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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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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