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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Give Health A Chance: Peace as a Social Determinant of Health

This Remembrance Day, the poppies on lapels hold new meaning for many Canadians . . . our remembering needs to go beyond black-and-white photos of the great wars and include the very real effects of recent and current conflicts.

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The story of why I sold off most of my possessions and why I’m giving all the money away.

A blog from Jayden Soroka.

In September of this year I had a living estate sale. Basically, I went around my house and sold off everything I didn’t need or use on a regular basis.
Why did I do this? Over a year ago my friend Vivian and I started a campaign to recreate a guaranteed income experiment, called Mincome, that happened in the 1970’s in Dauphin, Manitoba. 

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Housing First = Results

The premise of Housing First is that providing people with the stability of housing allows them to address the other challenges they face. In the first 6 months, the numbers show that this is an extremely effective approach. 

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SDOH pioneer Sir Michael Marmot elected next president of the World Medical Association

Exciting news, Sir Michael Marmot is president-elect of the World Medical Association! 

Sir Michael has been one of the leaders in establishing and popularizing the concept of the social determinants of health (SDOH) and their role in influencing whether people lives will be long or short, whether they will be ill or well. Here at Upstream, we want to recognize and celebrate the work people are doing around the SDOH. Sir Michael Marmot is perhaps the pre-eminent example of an upstream thinking in action.

 
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The Case for Basic Income

A Blog by Vivian Belik

In 2006 I was working as an editor at my university newspaper, the Uniter, when I came across a fascinating story. One of our writers, Whitney Light, wrote a piece on a professor that was studying a town in Manitoba that had managed to eliminate poverty. It sounded like a fairytale story. 

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