Thinking differently about building a healthy society

By Danyaal Raza

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with my physician colleagues Ryan Meili and Ritika Goel at Upstream’s first major public event in Toronto. Thanks to a unique partnership between the Wellesley Institute and MassLBP, over 200 attendees filed into the Li Ka Shing’s main auditorium. Some even had to find extra chairs in aisles at the lecture hall’s edge.

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The View from Upstream: Why Canadian Babies Don't Sleep in Boxes

This piece by Cameron Dearlove launched a series called “The View From Upstream,” on The Community Edition. This series of columns will seek to answer the following questions: if the social determinants of health hold such promise, what are we doing locally, provincially, and nationally to apply these ideas? How do we rewrite conventional wisdom so that governments, institutions and communities are using the powerful social determinants framework to encourage longer, healthier, happier lives?

This column was originally posted here on The Community Edition.

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First Call & Upstream

For too long, we have been suffering from
“downstream thinking,” that is, responding
to immediate problems rather than seeking long-
term solutions. Upstream and First Call share a
belief in the importance of preventing ill-health
by addressing the root causes that undermine
child and family well-being.

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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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