster that triggers major investigations and quick action to make sure the same problem doesn’t occur again. As a result, these are events are, thankfully, extremely rare.

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Bring on the Debate: Public Health gets Political

Earlier this week an article on the evils of public health officials thinking upstream was featured on the Globe and Mail's Debate page entitled "Public health officers should focus on disease, not politics". In this piece, the author, Peter Shawn Taylor, a contributor to Maclean's and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, said that "Public health ought to stick to their needles, and leave the economy alone."

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Child Poverty: 25 Years Later

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Best of Saskatoon 2014

Congrats to our Executive Director, Ryan Meili for getting two Best of Saskatoon Awards from Planet S's annual survey! Best Local Hero and Best Family Doctor at Westside Community Clinic.

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Gabor Maté Part 1: How Capitalism Makes Us Sick

Recently, Upstream's founder Ryan Meili got the chance to sit down and interview Dr. Gabor Maté about his new writing project and the intersection between health & politics.

Dr. Gabor Maté is the award-winning author of the books When the Body Says NoHold On To Your Kids, and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

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Gabor Maté Part 2: On Storytelling, Health, and the Ruling Class

Recently, Upstream's founder Ryan Meili got the chance to sit down and interview Dr. Gabor Maté about his new writing project and the intersection between health & politics.

Dr. Gabor Maté is the award-winning author of the books When the Body Says NoHold On To Your Kids, and In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.

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