Reviving Riversdale: Gentrification and reconciliation in one of Saskatoon's poorest neighbourhoods

Upstream received national attention last week in an article by Allan Casey in the Walrus magazine.

Executive Director Ryan Meili shared his thoughts on the changes happening in Saskatoon's Riversdale neighbourhood where Upstream is based. He talks about his hopes for the neighbourhood and invites us to think about how Saskatoon could "be something different, something more community minded"

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"Idylwyld Drive divides Saskatoon to this day, just as railway tracks, rivers, and highways divide other cities for similar reasons. Except that lately in Riversdale, some people are trying to erase the line." writes Allan Casey.

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Canadians have one thing right: They care about health

In poll after poll Canadians rank our Healthcare system as one of our top policy priorities. Rightly so, Canadians care an awful lot about health: their own health, the health of their family and friends, and the health of their communities.

 

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Organized Labour is Good Medicine

How do labour unions make us healthier? Simply put, inequality makes us sick, and it turns out that organized labour is a good antidote. 

The Tyee argues that "labour organizing not only achieves livable wages for members, but exerts pressure against the widening income gap".

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Staying Close to the Source


Yesterday in clinic one of my patients phoned to say she wouldn't make her appointment. Buses aren't running in Saskatoon this week because of a lockout of transit workers, and she had no way to get to clinic.

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Why upstream thinking is so damn difficult: Part 2

Earlier today I began to consider why upstream thinking is so damn difficult, and now I’m going to look at three reasons as to why this is the case. Take a look at that before diving in here if you'd like a bit of a background on what I mean by "downstream" "upstream" and the metaphor of the river. 

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Bridging the Gap

Arguably, I did not have the coolest major in university. I was a political science major, with a focus on Canadian Politics. People’s eyes seemed to glaze over when I talked about what I was taking at university. I admit, compared to some of the sexier political fields like International Relations, Canadian Politics can seem a little ho-hum.  But, to me, there was nothing more interesting than understanding how our political system affected the day-to-day lives of Canadians.

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Why upstream thinking is so damn difficult: Part 1

The first time I heard about thinking upstream, it was through a little story that we affectionately refer to as our ‘founding myth’. The story goes, you’re standing on the edge of a river, the story goes, and suddenly see a flailing, drowning child.

You dive in to rescue her, only to see another child, and then another, and another. You call others over to help you. As you pull child after child out of the river, someone finally asks, “Who keeps chucking these kids in the river?” and they head upstream to find out.

 

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What does building community have to do with it?

com·mu·ni·ty

kəˈmyo͞onitē/

2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

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People's Climate Mobilization

A healthy planet is an essential component of a healthy society, and many are now pointing to climate change as the greatest threat to human life and wellbeing. This Sunday, September 21, thousands of citizens from around the world will gather in New York City to bring attention to the global climate crisis, with thousands more joining them in satellite events across the globe.

1500 events have been registered for September 21 in over 130 countries. Will you join us in demanding upstream action to address climate change? The time to act is now.  

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Portrait of a Scared Scientist

The world is not acting fast enough about climate change and now scared scientists are starting to tell their stories. 

Photographer Nick Bowers invites us to look the truth in the eye through these portraits of climate scientists as they reveal their greatest fears about climate inaction. We know that our environment is a factor to our health, and that now is the time to act. 


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